“Open source software communities are
one of the most successful -- and least understood -- examples of high performance collaboration and community building on the Internet today.” (Kim, 2003)
“A key to transformation is
for the teaching profession to establish innovation networks that capture the spirit and culture of hackers - the passion, the can-do, collective sharing.” (Hargreaves, 2003)
Questions • what is k?
• how is k acquired? • how do we know what we know? • why do we know what we know? • what do humans know? • who controls k? • how is k controlled?
Free/Open Content “describes any kind
of creative work in a format that explicitly allows copying and modifying of its information by anyone, not exclusively by a closed organization, ﬁrm, or individual.” (Wikipedia)
media stats (2009) • 90
trillion emails sent annually from 1.4 billion email users • 234 million websites • 1.73 billion Internet users • 126 millions blogs • 350 million Facebook users • 4 billion images on Flickr • 1 billion Youtube videos served daily. Stats as of Jan 22/10 via Royal Pingdom
“Web 2.0 tools exist that
might allow academics to reﬂect and reimagine what they do as scholars. Such tools might positively affect -- even transform - research, teaching, and service responsibilities - only if scholars choose to build serious academic lives online, presenting semi-public selves and becoming invested in and connected to the work of their peers and students.” (Greenhow, Robella, & Hughes, 2009)
blogging • Filter & develop
ideas. • Scholarly reﬂection. • Dissemination of research. • Calls for contribution & collaboration. • Share practice. • Location of academic proﬁle. • Access to academic thought. • Record of discourse.
microblogging • Connect & collaborate
with academics from similar or complementary ﬁelds. • Data-mining possibilities (reading vs. conversing) • Serendipitous connections/ conversations. • Share & disseminate work/ calls.
content sharing • Reach of
publication can dwarf traditional venues (Q: “why do we publish?”) • To share what we do and create for the beneﬁt of others. • Potential to improve our initial work through CC/NC/ ATT licenses. • Gift economy (we also beneﬁt by content that is shared.
open courses - my view
• use of open & free tools wherever possible • openly accessible experiences • assessments related to participant practice • participant-controlled/centred spaces • range of expertise/participation • immersive, experimental activities • scaffolding and just-in-time support • focus on alternative learning artefacts • development of long-term learning community