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Digital, networked, and open education

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Considering networked and open practices with academic staff (part of Postgrad Certificate)

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Digital, networked, and open education

  1. 1. Digital, networked, and open education Image: CC BY 2.0 woodleywonderworks CELT  PG Cert  April 2018
  2. 2. Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin  catherinecronin.net CELT, National University of Ireland, Galway
  3. 3. networked educators networked students Physical Spaces Bounded Online Spaces Open Online Spaces Image: CC BY-SA 2.0 Catherine Cronin, built on Networked Teacher image CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Alec Couros higher education
  4. 4. open education goal  philosophy  collective term resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide - The Open Education Consortium
  5. 5. OER Open Educational Resources OEP Open Educational Practices
  6. 6. CC BY 4.0 David Wiley, OER 101 Open Educational Resource (OER) “the 5Rs” = permissions
  7. 7. collaborative practices that include the creation, use and reuse of OER and pedagogical practices employing participatory technologies and social networks for interaction, peer-learning, knowledge creation & sharing, and empowerment of learners. Open Educational Practices (OEP) References: Andrade, et al. (2011); Beetham, et al. (2012); Czerniewicz, et al. (2016, 2017); Ehlers (2011); Geser (2007); Hodgkinson-Williams (2014)
  8. 8. OER Open Educational Resources OEP Open Educational Practices
  9. 9. pen Image: CC0 by Nadine Shaabana video link
  10. 10. Image: CC BY 2.0 erikpesik (Flickr) “Tools are made by people, and most (or even all) educational technologies have pedagogies hard-coded into them in advance. This is why it is so essential we consider them carefully and critically — that we empty all our LEGOs onto the table and sift through them before we start building. Some tools are decidedly less innocuous than others. And some tools can never be hacked to good use.” - Jesse Stommel
  11. 11. (i) whether, why, how, and to what extent academic staff use OEP for teaching, and (ii) shared characteristics of ‘open educators’, if any. my PhD research Openness and praxis: Exploring the use of OEP by academic staff in higher education
  12. 12. Image: CC0 photo by Saksham Gangwar
  13. 13. 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 OER Intentionally using OER less open more open digital practices
  14. 14. Balancing privacy and openness Developing digital literacies Valuing social learning Challenging traditional teaching role expectations 4 dimensions shared by open educators
  15. 15. Potential benefits of openness • Increased access to education • Decreased cost (e.g. OER, open textbooks) • Developing digital, data, & network literacies • New forms of dialogue and global collaboration • Student agency & empowerment • Bridging formal & informal learning • Public outreach and engagement • Enhancing & expanding the scope of learning
  16. 16. Barriers & tensions re: openness • Lack of… o Awareness o Understanding (e.g. permissions, attribution) o Skills (e.g. digital/information literacies) o Support • Balancing privacy and openness • Coordination across the institution • Incompatibility between existing institutional cultures & the philosophy of open education
  17. 17. Balancing privacy & openness Image: CC BY 2.0 woodleywonderworks
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Practicing openness is:  complex  personal  contextual  continually negotiated
  20. 20. Image: CC0 Stijn Swinnen It has never been more risky to operate in the open. It has never been more vital to operate in the open. Martin Weller (2016)
  21. 21. Thank You! Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin catherinecronin.net Le spectre de la rose Jerome Robbins Dance Division from the New York Public Library (public domain)

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