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The Ed Techie

The Ed Techie
[The following is an adapted extract from the upcoming Battle for Open book, which I'm bouncing off you lot first]. I am not by nature an overtly political person, in that I don't interpret everything through a political lens. So, rather like Clay Shirky and higher ed, writing on politics is not my strongest point. Which is by way of saying, sorry of what follows is a bit rubbish. I often avoid given a tight definition of open education, because I want to admit degree and variation in practice. Whilst some areas, such as OERs, have a very clear definition, others such as open scholarship, represent more of a general approach and set of beliefs. In his thoughtful critique of open source publisher Tim O’Reilly, Morozov argues that this vagueness around the term has been deliberately constructed by O’Reilly to create good PR: “Few words in the English language pack as much ambiguity and sexiness as “open.” A history of Openness From Peter, S., & Deimann, M. (2013).

Thank you once again PLN! Posted by admin | Posted in Blogs | Posted on 07-06-2010 I have to thank my wonderful PLN who once again cheers me on and keeps me going when my life feels like the chaos will never end! Those of you who have signed up for the Educators Blogging Alliance, not to worry I still have the list and hope to get it all set up and sorted out this week. My original date for the launching of the second Blogging Alliance came and went. All I can say is that my plans for the end of the school year were much more ambitious than was actually feasible to accomplish. A number of changes is occurring in my life and several of you have asked me what is going on.

Course: ECP2012OpenCourse: Designing an Exemplary Course CourseSites by Blackboard Designing an Exemplary Course Welcome! The facilitated aspect of this course has ended, however the course is open indefinitely to utilize as a self-paced experience. Course Description: Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Rubric as a guide, this open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended learners and online learners. Open Source LMS - 10 Alternatives to Moodle - Barry Sampson Since the economic downturn began I’ve noticed much more interest in open source Learning Management Systems (LMS), and it’s no surprise that when people ask what the options are, the answer is usually Moodle. Now, there’s nothing wrong with Moodle, but it certainly isn’t the only open source LMS out there. Because there is no licensing cost involved with open source solutions, its easy for organisations to just jump in and set up the first solution that comes along. There is however a cost to installation and support, either financial or time related.

‘Mechanical MOOC’ to Rely on Free Learning Sites Unlike courses already available online, the new class will not require a traditional instructor, or a large start-up investment. The new course, “A Gentle Introduction to Python,” will blend content from ’s OpenCourseWare, instant-feedback exercises and quizzes from Codecademy, and study groups organized by OpenStudy, and will be coordinated through an e-mail list operated by Peer 2 Peer University. “The MOOCs that have come out in the last six months are really incredible and have truly moved the needle for online learning, but they are based on very sophisticated central platforms and require significant resources to develop,” Philipp Schmidt, Peer 2 Peer University’s co-founder, said in a statement. “The mechanical MOOC is an attempt to leverage the power of the open Web, by loosely joining together a set of independent building blocks,” he said. Unlike edX courses, the mechanical MOOC will not offer a certificate of completion.

5 Tools for Building a Next-Generation 'Hybrid' Class Website [Nicholas C. Martin is a visiting professor at American University and the United Nations University for Peace. He is also co-founder and president of TechChange, an organization that trains leaders to leverage emerging technologies for sustainable social change. TechChange specializes in creating “next-generation” e-learning content, tools and communities. The Realities of MOOCs Two weeks ago we launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in association with the University of San Diego (USD). Based on “Sustainability in the Supply Chain,” the six-week course is aimed at managers working in supply chain positions around the world. For those unfamiliar with the MOOC terminology, this sort of course operates at scale and is open to anyone who wishes to join. Two Types of MOOCs Broadly speaking there are two types of MOOCs: cMOOCs and xMOOCs. cMOOCs follow a “connectivism” approach, which is based on the work of George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and others working at the forefront of online learning theory.

The Mechanical MOOC Cross-posted at Inside Higher Ed MIT OpenCourseware, OpenStudy, Peer to Peer University, and Codecademy are teaming up to launch a “Mechanical MOOC” – a free and open introductory course in the programming language Python that weaves together existing resources (content, Web-based study groups, quizzes and so on). Unlike some of the other MOOCs that have launched in recent months – particularly those headline-grabbing efforts from Stanford (and Coursera and Udacity) – this “Mechanical MOOC” will not force learners into a centralized website that recreates the LMS experience, where all the official lessons, lectures, discussions and assignments are supposed to take place. Instead, the content for this MOOC is linked from the original sources and distributed via an email list managed by P2PU.

Mooc platform to focus on group learning A different kind of massive open online course (Mooc) platform, launched today, will provide students with the small collaborative learning groups that have so far been hard to find in the Mooc format. In trials the format has proven to be more successful in retaining students than the traditional Mooc. NovoEd, is the second Mooc platform born out of Stanford University. Unlike its birthplace rival Coursera, which launched last year offering only Moocs, NovoEd will also provide the technical platform for limited-entry, closed courses, such as Stanford executive education programmes, alongside the Mooc courses.

AAEEBL - Home for the World ePortfolio Community Welcome to the new AAEEBL Online Community Site! You may already know us from our services online or on-location at an AAEEBL conference, or you may be a first-time visitor. In either case, welcome, and please understand that this site is new to us also! Best-known for our eportfolio advocacy, we hope you find that AAEEBL Online offers services that facilitate interaction around topics related to 21st Century learning-centered education and beyond. Are you brand new to AAEEBL? With ePortfolio Evidence C-Level View | Feature The Taming of the MOOC--With ePortfolio Evidence By Trent Batson01/16/13

How Can MOOC Platforms Be More Dynamic?: A Comparison of Major MOOC Providers This past winter, like many prospective students, I browsed through hundreds of college course descriptions to find subjects right for me. Yet, unlike other students, I wasn’t enrolled in a degree program. Instead, in February, I became the MOOC equivalent of a full-time student.

Educational Technology, web 2.0, VLEs, open content, e-learning, plus some personal stuff thrown in. by wholebrain Jan 17