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If only we had something other than content on which to base education…

The hype around open educational resources (OERs) is growing to the level that web 2.0 inhabited several years ago (I recently posted a short overview of openness in education). The problem with OERs is that they are too often focused on content. More recently, a few educators have been pushing the concept of openness through open teaching and open accreditation. But, as Brian Lamb notes, “if we live in an era of information abundance, why is the primary drive around OERs the publication of more content? And what other activities around the open education movement might be an effective use of our energies? What other needs have to be met?”


  1. Chris Lott wrote:

    I don’t disagree with you, Brian, Jim, etc. What I strongly disagree with is setting the concepts of opening up education in opposition rather than in potentially amazing synergy. We need more and better and different content. We need to see process opened up on both educator and student sides. We need to see different kind of educational design of offerings. We don’t have to kick one to step up to the other.

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  2. There are a lot of people who speak of organizing education around modes of thinking and habits of mind. Howard Gardner’s book Five Minds for The Future is a good example. He advocates organizing education (which is very different from *schooling*) around disciplinary thinking, rather than content.

    But, then some people are in the market for the quick credential and many online education programs are based on transmission of content… online analog of traditional lecture based transmission.

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at 1:48 pm | Permalink