I am happy to have had the opportunity to attend #OER17 last week in London. This Open Education Resources Conference with the theme The Politics of Open was the first time I have attended a conference which had as its focus of open practitioners, activists, educators and policy makers coming together as a community to discuss what this means for our society here and now. For those who may need a bit more on what OER includes, a visit to Wikipedia (one of the sponsors and trending discussions at the conference) tells us that:
Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. It is the leading trend in distance education/open and distance learning domain as a consequence of the openness movement.
While I have not actively seen myself as part of an openness movement per se (I tend to think things of value have a cost, otherwise it is difficult to think of them as valuable), I likewise believe that education, teaching, and learning involve a sharing of ideas, knowledge, and experiences to help people move forward in thinking and acting, along with the opportunities and responsibilities that come through them. My efforts in this area would not be possible without Click Here to Continue Reading
Here is my Goal Statement for 2017:
Engage with Balance
Like 2016’s goal statement of Think, Believe, and Act with a Healthy Balance, I want to try to be proactive and follow my passions while not rushing into things (leaving me out of balance) or otherwise distracting me from my commitments (or even what is good for me). I find that if I only follow my passions, I become increasingly frustrated with things that get in the way, and thus the balance that I so need to embrace, or more actively engage, is defeated. Of course, balance on its own is a meditative state that just does not reflect my passions, and thus the active engage I list with it.
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I know I have not blogged in some time, so no better time than the present (i.e., the New Year)!
So, how did I do with my goals for 2016? Last year, I hoped to:
Think, Believe, and Act with a Healthy Balance
To do that, I decided to try / do FOUR things. So I would not forget them, I had them linked on the top of my blog AND I kept them next to my daily / next day / week to-do list, so they would never be far away.
- Delete-Do-File (of email, mail, communication, and expectations) — Pretty well, overall. I achieved #InboxZero several times during the year, and ended 2016 with a grand total of 11 emails in my Inbox. Alas, there were about Click Here to Continue Reading
I have writing a few more blog posts recently, and while I enjoy the process of thinking about and then sharing some of my ideas, this is still somehow not second nature to me.
Granted, I have a number of fantastic role models (to name just a few!) in the connected and networked learning space — Rebecca Hogue, Laura Gogia, Maha Bali, Jenny Mackness, Frances Bell, Sarah Honeychurch, and — their seemingly constant and often in-depth articles that seem so thought-out and developed! They are both role-models (I wish I could write like that) and
There are writing suggestions, guides, and outlines.
and part of this involves thinking about why I DON’T write as much.