Can you remember a moment, event, person, project, video, article that first sparked your interest in open education? This week’s pulse poll asks for the source of that, and we hope you also reply below and share more about that story.
The term is borrowed from one used by bird watchers “to describe the first bird that got them seriously interested in birding” (source) or more fervently “the species that mutates one’s benign regard for nature into a seething, immoderate interest in avifauna” (source).
- an event e.g. presentation / workshop / professional development activity
- within my institution - e.g. library, center for teaching & learning, student organization
- a colleague or individual
- a project I volunteered for / was assigned to
- an influential video
- an article / blog post
- randomly on the internet
This pulse was seeded by @jan who shared an Ask Hacker News open ended question “Do you recall any book or course that made a topic finally click?” (for technical folks) that we felt could be redrafted here for open educators.
Also ironically, a recent This American Life podcast I heard generated the metaphor of the Spark Bird that seemed to fit.
Let us know, what was your Open Education Spark Bird-- “the event that mutated your benign regard for learning into a seething, immoderate interest in open education”