You may have heard that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are going to revolutionize and/or destroy higher education as we know it. A MOOC, in case you need a quick primer, is a free online course, generally offered through a university or through one of a small handful of educational technology companies (Coursera, Udacity, and edX are the most prominent these days). The goal of the MOOC model is to open up education–to make it possible for … Read more
cross-posted at the HASTAC blog.
Academics don’t really like to share.
There are lots of reasons for this, and many of the reasons are built right into the foundations of the ivory tower. We can’t forget that the success of the modern university depends on a scarcity principle: There is important knowledge available inside of those gates, and not everybody can access it, and the knowledge is therefore worth paying for. The more exclusive universities presumably offer more exclusive … Read more
What happened: Recently, MIT announced it would discontinue partnership with the Kuali foundation on an open-source project called Kuali Student. This came, according to an official press release, after extensive discussions with board members and people and groups directly involved in developing this student-administration software.
What the press release didn’t say is why MIT made this decision. It seems likely that the decision was financial. According to a Chronicle of Higher Education article, MIT is the second higher education … Read more
Below are my nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards. If you’re interested in submitting your own nominations for this year’s awards, you’ll need to act fast. The deadlines start rolling in this week:
- Nominations: Close Tuesday 8 December
- Voting: Ends Wednesday 16 December
- Award Ceremony: Friday 18 December
Click here for more information about the awards and nomination process.
…and the nominees are:
- Best individual blog: Blogged Indetermination by Steven Taffee.
- Best individual tweeter: Alec Couros. (Couros is a
File under: shameless self-promotion
This year, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival is crowdsourcing its lineup of panelists by allowing people to vote thumbsup or thumbdown on panel proposals.
You guys, I really really want to get accepted. Will you go to the site and vote for me?
In a recent post on his blog iterating toward openness, David Wiley makes a request of all adherents to the “openness” movement who read his blog:
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Without any special authority to do so, may I please give you a homework assignment? Would you please blog about why you choose to be open? What is the fundamental, underlying goal or goals you hope to accomplish by being open? What keeps you motivated? Why do you spend your precious little free
In case you haven’t seen it yet, I wanted to link you to Kirrily Robert’s keynote at this year’s O’Reilly Open Source Convention. Robert’s keynote, “Standing Out in the Crowd,” focused on the dearth of female developers in the open source movement. She offers this image from the 2008 Linux Kernel Summit:
This is a normal sort of open source project. I’ll give you a minute to spot the women in the picture.… Read more
why academic research and open exchange of ideas are like that bottle of raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing you’ve had in the back of your fridge since last summer
The articles are actually a series of interviews with creative types in a variety of fields who share one characteristic: they believe that sharing of ideas and content is valuable and important. … Read more
Sakai is an open source learning environment developed by and for educators. As the Sakai Project website explains,
The Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) is a flexible, enterprise application that supports teaching, learning and scholarly collaboration in either fully or partially online environments environments…. Instructors teach in a variety of different styles… Read more
You can’t knock down the gates around higher education by putting up virtual borders instead.
Which is why I engage with MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative as if I were trying to embody the very definition of insanity itself. This time, I’ve gotten my dander up over the promise and disappointment of an awesomely titled … Read more