Exploring open education

It is Open Education Week next week (7-11th March) and there are lots of activities going on to raise awareness of the benefits of open education and the many resources available.

Open Education Week is a global event that seeks to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to teachers and learners. Coordinated by the Open Education Consortium, the event showcases projects, resources, and ideas from around the world that demonstrate open education in practice. The open education movement seeks to reduce barriers, increase access and drive improvements in education through open sharing and digital formats. Open education includes free and open access to platforms, tools and resources in education, including learning materials, course materials, videos, assessment tools, research, study groups, and textbooks, all available for free use and modification under an open license. (About Open Education Week)

This is an excellent time to revisit the fantastic keynote that Catherine Cronin delivered at the University of Huddersfield Teaching and Learning Conference 12th June 2015. The talk was entitled ‘Openness in Higher Education: Choosing our Paths’. Catherine argued very persuasively about why we should choose to ‘go open’ and why it is important as a tool to bridge the divide between students’ networked learning modes and identities outside of HE and the practices within HE. [Please note this is not an argument based on the notion of ‘digital natives’, an unhelpful construct. See the extensive very useful rant by Dr Donna Lanclos on Digital Natives and the Visitor and Resident work that Catherine Cronin also refers to in her talk]

 

Where should you start if you want to go open?

Catherine Cronin and Viv Rolfe put together a wiki for educators interested in open education and has great advice on finding open education resources (OER). The wiki is designed to be used by a range of users, from those just starting to engage with open education to more experienced practitioners.

Posted by Kathrine Jensen (@kshjensen), Research Assistant, Teaching and Learning Institute

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