Anarchy in the OER

June 6, 2008

My colleagues Tony Hirst and Martin Weller have been busy moonlighting at being Video Jockeys making remixes as original (very original!) art. The results are a couple of really instructive and entertaing short videos now on YouTube . Tony kicked off with the need to make a presentation to some educational publishers and rather than explain he went with a show and tell. Watch the video – it shows the reality of sharing what is out there.

Now that Tony has created the new position of eduVJ, Martin joined in – with (in my opinion) a better choice of music “Anarchy in the UK” to bring together some of the current discussion around edupunk and the need to through away some of how stored up beliefs. Just as Punk broke through the music industry, openness needs to break through the education industry. ¬†Martin has gone further and as he describes on his blog he has now produced the “Director’s commentary” version of his video on YouTube. Looking at that was genuinely revealing to me, and helped me make a few connections that I had missed. So for entertainment go and see Martin’s original on Otherwise click on the video below (not the embedded play button) to go through to watch the annotated version on Youtube.

What Martin has managed here is to show reuse in action – if you track down his academic papers you will see that he was part of a team (with Chris Pegler and Robin Mason) that showed how learning objects work well as a basis for reuse with the original authors still involved. Martin points out that YouTube only seems to allow the owner’s of videos to annotate at the moment – but maybe we can see the starting point for some neat reworkings. Several components all falling into place:

  1. Some content released with nice creative commons licence that says you can do this
  2. RSS letting you pull content from one place to another
  3. Annotation and media tools that everyone can use
  4. The rise of the mashup educators

Just now this is in the hands of the rebels and the anarchists that are prepared to go past a few rough edges. Will the rest of us follow?