Post-#OEGlobal and pre-#OER17, my mind is on fire. At the end of Open Education Week and Brexit week; working on another draft chapter for my PhD, yet pulled in the direction of events in Ireland, the US, Mosul, Venezuela and more, my mind is on fire. I have many posts to write but I shall write one, in gratitude.
To my GO-GN colleagues, including the OER Hub team who pull it all together so beautifully, I thank you for an unforgettable week of scholarship and friendship in Cape Town earlier this month. Together we shared meals, our work, our worries, our stories, photos of our families, our dreams for the future. We worked for hours together, we walked in Cape Town together, and some of us visited Robben Island together. I thank each of you for giving and receiving so openly. I look forward to learning from and with you all in the future.
To all who shared your work, your ideas, and your feedback at OE Global, thank you. I’ve blogged already about my initial reflections; your work is still resonating with me.
To Lisa Marie Blaschke, thank you for inviting Lorna Campbell, Chrissi Nerantzi, Fabio Nascimbeni and me to participate in EDEN‘s #OpenEducationWk webinar this week to explore “being open” with educators and researchers — so enjoyable to share stories and resources.
To the #101openstories team, thank you for starting something beautiful this week. I loved the#101openstories I read by Frances Bell and Sheila MacNeill, and hope to read more. Thank you all.
To Jim Groom, thank you for accepting our invitation to come to Ireland! You’re in Cork today, heading for Galway on Monday. A warm welcome awaits you here, from 40 people bursting with curiosity and ready to explore Student as Partner, Producer and Assessor: Exploring Domain of One’s Own. Can’t wait 🙂
To Josie Fraser, Alek Tarkowski, and the ALT team, thank you for organising and meticulously planning OER17. The conference is already facilitating some incredible conversations and collaborations around the politics of open. Next week’s conference, with so many ways to participate (looking at you Virtually Connecting at OER17), promises to be something special. Muireann O’Keeffe, Laura Czerniewicz and I are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the plenary panel Mapping the Politics of Open – we’ve been enjoying our conversations as we prepare for that.
Also, thanks Laura Czerniewicz for jumping into the unknown with me as we combine our thinking for our OER17 session: Critical pragmatism and critical advocacy: Addressing the challenges of openness. And Caroline Kuhn, thank you for modelling open and generous scholarship so deeply at GO-GN and OE Global, and for our extended conversations about what we have learned in our respective PhD research studies, which we’ll share in our OER17 workshop: Towards open praxis: Storytelling and narrative inquiry in open education research.
And finally, thanks to my PLN, i.e. all the smart, generous, courageous human beings who inspire me every day to do and stay true to this work.
I am grateful for openness.
Image: Revolución a la Educación es Aquí CC0 by @cogdog
…and with that image credit (yes, I know it’s CC0, but still nice to acknowledge the creator 🙂 ) a final word of thanks to Alan Levine for embodying the spirit of openness and open learning so completely (and with joy). Thanks @cogdog.
9 thoughts on “Grateful for openness”
What goes around comes around – so true Catherine and thanks for all your open sharing – it’s inspirational
thanks Sheila 🙂 looking forward to all-that-is-OER17 next week… see you very soon!
We are grateful for your openness and your passion to connect Catherine ideas and people. Wishing you an exciting week ahead with everybody. Hope to follow some of the exchanges on Twitter.
Wishing you a creative weekend,
thanks Chrissi. and best of luck to you this weekend, with your writing/editing. I’ll be thinking of you… and we’ll connect next week via Twitter 🙂
all the very best,
Congratulations on, well, everything. Thanks again for your warmth and insights.
many thanks, Gardner. you know you are an inspiration to very many of us… thank you for that.
p.s. walked the Flaggy this week, in the sunshine, and thought of you and Alice 🙂
From my very heart, thank you! For being generous and so warm, bright and generous. Learning with you and from all of the go-gners has been the best priviledge I have ever had! #Tuko pamoja
you are so welcome, Caroline – and thank you 🙂 we will resume the conversation (and this good work!) in Galway and at OER17. can’t wait 🙂 #tukopamoja
Lovely work Catherine. I like your energy and passion towards openness. Keep up the same spirit and tukopamoja.