The language of failure is a tricky one to use without creating unhelpful tensions which can compartmentalize the spirit and function of education and social projects. When walking through the surreal world of policy-town, phrases take root and oblige people to think and act in ways which conform to the language that is giving shape to their thoughts. Policy and it’s language has come to possess people’s practice.
My thoughts on Community Open Online Courses is that it is a vitally needed platform and resource for the enablement of knowledge sharing as well as personal and group development. Increasingly the production of knowledge is being coopted by market values which is resulting in the narrowing of who gets to make meaning, and who gets valued in our culture for having created public content.
COOCs facilitates a more open landscape of learning through teaching, and enables anyone to (a) use the same technology as many universities to share their knowledge (b) learn through teaching – a dialogue approach to knowledge building (c) engage with a community of peers. Not only this, but it provides the facility to bootstrap community organisations and small businesses to structure essential learning programmes which they feel are important for those who become a part of their project or enterprise. Read more