Friday, December 31, 2010

When 2010 leaves…

This blog is my New Year’s Eve cocktail. Today I’ll  keep on writing this as and when thoughts come to my mind, amidst some other works, till I think it's enough. Therefore, there may not be a proper order. Well, it's fine, I don’t want to edit their order…let them appear on this page as they come…

The first imprint of 2010 in my mind is the recognition of climate change as a reality. Though it is a hard reality, the second imprint gives some relief. So what is the second imprint? – It is the knowledge that world as a general recognize climate change as a reality. This informed situation gives some expectation for 2011. Yes, let us hope that 2011 will strengthen the initiatives to save our green planet.

Another deadly thing comes to my mind is the plight of 925 million people who live in acute hunger with a child dying every six seconds in this world because of undernourishment related problems ( See FAO release) . We have to reduce hunger numbers substantially for any tangible achievements in global prosperity. Just imagine what happens when climate change and hunger join hands! Hi, friends, it is not to discourage you in this New Year’s Eve, but to inspire the world (including me) to join hands against these situations for a better 2011.

We have seen a catastrophic quake in Haiti at the very beginning of 2010; our hearts go out to the millions of people affected by it. World stands in solidarity during difficult times; definitely we are becoming a global village! We also have to strengthen our initiatives to explore ways to reduce causalities during natural calamities through scientific and environment friendly planning of habitats.

In 2010, world economy was found to be busy in its revival process from the recession of 2008. New equations, strategies, plan; yes, it was a time of experimentations through out the economy – whether it is government or banking or industry – in continuation or revision of the hectic activities initiated during 2009.

I expect that, from 2011 on wards the climate change factor is going to influence all our activities greatly than ever. The world is going to be more open because of the identical nature of the major issues being faced by all regions in the glob. When issues become more and more identical, approaches and strategies to face them will also become identical and open gradually. This transformation in turn will lead us towards the global village concept. It means, in the years to come, we are going to work intensely on open standards not only in technology and education but in governance also.

While writing about the open world, we can’t skip OER movement.  2010 was a good year for Open Educational Resources movement – that is my personal assessment. The movement was able to make substantial progress in the passing year.  The best indicator for this is the shifting of OER related discussions to the crucial operational levels as Stephen Downe's has said: “The dichotomy is not between proprietary content and open content, ... but between institutionally  manufactured content and community-based content". This ideological/ operational conflict indicates the very active presence of institutions and community in OER production and use.  This momentum has to be further boosted to push OER to the main stream of education through these kinds of active discussions that are actually a healthy internal democratic process within the OER domain.

One major obstacle I see in the use of OER in formal education sector is the ignorance about the open licenses, their merits and tremendous scope of applicability.  Though OER is adoptable in all levels of education, higher education sector can greatly benefit out of it. But the great open content licensing revolution triggered by the is yet to be properly revealed to that sector.  I hope 2011 will witness tremendous advancement in this area with the launch of Open Content Licensing training programme by Open Educational Resources Foundation (OERF) through WikiEducator.


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