What is 'Open Learning'?

This short learning module will outline definitions of open learning and Open Access (OA). It will then present you with a semi-structured reading process that you can follow on your own or in your basho.

If you choose to read as a peer group, this learning module will show you how you can use the jigsaw method to conduct a quick collaborative inquiry into 'open educational resources' (OERs).

When you have your next group meeting with your tutor, you can discuss the issues raised in this learning module.

You should also get into the habit of posting any questions raised by engaging with your learning modules in your basho so that your peers and your tutor can attempt to answer them. You can do this at any time.

The questions you post and the answers we generate will inform the focus of your group's approach to OERs in the Open Learning Fair.

Open Licensing

There are different licences attached to open learning resources. Some are more 'open' than others.

For example, the words you are reading just now are licenced as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Neil Mulholland 2020 This is not an entirely open licensed. For starters, it prohibits you from using this resource for commercial purposes. Secondly, if you do use this, then you need to attribute the author @Neil Mulholland

Modding: You can, however, share, repurpose and remix ('mod') the course materials. In this, the course is evolving rather than stable. The more people who use it and feedback on how they have adapted and remixed it, the more useful it can become.