15 novembre 2019

Open Education License Draft

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Education License Draft
Educational content is commercial content. That is the upshot, in my view, of David Wiley's launch of what he calls the 'Open Education License' draft. The license is, in essence, a Creative Commons license with no restrictions - it explicitly allows reproduction, distribution and derivative works, but does not restrict commercial use and does not even require attribution. This is a remarkable development because it signals, after eight years, a break from Creative Commons (which recently announced its own educational initiative). As I have argued in other posts, I do not support this sort of license for educational content because it permits others to block access to 'open' educational content. More...

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14 novembre 2019

Intro to Open Ed Class - Feedback and Enrolling

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Intro to Open Ed Class - Feedback and Enrolling
David Wiley has posted the syllabus to his upcoming course on open education. I think the readings are pretty good, overall, though I think the presentation in Week 7 (on licensing) is a bit one-sided. But I think it is well worth noting that I would not be in a position to make such a criticism were Wiley not willing to post his syllabus online. More...

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Waves of Innovation: From Open Source to Open Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Waves of Innovation: From Open Source to Open Learning
Interesting article, mostly correct from my perspective, describing successive waves of commercial software, open source software, and open content, in (corporate) online learning. "This third wave is just visible on the horizon and includes technologies that are designed to be used by the learners themselves. The goal is collaborative learning, and there is no instructor per se. Every contributor is both a teacher and a student." I'm not totally convinced about every aspect of this description. See the chart near the top. I'm not sure 'value proposition' should be 'community', nor should key output be 'expertise maps' nor should the 'primary goal' be 'social networking'. More...

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13 novembre 2019

Open Library

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Library
The Open Library demo has launched. "What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book-a key part of our planet's cultural legacy.... most importantly, such a library must be fully open. Not simply 'free to the people,' as the grand banner across the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh proclaims, but a product of the people: letting them create and curate its catalog, contribute to its content, participate in its governance, and have full, free access to its data. In an era where library data and Internet databases are being run by money-seeking companies behind closed doors, it's more important than ever to be open. More...

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The Quest for Sustainability in Open Courseware

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Quest for Sustainability in Open Courseware
I want to be sympathetic, because the author is working with limited information (specifically, his Oxford background, Chris Anderson's book on the long tail, and a podcast on OpenCourseWare). So I'm supporting of his working through the ideas that might lead to something like sustainable open educational resources. But I fear a paradigm shift might be in order. He writes, "the professor is the academic authority who should drive the decision-making subject to the authorisation of the institution." We already know what happens if we allow the professors to drive the decision-making: nothing. That's why Open Access advocates like Peter Suber and Stevan Harnad argue for open access mandates. More...

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A Recipe for OpenID-Enabling Your Site

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Recipe for OpenID-Enabling Your Site
Kind of a surprising place to find a useful article on OpenID, but if Plaxo is ever going to redeem itself (I received far too many Plaxo 'information requests' over the years) this is it. Of course, the stumbling block for many will be "Step 0: Install an OpenID consumer library". The site recommends the JanRain libraries; I can't speak for the other languages, but the JanRain Perl version involves a lot of grief. More...

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Troubles with the Open Source Gig Economy and Sustainability Tip Jar

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Troubles with the Open Source Gig Economy and Sustainability Tip Jar
Chris Aniszczyk, Chris Aniszczyk's (zx) diatribe, 2019/03/26
For a few years I held an annual donation campaign to support OLDaily. I discontinued it last year because I cut my server hosting costs and so didn't have the need. But the campaigns never came close to what it would cost to support OLDaily if I didn't have a day job. It was an object lesson in humility (it would be nice to do OLDaily full-time, but it isn't going to happen) and it points to the question being discussed in this article: can we depend on charity to support valuable open source content and services. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 11:03 - - Permalien [#]

Open Pedagogy – A three day seminar at Digital Pedagogy Lab

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Pedagogy – A three day seminar at Digital Pedagogy Lab
Dave Cormier, Dave’s Educational Blog, 2019/03/25
I'm sure this description of his open pedagogy workshop will have people lined up at Dave Cormier's door, and for good reason. I'm sure it's an excellent experience. I can't hlp but notice there's no tech more complex that scissors and tape used in the workshop. That's one way to make sure you know the tech will work. I really have mixed feelings about zero-tech workshops on tech subjects like digital pedagogy. More...

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Democratic-erosion.com: an Open Pedagogy network

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Democratic-erosion.com: an Open Pedagogy network
Gardner Campbell, 2019/03/25
Gardner Campbell points readers toward this interesting project called Democratic Erosion. It's essentially a network that has gathered around a common co-created curriculum on the topic. Here's the curriculum (which has a number of articles well worth a read). There are different ways to join the network but the main way is to "Teach a full semester on democratic erosion". More...

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Open-Source Platforms for Education and Equalization

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open-Source Platforms for Education and Equalization
This is an interesting article that blends a consideration of the needs of people in less wealthy nations - based on experiences in Liberia - with the opportunities offered by things like the OLPC and the personal learning environment (PLE). "Can we stretch the concept of the PLE into an industrial-strength learning platform, costing precisely nothing to construct, offering a genuine depth and breadth of modularity and flexibility, and dependent for successful implementation only on the provision of the underlying connectivity, the wide distribution of access devices, and the level of engagement required to train teachers and learners in the use of the tools". More...

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