Troubling Open Education
Wednesday, June 29 8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Open in education is associated with a wide range of aspects of education and scholarship including open educational practices, open educational resources, open data, open scholarship and open access. What do these have in common? In what ways are they open at all? What is the nature of the consensus of openness in education? While open education seems to be an uncontested and uncontestable “good”, it is in effect a site of contestation over both meaning and practice. This talk will trouble the concepts of openness in education and illuminate the nature of the debates. Bio: Associate Professor Czerniewicz is the director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Prior to that position, she ran the OpenUCT Initiative spearheading the university's open scholarship agenda including the development of the Open Access policy and the repository as well as the integration of open education. Her research interests include the technologically-mediated practices of students and academics, the nature of the changing higher education environment and the geopolitics of knowledge, underpinned by a commitment to surfacing the expressions of inequality within and across contexts. Laura is involved with policy work in various contexts, and is a regularly invited keynote and panellist presenter in South Africa and internationally as well as serving on the advisory boards of a variety of international educational and technology publications. She blogs intermittently at http://lauraczerniewicz.uct.ac.za and can be followed as @czernie on Twitter.