Opening Up Education - The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge

Opening Up Education - The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge

By Toru Iiyoshi
Book Description

Given the abundance of open education initiatives that aim to make educational assets freely available online, the time seems ripe to explore the potential of open education to transform the economics and ecology of education. Despite the diversity of tools and resources already available—from well-packaged course materials to simple games, for students, self-learners, faculty, and educational institutions—we have yet to take full advantage of shared knowledge about how these are being used, what local innovations are emerging, and how to learn from and build on the experiences of others. Opening Up Education argues that we must develop not only the technical capability but also the intellectual capacity for transforming tacit pedagogical knowledge into commonly usable and visible knowledge: by providing incentives for faculty to use (and contribute to) open education goods, and by looking beyond institutional boundaries to connect a variety of settings and open source entrepreneurs.

These essays by leaders in open education describe successes, challenges, and opportunities they have found in a range of open education initiatives. They approach—from both macro and micro perspectives—the central question of how open education tools, resources, and knowledge can improve the quality of education. The contributors (from leading foundations, academic institutions, associations, and projects) discuss the strategic underpinnings of their efforts first in terms of technology, then content, and finally knowledge. They also address the impact of their projects, and how close they come to achieving a vision of sustainable, transformative educational opportunities that amounts to much more than pervasive technology.

Contributors: Richard Baraniuk, Randy Bass, Trent Batson, Dan Bernstein, John Seely Brown, Barbara Cambridge, Tom Carey, Catherine Casserly, James Dalziel, Bernadine Chuck Fong, Richard Gale, Gerard Hanley, Diane Harley, Mary Huber, Pat Hutchings, Toru Iiyoshi, David Kahle, M. S. Vijay Kumar, Andy Lane, Diana Laurillard, Stuart Lee, Steve Lerman, Marilyn Lombardi, Phil Long, Clifford Lynch, Christopher Mackie, Anne Margulies, Owen McGrath, Flora McMartin, Shigeru Miyagawa, Diana Oblinger, Neeru Paharia, Cheryl Richardson, Marshall Smith, Candace Thille, Edward Walker, and David Wiley

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Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Foreword: Creating a Culture of Learning
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: An Invitation to Open Up the Future of Education
  • Section I - Open Educational Technology
    • 1 - Section Introduction: Open Educational Technology: Tempered Aspirations
    • 2 - Designing Open Educational Technology
    • 3 - The Gates Are Shut: Technical and Cultural Barriers to Open Education
    • 4 - Does an Open Source Strategy Matter? Lessons Learned from the iLabs Project
    • 5 - Evaluating the Results of Open Education
    • 6 - A Harvest Too Large? A Framework for Educational Abundance
    • 7 - Digital Libraries, Learning Communities, and Open Education
    • 8 - Open Source in Open Education: Promises and Challenges
  • Section II - Open Educational Content
    • 9 - Section Introduction: Open Educational Content: Transforming Access to Education
    • 10 - Widening Participation in Education through Open Educational Resources
    • 11 - Building Open Learning as a Community-Based Research Activity
    • 12 - Extending the Impact of Open Educational Resources through Alignment with Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Institutional Strategy: Lessons Learned from the MERLOT Community Experience
    • 13 - Why Understanding the Use and Users of Open Education Matters
    • 14 - OpenCourseWare: Building a Culture of Sharing
    • 15 - Challenges and Opportunities for the Open Education Movement: A Connexions Case Study
    • 16- 2005–2012: The OpenCourseWars
    • 17 - Revolutionizing Education through Innovation: Can Openness Transform Teaching and Learning?
  • Section III - Open Educational Knowledge
    • 18 - Section Introduction: Open Educational Knowledge: More than Opening the Classroom Door
    • 19 - Inquiry Unplugged: A Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Open Understanding
    • 20 - The Middle of Open Spaces: Generating Knowledge about Learning through Multiple Layers of Open Teaching Communities
    • 21 - Open Teaching: The Key to Sustainable and Effective Open Education
    • 22 - Promoting Technology-enabled Knowledge Building and Sharing for Sustainable Open Educational Innovations
    • 23 - Scaffolding for Systemic Change
    • 24 - Learning Design: Sharing Pedagogical Know-How
    • 25 - Common Knowledge: Openness in Higher Education
    • 26 - Open for What? A Case Study of Institutional Leadership and Transformation
    • 27 - What’s Next for Open Knowledge?
  • Conclusion: New Pathways for Shaping the Collective Agenda to Open Up Education
  • About the Authors
  • Index
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