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ERIC Number: EJ1084370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 20
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ISSN: EISSN-1492-3831
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Dimensions of Openness: Beyond the Course as an Open Format in Online Education
Dalsgaard, Christian; Thestrup, Klaus
International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, v16 n6 p78-97 Nov 2015
The objective of the paper is to present a pedagogical approach to openness. The paper develops a framework for understanding the pedagogical opportunities of openness in education. Based on the pragmatism of John Dewey and sociocultural learning theory, the paper defines openness in education as a matter of engaging educational activities in sociocultural practices of a surrounding society. Openness is not only a matter of opening up the existing, but of developing new educational practices that interact with society. The paper outlines three pedagogical dimensions of openness: transparency, communication, and engagement. "Transparency" relates to the opening up of student work, thoughts, activities, and products in order to provide students with insight into each other's activities. "Communication" aims at establishing interaction between educational activities of an institution and surrounding practices. Openness as joint "engagement" in the world aims at establishing interdependent collaborative relationships between educational institutions and external practices. To achieve these dimensions of openness, educational activities need to change and move beyond the course as the main format for openness. With examples from a university case, the paper discusses how alternative pedagogical formats and educational technologies can support the three dimensions of openness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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