EDUCAUSE 2011 Day 2 Session 1, 2, 3

Open Resources – the Need For Integration: Malcolm Read/JISC

Institutions should adopt a general policy of openness – well yes, but may be counterintuitive in current/increasingly competitive environment. Seldom do institutions consider the broad strategic value of openness – agree, & they should, but would need to be in the context of a general discussion about the purpose of higher education. Need to be open & closed, collaborate & compete – competoration? Collabetition? Or is it cooperate & compete – I’m sure someone’s already coined coopetition.

Benefits: reuse; innovation & agility; cost-effectiveness; quality; reputation. Then gave numerous examples illustrating how these benefits can be achieved. Open source online reading lists. Open Educational Resources. Open Research Data. Research-led learning.

Great way of dealing with a mobile tune heckle going off, have to mention: Malcolm – That’s very tuneful, you must tell me what it is so I can make sure I don’t get it.

Someone else who could make a second career in stand-up. Lovely style.

Essentially, I agree with Malcolm – but think the bigger discussion is about the general principle of openness – if adopted, the rest flows from it. As far as he’s aware, there is no institution that has adopted a general overarching principle of openness – has been adopted in certain areas, but not across the board.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to be an Innovator – Remarks to EDUCAUSE: Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President & US CTO, & Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation & Improvement, Dept of Education.

Winning the future through open innovation. Unfortunately, imho, first example is the the design & build of a ‘crowd-derived’ combat support vehicle. 159 entries from network of 20,000 designers, designed & built in 4 months. Crowd-sourcing approach to procurement, no research project, no RFPs, no invitations to tender – tapping into people who wouldn’t have had a chance of entry. Need to tap into the creativity of our people. Great process, shame about the subject.

Mobility & cloud computing unlock potential – digital infrastructure poised to accelerate productivity in key sectors. The role of student-led innovation in the development of killer apps.

Need digital rules of the road for enabling openness in technology adoption.

Open government data as the rocket fuel for innovation – liberating it by the truckload. Example – weather data from NOAA feeds all competitors in the weather forecasting marketplace. Also using approaches like Smart Disclosure to get private sector to release data.

So: releasing educational data. Ref KIS? Transparency about institutional performance. Open PESC XML standard – 10 high schools transmitting transcripts directly into Admissions Office in University of Louisville.

Simplified access to quality learning materials on the web. OER. Metadata tagging.

Digital infrastructure to facilitate 24/7 learning. ‘We can no longer afford an academic calendar designed when America was a nation of farmers who needed their children at home plowing the land at the end of each day’ – Obama.

Need a culture of high expectations. Not enough R&D to get breakthrough items, only incremental improvement – which isn’t good enough. Digitalpromise – NFP to support R&D.

Key message: we must use new technologies to unlock the creativity of our people. Key attribute: very shouty…but very good.

Privacy in an Era of Social Media: Danah Boyd, Senior Researcher, Microsoft.

There appears to be a transfer of Disney’s Snow White on the Macbook on the podium. & the picture slides are very good, from an aesthetic point of view. Share first, remove later. Improved tools for exhibitionism. Facebook password sharing. Woah! Psychogeography & situationism – Baudelaire’s flaneur: “According to Baudelaire, the flâneur moves through the labyrinthine streets and hidden spaces of the city, partaking of its attractions and fearful pleasures, but remaining somehow detached and apart from it”. Concept of the digital flaneur – interesting. Wandering through cyberspace, partaking whilst remaining detached & apart. Steganography: ref Spook Country, William Gibson seems to get in everywhere.

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