Call for participation Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th May 2017 University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness Campus
This two-day symposium arose out of a series of conversations and reflections on the nature of openness within Higher Education. It started with the observation that openness is increasingly seen as a technical question, whose solution lies in employing the low transaction costs associated with digital technologies with open licences to open up academic content to new groups of learners.
Where critical voices have engaged this partial reading they have often rightly critiqued the degree to which this is truly open, for example, drawing on older traditions of open to question the freedoms free content allows for those already distanced from education.
However, other questions also arise in a critical reading of open, and these include:
- What does open mean beyond releasing content?
- What is the role of open academics in dealing with problems ‘in the world’
- How should staff and students become learners within community contexts, developing and negotiating the curriculum based on those contexts?
- What would it mean for openness as a way to allow new voices into the academy, to acknowledge knowing and ways of knowing outside the academy, and where can and should our open spaces – both digital and physical – intersect?
- If we are to advocate allowing learners’ experiences and organisations to inform the academy how open should academics be to the influence of private capital?
These are the kinds of questions, amongst others, that we want to explore in this symposium.