5. What does open mean, revisited (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)
In this last part of the course we'll go back to the beginning. Note that this section of the course is during the same week as Section 4. Please try to write this blog post by Sunday, Sept. 1 (in time zones in Americas).**
Our course pad is acting up (actually, all etherpads at P2PU, I think), and we can't make changes at the moment. You can still see what's there (http://pad.p2pu.org/p/Why_open_course_pad), but changing it isn't working. Christina has created a new document where updates are being recorded, on Google docs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xPaQHiZTj61xxQf-9uBHt9LRHWN8oSSEO53ZuLY3l3o/edit# Please see there for updates since the beginning of Sept.!
At our first Google Hangout session, we decided to create a couple of collaborative documents. Please contribute to them if you'd like!
- Answering the question "Why Open?" collaboratively: http://pad.p2pu.org/Why_open_discussion
- How to market/spread/educate others about openness? http://pad.p2pu.org/p/How_to_spread_open
1. What does open mean? (again!)
Read over your initial blog post about openness (from the "What does open mean?" section of the course), and think about what has changed in your view between then and now.
Then write another blog post about openness, in which you could do one or more of the following (consider these as suggestions; you could also write about something else related to what we've discussed in the course, if you'd like):
- Revise your earlier view of openness, if your view has changed. What do you now think openness means, whether generally or in a particular field or practice? What has/has not changed, and why/how? What will your next steps be in terms of openness, whether to learn more about it, to practice openness in some way, or something else?
- Discuss what you've learned more generally, without creating a new definition for openness. What has changed in your view, and what hasn't? Do you feel you understand "open" better after taking the course? What will your next steps be in terms of openness, whether to learn more about it, to practice openness in some way, or something else?
- Discuss what you've learned from others in the course about openness, what you've gained from reading their views, and how this has affected your own view. It's best to link to their blog posts or comments on this site or elsewhere, so that people reading your post could go and read their work as well. What will your next steps be in terms of openness, whether to learn more about it, to practice openness in some way, or something else?
OPTIONAL! In addition to reflecting on your current understanding of openness and what you thought at the beginning of the course, you could also talk a bit about what you read earlier in the week on benefits and issues regarding openness (section 4, at left).
2. Comments on others' blog posts
Once again, please choose at least two other participants' blog posts on this topic to read and comment on. As a reminder, you can find the blog hub here: http://www.whyopencourse.org/bloghub/
You could ask them a question, discuss something in their post that you agree with (and why), something you disagree with (and why), something that was new or interesting to you, something that made you think differently than you did before, or whatever else comes to mind.