Thoughts and Take-Aways from #OER17

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

From Openness to Permeability: Reframing Open Education… An Article Précis

open_walnutHaving taken some time off from my #5Papers summaries (though still reading in the background!), I was moved by Martin Oliver’s thoughtful work on Open Education, and related to my recent attendance at the 2016 Networked Learning Conference where open learning was one of my own take-away points, I wanted to share this in case others may not have seen this work.

1/ I read Martin Oliver (2015) From openness to permeability: Reframing open education in terms of positive liberty in the enactment of academic practices http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439884.2015.1029940 #5Papers

2/ Oliver’s premise is that the concept of openness is under-developed within learning technology

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Teaching with WordPress via Curated Readings on Open Learning

While I have not finished processing my experiences with #rhizo15, I seem to have fallen into the clutches Dog_Blogof another fascinating, open course, Teaching with WordPress. For those who may be interested in checking it out, the Twitter tag and conversations occur here #TWP15.

Now, I have been using WordPress for years for my blog, though have not been doing much with it until recently.

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