Scholars’ participation and practices online

This is the title of George Veletsianos’ talk to Week 33 of ChangeMooc.  George is asking questions which are directly relevant to the Mooc that I am planning with colleagues from Oxford Brookes University – George Roberts, Marion Waite, Liz Lovegrove, Joe Rosa, and Sylvia Currie from British Columbia.

I like the way George has related his post to ChangeMooc to previous speakers in ChangeMooc – Howard Rheingold in Week 15, Tom Reeves in Week 23 and Martin Weller in Week 3. It seems that there is a growing awareness of the issues he is raising, namely:

What are the opportunities and difficulties, for scholars, associated with open sharing of knowledge and practice?

In our First Steps in Learning and Teaching MOOC (#fslt12) , we will be encouraging people who are new to learning and teaching in Higher Education to engage in open academic practice. I will be interested to see what responses we get to this. Will we only have people sign up for the MOOC if they are already comfortable with working openly online? What about the people who are not only new to learning and teaching in Higher Education, but also new to ‘openness’ online?

Martin Weller in his talk to the HEA Workshop held at Oxford University the other week –  said that ‘Openness is a state of mind’.  I agree – but for a novice this openness must be much more difficult to achieve. The risks to reputation, career, credibility and so on, must be much greater.

George Veletsianos’ topic this week is an important one for anyone working in Higher Education, or thinking about working in Higher Education. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the live session, but I will listen to the recording with interest.

6 thoughts on “Scholars’ participation and practices online

  1. VanessaVaile May 1, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    just registered … perhaps even for the 2nd time, not for certificate. I am recommending the course to adjunct / contingent faculty colleagues for professional development since colleges they teach at rarely allot them PD resources. I have no idea what the response will be since more than a few are highly suspicious of online education, but hope that Bon’s current series in mainstream higher ed media will help

  2. jennymackness May 2, 2012 / 8:23 am

    Vanessa – it’s great to have you on board. Thanks for your interest. Hope you will find it interesting. The process of planning it is certainly interesting 🙂 Jenny

  3. jennymackness May 12, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    Thanks Lucy. We are looking forward to it too. Hope to ‘meet’ you, somewhere, in one of the learning spaces 🙂

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