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Open education: Sustainability versus vulnerability

Rolfe, Vivien

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Vivien Rolfe


The idea of innovation in education (or anywhere) is dependent on the ability of people to embrace a shared problem (Nisbet & Collins 1978). In doing so, the seeking of solutions often gives rise to tensions; these develop from dichotomies of ideas and practices that can emerge (Kuhn 1959). In the context of open education for example, the idea of 'open' versus 'closed' provides a helpful simplification on the one hand, but tension can arise from the exaggeration of contributions to the open community, as observed in 'openwashing' (Villem 2014).


Rolfe, V. (2015, November). Open education: Sustainability versus vulnerability. Paper presented at Open Education Conference 2015 (OpenEd), Vancouver, BC, Canada

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Open Education Conference 2015 (OpenEd)
Conference Location Vancouver, BC, Canada
Start Date Nov 18, 2015
End Date Nov 20, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords open education, education innovation, education sustainability
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Open Education Conference 2015 (OpenEd)


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