“The notion of openness in education is usually associated just with resources – whether content or technologies – and initiatives in this field have often focused too narrowly on the mere generation of those resources, paying little attention to the “social life” of materials and relevant cultural practices.
Open Educational Resources (OER) and, most recently, the so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), among other open education initiatives, seem to be reshaping the value of content in Higher Education (HE).
However, it is worth reflecting on the extent to which offering open content may be considered disruptive these days. In this presentation I will argue that we need to go beyond the content-centered focus of OER and look at the contexts of learning, both inside and outside of formal education. That means to better articulate at least three key dimensions: content, containers (platforms,technologies), and context.”