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You want open education? You have to regulate yourself!

“Open education: What do Students want?  How will they contribute “

You want open education? You have to regulate yourself!

Do not take part in open education because it’s so flexible – but because it’s such a wide range of information, of opinions, opportunities etc.  – and you are an excellent path finder and looking for a chance to check out on your self-discipline.

As I assured myself of this week – again, trying to take part – at least marginally (and that’s the crux of the matter):

It’s the warm-up that takes a great deal of the energy needed to take part – rather than the actual reading, thinking and writing.

In the case of a MOOC – and probably any system of open education – it means getting familiar with the topics and its context, maybe remembering the players/getting to know them, remembering/finding the different virtual places of learning, understanding the linking of the different places, feeling part of it.

With MOOCs I feel I cannot jump on and off an open conference wherever you want and whenever you want (a system I high appreciate in unguided sightseeing tours): I want to know what has been discussed already – and not contribute something that has been said before, I want to relate – tha’s why I take part in a conference rather than “just” do research on a topic. That’s the additional benefit to me. That’s why I shoulder the troublesome work of finding my own way.

Side note: When it’s all about interaction – may I be better off in a closed community? Or at least in a sort of continuous community?

With no continuity it’s enormously time consuming getting into the process of open learning again – as measured by individual learning outcomes (if you bother defining those at all). And it’s getting worse when the extent of openness increases.

My conclusion: Whatever students might want of open education and however they intend to contribute – for aims of learning that are a little more complex they will somehow have to work out how to create continuity:

  • continuity to work on a set of topics for a while,
  • continuity in relationships,
  • continuity in learning times and learning “channels”.

You want to open education? You have to regulate yourself!

another side note: Unless: You’re open in a very open way… wanting to drift with the waves that get hold of you… which is admireable and enviable at times! May be that’s another learning aim that should find its way into the curriculum.

Best and thoughtfull regards,
Jasmin – taken away from Change11 again and again – due to self regulation…

  1. 2011/10/18 at 12:35 PM

    I’m feeling you Jasmin. It takes a great deal of commitment to stay focussed. Then again, if you look at as a marathon and not a sprint there is less chance of burning out.

    • 2011/10/18 at 12:56 PM

      Very helpful metaphor, Brett, thank you.
      I think that’s the very point: You just won’t catch up in open education by sprinting…

      So to all sprinters: You better subscribe to a regular, short time course, wait for deadlines to come and run.
      And to all marathon runners: Practice at least three times a week… and remember to breathe deeply 😉

      Keep on running everyone, might see you at the next supply point
      best regards, Jasmin

  2. jennymackness
    2011/10/18 at 7:00 PM

    I like the marathon metphor and I also feel that I understand your sentiments Jasmin.

    I wonder if enough time has been allowed for people to navigate the system and get their heads around a completely new topic each week. I think there will be people who will not participate in this MOOC simply because it is too fast. I’m wondering if two weeks for each topic might have been better – allowing a little more time for orientation, finding like-minded people and reflection.

    The danger is that we will all just skim the surface of many fascinating topics and not get to any depth. Of course the argument could be that we can follow up on topics of particular interest after the course is over – but by that time the ‘people we want to talk to’ will have dispersed.

    It’s difficult to get the balance between pace and depth of learning right – so I really don’t know what would be for the best.

  3. 2011/10/18 at 7:01 PM

    Thanks for this, Jasmin. You mentioned catching up in your last comment and that has me thinking about how each of us defines what ‘enough’ participation looks like on any given day or week. Obviously one can’t read it all or do it all but one might commit to attending three live sessions per month, reading each issue of The Daily or blogging once a week.

    No matter how ‘much’ or how ‘little’ I participate (as defined by my own standards), I am continuously reminded of how I am the only one accountable for setting those standards and judging whether or not I’ve lived up to them. It’s a lot of pressure, isn’t it? 😉

    • 2011/10/19 at 1:16 PM

      And oops – magic: as soon as there are people to talk to – there is time and motivation to take part.
      Thank you Jenny and Brainysmurf1234.

      Indeed, it’s dreadful to be responsible for yourself. And wonderful. And dreadful. No one can give me a harder time than I myself: I guess. That might well be one reason why I love MOOCs 😉

      But no matter what kind of students we talk about (regular, further education etc.): They should know what challenges go with the potential of open education.
      Or the other way round: They should ask themselves: For what I want to achieve – what is the specific benefit of open education – compared to whatever alterantives there are? Under which conditions can I actually take advantage of this benefit?

      I guess that is the other downside of your thesis that MOOCs / open education “re-awakens the instinct of self-regulation” as you suggest in your “sandbox post”, Brainysmurf1234. I agree, very much appreciate this aspect of open education and like to add: Open education also postulates/requires self-regulation.

      How can we bridge the time until self-regulation is re-awakened? Does it just take time? Or action? What kind of action?

      Well, #change11-time is up for today 😉 See you!

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