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I came across Physiopedia when the site creator, Rachael Lowe, followed me on Twitter. Physiopedia is a free (to access, not edit) physiotherapy reference that has a great emphasis on being evidence based. You must be a registered physiotherapist to get an account that enables you to contribute, which is how the site maintains quality control. A quick overview of the articles reveals that this is indeed a high quality resource for physiotherapy clinicians, educators and students. Perhaps the best thing about each article is not only the concise information it presents, but the reference list it provides for each article, pointing the reader to original resources. It’s a very impressive effort.
You may wonder why I’m mentioning Physiopedia since my own site, OpenPhysio, is an attempt to be the same thing…a free physiotherapy resource for clinicians, educators and students. There are however, some differences that I think are worth pointing out, the main one of which is the issue of licensing. All the content published on OpenPhysio is specifically released under this Creative Commons license, which allows anyone to take that content and share, distribute and adapt the work, so long as they provide attribution to the original source, don’t make any money from it, and agree to share it under the same conditions. I think this is an important distinction that in itself, is enough to differentiate the two projects. Not that Physiopedia is using some heinous license, it’s just that it’s not specifically open. The other thing that stands out immediately is the clean aesthetic and writing style of Physiopedia.
I think that there’s a lot of work that needs to be done on OpenPhysio if it’s going to participate in a field with such high quality content, but that’s the whole point isn’t it? As long as there are people pushing this agenda, the future of free and open content is looking good. At the end of the day, the more information that’s available for physiotherapists and students, the stronger we’ll become as a profession.
Note (06/04/09): I just received an email from Rachael stating that Physiopedia used the GFDL, a great license for promoting open content.
We had our first session of the Mozilla Open Education Course earlier this evening and it was pretty interesting. There were a few technical issues with sound but generally it was very well done. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
Here’s a few notes that I took during the session. I know the video will be available later but I took notes anyway and listed the comments from the presenter as it was happening, so there may be errors. If I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know.
Mark Surman (from the Mozilla foundation)
Spoke about why Mozilla is involved and what the foundation’s motivations are.
Why do the course?
Students are living and learning on the web. Education is not working and the web is making this even clearer.
Educators need to teach like the web, using these building blocks:
- (open) content
- (open) tech
- (open) pedagogy
This course is about using these building blocks…all 3 need to come together in order for open education to work.
Why do Mozilla and CC care?
To promote openness, participation and distributed decision-making as a core part of internet life. Education is critical to this.
Also, an experiment to:
- share skills
- new ideas
- more allies
- …have fun
Frank Hecker (Mozilla Foundation)
Elaborated on previous presentation
- Teach people about Mozilla
- Create learning opportunities around Mozilla technology and practices
- Bring new people into the Mozilla camp
- Create a global community of Mozilla educators
- Mozilla curriculum at Seneca college
- Incorporate Mozilla-related topics into coursework
- http://education.mozilla.org – repo for course materials created
- People learn things best when participating directly in the communities around that project
Question: will we be able to make our own ff addon? Yes
Ahrash Bissell (ccLearn)
Why is Creative Commons involved in learning?
It’s mission is to minimise the legal, technological and social barriers to sharing and reusing educational materials.
Focusses on ways to improve opportunities for and education:
- Teach about OER
- Solve problems (built the “discover” tool for OER)
- Build and diversify community (education is traditionally subdivided into camps e.g. university, high school). Open education transcends these boundaries. Boundaries useful but should be permeable.
- Explore better pedagogical models (learning is not something that happens in a delimited way, ideally it should be enjoyed and embraced all the time. Models haven’t penetrated, everything the same way for the last 50 years (deeply entrenched)
- Empower teachers and learners (certain expectations of students / teachers, “this is what it means to teach/learn”. Little power to engage as “scientists” in teaching / learning and make adjustments. Open source development models – emphasisise feedback, creating a system that allows experimentation in an open, transparent, participatory way.
Embrace overarching principle for engaged padagogies, not new but has become inevitable.
- Constant, formative feedback (must want to be assessed)
- Education for skills and capacities, not rote knowledge (the internet makes it obvious why this is the way to go, “knowledge” is already everywhere, thinking is more important. “Skilled learners”.
- Leverage human and material capital effectively (reaching into peer groups)
- Consider the bulding blocks of a participatory learning system
- Enjoy learning
Philip Schmidt (Peer 2 Peer University)
Provided an overview of the project / sessions
Background readings available on course wiki / 20 min. interviews
Draw up a blueprint for individual / group projects:
- (open) technology platform
- (open) licensing
- (open) pedagogical approach
Idea – blueprint – prototype – project!
Good idea to feed into ongoing things, like:
- Mozilla education portal
- Firefox plugins
- Decide on groups
- Start sketching
- Ideas more important than detail
- A picture
- Enough detail to start building
I got this link about Medpedia off Twitter from Jeff Nugent. It’s a “collaborative, interdisciplinary, transparent” approach to sharing knowledge about health and medicine. Content control is by only allowing registered users to contribute, with the general public able to suggest changes to an article. Registration requires being approved by an editor, and only medical doctors or those with doctoral degrees can actually edit content.
It offers a “Plain English” version of each article, as well as a “Clinical” view for healthcare professionals, which is a great way of filtering content for users. I haven’t looked deeply enough to tell how much of a difference there is between the two, but it’s an interesting idea to separating out content.
I’ve only had a brief look at the site so far but the interface is clean and user friendly, even though it’s still in beta. I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes from this. I’m interested to see how this compares with OpenPhysio, not so much in structure and content but in ideology.
Here’s the link:
Just a quick pointer to what I think is going to be a great read. “The Tower and the Cloud” is a new publication by EDUCAUSE, which looks at the impact of cloud computing on higher education. The book is divided into broad sections, each containing several chapters, with each chapter written by a different author who is a prominent figure in the field of e-learning.
I’m particularly keen on the section, Open Information, Open Content, Open Source, containing the following chapters (I’ve linked to the downloadable chapters):
- Cultural and Organizational Drivers of Open Educational Content
- Challenges and Opportunities of Open Source in Higher Education
- Who Puts the Education into Open Educational Content?
The book is available as a free download, as well as a paid-for hardcopy that can be shipped internationally, and is published under a Creative Commons license. I’m really looking forward to reading this.
Note: EDUCAUSE is a “…nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology”.
Open education, open resources, open courseware, open content and so on, is something that I believe very strongly in. Without going into much detail, I think it’s important that those of us who can and who have, do something positive for those who can’t and who don’t.
The Cape Town Open Education declaration is exactly what it says, a declaration of intent to pursue and promote the following three strategies (my paraphrasing):
- Encourage educators and learners to create, use, adapt and improve existing open educational resources.
- Call on educational authorities to release their resources openly.
- Encourage policy makers to highlight and prioritise open education.
Go to the site, read what it has to say, do your own research into the pros and cons of open education and then consider what you can do, either as an educator or a student, to positively impact the future of education.
Here’s the link:
The British Medical Journal published this article in December (2006), which may not seem like a long time ago in the traditional approach to academic publication but which in terms of the Internet is already old news. It asks, “Is a medical wikipedia the next step?”, a question I think is becoming more and more relevant as we see user-generated content proliferating in all spheres of our lives, but more and more frequently in the field of healthcare.
The author, Dean Giustini (librarian at the University of British Columbia Biomedical Branch), looks at the advantages of web 2.0 technologies or social software (e.g. RSS, blogs, wikis and podcasts) with particular reference to the creation of open content, improving access to information and the impact all of this has on medicine. We need to be asking ourselves how we can use these new technologies to better inform the way we teach, learn and communicate with our students and colleagues.
I think the final paragraph sums up my own opinion of the role of the Internet in influencing those of us who are creators and publishers of content:
“The web is a reflection of who we are as human beings – but it also reflects who we aspire to be. In that sense, Web 2.0 may be one of the most influential technologies in the history of publishing, as old proprietary notions of control and ownership fall away.”
OpenPhysio is an attempt to create a free, online, learning resource for physiotherapy students, physiotherapists and physiotherapy educators that anyone can edit (think, Wikipedia for physio’s). While I’m sure the idea of students creating content in a (*gasp*) non-accredited, non-peer-reviewed, unstructured and unsupervised environment is horrifying to some, I believe that this is partly where the future of education lies.
Rather than creating walled gardens and restricting students in what they can read, write and learn, why not give them the opportunity to find their own voices and to describe the world as they see it? Of course, we’ll need to make sure they have the tools to navigate this brave new world and maybe that’s the problem. Not that they’re doing it their way, but that we don’t always understand what their way is. Oh, and also that they’re not doing it our way.
Bear in mind that OpenPhysio is a new project and as such is very limited in the scope of it’s content and the reliability of using it as a resource at this point is questionable. However, rather than condemn it for it’s limitations, students and educators should look to it as a tool that can be improved by anyone. I’m excited by the prospect of seeing what physiotherapy students come up with when we set them free, and how educators make use of new technologies to better facilitate the teaching and learning process.