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Negotiating meaning using Found OER Footage

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OER Arts practice 1

For this video I'm exploring possible ways of using Open Educational Resources (OERs) content to create new work and new meanings.

The video is made up of four found pieces of footage from the website.


Video 1 - Crashing of cycling helmet

Description: Video of cycling helmet testing

Video 2 - Golf ball bounce

Description: Video of golf ball impact showing ball compression (using a high speed camera from EPSRC)

Video 3 - Glass transition: plastic deformation in a ball of putty under its own weight

Description: Silly putty exhibits a glass transition. A ball of putty is left at rest at room temperature. It slowly deforms plastically under its own weight. From TLP: The Glass Transition in Polymers,

Video 4 - Phase transition in superconductors

Description: The superconducting material heats up through its transition temperature. The field from the magnetic track begins

to penetrate and the material ceases to levitate. From TLP: Superconductivity,


“Reification shapes our experience. It can do so in very concrete ways. Having a tool to perform an activity changes the nature of that activity.” (Wenger 1998: 59)


I'm interested in the notion of ‘the four Rs of OER and teaching and learning practice’ David Wiley (2008):

Reuse: the right to reuse the content in its unaltered/verbatim form (e.g., reduce repetition)

Revise: the rights to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself

Remix: the right to combine the original or revised content with other content to create something new

Redistribute: the right to share copies of the original content, the revisions, or the remixes with others


Where is meaning located and how is it constructed?

(Wenger 1998) argues ‘practice is about meaning as an experience of everyday life’ through the process of living a constant ‘negotiation of meaning’ is performed and through practice we experience life. We practice to create meaning by:


“Taking what we know through everyday ‘doing’ extend, redirect, dismiss, reinterpret, modify or confirm – in a word negotiate a new – the histories of meanings of which they are part. In this sense, living is a constant process of negotiation of meaning.”

(Wenger 1998: 52-3)

Wenger describes ‘participation’ and ‘reification’ as a duality of two constituent processes of the ‘negotiation of meaning’ fundamental to the human experience of meaning and thus to the nature of practice.

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Brilliant example of animating a process!

By Materials e-Learning Technologies, Sapa AB, released under CC BY-SA 3.0 license via CORE-Materials Description: An animation illustrating a complete cycle of aluminium extrusion production, including: die heating and transfer, billet heating, sawing, transfer to press, extrusion, cooling, sawing, stretching, stacking and ageing.