EDCI 339

Blog Post #2

Prompt: Individual blog post #2: How would you describe the historical and theoretical trends in k-12 online and distributed learning? What did you already know, what do you know now based on the course readings and activities, what do you hope to learn?

When thinking about the historical context of learning in k-12 schools in British Columbia, it makes me realize how far we’ve come, but on the other hand how not much has really changed either. Thinking back to a course I took that is directly related to the history of education, my biggest takeaway from that is that trends form within the field of education. By that I mean, things in education aren’t ‘new’ ideas, they are just reworked, because the pendulum swings one way and will inevitably come back. I can see this trend in online and distributed learning as well. I never realized that open learning went back so far, I felt like it had to be a new concept due to the influx in technology in the last 40 years, but I was wrong! Roberts, Blomgren, Ishmeal, and Graham state that the new definition for open learning is “Open learning became a term to describe flexible learning or asynchronous learning. Aspects of open learning formed the basis for distance or online learning” (Roberts, Blomgren, Ishmeal & Graham, 2018.) I found this very insightful, as to how broad open learning really is. 

I plan to investigate further into the history of open learning itself, because I still see ideas pop up that help strengthen the broad scope of education. I believe that moving into a open and distributed learning ideology is beneficial for teachers, students, and parents. Open and distributed learning is very flexible and fluid, which is especially helpful in times like these when covid-19 changes everything. It is also a benefit because students have choice and voice, so they become more engaged in the process of their own learning and take responsibility for it.  

This video created by Cathie Circosta does a great job at representing what open learning should and could look like in the classroom. It depicts what open learning is in less than three minutes.


(2020). Retrieved 15 July 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8an8-S5hBQ&feature=emb_title

Roberts, V. , Blomgren, C. Ishmael, K. & Graham, L. (2018) Open Educational Practices in K-12 Online and Blended Learning Environments. In R. Ferdig & K.Kennedy (Eds.), Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning (pp. 527–544). Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University ETC Press.

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