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If You Were an OER, What Kind Would You Want to Be?

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I just had this fun idea in my head… I have been invited to give a webinar as part of UNIR #OpenTuesdays (thanks again Fabio,  what an honor) Tuesday May 9th at 3pm CEST/Cairo time (that’s 9am EDT/2pm UK):
I’m going to talk about Self as OER (the work of Suzan Koseoglu and me) from an Egyptian perspective (this was the topic they chose among those I offered – I had been hoping to be joined by Suzan initially but at the time we couldn’t arrange it; hence the “Egyptian” part)… So I will tackle two main dimensions: what it looks like for Egyptians in general, but more specifically, my own personal journey through openness in this way. A few recent things I have been doing and thinking about will probably influence this session and I am sure more things will happen between now and then that can make me change my mind… But for now, I think I am definitely influenced by

  1. Reactions to my #OER17 keynote and generally things I learned during OER17
  2. Recent #YearOfOpen hangout on open pedagogy and curation of awesome posts by many people. Check all relevant links at
  3. Recent thoughts on “open on whose terms?” which I just wrote about on Prof Hacker
  4. Recent thoughts on whether digital literacies are generic or context-specific. 
  5. Lots of Virtually Connecting sessions and internal discussions

But here comes the fun part, inviting participation before the event! Please post comments, blogs, tweets or multimedia to #OpenTuesdays #SelfOER from now till Tuesday and I might start curating those (maybe easier if you tag me haha)

If you were an OER, what kind would you want to be? 

I’m thinking about my answer… And one of the first thoughts that came to my mind is… “I want to be an OER that  centers diverse marginalized voices” (inspired by discussions with Suzan Koseoglu, Christian Friedrich, Sheila MacNeill and Rajiv Jhangiani).

What are your priorities? If you were an OER?

Update: Thanks to all who commented or tweeted. Here is the Storify:

18 thoughts on “If You Were an OER, What Kind Would You Want to Be?

  1. If I were an OER (particularly born in the United States), I’d be funded with seed money from a public college or university (which, in turn, would be fully funded with public tax dollars), stored in a state-wide public university system’s repository, and linked through metadata to other national and international governmental and public higher education repositories, using opensource technology infrastructure built in-house by public university consortium teams.

      1. I think even the folks who check out my groceries at the supermarket have probably heard it before from me. Blah blah open blah blah green beans on sale blah blah public blah… 🙂

  2. If I were an OER, I’d be one that focuses on student voice, specifically marganlized students and students of colour. Be a OER to support their activism and provide resources for them to create their own spaces of empowerment.

  3. If I were an OER, I would not pretend to be universally useful or helpful 😉 but rather acknowledge myself as being of a particular body, place, and standpoint. I would be willing to (and hopeful that I could) travel to any other context, in embodied or virtual form… to be changed, adapted, improved upon, and thus to be useful. If I were an OER, I know that my work would be challenging and ongoing: to be aware of myself (position, privilege, strengths, limitations), to be humble and curious, and to work against all forms of inequality. #selfoer

      1. Thanks Maha. This was an interesting thought experiment, so thanks for that. But it was challenging — as typically I would not consider myself an OER, or any kind of resource. (Perhaps not surprising then that my research for past 3+ years has been on open practices and choices 😉 ) In thinking of myself, and others, I relate to ‘making choices’ about openness, to ‘being and becoming’ open, and to ‘opening’ education – open as verb rather than adjective. Another expression of this is, as many people have written (and here I just mention a few: Jenny Mackness, Cameron Neylon, Helen Crump), openness as a ‘way of being’. Looking forward to the insights to be gleaned from all these great responses – many thanks 🙂

        1. Yes…and i am now wondering why Suzan and I used self as OER when we’re really talking about openness as a worldview and way of being. Definitely need to revisit this!

          1. Catching up with the conversation on selfOER! I love what you have written Catherine, it’s probably why I find it so difficult to respond to Maha’s exercise myself! I’ve started writing a blog post to clarify things but got even more confused at the end! I think I would be open to change and growth as a #selfOER

  4. In a way, I’ve been working on the answer to that since 2010 ~ almost in tandem with digital identity/ies. I’d be an unaffiliated, unfunded guerrilla educationist OER.

      1. TY ~ fascinating concept too. I bet it’s been in the back of many other minds as well since whichever was our first connectivist MOOC, just not articulated until now. I’m going not to check the #OpenTuesdays and #YearOfOpen tags

  5. I would be useful and also self-pleasing by honestly and openly making mistakes (fun part) then demonstrating various methods of extracting myself from the mess while plotting my next screw-up. And unrelated:
    For Rebecca: In 2002, Lepore and Smyth published The Writing Cure: How Expressive Writing Promotes Health and Well-Being (34)
    For Simon
    Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry
    …a quote from Yogi Berra,
    The difference between
    Theory and practice
    Is that in theory
    They are the same,
    But in practice
    They are not.

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