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A presentation by Scott Wilson, Institute for Educational Cybernetics University of Bolton, to the Eduserv "OpenID - online identity for the social network generation of learners and researchers"......

A presentation by Scott Wilson, Institute for Educational Cybernetics University of Bolton, to the Eduserv "OpenID - online identity for the social network generation of learners and researchers" meeting in London in November 2007.

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  • 1. OpenID and eLearning Scott Wilson institute for educational cybernetics university of bolton
  • 2. Institute for educational what ?
    • "The science of communication and control in animal and machine” (Norbert Wiener)
    • "The science of effective organisation ” (Stafford Beer)
    • "A way of looking at things and a language for expressing what one sees” (Margaret Mead)”
    • The science and art of understanding” (Humberto Maturana)
  • 3. Cybernetics and identity
    • Linked to concept of autopoiesis; all systems that are autopoietic and maintain homeostasis have identity
    • Regulation in a system is concerned with the maintenance of its identity
    • From a cybernetic viewpoint, an“identity management system” is actually a system for maintaining the identity of the organisation, not those of the people it ostensibly manages
  • 4. Understanding education as a system
  • 5. Where is identity used in the elearning system?
    • Individualization
    • Self-organisation
    • Activity
    • Coordination
    • Resource management
    • Monitoring
    • Strategy
    • Adaptation
  • 6. Where is identity used in the elearning system?
    • Individualization
    • Self-organisation
    • Activity
    • Coordination
    • Resource management
    • Monitoring
    • Strategy
    • Adaptation
    Resource management is the focus of traditional institutional IDM “ Leaked” into Coordination & primary Activity via the LMS/VLE. A consequence of an early technology variety imbalance
  • 7. Where is identity used in the elearning system?
    • Individualization
    • Self-organisation
    • Activity
    • Coordination
    • Resource management
    • Monitoring
    • Strategy
    • Adaptation
    Past: anonymised data Future: identified data (ULN)
  • 8. Where is identity used in the elearning system?
    • Individualization
    • Self-organisation
    • Activity
    • Coordination
    • Resource management
    • Monitoring
    • Strategy
    • Adaptation
    User-centric identity, especially OpenID
  • 9. VLE v PLE
    • VLE
    • Resource management
    • PLE
    • Self-organisation
    • Invidividualisation
    • VLE <-> PLE
    • Coordination
  • 10. Distributed, user-owned technologies are not merely going to be grudgingly accepted by institutions, they are an inevitable requirement for organisational viability in the 21st Century
  • 11. Far from threatening institutional viability and control, distributed, user-owned technology offers an escape route from escalating costs, liabilities, and bureaucracy that come from a supply-driven model Rather than spinning us out of control, they offer a way to get back under control
  • 12. A supply-led approach to provision of education and provision of technology is no longer viable in an age of lifelong learning, user choice, and increasing numbers
  • 13. Why is OpenID interesting?
  • 14. it isn’t really an authentication system That’s a good thing
  • 15. it doesn’t really verify identity or identify the user That’s a good thing too
  • 16. it doesn’t require or assume policy alignment or trust Nice and flexible…
  • 17. it isn’t a provisioning system (Apart from SREG and AE, but they aren’t mandatory)
  • 18. All it does is offer a means of asserting a relationship between an agent and a URL how cool is that?
  • 19. This makes it a potential boundary mechanism for the coordination of individual, self-organised, and managed activity
  • 20. OpenID is a pivot
    • It can provide an axis of coordination between the formal system and informal systems
    • OpenID actually doesn’t really authenticate or identify anyone, but it can connect things that use identity
  • 21. A (bad?) example: Jyte RSS feed
    • <item>
    • <pubDate>Sat, 03 Nov 2007 11:36:53 -0700</pubDate>
    • <title>I have at least one unfinished novel that I work on intermittently.</title>
    • <author>http://elihu.myopenid.com/</author>
    • <description>&lt;a href=&quot;http://jyte.com/profile/elihu.myopenid.com&quot; title=&quot;http://elihu.myopenid.com/&quot;&gt;Elihu&lt;/a&gt; made this claim.</description>
    • <link>http://jyte.com/cl/i-have-at-least-one-unfinished-novel-that-i-work-on-intermittently</link>
    • <guid>http://jyte.com/cl/i-have-at-least-one-unfinished-novel-that-i-work-on-intermittently</guid>
    • <category>novel</category>
    • <category>writing</category>
    • <category>hobby</category>
    • <category>unfinished projects</category>
    • </item>
    • <item>
    • <pubDate>Sat, 03 Nov 2007 10:48:31 -0700</pubDate>
    • <title>I always thought nic was a hip-py, but now I think he's a hip-hop.</title>
    • <author>http://packers1.myopenid.com/</author>
    • <description>&lt;a href=&quot;http://jyte.com/profile/packers1.myopenid.com&quot; title=&quot;http://packers1.myopenid.com/&quot;&gt;Packers&lt;/a&gt; made this claim.</description>
    • <link>http://jyte.com/cl/i-always-thought-www.tapsellferrier.co.uknicferrier-was-a-hip-py-but-now-i-think-hes-a-hip-hop</link>
    • <guid>http://jyte.com/cl/i-always-thought-www.tapsellferrier.co.uknicferrier-was-a-hip-py-but-now-i-think-hes-a-hip-hop</guid>
    • </item>
    oAuth? Privacy!
  • 22. Some potential uses
    • Indirect evidencing & correlation, for assessment or for personal portfolio development
    • Early-commitment coordination, for early engagement without institutional commitment
    • Coordination of home/work/university boundary activities
    • Tracking activity for coordination at group/course level
    • Tracking activity for analytics and planning at course/programme/institution level
  • 23. Thanks for listening - over to you http:// www.cetis.ac.uk/members/scott (that’s also my OpenID, btw ;-)