ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

Why Open Matters

Posted on: October 3, 2017

Open matters for me because (1) I’m socialized in this way, (2) I love to share and learn from and with others. Until now I’m not sure how much I need (3) OER for open exchange and sharing but I hope to develop (4) my strategy during the #openedMOOC.

(1) Culture of openness

Studying theoretical physics in the eighties – and being connected via an early “internet” – I got socialized to share my ideas and my code, to help people and to get help. Struggling with programming during the night I wrote an email to my network and someone out there didn’t sleep and we started a chat. And of course if I succeeded to solve a problem I posted my code into the network.

There was another aspect of openness in the network of physicists. There was no hierarchy and no hierarchical thinking. During my diploma degree I supported one of the visiting professors and did some programming for him – and this was my first publication! (which found me accidentally at research gate). After my PhD I left physics but I appreciate this culture until today and do not understand the restrictive and hierarchical culture of other disciplines.

Openness supports science!

(2) Sharing and Networking

I like the statement of Stephen Downes

… to me, openness has always been about access. Openness is about the possibilities of communicating with other people, being communicated to from other people, and being able to be part of that social network.

Based on this culture of openness I started to work in the e-learning field and to build my network. In 1999 I moved to the e-learning center ZML where I’m working until now and collaboration was important for all our activities. In that time people were very lonely in the web, do you remember?

We shared project results, learning materials, pedagogical designs for courses and workshops, our e-tivities for online courses with everyone online. The proceedings of our yearly e-learning conference are available in the web as well. And we did this without thinking about copyright or a license.

2011 I was a learner in the #change11 MOOC and I started this blog sharing my experiences and questions with others. I loved this MOOC and got so many new ideas and met very nice people. I prefer a cMOOC online space and I’m unhappy with xMOOC platforms.

2014/15 we developed a MOOC for our students and we wanted them to connect with students from other disciplines and with learners from everywhere. In the cope15 MOOC everybody could learn anonymously and without an login.

(3) Open Educational Resources

In the last 10 years I started to use creative commons licenses from time to time. But it is work to choose the convenient license and to add it to every document. Do I have to update the licenses if they develop further? As you can see strategy is missing in my approach.

At the beginning we collected our training materials at the website of our university but when the university switched to a streamlined new and glossy website this was not possible anymore. Within the ZML team we discussed solutions about where to share materials and publications as well. One idea was to provide OER and I started with a wordpress blog adding topics and materials along the workshops I offered.Until now I didn’t advertise it because if feel there’s something missing.

(4) #OpenEdMOOC

I’m participating in the Introduction to Open Education MOOC because I want to meet interesting people. I expect to stumble upon great ideas I never thought about. And I hope that a lot of our discussion will take place in the web, without login and free for everybody to engage with. (I learn best reading not finished ideas of not-experts so please share your questions and doubts)

It would be great if after the MOOC I know how to deal with OER and open licenses in a comfortable way.




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