Accessible sharing

We´re all familiar with the expression “sharing is caring” but what if what you share is not great? Imagine if not everyone can use and receive what you share. That is not good care! Is that a problem or not? Until now I have thought that good is enough but now I realise that good is not always enough anymore. This week I have undergone an eye opening process where I´ve starting to be aware of that I have a big responsibility to make my sharing accessible to everyone. It´s a pity that I haven´t become conscious of it till now but better late then never, right?

When you sit in a wheelchair it´s kind of obvious that you’re in need of some accessibility to be able to move around at for example pavements. In the digital world your requirements are not always that clear. For those in need, I know that there is a lot of “aid-tools” which enable accessibility but for me, the big question is… – Where do my trustworthiness begin?

When David Wiley is talking about sharing he says that we have to overcome the inner 2 year old in us. We have to stop thinking… -Mine, mine, it´s mine!!! We have to act against a culture of withholding and instead he argues for giving, generousness and openness in education. So, I guess that I´m an adolescence when it comes to sharing. I love to share, if someone think it´s good enough for them to use I gladly share it with them. No problem at all! It´s almost like a recognition for my ego (as the self-centred youth I am) if someone asks if it´s OK to use some of my teaching material. Feel free!

Now, one of my next goal is to enter the adulthood (after all I´m 46 years old). This is of cause going to be a process but I´m good at focusing when I´m motivated so I believe I can cross the finishing line before the end of 2017. I have to make all my prerecorded content accessible for everyone. The main thing that I have to learn (and then do) is to add subtitles to my lectures. I also have to think of colors in some slides. Are there other things I have to consider?

Reference
Wiley, David (2010) Open education and the future TED-talk.

Photo: Awesome and beautiful Linnea Blomberg by Karen Blomberg.

3 thoughts on “Accessible sharing

  1. Hi Annica
    I enjoyed reading your blogg so much and I can tell you I realized as teacher we are already sharing with our students and maybe we were not aware of that but we are in the process but probably in the begining and we need to develop our skills and as for you I think your sharing this with us is you being an adult “sharer”.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. Thanks for your interesting thoughts! During this topic I come to understand that how we relate to openness and sharing depends on how we consider knowledge to be created – mediated (top- down from the expert to the novice) or constructed interactively by sharing thoughts and ideas in an open climate.

    As stated by Boud et al. (2001) through interaction and active participation members in a group can learn to share ideas and construct new understanding (Boud et al. 2001). So let’s overcome the inner 2 years old stage

    Referens
    Boud, D., Cohen, R., & Sampson, J. (Eds.) (2001). Peer learning in higher education. Learning from and with each other. London: Routledge.

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