Posts Tagged 'open-education'

Cape Town Declaration Spoof Both Funny and Depressing

There’s a hilarious spoof of the Cape Town Declaration on Open Education on the iCommons listserv. Gave me a good laugh, and definitely worth a read.

I say hilarious, because the spoof really is funny. However, the spoof is also deeply disappointing because its subtext is a completely irrational, anti-sustainability mindset that is the single biggest threat to the success of the open education movement. Continue reading ‘Cape Town Declaration Spoof Both Funny and Depressing’

Cape Town Declaration on Open Education

Open Education - Cape Town DeclarationToday is the launch of the Cape Town Declaration on Open Education! There’s already been lots of commentary; I’ve blogged some of it before. (e.g., Stephen is among the critics.) I expect there will be lots more commentary now that the Declaration has actually launched. I’ll be doing my best to blog it all over the next several months.

If you haven’t signed the declaration yet please do so! You can encourage others with this banner:
<a href="http://www.capetowndeclaration.org/" title="Open Education - Cape Town Declaration"><img src="http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i291/opencontent/support-capetown.png" alt="Open Education - Cape Town Declaration" align="right" border="0" />

Cape Town Declaration on Open Education ButtonIf the banner is too big for your taste you can also use this little button. <a href="http://www.capetowndeclaration.org/" title="Cape Town Declaration on Open Education Button"><img src="http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i291/opencontent/cape-town-button.png" alt="Cape Town Declaration on Open Education Button" align="right" border="0" /></a>

OpenEd Week “X”

Alessandro blogged tonight about the same frustration many of us (myself included) are feeling with regard to the Intro to Open Ed course. Alessandro’s frustrated that I haven’t been providing as much feedback as might be desired. I have to agree. With about 60 students following the course, I could easily spend all day every day responding to what you are all writing and still not keep up. There is really amazing thinking and writing happening “out there,” and I love reading it and engaging with it. As you may guess, though, I’m making sure to give feedback and additional prompts to the students who are registered for credit first, and then reading as much of the rest of your work when I can, and commenting when possible.
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Misunderstanding Stephen

I love Stephen Downes.

Even though I can’t understand what he’s been saying to me for the last year, he still pushes me around mentally and makes me think and write. You simply have to love someone who does that for you. Commenting on Jennifer’s blog, Stephen asks: Continue reading ‘Misunderstanding Stephen’

Declaration on Open Education Meeting Day 1, Morning Session

I’m at an incredible meeting co-sponsored by Shuttleworth, Hewlett, and OSI looking at possibly producing a declaration on open education. For the first session in the morning, participants listed all the open education projects we are working on. You can see the cards we posted on the windows, or the list of projects as we transcribed it into the wiki. We then broke into small groups and analyzed the data from the cards. My group decided to treat each card as if it were a webpage we were tagging in delicious. You can see the resulting collection of tags as a tag cloud, a pie chart, and a bar chart. These data visualizations are an interesting commentary on where the open education movement is spending its efforts. We then gathered back together and reported the work of our small groups.

More on “Intro to Open Ed” Course

Next Monday is the beginning of the Introduction to Open Education course! Hurray! We already have over 20 participants from major US instructional technology programs (Georgia, Indiana, George Mason, South Florida) and folks from six countries outside the US signed up to participate. I suppose the USU participants (my school) are all waiting for next week to sign up… =)

I’ve had someone (who isn’t a university student, and therefore doesn’t need or want credits) ask about receiving a certificate from the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning for successful completion of the experience. So here is what I’m going to do (sorry about the detail, but if you ever want to do this at your university the detail may come in handy):

1. If we call this a “non-credit workshop with a credit option,” then everything works well policy-wise / procedure-wise here at USU. And since the majority of the folks who are participating are not doing it for credit, this makes sense.

2. It turns out that the Center can charge as much or as little as it likes for “non-credit workshops” where credit is not being awarded.

3. Therefore, if you don’t need university credits but would like a certificate at the end of the experience saying that you “successfully completed” the workshop, I will invite you to make a $50 donation to the Center. If you do the specified work and successfully complete the course, you’ll then get an official certificate from the Center signed by me saying that you successfully completed the Introduction to Open Education workshop.

4. HOWEVER, if you would like the certificate but can’t afford the $50 donation, just email me to let me know you want to earn the certificate, and I’ll be happy to send you one at the end of the class for free (assuming you do all the work).

I’m really looking forward to the class! See you all next week!

Intro to Open Ed Class – Feedback and Enrolling

I have posted the first draft of the syllabus for my fall course, called Introduction to Open Education. I would absolutely love your feedback on important literature I’ve missed (especially your own papers!), topics that you think deserve their own dedicated week’s worth of time, etc. Feel free to either edit the syllabus directly or to use the discussion tab at the top of the page.

I’m also very happy to say that this class will be completely online, run completely in the open, and is welcome to all comers. If you would like to take the course for credit, just sign up for an independent study at your university and find a supervising faculty member to whom I can send a grade at the end of term. Be sure to contact me directly to let me know you’re taking the course for credit and send contact info for your supervising faculty member. Then add your info to the syllabus as directed (Name :: School :: Email :: Blog) so the rest of us can find you.

If you don’t need credit but would still like to participate in the course, I’d also love to have you! Please just go ahead and add yourself to the syllabus.

I’m hoping this will be an extremely international (though sadly, primarily English) experience for all of us.