|16 – 29 October 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. Finally we will consider the impact of GenAI on openness in education.
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 October 18, 11:00-12:00 (CEST), our guest speaker will be Dr Orna Farrell, is Associate Professor of Education, specialising in digital education based in the School of Policy Practice, Institute of Education in Dublin City University (DCU). See the event page for details.
Be sure to share your thoughts in the #ONL232 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 October 25, 10:00-11:00 (CEST) you will get the chance to discuss open education and your PBL work with the hosts Dr Orna Farrell 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. The climate crisis is calling for collaborations for solutions. How do you think this will cause an increased interest to shift towards open education, collaborations and sharing of open educational resources? Do consider how the emergence of AI tools will impact your teaching. If you decide to open up your courses, and/or your practice, 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
See the event page.
Webinar 2: Wednesday October 25, 10:00-11:00 (CEST). A chance to discuss with other PBL group members. Hosts Dr Orna Farrell 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)
Go open: A beginner’s guide to open education. Dublin City University.
Rickmann, J & Deinns, J. L. (2023). Openness in higher education: a path beyond tibalism and towards global mindsets. In: Hunter, F., Ammigan, R., de Wit, H., Gregersen-Hermans, J., Jones, E. & Murphy, A. C. (Ed.), Internationalisation in Higher Education: Responding to new opportunities and challenges (p. 89-98). EDUCatt.
Stacey, Paul. (2023). AI From an Open Perspective.
Bali, M., Cronin, C., & Jhangiani, R. S. (2020).Framing Open Educational Practices from a Social Justice Perspective. Journal of Interactive Media in Education.
Costello, Huijser & Marshall. (2019). Education’s many “opens”.
Encore project. https://encoreproject.eu/
Farrell, O., Breen, E., Brunton, J., Cox, R., Costello, E., Delaney, L., Gallagher, E., Smyth, V. (2021). Go Open: A Beginners Guide to Open Education. Dublin: DCU. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.4593103
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.
Ragupathi, K. (2020). Being open: drawing parallels with the Coffee House model.
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.