|20 – 31 March 2023
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 it opens up new opportunities for collaborative learning and development.
Today many universities publish course material (lectures, course modules, courses, textbooks) as OERs with Creative Commons licenses that allow anyone to reuse and even adapt the material under the terms of the license. Examples of such resource collections are OpenLearn, MIT OpenCourseware, 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.
Activities for all learners
Start investigating open education by listening to our podcast. Hear the diverse voices from colleagues across the globe discussing on what openness means to them. Some of these colleagues are from ONL while there are others from different contexts.
In the first webinar, Exploring Nuances of Open Educational Practices on Wednesday 22 March, 10:00-11:00 (CET), our guest speaker will be Maha Bali, Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo, Egypt. See the event page for details.
Be sure to share your thoughts in the #ONL231 Twitter community about your own professional experience on open resources, tools and open courses, over the course of the week.
In the second webinar on Wednesday 30 March, 10:00-11:00 (CEST) you will get the chance to discuss open education and your PBL work with the hosts Kiruthika Ragupathi and Lotta Fröjdfeldt. You will also be provided an opportunity to discuss your group work with ONL participants from other groups. See the event page.
Suggested themes for reflection in your personal reflection space:
A reminder: If you are aiming for a certificate you need to write the reflective post as well as comment on other participants’ posts (see how to participate).
Activities in PBL groups
For guidance on PBL group work including the FISh design please see Learning activities.
The blending of in-person with online teaching and learning is taking centre stage in the higher education transformation. This is likely to further widen the expansion of online education. How do you think this will cause an increased interest to shift towards open education and sharing of open educational resources? Do consider how the emergence of AI tools will impact your course design. If you decide to open up your courses, what levels of openness would be appropriate from your own and from your institution’s perspectives? Does your university learning management system (LMS, e.g. Moodle, Canvas, etc) offer opportunities for openness? What support would colleagues need from the leadership? How would you introduce the idea of openness to your students? How would you engage students as partners in this open initiative?
Get that experience!
By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to
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Webinar 2: Thursday 30 March, 10:00-11:00 (CEST). A chance to discuss with other PBL group members. Hosts Kiruthika Ragupathi and Lotta Fröjdfeldt
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)
Guadamuz, Andres. (2023). Openness, AI, and the changing creative landscape https://www.technollama.co.uk/openness-ai-and-the-changing-creative-landscape
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.
Larson. David B. (2022). Openness and Transparency in the Evaluation of Bias in Artificial Intelligence: https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/abs/10.1148/radiol.222263?journalCode=radiology
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.