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Open Source Scholarship - Next Steps

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The concept is Open Source Scholarship.

I find it challenging to figure out how to really be a practicing open source scholar. To me, Open Source Scholarship is not just about our research, but about our practice as academics–a practice of research, inquiry, teaching, learning, dis/un-covery, and engagement. Practically, politically, ethically, and socially, we face many barriers in opening up our processes as scholars.

It is[ing] a commons, while ...dismantl[ing] the histories of oppression...used to promote and the limited knowledge systems we’ve propagated. 

As a teacher, I’m limited from opening up my syllabus and course online because it is owned by my school, or owned by my department, and is therefore proprietary.
As a graduate student, if I begin to publish my half-baked ideas and thoughts as I work and invite criticism as I go, I am breaking out of standard academic norms, and am therefore “endangering my future career.”

Open Source Scholarship is a massive attitude and orientation change change for scholars. ... It is about transforming a history in academia of using secrecy, privacy, and private ownership of ideas into one of shared, participatory, co-designed and developed, public, and free work.

It is about...helping to build a commons, while simultaneously attempting to dismantle the histories of oppression that knowledge generated in universities has been used to promote and the limited knowledge systems we’ve propagated.

Open source scholarship is a radical transformation in the universities relationship with ideas, in scholars relationships with students and colleagues, in relationships with communities. It is an explosion of the concept of “inside” and “outside”, of “expert” and “lay”, of privileged knowledge and everyday knowledge.

Whether or not academics and universities want it, this is the coming world. More and more people will be empowered to use and conduct research, ....the state of knowledge will be opened up in new ways we can’t yet even predict


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Open source scholarship

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 18, 2013 8:15 PM

With the pressures on higher education to deal with rising tuition, the debt load created by the ubiquitous BA, BS degree, the idea of Open Source Scholarship is radical indeed.   ~ Deb

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[Slideshare] Learning in the Modern Workplace

Keynote at Learn4Dev Annual Meeting, 16 June 2016. Held at UNFAO, Rome, Italy

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10 reasons every teacher needs a Professional Learning Network

10 reasons every teacher needs a Professional Learning Network | Research Capacity-Building in Africa |
According to Marc-André Lalande, “a Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special. It is personal because you choose who’s part of that group; you choose if you want to lurk–just check out what people are saying–or if you share; because you choose when to do so, and how to do so.”

As for this graphic? You can thank Sylvia Duckworth, who always does a great job sharing simple sketch notes to help teachers. (She also took our 12 Rules of Great Teaching and created a predictably wonderful graphic to supplement the text, among others.) We’ve taken her graphic and provided starting points for each ‘reason’ a teacher need a PLN.

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La colaboraciones son claves el desarrollo de nuevos procesos y formas de aprender.
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Comprehensive guide to Concept Mapping

A concept map is a diagram or graphical tool that visually represents relationships between concepts and ideas. Most concept maps depict ideas as boxes or circles (also called nodes), which are structured hierarchically and connected with lines or arrows (also called arcs). These lines are labeled with linking words and phrases to help explain the connections between concepts.

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Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom

Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom | Research Capacity-Building in Africa |

Storytelling in the classroom can be a powerful way to support literacy. Children can be so absorbed in the tale, they are inspired to retell what they’ve heard to others, motivated to read it for themselves and encouraged to take it further and write their own parts or versions.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 9, 4:11 AM

Some nice tips and ideas.

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How can universities uphold values in international partnerships?

How can universities uphold values in international partnerships? | Research Capacity-Building in Africa |

"Image from poster for "Universities in a Dangerous World" conference"

"Universities that set up shop globally should work to uphold principles such as academic freedom, gender equity and freedom of speech -- but they sometimes compromise, scholars argue."

Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thursday, June 16, 2016

"How do universities ensure proper ethics in international partnerships? Universities will sometimes compromise on principles like academic freedom, gender equity, and freedom of speech when establishing campuses in other countries, writes Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed. The author highlights some of the takeaways from a recent conference on the subject, which brought experts together to discuss some of the ways that schools can structure their partnership agreements to better protect their institutions' values internationally. As one US higher ed leader notes, there is always the “challenge of bringing liberal education to societies and environments which are difficult, where it’s not familiar, where you’re not used to doing this type of education and where you might have creeping authoritarianism.”"

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The Science Behind How Leaders Connect with Their Teams

The Science Behind How Leaders Connect with Their Teams | Research Capacity-Building in Africa |

Research shows that in leaderless groups, leaders emerge by quickly synchronizing their brain waves with followers through high quality conversations. Simply put, synchrony is a neural process where the frequency and scale of brain waves of people become in sync. Verbal communication plays a large role in synchronization, especially between leaders and followers. Synchrony between leaders and followers leads to mutual understanding, cooperation, coordinated execution of tasks, and collective creativity.

On the surface, brain synchrony seems easy to understand. It simply implies that people are literally on the same wavelength. Yet, at a deeper level, interpersonal synchrony involves much more. Dr. Daniel Siegel explains that “presence”, “wholeness”, and “resonance” are at the core of the ability to develop synchrony. Recent advances in brain science can help leaders learn to synchronize with followers on these deeper levels:

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Stephania Savva's curator insight, April 3, 2:02 PM

Three ways to achieve synchrony.

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Three ways to achieve synchrony.