An interesting discussion on the Pedagogy First course blog has sparked off further thoughts about issues around ‘openness’. This post is, in part, a response to some of the thoughts posted by Alan Levine, and the responses of others, which have provoked this further thinking.
Martin Weller has said that ‘Openness is a state of mind’. Overall I agree with this, but is openness context dependent? My mind isn’t your mind, my experience might not be your experience, my location won’t necessarily be your location and so on. How we understand and experience openness is individual to each learner. Carmen Tschofen and I discussed this in our paper – Connectivism and dimensions of individual experience.
No place is it more important to remember this, than in a small course/community/MOOC in which novice learners are working alongside ‘expert’ or experienced learners and where the topic is learning…
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