I´m been thinking a lot, will I manage to have the time to participate on this course this autumn? I have 2 big new things going on, one to become lecturer again (I had an unwanted brake for three years) and two I started my PhD studies for 6 months ago. But I realize this was meant to be, I really need to meet my self as a lecturer and all you people (especielly my PBL07group ) but also everybody participate in this course. We had two webinars with really engaged Alistair Creelman and Kiruthika Ragupathi and the webinars where interesting and well planned, well done. I got engaged and motivated. I suggest people I meet to take the course next time.
There is a movement world wide and people seems to be open to share, and to do that in a safe way, we can use common creatives which has developed to make surethat ther rules are clearfor how we should share and use each others material. I think we will be even better together if we can generous share and get inspire from others with less prestige. As David Wiley present in his TedTalk and parable the situation of the little child which crying and tell us it´s MINE. Made me think of how many times I´ve been hearing that during the years working in the university. There are people who can share but there are those who are afraid of sharing and put their presentions as films online (through platforms distrubiated by own university) and says that they will not be needed anymore. I think that it is not true, because the presentation needs to be updated and remade becuse of the continous development.
Aren´t we the students tools? We got the knowledge they are after and we as educators some how like and enjoy to share, educate that knowledge. I proudly like to share and see other people develop and having the same knowledge and even got more even knowledge beacuse they meet my collegues aswell, thank good for that :). And their possibility to learn has developed I think, because the digital techninque has developed and it has a lot more possibilities. Doesn´t we all work for the world to become a better place for us people and our society somehow, we just not think about it in our everyday work, we all participates so the wheel keeps on spinning. I can´t think on someone other solution, offcourse we will continue to develop us people and our society. If we not educate with openness there are´nt any education at all (whether I am in a classroom in real life or online) because education is about sharing knowledge and sharing is caring. I just need to adapt to the cicumstances and plan the courses/program to involve and lead the students in an positive direction.
We should be happy and grateful because nowadays we have the technology which make it possible to educate and educate more people and regardless to geograpic. We can share our knowledge in different ways it´s just the imaginations that limits (David Wiley). I been thinking about the fact therer is always two sides of the coin. Social communications apps is for good and friendly use but uses differently of different organizations by algoritms which are explained by that it is for learning about the users and so on but it also uses to target commercial advertising based on what we like for example. The openness in education has rules and to be sure the rules follows set passwords and barriers to abuse transparency at least connected to university. And then there are MOOC´s
MOOC courses is about connecting and collaborating in an engaging way during education, all materal are accessible and for free (maybe) and the work is shared. The networking through the course distrubates and its up to the participate by independence to fulfill and engage and at least decide if the course where fulfilled. This isn´t new but it is for me and it will take some time to rethink and do things more open. I am thinking that it should be able to share more material as for example instructionsvideos of instrumentations as for us dental hygienists. There is to much prestige I think, its kind of similar that you don´t other about your places to pick your mushrooms, it´s MINE.
Kay Oddones PLE or PLN or LMS or OLN? haven´t I been able to read and learn about yet but now when I put in my blog it will make me remember to read it, because it´s interest me. As Kiruthika reflect in her blog I can also se a likeness to Coffee House model, I have been three times (earlier the last time when I was a lecturer) to Nepal and Kathmandu with students where the open Coffee Houses made it more easy to connect to the net and made it possible for me to continue to meet collegues and the other students back at home “there the normal life” went on.
Another reflection about openness and how to find it and connect to people. When i was a girl, my mother stayed home with me and my brother, sehe didn´t have here own work untill i was fiftheen years old. For not going crazy and bored she had her groups for sewing and she learned different things at study circles at nights that interested her, when my dad came home (to me and my brother) from his work. Nowadays and especially in ths pandemictime I almost feel this online course as my studycircle, we learn and experiences same thing at the same time together which connect us a little bit more because we got same platform and references from which we investigate topics.
Fake news or fake fact? It made me think about academic articles and predators. There are a lot of facts online and less time and it takes time (and knowledge) to be sure I´m up for the right stuff/material/fact, I found a report where the citeria where listed as a check up (Toutloff, 2019).
Sortly I took a look on Bates (2019) book and thougt about the text that it is so much more students who educates nowadays though higher education and universities. I think it´s good to be able to be educated, I love to develop my self. But not every one suits to take higher education there are people in society which prefer to learn a profession through being apprentice, and thats okey to I think, but the society at least in Sweden makes it difficult. I think we need to be open and to see possibilities and accept our similarities and differences. Sometimes we connect and sometimes we need to wait in the right moment to connect. My body and mind has got an altered vision and I am not so worried to sharing, I will just figure how the best way should be in my subject.
Take care and be open minded/Charlotte
Creative Commons guide. Nice short overview to CC-licensing by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.
Open education and the future, Short TED-talk by David Wiley
Watson, K. (2014) Learning management system or the open web?, Learning to teach online UNSW.
What is a MOOC? Short explanation by Dave Cormier, one of the people behind the first ever MOOC.
Bates, T. (2019). Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning. (2nd edition)
(This is probably the best guide there is today to teaching in a digital context. Worth reading the whole book but for this unit you can focus on Chapter 11, Trends in open education.)
Oddone, K. (2016). PLE or PLN or LMS or OLN? Blog post about the ONL course.
Ragupathi, K. (2020). Being open: drawing parallels with the Coffee House model.
Toutloff, L. (2019). Cabells Predatory Report Criteria v 1.1. Predatory reports
Weller, M., & Anderson, T. (2013). Digital resilience in higher education. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 16(1), 53.
Weller, M. (2014). Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory. London: Ubiquity Press.
(If you can, try to read all of this excellent overview of the whole question of openness but if you can’t, focus on Chapter 4, Open Educational Resources, and Chapter 5, MOOCs.)