Openness is present when you’re given permission to take action; you’re never forced to stop at any point; and the rules are clear. Hive Interoperability & Portability Coalition III: Understanding the Open Internet will create a Community of Practice for network members and affiliates around Openness as it pertains to both the Internet and learning programs.
This will continue the work of the first two phases of HIPC. HIPC I sought to support distributed discovery & recommendation of learning opportunities, which led to the proposal for HIPC II, which sought to simplify how organizations publicize learning events and how learners find events. This project used open source software and open standards to develop a technical infrastructure for Hive Chicago and to extend interoperability across platforms.
An ecosystem of learning events must now be built on top of it by learning program providers working in communities across Chicago. Feedback on HIPC II’s share-out of the built infrastructure was positive, but many Hive partners expressed a lack of understanding of the technical aspects of the project. Moreover, we have noticed that as the goals of Hive Chicago have evolved to more closely align with those of steward Mozilla Foundation, members are enthusiastic but still express uncertainty about how the ideas of an Open Internet relate to their programs. HIPC III will build upon the technical goals by engaging educators in fun learning sessions that help Hive members understand the issues around the Open Internet and how they impact their programs and students.
HIPC III will (1) improve the Hive Chicago community’s understanding of the open web and thereby (2) will set learning providers up for successful implementation of open sharing of learning opportunities on the HIPC II infrastructure.
Six workshops will take place over the course of the grant, open to all members of the Hive and other learning program providers in Chicago. These workshops, structured to enable a community of practice around Openness, will be free to attend and will feature game-based professional development. All six sessions will be assigned dates early on in the planning phases of the grant, though content of sessions will be influence by participant input.
These sessions will explore concepts like Openness, Transparency, Agency, and Portability, as well as others sourced from the community. They will endeavor to get program providers up to speed on concepts intrinsic to Hive Chicago in ways and contexts that are accessible to them. The workshops will emphasize fun, game-based activities that straddle digital and analog frameworks for understanding.