Right at the beginning, when I investigated more about open educational practices I came to think of an amoeba. A small and primitive microscopic organism who is single-celled. However the simplicity in this little unicellular organism which may alter its shape as required amaze me due to its flexible and adaptable nature.
Weller and Anderson (2013) is writing about the opportunities and challenges that has occurred in conjunction with the digital revolution. One challenge for higher education and institutions is to have the ability to adapt to digital challenges. The article made me aware of the term “resilience” – how important it is to be elastic and distensible. When reading about different systems capacity to absorb disturbance and to reorganize while undergoing changes I´m back on the amoeba track. How extraordinary for a primitive single-celled organism to adapt to circumstances necessary for its survival. Could we be inspired of this simplicity when accepting the challenge of openness?
Weller, M., & Anderson, T. (2013). Digital resilience in higher education.European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 16(1), 53.