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Openness: learning from our history: Openness: learning from our history -- 113 -- Hybrid


12:00 - 13:10 on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 in 1.218

How did we get here? A short history of open education (DK) – 10 minutes

Drawing on our own research, on the OER timeline developed by Lou McGill for CETIS, and from other published work as listed below, we will begin by presenting a short history of the movement highlighting the differing priorities and assumptions of each of three strands of thought. The story of sharing learning materials encompasses a number of agencies, programmes and projects. We hope to draw on the experience of delegates to improve our understanding of the history of the govement, both because it is a story that needs to be told and because a greater understanding of the past can inform our visions of the future.

When ideals meet reality (AT) 5 minutes

When open ideals confront reality: lessons from open source, open standards and open access.This brief input will explore the trajectories taken by open models: open source, open standards, open access. It will draw out the ways in which public and private organisations interact over openness, the role of early adopters and early mainstream take-up. It will signpost the economic and business issues involved in making open approaches viable.

Introducing key concepts in open education (DK) – 5 minutes

  • Open content
  • Open courses
  • Open accreditation
  • Open practice

Facilitated Discussion (Facilitated by AT) 20 minutes

Delegates choose which of the 4 they would like to SWOT. What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of these emerging open educational approaches, based both on the current climate? Scribe chosen for each group. Output is a SWOT.

The talks and SWOT outputs will be blogged by the session leaders.

Key references:

  • OECD, “Sharing knowledge for free “ (2007)
  • CETIS, “Opportunities and challenges for higher education “. (2008)
  • Ithaka, “Unlocking the Gates “ (2011)
  • Hewlett Foundation, “Review of the OER Movement “ (2007)
  • JISC, “Good Intentions “ (2008)
  • JISC will soon have a new section on the website bringing together evidence across open work.


  • Comments


    Hi all. I have uploaded the slides for "when ideals meet reality" here: http://www.slideshare.net/JISC/altc-openness-idealsmeetreality .

    Sunday, 9 September 2012, 20:51