Open education
Open education

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Open education

1.4 Flavours of openness

The Open University (OU) is arguably in a unique position to consider the nature of what ‘open’ means in higher education. When the OU was founded it defined ‘open’ as meaning open access, which was realised through not setting any formal educational qualifications for entry, and using a part-time, distance education model. But with the advent of the internet and digital technologies, what it means to be ‘open’ with regards to education has begun to change. In this week you will explore these different interpretations of openness, to set the scene for the remainder of the course.

Activity 2: Open education reading

Timing: 1 hour

Activity 3: Representing open education

Timing: 4–6 hours

The two resources you’ve just read and viewed provide views on different aspects of what openness means in higher education.

  • Create a visual representation that defines openness in education by drawing on some of the concepts listed in Weller and Anderson (although it is not necessary to include all of them). You can use PowerPoint, an online tool such as Prezi or any other tool of your choice.

    The key is to provide a representation that draws together the key concepts of openness as you perceive them. Save it in a form that is shareable, e.g. an image or an embeddable file from elsewhere (such as Flickr, Prezi, etc.).

  • Put your representation in a blog post, with a brief description of it.

Note

If you have difficulty with visual representations, then you can alternatively create a representation in another medium, including text lists, or audio.

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