Sometimes a bit difficult to understand but perfectly threaded with Eliot’s verses we have the Campbell lecture (material #edcmooc week 2). And we are asked to share our thoughts about the meaning of ‘opening education’.
As he said, ‘open’ is a very uncommon world to talk about education because we have reify education as it was a box where we can put whatever we want. And that means that we can full it with useful things and with things are not so good.
As I’ve already said in the discussion board, the fact that you can learn from a massive course in which people of a lot of cultures participate, enrich our learning experience by sharing our ideas…but we lose the human factor in most cases. This new information we are able to get could be knowledge but it not has to be ‘educational’. I thinks that is the main cause that some teachers are against this ‘open’ way to learn. The professor is relegated to a series of advises you must do not only for passing the course, but also for assure you what you will have to make your final project about, and that’s a different way to learn from the traditional one.
I don’t think it wasn’t a good way to learn new things because the education is a right and this new form allows people from over the world to get free access to it. But of course, we have to think, analyze and pick out what is information for us and what we can use to improve our knowledge. It’s our task to select and deepen in the themes we think are most important, so that’s why I think this kind of courses are so great!