What does it mean to be an ‘expert’ in the web era?

 I’m participating in an event today at TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities). This blog post is for my notes. The day consists of brief presentations and expert panel discussions.

 Update: the ‘canonical’ document for today’s proceedings is here

Doug Belshaw
Dr. Doug Belshaw

Web Literacy Lead

Mozilla Foundation

Twitter: @dajbelshaw

Web: dougbelshaw.com

 Brief presentation

What we do and why?

Practice based presentations of formal and informal continuous learning experiences; new forms of academic visibility; new means of knowledge recognition/certification; and open access and open educational practices.





Web Literacy Map v1.1 - competency layer

 Web Literacy Map

Open Badges anatomy

 Open Badges

 Experts panel discussions

What does it mean to be an 'Expert’ in the web era and what is the value of the form of learning/accreditation you provide or promote?

The panel discussion will review and critique emerging learning opportunities and flexible knowledge recognition initiatives, exploring how the Web influences our understanding of what it means to be an 'expert’ and the manner in which universities and disciplines should respond to the new currency of the Web. The goal is to develop themes and opportunities for future research.



Finally, while writing this post I came across Brian Lamb’s amazing keynote write-up. It’s worth spending an hour or so with that post and the things Brian links to. :-)


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