The first Open Knowledge Festival was held in in Helsinki from September 17th to 22nd, 2012 with over 800 participants from across the globe. This festival included a week of participatory sessions, keynote lectures, workshops, hackathons and satellite events. This years theme was Open Knowledge in Action: looking at the value that can be generated by opening up knowledge, the ecosystems of organizations that can benefit from such sharing, and the impacts transparency can have in society.
The week was organized through collaborations amongst over 100 guest planners from around the world leading 13 key Topic Streams of whom Fielding Graduate University alumna and current Fielding Alumni Council member, Gigi Johnson, EdD, (ELC '11) presented on Topic Stream 7: Open Research and Education. From her time zone southern California in the middle of the night, Gigi remotely joined team members from Mexico City, Brooklyn, and in Finland at the festival. Gigi noted, "It went really well. We used Google Hangout to do a four city discussion while showing videos and text from our Peeragogy project. Our cohort on the ground (on-site in Helsinki) worked with our workshop participants, who had contributing new ideas to the research project based on their experiences across several countries."
To view videos of how hundreds of change-makers and experts from private, public and community sectors and helped build an international open knowledge ecosystem in Helsinki:News Archive
This month’s Fielding Graduate University's Rocky Mountain Virtual Retreat is all about communicating academically
Fielding faculty, alumni, and students who coach writers will present 18 seminars that will help you communicate your scholarly ideas effectively through academic papers, presentations, and other digital platforms. Attend as many of the two-hour sessions as you would like on WebEx via your computer using a headset (free) or phone (toll call). Discussion forums for each session are set up on FELIX. Presenters will post handouts there prior to the event. All workshops will be recorded and posted on FELIX following the event. View full schedule here.
How to sign up…
If you are already logged into FELIX, this link will take you to the Rocky Mountain Virtual Learning and Writing Retreat September 29 and 30, 2012 folder. If that doesn’t work, go to the FELIX Summit, click on School of ELC and then EdD Home. Once there, look for the link to EdD Community. Click on it and you will find the folder called Rocky Mountain Virtual Learning and Writing Retreat September 29 and 30, 2012. There you will find folders for each time slot and within those are folders for the individual sessions. Choose a seminar and look for the “Sign Up to Attend” discussion thread. Click “Reply” and add yourself to the list of attendees.
How to attend…
A few minutes before your seminar begins, go to http://fielding.webex.com/ and select the seminar you signed up to attend. Note: if this is your first time using WebEx, allow at least five minutes to download the software. The set up is automatic on your computer.
What do I need?
WebEx allows meeting participants to connect to the presentation audio for free using a computer headset.* The other option for audio is to call in via telephone. Note: the second option is not free and, unless you have unlimited long distance, you will see a toll charge for the call on your phone bill. *Headsets are small, but good investment for Fielding students to use with both WebEx and Skype. Prices vary. Search Amazon.com for “computer headsets and microphones” to find one that works with your computer.
Why isn’t there a toll-free number to call?
In order to record both the audio and visual portions of each presentation, we have to use the audio services WebEx provides.* These services enable participants to ask questions and engage in dialogue that will be valuable at the time of the presentation and later when the recordings are archived in FELIX.
For more information about the event contact Dr. Jenny Edwards, Rocky Mountain Cluster faculty leader Rocky Mountain Cluster student co-leads, Nova Martinez (ELC) and Kerry Mitchell (HOD) for more information.News Archive
Providing a fundamental understanding of The World Café theory and method, the course titled Hosting World Cafés: The Fundamentals applies the World Café design principles to bring forth the creative power of conversation and engage questions that matter. Participants will develop the capacity to use the World Café in their own lives and work, and gain a basic understanding of World Café hosting practices.
Offered in a three-day face-to-face format, and online in a seven-week distance-learning format with weekly webinars - in collaboration with the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University. Some degree of familiarity with The World Café is recommended. Understand and apply the seven design principles and fundamental assumptions of the World Café:
- Learn to generate powerful questions that matter
- Develop the skills and capacity to design, convene and host a World Café conversation
- Understand and experience the processes, principles and "ways of being" that can call forth collective intelligence
- Become familiar with the intellectual foundations of the World Café
- Explore how the World Café can be applied in creative ways across different sectors, cultures, demographics and contexts
This academically rigorous, highly interactive online course is designed for serious students who would like a solid understanding of the World Café method and philosophy and want to work with senior practitioners in a peer-to-peer environment to learn how to host powerful and effective World Cafes.
The course is being hosted by Fielding Adjunct Faculty member Bo Gyllenpalm and Amy Lenzo, Managing Director of the World Cafe Community Foundation's Signature Learning Programs. Both individuals are well known for their pioneering work in bringing the World Cafe process and principles into online learning and engagement.
Participants completing this course will be awarded 6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by Fielding Graduate University, and will be eligible to apply to the International Coach Federation (ICF) for 19 Continuing Coaching Education Units (CCEUs).
September 30 - November 17, 2012
Required Synchronous Sessions: September 30 and November 11
Optional Weekly Synchronous Clinics, dates to be determined
To download course curriculum, click here: Course Curriculum
For more information about World Café programs, click here: World Cafe Signature Learning Programs
To register, please click here: World Cafe Signature Learning Registration Page
Rena Palloff, PhD, ELC faculty member, has been selected to receive the 2012 Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. The award will be presented this August at the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education was instituted by Professor and Mrs. Wedemeyer to recognize outstanding contributions in the application of important skills, concepts, techniques, meanings and understandings of distance education in North America. The Wedemeyer family has graciously continued supporting this award in tribute to their parents.
Professor Wedemeyer (1911-1999) championed diversity in learning options and supported learner access and choice throughout his work as an a author, researcher, instructor, and administrator. In the mid-twentieth century he outlined a vision for the use of telecommunications and media as instructional tools that would free teaching and learning from the confinements of the classroom and clock. That vision had global influence and laid the foundation for much of today's distance education theory and practice.
Mike Neal, a doctoral student in Fielding Graduate University's media psychology program, has been hired by Aegis Analytical Corp. as its Chief Technology Officer. The company's announcement can be read at