Why Open Data is key to teach democracy and citizenship

After having just completed a short communication for the journal “Tecnologie Didattiche” on OER for teaching social cohesion, in particular which in the refugee emergency, I embrace these words completely. We, as educators, need, now more than ever, to reflect how our practice can make this whole situation take a turn for the better…

Thoughts on Open Education

It has taken mi few days to reflect about what has happened in the country I called home for the last few days, it has been sad, confusing and overwhelming.

Not long ago, with my colleague Leo Havemann (@leohavemann) started doing some research about the value of Open Data as Open Educational Resources, and with a little help from our friends, we published a book and a paper, but until this point this was just an idea in our heads, Open Data is key to teach citizenship skills and to understand democracy, and we did lots of research about it, and we saw its value at theoretical level, but when I woke up on Friday, in despair, I noticed that as Open Data and Open Education community we haven’t done enough to educate others, because the voters in the UK have been misleading with false claims and manipulated…

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