Assignment 1.1. Role play – pros and cons of open learning philosophy

One of the leading thinkers in the openness movement is David Wiley. Watch out his TED talk before proceeding with below role play instructions.


Role play instruction

  • Build pairs.
  • One person supports Wiley`s view favoring openness in education, the other person does not.
  • Having Wiley`s TED speech as well as previous course content in mind, discuss the following aspects while keeping a strict opinion according to your assigned role:
    • Wiley’s words that “you can share without losing part of yourself”
    • The future of the profession “teacher”
    • The use of technology
    • The quality of open resources
  • Note the key arguments (both pros and cons) you as a team have elaborated and share them with the entire class.

Reflection questions

  • How is the concept of openness addressed at your institution and, more broadly, in your local context? What do you think should be done to improve it?
  • What are your experiences with open education?
  • What is the role of technology for open learning?

Further readings

https://www.openlearning.com/Pedagogy [very good introduction to the open learning idea and its building blocks including further readings ]

Coffey, John (1988). "Guest Editorial: The Opening Learning Movement". Innovations in Education & Training International. 25 (3): 195–96. [old but still interesting read on the open learning movement]

D'Antoni, Susan (2009). "Open Educational Resources: reviewing initiatives and issues". Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning. 24 (1 (Special Issue)): 4 [excellent overview of open educational resources]

Mulder, F. (2015). Open(ing up) Education for all…Boosted by MOOCs?. In C. J. Bonk, M.M. Lee, T.C. Reeves, & T.H. Reynolds (Eds.), MOOCs and open education around the world (pp. xviii- xxvii). London: Routledge.

Pomerantz, Jeffrey; Peek, Robin (2016): Fifty shades of open. In: First Monday 21 (5).