..for a while anyway.
Even before I returned to JISC for a year I had become extremely interested in the whole open education movement. At JISC I was lucky enough to work on the OER programme a little which meant meeting a whole army of incredibly intelligent and committed people working in the area. I think I learned something new with every conversation I had and while I wasn’t always sure I agreed with the direction of developments I could at least see the reasoning and felt that on occasion I contributed a little to the mix.
I went to Barcelona for the Drumbeat festival mainly to see a different take on the concepts of open education and while I very much enjoyed my time there and found it an enriching experience it became clear that something had changed.
The thing is though I never at any point associated any of this activity with any kind of political movement. Maybe that was naive of me but it is true.
Increasingly though it is impossible to follow this community without being subjected to various pretty serious political thinking. I’m sure it is all perfectly well researched and argued and I have alot of time on a personal level for many of the those leading these conversations but the fact is it leaves me cold and a little uncomfortable.
This is obviously nobodies issue but my own but given my change of job and a whole new set of work issues to deal with and a community around digital government etc to re-engage with I have decided to essentially implement a Tweetdeck filter into my life starting as soon as I resolve my involvement with Bettr (either by running it or canceling it..)
So anyway all this really means is that there won’t be any posts on this site around open education or learning 2.0 or whatever the hell else I have tagged things in the immediate future. While Bettr is still on the table I’ll blog about that at http://blog.bettr.org but this blog will return to an earlier focus on working with digital in a cash strapped public sector and also more on events technology.