Topic 2: Open Learning & Sharing


I wanted to unpack what ‘open learning and sharing’ means. Is openness always a virtue? The more open, the better? A member of my PBL group seems to think so. I wasn’t sure about this. At the personal level, I learn a lot of things without the need to share with anyone; in fact, people may not appreciate it when I share! At the ‘intimate’ level, there is information shared with family and very, very close friends which should not pervade further. Then, at boards and committees, there is a fiduciary requirement for information and knowledge shared to be kept confidential. At the local level, for e.g. in the university, ¬†using Canvas or other LMS, information and knowledge sharing is kept within the community. Are the preceding scenarios considered ‘ open’? The ultimate is open learning and sharing at the global level – the original intent of MOOCs, Wikipedia. I think that there is a continuum of ‘openness’. More open is not necessarily better or worse – ¬†there is a right time and place for each level of openness.


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