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Laura Marie

Working in/at Public Thoughts and Response

3 min read

Robin DeRosa's article was filled with so many interesting ideas and stories that I am struggling with getting everything straight in my mind to put my own thoughts together, but I will do my best.  She started off talking about the Digital Pedagogy Lab  which holds a five day institute discussing aspects of digital teaching and learning in educational arenas, such in hybrid courses.  What really caught my attention was when she spoke about University of Wisconsin at Madison Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab, who was critiscized and harrased for comments she made on Twitter.  What she said isn't important for my response, even though I did take the time to look up the incidernt because I found it very interesting.  It made me very angry to read how she was attacked for her opninions- granted she probably could have been more tactful with what she was saying, but the thing that upsets me is the way that people attack and harrass others for speaking their opinions in public and it to me is one of the downfalls of speaking about political or economical issues because people will always bring it to a personal level.

The other thing that greatly interested me in the article was DeRosa's work in Open Educational Resources (OER) and her idea to further their work past just lowering textbook costs to include an effort to: "refigure the OER movement to champion open public networks as a learner-developed educational space." Meaning she wants to make textbooks and othwer material free and open-liscensed.  She herself calls this radical and while as a student, I love the idea of not having to pay for textbooks, I agree that this is a radical notion that would be very difficult to make reality.  She mentions that they would need a public commons that could support this and a way to share the cost of the labor it takes to produce these materials, and she admits that there really isn't a platform available yet for this.  Still I like her ideals and hopes that there will be public spaces for teachers and students to lteach and learn without the financial control of these companies that are driven by profit and not by what is best for public education.

I had trouble understanding exactly what the Institute and DeRosa are trying to do, but I still agree with a lot of the article and enjoyed reading it.