Brian Lamb, Scott Leslie and collaborators pulled off a fab Opened09 Conference in Vancouver! Not only were many presenters engaging and thought provoking but participants held up the true spirit of “open” in their contributions to the conference.
On the downside – the “boys club” was supercharged and came across (at times) as exclusionary – which didn’t do much to “cross the chasm” unfortunately. Think this must be hard to avoid when a group of passionate, talented friends (who know each other well) get together. Might have been mediated with a different presentation style though – less show and more involve – maybe sessions around questions for the participants to address (with a little context as background) might have been helpful to set a more inclusive tone? Something to consider for next time?
I went away with alot to think about. Here are a few thoughts:
- there are many different views of “open’. For some it means sharing resources across institutions in the context of a single course or project. For others it is sharing their work openly via the internet and a CC attribution license.
- we need more thinking about process and OERs – otherwise we’ll have a repeat of the learning objects scenario. How are we supporting learners in making good decisions about using OERs (information literacy, digital literacy)? What are their goals? What does it mean to be an “open” teacher? How do we best support “open” practices – sharing within our own institutions and communities?
- there seems to be agreement that learning requires environments and communities that are safe yet stimulating learners towards risk taking (where the learning actually happens). What do we do to create safe environments for exploration in our own contexts?
- The flavor of the day (in terms of technology) is just that – the good stuff offers much in terms of a vehicle for collaboration and presentation and sharing. The worst acts as a barrier to involvement. Might be helpful to have a shared framework for tech selection based on principles of openess and access. Involve potential users in the decision making rather than offering the solution.
- How do we shift our approaches when expectations don’t match reality (users of OERs are not currently – nor necessarily – sharing back)? Chris Lott shares an enlightening perspective about the requirements for gift giving, receiving and sharing. What might the community of practice approach have to offer as an approach to preparing us for the gift exchange?
- Gardner Campbell’s narrating, curating, sharing: accessible concept for open ed.
- Ecotones – love the word and the concept – Kyle Mathews reference to architect Ann Pendleton-Julian’s work!
Thanks to everyone who participated in opened09.