Overcoming Cultural Agoraphobia


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  • University – open to all; no entry requirements A university and content production operation – we write and produce all our own textbooks, websites and multimedia productions
  • No room for OERs. VC convinced of the value. Executive not. Should not give away crown jewels. More important things to deal with.
  • Only 400 students over two years. So stopped offering but decided to release under a CC licence.
  • As Grace Hopper said – do it and apologise later
  • Full and substantive institutional debate. Genuine concerns. Weighty arguments on both sides. Sustainable business models for OERs? Etc. Task group – feasibility study of case for open content and report on technical and educational implications; & recommend whether OU should start a pilot project. Recommended not withdraw from open content concept, run pilot but not commit to putting all OU content online and bid to the Hewlett Foundation for funds to run the pilot. Possible problems – 1. impact on business, 2. IP & licensing risk
  • Welcomed initiative “as an opportunity to learn in an energetic and vibrant way” about open content. Academic and pedagogic benefits and risks discussed Discussions about making OU archive material available Discussions about the pilot combining content with VLE support and tools
  • Sometimes with cultural agoraphobia, what you need to do is break the logjam or shine a light and get people to see
  • In the last financial year 2009-2010, the OMU delivered: •             over 1.5M video views on You Tube •             17.2M downloads from iTunesU •             3.1M unique visitors to LearningSpace and •             Just under 0.25M exploring multiple pages on Open Learn (explore).
  • Overcoming Cultural Agoraphobia

    1. 1. Overcoming cultural agoraphobia A case study Ray Corrigan Open University Gikii VI Göteborg 2011
    2. 2. Gikii past <ul><li>Maxwell’s demon on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Monks, books & battles </li></ul><ul><li>Fighter Command's information system </li></ul><ul><li>5 point plan for the public domain </li></ul><ul><li>Algebra with tiddlywinks </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li><C.P.Snow’s two cultures> </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li><Boyle’s cultural agoraphobia> </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li><Open University> </li></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li><Open source teaching project> </li></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li><2001 - 2002> </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li><T182 Law the Internet and Society> </li></ul>
    9. 10. http://vipernt.open.ac.uk/t182/html/welcome/welcome.htm
    10. 11. Cartoons by Tony Seldon For every human problem there is a solution which is simple, neat and wrong. H.L. Mencken Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. Mark Twain He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts – for support rather than illumination. Andrew Lang
    11. 12. <ul><li><abridged guide to Lessig for six-year-olds> </li></ul><ul><li>http://vipernt.open.ac.uk/t182/Resources/Ray%20C%20ver%202.mp3 </li></ul><ul><li>http://vipernt.open.ac.uk/t182/html/resources/transcript_commons.htm </li></ul>
    12. 13. <ul><li><Hewlett Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hewlett.org/> </li></ul>
    13. 14. <ul><li><OU scenarios planning> </li></ul>
    14. 15. <ul><li><T182 CC’d autumn 2004> </li></ul><ul><li>http://vipernt.open.ac.uk/t182/html/sectionindex.htm </li></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><li><Site activity vibrant> </li></ul>
    16. 17. <ul><li><didn’t ask anyone’s permission> </li></ul>
    17. 18. <ul><li><take it down; we need to talk about this> </li></ul>
    18. 19. <ul><li><VC supportive, genuine concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Task Group late 2004> </li></ul>
    19. 20. <ul><li><Academic Board & Council July 2005> </li></ul>
    20. 21. <ul><li><support – do on big scale> </li></ul>
    21. 22. <ul><li><Hewlett Foundation $250k> </li></ul>
    22. 23. <ul><li>< Proposal to Hewlett Foundation Nov 2005> </li></ul>
    23. 24. <ul><li><HF reviewer comments Dec 2005> </li></ul>
    24. 25. <ul><li><Issues: budget – 2 years ambitious </li></ul><ul><li>Licence – CC or bepoke> </li></ul>
    25. 26. <ul><li><BBC Creative Archive bespoke licence> </li></ul>
    26. 27. <ul><li><Revised proposal Jan 2006> </li></ul>
    27. 28. <ul><li><5100 hours Learning Space </li></ul><ul><li>8100 hours Lab Space </li></ul><ul><li>“robust, scalable OES” </li></ul><ul><li>CC> </li></ul>
    28. 29. <ul><li><HF Board approved $8.9M Feb 2006> </li></ul>
    29. 30. <ul><li><OpenLearn launched autumn 2006 w 900 hours content> </li></ul>
    30. 31. <ul><li><lessons> </li></ul>
    31. 32. <ul><li><Boyle was right> </li></ul>
    32. 33. <ul><li><we are culturally agoraphobic> </li></ul>
    33. 34. <ul><li><Institutions are culturally agoraphobic> </li></ul>
    34. 35. <ul><li><break the logjam> </li></ul>
    35. 36. <ul><li><shine light on our cultural agoraphobia> </li></ul>
    36. 37. <ul><li><mature & rational debate> </li></ul>
    37. 38. <ul><li><people not tools> </li></ul>
    38. 39. <ul><li><putting people in touch with people> </li></ul>
    39. 40. Links <ul><li>OpenLearn http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>T182 http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=5851 </li></ul><ul><li>OLNet http://olnet.org/ (OU and Carnegie Mellon) </li></ul><ul><li>The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation http://www.hewlett.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>OU YouTube http://www.youtube.com/ou </li></ul><ul><li>OU iTunesU http://open.edu/itunes/ </li></ul><ul><li>EU </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search Register of Council of EU </li></ul></ul>