MoodleNet/MozFest18-workshop

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At the Mozilla Festival 2018 (often shortened to 'MozFest') Doug Belshaw and Mayel de Borniol ran a workshop on MoodleNet and decentralised technologies. It was attended by everyone from educators to representatives from the W3C!

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We split the session into three sections, running the entire session without the use of technology:

  1. Decentralisation - what is it? how much do we know about it? (small groups based on existing knowledge)
  2. MoodleNet - what are we building? why? how will it work?
  3. Metaphors, stories, and analogies - how can we explain decentralisation to others?

We captured the responses to the third section using post-its. Here's how our participants said they'd describe decentralisation to others:

  • "FREEDOM to do weird stuff"
  • "Decentralisation is like offline communities" (my school / sports team / grocery store)
  • "Be in control of your own data"
  • "Decentralization = being able to locally CONTROL local RESOURCES"
  • "Problems with ACADEMIC JOURNALS behind PAYWALLS. I think lots of educators can relate to this problem and (importantly) decentralisation appears to be a good solution."
  • "A non-Google shared google-like drive for teachers to share resources"
  • "Enabling the future of decentralized volunteers. Crowdsourcing to meet requests to need to share designs + patient data."
  • "Imagine if email all went through one company"
  • "Can't be shut down (resilient)"
  • "Bringing the original intent of the internet to your data"
  • "In nature there is no boss and it's evolved, is sustainable and resilient"
  • "The deep state is not a conspiracy of people it's a conspiracy of shared ideas (there is no council of conspirators)"
  • "An interoperable shared source of truth to circumvent single source of failure + facilitate collaboration"
  • "Distributed power, be it online, in person, or how we live"
  • "Put your OER to the fediverse and gain more attraction"
  • "You can have nice things without being the product"