Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning

George Siemens, elearnspace, Feb 10, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Notes and thoughts by George Siemens on the topic of openness from a presentation he gave at TEDxEdmonton (or as I call it, TEDmonton). "My argument," writes Siemens, "is that openness has not been oversold and that increased openness (of content, teaching/learning, analytics, policy, data, and technology) is really the only path forward for reform." As most people can imagine, I am in agreement with that sentiment. In particular, argues Siemens, there is a need for open analytics. He writes, "A few months ago, we released a concept paper on open learning analytics (.pdf). The goal of this paper is to draw attention to the need for algorithmic transparency in order to ensure that context and the needs of individual learners are reflected in teaching and learning."
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