A Flush of Openness around and at #AUSPIN16



I was delighted to attend the AUSPIN Conference in Canberra on Tuesday.

I had the opportunity to share some ideas about open educational resources. It was a brief presentation just before lunch.

The process of sharing the presentation led to some interesting exchanges on Twitter.

Before I discuss these exchanges and where they took me, I would like to note how I prepared my presentation.

Creating an Open Resource

I was keen to share my presentation in advance of the AUSPIN meeting. The steps I took were:

  1. Google Slides with my preferred presentation format of Simple Light.
  2. Search for Creative Commons images on Flickr.
  3. Use minimal text with hyperlinks to all materials shared.
  4. Confirm the presentation (unless otherwise indicated) as a CC BY 4.0 license.
  5. Ensure that anyone on the internet can find a view the presentation. (Link)
  6. Blog about the presentation on Clyde Street.
  7. News of blog post defaults to Facebook (I have not been using LinkedIn).
  8. Tweet about the post and presentation using #AUSPIN16.
  9. Add an Audacity recording as a brief audio statement in the Clyde Street blog post (and use LAME add on for .mp3 files).
  10. Use Ogg Vorbis Audio File (.ogg) and MP3 (mp3) audio formats. Share files through DropBox (.ogg) (.mp3).
  11. Confirm that Conference attendees had received an email alert from the organiser to the presentation link on Google Slides.

I find it fascinating just how many different platforms can be used to create a resource. Each of us makes choices about the platforms we use. My choices reflect my experiences. Some time ago, I did use Garage Band to record all my audio files but I now feel much happier using Audacity with a USB microphone rather than my Mac’s internal microphone.


Sharing on Twitter

This was an early announcement about the presentation:

On the morning of the presentation, I tweeted this:

In late night England, Simon Nainby, and Sporticus started discussing open educational resources.

Jonbrim joined in:

and then the follow up conversation

The next day, Mark Upton shared this link:

This enabled me to follow up to find this workshop:

In twenty-four hours, these exchanges had created a micro-community that then went about other business.

I felt like this:


As with open educational resources, this pole vaulter has no limits … there is no bar in this sculpture, just the sky.

Asynchronous and Synchronous Sharing

My aim in this post has been to make explicit my process in creating an open educational resource. Twitter allows us to cross time zones and occupational cultures. News of my presentation started a flush of conversation that spanned hemispheres and was asynchronous.

My physical presentation at AUSPIN gave a synchronous opportunity to share and discuss ideas with structured attention.

The delightful experience of a connectivist world was that a presentation about openness took me to Canberra, England and San Diego in the time constrained only by my access to bandwidth and a reliable car.

Photo Credits

AUSPIN Meeting and Pole Vaulter (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)

Presenting at AUSPIN 2016 (Edgar Crook, CC BY 4.0)

Discussing open educational resources at AUSPIN 2016


I am attending the first day of the AUSPIN 2016 conference in Canberra today.

Just as I was about to write this post, I saw Simon Nainby’s tweet:

For some time now, I have flipped all my presentations in advance of real-time presentation in case anyone might be interested in exploring ideas at the presentation. The flip provides a record of the presentation for subsequent reflection and open sharing if it is of interest.

It is an approach that prioritises asynchronous reflection over synchronous revelation.

I think this flip is particularly important when discussing open educational resources. There are so many cloud based opportunities to do this. At present I am using a variety of Google tools.

I am using a picture of the Library at Celsus as the opening image in my presentation. It was built facing east to give early risers the opportunity to read the scrolls kept there in excellent light … 1900 years ago.

The presentation is here.

There is a published to the web version here on a 5 second auto advance.

I have a short ogg audio file to support the presentation and an MP3 audio file too.

I am hopeful that this open sharing transforms my presentation options at AUSPIN. It is a meeting of people who spend their professional lives sharing resources.

A perfect storm for flipping.

Photo Credit

Facade of the Library of Celsus (Carole Raddato, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Discussing Open Educational Resources at #AUSPIN16

Open Dutch Master Diving Championship 2011

I have an opportunity to discuss open educational resources at the Australian Sport Information Network‘s (AUSPIN) meeting is to be held at the Australian Sports Commission, Canberra on 20-21 September 2016.

I am using Ivan Dupont’s photograph from the Open Dutch Master Diving Championship in one of my slides. It contains for me the excitement of sharing ideas, and the trepidation of plunging into a presentation.

It strikes me too that dives start out with the best of intentions and hopes.

I have a copy of my presentation here if you would like to share the plunge.

Photo Credit

Open Dutch Master Diving Championship 2011 (Ivan Dupont, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)