Reflections on creating open learning, open research, open science and engagement with the public.
The term "living curriculum" suggests that the learning experience is flexible, accomodates the learner, and is defined by the context. If we are trying to make learning meaningful, then creating this type of environment would be effective. At the same time, I think that it creates a lot of pressure for the "instructor" (in the traditional sense) who is supposed to be "in charge." There is risk in allowing so much flexibililty. Maybe the organization has to provide some safeguards for people who are trying things outside of our traditional models.
This does pose some risks and certainly creates some problems for measuring outcomes, but Wenger and others suggest that the goal of learning needs to shift from learning particular content to learning to be a reflective, critically thinking practitioner (or learner). If that's the goal, we may have to take the risks and also rethink our systems of outcomes measurement.
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