ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

Stephen Downes: Public Support for Free Learning: A Policy Framework (Part 1)

Posted on: November 1, 2011

Keynote presentation delivered to VLHORA – studiedag ‚The Education Highway‘, Flemish Parliament, Brussels, Belgium October 24, 2011


  • Open University (started 1791) – attendance without prior educational qualifications! (only money was needed).
  • Project Gutenberg – offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download

How could free learning work? The OERu logic model

  • James C Taylor: Open Courseware Futures: Creating a Parallel UniverseI like figure 2: learners access open courseware, open academic support (academics volunteers), open assessment from participating institutions, participating institutions grant credit for courses, students get credit ir credential
  • criticism: to near on traditional curricula,  what means „open“, differences between traditional knowledge (subjects, hierarchy) and community knowledge

Free learning

  • based on network or connectivist learning
  • is diverse, open, interactive, autonom
  • learning takes place through interaction and creativity: aggregate, remix, repurpose, feed forward (back and forth in time)

Break – as I want to follow Nancy White now I will continue with Stephen’s slides later on


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