Who is it for?
The event is aimed at anyone interested in teaching-learning practices that involve using the Open Web, whether already doing it or simply wishing to do so. In particular, it will be relevant to Academics, Learning Technologists, Academic Developers, Instructional Designers and professionals working in HE, FE or community / adult education.
What do we mean by ‘the Open Web’?
We are not prescriptive in terms of what the Open Web is and, indeed, we acknowledge it is a loosely defined term that can be interpreted in different ways. However, we are keen on contributions focusing on digital practices that involve the use of online technologies that are aligned with the founding principles of the World Wide Web (WWW), imagined by its creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee as “an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries.”
Creating a web domain – through some open source web publishing applications or simply using plain HTML – is a quintessential example of the Open Web. However, many other tools and platforms can be described as instances of the Open Web (the OWLTEH catalogue gathers some examples).
OWLTEH is an initiative that aims to gather resources and examples of inspiring practice related to the Open Web and its use for educational purposes. It is the result of the generosity of educators and learners who want to share their knowledge and experience of the Open Web, enabling others to understand and take advantage of its potential for learning and teaching.
While the concept of an Open Web is often associated with open source, open standards or open licences, we welcome different interpretations of the concept and understand it as a continuum that can encompass different levels of openness.