Going open (education): What, why, and how?

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  • 1. Going open (education): What, why, how?
  • 2. 2 Doors can be open, so too can education Doors can be open, closed, or partly open/closed. So can education.
  • 3. 3 Abstract ● WHAT: Open education involves educational practices which use open educational resources and which reduce barriers to participation. ● WHY: Advantages of open education include including greater accessibility, flexibility, quality improvement, and lower long-term costs. ● HOW: Transform to open education by using OERs, well-known open education web platforms, minimising barriers, encouraging students to contribute, and engaging in communities of open practice.
  • 4. 4 What is open education? ● Use of open educational resources (OERs) (as opposed to commercially-distributed copyright-restricted resources) ● Elimination of barriers to access and participation (or at least reduction and minimisation of barriers) ● An important aspect of open academia (open academia also involves open research and open service)
  • 5. 5 Why open education? ● Range and quality of OERs is rapidly increasing ● Flexibility - can be accessed anytime, anywhere, any way ● Quality improvement – open material attracts review, comment and editing ● Cost – some short-term cost (e.g., in switching to or developing OERs), but long- term savings
  • 6. 6 How to go open? ● Make gradual changes towards openness each teaching cycle ● Audit copyright licenses for materials and switch to, and/or develop, OERs ● Minimise barriers to engagement (e.g., open materials to public) ● Encourage students to contribute (e.g., via open assessment tasks) ● Use well-known OER platforms for developing and hosting materials (e.g., Wikiversity, WikiEducator) ● Share with open communities - engage with open communities of practice for support and mentoring
  • 7. 7 Presentation details ● Prepared and presented by James Neill, Assistant Professor, Centre for Applied Psychology, University of Canberra, 5 June, 2014 ● All material, images and recordings are available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license ● For more information, see the presentation home page: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Going_open_education