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Tuesday, November 26 • 13:45 - 14:15
The ground below us, the stars above: Exploring philosophical approaches to Open Education

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With this proposal we call attention to the philosophical foundations of education that have influenced the design of contemporary learning strategies and technologies. Innovation in the form of OER and MOOCs have entered the mainstream and have renewed interest in the social, political, and economic implications of educational technology. At the same time, advances in open content and technology for distance learning claim to support the democratization of education and the search for social justice, but rarely rely on philosophical frames or lenses with which to carry forward the open education movement. This presentation will begin by sharing examples of normative beliefs and values that are often taken for granted and used as moral instruments for progress without an examination of their applicability or feasibility in particular contexts.

We will present cases that are suitable to illustrate how the relationship between educational philosophy and institutionalised education has been altered by technology and draw some conclusions how to re-balance the relationship based on a more comprehensive educational framework. We will also show that in the Open Education movement, education and pedagogy are dealt with in the form of “The Elephant in the Room”, i.e. normative beliefs, assumptions and values are taken for granted and are used as moral instruments for progression without examining the feasibility of relying on certain educational or political norms (e.g. education as emancipation; social justice) in a given context.


Markus Deimann

Researcher at Fern Universität in Hagen, FernUniversität in Hagen
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Billy Meinke-Lau

OER Technologist, University of Hawaii

Tuesday November 26, 2019 13:45 - 14:15 CET
BL27.06 ground floor classroom - Presentations