Minister Bartolo said that schools are not meant to be ‘learning factories’, but to help realise the potential of every learner to the fullest extent possible. This involves not only preparing learners to face challenges which cannot yet be foreseen, but also assuming that addressing these challenges will require significant fortitude.

This is my final blog post in the ONL171 course and I allow the Maltese minister of education, Evarist Bartolo, inspire an idea linking to my other posts during the course.

Education must be something more than organising it. It has to allow for young (and us older but still young in mind) people to become skilled, knowledgeable, democratic and courageous thus fit to develop our society. Shape it into something more than a productive unit, but a world worth living in.

The past ten weeks of collaborative work in ONL171 have strengthened my view that we are in this together and have to try to understand each other and our various ways of seeing and solving problems. We need to question how things are to be able to create opportunities for change, but still uphold democratic values and a realisation of our common responsibility for people’s equal right to take part.

This would not be done in a few minutes, we don’t run five-minute-universities. It will take time to allow for changes that make difference, it for sure involves starting by myself. I read a comment by Alastair Creelman to another blog just before and found it illuminating (read the blog too, it is very good) : I don’t think many of our students or even teachers realise what collaboration really means, neither on-site nor online. It’s a literacy that needs time to develop, much longer than just the 10 weeks we have on ONL. But this is a good place to start.

I have had the pleasure to be part of this collaborative journey in a great group of scholars and educators inviting to an excellent mix of ideas, discussion and hard work. I think we have become more aware of our capabilities as well as provided with a well founded purpose to continue work with(in) open education.

Thanks all in PBL7 and the ONL-team

The state of digital education (Malta EU 2017). Report from European Commission conference.
Topic 3 – How ONL changed my views on collaborative work – finding the missing piece
Father Guido Sarducci’s Five Minute University