Wednesday- The Open Movement


  • Ground rules
  • Deepak Chopra’s meditation on Living Passion. (16:33)Passion is energy. It’s the power that comes from focusing on what really excites you.
    • When we live with enthusiasm, we fully engage our brains and bodies in our activities, building new pathways that foster health and wellbeing.
    • One way to ensure that we live our lives with passion is to find our dharma, our life’s true purpose, through which we can serve our community and ourselves in deeply meaningful ways. Engaging in life in this way helps keep our minds active and sharp and strengthens our relationships with everyone we meet.
    • Our centering thought for today is: I live my life with passion and enthusiasm.

The Open Movement

    • Four principles for the open world (17:50) Don Tapscott explains how exactly our world is opening up by putting forward four different meanings of ‘openness’:
      1. Openness as collaboration: as technology moves forward, the boundaries of organizations are becoming more porous, fluid and open. Social media is becoming a new means of production, where the capability of individuals around the world can be leveraged easily and instantly. This is changing the very architecture of our traditional organizations and allowing for the creation of public value in a brand new way.
      2. Openness as transparency: social media is allowing us to exchange information like never before – defying geographical barriers, across time zones and at no cost. Through this explosion in communication and information, institutions are becoming increasingly ‘naked’ and exposed to the public eye. As technology advances, our expectation and demand for transparency will only become stronger as well.
      3. Openness as sharing: social media is allowing for the sharing and exchange of assets and intellectual property in an unprecedented way. Instead of fighting against this, such as the inefficient attempts of the record label industry, businesses need to find innovative ways to adapt and respond to this technological revolution. Reinventing old models is crucial to incorporate this change and allow for the thriving of both industry and humanity.
      4. Openness as empowerment: knowledge and intelligence are power, and as these become more distributed through the Internet, a concomitant decentralization and disaggregation of power is taking place. This connected, open world that we are constantly producing and sharing through the Internet has the power to bring freedom on a global scale.
  • Timed (15 minute) blog post activity. 

The open world is bringing empowerment and freedom.The Internet gives us access, not just to information and knowledge, but to the intelligence contained in the crania of other people on a global basis.

This is not an information age, it’s an age of networked intelligence. This is a huge collaboration. It’s an openness, it’s a sharing of all kinds of information. And there’s a real sense of interdependence, that the individual birds somehow understand that their interests are in the interest of the collective. Learners today are facing a completely different world. What are you going to do about it?

  1. In a blog post, describe a practice activity  (include in something you already do) you can use in one of the courses you teach, that will specifically prepare learners to work and live in an open world?
  2. Why will this be successful?


Open Education

  • Timed (15 minute) blog post activity. 

Open Education is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge.

      1. In a blog post, describe an OER resource you can use as a  practice/connection activity, in one of the courses you teach?
      2. Why did you choose this resource?


Commenting on Artifacts

  • Comment on two other learner’s open movement and open education blog posts (4 total comments) by analyzing OR asking a question that proposes answers.
    1. Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a constructive criticism, an observation, an interpretation, or draw a conclusion.
    2. Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback.

1-minute energy booster

The Blog Challenge

Activity 5: Create pages and menus

  1. Create a page called Open Educational Resources (OER).
  2. Go to and /or and locate  resources you would like to use for a course you teach.
  3. Insert and link the resources on your new OER page.
  4. Create a custom menu called Resources and add the page you just created.
  5. Display your new main navigation on your blog


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