Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

openeducation2MIT’s Vijay Kumar (Senior Associate Dean & Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology) talks about the next step in the “open” movement in a short interview with Mary Grush in this month’s Campus Technology. [Beyond Access: What’s behind quality education?]

Open education, according to Kumar, goes beyond open content and open standards and is the sharing of “practices and pedagogies that underlie the content and resources.” The result is a process that can improve pedagogy through collaboration and input from many parties.

Some existing examples that have started to move toward open education are MIT’s Open CourseWare, the OpenCourseWare Consortium, and MERLOT. There are also some projects beginning to share pedagogy along with content – Carnegie Foundation’s KEEP Toolkit, Rice University’s Connexions, and the Open Univeristy’s OpenLearn.

Fundamentally, open education relies on and is made possible by combining open knowledge/content/resources with Web 2.0 technologies.  Kumar concludes by saying “We’re facing a climate that requires a re-0rientation of practices and a rethinking of operational models, to deliver relevant eduation…By sharing pedagogy, critically reviewing it, and making that work much more visible, we can bring the practice of research into education and move collectively toward better practices and educational transformation.”

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