BuddyPress & Open Education


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Online learning communities and open source software are almost an old shoe, of course – but online learning and BuddyPress? That’s a young couple, deeply and freshly in love, going through their first happy months of mutual discovery. What will happen when the initial excitement wears off? Will open education, the experienced groom, turn around and go back to Moodle? Will BuddyPress, the beautiful young bride, drift away to wild young lovers? There are many things that can go wrong in a fresh relationship, and this presentation looked at ten dilemmas and ten things that the BuddyPress and the open education movements should do for each other.

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BuddyPress & Open Education

  1. 1. BuddyPress &OpenEducationA happy relationship in 10 steps
  2. 2. The experienced groom: open education
  3. 3. increase access to educational opportunity learner-centred, collaborative, participatorypower shifts: educators as learning facilitatorsfocused largely on open educational resources slowly moving towards open policy, open assessment, open support, open teaching
  4. 4. The beautiful young bride: BuddyPress
  5. 5. social networking out of the boxopen source: free access and redistributionincreasingly used by educational institutionsfirst plugins to build learning environments: mostly collaboration and administrationrelation with open education largely platonic
  6. 6. At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.PlatoLove is the poetry of the senses.Honore de BalzacCode is poetry.WordPress
  7. 7. The technical approach doesn’t matter vsThe learning approach doesn’t matter
  8. 8. Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. H. L. Mencken
  9. 9. The intelligence of roadmaps vsThe imagination of learning
  10. 10. Anyone can be passionate,but it takes real lovers to be silly. Rose Franken
  11. 11. The sillyness of coders, nerds & geeks vsThe sillyness of educators & learners
  12. 12. Love is the power to seesimilarity in the dissimilar.Theodor Adorno
  13. 13. Software architecture vsLearning architecture
  14. 14. When love is not madness, it is not love. Pedro Calderon de la Barca
  15. 15. The madness of hierarchies vsThe madness of voluntarism
  16. 16. The art of loveis largelythe art ofpersistence.Albert Ellis
  17. 17. The persistence to address problems vsThe persistence to ignore problems
  18. 18. Love is the child of illusion,and the parent of disillusion. Miguel de Unamuno
  19. 19. The illusion of an easy solution vsThe disillusion of being alone
  20. 20. The first magic of love isour ignorance that it can ever end. Benjamin Disraeli
  21. 21. Open Education does not know vs Open Education will not wait
  22. 22. Love is an ocean of emotionsentirely surroundedby expenses.Lord Dewar
  23. 23. The philosophy of open movements vsThe need to invest in open movements
  24. 24. It is not a lack of love, but a lackof friendship that makes unhappy marriages. Friedrich Nietzsche
  25. 25. The existence of hybrids vsThe emergence of networks
  26. 26. Make love when you can. It’s good for you. Kurt Vonnegut
  27. 27. Being active in many niche networks vsBeing able to connect these networks
  28. 28. In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. Janos Arany
  29. 29. 10 IMPOSSIBILITIES1. student, course and grade management 2. fine-grained privacy controls 3. one-to-one online tutoring 4. peer-reviewed magazines 5. a multi-author editorial workflow 6. indexing for journal directories 7. library search engine integration 8. academic profiles and portfolios 9. data generation and visualisation 10. visual collaboration tools
  30. 30. Photo credits:www.youthmedia.eu usersStefan FrankeRoman HennMaja KowalczykMariesol FumyCarsten BoockLaura GünselLuiza PuiuIsi FischerMalte TiedemannCarlo SperfeldAnonymousMax WohlersMariesol Fumy againJohanna TorstenssonMirela Zoranic andMalte TiedemannYou guys rock.
  31. 31. ContactsAndreas Karsten@nonformality@youthpolicyhttp://www.youthpolicy.organdreas@youthpolicy.org