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Beyond practices: Values, challenges, and tensions associated with using OEP

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Presentation at Open Education Global Conference, April 26th, 2018. Summary of PhD research study on the use of open educational practices #OEP by academic staff in higher education.

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Beyond practices: Values, challenges, and tensions associated with using OEP

  1. 1. Beyond Practices: Values, challenges & tensions associated with using OEP Catherine Cronin CELT, NUI Galway @catherinecronin #OEGlobal18 #go_gn Image:CC0bycogdog
  2. 2. Catherine Cronin open educator, open resercher CELT, National University of Ireland, Galway @catherinecronin  catherinecronin.net
  3. 3. all sources and references available at: bit.ly/OEGlobal18_Cronin
  4. 4. open Both descriptive & aspirational Not universally experienced Complex & contextual Requires digital capability & agency Critical discourse is essential “Move from access to equity & justice” McMillan Cottom, 2015
  5. 5. Openness is not the opposite of closed-ness, nor is there simply a continuum between the two… An important question becomes not simply whether education is more or less open, but what forms of openness are worthwhile and for whom; openness alone is not an educational virtue. Richard Edwards (2015) @RichardEd1 Knowledge infrastructures and the inscrutability of openness in education Learning, Media and Technology 40(3) “
  6. 6. I began with a question: In academic settings in which the use of OEP is not required, requested, expected, or specifically supported, WHY do some educators, and not others, choose to use Open Educational Practices? (...and then what happens?)
  7. 7. Openness and praxis: A situated study of academic staff meaning-making & decision-making with respect to openness and use of open educational practices in higher education PhD research study completed April 2018
  8. 8. Image:CC0bySakshamGangwar
  9. 9. DIGITAL IDENTITY DIGITAL NETWORKING DIGITAL TOOLS FOR TEACHING USE OF OER less open more open digital practices
  10. 10. Institutional, role-based identity DIGITAL IDENTITY Open, networked, ‘Resident’ identity Not using social media, or personal use only DIGITAL NETWORKING Using social media personally & professionally Using VLE & email only DIGITAL TOOLS FOR TEACHING Using VLE & email as well as open tools & social media Not intentionally using OER USE OF OER Intentionally using OER less open more open digital practices Using OEP
  11. 11. 4 dimensions shared by open educators inner circle (2 dimensions) Networked Individuals both circles (4 dimensions) Networked Educators
  12. 12. Balancing privacy & openness Image:CCBY2.0woodleywonderworks
  13. 13. Balancing privacy and openness will I share openly? whom will I share with? (context collapse) who will I share as? (digital identity) will I share this? MACRO MESO MICRO NANO
  14. 14. If we truly value participatory culture, we must recognize the right of individuals to choose not to participate. Henry Jenkins (2013) “
  15. 15. We must rebuild institutions that value humans’ minds and lives and integrity and safety. Audrey Watters (2017) “ Image:CCBY-NC2.0carnagenyc
  16. 16. The use of OEP, practicing openness, is:  complex  personal  contextual  continually negotiated
  17. 17. Le spectre de la rose Jerome Robbins Dance Division from the New York Public Library (public domain) To hope is to give yourself to the future, and that commitment to the future makes the present inhabitable. Rebecca Solnit (2004) Hope in the Dark “
  18. 18. Le spectre de la rose Jerome Robbins Dance Division from the New York Public Library (public domain) Thank You! Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin catherinecronin.net
  19. 19. all sources and references available at: bit.ly/OEGlobal18_ Cronin

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