So glad it’s happening!
While in Nantes, we got a bit of a teaser @moodler. Some of us were waiting with bated breath. Less than an hour ago, I was mentioning Open EdTech to the Scenari Community, noticing the new site. And, a week ago, there was a relevant thread in the Fediverse.
Martin’s partner cued me in to this video, from WHEC 2022:
To me, it’s the clearest explanation of his approach Open EdTech, in a way which makes sense to us as learning professionals.
Have yet to peruse the launch paper itself. So, some quick takes on the summary you present here, @cogdog… Just trying to play the challenge function since Martin might be ok with that. My goal is to improve what outsiders could grasp from such a pithy description (though longwinded, I do care about people’s quick impressions).
The minmax framing makes sense and does relate to our core values in OE. In fact, they sound pretty close to the criteria discussed @BarbaraClass during OE CH (Open Education Switzerland).
Order matters a whole lot, in such a list of priorities. If we optimize for enjoyability and simplicity through a human-centred approach, we might have an easier time with co-design than if we optimize for scalability and “safe from organisational collapse” (which sounds like decentralisation).
As for the six components… They’re not surprising given what Martin has in mind. As in, these fit together as a cohesive model. However… These components aren’t functionally equivalent and the logic behind this system could be hard to grasp… especially for those of us who are IT-adjacent.
It might be easier to get people engaged if we were to “cut the cake” differently. For instance, OER repositories are about content while dashboards are about learning activities. The notion of a teaching role mostly appears in the “classroom” as a space (and Martin had a whole thing to say about teachers’ changing roles). Federated cloud, AI, and org tools are closer to the usual IT components, which might mean that IT pros might fill in the blanks with their own puzzle shapes, if not with the puzzle pieces. For instance, ERPs occupy a special space among org tools and IT directors might want to focus on Free/Libre Open Source Software which fits that bill. In this context, AI is often associated with aiding decision-making, even if we say that it can support every aspect. Federation goes really well with resilience (“safe from organisational collapse”) and might call upon different ideas than the type of federated identities discussed in OE’s use of Linked Open Data with OERs as well as diverse actors. As for cloud hosting… it could lead to long discussions about (and opportunities for commercial) providers instead of keeping the lines open about offline resources à la Kiwix (cc @Anthere).
So, all in all… It’s a very exciting time for Open EdTech. Especially if we can all get involved.