Open education
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Open education

7 Conclusion

You are now at the end of the Open Education open course. To pull it together and help you check your understanding of what you’ve learned, we suggest that open learners do the following activity.

What to expect this week

In this concluding week there is only one activity, which is for you to reflect on the course, or consider aspects of open education.

Activity 25: Reflecting on openness

In this activity you will create a video and share it via your blog, using YouTube, Vimeo or other video-sharing sites. If you prefer not to create a video then you can use another tool or medium of your choice, but avoid just plain text in this instance if possible.

In your video reflect on what you have learned in this course, covering one of the following elements:

  • What aspect of openness in education interests you most (and why)?
  • What the future direction of open education will be in your opinion, justifying your answer.
  • Your experience of studying an open course versus traditional, formal education.

Post your video to your blog.

This is the end of the open course. We hope you have found both the content and the experience useful.

Openness in education is undergoing a period of rapid change, with different forms of openness being proposed in all areas of higher education. Sometimes this doesn’t turn out the way the initial proponents of openness hoped that it would, and we are seeing many discussions arising around what constitutes openness. For example, this presentation from Gardner Campbell [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] at the Open Ed 2012 conference repeats the refrain ‘that is not what I meant at all’.

The intention of this open course has been to provide you with sufficient experience and knowledge to engage in these debates and discussions as the field progresses.

If you wish to explore OER further, you could study a short block of free material, where you will have the opportunity to examine the underpinning ethos of the OER movement, and also redesign some OER. That block is adapted from the Open University course H800 Technology-enhanced learning: practices and debates, which is a companion course to H817 within The Open University’s Master’s in Online and Distance Education.


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