Open educaton: Are we at thecrossroads?Markus Deimann and Sandra PeterMarkus.Deimann@FernUni-Hagen.deSandra.Peter@sydney.edu.auOCWC2013
Agenda• Openness and open educaton• Historical changes to the movement• A move towards commodificaton• New forms of exclusion• Discussion
A problematc concept• What is your understanding of openeducaton?
An historical reconstructon (Peter & Deimann, 2013)
The new landscape and discourse• Coursera, Udacity, EdX• Open2Study• The Mechanical MOOC• cMOOCs
A critcal evaluaton: Foucault• Atempt to turn philosophy upside down by questoningfundamental assumptons about the subject and the society• Special understanding of power and knowledge• “Discipline and Punishment” implicatons for educaton:Classroom as a paradigm of discipline, normalisaton andregulaton (tmetable, curriculum). Evaluaton andexaminatons as manifestatons for the ordering of studentsand subjects.• The Enlightenment, which discovered the libertes, alsoinvented the disciplines• Educatonal insttutons as gatekeepers for the allocaton ofknowledge and power
DiscussionOpen Educaton is not solely a “humanistcproject” (educaton for all, democratzaton ofeducaton) but also a form of exclusion (thosewho are unwilling to open up)