Is Open Education the Ideal Method of Teaching?

Open education is a movement that is extremely relevant in todays society.  The basis of an open education has many advantages and disadvantages.  The reality is that this particular movement is expected to continue to grow and extend in the up coming years.

The advantages of an open education includes the ability to be limit cost, extend those who can participate, and create an access to so many new materials for furthering education and learning.  The cost of college today is constantly increasing, while the economy is greatly suffering.  Yearly income for families has not increased in a manner that caters to the ever increasing cost of living.  Open education provides a form of education that can cut cost through no travel necessary, less materials needed, and the ability to maintain a career or job while attending school.

A major concern of open education is the reality that anyone can attend school.  The ability to have other individuals complete assignments for you is a huge issue.  Online school relies on a trust of the student.  The teachers and administration have to give the student the benefit of the doubt that they are the ones completing the assignments.  This trust can easily be abused in a setting such as online education.  There is absolutely no way for the professor to be sure of any situation.  In the future there will be different techniques explored to help solve this issue.

Ms. Herrera raised an idea that really struck my mind in an earlier post.  The idea of having students use a finger print to turn in assignments.  This is a technique I never even considered before.  The advantages of such a method would ensure that the student enrolled in the class was the same student turning in the assignments.  However, this would not prevent another individual to first complete the assignments before turning it in.  Also, such a technique would prevent homework to be turned in at any given time.  I know for myself I do my homework any time I have a moment free.  This means that I am not always at my own computer or tablet.  Such a technology would limit when I could complete assignments.

In pre-k open education is not as relevant.  Although technology can be Incorporated in the sense of using applications on tablets to enrich learning and the in-cooperation of SmartBoards to involve internet use for educational purposes.  The uses of tablets and SmartBoards create possibilities that were not possible prior to such advances of technology.  However, since the use is limited, pre-k teachers are more easily able to monitor technology use in the classroom.

Bonk, C. J. (2009). The world is open: How web technology is revolutionizing education. San Francisco, CA: Josey-Bass.

Do you think that the use of technology to take a students finger print is the appropriate way to ensure a student is completing their own assignments?

For my final project I plan on creating a lesson plan for the use of digital pen pals in the pre-k classroom.  In order to follow through with such a lesson plan a class will need a computer, Webcam and SmartBoard/ Tablet.  

The teacher will have to find another class within the world that is willing to commit to such an activity such as being a digital pen pal.  The class two classes could share information through live interaction with the SmartBoard, as well as a blog or other internet source.  Through a blog the two classes could share images of their experiences in their classroom to share with others and help to create a learning experience for all children.  Being part of such a learning experience would allow students to explore and understand the world around them.  

Is there any other ways to incorporate the internet in such an experience such as digital pen pals?


4 thoughts on “Is Open Education the Ideal Method of Teaching?

  1. Hi Kimberly,

    The fingerprinting of students before assignments are turned in is really is an interesting idea. It would definitely cut down on students misrepresenting themselves as someone else and using someone else’s work as their own. However, I almost immediately thought of the cost associated with the designing and implementing of such a technology. Of course very large universities may have the resources needed for such an undertaking, but even at that level would the cost be worth it to cut down on what is surely only a small portion of student forgeries? Could that money be used to strengthen a school district in the surrounding area with new textbooks, new facilities, and new supplemental educational programming within the schools?

  2. I often wonder the same about where should the funding be spent. The reality is that there will always be those students willing to do wrong and cheat. However, if it’s only a small portion of the students being dishonest is it fear to waste the funding on those students or to use the funding to benefit the students who are applying themselves and wanting to gain from their experience?

    I truly think the money should be spent to benefit the students who are there to learn!!!!

  3. Hi Kimberly,

    Great blog post! That is an interesting idea of using finger prints to turn in assignments and work in an online structure. In one of my other courses, we were discussing how to assess students that was more objective, and both fingerprints and bar codes were the popular choices of achieving this goal. I think fingerprinting would be a productive way of turning in work. My question would be how it would work. Would a person need a fingerprint scanner on their computer to submit their work? With my old computer, it had a fingerprint scanner that if I wanted to log in using my fingerprint, I could do so. Yet not all computers can do such a thing, and I am not sure if mobile phones can do that as well. So using this method may be productive, but it also needs to be accessible to everyone as well in order for it to be successful. If online courses can achieve both of these things, then I think it is a step in the right direction. Great post! It was an interesting and fun read!


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