Recently I've been following a discussion about the future of OER (Open Educational Resources). Most of the discussion has been via blog posts between David Wiley (@opencontent) and Rajiv Jhangiani (@thatpsychprof). Others have contributed via Twitter. It's a friendly exchange with the key blog posts having been David's Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later Evolution vs … Continue reading The OER Content Trap
Please join me today at the first WPCampus Online conference. It's free. If you're involved with higher education you'll find it helpful - regardless of whether you're experienced or new to WordPress. I'll be talking about examples of using WordPress to engage students and create an open education. Here's the full description: All times … Continue reading WPCampus Online – Ten Plus Ways to Teach With WordPress, a.k.a Open Education
I'm writing this post because I can't fit my thoughts into 500 characters. This is a very loose set of (probably) ill-connected thoughts triggered by discussions on Mastodon.social. If you don't know what Mastodon, it's a kind of open source, decentralized/federated alternative to Twitter. Sort of. Of course some have said it's an alternative to … Continue reading The Mastodon In the Room
How do you know that? Why do you think that? How does that make any sense? I was a highly opinionated child with a lot of crazy ideas. But my Dad was patient. He never told me "that's crazy" or "that's wrong". Instead he usually greeted my pronouncements with some variation of those three … Continue reading Who’s Zoomin’ Who?
I've been hearing much lately about stories, narratives, analytics, data, and "big data". I have no need to call out exactly who or which pieces of writing. You know who you are. My aim here is not to criticize, oppose, or take sides. It's to take a brief critical look at what's being discussed. Much … Continue reading Critical Analytics: It’s Stories All the Way Down
The deadline is looming in a few days for next April's OER17 conference in London. I'm not even sure yet if I can make to the conference yet but the events of the past week seem to me compelling to us. I'm thinking of proposing a panel discussion to discuss Open Education in a time of … Continue reading Brexit, Trumpworld, and the Future of Open Ed: A Topic for OER17?
The past 4 weeks have been unsettling. As above, so below. At my school where I've spent 8 years heavily engaged in governance, planning, and accreditation work I've come under a severe personal and "political" attack that has put the open learning project I've led at risk. I didn't see that coming. Yet, three weeks ago I … Continue reading Doing the Write Thing
OpenEd16 isn't your normal higher ed conference. This year it had all the normal features of a higher ed conference: keynotes, the stimulating concurrent presentations, food, and evening socializing by academics that felt just a little more freedom by being out of town. But it also had a something new. A jam session. https://twitter.com/JenM/status/794374031336161280 Yes, … Continue reading Open is Alive
This is my presentation for Open Ed 2016 in Richmond, VA. It's kind of a progress report on the LCC Open Learning Lab project. It's very much a work-in-progress (the Lab project, not the presentation). Assuming the universe cooperates, I'll follow-up on this posting of the slides with a few long-form posts explaining … Continue reading Running Errands for Open Learning Ideas
Note: This is the second of two three posts that summarize the presentation Sue-Anne Sweeney of Madonna University and I made at the Higher Learning Commission 2016 annual conference in Chicago in April 2016. The first post in this series is The Leadership Traps That Stop Transformative Change in Higher Ed. The slides for the whole presentation are … Continue reading Out of the Traps: The Paradoxes of Successful Change