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Are Open Educational Resources Cultural Colonisation?

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Presentation on International and Cultural issues on OER
By: Patrick McAndrew
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Are Open Educational Resources Cultural Colonisation?

  1. 1. Are Open Educational Resources Cultural Colonisation? Patrick McAndrew OLnet.org
  2. 2. Cultural content
  3. 3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNhHTfDyJjU
  4. 6. More neutral More local
  5. 7. More neutral More local
  6. 8. Cultural discourse
  7. 9. Discourses in OpenLearn Andreia Santos – opened2007 – a.i.santos@open.ac.uk
  8. 10. The Discourse of collaboration <ul><li>MIT OCW is committed to open systems and will share its approach with those who may want to launch similar efforts. </li></ul>Andreia Santos – opened2007 – a.i.santos@open.ac.uk Extract 1: from MIT’s OCW OpenCourseWare website OCW now stands as a new model for disseminating knowledge, serving as a sort of “ shared intellectual commons ” available to educators and learners around the globe Extract 2: from MIT’s OpenCourseWare website
  9. 11. The Discourse of collaboration Andreia Santos – opened2007 – a.i.santos@open.ac.uk What does the Open University bring to the open content field? […] A vast quantity of high quality learning materials: we specialise in content and support designed for distance and e-learning; this includes self-assessment tools, collaboration forums and a personalised learner experience […] Extract 3: from OpenLearn website
  10. 12. The Institutional Discourse <ul><li>Open content is consistent with the University’s commitment to social justice and widening participation in higher education </li></ul>Andreia Santos – opened2007 – a.i.santos@open.ac.uk Extract 6: from the OpenLearn website – power point presentation introducing the initiative
  11. 13. The Institutional Discourse Andreia Santos – opened2007 – a.i.santos@open.ac.uk OpenLearn… […] Could be a way of building markets and reputation […] Extract 7: from OpenLearn website - power point presentation introducing the initiative
  12. 14. The Institutional Discourse Andreia Santos – opened2007 – a.i.santos@open.ac.uk MIT department heads believe that MIT OCW is a tool that indirectly aids in recruitment Extract 8: from MIT’s OpenCourseWare ‘How to’ website
  13. 16. OU Culture
  14. 18. Implementation view
  15. 19. Implementation view XML/Moodle Targets Media team
  16. 21. HTML Research team Research Agenda
  17. 22. Cultural mix
  18. 24. OCWC membership
  19. 25. OCWC membership Japan Affiliates USA Spain UK
  20. 26. <ul><li>Open = </li></ul><ul><li>Unlimited </li></ul><ul><li>Freed </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul><ul><li>Available </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Connected </li></ul><ul><li>Empowered </li></ul>
  21. 27. 8m visitors since launch
  22. 28. User augmented content
  23. 29. Collaborations
  24. 30. Out
  25. 31. In
  26. 33. The interfaces UnisulVirtual OpenLearn
  27. 35. All part of the solution http://www.lumaxart.com/
  28. 37. Open Educational Resources are Cultural Communication
  29. 38. Credits <ul><li>Coke can* http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3434490584/ </li></ul><ul><li>Hands & Puzzle* http://www.lumaxart.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Open Sign* http://www.flickr.com/photos/rightee/4356950 </li></ul><ul><li>Community Dialogue* http://www.flickr.com/photos/nesri/3629974453/ </li></ul><ul><li>Other images* http://www.flickr.com/photos/openpad/ </li></ul>*
  30. 39. Dr Patrick McAndrew The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA <ul><li>www.open.ac.uk/openlearn </li></ul><ul><li>o lnet.org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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