Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Terry Anderson links to a recent conference paper from the University of Greenwich about an initiative, similar to Athabasca Landing, "designed to induce a variety of open and social programs to the university teaching and learning communities." He reports obstacles similar to those encountered at Athabasca which sometimes "seem intractable." They are:

  • Resistance manifested itself as both an active form of change blocking and in more passive forms of intransigence
  • Governance itself became an activity rather than a means to implement activity
  • Sharing of resources and artifacts happened only on Moodle, which is a closed system
  • Academic staff felt they had no time to effectively learn about and embed open content

Yeah. So much easier to just assign a $200 textbook and be done with it.


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