Share and the world shares with you

| August 13, 2010

The current issue of the EDUCAUSE Review focuses on openness in education; more specifically, its articles cover the topics of the open future/student/course/faculty/ed tech/world.

According to the 2010 Horizon Report, openness in higher education will reach mainstream use within 12 months. Openness in higher ed refers to the sharing of content, resources, courseware, and textbooks. Proponents of the Open Movement argue that it encourages a free flow of information that leads to discovery and innovative ideas that are keystones to education.

In the article that focuses on open courses, the authors (George Siemens and Dave Cormier) assert that open learning takes nothing away from the role of the educator and instead adjusts this role to reflect the content and engagement tools that the learner has access to. The educator is still every bit as responsible for “facilitating interactions, sharing information and resources, challenging assertions, and contributing to learners’ growth of knowledge.” In fact, the authors provide this helpful chart that details the role of educators in online courses:


The underlying ideology of the open learning movement is inspiring; that whenever it is possible, information should be shared so that the exchange of ideas can take place. It is in these exchanges that ideas (and learners!) strengthen and grow. For those wary of exposing their hard work to millions of brains, know that under the creative commons license, some rights are reserved to your original material.