A very short survey asking for meanings of "open" for "Why Open?" course

Hi everyone:

I am one of the organizers/facilitators for the new “Why Open?” course at the School of Open, which will start August 5. I’m writing to ask if you could fill out a very short survey (about 5 minutes) to help contribute some content to this course.

And/or, if you could forward this message to anyone you know whom you think would be willing to fill out the survey, we’d really appreciate it!

About the course and what we’re asking you to do

“Why Open?” is a 3-week long, facilitated course (meaning that participants and facilitators all go through it at the same time, rather than asynchronously) that is designed to help participants learn more about openness, recognize the benefits and challenges that can arise from opening up content or practices, and engage in some open practices themselves. It will run August 5-23, though participants will also complete a final project due around the end of August. You can see a draft of the course here: https://p2pu.org/en/courses/588/why-open/

In the first section of the course we ask participants to come with their own, preliminary understandings of what openness means. Then we will show them definitions by third parties and discuss the various meanings. We want to gather views from people with different expertise and backgrounds. One thing we will discuss is whether there are patterns in views of openness depending on profession or activity (e.g., do those in the sciences understand it differently than those in the technology fields, than those in arts or humanities, than those in business, etc.).

You can see the section in the draft course where these definitions will go, here: https://p2pu.org/en/courses/588/content/1143/


We have created a short survey (basically 2 questions, plus demographic info and request for links), and would love it if you could take a moment to fill it out. It should take you about five minutes.

The survey can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rxV_sdlyejuQT2_iJ-b6A5MZT91o3_oYi2QM8FIoV5M/viewform

We would like your response by midnight on Sunday August 4 (N. America time) at the latest.

Thank you for considering this request, and we do hope you will take the time to contribute to this course!


Pete Forsyth, Christina Hendricks, Jeannette Lee, Simeon Oriko, Jane Park (organizers for Why Open? course)