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Open Organ Resources? Lessons from Sharing

You should read this post by Cable Green before proceeding below. In 2001, MIT President Charles Vest’s annual report was titled Disturbing the Educational Universe: Universities in the Digital Age — Dinosaurs or Prometheans?. It is an absolutely seminal piece of writing in open education that is, sadly, underappreciated today. To most people, Prometheus is […]

Attribution Confusion

Open Up Resources posted a short article yesterday expressing their frustration that people are violating the terms of the CC BY license under which they make their work available. From the post: Our grant of the CC-BY License is conditioned upon the simple requirement that every copy shared with the public by a licensee includes […]

Art, Science, and the Role of Data in Education

I was a music major as an undergraduate. BFA, Music (vocal performance), Marshall University, 1997. One of my great loves is teaching music theory. I taught a little even as an undergrad, substituting when professors were away or guest teaching about indigenous Japanese music when we studied ethnomusicology. (When the time came to apply to […]

There’s Only One Person Whose Opinion About NC Really Matters

Over the last 24 hours there’s been a short Twitter thread about whether or not materials released under a CC license with the NC condition can be used in a college classroom safely. Hey #OER gurus, rec’d a question about #CreativeCommons BY-NC license & trepidation re using NC stuff specifically in publicly-funded colleges & universities. […]

Football, Commons, and the Long-term Sustainability of OER

This post is rather long. For the tl;dr, read the final two paragraphs. Football as played in America is not the same sport as the football they play in the rest of the world. Actually, that is an oversimplification, as a wide range of very different games are called “football” around the world. (See Wikipedia […]

Maha, the Path to OER-Enabled Pedagogy, and Technological Determinism

Maha has written a brief but powerful post about how people’s contributions can go unacknowledged. Even though it paints me in a fairly poor light, I recommend that you read it. Among other things, the post discusses her role in my decision to abandon the phrase “open pedagogy” and adopt the phrase “OER-enabled pedagogy.” And […]

Is open a means to an end, or is open its own end?

Is open a means to an end, or is open its own end? This is a question worth thinking long and hard about. I’ve done some writing as I’ve been thinking about it, so I figured I may as well post it. Think about the phrase “open education.” This phrase denotes something very different when […]

Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

Recently I’ve been doing both more thinking and more roll-up-your-sleeves working on continuous improvement of OER. Below I’m cross-posting two short pieces on this topic I recently published on Lumen’s site (here and here). Improvement in post secondary education will require converting teaching from a solo sport to a community-based research activity. (Herbert A. Simon, […]

The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle

You may have heard me say some of this before. By definition, open educational resources (OER) are licensed in a manner that gives you permission to change, update, and improve them. However, that permission gives you no insight into what needs to be improved. Learning analytics, on the other hand, can provide great insight into … Continue reading The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle

Showing #OpenGratitude for: Open Textbook Network

This is another post in my series of posts showing gratitude and appreciation for members of the open education community. Today I’m going to focus on the Open Textbook Network. From their website: The Open Textbook Network (OTN) helps higher education institutions and systems advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses. We maintain … Continue reading Showing #OpenGratitude for: Open Textbook Network