I was recently asked to write a few words to define my own open practice. That seems like the sort of thing I should do openly, so here goes…
“I’ll be making the point that open education practice is highly variable and contextual and I want to include a few examples of what individuals’ open practice looks like. Would you be willing to share a few lines about your own open practice?”
I would like to think I could consider myself to be an open education practitioner.
I try to share what I do via my (this) blog and I use a Creative Commons license to allow what I write to be syndicated to a number of other openly licensed blogs. I run Wikipedia editathons and make contributions to Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons. I use Twitter regularly to share my practice, engage with colleagues, and discover new resources. When I work with commercial suppliers I advocate for release of as much material as possible under open licences. I also serve on the Board of the Apereo Software Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation who steward a number of open source software projects specific to education. I advocate for the use of open source software in education, support my team to release their work as OSS where possible, and champion various organisations who support this aim (ESUP-Portail, OpenETC etc). I’ve embraced open educational practices outside my institutional work too, most notably around the work I do for the Mansfield Traquair Trust where I’ve used Wikimedia projects to share resources openly about a building at risk.
I’m sure I’ve missed something important there, but they were the headlines that occurred to me.
(Joseph Schenck and Buster Keaton, production ; Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, direction. [Public domain])