Powers and limitations of open world learning: Experiences from the field of education

Rienties, Bart (2022). Powers and limitations of open world learning: Experiences from the field of education. In: Rienties, Bart; Hampel, Regine; Scanlon, Eileen and Whitelock, Denise eds. Open World Learning: Research, Innovation and the Challenges of High-Quality Education. New York, USA: Routledge, pp. 13–26.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003177098-2


Chapter 2 provides an emerging overview of open world learning as seen both from emerging practice and the wider EdTech literature as well as from running a large seven-year PhD programme on open world learning. The world has substantially changed from 2014 to 2021, and in this chapter I critically discuss some of the key enablers and disablers of open world learning and how these have changed over time using a macro-meso-micro perspective. This chapter will help to frame the discussions in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, as well as provide a conceptual framework of how the various studies are interlinked using the 4P themes of people, places, practices, and properties.

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