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Open education: the good the bad and the ugly

What do Open Education Practices mean for teachers and students? Does everyone have to join the MOOC (Massive Open Online course) movement to benefit?

The good, the bad and the ugly aspects of using open education resources and open practices are investigated through three scenario challenges.

  • Discuss the issues for ten minutes and form an argument. Positive or negative as allocated.
  • Debate your point of view - five minutes only. Each person states their view.
  • What are the solutions? (Presenter.)


Scenario One - Good:

Emilia believes that open sharing and collaboration to create resources can save teachers time. She has started using slideshare and Youtube to share her presentations. She has also started keeping a professional blog. She is getting hits from all round the world and has people leaving comments about her work.

She also uses a wiki for sharing information with students and gets them to use it to develop resources for their projects in Travel and Tourism. Now they have got used to using the wiki, they really like how easy it is to share resources with their fellow students and teacher.

For Emilia, having an online presence is really important and she has raised her 'street credibility' with colleagues and also with her students. It also allows her to connect more effectively with other professionals and with students and provides endless opportunities for peer feedback. Emilia's skills in accessing and managing digital information have developed tenfold.

  • Team 1: Why do you agree with these statements?
  • Team 2: What is wrong with this scenario and what are the pitfalls?


Scenario Two - Bad:

Brett found it pretty scary when he first started keeping a blog during his study for a teaching qualification. Although he was told that it would help him to develop his online digital identity, he did not like the idea of being judged by others. Initially, he kept the blog private between him and the lecturer.

He was less dubious when he started using open resources such as Youtube videos to teach carpentry students. Even so, he had to spend quite a lot of time checking the videos to make sure that they were teaching correct techniques.

However, when he started to create videos with a colleague to teach specific skills he was very nervous that the quality would not be adequate. (Example.) It also took quite a lot of time and he did not have the skills to edit them. He was not convinced that these ‘quick and dirty’ resources would be effective for learning.

  • Team 1: Why do you agree with Brett's point of view?
  • Team 2: Why do you disagree with Brett?


Scenario Three - Ugly:

A group of teachers at Measley College think that ‘playing’ on the Internet is a real waste of time. They are suffering from information overload. They cannot see how learning with huge numbers of participants in free courses (MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses) is going to be useful. They consider that institutions will be losing money and teachers and students alike will be swamped with emails - they don't believe it is worth it.

These teachers also complain that their students are distracted in class and are accessing Facebook on their laptops and other mobile devices. They prefer that they leave them turned off in class. The teachers can't trust students to find and select suitable material on the Internet, let alone create any worthwhile resources. These teachers feel strongly that too much exploring on the Internet means that the content that students have to learn will be bypassed.

  • Team 1: What is wrong with this scenario?
  • Team 2: Why do you agree with this viewpoint?

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