- 1 Novelty, Mutation, Newfangled Contraption
- 1.1 motherload shared CC by robbed
- 1.2 don't panic licensed CC-BY by procsilas, on Flickr
- 1.3 Image shared by andersabrahamsson
- 1.4 an open publishing and collaboration environment
- 1.5 Case Study: The UBC Wiki
- 1.6 UBC Blogs - content management in itself, also a presentation layer for Wiki content
- 1.7 Key strategies, questions:
- 1.8 Enables
Novelty, Mutation, Newfangled Contraption
Innovation is a notoriously vague and complex term, especially in relation to higher education. And perhaps one fraught with peril...
Obviously, any competent innovation strategy would need to track, assess, and test these technologies and approaches.
don't panic licensed CC-BY by procsilas, on Flickr
10 "metatrends" identified for the NMC Horizon Project 10th Anniversary Report
"The world of work is increasingly global and increasingly collaborative."
Openness — concepts like open content, open data, and open resources, along with notions of transparency and easy access to data and information — is moving from a trend to a value for much of the world.
"People expect to work, learn, socialize, and play whenever and wherever they want to." "
I would add that it is impossible to overstate the importance of participation, perhaps best illustrated by this AP photo of Barack Obama from the summer of 2008.
Not to mention the sheer urgency of our task.
In a later book by Thomas Homer-Dixon, (The Upside of Down), he sees breakdown as inevitable. However, sees potential for the web as means to manage breakdown, and Wikipedia and open source as models for the type of problem-solving we need for survival.
So, while priorities could only be determined after a thorough process of consultation and assessment, a core innovation would be the implementation of...
an open publishing and collaboration environment
Image via Wikimedia Commons
Case Study: The UBC Wiki
UBC Wiki: A collaborative space for creating and sharing resources
- ...follow the crumbs to http://wiki.ubc.ca/Science:Math_Exam_Resources
- http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:FNH200/Lesson_10 (See where it is embedded)
- Can be syndicated inside WebCT Vista (or most other HTML environments) via cut-and-paste code.
- Multiple context reuse: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Library:How_to_Find_Articles http://help.library.ubc.ca/finding/journal-articles/ http://learningcommons.ubc.ca/how-to-find-articles/
- More MediaWiki extensions: http://www.edtechpost.ca/wordpress/2012/02/02/open-textbook-authoring-tools-mediawiki/
Keys to adoption and development
- heaps of consultation
- combination of structure/purpose and emergence/serendipity
- identify and celebrate mavericks and champions
- special needs may provide opportunities for development, capacity building - and partnership, ie OERu, Wikimedia
collage from www.yvesdore.com
The UBC Wiki is only part of a collaboratively visioned Resource Management Framework
"...developing an open source publishing platform ...to gradually integrate into the school’s general education curriculum the deep, critical examination of how digital tools are changing the way we think and live."
UBC Blogs - content management in itself, also a presentation layer for Wiki content
- http://blogs.ubc.ca/ http://etec522.linden.olt.ubc.ca/, incorporates student work from http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:ETEC522/2010ST1/
- http://blogs.ubc.ca/comm101sec103/ - "PulsePress"
- http://phylogame.org/ - assemble new image sets, or even games based on this framework: see the discussion
Key strategies, questions:
- open not obligatory, but the default
- Make the client look good, we don't need the credit (http://cms.forestry.ubc.ca/)
- Know when to say no, the boutique model cannot be sustained for long
- How to define approaches that are both agile enough for innovation and experimentation, yet respects what works in existing approaches?
- Students with groovy design skills
The open educational experience: http://ds106.us/
What can "digital storytelling" teach us as educators and learners? What are the new literacies?
- an open educational experience does not have to be wild and crazy
Student as producer: http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/
My favorite project: Murder, Madness, and Mayhem Project Page
Why does this work appeal so much?
- fast, cheap, and out of control...
- augments traditional literacy with new media literacy
- results in genuinely useful public knowledge resources (perhaps the essence of open education resources)
- students will respond to tasks that are authentic
- We have applied this approach in other disciplines, including oncology, medicine, and slowly ramping up participation in the Wikipedia Education Program, such as with North American Environmental History
Rather than ask, "how is the web changing the higher education?" ...how can higher education change the web?