There have been some great comments by George Veletsianos, Mark McGuire and Fred Garnett on my blog post, which asked the question ‘What is a Scholar’– prompted by George’s presentation to ChangeMooc.
In George’s comment he asks
Are we are attempting to impose our values (of openness, sharing, online learning as the future of education, etc) without a critical examination of what that means for practice and for individuals who are part of social organizations?
This is a very timely question. There has been a lot of discussion on the web over the past 12 months or so about what we mean by openness. According to Martin Weller it is a ‘state of mind’. I agree…..…What is a scholar?
George has posted a recording of his presentation to his blog and it is worth listening to. (See also – http://change.mooc.ca/recordings.htm) Another very interesting part of this presentation was the chat that it provoked. This focused on the question on ‘what is a scholar?’ a question that novice academics must surely think about. I have pulled together some of the key ideas and questions that came out of this chat. I’m not going to try and identify those responsible for each comment – but these …Scholars’ participation and practices online
This is the title of George Veletsianos’ talk to Week 33 of ChangeMooc. George is asking questions which are directly relevant to the Moocthat I am planning with colleagues from Oxford Brookes University– George Roberts, Marion Waite, Liz Lovegrove, Joe Rosa, and Sylvia Currie from British Columbia.
I like the way George has related his post to ChangeMooc to previous speakers in ChangeMooc – Howard Rheingold in Week 15, Tom Reeves in Week 23and Martin Weller in Week 3. It seems that there is a growing awareness of the issues he is raising, namely:
What are the opportunities and difficulties, for scholars, associated with open sharing of knowledge and practice?
In our …