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Share, Exchange, (Re)Create

One of my colleagues at the University of Canberra, Peter Copeman, has introduced me to the concept of Ganma from the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land. Ganma: describes a situation in which a river of water from the sea (western knowledge) and a river of water from the land (Aboriginal knowledge) mutually engulf each other upon flowing into a common lagoon and becoming one. (Timothy Pyrch & Maria Castillo, 2001:380) As the waters mix, "foam is created at the surface so that lines of foam mark the process of Ganma ... the foam represents a new kind of knowledge". In this sense...

Wiki Workshop January 2012

I am participating in a wiki workshop at the University of Canberra on Monday, 23 January. It is a part of a week of activities for research students planned by Joelle Vandermensbrugghe. Whilst preparing for the workshop I noticed an interesting announcement from Michael Gove in the United Kingdom: Advances in technology should also make us think about the broader school curriculum in a new way. In an open-source world, why should we accept that a curriculum is a single, static document? A statement of priorities frozen in time; a blunt instrument landing with a thunk on teachers’ desks and updated only...

HOPAU Update: 11 November

This week Tony Naar produced an update for his colleagues at the the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) on the The History of the Paralympics in Australia project  in Wikiversity. He noted that "one element of the project is the use of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia products to 'crowd source' articles about the Paralympic Movement in Australia" which can then feed into the history of the Movement being written by Murray Phillips. Tony reports that this has involved the creation of a project The History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia in Wikiversity. The Wikiversity site is a living record of the project...

BPS2011: Open Computer Exam

We held an Open Computer Exam at the University of Canberra today for the Business, Politics and Sport 2011 unit. We emailed the exam paper below to the group at 11.30 am and I posted it here as an extra reference resource. (Note that Question 7 is not a question! I am grateful to Stephen Downes for drawing this to my attention.) The instructions were: Welcome to this Open Computer Exam. You will find TEN questions in this document and you have 40 minutes to answer them. Insert your answer after each question. The focus of this exam is your ability to discover and share...

BPS2011: Towards the End

We are into the last two weeks of the Business, Politics and Sport (BPS2011) unit at the University of Canberra. Leigh Blackall and I have been co-teaching this unit and have met 95 remarkable students on the course. Essays are due in this week and these have been developed over the course with students using Wikiversity as their platform. I am using this post to catch up with the last month of activity. Tony Naar presented a fascinating account of the Australian Paralympic Movement a month ago. There is a post about Tony's talk on the BPS2011 blog. His talk ended with this...

Business, Politics and Sport 01

This semester I have the opportunity to co-teach with Leigh Blackall on a University of Canberra unit, Business, Politics and Sport. It is our first opportunity to co-teach and learn together with a student group at the University. The unit is designed to: Introduce students to the varying aspects of corporate involvement in sport in its national and international forms. Determine the relationship between corporate groups and sports organisations. Examine the potential for growth within a corporate approach to sport. The unit aims to familiarise students with the nature and purpose of political processes at various levels of physical activity, from recreational to high performance...

Open Educational Resources: The Writing on the Wall

I admire immensely Stephen Downes' work. Each weekday and Saturday morning here in Australia starts for me with a read of OLDaily over coffee. Each day I find something that takes me on a journey of the imagination and to new connections. Today I have been reading Stephen's post on Open Educational Resources. Stephen defines Open Educational Resources (OERs) thus: Open educational resources are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone. Stephen's post elaborates how he came to define OERs. I noted in particular: "it avoids needless redundancies. Specifically, it avoids phrases like "digital or non-digital' which,...

Mobility and Engagement

On my way home the other day I listened to a Radio National Artworks program. The discussion was about the show en route  a the creation of a group One Step At A Time Like This. The ideas discussed took me back to my days at Dartington College of Arts in the late 1980s and early 90s when I had access to some remarkable performance artists and installations. I remember one student examination piece in particular. It involved a journey of discovery around the Dartington Hall Gardens. I was delighted to discover that Leigh Blackall had heard the program too and I...

Open Language

UCNISS submitted an open tender to the Australian Paralympic Committee this week. We submitted a proposal to produce A History of the Paralympic Movement in Australia, and to establish a repository of media and digitised primary resources to compliment the text. The tender was written as a Wikiversity page. The process of becoming open has been a great personal learning experience. I am fortunate to have had Leigh Blackall and James Neill as my guides and to access Stephen Downes' OLDaily to extend my horizons. Stephen has presented his ideas on The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning this...

Discussing a Teaching Nursing Home Bid

We are discussing a bid for a Teaching Nursing Home at the University of Canberra today. The discussions are being hosted and facilitated by Laurie Grealish. Laurie has been working with Leigh Blackall to develop a Wikiversity page for the bid. What has delighted me about the day has been the use of a Wikiversity open access page and Leigh's use of UStream to webcast proceedings and MeetingWords to note discussion points.. There are a number of community groups involved in the workshop and it seems to me that the openness of the bid is a great model for community sharing and consumer...