Exploring the Open Knowledge Landscape

Lorna M Campbell, Open World, May 02, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

There's a lot going on in this post from Lorna Campbell consisting of the transcript and slides from her keynote at the FLOSS UK Spring Conference in Edinburgh. It's a pretty good overview of open education and open educational resources (OER). Some quibbles: she says "the principles of open education were first outlined in the 2007 Cape Town Declaration," which can't be true (especially given that OER themselves were defined by UNESCO in 2002). Also, she describes the first MOOCs as "being run by the Universities of Athabasca and Prince Edward Island in Canada," which is wrong; that "Udacity now focuses primarily on vocational courses," which is also wrong (it focuses on corporate learning); and she also references "the original social constructionist MOOCs," while in fact none of them were social constructivist (they were connectivist, which is very different). I think that any discussion of open data has to address data integrity (you can't simply modify data), and while I think that participation and co-creation are important, the key to open is cost-free access to content.

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