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Teaching Philosophy Openly: why/not?


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A presentation on open education and philosophy given at the biannual meeting of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, College of St. Benedict and St. John's University, July-Aug. 2014.

In it I ask people to discuss just what "open education" might be, give some examples of it, and ask for discussion of potential benefits/drawbacks/obstacles to engaging in open educational activities.

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Teaching Philosophy Openly: why/not?

  1. 1. DOING PHILOSOPHY IN THE OPEN: WHY/NOT? Christina Hendricks, Univ. of British Columbia American Association of Philosophy Teachers Meeting August 1, 2014 Slides available here: Presentation licensed CC-BY 4.0:
  2. 2. Learning Objectives By the end of the session, you should be able to • State and explain several ways that one can engage in open education (without creating an entire MOOC) • List benefits and possible drawbacks to at least two open educational activities • Explain whether you might engage in any open ed activities in future, and if so, what/why
  3. 3. Openness generally • Open source (software) • Open access • Open peer review • Open data • Open government • Open business • Open education, open educational resources (OER) See, e.g.
  4. 4. Open access vs more “open” Open access: free to view/read, sometimes to download and print and redistribute “Open like a museum” A Day at the Museum 2, Flickr photo shared by Robert Couse- Baker, licensed CC-BY 2.0
  5. 5. Open access vs more “open” • The four “R’s” of open content, acc to David Wiley • Reuse • Revise • Remix • Redistribute • [A new 5th R] Retain right to make, own, control copies (e.g., download, duplicate, store, manage) [indefinitely]
  6. 6. Group discussion Please discuss in groups: 1. Given what’s been said so far, what sorts of activities do you think might fall under “open education”? 2. Do you engage in any of these yourself or know someone who does? If possible, please type in your answers under your group’s heading on this Google doc:
  7. 7. Survey answers I did a small survey in May 2014 asking people what open education is, benefits & potential drawbacks/obstacles. Results:
  8. 8. Open Edu examples Campus courses open to anyone to follow/join: • Social Media & Open Ed grad course at U of Regina (Saskatchewan): • Arts One Open (U of British Columbia, Vancouver): • Open Online High School Phil course in BC, Canada:
  9. 9. Open Edu examples Making course materials freely available & reusable • Some institutions make entire courses available, e.g. • MIT Open courseware • Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative • Search open courses by OEConsortium • Some faculty members make materials available on websites (mine: here and here) • Can search or contribute to OER repositories, e.g., MERLOT, Solvonauts, OER Commons
  10. 10. Creative Commons Licenses Ways to indicate to others how they can use your materials w/o asking permission • enses/ • Nice video explaining CC & different licenses: os/creative-commons-kiwi
  11. 11. Benefits/drawbacks/obstacles In your group, choose two or more open educational activities from Gdoc: Please discuss, & write on doc if you can: • Any possible benefits you can see from engaging in these open ed activities • Potential drawbacks or obstacles to people doing so • Whether you might consider doing any of these yourself & why/why not
  12. 12. Thank you! Reminder: These slides are available to view, download, remix, reuse here: Christina Hendricks (website) (blog) Twitter: @clhendricksbc