I recently joined an open access hackathon at the MIT and got the chance to contribute to a project concerning open educational resources. While OER is a broad subject reaching from the creation of open resources by teachers or lecturers to their open distribution, especially reusing and revising them shows the collaborate potential of openness. A nice idea from Daniel Gracia fits well in that spectrum while at the same time demonstrating the benefits of open collaboration on educational resources.
Encounter refers to a degree of proximity, while distance education is characterised by the remoteness of learners. Questioning this apparent contradiction unveils the possibility of fostering deeper meaning through social learning and computer-mediated communication within distance education. Drawing on a structural comparative analysis of philosophical and psychological concepts of encounter, this submission investigates encounter as an existential principle of education and analyses its appropriateness within online distance education. Exceeding the bare experience of others, encounter is anchored within the deeper understanding of a person or an object.
Hölterhof, Tobias (2018): Getting in Touch at a Distance: Encounter as a Philosophical Concept for Distance Education. American Educational Research Association# (AERA Online Paper Repository).
Hölterhof, Tobias (2018): „Soziale Netzwerkanalyse von Lernnetzwerken im Internet“. In: Kiefer, Florian; Holze, Jens (Hrsg.) Netzwerk als neues Paradigma? Interdisziplinäre Zug#nge zu Netzwerktheorien. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, S. 83–100, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-18003-45. — ISBN: 978-3-658-18003-4