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Engage Your Students With
Open Learning Assignments
by Jim Luke
LCC Open Learning Lab
Feb. 15, 2018
(Open Learning Lab)
- Student Blogs/”Domains of One’s Own”
- Connected Courses
- Course Blogs/Hubs
- collaborate on a book
- whatever you imagine
Resources to Learn More
This is the slide deck for my campus presentation today as part of the LCC Centre for Engaged Inclusion speaker series. Direct link to download file here in case the embedded slides don’t display in your browser.
The #Trexit Conversation
I’ll be leading a panel discussion at OER17 called Open Education in a time of Trump and Brexit. Joining me in the panel live at the conference will be Maha Bali (@bali_maha), Lorna Campbell (@LornaMCampbell), and Martin Weller (@mweller). While we four could easily carry on a lively discussion for 80 minutes (some would say I could jabber that long myself), I wanted to bring in additional perspectives. To that end, I have enlisted the help of a few people to provide different perspectives to get the conversation going. These people, Robin DeRosa, Nadine Aboulmagd, Chris Gilliard, and David Kernohan, unfortunately couldn’t attend the conference in person, but they’ve kindly provided us video statements intended to help provoke the discussion and stimulate our collective thinking and learning. I’ve embedded those video statements below in this post.
I know many, perhaps most or even all, open educators have thought about the implications of the Trump election, the Brexit referendum, and other political movements for open education and OER. I hope this panel can help stimulate a wider and deeper discussion and sharing of ideas. Feel free to participate on Twitter with the hashtags #trexit #oer17. Or, add your comments here or blog them yourself.
The original motivation for this panel discussion came from private discussions among some of us just after the US presidential election in November 2016. We thought those discussions should be expanded and made more open. After all, one of the core values of the open education movement is that more participation and open involvement improves the outcomes, right? Hence, this panel discussion with the open education community at OER17. The original proposal for this panel discussion stated:
Like the Internet itself, the Open Education movement, including OER and OEP, has grown in a world of globalised capitalism that has been dominant in North America and Europe, and indeed, developed and growing economies. The Brexit vote, Donald Trump’s election, and shifts toward nationalist-right parties elsewhere are changing the political landscape. At a minimum, the rhetoric of these movements, both in support and opposition, has altered public discourse and often attitudes toward higher education. These political shifts have complex and multifaceted implications for the open education movement.
At the OER17 conference in London, our panel aims to stimulate deeper thought beyond our initial reactions to these political movements. We hope to provide different perspectives on the relationship between Open Education and the political changes represented by Brexit and the Trump election. Many questions arise, including:
- What challenges do these political movements pose for Open Education? What opportunities?
- Open Education movement has largely embraced values of inclusiveness, sharing, connectedness, equity, voice, agency, and openness. How might these values be furthered under these new regimes? How might these values be hindered?
- Will our work in the open education movement change?
- In what ways can we shape the future of the Open Education Movement?
When considering the relationship between Trump/Brexit and the OER/ open education movements, it is tempting to think in narrow terms. We’re tempted to see think first of funding implications, academic freedom concerns, or wavering support for education as a public good. These are valid concerns. But as our three “provocateers” suggest, there’s more to the intersection of Trump/Brexit and OER/Open Education than we might think at first. It’s complex.
Nadinne Aboulmagd, (@NadinneAbo), provides a close-up insight into some challenges the Trump administration policies create for open scholarship. Note: Nadinne was prevented from creating the video at the last minute due to illness but has very generously shared her script for the video here.
At this point, we’ll insert insightful and witty commentary from our panelists.
UPDATE: After I put this blog post together but just before the panel started, we received the video from Nadinne (who went beyond the call of duty!). I wanted to include it:
A big day planned today. I’ll be spreading the word about Domains of One’s Own projects, Reclaim Hosting, and open learning to community colleges. I’ll be presenting twice today at the League for Innovation in Community College’s big Innovations 2017 conference. Actually, we will be presenting and spreading the word today.
First up, I assist my fantastic colleague Leslie Johnson as she tells how the LCC Center for Teaching Excellence uses our Open Learning Lab to promote sharing of teaching ideas and teaching faculty how to use open learning techniques like writing-in-public assignments. The session is titled “Connect and Create: Teaching Faculty by Modeling Open Learning”.
Then in the afternoon we’ll switch roles and she’ll help me as I spread the word about open learning and Domains projects to community colleges. It’s the latest incarnation and update of story of how a community college started a Domains of One’s Own project. I call it “Running Errands for Ideas”. The slides are here.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact us either by comment here or on the Twitter. I’m @econproph on Twitter and Leslie is @mtflamingo.
Please join me today at the first WPCampus Online conference. It’s free. If you’re involved with higher education you’ll find it helpful – regardless of whether you’re experienced or new to WordPress. I’ll be talking about examples of using WordPress to engage students and create an open education. Here’s the full description:
The Magic of Teaching Using WordPress: 10+ Ways to Easily Transform Classes & Excite Students
Open Learning means no more boring disposable assignments and no more locked-down closed LMS’s. In Open Learning, students become to become creators and publishers, instead of passive receptacles for lecture. WordPress is the magic that enables professors to create open learning experiences such as student portfolios, writing-for-public assignments, collaborative open texts, and more. In this session, I will describe ten (or more) ideas and designs for how to customize a WordPress site for a particular instructional use case. For each, I will provide ideas for how faculty can get started themselves – regardless of whether their institution has a formal blogs or domains program. All examples are based on our experiences at the Lansing Community College Open Learn Lab or at some other Domains-of-One’s-Own hosting universities.
Here’s a link to my slides in case this viewer doesn’t display them or you want to download. Links to all examples are in the slides.
- examining the idea that open, connected, learning is more important than ever, and that open, connected, learning is the vehicle by which we combat long-term these trends
- the implications for the more decolonization and opportunity in the rest of the world, after all, Brexit-Trump-Putin etc is pretty much a Euro-North American phenomenon.
- what hidden opportunities might this shift away from neo-liberalism offer?
- how might we change our approach to promoting open, connected education?
This is my presentation for Open Ed 2016 in Richmond, VA. It’s kind of a progress report on the LCC Open Learning Lab project. It’s very much a work-in-progress (the Lab project, not the presentation). Assuming the universe cooperates, I’ll follow-up on this posting of the slides with a few long-form posts explaining what I said and going into some more detail.
If perchance your browser or Internet connection takes too long to load the above presentation, you can download the file here.