Open Learning….Principles to follow? #oped12 #vsmooc12

This week my MET course and my #oped12 course are focusing on copyright and some aspects of the “ethics” of teaching online.

The copyright aspect is only one part of the whole picture of learning online – and I appreciated how Tapscott mentions Intellectual Property as one aspect of Open Learning.

Intellectual property is huge in open learning as we begin to think about focusing on the “creation” and not on the “content”

I was going through my “Open Resources” on the weekend and thought I should take some time to watch the whole TED Talk video by Don Tapscott

Tapscott speaks to many key issues in Open Education – although he calls them – Four “Principles” of the Open World.

1) Collaboration

2) Transparency

3) Intellectual Property

4) Empowerment

How do each of these principles influence the k12 Open Classroom?

1) Collaboration – Students in traditional f2f and online courses are typically kept within “walled gardens”. The students that they interact with are in their class, or their grade. The use of social media tools is limited to blogs and what the teacher deems appropriate for  their students.

The OC is developing an opportunity for students to discover opportunities for learning by collaborating with people outside of their regular classroom. They will choose whom they interact with while having a facilitator “guide on the side”.

Examples of a teacher who encourages his students to connect outside of the classroom walls:

Preston Learning students:

Interview with Ian and Trevor in Blackboard Collaborate (July/12) about “how” students can collaborate and learn as a result of “open” environments.

The prestonlearning website is down for maintenance today – but I’m hoping it work at some point – HERE

2) Transparency- To me, transparency infers that I document, link and produce digital artifacts to publish what I am doing and thinking in an online way. Take this blog on the openclassroom as an example.

Students in the Open Classroom will be encouraged to “demonstrate” how they are learning, thinking and reflecting in an online environment – being open to criticism and amazing feedback of like minded passionate people.

3) Intellectual Property – The Open Classroom will be licensed with a Creative Commons License. I think I will use the Attribution-NonCommercial
License because I want the created course content to be “reused” in an educational context, and not for money. What a great conversation to have with your students – how would they want their work licensed?

4) Empowerment – By encouraging collaboration (new ideas), transparency (how did you find these new ideas), intellectual property (where is your voice in these these ideas?) I think that students will reach “empowerment” through open learning. Knowledge and power will be more fairly distributed – if I can ever use the word fair in Education. Learners will be able to express themselves in their own unique ways (personalized learning).

In conclusion – The Open Classroom offers students an opportunity to learn for themselves, but also explain how they are learning to others. This type of learning opportunity has yet to be examined in k12, especially in terms of copyright and intellectual property – as the content has always belonged to the “teacher” or the government/state”.

I’m looking forward to the discussion on encouraging students to “own” their own learning.



2 thoughts on “Open Learning….Principles to follow? #oped12 #vsmooc12

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    Good point! I should figure out which one to follow and add it to my blog. Yes I want people to copy my content – although I would like to know who it is (to connect with them and for interest’s sake) and hopefully just for educational purposes. I think all students could be offered that opportunity to collaborate outside the four walls of the regular classroom. I’m hoping the OC will promote that idea (as well as Flat Classroom Projects) Thanks for your note.

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