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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Wednesday, October 18 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Where does AI Fit into All of This? Evaluating the Interplay Between AI, Open Pedagogy, and Competency-Based Learning

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The continuous evolution of AI is disrupting workplaces and causing individuals to consider the long-term impacts on their jobs and professional development. While for some, this may be a cause for concern, others are embracing the advancements. Whether or not we would like to admit it, AI competency will be an expectation for those in the workforce. So, as educators, the question posed is: “How do we support students in developing the competencies needed to adapt and innovate in an AI world?” And: “What is the role of open pedagogy?”

Open pedagogy, as described by DeRosa and Jhangiani (2017), is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes the use of open educational resources (OER), learner-centered design, active learning, and knowledge co-creation. Further, Downes (2019) suggests that rather than occurring through the consumption of material, learning occurs through the use and application of it. This belief supports the definition put forth by DeRosa and Jhangiani in which students become the center of the pedagogical approach. Competency-based learning is another setting that provides students with opportunities for a highly personalized experience. With this in mind, while there may be a natural relationship between open pedagogy and competency-based learning, where does AI fit into all of this?

UNESCO (2020) highlights the need for sustainability in education, which includes ensuring students are prepared for future societal issues; one such issue being the rapid evolution of AI, and in particular, overall digital citizenship. The Cape Town Open Education Declaration (2007) suggests that open pedagogy also promotes the development of digital literacy by incorporating digital tools and technologies. This emphasizes the need for post-secondaries to determine how to best prepare students for the high degrees of change and uncertainty in a world with AI. The ability to think critically and solve problems through collaboration with AI, all while being ethical, will lend itself well to ensuring students are better prepared for the workplace.

Through a literature review, we have explored the humanistic approach of open pedagogy and competency-based learning. In the next stage, we will look at how we can integrate open and participatory AI technologies with open pedagogy to promote collaborative, competency-based learning experiences in higher education. In doing so, we will begin to explore the interplay between open pedagogy, competency-based learning, and AI technology. Participants can expect to participate in an “open sharing of teaching and learning practices” (The Cape Town Open Education Declaration, 2007) to help build an understanding of the interplay between these areas.

References:

The Cape Town Open Education Declaration. (2007). Retrieved from The Cape Town Open Education Declaration: http://www.capetowndeclaration.org/

DeRosa, R., & Jhangiani, R. (2017). Open Pedagogy. In R. DeRosa, & R. Jhangiani, A guide to making open textbooks with students (pp. 6-21). Montreal, QC.: Rebus Community.

Downes, S. (2019). A look at the future of open educational resources. The International Journal of Open Educational Resources, 33-49.

UNESCO. (2020). The sustainable development agenda. Retrieved from UNESCO: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/development-agenda/

Keywords: Open pedagogy, Competency-based learning, AI tools

Session outcomes and takeaways: In this presentation we will look at how we can integrate open and participatory AI technologies with open pedagogy to promote collaborative, competency-based learning experiences in higher education. In doing so, we will begin to explore the interplay between open pedagogy, competency-based learning, and AI technology. Participants can expect to participate in an “open sharing of teaching and learning practices” (The Cape Town Open Education Declaration, 2007) to help build an understanding of the interplay between these areas.

Presenters
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Kristene Coller

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
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Charissa Lee

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology


Wednesday October 18, 2023 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
Bear (S8/10) Edmonton Convention Centre
  Open Ed Tech