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Open Source Scholarship - Next Steps

Open Source Scholarship - Next Steps | Agile Learning |
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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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

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

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 22, 2013 7:43 AM

Open source scholarship

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P2PU - A lab for open social learning, beyond the Harvard circle, Author: Philipp Schmidt

P2PU - A lab for open social learning, beyond the Harvard circle, Author: Philipp Schmidt | Agile Learning |

I'm intrigued!  This could be the non-exclusive people's community version of Harvard's innovation community.


Excerpt:  How P2PU could become a social learning lab - for massive experimentation?  (Question from the blog author, Phillip Schmidt, to the HASTAC community.)


Besides giving an elite university a lot of cash, how can we foster more innovation in learning and teaching in ways that will affect more people?


How could we make this a lab that you would want to use?


P2PU started as a place that encouraged serendipitous experiences. ...We offer a more robust (release version) of the platform for those who care less about experimentation and just want an easy to use platform for social learning.


Original post ->


There isn’t really an open lab for learning innovation – and that P2PU could be it.


>if we could model ourselves as a research institute. There would be heaps of experimentation and research, some of it driven by us and some driven by partners who want to work with us, and each year we would publish a string of short reports about what we are learning.


> we could connect it to an annual conference with great speakers from the P2PU community who share the results of their work, and suggested that corporations would be willing to pay substantive amounts of money for this knowledge.


Which brings me to the term “lab”. It’s a term that means different things to different people. And when I explained that it was a mechanism to support experimentation and research, they would ask if it was “kind of like a lab.” And that’s exactly what it would it be like.


Supported by a platform that is extendable, hackable, malleable and customizable – We need a sandbox.  But the sandbox is not the important piece here, it’s a means to an end (or a journey rather).


P2PU would be run by a community that is passionate about peer learning and openness, and thrives on experimentation.

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