Open Knowledge and Education Innovation
In this participatory learning lab at the intersection of open knowledge and technology, we will contribute new knowledge about how emergent models of self-organized learning are empowering students to become entrepreneurs and agents of their own education and life pathways.
Twenty-first century technology has made it easier than ever to find and produce open knowledge: Wikipedia promises free access to the sum of all the world’s knowledge with the tap of a finger, a Google search yields troves of information, instructional channels abound on YouTube, and organizations like Khan Academy offer course materials free to anyone with an internet connection. Why, then, is so much of the knowledge we learn in traditional academic settings “closed”? Who stands to win if we keep knowledge locked behind journal subscription paywalls, restricted by narrow copyright, and regulated by a small group of experts in a field? And who stands to lose under this model of education?
Examining open knowledge within political, legal, and ethical contexts, in this course we will consider how education innovation and emergent models of self-organized learning can empower students to become entrepreneurs and agents of their own education and life pathways. Working together as a hands-on, participatory learning lab, we will research and conduct interviews with open knowledge and education innovation changemakers across academic disciplines and industry. We will publish our research as open education resources (multimedia case studies, pitch videos, and articles) licensed under Creative Commons and free to use and remix by students, educators, and others around the world.