On February 8, I’ll be delivering a talk at TEDxEdmonton’s event Rethinking Open Source Culture. In 2003 I posted a few articles online on open source movements and learning: Open source p.I, Open Source p.II, and Why we should share learning material. I have benefitted enormously from open learning. Open online courses in particular have been among the most significant learning experiences in my life.
I’m not a programmer. But I benefit daily from open source software – my blogs are wordpress, the server that hosts my sites runs LAMP, at work I use ELGG (the Landing), for open courses we use gRSShopper, etc.
With the Society for Learning Analytics Research we recently posted a concept paper on developing an open learning analytics architecture (.pdf). My personal and professional lives are woven together with open systems and open technologies.
The theme of the TEDxEdmonton event is described as:
As the Internet came to be, we were all excited by the awesome possibilities that would be realized once this free-flowing, open network allowed musicians, artists, scientists and engineers around the world to instantly share their work. Remixing, collaboration, and new innovations would be the result. But while there have been great examples of open source projects (like Wikipedia) fuel[l]ed by the wisdom of crowds, there are many examples where open source culture has fostered nasty group dynamics and mediocre collaborations. Have we glorified open-source software, free information and collective work at the expense of individual creativity? Or is open source culture here to stay?
I’d love to hear about your experiences with open source culture. What have you gained through being open and participating in open culture (e.g. software as a programmer or user) and what have you lost through being open?