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Sparks of Openness

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Working in the open – it often feels counter-intuitive. What if someone criticises my half-baked idea? What if they make it stronger? What if someone dislikes the thing I’ve created? What if they really like it? What if they pinch the idea? What if they’re able to use the idea, or add theirs to it? 

Inspiration comes from others. Be an other.

From a conversation about Digital Literacies with We Are Open colleagues Grainne Hamilton and Doug Belshaw.

Pedagogies of Disruption as Resistance

Listening to Momodou Sallah’s keynote at OER18 instantly transported me back to my days living and working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I found myself deeply resonating with his desire for change and his willingness to be a part of it. Social Entrepreneurship; Confronting the poverty of imagination; The Empire narrative; The missing Southern voices. I found it inspirational.

Momodou’s Community Interest Company: Global Hands

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Continually becoming…

Continually becoming...

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My sketchnote from Catherine Cronin’s talk at #OER18.

I was reflecting to another attendee afterwards that I find some talks lend themselves more towards a sketchnote than others. Someone who knows what they are talking about, and cares deeply about it, is a must. But another key ingredient for me are the speaker’s homemade philosophies sprinkled through their talk – and it’s often this mix that I find paints a picture worth drawing.

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Web 2.0 Country

Welcome to Web 2.0 country

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Web2.0—the web of platforms, personalization, clickbait, and filter bubbles—is the only web most students know. That web exists by extracting individuals’ data through persistent surveillance, data mining, tracking, and browser fingerprinting and then seeking new and “innovative” ways to monetize that data. As platforms and advertisers seek to perfect these strategies, colleges and universities rush to mimic those strategies in order to improve retention.

From Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms by Chris Gilliard via this post by Brian Lamb

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The Open Web

The Open Web

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The Open Web by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND

Here comes a beaut! shouts my dad. I can remember spending hours in the sea of Donegal belly surfing as a kid. The sea is open. The waves keep coming. Each one different, raising with it fresh atlantic excitement.

I was tipped off with a nudge from Greg McVerry on this one. What is the open web anyway? Maybe the contrast with the closed web is helpful: platform silos, sticky enough to ensure our dependence on them, with the primary intention of creating maximum value for their shareholders. Develop the Intellectual Property and maximise the revenue streams. Oh, and if we can change the law to make our position stronger, then we should…

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My brother often corrects my grammar. It’s as easy to get it right as to get it wrong… he would say. Even though I find this mildly irritating, especially as he’s my younger sibling, he’s quite right – and secretly I upgrade my grammar without giving him any satisfaction, only to knowledgeably correct others on the same point.

So this thinkery about Creative Commons attribution might feel mildly annoying, but when it comes to attributing an author or creator for something you get to use for free, I think it’s worth the secret upgrade…

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