[Open-education] Fwd: [school-of-open-announce] School of Open Africa, Why Open? and more

Marieke Guy marieke.guy at okfn.org
Tue Aug 19 07:10:53 UTC 2014

Some great stuff going on over at the School of Open....

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Subject: 	[school-of-open-announce] School of Open Africa, Why Open? and 
Date: 	Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:43:31 -0700
From: 	Jane Park <janepark at creativecommons.org>
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Hi everyone!

In case you missed it on the new School of Open blog 
<http://schoolofopen.p2pu.org/category/news/>, we've been busy gearing 
up for and running the following activities.

_*School of Open Africa to Launch in September*_

Kayode from Creative Commons Nigeria says: "Creative Commons Africa is 
set to storm Africa by having a continent-wide launch for School of Open 
in September. School of Open programs will be launched in Kenya, 
Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa in September on a series of topics 
ranging from Creative Commons licensing, intellectual property 
protection, open society concepts, and the Linux operating system. 
Strategic collaborations are underway with the Mozilla Foundation, 
Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, WikiAfrica, University of 
Lagos, University of Tanzania, and the Institute of Educational 
Management Technology of the Open University of Tanzania to make the 
launch a success."

Learn more at http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/43400.
_*School of Open Maker Parties*_

School of Open, Creative Commons, and P2PU are excited to be partnering 
with Mozilla to celebrate teaching and learning the web with Maker 
Party. Through thousands of community-run events around the world, Maker 
Party unites educators, organizations and enthusiastic Internet users of 
all ages and skill levels.  We share Mozilla’s belief that the web is a 
global public resource that’s integral to modern life: it shapes how we 
learn, how we connect and how we communicate. But many of us don’t 
understand its basic mechanics or what it means to be a citizen of the 
web. That’s why we’re supporting this global effort to teach web 
literacy through hands-on learning and making with Maker Party.

We've already joined one in South Africa 
<http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/43335> and have more planned in 
Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria 
<https://events.webmaker.org/#%21/events/4526>, and Colombia. Learn more 
about Maker Party at https://party.webmaker.org/ and keep an eye on the 
blog for more info on each event as it gets finalized.

_*Why Open? course*_

Why Open? <https://p2pu.org/en/courses/2314/why-open/>, a 
collaboratively facilitated four-week course around the many questions 
surrounding openness started its second run this week, but you're in 
luck if you still want to join as enrollment is on a rolling basis. 
/What does open mean? Does it mean free? Does it mean without 
restriction? What is the role of the producer? What is the role of the 
consumer? Why is open important? How does open relate to you and your 
area of expertise?/ In this course, we will discuss and answer these 
questions. With your help, we will explore the different meanings of 
open in various contexts as well as its benefits and issues. You will 
use open practices to complete a series of open activities that builds 
into a final project.

Learn more at https://p2pu.org/en/courses/2314/why-open/.

_*Take the OER Research Hub Survey*_

We currently offer 15 stand-alone courses 
<http://schoolofopen.p2pu.org/courses/#stand-alone-courses> open for you 
to take at any time, any place. Some take a half-hour to complete; 
others take a bit longer. All are free! Now’s your chance to give us 
your feedback through a short 15 minute survey. The research is being 
carried out by the OER Research Hub at the Open University (UK) in 
collaboration with School of Open, and is funded by the Hewlett 
Foundation in order to support future excellence in open education. Your 
answers will help us build a picture of how people across the world use 
online resources for learning and teaching. This research data will help 
people around the world make more informed decisions about online 
teaching and learning. The results of this questionnaire will also be 
used to help improve future School of Open courses.

Take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/School_Of_Open_ALL

_*Open Research course*_

Interested in how to ethically and openly share your findings so that 
others can reuse or develop your work? Curious about which open research 
methods you could use? Or just want to find out more about what open 
research entails? Join us in September for a four-week exploration of 
researching using open tools and methods. This course is for anyone who 
wants to conduct an element of their research openly. This course will 
be led by the OER Research Hub project team and will launch in 
mid-September. We'll send out another announcement when sign-up for the 
course opens, but for now mark your calenders for four weeks starting 15 

_*Art and Culture of the Web at the Mozilla Festival*_

Mozilla Festival, the annual event celebrating hands-on projects 
involving the open web has a new track this year called "Art and Culture 
of the Web" and is calling on all artists, technologists, and curators 
to help make it a successful contribution to open culture. School of 
Open and Creative Commons will be proposing various sessions around open 
cultural heritage, remix, digital archives and education. Join us!

Learn more at http://mozfestartoftheweb.tumblr.com/. Ping me on this 
community thread 
<http://community.p2pu.org/t/mozilla-session-proposal/852> if you want 
to help shape a session together. Deadline is next week - 22 August!

_*Join the Conversation*_

We have a new discussion forum 
<http://community.p2pu.org/category/school-of-open> which you can join 
by using an existing Google account or simply registering an account 
with the discussion tool itself. Head over to 
http://community.p2pu.org/category/school-of-open and join the 


Jane Park
Project Manager <http://creativecommons.org/staff#janepark>
Creative Commons

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