In case you missed it on the new School of Open blog
, we've been busy gearing up for and running the following activities.
School of Open Africa to Launch in September
from Creative Commons Nigeria says: "Creative Commons Africa is set to
storm Africa by having a continent-wide launch for School of Open in
September. School of Open programs will be launched in Kenya, Tanzania,
and South Africa in September on a series of topics ranging from
Creative Commons licensing, intellectual property protection, open
society concepts, and the Linux operating system. Strategic
collaborations are underway with the Mozilla Foundation,
Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, WikiAfrica, University of
Lagos, University of Tanzania, and the Institute of Educational
Management Technology of the Open University of Tanzania to make the
launch a success."
School of Open Maker Parties
School of Open, Creative Commons, and P2PU are excited to
be partnering with Mozilla to celebrate teaching and learning the web
with Maker Party. Through thousands of community-run events around the
world, Maker Party unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic
Internet users of all ages and skill levels. We share Mozilla’s belief
that the web is a global public resource that’s integral to modern life:
it shapes how we learn, how we connect and how we communicate. But many
of us don’t understand its basic mechanics or what it means to be a
citizen of the web. That’s why we’re supporting this global effort to
teach web literacy through hands-on learning and making with Maker
We've already joined one in South Africa
and have more planned in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria
, and Colombia. Learn more about Maker Party at https://party.webmaker.org/
and keep an eye on the blog for more info on each event as it gets finalized.
Why Open? course
a collaboratively facilitated four-week course around the many
questions surrounding openness started its second run this week, but
you're in luck if you still want to join as enrollment is on a rolling
basis. What does open mean? Does it mean free? Does it mean without
restriction? What is the role of the producer? What is the role of the
consumer? Why is open important? How does open relate to you and your
area of expertise?
In this course, we will discuss and answer these
questions. With your help, we will explore the different meanings of
open in various contexts as well as its benefits and issues. You will
use open practices to complete a series of open activities that builds
into a final project.
Take the OER Research Hub Survey
We currently offer 15 stand-alone courses
open for you to take at any time, any place. Some take a half-hour to
complete; others take a bit longer. All are free! Now’s your chance to
give us your feedback through a short 15 minute survey. The research is
being carried out by the OER Research Hub at the Open University (UK) in
collaboration with School of Open, and is funded by the Hewlett
Foundation in order to support future excellence in open education. Your
answers will help us build a picture of how people across the world use
online resources for learning and teaching. This research data will
help people around the world make more informed decisions about online
teaching and learning. The results of this questionnaire will also be
used to help improve future School of Open courses.
Interested in how to ethically and openly share your
findings so that
others can reuse or develop your work? Curious about which open research
methods you could use? Or just want to find out more about what open
research entails? Join us in September for a four-week exploration of
researching using open tools and methods. This course is for anyone who
wants to conduct an element of their research openly. This course will
be led by the OER Research Hub project team and will launch in
mid-September. We'll send out another announcement when sign-up for the
course opens, but for now mark your calenders for four weeks starting 15
Art and Culture of the Web at the Mozilla Festival
Join the Conversation
Festival, the annual event celebrating hands-on projects involving the
open web has a new track this year called "Art and Culture of the Web"
and is calling on all artists, technologists, and curators to help make
it a successful contribution to open culture. School of Open and
Creative Commons will be proposing various sessions around open cultural
heritage, remix, digital archives and education. Join us!
Learn more at http://mozfestartoftheweb.tumblr.com/
. Ping me on this community thread
if you want to help shape a session together. Deadline is next week - 22 August!
We have a new discussion forum
which you can join by using an existing Google account or simply
registering an account with the discussion tool itself. Head over to http://community.p2pu.org/category/school-of-open
and join the conversation!