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Re: Fwd: A 'public park' of learning?

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Markus Deimann <[log in to unmask]>

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Open Education Special Interest Group <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 9 Mar 2015 11:18:47 +0100

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I also like the metaphor of a public park very much and I think this is
the way Open Education should move forward to. By paralleling the
development from the analogue world with more and more shopping malls in
which there are only customers allowed to stroll as long as they buy
something we can enhance the importance of OER.

As the article is arguing public media may be a good starting point. In
Germany, for instance, we have a new educational TV station (public)
with only copyright protected material. It will be interesting to see
how they react to the demand of transferring their material into OER.

Is anybody aware of similar situations in other countries?

Best,
Markus



Am 09.03.2015 um 11:07 schrieb aclark:
> Interesting article Terry - thanks for pointing it out.   I think a
> park in an interesting analogy - Parks are not totally benign places
> (John Lennon was shot dead in a park) but do offer opportunities to
> access lots of free resources but in fact they are not equally 
> accessible but determined :
>
>  * ability to reach the park in the first place
>  * feeling safe in the park
>  * having some idea of what to do when you get there.
>
> Although these things are partly determined by the park itself  a big
> part is played by the physical resources and skills and knowledge of
> park users.
>
> My conclusion: Yes, it is a big bad world out there in the open area
> of the web (more like a wilderness park)  but the way forward is in
> offering skills and understanding to teachers and learners so they can
> share and explore safely. (Am I naive?)
>
> Alastair Clark
>
>
>
>
> On 08/03/2015 10:42, Terry Loane wrote:
>> Hello friends and colleagues
>>
>> By coincidence (I think) the start of Open Education Week sees an
>> interesting article in today's Observer Tech Monthly
>> (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/05/digital-public-space-britain-missing-national-institution).
>> Jemima Kiss's article is highly critical of the internet as it
>> currently exists, and talks of the need to build a
>>
>>     /Digital Public Space [that] would be, in principle, equally
>>     accessible to anyone regardless of status or income... operating
>>     in the interests of users and not of the ecosystem itself./
>>
>> Jemima makes no specific mention of education, but it seems to me
>> there is a clear parallel between what she is imagining and what
>> truly open education might look like. At one point she asks:
>>
>>     /Rather than the internet as shopping mall - defined and dominated
>>     by commercial interests - how could we build the public park of
>>     the internet?//
>>     /
>>
>> So here is a question from me for the start of Open Education Week:
>>
>>     /Rather than further and higher education as shopping mall -
>>     defined and dominated by institutional interests - how could we
>>     build a public park of learning?//
>>     /
>>
>> Any thoughts?
>>
>> Terry Loane
>
>


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