- RT @Glinner: The secret. Is the incorrect use of. Puntuation. RT @KrystalSim International Talk Like Christopher Walken Day…brilliant 🙂 #
- RT @davecormier: #PLENK2010 post http://bit.ly/c6M0Em PLEs – disaggregate power, not people #
- RT @paullowe: The Cognitive Surplus of a conference revisited – more reflections on #del10 http://ow.ly/2Grlz #altc2010 #
- RT @NancyWhite: Very cool site about making thinking visible http://bit.ly/64RWW3 #visual_thinking #
- @amcunningham Went to watch a game in Croke Park when I was living there, can’t believe more people don’t die during those games 🙂 in reply to amcunningham #
- Previous link to “Blended learning in clinical education” presentation had issues, this one seems to be better http://ht.ly/2Gs5u #
- @Thinkbirth Bizarre, the 2nd link works for me as well. Try http://www.slideshare.net/theboatashore/blended-learning-in-clinical-education in reply to Thinkbirth #
- #Thuthuka funding application for #PhD got rejected…I didn’t ask for enough money. Institution says they will cover my relevant expenses #
- @Thinkbirth Mmm, just tested it, it works for me. Try this one http://ht.ly/2Grlu in reply to Thinkbirth #
- #nowlistening to Lifeboats by Snow Patrol from A Hundred Million Suns. http://is.gd/fhRAk #
- Just uploaded a presentation to SlideShare: Blended learning in clinical education http://slidesha.re/cbCe5s #
- RT @cristinacost: TEDX by kids for kids! http://twurl.nl/mu3p8a live now #
- Free new guide to teaching at a distance from South Africa http://ow.ly/1qS22w #
- Google Chrome Extensions at School: Research and write papers http://ow.ly/1qS1Qf #
- Now Available: The Complete Android Guide http://ow.ly/1qS1Hw #
- Open source Facebook replacement Diaspora drops first alpha http://ow.ly/1qS1Ay #
- RT @veletsianos: Learning styles: Zero evidence. http://bit.ly/bilavA #
- RT @presentationzen: “Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” http://post.ly/y7BZ #
- @courosa Docs, Mendeley, WordPress/Buddypress, Skype in reply to courosa #
- @mpaskevi Just finished listening to your presentation on OER, really enjoyed it. Sorry, but can’t seem to find download link 🙁 in reply to mpaskevi #
- @mpaskevi I disagree. I believe that when academics comprehend the value of openness, they do embrace it, but minds are hard to change 🙂 in reply to mpaskevi #
- Consensus, difference & ‘multiple communities’ in networked learning http://ow.ly/1qRRGm #
- Collect, Process and Share Your Online Research with Trailmeme http://ow.ly/1qRRDR #
- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the New Twitter.com http://ow.ly/2FtS5 #
- RT @TheObnoxiousOwl: If you love me you will RT http://www.obnoxiousowl.com #
- Just submitted my abstract for #WCPT congress, 2011: Social networks to develop practice knowledge in UG physio students http://ht.ly/2EuG3 #
- SNAPP: “a student network visualisation tool from the extraction of discussion forum activity” http://ht.ly/2Erky #
- The Chronicle – Online, bigger classes may be better classes. “Open teaching”, when the world is welcome http://ht.ly/2Erel #
- International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning: issue on innovation in African education http://ht.ly/2Er8v #
- Gurstein’s Community Informatics – Open Data: Empowering the Empowered or Effective Data Use for Everyone? http://ht.ly/2EqYO #
- Elearnspace – Africa: Millenium Development Goals. George Siemens’ post on changing educational strategy in Africa http://ht.ly/2EqQv #
- @RonaldArendse was good to catch up a bit. How’d your presentation go? Did you speak your mind 🙂 #
- I need more Dropbox space! If you’ve been thinking about using it, consider signing up from this link http://db.tt/6rNr3jz. Thanks if you do #
- Open Research? I often wonder why people would voluntarily participate in research…maybe to learn? http://ow.ly/1qQO6b #
- @sbestbier but it’s by MS…how good could it be? in reply to sbestbier #
- Open research? Transparent approach to research may be good for knowledge sharing, collaboration and innovation http://bit.ly/1229Ap #
- One reason I prefer to keep important stuff out of the “cloud”, if the terms of service change, what am I left with? http://bit.ly/ZG2pv #
- Just added myself to the http://wefollow.com twitter directory under: #physiotherapy #education #technology #
- “Great minds are evenly distribute. Great textbooks are not”. Flatworld knowledge: open college textbooks http://bit.ly/RbWnn #
- US healthcare in crisis. (No) justice . SA healthcare not great, but the grass is almost never greener… http://bit.ly/aGt3O #
- Just finished up Earth hour in Cape Town, South Africa http://bit.ly/16x5GN #
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I’ve been thinking about the concept of open research since listening to Jon Udell’s interview with Jean-Claude Bradley on his open notebook science project. The idea is similar to the open approach to writing software in that the process is transparent and open to scrutiny by anyone. This could have important implications for the soundness of the methodology behind the research, the distribution of results and the potential for massive collaboration on research projects.
Open research makes use of social tools like wikis (wikiresearch), blogs, Google Docs and social networks of like-minded individuals, that allow for collaboration, rapid publication and increased access to information for anyone with an internet connection. There is also the suggestion that openness in research could lead to more innovation by stimulating ideas that allow others to make contributions to the body of knowledge that may not have been the original intent of the researcher.
However, not everyone is comfortable with the idea of conducting research in an open environment, that is subject to scrutiny by everyone and largely against the culture of secrecy in scientific research. There are definitely issues with the process and one example of how conflict could arise is by publishing primary data openly. This has the obvious benefit in that anyone could take that information and use it in ways not intended by the researcher, taking data that may have never seen the light of day and creating new knowledge. The downside is that someone else could beat you to the finish line by publishing your results and negating your work.
There are other approaches that aren’t as “open” as publishing everything concerned with the project. For example, you could choose to publish only your methodology or ideas around where the project is headed and request input around that, or raw data could be summarised before publishing online. Other, similar fields are also becoming more mainstream, like open peer review, in which the peer review process of publication is made public, and open notebook science.
What will the world be like when all knowledge is freely available?
It’s been a pretty busy morning so far, catching up on all the feeds that I’ve neglected over the past month or so. Here’s a list of a few things I found that might be interesting to you.
Found Academic Earth, an online repository of video lectures by international scholars, which could be a useful resource.
Gave some feedback on the OpenPhysio paediatric assignment.
Downloaded an article called Beyond constructivism: exploring future learning paradigms from Pedadogy.ir.
Followed a few people on Twitter.