I am transferring in my background knowledge on principles of distance education methods, K-12 education coursework, FERPA, ADA Compliance knowledge, etc. from my M.Ed. I picked a mixture of course subject areas from the offerings of my four comparison schools to fill the gap areas my advisor and I thought I needed to study. These are generic descriptive titles of those courses.

As I locate Open Courseware to meet these subject area goals, I will update this list with the links to the courses.

Can you see any gaps I’ve missed? Do you have any graduate level OCW suggestions to meet the subject area need?

  1. Foundations in doctoral study
  2. Current research and practice in information technology/educational technology New Media literacy
  3. Current research on social systems and educational technology Connectivism and Connected Knowledge
  4. Current Research into open education current practices, emerging, future Introduction to Open Education along with Social Media and Open Education
  5. Theory of educational technology Technologies for Creative Learning – MIT
  6. Adult learning theory
  7. Diffusion and integration of information/educational technology
  8. Designing for distance education (including multimedia to facilitate learning) Instructional Design along with Applied Multimedia Technology
  9. Emerging and future technologies in education Introduction to Emerging Technologies along with Media Education and the Market Place
  10. Technology leadership Project Management
  11. Quantitative/qualitative reasoning
  12. Educational research strategies
  13. Research design (mixed methods research) Mixed methods Research – PREST
  14. Statistics Collaborative Statistics
  15. Survey of research literature in information technology education
  16. Dissertation research
  17. Dissertation

10 responses to “Plan

  1. Gerhard

    August 12, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Lisa, I am very interested in creating an open Ph.D. for myself. How many “members” are we already? If we had a movement with a thousand people, could we apply for some accreditation? I already have a list of courses I’m going to choose from, but this could change everything.

  2. Fred

    September 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm


    It has been almost two days since I came on Lisa blog and it is amazing the amount of knowledge I was able to read on open education. I posted a comment yesterday and I would appreciate if
    Lisa, Leigh Blackall and others can respond to it.and this one. This an exciting experience about the open Phd that I would like to undertake. I would like to communicate with you consistently about this endeavor. I have witnessed 2 unaccredited schools where students worked through their phd online and short residencies. But they were many issues around those schools and one of them got closed because it wasn’t able to get accreditation. The other is still functioning without accreditation. In spite of many advances in the field of knowledge people still maintain the controversial idea that professional knowledge coming from accredited institutions is what they recognize and the most expensive you pay the better because you came from the most reputable ones. I don’t have anything against formal education because many advocates of open education come from formal education institutions but if someone chooses to learn autonomously to get a professional degree society should recognize and value the degree. I think advocates of open education should find a way to have the open education degree recognized through department of education, bodies of accreditation and many others concerned entities.In this way learning gained through open education can be used for professional licensure and professional advancement. In this way money and time can be saved. The diploma or certificate awarded in institution of formal education through testing doesn’t guarantee that someone has a full grasp of what he/she learns a and he/she is able to use it. I think what is important is self-responsibility for learning and its application. Learning shouldn’t be coercitive but rather enjoyable and done anytime anywhere at one’s personal conveniece. in this way it is not something that we do in closed walls and pray that classes end so we can get rid of everything in that place and free to do the thiings that we enjoy. I look forward to hearing from you.

  3. Jason Derr

    June 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Hi –
    How is your OpenPhD going? I am hoping to start a similar process but am having trouble organizing my plan. I’d love to hear how your process has gone.


  4. Dennis

    May 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Open PhD (Online Education by Research)
    1. Introducing Distance Education/Online Education (
    2. Practice Based Research in Educational Technology (
    3. Design and Development of Open and Distance Learning Materials (
    4. Supporting Distance Education Through Policy Development (
    5. Education for Digital World (
    6. Research and Evaluation Methods in Open and Distance Learning (
    Research Components (Need to publish 2 Original Research in a Referred Journals)
    7. Dissertation (

    • Lisa

      May 11, 2010 at 11:17 am


      This is an interesting list of courses – I will check them out ASAP. Is this a route you are pursuing or have pursued?

      (Sorry your comment languished in “pending” land, the number of links in it caused it to go to my spam folder instead).


  5. sarah stewart

    May 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Can I suggest you have a chat with Leigh Blackall (if you haven’t already done so) who is also doing an open PhD:

    • Lisa

      May 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      Leigh and I follow each other on Twitter. Thank you for the suggestion.

  6. Jason

    January 16, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Thanks! I have looked at P2P University and have had a great ongoing conversation with one of the people (who pointed me towards your site).I’m currently trying to come up with a ‘field placement’ to enhance my learning as well as a plan. I am pursuing the independent scholar thing and have several academic articles coming – part of my goal is to publish.

  7. Jason

    January 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Your OpenPHD project is an incredible one. I had recently started a similar project for myself after stumbling on the site. Can I have permission to adapt a version of your plan to my needs? Good luck on your OpenPh.d and maybe i will see you around the ‘office’ with the other grad students!

    • Lisa

      January 16, 2010 at 2:11 am

      Jason, this is all about being open and sharing. Of course you can use anything on the site. The Creative Commons license gives you that permission – you don’t even have to ask :-). Send me the link with an occasional update of how you are doing. You might also want to post on Twitter under the #openphd hashtag. Lastly, look at P2PU – there are some folks there who are interested in using it as a sort of open learning lab for open, graduate level research and writing publication.


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