INDIVIDUAL REFLECTIONS FOR TOPIC 2: Open Learning – Sharing and Openness

“Disseminating knowledge is the human duty, sharing it about so that all can benefit.”
Amy Snow, a novel by Tracy Rees

Sharing is learning! Wait a minute, it may seem simple but in reality, it’s very complicated.

We have tried to analyze some of the possible issues with sharing information in online education. Data protection can be considered one of the parameters that need to be considered in advance.

Data protection generally refers to the process of safeguarding vital information from corruption, compromise, or loss [1].

When it comes to online education, data protection can be divided into 2 main categories:

  • Students: disciplinary records, report cards, and behavioral assessments. Teachers record student behavior. National assessments, state high-stakes tests, district-level assessments
  • Teachers: personal data include all information concerning an individual or his or her characteristics or living conditions if they can be identified as pertaining to the individual, his or her family, or those living with him or her, such as name, personal identity code, contact details, information on studies, IP address, genetic information, and marital status.


Although open learning has several advantages, however, I think that it also might come with a few potential disadvantages that should be considered in advance. In my opinion, the required digital platforms might pose significant barriers to participation for individuals in underserved communities or regions with limited technological infrastructure.




Quality control, lack of guidance, support, and the overwhelming amount of available information might also impact the quality of open learning. In my opinion, we need to find a way that how open learning can cover a wider range of learners. How we can overcome the barriers? We also might need to work on the requirements and infrastructure in advance before we jump to open learning.




1- “Presidency of the Council: ‘Compromise text. Several partial general approaches have been instrumental in converging views in Council on the proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation in its entirety. The text on the Regulation which the Presidency submits for approval as a General Approach appears in annex,’ 201 pages, 11 June 2015, PDF”. Archived from the original on 25 December 2015. Retrieved 30 December 2015.

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  1. Farinaz Ebrahimian April 8, 2023

    I totally agree with you. Data protection is of quite high importance.

  2. Marko Dimitrov April 11, 2023

    Hello! Data protection is essential! Our PBL group had a brief discussion about that. Specifically, it was interesting to discuss if we should/could use evaluated tests and results to give feedback to enhance learning.

  3. Charlotta Edlund May 2, 2023

    Thank you for your group’s insights regarding topic 2 and the data protection issue! It would be interesting to read about this from your own personal experience and how you translate this to your context as a teacher. Based on your position, you should have lots of insights to share and inspire us with!

  4. Gül Bilge Han May 25, 2023

    Thanks for these comments! The issue of data protection is definitely a significant issue in digital learning and teaching platforms especially in relation to recent debates about Chat GPT for instance as an instance of artistic and intellectual theft. I also share your thoughts on the need for addressing infrastructural requirements and overcoming concrete barriers that pose a challenge to diverse learners “before we jump to open learning.” Gül

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