My collection of Cambridge 2012 thoughts & inspirations. The combined OER12 and the OCW Consortium’s Global Conference. #cam12
- My thoughts here are interspersed with links to other useful and thoughtful commentary. Firstly, if you want to access all of the session presentations & papers then visit the conference site:
- For me this is the third consecutive year that I have had the pleasure of attending this conference. Firstly in 2010 (Cambridge), then 2011 (Manchester) and now 2012 with a return to Cambridge.
- What I find particularly refreshing about this conference is that it is built upon the foundations of sharing & openness. The conversations are around supporting each other, engaging others and encouraging the open sharing of content and resources.
- As the word cloud below highlights this is a conference about education - about shifting the ownership of knowledge and resource within education and shifting cultural perspectives on how we interact and engage with each other as part of a wider open practice.
- Cambridge itself is indeed a wonderful place for learning, it's colleges steeped in history and providing opportunities for learning to a privileged few in comparison to the wider Higher Education sector.
- In contrast to that Open Education is about broadening and increasing access to education, especially to those not so privileged, a theme that underpinned the second keynote by Sir John Daniels around fostering governmental support for OER. Despite the lack of image attribution the aspiration to engage government in the support of the OER agenda is highly desirable.
- As usual the session 'line up' was enthusiastic and thought provoking and whilst I am always pleased to see more and more people join the "revolution" I can't help but feel that we still lack a national strategic approach to Open Education despite significant public funding over the past few years.
- I felt this particularly with regards to the keynote by Richardus "Eko" Indrajit from Indonesia. Here is a country who doesn't actually know how many islands it has (see presentation for the clue), and they have embarked on a government led project around what can only be describe as "open education ecosystem". Indonesia is not the only country to exploit the potential of Open Education.
- The conference is a showcase of individual, community and in my presentation institutional examples of OER engagement, but how do we move from these to a more widely accepted national agenda? When we work together we are stronger, and yet despite being "open" it is difficult to break out of those silos we work in.
- I hope that some of the questions I have raised can begin to be discussed over the next few months. We should be proud of what we have achieved in the past few years with OER but now we need to build a collective strength to engage government and affect education policy. So then we look towards OER13 (Nottingham) - is this where we build the future of OER, write a manifesto and run for government office?
- Whatever we do between now and OER13 we must all individually and collectively continue to be "open" and get as many people as we can to join the "revolution" Below are a few of the most interesting #cam12 links I picked up. See many of you next year I hope - oh, and as usual thanks for sharing.
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