Category Archives: Openness in Education
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With my proposal of OEL, I want to highlight what are for me the most important concepts involved in the creation of your PLN: empathy, openness and personal life. Besides, these are spotlights on other important issues as Lifelong Learning, Personal Learning Environments, e-learning, MOOCs, etc…
Maybe is a kind of obsession for me, it is nothing new: my intention since EDCMOOC is to clearly emphasize the human and empathic dimension of learning, whether students, e-learners, tutors, facilitators, course designers, etc… I think there are a lot of reasons to keep this idea. And today´s reason is that a human approach makes possible a meaningful connection between peers. E.g. , what do you think about the amount of people you are connected with? Is this number the quality of your network? Surely we have really good tools to stay connected… forums, aggregators, etc… But what is all without the human touch?…
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Since you decide to publish your content to share it, host it in a database or just for fun, you must consider the rights that you have over it and the conditions in which you possibly want to give your permission for reuse, revise, remix or redistribute it (David Wiley, 2007).
Creative Commons offers a good concept about licensing, with a comprehensive system which cover a variety of situations you might agree. Everything consist of four basic concepts:
BY- Just you, the author.
NC- Non Commercial use, no money involved.
SA- Share Alike. Take my work but, e.g, don´t give it a commercial use, man.
ND- No derivatives. You can´t work over it.
The rest of the issue is about to combine these aspects and license your work as you want: openness is yours. Let´s see these mixes through a few examples given in this blog.
This blog content, except otherwise noted, is licensed under a CC BY SA 3.0, which is a pretty open license. The image that appears at the top of the page is licensed under a CC BY 3.0, still a more open license. Maybe you can find other stuff tagged in a more restictive way, such as my definition for Standbying in Education, e-learning and MOOCs, which is CC BY NC 3.0. In this case I choose a less open license because I can have plans to develop this concept in a bigger work, for example.
So just think about how do you want to do it, and read all the options for CC licensing. And remember that openness and freedom begin with you.
After reading Kop (2011), The challenges to connectivist learning on open online networks: learning experiences during a massive open online course, I have added a few thoughts about my personal MOOC experiences to my learning journals: After a completely overwhelming experience in the first two … Continue reading → Continue reading
An increasing number of public institutions and private organizations are supporting Open Education Resources (OERs) to make knowledge and learning available to educators and students alike. Not to turn the great expectations connected to this new global movement of the … Continue reading → Continue reading
I want to point out that I am possibly enumerating this concepts without any pretension about the sequence (yet). Maybe they are just poles over a plain or an erratic route in a storm. But we keep on going forward in this journey. And this morning it comes the voicing.
My lack of ability with the language of Shakespeare probably will difficult my voicing, but it´s about the meaning of the word that I want to use here: your voicing, the personal expression of your thoughts, your open mood on writing or talking… that´s the point. Of course, any shared opinion to improve my writing precision will be a great decision
In the suitcase of the empathy that we have to carry in this long open journey or in the bright days of coexistence in a virtual learning environment, we can´t forget the voicing (surely a great companion for our teeth brushes).
Voicing will help us to:
- Reduce overall noise level.
- Improve our ability to listen.
- Found other voicing (agreeing/disagreeing).
- Consider the existence of solos, duets, sextets, big bands or even celestial choruses.
It will be a good attitude not being just like a parrot caged in a radio station. The mix of different voicing will make a shared partiture towards quality. And tutors have to be talented sound engineers at this point.
Hear, talk, sing… but always Stay-E. Continue reading
Here is my visual presentation (highly 80´s inspired) of what is Openness in Education (or what it should be).
It´s a Photoshop composition consisting of four pictures (iPad+Snapseed)
Stay-E. Continue reading