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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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Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education at Waikato University, Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Adjunct Professor in the School of Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and School of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou University. He is the executive editor of Educational Philosophy and Theory and editor of two international ejournals, Policy Futures in Education and E-Learning and Digital Media. His interests are in education, philosophy and social policy, and he has written over sixty books, including most recently Education Philosophy and Politics: Selected Works of Michael A. Peters (2011); Education, Cognitive Capitalism and Digital Labour (2011), with Ergin Bulut; Neoliberalism and After? Education, Social Policy and the Crisis of Capitalism (2011); The Last Book of Postmodernism: Apocalyptic Thinking, Philosophy and Education in the Twenty-First Century (2011); Bakhtinian Pedagogy: Opportunities and Challenges for Research, Policy and Practice in Education Across the Globe (2011), with Jayne White; The Virtues of Openness: Education, Science and Scholarship in a Digital Age (2011), with Peter Roberts; Education in the Creative Economy (2010), with D. Araya; the trilogy, Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy (2009), Global Creation: Space, Connection and Universities in the Age of the Knowledge Economy (2010), Imagination: Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge Economy (2010), all with Simon Marginson & Peter Murphy; Subjectivity and Truth: Foucault, Education and the Culture of the Self (2008) (The American Educational Studies Association Critics Book Award 2009), and Building Knowledge Cultures: ← 147 | 148...

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