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Outline for Project
I. What is Open Education?
Open education does not have a general definition. Perceptions of open education vary. Some say it is an approach to learning that gives students flexibility and choice over what, when, at what pace, where, and how they learn. Open learning often includes aspects of e-learning. Open education can be linked to humanism
II. Humanism “a school of thought that believes human beings are different from other species and possess capacities not found in animals (Edwords, 1989). Humanists, therefore, give primacy to the study of human needs and interests. A central assumption is that human beings behave out of intentionality and values (Kurtz, 2000).”
also believe that it is necessary to study the person as a whole, especially as an individual grows and develops over the lifespan. The study of the self, motivation, and goal-setting are also areas of special interest.
Humanists make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared human values. Humanists see no convincing evidence for gods, the supernatural, or life after death. Humanists believe that moral values are properly founded on human empathy and scientific understanding. Humanists believe we must live this life on the basis that it is the only life we'll have -- that, therefore, we must make the most of it for ourselves, each other, and our world.
III. History of Open Education- Lee Earnhart
Open Education in the US came through around the 1960's. They went over to Great Britian and observed their ideas (which were many of what US already had). They put open education into effect so knowledge could be free and open, children could work together, etc.
IV. Key Components in Open Education:
Promotes individual growth, critical thinking, self-reliance, co- operation, commitment to lifelong learning. Most important person is the student not teacher. Not curriculum bound Not age/grade locked Student- centered learning that is intensive, but with relaxed teacher/pupil contact. Needs low teacher/pupil ratio. De-emphasizes schedules Little control or competition issues between studentsDifficult to draw the line between chaos and order, rebelliousness and expression of rights. Students tend to have better self-concepts and are more creative and co- operative, but academic achievements are lacking
V. Role of Teacher:- Allison Trotter
Teachers in an open education environment do: Respond to students’ feelings Act as a facilitator for group discussions Use students’ ideas in ongoing discussions Tweak explanations to meet the needs of the students Help students create realistic goals
Teachers in an open education environment do not: Stand up and lecture students Create a negative learning environment for the students Teach to pass a test See learning as limited to one style; there are many different learning styles among students
VI. Role of Student- Angela St. Charles
VII. Challenges-Lee Earnhart
Re-Use - open education formats are open in theory but closed in the practice and re-use. Intrastructure Cost - those putting effot to develop new OERS don't have the chance to make it accessible publicly. Intellectual Property - whether or not open education materials should be commercially usable. Quality Control - ensuring that high quality materials are accessible. Sustainabililty - planning long-term stability.
VIII. Lesson Plans- Mary Katherine Nowlan
VII. Our Thoughts on Open Education everyone needs to input their opinion on this!
Allison Trotter “I like the idea of open education, but I don’t think I would like to implement it all year long in my classroom. Open education is a much more free environment then a regular education classroom . It is something that I think would work for some students, but not for others. “
Daniela Schweigl : Open education don`t has to be good but it can be good. In open education kids can deicide for theirselves what when and with whom they learn. I think open education is good for a lot of children but not for all. My opinion is that good education is a good composition between open education and frontal teaching
Sarah Maultsby's PowerPoint http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiversity/en/0/02/Open_Education.pdf
Sarah Maultsby Thoughts of Education
Open Education Powerpoint -