“Innovation under austerity occurs in the first-order because the curiosity of young people is harnessed to the improvement of the actual circumstances of daily life. The second-order consequence is that the population becomes more educated.” Eben Moglen
Open learning is experiential and authentic
Example – Mario Vargas Llosa
- fast, cheap, and out of control…
- augments traditional literacy with new media literacy
- results in genuinely useful public knowledge resources (perhaps the essence of open education resources)
- students will respond to tasks that are authentic
Thompson Rivers University is now using the WEP for courses as a means to produce high-quality, peer reviewed public knowledge resources.
Sharing for the Sharer
Mozilla Hackjam: “hands on, participatory events designed to not only introduce kids to the basics of webmaking (by examining and “hacking” the underlying HTML and CSS code), but also introduce some basic digital literacy skills and emphasize the idea that the web is a space that anyone can contribute to, and create on.”
Reflections from Clint Lalonde: “Open is a way of thinking and being that runs deeper than these three examples. Open is a willingness to share, not only resources, but processes, ideas, thoughts, ways of thinking and operating. Open means working in spaces and places that are transparent and allow others to see what you are doing and how you are doing it, giving rise to opportunities for people who could help you to connect with you, jump in and offer that help. And where you can reciprocate and do the same.”
And Scott Leslie: “this is the future we need to create, one in which education is NOT just something we had off to specialists and only happens between 9 and 3 in classrooms, one in which learning about the means of production and creating them ourselves go hand and hand, one which starts to weave all of the learning opportunities and organizations together, not fracture them into more and more specialized (and silo’d) entities.”
“Learning is a service to others. And the best learning is what you can see in the eyes of others when you share it.” – John Willinsky, 2012 Open Education Conference, Vancouver
- Identifying, summarizing, disseminating open research
- Galaxy Zoo
- Folding Proteins
- Student Videos (Via Camosun College)
- ETEC522 – Students author course content, real world Market Analysis
- Digital Tattoo
- Analysis and mapping of neighbourhoods (example)
- Capturing the wisdom of elders
How can we support free-range service learning in our own practice?
What other activities might we try? Please share them via comments field below, or on Etherpad.
What are key considerations and principles we need to keep in mind as we move ahead?