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Tuesday, April 24 • 14:25 - 15:40
Transforming Our Own Practice: Reflecting on Transformative Learning Processes and Open Education

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My proposal for an Action Lab is to create a space for participants to learn about transformative learning theory, a relevant theory of adult education, and reflect on their own process of learning about Open Education. Transformative learning theory, as developed by Jack Mezirow, proposes that adult learners undergo a process of acquiring new knowledge which causes them to critically examine their core beliefs, assumptions, and values. This process begins with experiencing a disorienting dilemma in which a discrepancy is exposed between what they have always assumed to be true and what they have just experienced, heard, or read. This development is followed by recognizing others share this discontent, planning a course of action, acquiring knowledge to implement one’s plans, and provisional experimentation of this new role, building confidence, and reintegrating this new perspective in one’s life. (Mezirow, 2000, p. 22) By reflecting on one’s own process of transformation, participants can think critically about ways to encourage others to adopt Open Educational practices.
As the theme of the Conference is Transforming Education Through Open Approaches, it seems particularly relevant for Open Education advocates to engage in self-reflection about transformation through Open Approaches. Too often, we forget that educators are adult learners. Adult educational learning theories are relevant for faculty, administrators, technologists, librarians, and any others. During this session, participants will learn about transformative learning theory; reflect on a transformative learning experience that they have undergone, either personally or professionally; analyze their own process of incorporating Open Education in their practice; share their process in small groups and discuss if or how it fits with transformative learning theory; and brainstorm ways transformative learning theory could help mainstream openness.

Mezirow, J. (2000). Learning as transformation: Critical perspectives on a theory in progress. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


Anne Hays

Asst Professor & Instruction Librarian, College of Staten Island
I write about modes of publication--specifically zines and DIY craft.

Stacy Katz

Lehman College

Tuesday April 24, 2018 14:25 - 15:40 CEST
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