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Open Thinking & Alec Couros’ PhD dissertation

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I’ve just come across a new ‘community’ that has been set up at OpenThinking.ca. What is Open Thinking?

Open thinking is the tendency of an individual, group or institution to give preference to the adoption of open technologies or formats in regards to software, publishing, content and practice. Open thinkers critique, question and seek to reject technologies or formats that compromise the power of adopters, especially in the freedom to use, reuse, edit and share creative works and tools. Open thinkers value group-based problem solving and give preference to tools that enable social collaboration and sharing. Open thinkers actively strive to replace adopted technologies and formats with open alternatives. Open thinkers advocate for the adoption of open technologies and practice.

This might be useful for contrasting the approaches of different types of teachers and comparing their motivations.

From this site, I stumbled upon Alec Couros’ blog where he posted last month that he’s successfully defended his PhD thesis on The Open Movement: Possibilities and Implications for Education. Again, this could be useful for looking at the motivations and approaches of educators. :-)