What OPEN means to me
Personally I think that ‘Open’ means different things to different people and that’s ok … the most important thing for me is 'Being Open to the notion of Being Open …'
Navigating in the OPEN
I am an advocate for Open Education and I try to incorporate Open Educational Resources as much as possible. I openly share as much as I can in the Open and describe myself as an Open Education Practitioner. ( For more about OEP, the lovely Catherine Cronin has some great blog posts on Open Educational Practice )
I agree with Catherine that the notion of ‘being open’ itself is a continuum that is constantly evolving and is renegotiated depending on context. ( For more about this see more of Catherine Cronin’s excellent work here ) . For me this is most evident depending on whether I am wearing my OE SIG hat or perhaps wearing my usual ‘work’ hat as often this can mean that I need to take a somewhat different approach and be a bit less open than I would like.
How I believe the OPEN ED SIG can contribute to progress in education / society
We undertake lots of activities within ALT OE SIG to help raise the profile of Open Education and Practice, including helping out with the annual ALTC Conference , Hosting Webinars and maintaining our online community space and even hosting an online party during the ALT C Winter Online Conference.
Our Festive Creations for our Online Party https://padlet.com/profteresamac/rn71ozki1g2s
Personally, I think that the ALT OE SIG can contribute in many ways to the progress of Open Education in education and through our continuing focus on work such as the Joining the Open Dots initiative we are able to connect educators across the various areas in the education sector who are involved in Open Education and Practice.
Joining the Open Dots Initiative https://padlet.com/Debbaff/joiningtheopendots
It is such a privilege to be involved in the ALT OE SIG I really enjoy working with such a talented bunch of people, they are really supportive, accommodating and volunteer their time, energy and vast amounts of expertise with such enthusiasm.
It’s a real pleasure to be part of it.
ALT Open Education Special Interest Group