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By Liz Losh 07/05/2013 - 9:45am Comments
Mark your calendars for Aug. 1! We are looking for proposals that rethink open learning in new ways. The participation of elite research universities in initiatives offering Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has generated considerable...
'Reclaim Open Learning' Innovation Contest Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson 07/01/2013 - 1:10pm Comments
Digital media are increasingly shaping how we produce, transmit and receive knowledge, but do we often pause to think about the techniques which now mediate how we think and know about education and learning? In the field of digital media and...
Edu.txt: Mediating Education Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 06/28/2013 - 12:05pm Comments
What started earlier this month as a protest against the cost of public transportation has spread like wildfire across Brazil. One estimate said protests have taken place in 430 cities. The range of issues has grown too, including education...
Social Media, Citizen Media, Online Tools
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By Nishant Shah 06/24/2013 - 4:35pm Comments
Openness has become the buzzword for everything in India right now. From the new kids on the block riding the wave of Digital Humanities investing in infrastructure of open knowledge initiatives to the rhetoric of people-centered open...
Big Data, People's Lives, and the Importance of Openness Blog Image
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By Zeynep Tufekci 06/20/2013 - 11:00am Comments
Last Saturday, one day after I left Istanbul following an intense week of interviews with more than 100 Gezi Park protest participants, Turkish police forcefully cleared out the park, which had been occupied by protesters for the last three...
Be Quiet and Don’t Move So You Can Be Heard Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw 06/17/2013 - 9:15am Comments
I work for Mozilla. We were one of 86 civil liberties groups that signed an open letter demanding swift access from Congress in the light of recent revelations around NSA surveillance. The website StopWatching.Us has seen a...
Privacy, the NSA and Web Literacies Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 06/16/2013 - 8:40am Comments
It has been more than a decade since Marc Prensky popularized the term “digital natives” to describe young people’s inherent connection with digital technologies, and while students may be able to successfully navigate these technologies to...
Wanted: A New Generation of Problem Solvers Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 06/15/2013 - 8:20am Comments
In recent years, international development organizations have started incorporating digital media programming in an effort to merge storytelling and popular media into civic engagement and to bring young people together across national and...
Enacting Social Change in a Digital Age: An International Case Study Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero 06/14/2013 - 9:20am Comments
Like Turkey, Brazil is seeing a wave of anti-government protests it hasn’t seen in years. Thousands of residents in several cities, including Brazil’s two biggest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, are now organizing protests. Protests...
Social Media Fuels Anti-Government Unrest in Brazil Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold 06/10/2013 - 8:40am Comments
Does it continue to make sense to go to college when the sticker price of a college education is soaring, the amount of debt college students are taking on – even for the non-elite universities and what were formerly affordable public...
MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious Future of Higher Ed Blog Image
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By Julian Sefton-Green 06/06/2013 - 9:55am Comments
At this moment in time, on both sides of the Atlantic, digital making and the maker movement is enjoying its time in the sun. A combination of policy concerns, technological developments, learning theories, social opportunities and articulate...
Making and Education Reform: Learning to Ride the Wave Blog Image
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By Zeynep Tufekci 06/03/2013 - 11:46am Comments
Protesters from one of the world’s richest countries, one of the world’s oldest autocracies, and one of the world’s rising developing countries walk into ... a public space, use Twitter extensively, and capture global attention to their...
Networked Politics from Tahrir to Taksim
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By S. Craig Watkins 05/30/2013 - 10:00am Comments
When President Barack Obama decided to kick off his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours” in Austin it highlighted once again the city’s reputation as a growth sector in the nation’s creative and high tech economy. Over the last few years...
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By John Jones 05/28/2013 - 6:05am Comments
Over the past few months, there has been a growing backlash against MOOCs. If you aren't familiar with the term, massive open online courses — college courses that (for now) are free and will enroll anyone, generally without any restrictions on...
Are MOOCs An Extension of Academic Publishing into Teaching? Blog Image
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By Whitney Burke 05/24/2013 - 2:35pm Comments
Which comes first, coordination or collaboration? It’s a classic chicken or egg debate that surfaces among network organizers and one that Peter Wardrip, a Ph.D. student in the Learning Sciences and Policy program at the University of...