Due to a medical problem I’ve drifted in and out of MOOC Change 11 over the past two weeks. (It’s amazing how difficult it is to keep up with the continuous flow under those circumstances. As a result, I’m going to try a new tactic and do a thought dump for the beginning of David Wiley’s week. I’ll try and catch up with the work I’ve got in the tube for the previous weeks as and when I can.
I’ve been following the work of David for a while now (a few years). I remember back in April last year when he wrote about Sal Khan’s Khan Academy and his frustration about it not being open content, and over the next few days how this turned into a success story with Sal displaying a CC License on the Academy homepage and making all content freely available.
Looking back through associated links in my bookmarks, I’ve rediscovered some links which might be useful to fellow MOOC Change11 participants:
David’s TEDx talk in his blog article (that includes the text).
David’s opening to the 2009 Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology.
And so on, you get the idea. My Diigo bookmarks: http://www.diigo.com/user/markuos/%22david%20wiley%22
However, by reading through Davids MOOC Change11 post I’ve found out a whole lot more today.
One thing that particularly interested me was the OSOSS pdf on the Open Content website. Though it’s from back in 2002 when it was published David A. Wiley & Erin K Edwards, Quarterly Review of Distance Education, Vol 3(1), pp33-46, 2002, IAP, I still took relevance from it. In fact I wish I’d read it three or four years ago. At that time I had the idea for an institutional project to improve the digital literacy of our student population and get students participating in the sharing and using of more of the freely (as in beer) available online services (loosely termed web2.0) to enhance their learning processes. (A relevant blog post from that time.) The project was taken up by the institution, and I worked with a handful of students to get things up and running. The environment used for facilitating the community was a self hosted social collaboration environment, which was also newly rolled out within the institution (which possibly wasn’t good to get things started with). However, even though I put a great deal of effort into kick starting the concept, with the anticipation of stepping back once things were running successfully, I never saw the level of engagement or critical mass required to make it self-sustaining.
I’d be interested in your views on how this could have been more successful. I’ve seen a forum run by Howard Rheingold that didn’t really take off either. How do you get the required levels of engagement to develop a successful self-sustaining community? I’ve got other Open Education projects I’d like to develop along community lines, but want them to be more successful.