For years I’ve been enthralled by the concept of openness in education. I’ve written numerous blogposts:
- Open research – Professional Amateurs – Science in Action
- Kahn Academy – DIY OER to Educate the World
- Institution talks about going OER
- Experiment and discussion
- OpenLearn 3 years on & OLnet
- Textbook Revolution
- Opening Up Education – MIT Press
- Can the VLE/LMS reinvent itself for Open Education?
- Lab Notebook Wiki
I’ve developed an extensive bookmark collection over the past three years or so:
I have written about the concerns I have in getting the message out onto a big enough stage quickly enough to prevent corruption or being usurped. However, (and thanks go once again to John here for introducing me to this) after seeing this video of Michael Nielson’s TED Talk, which has had a profound effect on me, and with the lack of responses I’m seeing from decision-makers, I am inspired to put out my messages straight into an open arena via this blog. Hopefully, it will mean that the ideas get taken forward and I will receive appropriate attributions, but it will certainly mean things happen faster from my perspective, which may mean less frustration for me though there could be more ‘fallout’ as a result.
Consequently, I’ll be posting in the next couple of days the text I developed to initiate an institutional Openness Community, and for which I haven’t received any satisfactory feedback.
Michael Nielson TEDTalk video: