Open source and open access learning resources – 14 September 2012 #digped discussion

  1. What exactly does “open” mean?

  2. rogerwhitson
    IMO, OA refers only to the ability to access the article, open source is more comprehensive, b/c you can do stuff w/ code/text. #digped
  3. khomotso
    The ‘open’ of open source facilitates collaboration, the ‘open’ of open access does not, necessarily #digped
  4. slamteacher
    I like the idea that open access means that content/material becomes flexible – copyable, changeable, operable. #digped
  5. Is “open” about an absence of explicit barriers to entry (eg. paywalls)? Or is “open” an active effort to facilitate different people’s engagement with the material? Or is it about what use can be made of the material, and the different ways that it can be appropriated and drawn upon?
  6. What are the implications of “open” in an academic context?

  7. Jessifer
    @andrewstaroscik @readywriting @rswharton Should we have more writing (academic or other) that lets us look under the hood & modify? #digped
  8. Jessifer
    @woodpainter Nice example. Are notions of “intellectual property” and “open access” fundamentally at odds? #digped
  9. How does “open” sit in a practical/economic context? and what does “open” mean for people’s livelihoods?
  10. andrewstaroscik
    @jessifer I agree and as an adjunct with no hope of TT I embrace it! Mix things up. Lot’s of uncertainty though. #digped
  11. readywriting
    @Jessifer @andrewstaroscik I’m all for open, but I do worry about being able to live off of the open (or something!) #digped
  12. Jessifer
    @readywriting @andrewstaroscik Yeah, how do we “monetize” open? What kinds of new livelihoods can we make? #highered needs some. 🙂 #digped
  13. andrewstaroscik
    @readywriting @rswharton @carriepadian This is important, we need to really talk about what subsidizes what in higher ed. #digped
  14. Jessifer
    @HybridPed I like to start with what works for learning & then figuring out how to deal with the economic & political remifications. #digped
  15. andrewstaroscik
    @jessifer here is a late shot: Economics is central because the structure will determine who contributes and how #digped
  16. The conversation then stepped back to consider the pedagogical questions posed by “open”.
  17. The pedagogy of “open” and “open” spaces

  18. Jessifer
    What is the pedagogical value in openness: encourages collaboration and play, disrupts power dynamics of education. #digped
  19. afamiglietti
    @jessifer except when it doesn’t. Open also means “surveillance.” Sometimes play needs darkness. Sometimes. #digped
  20. rswharton
    @HybridPed Open pedagogy is one in which students are empowered to make responsible choices re intellectual property, privacy. #digped
  21. khomotso
    @Jessifer Also, how do we balance openness with privacy, or safe spaces for learning? Need nuanced, contextualized choices like CC #digped
  22. JRRockwall
    @afamiglietti @jessifer must be critical when deciding what to have open. Ensuring the “classroom” is safe learning environment #digped
  23. So what is a “safe” space for learning?
  24. rogerwhitson
    I wonder what a safe space for learning means when so much content is available online? #digped Not that it isn’t a concern.
  25. khomotso
    @rogerwhitson On its simplest level, the freedom to ask ‘dumb’ questions and not have them come back to you in another context #digped
  26. Jessifer
    @rogerwhitson I’m not sure these “safe spaces” really exist anymore. Maybe, they are purely nostalgic? Maybe learning isn’t safe. #digped
  27. rswharton
    @khomotso @rogerwhitson @Jessifer Do we make classrooms safer by walling them off or encouraging social values that make them safe. #digped
  28. Jessifer
    @vrobin1000 @rogerwhitson Isn’t there always risk of personal attack? I try to advocate for my students rather than sheltering them. #digped
  29. rswharton
    @Jessifer @khomotso @rogerwhitson But focusing on access to info w/o also considering how we interpret/use it is wrong approach. 2/2 #digped
  30. vrobin1000
    @Jessifer @rogerwhitson #digped I don’t know that teaching them not to attack each other in a discussion means they’re being sheltered.
  31. readywriting
    Can we talk about “safe spaces” for (open) learning when for many of us, we don’t have a “safe space” for (open) teaching? #digped
  32. Reading over this discussion left me wondering what an open ecosystem might look like, both in terms of access/accessibility and sustainability/resourcing. I’m uncertain about funding models and wonder how much space there is for “open” within current funding models and structures.
    Will the initiative for change come from pedagogy or economics?

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1 Response to Open source and open access learning resources – 14 September 2012 #digped discussion

  1. Really interesting discussion, thans for compiling it. These are very important discussions and debates to be having, especially with what seems like an acceleration in the evolution of higher-ed. Is this part of a MOOC or linked to something larger? I haven’t had time to dig into Digital Pedagogy’s stuff since MOOCMOOC.

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