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Spotlight topic 2: The Big Shift?!

Welcome to the second week of the discussion on Open Educational Practices! This weeks topic is...

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Ulf Ehlers
6 June 2010

Welcome to the second week of the discussion on Open Educational Practices!

This weeks topic is the Big Shift. We have found in our research so far a number of factors which turn out to be important if educational practices in an organisation are to be opened. We have coined ths process the BIG SHIFT - because it obviously involves more than 'just' using open educational resources.  We found that

  • Teachers
    • need skills an learn about how to e.g. with user generated content rather than e xpert content
    • have to become knowledgeable in guiding tudents to become professional in self-assessment processes and embracing the notion of assessment for learning rather than assessment of learning.
    • are faced with a powershift in the way that not their own resources are subject of teaching any longer but those of other experts as well.
  • Students need
    • to become autonomous learners 
    • have to lean about assessing their own progress and taking responsibilit for their learning
    • are faced with beeing peers to each other  and validating each others learning
  • Leaders of educational organisations
    • are faced with the question how they can make content which has been produced in teaching and learning processes relevant to other actors within the organisation
    • how an open policy can be lived within the institutiuon and express itself not 'just' in the use of just another open educational resources repository.
  • Policy makers want to stimulate the use of opean educational resources to improve the quality of education - not just the access to educational opportunities. But what is quality of open resources?

This week we would like to invite your best reocmmnedations and experiences how to make the big shift. What are your experiences?

At the end of the week a summary will be posted - looking forward to reading from you, Ulf Ehlers

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Summary of week 2:

Dear colleagues - thank you for the feedback you gave and the time you took to contribute to the discussions from many parts of the world. The following issues struck us a key comments from week 2:

  • Materials that are intended for open use should be developed right from the beginning with 'openness' in mind
  • In fact the whole idea of academic practice sometimes seems to be overwhelmingy concentrated on being original and creative and 'new' rather than playing creative and originally with something which already exists.
  • Giselle: teachers are confronted with further pressures, ... and are expected to think on their feet and incorporate resources, new ideas and even suggestions that students themselves may bring in, basically, 'stuff' that's new to us?
  • 'open' and 'openness'  is new! ...There's a lot to be thought, discussed and clarified regarding 'openness' and what it means to be 'open', particularly when the ideological bases of education are buried under business 'realities' as they seem to be more and more...
  • Olufemi: OER are a novelty in African countries - and administrators yet have to develp their experiences with them to see how policies around them can be shaped to support upake of OER

Thank you all for sharing your keypoints on how to ake the BIG SHIFT  happen! We will incorporate them into our work and will take them as inspiration in further discussions! Have a look at to see what's next. Here we continue with the third and last week of our discussion. Roberto Carneiro, Professor at the Catholic University Lisbon, Portugal and former Minister of Education in Portugal will lead the topic.

Best regards, Ulf Ehlers

Ulf Ehlers
08:54 on 13 June 2010

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