This article basically explains the shift in the learning pedagogy and how different sectors in the curriculum responded. With the shift to a distance and open learning, lots of learning opportunities were developed which simplified the manner in which education need to be accessed and the delivery methods. As described by the article, an entry into the distance and open learning pedagogy is a big step to cope with the rapid increasing technology and integration of elements in education and lifelong learning. It is worth noting that an open pedagogy has enhanced innovations in the ministry of education across the globe where the learner are free to express themselves to the tutor as well as the open interactive forums developed by the teacher on the intended topic.
In this case the voices of the introverts and those of the passive learners are amplified as seen in various tweets presented by the students. In this regard, the voices of those who don’t support an online system are suppressed. With the entry of the Open Educational Resources (OER), an open pedagogy has come to outplay other ways of educational practices. The OER-enabled pedagogy emphasizes on the need to practice learning in context to the 5R permissions which is an essential characteristic of OER. From these tweets it is clear that the main thing that was being shared in their conversations is the need to embrace the current open pedagogy that has effectively managed to utilize the scarce resources in the physical system of learning (Wiley & Hilton 2018). As in indicated in one of the tweets like @hackeducation, there have been an ease to access some extra resources from internet to support the understanding of a certain concept being passed across.
The mind of every learner is unique based on the way it responds to the method of teaching and learning, here also it has been realized that an OER-enabled pedagogy has been effective to students who like less book work but more of social interaction. It will be an inefficient approach to students who are less exposed to matters concerning technology and social networks, which are less used to learning in a social media interaction. To balance the two sets of students as well as bringing out the regional balance in terms of technology level, the article has proposed a blended way of learning that is more open. Students can well access to learning in a distance and open system as well as the physical interaction to enhance discussion.
Wiley, D. & Hilton, J. (2018). Defining OER-enabled Pedagogy. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 19(4).