H817open Representing open education

Activity 3 of the Open Education MOOC was to make a visual representation of openness in Higher Education. Here is my effort as a mindmap (click image for larger version).

What Openness Means In Education_final


Update and reflection on this activity

This mind map was a bit of a brain dump after I read the two set readings for this activity. I quite enjoyed seeing what came out without too much thought and angst. It represents a snapshot of how I see openness at the moment, with some acknowledgement of the chatter, hype and questioning around who pays and who accredits as well as the general acknowledgement that openness is a good thing.

5 thoughts on “H817open Representing open education

  1. Hi Sukaina –
    Very simple, very clear. My only gripe is the title. Does openness not break down the traditional categories of education? Open education is inherently ‘pick and mix’ so that you could take a module at high school or during an apprenticeship, not just within HE. Similarly, K-12 and FE teachers will (hopefully) become open authors. HE is a bit of a walled garden – not typical of the world or other forms of education. Openness is a gate if not a sledgehammer to that wall!

  2. Thanks Guy. You know I hesitated with including ‘higher education’, but as HE was the focus of the two papers we had to reflect on to construct the visualisation, I included it. But I agree, there’s no reason why openness has to be confined to HE – it certainly should not be. Perhaps my focus or intention was on how HE can be more open so that the ‘traditional’ is broken down. I appreciate you pointing this out.

  3. Hi Sukaina
    Your mindmap gives a good overview of open education. I tend to think in terms of HE myself, being employed at a university. And perhaps HE also struggles the most with embracing the openness because of the strong focus on research and publishing of findings. The teaching bit is sometimes seen as a “stepchild”, even though things have changed a lot during the past five years. In Denmark, there is, luckily, an increasing focus on being a good teacher in HE and engaging students in well designed teaching and learning activities.

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