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ERIC Number: EJ951237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
The Open Student: Questioning the Future of the Open Student
Davis, Vicki
EDUCAUSE Review, v45 n4 p22-28 Jul-Aug 2010
Miller Singleton, a high school student, recently produced a video that shared her vision of a program in which learners could use materials from the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative to obtain a college degree. She calls the program the Open Content Educational Program (OCEP), a program that is offered to high school seniors that gives them the information needed to use the OpenCourseWare if they cannot afford or are not able to go to college. Singleton states that open content technology is changing lives. The author argues that open content is not yet changing students' lives because there are questions that should be answered first. These questions include: (1) How can sources of open content be vetted, rated, and evaluated?; (2) How can conversations and learning experiences evolve around open content?; (3) Do students have the skill sets to use these learning environments?; (4) Are the dominance of the English language and the lack of accessibility for those with disabilities creating additional hurdles?; (5) Can learning through open content be validated?; (6) Can content area experts emerge from open content environments?; and (7) Can colleges and universities continue to fund open content initiatives without receiving compensatory payback for their contribution to learning at large? The author contends that future of the "open student" is directly related to the willingness of those who are in both secondary and higher education to openly discuss these questions. Finding the answers will allow them to jump these hurdles to the future of learning. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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