DISSERTATION: 

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OpENNESS: EXPLORING CONCEPTUALISATIONS OF PEER-TO-PEER (P2P) COLLABORATION AND PEER LEARNING IN NEW ZEALAND HIGHER EDUCATION.   

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ABSTRACT

Concepts of ‘openness’ in education hinge on interactions between individuals and organisations and boundaries within which these interactions exist. The future development of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) technologies of Higher Education (HE) in New Zealand (NZ) rests on the critical decisions of ‘openness’ (‘open’ & ‘free’ education). The conceptualisations are largely influenced by those responsible for making political, economic and social decisions. I argue that NZ is currently in a favourable position to take advantage of P2P technologies, because it has the basic infrastructure to support collaborative technologies (digital interconnectivity-Web 2.0 moving into Web 3.0).  This dissertation explores the value of philosophical perspectives or ‘foundational schools of thought on openness’ from theorists such as Karl Popper, Michel Foucault , and Jürgen Habermas  - which act as a measuring stick in this thesis to gauge the position of NZ HE’s ‘open’ education within a global tertiary education context. ............   


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CONCLUSION

 The real value of openness “…open source, open access, and open development is that it enables people to work together to solve common problems” (Peters, Besley & Araya, 2014, p.284). Openness in HE inaugurates a new era of social development and production. ‘P2P technologies of openness’, within a HE context, promotes and enhances the development of “social labour”, “social media” and “social production” (Peters, Besley and Araya, 2014)............   


APA Referencing: Van Zyl, W. (2016):  Openness: Exploring Conceptualisations of Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Collaboration and Peer Learning in New Zealand Higher Education.  Published to http://williamvanzyl.com/ (ref. dissertation) in 2016)