I read a guru post on Web2.0 Culture, where the author argued that teachers should give away their resources and content. I have to disagree, in fact I believe they should be doing exactly the opposite. I also note the vast majority of the commentators academic publications are behind academic journal pay walls.
Teachers should not give away anything. Firstly what is created by teachers for the job is generally owned by the employer, it’s in the contract. Next, no one is paying teachers to work after school, yet schools assume they will (marking, sport, planning, meetings) etc., a moral imperative of the job that is a culture.
Secondly, what is created has many values, it is a part of a threaded conversation, it is not a giant swap meet, a platform for people to make demands on others to pursue their agenda etc., as there is no web2.0 culture any more than there would be OHP culture. It’s dangerous to assume what is online and open now is ‘the best’ or even useful and gives people the false impression that we are somehow looking at the elite vanguard online, and not some fumbling primitives.
I hear what they authors saying and I think it’s another part of the dangerous moral nexus of the fictional personal learning network – which one might argue is a convenient monoculture for those in which those with the greatest opportunity to benefit from those with the least. I reject the idea ‘we’ must have a culture co-operation and sharing as it’s frankly hubris and bollocks.
Some people are making a very nice life, and building their own reputation out of this argument, as they sit on Twitter looking for new ideas and co-opting them to their agenda. That isn’t open culture, it’s predatory.
We then get to hear yet another repeat of what ‘everyone’ has said in some conference presentation with a topping of ‘my research’. Again, bollocks, this is everyone elses work co-opted into an agenda and is frankly dishonest. I don’t want to buy the book, I don’t want to pay to hear you tell me what a hundred people have told me before. If you predominantly try to sell me things – books, conference tickets, papers or ignore responses on Twitter by ‘ordinary’ people – you are a derp with a badge. Nothing more or less – no matter what suffix you add to your name.
I share with anyone who needs it. Just ask. I don’t need to feed the ego of ‘experts’ who tell me I have to do or think. That’s not ‘web2.0 culture’ – that’s yesterday’s academic culture – and to be brutal, decent academics don’t carry on like that these days, so I find it amusing when a self-proclaimed expert in this stuff does.