Open access

Mike Seyfangs dump on his frustrations reporting on the CEGSA conference in South Australia, brings home the frustrations we are all experiencing regards the limitations of network access in education systems. Ironically Gerry Whites presentation (below) at the conference was urging a future for education which embraced ‘Openess’- of systems/content/applications. Mike’s comment really resonates with our own situation in NSW “All the CLOSED approach to the web achieves is a little arse coverage for management and a whole lot of grief for educators, students and supporters …” So when are we going to challenge the senior policy makers to allow for more open access to students- and education content providers to stop kidding themselves they can make a commercial gain on their content.

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I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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One Response to Open access

  1. mseyfang says:

    Tim,
    I think the challenge is even more difficult than ‘allowing for more open access’. We need to flip the default from CLOSED to OPEN, then negotiate boundary issues. This sounds like a subtlety but has profoundly different outcomes (something that has taken years to sink in to my brain thanks to many hours of podcasts from Stephen Downes et al).

    On the positive side, I think I head Judy O’Connell on an edtech talk podcast saying that in her school (or system) the default is indeed open. Maybe you could get some more information about that (I see that she is on your blogroll).

    p.s.
    The presentation you link to is a different keynote given by Gerry White. (If I can find the actual slides I will link to them).

    regards

    Fang – Mike Seyfang

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