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PG Cert HE participants: We discussed this topic in the session on 31 Jan. You can use this page to review or catch up. Please access the Prepare and Reflect tool via Blackboard, adding your responses, and updating any which have changed.
This topic encourages you to think broadly about how ‘open’ may intersect with your professional practice, pedagogy and work. It introduces you to some essential concepts, and encourages you to think of open in the context of HE, and at a more personal level.
This page includes contributions from experts and OKHE graduates. We hope you are able to think about some of these before the session — if you are pushed for time, go for the essential reading (singular) — or afterwards.
We continued to explore this topic in the session, where you heard from open educator and Open Education Working Group board member Catherine Cronin, and MOOC lead educator and OKHE graduate Ang Davies. View their full biographies on our Guests page.
This UNESCO report assesses the impact of different aspects of ‘open’ in education, looking at teaching & learning, research and policy.
Choose some of the below to develop your understanding and views further.
- Open Education, Open Questions by Catherine Cronin (featured speaker in the session) explores ideas of critical openness and identity.
- Open: on reaching ‘everyone, everywhere’ by Laura Bond-Sykes (OKHE participant 2016/7) asks whether we are ‘there yet’ with openness in HE.
- Open for Business by Anne Hesketh (OKHE participant 2016/7) looks at a few aspects of open practice in HE against the idea of universities as businesses.
- The new norm(al): Confronting what open means for higher education, a presentation by Bonnie Stewart (video, 50 minutes, auto transcript only), suggests ‘open’ as an important trajectory of change in HE, and outlines several practices which it can represent for educators.
- Why Openness in Education? by David Wiley and Cable Green covers three examples of openness in education.
Resources from the session
Below are resources which were referred to in the session, or suggested afterwards by our guests as relevant for reviewing or catching up on the topic.
Catherine Cronin: Considering Open Education
- Catherine has shared her presentation and references, for you to access and comment on.
- One further suggested reading: Imagining the “open” university: Sharing scholarship to improve research and education. This recent paper, written by open scholar Erin C. McKiernan, discusses the benefits, challenges and tensions of practising openness in higher education.
Ang Davies: The Development of a FutureLearn MOOC
- Ang is happy for us to share her presentation for you to access.
- Ten Simple Rules for Developing a MOOC by David T. Manallack and Elizabeth Yuriev, is a concise and honest collection of advice based on two educators’ experience of delivering a Massive Open Online Course.
- The concept of openness behind c and x-MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) by Osvaldo Rodriguez, is a summary of differences between two key classifications of MOOC, as mentioned in the session.
What do you think?
After reading the above, consider your responses to these questions:
- What are the benefits of openness in HE?
- What is the biggest current challenge for openness in HE?
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