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  1. Sep 2016
    1. every person on earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge.

      Is it just me or the “contribute” part has largely been put aside, in the meantime?

  2. Jul 2016
    1. the voice of the rest of the world
    2. The majority of content comes from Western, developed countries
    3. Postcolonial

      In some ways, it’s quite remarkable that one of the key figures of post-development was also the one who called for “deschooling society”. As is obvious from observing humanitarian and philanthropic work is that “development” participates in neocolonialism, despite (or often because of) the best of intentions. MOOCs are closer to development than to postdevelopment. Even cMOOCs.

    4. “The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.” 

      Been having issues with the ways this quote has been handled in various contexts, but it’s quite fitting here. One potential issue, though, is in the embedded assumption that the future is a solid. Goes so well with Modernization Theory that the focus on global inequalities can be skipped over.

  3. Jun 2016
    1. Understanding the wants and needs of users is important when you’re designing technologies for people much like yourself, but it’s utterly critical when designing for people with different backgrounds, experiences, wants and needs.
    1. The index was put together by industry leaders from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google for Education, IDEO, IBIS Capital, Kaizen Private Equity, Learn Capital, LinkedIN, Times Higher Education and TES Global, the parent company of TES.

      Suitably “global”, underlining the inequalities inherent in the system.

  4. Apr 2016
    1. structural inequalities present within these movements

      We sure need to discuss inequalities.

    2. I utilize some of the useful critiques OA has generated to inform the discussion of OER creation and practice.

      Though there are major differences between Open Access and Open Educational Resources, the two approaches to openness share a lot. Advocates for both are likely to have a lot of values in common, including a distaste for inequalities.

  5. Jan 2016
  6. Nov 2015
    1. Questions of colonialism and inequality are occasionally raised

      Maybe too rarely. Or they’re dismissed too quickly. Or they’re too difficult to fully discuss when much of the scene is taken by modernization theory. This is where post-development’s Ivan Illich meets deschooling’s Ivan Illich.