Open to Debate: Open Education and the Library
Open education is a transformative idea. Providing quality online courses, open access textbooks and open educational resources for anyone with an internet connection could create a nation of knowledgeable lifelong learners or decimate higher education as we know it. Or both. Like all disruptive ideas it raises some controversial questions. In this session, the presenters will frame questions addressing the role of the library in MOOCs and the open education movement by providing background and context for current controversies then asking the attendees to engage in an Oxford-style debate. Using Poll Everywhere, a pre-debate vote will be taken, allowing attendees to vote as for, against or undecided on the issue. Attendees will then be teamed up and assigned a “side” of the debate. Teams will be given a handout outlining the key points of the issue and must come up with a defense for their side. Each faction will present their defense and the debate will begin. At the end of the debate, a second vote will be taken to see if opinions on the issue have changed. The side that sways the most opinions wins. The session will be structured around three provocative questions and attendees will leave with a better sense of the issues and opportunities created by open education and an understanding of where their faculty and administrators stand on the subject and why.