The Idea of Open Education: A Critical Review

Keynote: CIET (International Congress of Education and Technologies and Meeting of Researchers in Distance Education — 24th and 28th of August, 2020). Brasil.

Education is a public good. For without education there is no real freedom to be able to make informed decisions, to take advantage of learning opportunities and make meaningful choices that impact our daily lives. Education affords us the wherewithal to be able to compete equitably. Without being able to compete openly and fairly, there can be no real justice. So the more widely and openly accessible education is, the better are our chances for meeting goals such as those set by MDGS and SDGs. Particularly in relation to providing an inclusive and a high quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. Open Education is not a new concept, and it didn’t start in 2001 with MIT’s open courseware initiative. Open educational practice has a rich pedigree that goes back a long way to the emergence of independent study and distance education. See Naidu, S. (2016). The case for open educational practice. Distance Education, 37, 1–3. doi:10.1080/01587919.2016.1157010.

24th and 28th of August, 2020

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Open Educational Practices

Distance Education Across Critical Theoretical Landscapes

Distance education, as online learning as well as in other forms, was gaining in popularity before the COVID-19 outbreak but has increased dramatically in conjunction with orders to close educational institutions and learn remotely. Researchers and practitioners alike share responsibility for ensuring distance education practices now and in the future serve all the learners.

The purpose of this webinar is to examine critical perspectives in distance education, including but not limited to Critical Race Theories, Disability Studies, and Gender Studies (Feminisms/Womanisms/Genderqueer) and their intersections.

Come join authors from the Distance Education Vol. 41 No. 3 Special Issue on this topic. During this 90-minute gathering from around the globe, we will discuss criticality in distance education broadly and examine touchstones for quality research and teaching around democratization, encounters, and openness. Moderators will ask authors from the issue questions following the format of an academic panel followed by additional inquiries and discussion raised by participants.

Wednesday 26th August, 10.00AM (AEST).

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Som Naidu – Editor in Chief – DE Journal

Distance Education: Vol 41, No 1 – Taylor & Francis

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