This week is Open Education Week, myself and some JISC colleagues have spent some time thinking about what that means to us in our practice and more generally. Amber Thomas and David Kernohan have also created diagrams of what there open education space looks like, and building on their ideas and some of my colleagues from the across the net I’ve had a go at explaining my own #openedspace
In the ‘open’ model below, an ecosystem exists where learning providers, accreditation bodies and, for example, professional associations exist within an ecosystem with the learners and people who can support learners and appropriate tools, such as open resources and the ability to make payments (either real, or in kind) if appropriate.
The ecosystem, under the right conditions, enables learning opportunities to flourish using all or some of the constituent parts, where learning can be accredited or non accredited, formal or informal, free or paid, and a variety of other options. The important part is that the ecosystem is open and transparent. The openness allows broad and diverse access, which leads to greater resource. The transparency is important so that the connections and diversity of leaning opportunity can be seen by all and either replicated or modified.