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The Philosophy of Open Learning

Peer Learning and the Intellectual Commons


Edited By Markus Deimann and Michael A. Peters

In this book, internationally recognized scholars provide in-depth insight into the emerging field of open education. The Philosophy of Open Learning provides an overview of the current debates and introduces the reader to the overall discourse on open education. The broad range of topics, including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and OERs (Open Educational Resources) is aimed at demonstrating that open education has emerged as a new principle for organizing higher education. Based on this idea, the book covers various issues that are backed up by thorough philosophical reflections that provide orientation for the heated debates. Open education is discussed in its various imbrications to other open movements, such as open access, and its relevance for education over the last fifteen years.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Deimann, Markus, editor. | Peters, Michael (Michael A.), editor. Title: The philosophy of open learning: peer learning and the intellectual commons / edited by Markus Deimann, Michael A. Peters. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Global studies in education; vol. 32 | ISSN 2153-330X Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2015048222 | ISBN 978-1-4331-2858-5 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-2857-8 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1821-0 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-3604-7 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3605-4 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Open learning—Philosophy. Classification: LCC LC5800.P53 2015 | DDC 378/.03—dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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