3. Practicing openly/open practice (cont'd) (Aug. 24-30)

Now let's explore openness a bit further by engaging in open practices. This will also be a way to start getting a good handle on both the benefits of openness, and some of the issues that may come up when practicing openly.

You can earn a badge for engaging in an open practice in your group and writing a blog post about it! See the "Why Open? Practicing Open" badge on the left menu.

A. Open Activities--in groups

This week, your group will be engaging in an open practice--either one of those listed in Discourse area from last week where the groups brainstormed open activities (http://discourse.p2pu.org/category/why-open/groups) or one from the list below. As a group, choose the activity you'd like to do. Then either split it up so members do different parts, or each person try the activity themselves...whatever seems most relevant for what you've chosen.

If you have questions or comments or run into problems, you can work together to discuss and try to address them. You could also ask questions in the Discourse area for this week http://discourse.p2pu.org/t/week-3-reflecting-on-open-activities/122 , if talking about them in your group isn't getting you the answers you need.

It's possible you won't finish the whole activity before the week is finished and you need to write your discussion post (see part B, below)! That's okay. Just do what you can.

Choose either one of the activities that groups listed in the discussion area for last week (http://discourse.p2pu.org/category/why-open/groups), or one of the following:

Alternatively, you could pick one of the projects from this gallery of 'makes' that you can remix using Mozilla Thimble: https://webmaker.org/en-US/gallery

  • If you're interested in video, or want to learn a bit about open video, you could do part of the "A Look at Open Video" course on P2PU. If you're new to video and open video, you might want to read the first two parts of the course and do the suggested tasks in them. If you know a bit about video but want to learn more, look at the rest of the course and see what part interests you the most, and do the tasks there. https://p2pu.org/en/groups/a-look-at-open-video/

  • If you're interested in audio, you could do "The Quickest Audacity Course in the World" on P2PU, in which you can quickly learn how to edit and save an audio file in Auadcity, a free and open source audio editing tool. To make this an even more "open" practice, once you've edited the sample file, or one of your own choosing, give it an open license and post it on your blog. https://p2pu.org/en/groups/the-quickest-audacity-course-in-the-world/

B. Discussion post and comments, individually

1. Reflective discussion post

After your group has completed your chosen activity (or not, as the case may be--it's okay if you don't entirely finish but just get partway!), each person please write a reflection on our Discourse site about what you did, here: http://discourse.p2pu.org/t/week-3-reflecting-on-open-activities/122 . You could address one or more of the following questions, or write about some other aspect of the process and how it relates to openness.

  • How was your activity an "open" practice, in your view? You could relate what you did to your earlier blog post on openness, or to something you read from someone else about openness, if you like.

  • What CC license did you choose if you were creating content? Why?

  • Did you run into any problems or barriers? If so, please explain what they were and how you tried to address them (if possible). Were these issues related to openness in some way?

  • Was this process beneficial to you in some way? What benefits can you imagine open practices might bring?

  • What did you learn through this process about openness, or about anything else? What did you learn from your peers in your group?

  • What questions do you have at this point?

2. Commenting on others' discussion posts

Just as in previous sections of the course, please choose at least two other participants' posts to read and comment on, from here: http://discourse.p2pu.org/t/week-3-reflecting-on-open-activities/122. Once again, try to find people whom you haven't given comments to before!

You could ask them a question, discuss something in their post that you agree with (and why), or something that made you think differently than you did before, something that was new and interesting to you, or something you disagree with (and why), or whatever else comes to mind.


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