The development of new disciplines in Education – the Open Education example

Weller, Martin (2017). The development of new disciplines in Education – the Open Education example. In: dos Santos Ferreira, Giselle Martins; da Silva Rosado, Luiz Alexandre and de Sá Carvalho, Jaciara eds. Education and Technology: critical approaches. Rio de Janeiro: Universidade Estácio de Sá, pp. 464–486.



The advent of digital, networked technology has had an impact on many aspects of scholarly practice. The influence can be seen as both technical and cultural, as new technologies allow different practices to emerge, and cultural norms from the internet also shape expectations and behavior. In some areas, this has seen the emergence of distinct disciplines, which have built on existing ones and combined these with networked practices. This chapter examines one such example, that of Open Education, and considers whether such areas can be considered as new disciplines. The emergence of such fields is suggested as analogous to the urban renaissance and the
development of towns when certain conditions arose.

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  • 85-554-8465-0, 978-85-554-8465-0
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  • Text in Portuguese and English
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  • open education; open educational resources; massive open online courses; higher education; digital scholarship
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  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
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