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An Open Landscape: Towards an open philosophy: An Open Landscape: Towards an open philosophy -- 288 -- Hybrid

16:35 - 17:35 on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 in Main Theatre

JISC through its Digital Infrastructure Directions programme has recently funded a report on the ‘open landscape’ which seeks to assess the importance of different aspects of: open data, open source, open education resources, open science, open research, open innovation, open standards and open access. The eight areas of openness identified are those increasingly often addressed and experienced by educators, researchers and those implementing infrastructure. However these are most commonly encountered as foci for discrete activities. This independence arises in part from their separation from traditional forms of business within FE and HE. It also reveals the separate roots and differing maturity for each area of open activity. The extent to which these areas share common challenges and opportunities has not yet been well articulated. Nor has the practicality of implementing these new styles of open practices. We lack a coherent ‘open philosophy’ in education, to identify the links between different types of ‘open’ and how connections might be realised and what they may lead to.

Through this hybrid session we hope to identify the most important landmarks within the ‘Open Landscape’ for ALT-C attendees, who themselves represent interests across the range of open activity. The session expects to reveal a wide range of beliefs, aspirations and concerns through activity which engages with both confrontation and consensus, with emphasis on comparing and understanding the potential of different open practices and tools.

Volunteer and invited members of the audience will each champion a specific benefit of openness of data, resources, science, etc. based on fact, experience, or theory. This can build from information which they have themselves supplied, or which has been selected and seeded by the facilitators and disseminated through Crowdvine during the conference and its build-up. The customary Twitter and Google+ channels will also be employed to draw in sources and ideas beyond ALT-C.

It is expected that this session will improve awareness for all participants about the interrelationship of ideas about openness in education and the first steps to realising these. The five-strong session panel includes experienced researchers, teachers and policy makers/funders who can have opportunities within the next 12 months to take these ideas forward through conference organisation, teaching and research activity as well as feeding outcomes into the Open Landscape study and other reviews of openness in education. This is an opportunity for all participants to help rehearse the compelling arguments of openness and judge their effectiveness and interrelationships and determine where and how open activity may best start.

The session will last 60 minutes and be of three parts. During the first bout of c.20 minutes the focus will be on ‘pitchers’ who will each rapidly state a perspective on the value of some specific form of openness, hoping to attract support in the form of votes from their audience of ‘catchers’. Green cards if the idea catches, red if it deters involvement and no vote if indifferent, with the five judges recording scores.

The middle stage (c.20 mins) seeks to identify alliances between pitchers leading to identification of the strongest 4-5 ideas about openness and allowing opportunity for further exploration of these. The original proposer(s) will work with their supporters in the audience to address questions from the judging panel in order to identify examples of promise and practice and build stronger arguments.

The final stage (up to 20 mins) looks at the first steps through which these openness objectives can be achieved. How will the educational world need to change and what would change in this world as a result? The judges (again with audience participation) will vote for the most important open factor to be addressed – the most desirable shift in openness or that with the most realisable strategy for implementation.


A couple of introductory slides to give you an idea why you might want to come along to this. Should be quite an interesting one and we hope pretty lively given that its the end of the day. Something unsual, wide-ranging and with plenty of opportunity for the audience to have their say. Something like

Monday, 10 September 2012, 22:21

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Monday, 12 November 2012, 06:28