Catherine Cronin: If ‘open’ is the answer, what is the question? [#OER16]
From Stuart Nicol on April 19th, 2016
How can we minimise the cost of textbooks?
How can we help students to build and to own their content and portfolios?
How might we support and empower learners in making informed choices about their digital identities and digital engagement?
How might we build knowledge as a collective endeavour?
How can we broaden access to education, particularly in ways that do not reinforce existing inequalities (Czerniewicz, 2015)?
Openness may help us in addressing such questions. Engaging with the complexity and contextuality of openness is important, however, if we wish to be keepers not only of openness, but also of hope, equality and justice (McMillan Cottom, 2015). With the help of others, Catherine will explore some of these broader questions and critical approaches to openness, as well as sharing results from her research exploring how educators conceptualize openness and open educational practices (Beetham, et al, 2012).