Open Educational Resources

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By Nishant Shah November 22, 2013 - 9:00am Comments
I have spent the last month being unpopular. I have been in conversation with many ‘Open Everything’ activists and practitioners. At each instance, we got stuck because I insisted that we begin by defining what ‘Open’ means in the easy abuse that it is subject to. It has been a difficult, if slightly tedious exercise, because not only was there a lack of consensus around what constitutes openness, but also a collective confusion about what we mean when we attribute openness to an object, a process or to people.
How Can We Make Open Education Truly Open? Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold August 30, 2012 - 10:25am Comments
Nearly two years before Peter Norvig and Sebastian Thrun shook up educational institutions with their massive open online course on artificial intelligence, using videos, blogs, wikis, and online tests, photography educators Jonathan Worth, Matt Johnston, and Jonathan Shaw at Coventry University organized online classes for thousands of students in hundreds of cities, using blogs,
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By Liz Losh August 9, 2012 - 12:45pm Comments
Professor Anne Balsamo has been collaborating with Professor Alexandra Juhasz and a group of more than one hundred feminist scholars to pilot a new kind of online course devoted to feminist dialogues on technology.
Learning from Failure: Feminist Dialogues on Technology, Part II Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold July 26, 2012 - 11:20am Comments
One powerful benefit of networked learning is that when you find something interesting, it often leads to someone interesting – and that someone often leads to entire networks of interesting people. Or, as Dr. Alec Couros puts it, “the tools come and go, but the relationships endure.” I found Professor Couros the way many people did, by coming across the intriguing diagram of "The Networked Teacher” that many educators now use in their slide presentations.
Professor Alec Couros: "The Connected Teacher" Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw July 23, 2012 - 10:00am Comments
I’ve recently started in a new role for the Mozilla Foundation. At least half of my job there is to come up with a framework, a White Paper, around the concept of ‘web literacies’. It’s got me thinking about both parts of that term -- both the ‘web’ and the ‘literacies’. In this post I want to consider the first of these: what we mean by the ‘web’?
Web Literacies: What is the 'Web' Anyway? Blog Image
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By Doug Belshaw June 19, 2012 - 9:40am Comments
I’ve come to realize over the last couple of years just how important the Open Web is for online innovation. It’s a standards-based platform that allows anyone to use relatively low-cost technologies to connect things and people together in new ways. It’s radical in its egalitarian, open, and democratic approach. But it’s under threat.
On the Importance of Webmaking Blog Image
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By Liz Losh February 28, 2012 - 7:30am Comments
Like many in the digital media and learning community, I am a fan of the free and open source computer programming language, Processing, which can be easily downloaded at  Processing is an incredibly accessible computer language for beginners, but it is also a stepping stone to widely used professional programming languages like Java and C++ that may contribute to success in corporate and academic arenas for those who are code literate.
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By Howard Rheingold February 7, 2012 - 7:05am Comments
I knew Bryan Alexander was intense when I first spotted him in the audience at a talk I gave in the late 1990s. Just look at him. Old Testament prophet? Civil War general? Straight out of Middle Earth or Hogwarts? It's not just the beard and the eyes. When you watch my video interview with Bryan (below), you can't help but notice he is always in motion. I've actually seen him pound the podium.
Bryan Alexander: Emerging Learning Technologies
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By Cathy Davidson January 25, 2012 - 9:35am Comments
When Frederick J. Kelly invented the Kansas Silent Reading Test, now known as the “multiple-choice test” or the “bubble test,” he was looking for an efficient way to pass students through the U.S.
Why We Need a 4th R:  Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic, algoRithms  Blog Image
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By Ben Williamson January 12, 2012 - 9:22am Comments
The idea of an “open source curriculum” has until now seemed entirely at odds with the political standardization and prescription of the curriculum. Are there any signs that curriculum will catch up with the decentered open source potential of digital media, and what are the political implications?
Remixing the Wikirriculum
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By Barry Joseph December 29, 2011 - 9:45am Comments
Professor of urban planning, Amy Hillier, recently spoke at TEDxPhilly to talk about how data visualization technology can map a city’s emotions and memories.
Recommended Resources: Mobile Learning, Multitasking, Civic
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By Doug Belshaw August 29, 2011 - 7:35am Comments
Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google, hit the headlines recently with an attack on the ICT (Information and Communications Technology) curriculum in UK schools. It “focuses on teaching how to use software,” he said to the audience gathered for the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, “but gives no insight into how it's made.” According to Schmidt that equates to “just throwing away your great computing heritage.”
What Google, Open Source, Digital Literacies have in Common
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By Jeff Brazil May 23, 2011 - 7:55am Comments
Meet Philipp Schmidt, co-founder and executive director of Peer to Peer University, an emerging, Web-based global learning community. At P2PU, study groups form and gather online to learn a particular topic. They do group work together and provide constructive feedback for one another. All courses are free and open. Schmidt started P2PU after he and a few friends wanted to learn more about psychology together.
P2PU: Learning for Everyone, by Everyone, about almost Anything Blog Image
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By Barry Joseph April 12, 2011 - 8:40am Comments
Topping the new recommended resources list from Global Kids is "Gaming to Re-engage Boys in Learning," a provocative video looking at the discrepancies in performance and achievement between boys and girls aged 3 to 13 and discussion of why school culture itself may be alienating to male students.
We are meant to pulse
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By Lyndsay Grant March 18, 2011 - 8:25am Comments
Times of crisis are times of change and provide an opportunity to imagine alternative educational futures. Following the UK’s winter of protests about cuts to education budgets and rising tuition fees, students and staff are raising questions about what kind of education they are fighting for.
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By Howard Rheingold January 6, 2011 - 8:20am Comments
What if the same energy, ideals, organizational effectiveness, global army of volunteers and code wizardry that created the Firefox web browser could be applied to learning and education? Don't forget that the Mozilla Foundation is all about maintaining the openness and generativity of the Web. Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, told me recently "we need to do more than make a browser" for Mozilla to advance its larger goals. I asked him why Mozilla decided to turn its attention and formidable energies to education and learning. "We looked at each other," Surman said, "and asked ourselves who kinda looks like the people who made Firefox?" Which is what brought Mozilla's attention to the kinds of efforts represented here on DMLcentral. Open educational resources, intelligent use of media creation, gaming, social media in encouraging collaborative, peer-to-peer learning -- all fit closely with both open Web goals and open source production methods. Drumbeat was the name of the get-together organized by Mozilla in Barcelona last November, and it's the name of the online smartmob that's putting open-source principles and methods together with new kinds of learning media and methods.
Mozilla Drumbeat: Open Web Meets Open Learning Blog Image
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By Liz Losh June 21, 2010 - 9:15am Comments
A few weeks ago, just before the 2010 THATCAMP, a well-known technology and humanities “unconference,” got underway at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, the center’s director, Dan Cohen, and his colleague and co-director, Tom Scheinfeldt, made a radical proposal.  In a blog posting called “One Week, One Book: Hacking the Academy," Cohen proposed that conference participants and others following the discussion on Twitter and in the academic blogosphere should assemble a book about digital media and higher education.  The mandate was to do the project quickly – in only one week by “crowd sourcing” content – and to create a publishable work that could be mass produced by an established academic publisher while also remaining on the Web in open access form.
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