Towards Openness

In 2016, Nishant Shah, Kate Green, Markus Deimann and I started to formulate what interested us in connected and open learning and teaching. At some point, it became clear that we would be able to refine our ideas more clearly if we did this out in the open and so we formed a network around the theme of Towards Openness. The first thing we did was to find out what we are all interested in doing (see below) and we started to put this into practice by facilitating conference workshops with the theme of Towards Openness in mind. In preparation for a workshop at #OER17, Kate and I drafted a first web presence for Towards Openness which you can find here:

Towards Openness is a research driven knowledge base that seeks to provoke conversations and to advise decision makers towards building social and technological infrastructure for connected learning.

In pursuit of Towards Openness’ vision, there are three activity strands that:

  • curate research practices and learnings invested in building connected open learning infrastructure at global, regional, national, and local level to make it accessible and relevant to connected learning actors. (knowledge production and accessibility)
  • initiate need-based interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, original research conversations to build new priorities and agenda for connected learning through distributed and collaborative research. (agenda setting)
  • translate and mediate different research learnings for decision makers and those who work at advising and influencing them in open and transparent consultations and workshops. (educational material)

The Towards Openness ethos is derived from the perspectives of: 

Towards Openness is an open community of educators, researchers and activists who identify with its envisioned principles. If you are interested in collaborating with us towards these principles, send us a cyber-salute on Twitter with the #TowardsOpenness hashtag or visit our website at