Open Educational Resources and the Distributed Web

Jenny Connected

MOOC , Stephen Downes makes the case for open education. He claims that open education can change the world and is a kind of social literacy that can transform society, connect us across the globe, and enable each of us to believe we have the capacity to become an important person in society.

2018 225

Questions about online ‘openness’

Jenny Connected

What is in it for those willing to ‘go open’? They prompted me to look back in this blog to see what I have written about openness in education and going open. I can remember clearly the point at which I realised I was ‘in the open’. Source of image.

2015 246

Open University Innovating Pedagogy Report, 2019

Jenny Connected

Innovating Pedagogy 2019: Open University Innovation Report 7. As the report says: Place-based learning isn’t new, but mobile technologies have opened up new possibilities in this area. Making thinking visible – opening windows into student learning. Ferguson, R.,

2019 155

Open teaching and learning

Jenny Connected

This has been a pleasure and illuminating in many respects, and has caused me to reflect once again on the meaning of ‘openness’ in teaching and learning. I am now used to working in the open; as such Blackboard feels very ‘closed’. I know what an ‘ugly’ place the open web can be.

2015 232

Open Academic Practice – How open are you?

Jenny Connected

I suggested that we place ourselves on this grid, according to whether we consider ourselves a lone academic or an open scholar and whether we make limited use of digital technologies or extensive use of them. It forced me to consider how open I am.

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Open Society Technologies

Taming the spaces

In the XXI Century societies are becoming more open – balancing between choices of top-to down and bottom up, individual and collective, passive responsibility and proactive entrepreneurship, exercising tolerance, inclusion and democracy. Politico-legal dimension of open society tries to channel persons’ political agency and spreading power, moving the public from responsive to proactive behaviours […]. Open Society Technologies

2018 100

Characteristics of open learning environments

Jenny Connected

Next month Roy Williams and I will give the keynote presentation at a conference in Graz, Austria, which will focus on learning in open learning environments; how we recognize, value and ‘capture’ it. The first post was Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. Open/Structure 2.

2014 224

Emergent learning in open environments

Jenny Connected

Previous posts relating to this presentation are: Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. Characteristics of Open Learning Environments. but have discussed and expanded on our thinking on our open wiki [2]. The notion of ‘open’ learning environments is, I think, here to stay.

2014 182

Access to open teaching and learning

Jenny Connected

This is the reality for many students and educators in the area I live in, which adds another perspective to the meaning of open online learning and how it can be promoted. Tagged: access , broadband , online learning , open education , open learning.

2015 201

#openedMOOC Week 1: The value of ‘open’

Jenny Connected

Why Does Open Matter? This is the key question for Week 1 of the Introduction to Open Education MOOC, being offered on edX by David Wiley and George Siemens. And the assumption seems to be that we are talking about openness online as opposed to offline. Link to source of image.

2017 141

Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios

Jenny Connected

The title of the conference for those who do not speak German is Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. Jutta has therefore invited us to speak about how we use our work on Footprints of Emergence to evaluate learning in open learning environments.

2014 208

Building open communities

Jenny Connected

The title of her talk is intriguing, because in some senses communities of practice could be regarded as closed rather than open, in that traditionally they have had clear boundaries. Sylvia points out that the term ‘open’ can have different meanings.

2013 161

Openness, constraint and emergence

Jenny Connected

Openness does not mean that anything goes. Even openness of mind does not mean this. I am still grappling with the relationship between openness, constraint and emergence, but both these artists sparked off these thoughts.

Open Space on Open Space, Melbourne Dec 10

Viv Mcwaters

I’ve just completed two days facilitating open space. Why is facilitating open space – a process where it looks like the facilitator is doing not very much at all – so exhausting? Open Space on Open Space, Melbourne Dec 10 is a post from:

2015 141

#openedMOOC Week 3: The 5Rs, CC, and open Licensing

Jenny Connected

Much of the discussion is about the re-use capabilities of open educational resources (OER). On a personal note, I am currently trying to decide whether to pay for a research paper a colleague and I are working on to be openly accessible in the journal we think is the best fit for the work!

2017 130

ALT-C 2013 Learning in the Open

Jenny Connected

The title of our session is Learning in the Open. The session will be interactive and, if past experience is anything to go by, result in stimulating discussion about the balance between prescriptive and emergent learning in open learning environments, and visualizations (i.e.

2013 244

Open Business – From Adoption into Adaptation


In the world of social networking for business it’s never been about mandating and forcing certain behaviours or a specific mindset (That one of Openness , for instance). ” Open Business #elsuasworkbook Hippie2.0

2013 266

#openedMOOC Week 4: Open Teaching

Jenny Connected

More interesting for me, was the initial discussion in the Week 4 videos about open pedagogy and how networks can enable learning. Biesta’s work raises the question of whether large scale open teaching is possible and whether it is true that we can teach each other almost anything.

2017 130

Open Educational Resources and Pedagogy

Jenny Connected

It centred on the relationship between open educational resources (OERs), open academic practice and changing pedagogy. Tagged: #change11 , #fslt12 , davecormier , davewhite , downes , Higher Education , OER , openness , pedagogy.

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Welcome to the Era of Radical Openness


You would remember how at the beginning of the year I decided, for myself, to start making the move away from Social Business into Open Business , and how, just recently, I also decided to move further along from driving adoption of Social Business into facilitating the adaptation to Open Business.

2013 236

Gardening in open learning environments

Jenny Connected

I spent most of yesterday in my garden, thinking about plants and how what I was doing in my garden might relate to my understanding of teaching and learning in open learning environments.

2015 195

Open Space Technology Facilitation Training

Viv Mcwaters

It’s exciting to be offering Open Space Facilitation Training again with my friend Andrew Rixon in Melbourne on Wednesday, February 13. Open Space Technology has been around for a bit longer than these, and Harrison Owen , creator (?), Learning Open Space

2013 176

Connected Learning in an Open World

Jenny Connected

This related to how you can work out your exact location on the open seas, by knowing how to fix your latitude and longitude positions. Open’ means open in all senses, particularly in the sense of open sharing of thought processes, and should be the default position in Universities.

2014 186

Essential Qualities of Open Business Ambassadors


So what are some other key characteristics from Open Business Champions? Open: Indeed, Open Business is about being just that: open. Open to the unknown, to the unexpected. They are rather open and transparent about it after all ….

2013 237

Unlocking Civilisation Type 1 Through An Open Mind


Wait for a little bit more… Try to go through ‘ Let’s open our world ’ in its entirety and then ask yourself, again, that same question and see what you can come up with as an answer. An open world begins with an open mind. ’ . .

2016 151

The challenge of ‘openness’ in small MOOCs

Jenny Connected

An interesting discussion on the Pedagogy First course blog has sparked off further thoughts about issues around ‘openness’. Martin Weller has said that ‘Openness is a state of mind’. Overall I agree with this, but is openness context dependent?

Open Business and The Power of Habit


So when thinking about that Social / Open Business Transformation I just couldn’t help thinking whether we have got it figured out how we can inspire those new habits in terms of how people connect, collaborate and share their knowledge across.

2013 210

The Future of Open Business At Stake


In fact, for vast majority of practitioners social / open business is all about, and just about, collaborating with your peers, although perhaps nowadays with a fancier set of collaborative and knowledge sharing tools. That one of Openness and Transparency.

2013 209

Anticipating new open courses and conferences

Jenny Connected

There seem, at this time, to be many open courses on offer and conferences of interest. An open, free course being offered by George Veletsianos. Challenges for Research into Open and Distance Learning; Doing Things Better – Doing Better Thing.

2014 170

Radical Transparency in the Era of Open Business


Yet, they keep lingering around, because, after all, and, in general, we are not too open, nor transparent enough. so by you not opening up enough in terms of what you do, what you are working on and who you are collaborating with, you are not helping your network(s) help you.

2013 270

Situational Leadership in the Era of Open Business


That one that would thrive in an Open Business world. IBM Innovation Learning Life Open Business Open Leadership

2013 219

Open Business – From Document-Centric to People-Centric Collaboration


Lately, I have been thinking quite a bit around the topic of Social / Open Business Transformation. Chances are that, right there, without you not knowing, you may have just gotten started with your own Social / Open Business Transformation. Open Business

2013 256

Open Business – The Narrative vs. The Ruthless Measurement


It seems like everyone has finally come to terms with the fact that, whether we like it or not, Social / Open is here to stay. Knowledge Management Learning Open Business Social Analytics. Don’t you just love it?

2013 242

Social Business in 2013 – An Opportunity (Open Business)


Knowledge workers ultimately adopt and embrace as well a much more open, public, trustworthy and transparent manner of collaborating and sharing their knowledge. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Open Business Personal KM

2013 249

Evaluating open learning scenarios – keynote presentation

Jenny Connected

Surfacing, Sharing and Valuing Tacit Knowledge in Open Learning Environments from Jenny Mackness. This involved developing and running a distance learning teacher training programme, which in turn led to an ongoing interest in how learners learn in open learning environments. This is a cMap, created by a colleague we have worked with in the past, Matthias Melcher, to explain the open learning environment of the CCK08 MOOC. What is an open learning environment?

2014 127

Some musings on facilitating open space

Viv Mcwaters

While open space has been part of my facilitation DNA for 25+ years, I don’t always have opportunities to facilitate open space events. They meet regularly, but this was the first time they had done so using open space. There’s a rhythm to an open space event, especially if people are new to the process. Even if it’s a short open space, I like to include at least one sleep. On the whole, I like big open space events better than smaller ones.

2015 116

Open web, newcomers and community tools


I guess it had to do not only with the state of things on the web but also with my own processes of learning in other spaces and building up enough energy to rejoin in the open. And there are more people who come back home to what they have known before “the silos Siren’s lured us in” as Ton Zijlstra eloquently writes : Returning to the open web is in that sense not a difficult step to make. When was the last time you helped someone get started on the open web?

2019 89

Belonging to an Open Network

Michael Sampson - Currents

Writing on Medium, Michael explores the power of an open network as a contributor to career success , and uses it to analyse what made Steve Jobs so successful. Of course, we can equally apply the core idea to our individual, group, and organisational work too (please click through to Medium to see the chart): According to multiple, peer-reviewed studies, simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career success.

2015 139

The Benefits and Risks of Academic Openness

Jenny Connected

The role of Openness by Academics in the Transformation of their Teaching and Learning Practices. How can openness benefit my practice? What risks are presented by open academic? What role can openness play in learners’ practice? I prefer to think of openness as a default option that can be turned off, not as a zealot’s precept. Or is openness essential to the future of education and scholars? Openness necessarily means a certain degree of exposure.

Learning Open Space Technology

Viv Mcwaters

For a few years now, I’ve been offering Open Space Technology training with the late Fr Brian Bainbridge. Tags: Learning Open Space I know that Brian would want the training to continue, so I’m pleased that Andrew Rixon has stepped into the breach.

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Theoretical influences on the characteristics of open learning environments

Jenny Connected

Previous posts relating to this presentation are: Evaluation of Open Learning Scenarios. Characteristics of Open Learning Environments. Emergent Learning in Open Environments. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning.

2014 174

Capturing the learner experience in ModPo and open learning environments

Jenny Connected

We will do this in the webinars and further information can be found on our open wiki and in our published papers – which you can find here and here. And the invitation is equally open to all interested in online learning experiences.

2013 194

Open Business Strategies – Helping Someone Else Achieve Their Goals


This is all about embracing something that we may have struggled with for far too long, but that yet, when done correctly, could be the next huge thing in the corporate world: become more open. . Open Business

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