|12 – 25 October
In this topic we will explore the benefits and challenges of openness in education and learning. First, we will consider the usual conceptions of openness and access and ask how this phenomenon may differ from the perspectives of the educator and the learner. Second, we will focus on open educational resources (OERs), and the consequent development of open educational practices (OEPs). Third, we will look at issues around copyright and in particular the open licensing of content (Creative Commons) and how this opens up new opportunities for collaborative learning and development. Finally, we will take a look at the massive open online course (MOOC) phenomenon; the different models of MOOCs and how this affects higher education.
Activities for all learners
Introduction podcast and lecture
Start investigating open education by listening to our podcast. Listen to the diverse voices from colleagues across the globe discussing on what openness mean to them. Some of them are involved in ONL and some are colleagues from other contexts.
Next go to our Topic 2 Padlet page and watch an introduction to openness in education by Kiruthika Ragupathi (National University of Singapore) and Alastair Creelman (Linnaeus University, Sweden), explaining concepts like open educational resources (OER), Creative Commons, sharing, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) etc.
After you have watched the film please add your comments, reflections and questions on the Padlet page (see instructions on the page). All your comments will form the basis of a discussion webinar on 20 October.
In the Webinar – open education on Tuesday 20 October, 11:00-12:00 (CEST) we will discuss many of the issues raised in the introduction lecture and get inspiration and practical tips from Kiruthika Ragupathi (National University of Singapore) and Alastair Creelman. You can also, during the entire week, share your thoughts in the #ONL202 Twitter community about your own professional experience of open resources, tools and open courses. See the event page.
Learning blog – reflection
Suggested themes for reflection in your learning blog:
A reminder: If you are aiming for a certificate you need to both write reflective posts within a blog and comment on others (see how to participate).
Activities in PBL groups
For guidance on PBL group work including the FISh design please see Learning activities.
Get that experience!
By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to
During this topic I have:
Readings and other resources
Creative Commons guide. Nice short overview to CC-licensing by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.
Open education and the future, Short TED-talk by David Wiley
What is a MOOC? Short explanation by Dave Cormier, one of the people behind the first ever MOOC.
Oddone, K. (2016). PLE or PLN or LMS or OLN? Blog post about the ONL course.
Ragupathi, K. (2020). Being open: drawing parallels with the Coffee House model.
Watson, K. (2014) Learning management system or the open web?, Learning to teach online UNSW.
Weller, M., & Anderson, T. (2013). Digital resilience in higher education. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 16(1), 53.
Weller, M. (2014). Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory. London: Ubiquity Press.
Bates, T. (2019). Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning. (2nd edition)