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Putting it together again

The web has been quite effective at breaking down content elements from coherent frameworks to fragmented pieces. This causes confusion and frustration for many (learners in particular can be overwhelmed when trying to form a coherent narrative of a complex subject without the guide of a book or course). Breaking things down into smaller pieces was a necessary step to lead into the more important work of repacking elements to reflect varying contexts and interests. Tony Hirst is brilliant at this – he treats data as a paint brush to create new information canvases (i.e. overlaying twitter feeds to YouTube presentations).
Powerhouse Museum is channeling Tony: About NSW – an important post detailing their effort “to build a contextual discovery service that assists in exposing existing content online”.
Similarly, the key to open education effectiveness is not in making the resources available…it’s in packaging them in a contextual manner without heavy curatorial oversight.