Trying another MOOC: Open education #h817open

openness connection by psd, on FlickrWith work being very busy my best efforts to try and participate in the EDCMOOC didn’t really go to plan and I only managed to watch a few of the YouTube videos in week 1 and didn’t have time to catch up.  I’ve had a similar experience with the MIT MOOC on Learning Creative Learning, engaged for the first couple of weeks but then dropped off again through generally being busy and away.  So maybe it’s crazy to have signed up for another MOOC, but I have.  This time it’s the Open University MOOC on Open Education #h817open.So why I have signed up for another MOOC?  In part this MOOC appealed to me because there’s the possibility of earning open badges for some of the learning activities.  Badges are something I’m keen to explore further in relation to my own work with students and their involvement as producers of learning resources.  I’m also interested in adopting a MOOC type approach to delivering staff development around technology enhanced learning and so experience of another MOOC is helpful.  Even just dabbling and lurking in some MOOCs has been worthwhile and the MOOC I did complete on Google Power Searching has proved very useful. I’m hoping that I can last the course this time and earn my #h187open badges!

I’m off to a reasonable start and have completed one of the first week’s tasks, creating a visual representation of the key concepts of openness in education as we see them.  My approach to this has been to think about what open education means to me and its impact on me as a teacher and a learner.  Personally I feel that open education has opened up new opportunties to connect with people and learn from their experience as they’ve shared what’s worked and what hasn’t.  It’s challenged me to see things in new ways, to try out new things, it’s inspired me.  I’ve connected with people I would otherwise never have met and had opportunities to work and collaborate with them that wouldn’t previously have been possible.  This has been facilitated by technology but ultimately this isn’t about technology but about the individuals who’ve chosen to share and be open scholars.

I created my visual artefact in Haiku Deck on my iPad and unfortunately I can’t embed it on a blog so  you’ll have to follow the link below to see what it looks like!


Image credit
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  psd 

Open dialogue in medical education

The latest edition of Medical Education includes an editorial from Kevin Eva ‘Dialogue in Medical Education: enabling the academic voyeur that lurks inside us all’.  Alan Cann posted this quote from the piece on Google+  and posed the question, ‘Good idea?’.

In this issue of Medical Education, we publish the first article in a new series entitled ‘Dialogue’. In this series we will identify pairs of people who do not regularly publish together and ask them to engage in e-mail correspondence over the course of a month. They will be encouraged not to type lengthy opuses, but, rather, to engage in a pithy dialogue in which the pair share their current perspectives on a timely topic of mutual interest.

My response to Alan’s question was wouldn’t it be better if one of them blogged on a topic and it was open and anyone could pitch in!  Duncan Greenhill added

Agreed. Why have a conversation of two when there are so many others who could contribute – including the non-experts who may very well ask the one question that either cuts to the heart of the matter or destroys it completely 🙂

Medical Education does have a blog and I wonder whether they considered introducing the dialogue feature there.  It would seem like a good place to post these dialogue features particularly given the blog runs under the name of  ‘Conversations in medical education’ and it’s open access, unlike the journal.  I’ve not really engaged with the blog, but I don’t seem to be alone as there’s not much of a conversation going on.  There are a few comments around the posts put up during the ASME annual scientific meeting last month but there was a much richer dialogue and conversation happening on Twitter around the conference hashtag #asme2012.  That conversation has continued post conference and it’s been great to see a few more individuals involved in medical education starting to blog such as Clare Morris over on Medical Education Matters.  What about some of the medical education journal editors or former editors doing the same and starting to blog out in the open like like Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ.  Or how about these journals look at what others are doing like the Annals of Botany with their blog and Google+ page.  I hear from Alan Cann that this is approach is attracting a growing online audience.

So back to Alan’s original question is this dialogue feature in Medical Education a good idea, or should it be out in the open?  What do you think?

A final thought to close.  When I read the Medical Education editorial I was reminded of a conversation between Jim Groom and Gardner Campbel about Edupunk, two parts  were recorded and part 1 is below.  I like this approach because I get to see them discussing it and hear their voices, I hear the conversation, I’m eavesdropping, but I can embed it in my blog, post it to Google+, Tumblr etc and have my own conversation with others around it … out in the open.

Image Credit: From Flickr by Ann Arbor District Library CC BY-NC 2.0