Open Access or Open Education?

8 November 2011 0

(*) Above the presentation that I gave a few days ago at the Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Turkey. I was kindly invited as keynote by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). 

Rob Farrow (from the Open Univeristy), short time ago wrote that the “discourse about Open Educational Resources (OERs) has reached a point of maturity and needs to be (at least) supplemented with explicit focus on Open Educational Practices (OEPs)”. Doubtless this is a much more radical idea, which opens up the possibility of new practices, contexts and learning environment (either formal or informal).

Farrow adds in his presentation:

Institutional Implications OER University

~ Free learning to all students worldwide using OER learning materials
~ Courses and programs based solely on OER and open textbooks
~ Pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognised education institutions
~ Pathways for OER learners to earn formal academic credit
~ Administrative: not a formal teaching institution and does not confer degrees or qualifications

I fully support the idea of understanding the OER within a much more complex but attractive process of transformation that can influence some other sectors of the Higher Education as well as other teaching and researching practices. Would that be the future of learning or is just a sign of decadence of the current system?

If this is a topic of your interest and you would like to discuss more about how to (re)think the role of the university in our times, don not hesitate to attend the coming (free) Society and the Internet Lecture Series (22nd of November at 16:00 here at the Oxford Internet Institute). Here an excertp of that:

This lecture will explore how non-traditional academic channels of knowledge generation and distribution are increasing in visibility and relevance on the Internet. For instance, relevant examples can be identified in new facets of knowledge generation (e-science, online education, distributed R&D, open innovation, peer-based production, online encyclopaedias, user generated content), and new models of knowledge circulation and distribution (digital print on demand, e-journals, open repositories, Creative Commons licensing, academic podcasting, etc.).

An early version of this work was presented during the last Congress: A Decade in Internet Time. The Oxford Internet Institute and the journal Information, Communication and Society. That work was co-written with Carlos Scolari and Hugo Pardo Kuklinski. At the Social Science Research Network you can find the abstract of that research.

Knowledge Production and Distribution in the Disintermediation Era. #Oii10

Two recommended resources that came to my shortly ago are:
‘Why reinvent the wheel, when there’s great stuff out there?’ Liz Masterman on behalf of the OER Impact Study: Dave White, Joanna Wild, Liz Masterman, Marion Manton {pdf}