|18 – 31 October 2021
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 (OER), and the consequent development of open educational practices (OEP). 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.
Today many universities publish course material (lectures, course modules, courses, textbooks) as open educational resources with Creative Commons licenses that allow anyone to reuse and even adapt the material under the terms of the license. These are used by schools and other educational institutions all over the world as course material. Examples of such resource collections are OpenLearn, MIT Open Courseware, Merlot and Open UBC. You can also search for millions of Creative Commons photos via CC Search and Wikimedia Commons. Thousands of free online university courses (MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses) are available in many languages via global or regional MOOC platforms such as EdX, Coursera, FutureLearn, FUN (French), Miríadax (Spanish), Edraak (Arabic) and many more.
Lots more references in the reading list below.
Activities for all learners
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.
In the first webinar, Exploring Nuances of Open Educational Practices on Wednesday 20 October, 11:00-12:00 (CEST), our guest speaker will be Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo, Egypt. You can also, during the entire week, share your thoughts in the #ONL212 Twitter community about your own professional experience of open resources, tools and open courses. See the event page.
In the second webinar on Tuesday 26 October, 11:00-12:00 (CEST) you will get the chance to discuss open education and your PBL work, both in groups and with hosts Kiruthika Ragupathi and Alastair Creelman. This is a chance to discuss your group work with other ONL participants. 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
See the event page.
Webinar 2: Tuesday 26 October, 11:00-12:00 (CEST). A chance to discuss with other PBL group members. Hosts Kiruthika Ragupathi and Alastair Creelman
See the event page
During this topic I have:
Readings and other resources
Creative Commons guide. Nice short overview to CC-licensing by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.
Cronin, C. (2017). Open Education, Open Questions. EDUCAUSE Review 52, no. 6 (November/December 2017)
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.
Bali, M., Cronin, C., & Jhangiani, R. S. (2020).Framing Open Educational Practices from a Social Justice Perspective. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.
OER starter kit. Open textbook on how to create and use open educational resources.
Go open: A beginner’s guide to open education. Dublin City University.
Hodgkinson-Williams, C. Arinto, P. (editors) 2017. Adoption and impact of OERs in the global south. African Minds.
Weller, M. (2014). Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory. London: Ubiquity Press.