Here is my “diagram” to illustrate how the following terms are related to my practice.
- Open education in schools
- Distance education
- Open learning
In schools, educators use tools of e-learning and distance education (among others) to “teach” their students. E-learning is used in distance and in-person education (not represented well in the diagram – sorry). Open learning opens a new world of possibilities for educators who embrace it in any setting. However, open learning happens everywhere and is not restricted to schools. MOOCs can be accessed by anyone for professional development, but are seen as “out there” in the universe of open learning. To me, they are somewhat isolated and play a smaller role in education than the other terms.