March 11, 2014 10 Comments
Open Education Week 2014… and an opportunity to use one of @cogdog‘s wonderful #open images (thanks, Alan). This post is a summary of what I’ve been up to in the lead up to Open Education Week 2014 — preparing an #openedweek webinar, working with other open educators, supporting students in open sharing, participating in an inspiring Irish education conference, and finally, recounting a moving coincidence.
- On Friday, March 14th, Sheila McNeill and I will facilitate a webinar as part of the Open Education Week programme at the University of Sussex. Many thanks to David Walker for the invitation. Our webinar, Open and online: connections, community and reality, will consider layers of open education practices, engaging with students in open online spaces, and digital identity — we plan to explore some of the possibilities as well as the messy reality. :)
- Two weeks I ago I finally met Bea de los Arcos, of the OER Research Hub project, after a few years of interacting on Twitter. Bea travelled to Galway to engage with educators involved in open education initiatives, to explain the OER Research Hub project, and to help put Ireland on the Impact Map — inviting Irish educators to complete this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cesi14
- Bea met several educators at NUI Galway — in CELT, Information Technology, and the Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development — and also spoke with CT231 Professional Skills students and attended their Ignite presentations. Bea made a great impression on students by explaining that she has been able to follow their work online as they share openly via Twitter #ct231 and #icollab, Scoop.it Student Showcase, Flipboard and more.
- On Saturday, March 1st, we joined over 300 educators from across Ireland at the annual CESI Conference here in Galway. The conference (and CESI TeachMeet on the preceding night) provide a welcome opportunity for primary, secondary, third-level and community educators to meet, to form and strengthen friendships, and to learn from one another. The Irish educator community has a strong online presence via #edchatie, but gatherings such as the CESI and ICTEdu conferences are invaluable. It’s impossible to summarise this inspiring conference in a few words — please check the #cesicon hashtag on Twitter for updates and summaries.
- I presented and facilitated a workshop at the CESI Conference on Becoming and Being Open Educators, inviting educators to consider their (and their students’) identities and practices with respect to open education. My thanks to all of the educators who participated and who challenged my thinking.
- Finally, a coincidence. One of the outstanding innovations in Ireland in the past year has been the launch and growth of the Youth Media Team (@YMTfm), a team of secondary students, supported by educators, who attend education-related events, engage with participants, and create and share multimedia reports on the spot — photos, interviews and blog posts. Two weeks ago at the CESI Conference, Dave and Finn recorded a conversation between Laurence Cuffe and myself during which we shared our discovery of a moving coincidence – spanning the years 1968 to 2014.