So it is not sweet at all, and I think we should be reshaping perceptions and ceasing to appear spineless and harmless.
The open agenda is not sweet
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I have been thinking about how the open education agenda is perceived, and indeed, how that agenda is communicated. It is often portrayed as charming and sweet, butterflies and apple trees. Smiling children and cute grannies.
Soft and fluffy and cuddly. And by implication, harmless and non-threatening.
But that is not true of course. It is a powerful agenda, which in its broadest sweep challenges the dominant neoliberal shaping of higher education itself. It suggests alternatives to the dominant marketisation social imaginary in the form of a commons-based imaginary. It has the potential to profoundly disrupt the foundations of what is considered normal in university teaching and learning.