Image of how I feel about this class

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I saw this and instantly connected to it. I think its really comical. The first week or so of this course I have felt old/out of touch and behind trying to navigate all these sites, and meet expectations. Now that I have a better sense of things I just have all the sites open. I am not used to working with multiple tabs open on my browser so I thought this image was suitable.

*Disclaimer: this is not intended to be a negative reaction to the course, but a humorous one.

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What does open mean to you?

To me, open means being available, it also means being honest, easy to access. When I imagine the would open I associate it with things being easy, just as simple as an open door, open arms, open conversation. In regards to resources, my thoughts remain the same…open educational resources certainly make my job as a teacher easier, open resources give me more availability and flexibility when presenting content to my classroom (especially in a private setting where there is a shortage of curriculum and us teachers are left to fill in the gaps). Open educational resources has impacted my practice and my students, my only constructive criticism is that they would be a little easier to find. I know sometimes I could spend hours surfing the web for the appropriate thing, weather that be a lesson plan, a template, reading or activity to do with my class.

What is the role of privacy in a networked society?

I haven’t had much experience with the networked society (no social media accounts, etc) but I would assume that the role of privacy is something people rely on being there. People may use network society to voice opinions, vent, or express themselves in ways that they would not want to cross personal/professional boundaries. It is my inexperienced reasoning that I would think: If you don’t want someone to see it, don’t put it in writing, especially on the internet. But, those with my experience than I with networking may know how to navigate so there information remains private. I am looking forward to reading what others say about this topic.

Have you ever had a situation of collapsing contexts?

As far as “collapsing contexts” is concerned, I actually had to google what that means, this is what came up: “Context collapse is a concept used by academics writing about the effects of social media and the contexts they give rise to. The term refers to the audiences possible online as opposed to limited groups we normally interact with in face-to-face interactions“. So no, I have not been in a situation like this because I have no experience with social media networking. I am relieved that as a teacher I have not been in a situation where my privacy has been invaded. I imagine it would be very difficult to face colleagues, parents and students if something embarrassing or unprofessionalĀ  was to be broadcasted online for all to see.

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Quote about the benefits of Open Pedagogy long before the web ever was: “The traditional science lecture, where an instructor delivers a carefully crafted monolog to a large audience of students who passively receive the information, has been a popular mode of instruction for centuries. Recent evidence on the science of teaching and learning indicates that learner-centered, active teaching strategies can be more effective learning tools than traditional lectures.” – Barbara Lom

Quote from someone in the Open Pedagogy community: “Education is a learner driven processā€ – Robin DeRosa

Remix the quotes together into something cool:

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I found this picture and thought it was a perfect mix of the two quotes. Imagine lecturing phonics to your young students, they are bored. Now, imagine setting up a game like displayed in this picture and allowing students to drive the lesson- they have the freedom to come up with their own words that meet the criteria and will be having a lot more fun, while engaged in the learning process.


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Define Pedagogy- To me, Pedagogy is another, less commonly used, word for teaching. It is the method/delivery of instruction to others, the way in which a teacher will present new information in order for others to access it, manipulate it and learn from it.

Define Open- My definition of open consists of being honest, having access to, not being closed, its also involves having freedom, flexibility and the willingness to accept something new.

Define Open Pedagogy- I would define Open Pedagogy as the perfect combination of the two terms above. That’s exactly what it is… teaching/ instruction that is flexible, has freedom (in the sense that it does not need to be boxed in to a specific curriculum or syllabus) and anyone can have access to the content.

If it ain’t a good fit for you say so- In my first posting (Mod 1 venn diagram) I mentioned how Open Pedagogy was a new term to me, but not a new concept. I say this because I feel like I have been practicing Open Pedagogy (in a form) for the last two years of my teaching career. I have shared resources, collaborated with colleagues, and allowed my students to have say in determining course content and learning objectives (to a certain degree). As you can tell, the concept is not new, I just wasn’t aware there was a specific term for what I was doing, along with the amount of research and literature that comes with it. In contrast, I do still believe that certain populations (such as young children or special education students) still require a given amount of structure and guidelines to their education. Sometimes we just need to lay down set expectations and rules for some. Therefore I do believe that complete Open Pedagogy may not be the most suitable for everyone. I kind of think the term “Give them an inch, they’ll take a mile” can be applicable to some situations here.

Mod 1 readings- Venn diagram

I found the readings quite interesting and filled with the perspectives of others on a topic new to me. Well, I should say, the exposure to the literature on the topic is new to me, not the concept of open pedagogy in general. I was also exposed to new learning and sharing of information by using a Venn diagram template on Excel. I consider this being exposed to sharing because of course I had to google how to make one. I couldn’t quite figure out how to insert text in the overlapping rings in order to pinpoint similarities between each reading (while of course there were similarities present). Does anyone have any questions or comments on how to do that?

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