This is my slide deck from the SPARC Europe organised Open Access Roadshow that we hosted recently in our new Disruptive a Media Learning Lab.
I was asked to give a short talk sharing my recent experiences of working with open access for my publication NEWFOTOSCAPES with the Library of Birmingham and GRAIN photography hub.
My immediate reaction and response was “it’s a no-brainer…why should we do anything else?” Hopefully, the slides offer a reason why. ‘New beginnings and mediations’ here offers further context.
Background to SPARC Europe
Their mission is to create change and build a better scholarly communication system for the future.
Their work is focused on achieving Open Access. They believe we can do this best by means of:
Advocacy and education: they participate in workshops, conferences and advisory bodies, make presentations and provide advocacy material on Open Access.
Working with policy makers: they work to influence Open Access policy development at national and European level.
Networking: we work with other organisations to build effective networks of strong voices that can make change happen.
Learn more about their work.
Alan Levine, Learning Technology Consultant
I’m proud to have been able to play some small part in seeding the idea for this project, getting it off the ground and providing direction early on. The real credit now however, firmly lays with my colleagues Prof. Gary Hall, Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Ted Byfield, Simon Worthington and Shaun Hides.
Open Education: A Study in Disruption explores the disruption of the traditional university as a result of the increasingly widespread provision of free online open education.
What for decades could only be dreamt of is now almost within reach: the widespread provision of free online education, regardless of a geographic location, financial status, or ability to access conventional institutions of learning. But does open education really offer the openness, democracy and cost-effectiveness its supporters promise?
Read more here
Open Education: Condition Critical panel is tonight in the UK and may still some places left, if so check out this link.
What people are saying…
“Open Education aims at starting new conversations, encouraging a thoughtful engagement with its subjects. Open education emerges through this text as a space of possibility, and opportunity, but also a space which demands an ethical, critical approach.”
Jesse Stommel, Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Director of Hybrid Pedagogy
“In a refreshing change from the simplified (and shallow) treatment in popular media, the authors unveil the layers of complexity needed to truly address the concepts of “Disruption” and “Open Education”. While it may contain more questions than answers, this is a critical step in looking beyond strategies of solutionism. Grounded in a consideration of the societal, economic, and cultural influences on the future of higher education, combined with the practical experience of Coventry University, this book will be foundational for any institution that wants to have a hand in crafting their own future.”
12 – 14 June 2014,
Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND, United Kingdom
The National Photography Symposium explores the most critical and talked-about subjects for photography and photographers. Top experts, thinkers and commentators offer the most interesting perspectives on what’s happening now and next in photography, as it affects anyone working in the medium. This year’s Symposium focuses on integrity in photography, and features three days of talks, debates, seminars and discussions.
Next week I’ll be discussing the NEWFOTOSCAPES research partnership at the All About Imaging: Transactions symposium in London.
There is a great line up of speakers including Oliver Grau, David Bate, Joanna Zylinska and many others. Further information and details for registering are below;
All About Imaging: Transactions
22 May 2014 – 23 May 2014
University of Westminster
Transactions is an interdisciplinary symposium exploring new directions in contemporary imaging from the perspectives of art, science and technology taking place a the University of Westminster from 22-23 May 2014. The symposium will bring together academics, artists, students and professionals working in contemporary imaging, to create opportunities for knowledge exchange, demonstration and discussion. Transactions aims to traverse discursive boundaries between disciplines, to build shared vocabularies, mutual understanding and new synergies.
The symposium is organised by the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design of the University of Westminster, with the co-operation of the Imaging Science Group of The Royal Photographic Society. The President of The RPS, Derek Birch HonFRPS, and the Faculty’s Dean, Prof Kerstin Mey, will open the event, which will include sessions on Photographic Theory and Scientific Imaging (in day 1), Imaging Science and Photographic practice (in day 2), interactive installations and workshops (on both days).
The full programme is available here.
As participants, creators and stakeholders it is important that we capitalise on, rather than fear, the shift in power enabled by this technologically driven change
NEWFOTOSCAPES – GRAIN and Library of Birmingham
How appropriate are walled and closed institutions for the digitally mediated world?
Arguably that the biggest disruption facing educators is not caused by the global economic crisis itself, or even the failure of vision of any particular government, but the one housed by the behemoth server farms and the global content producers of the Internet. We are in the midst of an educational system in which knowledge is being liberated from scarcity; previously the scholar’s role was to offer authoritative elucidation on the (rare and inaccessible) book to the privileged few. Today in the new ecology of ‘knowledge’ abundance, we have the potential to educate the masses – our problem is keeping up with and deciding what content to educate them about.
The Disruptive Media Learning Lab is designed as a cross-University experimental unit that will provide support for new and on-going pedagogic development in new and disruptive technological spaces. The Lab draws upon areas from which the University has established a track record of innovation, e.g, the Serious Games Institure, which has pioneered the use of games logics and Apps in educational content delivery and the Media Department’s teaching and learning ‘experiments’ with Open Media Classes (e.g Phonar, Picbod, Creative Activism and Digital Formations) and research/publication experiments, the Disruptive Media group; as well as the LIRG research, evaluation, experimentation and publication on the impact of virtual worlds on pedagogy and chatbots in higher education.