This week I read Douglas's blog post. He talked about the promise it provides students in small, rural schools. This is huge for Alaska as much of the state is not easily accessible. These classes provide more diversity for these students. It allows teachers to learn alongside students. We, as teachers, aren't knowledgable in everything and these courses can be huge in helping us provide a practical education to the students we teach. He also talked about issues with needing to get a credential or diploma to get a job. I wonder if this will change over time? I wonder is some of these open learning sites will get accredited to allow for certification in certain fields? Since this is an emerging technology only time will tell.
I also read Josie's blog and I really appreciated how she talked about how most open learning is self-paced. This is great for adults with busy schedules. I always see new courses online and sometimes I try them out. I never get very far. But it is still nice to have the opportunity to learn something new without having to step foot in a classroom.
This week has really made me question my teaching. How can I encourage students to become lifelong learners? Can open learning help facilitate this? I think it can. Open learning encourages learners to choose to learn what they are interested in. This, in itself, leads the way to differentiation. Another main takeaway is how do I use open education in my classes while still meeting district and state requirements? I think we have a long way to go before open education will be able to be used the way it is intended in K-12 education.