D’Arcy Norman has a new post on his thoughts about Open Education Conference 2009. Norman discusses a range of topics, but most notably inclusion. He suggests that the conference had a “strong sense of male dominance” and asks how the conference could be made more diverse. From the post:
If the open education conference was so strongly over-represented by white males who shared similar backgrounds, why is that? If it’s not through active exclusion (there is no club to join, no registry to sign, no approval process), it may be through a sense of inclusion or non-inclusion. Why are women, people of colour, people of various other backgrounds, not as strongly represented here?
Minhaaj Rehman has a new blog post on OER and western bias. Rehman’s thoughts are similar to Leigh Blackall’s recent posts, which argues that OER is a force for cultural imperialism. From the article:
OERs have been a purely western solution for expensive books and other forms of restricted content e.g music, drama works and movies. It has a very little resemblance and definition in other cultures specially in eastern world. Things had always been free specially, educational material, entertainment and products with no marginal costs of reproduction. There sharing has been not only deemed ok, it is considered a piety to share and collaborate.
Commentary on Open Education Conference 2009 has continued on Twitter and blogs. Dave Cormier presents his thoughts on what he learned. From the post:
Open education is not about content, as I suggested in my presentation the OER part of open education is the foundation that we are standing on, its the common language that we are working from but THE PEOPLE are what make this community. Going to this conference and thinking with these people is a privilege I wish on everyone.
Brian Lamb pointed out during in the Open Education Conference opening remarks that they will be attempting to live stream every conference session this year. Various observers report that the feed is generally good, but there are occasional volume problems. The streams are available on right-side the Open Education Conference home page.
Stephen Downes is announcing the availability of audio from today’s discussion with David Wiley. The conversation took place as part of pre-Open Education Conference 2009 events. From one of Downes’ related posts:
So in the course of one of our debates a few months ago I remarked to David Wiley that he didn’t simply disagree with me, he didn’t simply misunderstand what I was saying, but it was actually perceptual, that he didn’t see what I was seeing. And I suggested, not expecting for a moment that anything would come of it, that we should spend an entire day discussing these issues and trsnacribing [sic] the conversation as a book. To my surprise, he agreed, and suggested meeting in Vancouver at the OpenEd conference.
Marc Perry at The Chronicle of Higher Education: Wired Campus is reporting on criticism of Obama’s announcement to develop OER (reported by OEN). The criticism of the plan ranges from privacy issues to pointing out other areas in which the money might be spent. From the article:
“It’s unethical to allow a student to have access to courses and not provide a support system that allows them to have success,” Ms. Gibson said during a panel discussion, prompted by a question from a Chronicle reporter. “There needs to be some kind of support system for learners, within the system. And it’s not inexpensive.”
Brian Lamb has a new post on last minute updates regarding Open Education Conference 2009. Lamb notes a special panel discussion on copyright on Aug. 13, which will be open to the public. He also reminds readers that the day-long discussion between Stephen Downes and David Wiley is still set to take place on Aug. 11. From the post:
…we are pleased to present a special panel on “Expression, appropriation and the law” with screenings of clips from a variety of copyright-conflicted works, as well as a discussion led by Vancouver-based artists and policy experts.
Earlier this month OEN mentioned a presentation by Alan Levine at the upcoming Open Education Conference 2009 entitled “Amazing Stories of Openness.” Levine has now posted a video preview of the presentation on his blog. From the post:
These quotes from colleagues near and far were taken from the 34 longer interviews I collected for Amazing Stories of Openness, and the full stories will be made available after the presentation next Wednesday.
Jane Park at Creative Commons is announcing the official launch of Open Ed. The site is meant to orient anyone interested in open education and provide a list of related projects and organizations. Open Ed has been up for a few months already, but this post marks its official launch. From the post:
Open Ed is hosted by ccLearn, but we are merely providing the web space. We’ve done some initial work on it, but the site is yours—be you an OER advocate, a teacher wanting to connect with other teachers, or a learner who would love to do the same. And you can contribute in any way you like, because Open Ed runs on MediaWiki, the same software that powers Wikipedia.
Brian Lamb has announced on his blog that the dates and times for individual sessions are now available. Lamb also highlights Alan Levine’s presentation, entitled “Amazing Stories of Openness.” From Lamb’s blog post:
We have an incredible selection of presenters that represent mainstays of the movement as well as some newcomers to the conference who will bring some welcome energy and fresh insights.