Opening up education - some pedagogical considerations

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In the “Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions” from September 25, 2013 the Commission advocated strongly to ‘Opening up Education’ through ‘Innovative teaching and learning for all through new Technologies and Open Educational Resources’.
We strongly support this vision for the future and aim at realising it within a Danish context with a population of five million. However, we also retain a certain scepticism and remember the saying of David Wiley: “If content is all we need, why would we need universities? Libraries could do the job!” In order to open up education, we need to develop a pedagogical framework for knowledge building to supplement the tradition for knowledge acquisition in higher education.
In this article we present our strategic considerations for organising a master programme in ICTbased Educational Design as Open Online Learning for the benefit of the full-time students registered at the university (making the programme more flexible as dual-mode education) and at the same time opening the programme for students/learners outside the university (colleagues at universities and university colleges, but also teachers at high schools and primary schools, and staff involved with informal learning at museums and/or educational planning in companies, plus prospective future students.
The focus in this article is on the strategic pedagogical considerations, whereas the more business model oriented considerations are presented in the article: ”Building OOC layers on top of existing courses”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMOOCs in Europe : overview of papers representing a collective European response on MOOCs as presented during the HOME conference in Rome November 2015
EditorsDarco Jansen, Lizzie Konings
Number of pages6
PublisherEuropean Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU)
Publication yearJun 2016
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-79730-19-3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
EventWOW! Europe embraces MOOCs - UNINETTUNO, Rom, Italy
Duration: 30 Nov 201530 Nov 2015


ConferenceWOW! Europe embraces MOOCs

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