Defining Openess – quick, random thoughts

I’m still away from home with not very much internet access, but I did want to post some initial, probably very thin, thoughts on the first week of readings for the Openess in Education course.

The Cathedral and Bazaar article was the most interesting, mainly because of its context of programming. I always love learning from across disciplines, for me this is where so much insight lies much like the technique of metaphor can explain ideas beyond the limits of mere language alone. There’s a lot of interesting points in this article. The idea of need, that users find these glitches in the process based on need. In an education perspective, to me, this implies the condition to set up an environment of needs that pertain directly to the learners.

I also thought of how this type of openess can lead to the elimination (well, reduction) of a managerial class that seems to have been growing like bureaucracy in this modern age. I read a book once that stated this expansive managerial class as a major problem in today’s society. With openess, the line between managers (organizers) and workers and users are blurred; In open Education, I suppose, the line between educators and learners is ideally blurred.

One of the best ideas in the article is that with a good attitude interesting problems will gravitate towards you. This idea is something I seem to be learning more and better in recent weeks.

Another Idea I think is quite new and has room for discussion is the ability to recognize as a skill in itself. I wouldn’t argue against this, but when compared to evolving skills in the educational and information worlds, how do we understand the skill of Curation? At what point is it a skill, and at what point is it just a mass rehashing of anything and everything. Those who do indeed treat it in a skilled way, as a way to add value in arrangement, hopefully will gain more influence than others who are less discerning.

I’ve commented often on the topic in the Build it and They will Come article, cross-border education and methods are a major topic for anyone involved in other countries. I would say it is not only developing countries, but even rich countries simply have different educational ideas that may be lost with OERs made with certain values in mind. What hit me in the article is that the statement “Right to Education” maybe, more than any implementation barrier, has a problem with the word “education” as it crosses cultures.

The other article seems to blend into week 2, so I’ll leave that one for now. Defining ‘openess” is quite subject to situation, anyways.


One thought on “Defining Openess – quick, random thoughts

  1. I just wanted to add this comment from Brainysmurf for archival purposes. Nice information. The original comment can be found here:

    copy and paste are below:

    Thanks for this. Here are my thoughts on curation as a skill that needs to be elevated beyond “a mass rehashing of anything and everything.” In my experience, there are people who are well-suited to managing details and others who find it a considerable struggle. Curation strikes me as a detail-oriented task that includes:

    recognizing something as valuable

    connecting it with other things that are valuable, in part or in whole

    tagging the resource for easier search and retrieval at a later date

    deciding where to keep the items and their tags

    knowing which tools are best for curation and how to use them

    sharing curation results with others

    weeding out expired, duplicate, broken or irrelevant items on a regular basis

    Though I’m still learning about curation, I believe I practice it fairly well. I am very detail-oriented and I maintain my ‘collections’ in a few different spaces as appropriate to my needs and the needs of my audience(s). This includes five different email accounts (yes, email is still important), personal bookmarks, social bookmarks (Diigo), my blog, my workplace SharePoint site collection and my electronic and hard copy files at home and at work. I offer pathways between some of the locations as appropriate. There is currently no single place (museum) for my entire collection (curation) and there may never be…other than the recall mechanisms in my own head?

    Hope this helps. Thanks for your post. And thanks to George and Stephen for rich text editing on gRSShopper now – WOW! 🙂


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