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So I just signed up for the #whyopen MOOC (I think I signed up, I actually just entered info onto a google form, or is this the old course, and this the new one? In which case i signed up when I signed up for discourse on p2pu). Thanks to Penny for suggesting it, and I am really excited that one of my favorite open educators, Christine Hendricks, is facilitating it, with a group of others from around the world (so cool to not have a Western-centric MOOC, reminds me of #nwoer, another great one on openness.
I don’t have time to talk tooo much here about why I signed up, but I’ll just say quickly this: I discovered as I was returning from maternity leave and finishing my PhD (about a year ago ) that a lot of my seemingly unorthodox beliefs about education and research stem from an open stance. I know this is not a monolithic things, there are shades of openness. I recently wrote a poem comparing people who are open v shut (along the spectrum of course) but soon after I had an incident that made me question whether I am as open as I thought I was, where my “lines” are, whether all openness can be considered benign.
I was involved last semester in organizing an open access event at my institution. I blogged about how conversations there made me reflect on crowdsourcing, and of some of my frustrations with being misunderstood, particularly about the issues of quality of open access journals and why the heck people expect them to be lower quality!!! I still don’t get it! I admit to still being confused about what some of the CC licenses mean! I remember a really inspiring post by Christina Hendricks and reading a string of really interesting blogposts about problematic ways in which openness can be abused, etc. i thought I had blogged about this, but apparently not! I can’t find the links now 🙁 My blog is almost my curation point, but I like that WhyOpen have plans to have a google doc where we all post resources, so that should help me find them again 🙂 hopefully
I also teach a teacher education course on ethics in ed tech and I like to infuse it with discussion of open access rather than just focus on copyright/plagiarism in the traditional sense.
This post does not directly tackle the “what does open mean?” prompt for week 1, but all of the links in it about things I have written remind me of different ways I have thought of openness in the past few months.
Looking forward to learning from other open educators WhyOpen! Starts August 10th inshallah