#OER18 and #OEglobal18 – Break Open

A group of educators from various parts of the world will be facilitating two workshops on ethical considerations around open education at #OER18 and #OEglobal18, and we are here inviting virtual participants to be part of one or both of these, to join in the discussion with onsite participants.


Here’s more on how to sign up for online participation using zoom.

We are using a collaborative note-taking document for the session at #OEGlobal18.

Virtual Session in May 2018

Due to the overwhelming interest in our session at #OEGlobal18 (we had more than 50 signups on-site and a room to fit 26 attendees), we are going to facilitate a virtual follow-up session in May 2018. Once we have a date and time you will find it here or just follow #BreakOpen on twitter. We invite anyone, who has participated or wishes to do so to join us there.


Below, you will find more details on both workshops and their context as well as three provocations that serve as conversation starters.

In each of the two workshops, we will begin with provocations by:

Suzan Koseoglu

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams

sava saheli singh

Thomas Mboa

While you are welcome to annotate this page as well as the provocations using hypothes.is, we also have compiled all provocations in one Google Doc here.

#OEGlobal18 How can we destroy the open education movement? Conversations about ethics

April 25, 2018, 14:45-16:00 in the Netherlands (CEST; UTC +2)

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#OER18 Breaking open: Conversations about ethics, epistemology, equity and power

April 18, 2018, 14:35-15:35 UK time (BST; UTC +1).

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#OEGlobal18: How can we destroy the open education movement?

Although the overall purpose of this session at #OEGlobal18 is similar to the one at #OER18, the structure will be slightly different. #OER18 and #OEGlobal18 will have different audiences, the latter being, we expect, more global than the former. And both of these, we hope, will provide different perspectives than a similar kind of session at the Open Education Conference 2017, which had mostly participants from North America.

The #OEGlobal18 session will be focused on the general questions of how the open education movement may be broken or destroyed through exclusion, overpowering, and marginalizing, and also how we should best respond. This workshop builds on the same three provocations as conversation starters and we will include these provocations here shortly before the workshops. After introducing the attendees to the provocations, onsite and online participants will break into small groups to discuss those provocations in relation to the questions above about how we might be breaking the open education movement.

Session description: https://oeglobal2018.sched.com/event/Dpb2/how-can-we-destroy-the-open-education-movement-conversations-about-ethics

#OER18: Breaking open

We will engage participants in conversations about important though perhaps uncomfortable questions regarding ethical failures in the open education movement: how might we (or others) be breaking the open movement, and how should we address such problems?

More specifically, as noted in our blog post about this session, we will be asking:

“How do we use openness to exclude, overpower and/or oppress marginalized individuals, communities, knowledge systems?”

We will invite participants to consider this question from the overlapping perspectives of ethics, epistemology, equity and power.

The conversation will begin with three provocations, they will be included here shortly.

Onsite and online participants will then break into small groups to discuss those provocations in relation to the questions above about how we might be breaking the open education movement. Both onsite and online participants will break into smaller groups to discuss the questions. Everyone will be contributing to a shared google doc so that the results of the discussions will be available during and after the session.

Session description: https://oer18.oerconf.org/sessions/breaking-open-conversations-about-ethics-epistemology-equity-and-power-1886/

Blog post about this session: https://oer18.oerconf.org/news/breakopen-breaking-open-ethics-epistemology-equity-and-power-guest-post/

 Collaborative note-taking document for the sessions at #OER18.

Sign up to participate online

We would love for you to join us onsite or virtually if you can! If you are interested in participating online in either or both sessions, please fill out this google form. We will confirm your participation a couple of days in advance and send you some further information on the session beforehand. We will use the Zoom platform for the online participants, and will email you the link to join shortly before the session. If you’ve never joined an online meeting using Zoom before, here’s a handy tutorial: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

If you can’t make it at that time, you will still be able to see the google doc of notes that will be produced during both sessions, and we are planning to host a Virtually Connecting “Missed Conversation” about these topics in May of 2018. We will invite people to join that virtual conversation who weren’t able to participate in the sessions above!

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: 
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656,,528565944# or +16699006833,,528565944#
Or Telephone:
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 528 565 944
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ejjykzEuq


Facilitators for sessions at both OER18 and OEGlobal:

Taskeen Adam (South Africa), PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge

Maha Bali, Associate professor of practice, American University in Cairo

Catherine Cronin, PhD researcher, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, NUI Galway

Christian Friedrich, Education & Science Advisor at Wikimedia Germany

Christina Hendricks, Professor of Teaching in Philosophy and Deputy Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, University of British Columbia-Vancouver

Jamison Miller, PhD Candidate, College of William and Mary, and Director of Teaching and Learning at Lumen Learning

Sukaina Walji, Online Education Project Manager, Centre for Innovation in Learning & Teaching, University of Cape Town

Martin Weller, Professor of Educational Technology, The Open University


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