[Open-education] Fwd: Re: Friday Chat: Do we need open policy?

Marieke Guy marieke.guy at okfn.org
Fri Jun 20 14:25:42 UTC 2014

I don't think Fred's post went to the list.

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Subject: 	Re: [Open-education] Friday Chat: Do we need open policy?
Date: 	Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:03:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: 	Fred Baker <fredwbaker at gmail.com>
To: 	Marieke Guy <marieke.guy at okfn.org>


My dissertation work involved examining higher edu institutions in the 
us for policies related to the implementation of openness.  There 
weren't  many available, but it helped me obtain a snapshot of where the 
institutions were at.

Part of my argument was also that having the policies, whether they were 
supportive of, neutral toward, or opposed to allowing oppenness, would 
allow instituions to better deal with instances where faculty were 
trying to implement openness in the institution.  For example, if 
Stanford University had policies in place about openness when Thrun and 
others announced the opening of their AI class to the workd over the 
weekend (without ever talking to the Stanford Administration) would the 
university have had some basis to deal with the class differently?

I found that policies are very important for the implementation of 
openness in US higher ed institutions because they serve as enablers, 
barriers, or neutral toward the innovation (openness) and help guide 
faculty and others in decision making.

Fredrick W. Baker III

Email: Fredwbaker at gmail.com
Twitter: @fredwbaker
Web: www.fredwbaker.com

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change 
something, build a new model that makes the existing model 
obsolete."~Buckminster Fuller

On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 5:37 AM, Marieke Guy <marieke.guy at okfn.org 
<mailto:marieke.guy at okfn.org>> wrote:

    This question is 'borrowed' from the Cetis Conference (see my blog
    post on the open practice to open policy session

    Policy often lags behind practice - so is it necessary? Does it
    actually work in encouraging openness? Is grassroots activity better
    - or do we need to work from both directions? What examples are
    there of open policy working? Should it work on an institutional,
    national or sectoral level? Is it just about OERs or should it be
    about all aspects of education, or openness in general? Who leads on
    policy? How far should policy reach i.e. public sector or commercial
    too? Is there confusion with open policy making?

    We have a few sections on this in the handbook (what policy is
    how do you convince policy makers?
    what is open policy?

    Any thoughts??




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