Changing the Global Course of Learning

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Course Date: 02 September 2014 to 12 December 2014 (14 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

Open source, open data, open access, open education -- Open Knowledge provides an introduction to the concept of openness and asks you to discover what it means to you.

Course Instructors

John Willinsky

John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University and Professor (Limited Term) of Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University, where he directs the Public Knowledge Project, which conducts research and develops scholarly publishing software intended to extend the reach and effectiveness of scholarly communication. His books include the Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).

Arianna Becerril García

Arianna is Professor of Computer Sciences, Applied Software, and Statistics at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM). She is Director of Information Technologies in the Network of Scientific Journals of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal ( Arianna is currently studying for her doctorate in Computer Sciences at the Tecnológico de Estudios Superios de Monterrey in Mexico. Her master’s degree is in Computer Sciences from the same institution, and her bachelor’s degree is in Computer Engineering from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. She is a certified programmer by Sun Microsystems. Arianna is member of the international advisory board of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). She has published various articles in international journals and three reports on the scientific output of different countries. She has participated in several international conferences. Her research areas are applied technologies in scientific communication and dissemination, scientometrics, data mining, ontologies, among others.

Samuel Smith Esseh

Smith Esseh is the Head of the Publishing Studies Department at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana, has conducted research on journal publishing in Africa, and delivered publishing workshops across the continent.

Lauren Maggio

Lauren Maggio is the Director of Research and Instruction at Stanford University’s medical library. Lauren has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia School of Library and Information Science. Lauren is currently completing her PhD in Health Professions Education in a joint program at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on effectively connecting people with information through the design of information literacy education and facilitating public access to knowledge. Check out some of here publications here. She looks forward to connecting with all of you and exploring the changing frontier of knowledge together this fall.

Bozena Mierzejewska

Bozena I. Mierzejewska is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Management at Fordham University, New York, USA.Dr. Mierzejewska holds an M.A. in Economics from Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, and earned her Ph.D. in management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Her research and teaching focuses on media management and digitalisation and its impact on media organizations and media workers. She also studies the economic and management aspects of scholarly communication, in particular business models and strategies of academic journals. Bozena is a co-editor of JMM – The International Journal on Media Management and serves on editorial boards of several academic journals.

Kevin Stranack

Kevin works with the Simon Fraser University Library’s Public Knowledge Project, leading its community services and learning initiatives. He is also a student in the PhD program (Educational Technology and Learning Design) with SFU’s Faculty of Education. Kevin has a Master of Library and Information Studies from UBC and a Master of Adult Education from the University of Regina and his research interests include online community building, the role of dialogue in education, and methods for facilitating student self-determined learning within formal education contexts. He draws from both social constructivism and critical pedagogy to help understand these issues.

Maryam Lucia Attai

Maryam es un estudiante de doctorado en la Escuela de Educación de Stanford estudiando ciencias del desarrollo y psicológicos, y minoring en feminista, Género y Estudios de la Sexualidad. Ella recibió una B.A. en Desarrollo Internacional de la UCLA, y un Ed.M. de la Escuela de Graduados de Educación de Harvard en Prevención de Ciencia y Práctica. En su investigación, Maryam examina cómo los individuos académicamente sitúan en diversos entornos educativos, centrándose en las experiencias subjetivas de los estudiantes de color y las mujeres. Ella está particularmente interesada en la comprensión de la relación entre las complicaciones psicosomáticas y las desigualdades estructurales en el ámbito de las instituciones académicas.

Ashton Napier

Ashton es un estudiante de segundo año de MBA se centra en Finanzas y Gestión de Medios. Ashton tiene su licenciatura en Teatro Musical de la Universidad de Ball State, así como un menor de edad en la danza. Antes de matricularse en un MBA, Ashton realiza profesionalmente alrededor de los Estados Unidos en más de 30 espectáculos musicales y obras de teatro. Ashton asistió a la prestigiosa Manual duPont / Jóvenes Performing Arts High School en Louisville, Kentucky, y fue parte del Programa de Duke TIP y Programa Académico del gobernador de Kentucky. Ella espera explorar esta apasionante foro educativo con todos ustedes.

Course Description

Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning -- this free, online course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including education, publishing, librarianship, economics, politics, and more, and asks you to discover what it means to you. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Canada, Ghana, Mexico, the United States, and the rest of the world. It will challenge you to take control of your own learning, to determine your own personal learning objectives, to contribute to the development of the curriculum, to reflect on your progress, to learn new digital skills, and to take a leadership role in the virtual classroom. It will also provide you with the opportunity to connect with colleagues from different countries and professions, and to better understand areas where your interests overlap and where unexpected distinctions exist. We hope you’ll consider taking this journey with us.

One of the unique features of this course is that we're building the modules around existing Open Educational Resources. Instead of creating our own lectures videos, we're curating the best from the open web, and we'd like to invite you to help us by contributing your discoveries to our growing list. We ask that anything you add be tagged with the appropriate module/week number (see below) as well as any relevant descriptive terms.


Why should I take this course?

The course will be a global conversation on openness that cuts across borders, cultures, disciplines, and professions. It will help prepare you in becoming an informed, critical, and connected digital citizen, actively participating in the consumption and production of the world's knowledge.

How much of a time commitment will this course be?

You will be able to choose from a sliding scale of participation that best meets your learning needs, ranging from about 1 hour per week up to 8 hours per week.

Do I need to buy a textbook?

There is no textbook for this course. All readings will be freely available, either on the course website or through open, online resources. An important student responsibility will be to discover and share additional materials to collaboratively build the full resource list for the course.

Will the weekly module content be available after the course formally ends?

Yes, the instructors are committed to keeping the weekly modules openly available, although the forums will not be monitored.

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment?

Yes, students will be eligible for a statement of accomplishment.

* By exploring the course, you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Please read them carefully.

Course Prerequisites Module 1: Introduction to Open KnowledgeModule 2: Technological Change, Digital Identity, and Connected LearningModule 3: Participatory Culture, Citizen Journalism, Citizen ScienceModule 4: Intellectual Property, Copyright, and the Economics of OpenModule 5: Historical Perspectives: Learned Publishing from Medieval to Modern TimesModule 6: Open Science, Data, Access, Source, ReviewModule 7: Open Educational Resources: From Lesson Plans to Instructional VideosModule 8: Archives, Databases, Encyclopedia: Evaluating Open Collections and Reference SourcesModule 9: Scholarly Publishing and Communications: Journals, Books, and Publication of ResearchModule 10: Information Literacy: Overload, Filters, and Developing a Critical LensModule 11: Global Perspectives on Equity, Development, and Open KnowledgeModule 12: Student Publishing: Lessons in Publishing, Peer Review, and Knowledge SharingModule 13: The Future of Open KnowledgeThere are no prerequisites for this course.

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