Remix Redux: Thoughts During #CLMOOC Break
It’s break week at CLMOOC, a great chance to take stock of what I’ve been thinking about. Turns out it’s a lot.
So much great discussion took place after the CLMOOC Remix activity last week. There were active Twitter discussions that spilled into the Thursday Twitter chat (curated here) blog posts (mine, Susan van Gelder’s, Kevin Hodgson’s, and probably others I missed), and @NomadWarMachine’s Storify that summed up other key points. Janis Selby Jones extended the conversation when she added Kirby Ferguson’s TED talk, Embrace the Remix, to the G+ community discussion.
Discussions explored plagiarism & what constitutes it, the significance of intention in remixing someone’s work, questions of who owns work once it’s been released to the public Web, the importance of kindness, the nature of learning as connected and co-constructed, and more.
The View Ahead
Sheri Edwards’ link to the Creative Commons video Remix (below) pushed me into a new perspective.
The video, by Creative Commons, argues that community, collaboration, and sharing are at the heart of human advancement. These principles, working hand in hand with a global Commons of free and open content, will spark new ideas and solve global challenges. A shared global Commons promises a world that is accessible, equitable, and full of innovation.
In this time of standardized assessments, where an answer is right or wrong, a teacher is good or bad, a schools is passing or failing, we don’t always focus on a bigger picture– we can’t. But
thinking about remix playing with remix as a way toward developing a vibrant Commons, for the ultimate purpose of advancing humanity, well, that’s different than talking about plagiarism as a black and white issue. (And yes, that discussion is important too.) There are simply many things we have to figure out along the way, as I think we (I?) discovered last week, and few people I know are comfortable with uncertainty.
My takeaway from CLMOOC weeks 1 & 2 is something I’ve long known in my head. (I’m proof that it is, indeed, a long journey from the head to the heart.)
We make the road by walking and the future by contributing. We make worlds and we multiply Webs that connect them.
We do it together.