Document Type

Academic Paper

Publication Date

2014

Journal

Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications

Description

Openness in education can be illustrated as expressions of iterative socio-technological innovations that reduce barriers and create multiple opportunities for practice. Through the convergence of collective intelligence and ICTs, particularly Internet-based applications, openness has been reincarnated as the “new paradigm of social production in the global knowledge economy” (Peters, 2008, p. 10). The ensuing open education renaissance—proliferated through open source, open access, open content, and MOOCs—has radically disrupted the insular worldview of the traditional academy and reignited debate about the purpose and future of formal education. This paper proposes that thinking of openness as a system is a useful construct for examining its complexity, both as a whole and the sum of its parts, in order to gain insights, evaluate, and manage the wide range of possibilities available to educators seeking to respond to changes occurring outside of institutionalized settings.

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This is the author's version of a paper presented at the 2014 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunication.

This paper is © 2014 AACE and is posted here with the permission of AACE (http://www.aace.org).

Use of this manuscript must be for noncommercial and personal use only.

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