- If you’re going to be at #saahe2011 give me a shout if you’d like to meet #
- About to begin 3rd day of #safri session Jo’burg. Going well so far, intense but enjoyable. Looking forward to #saahe2011 on Thu #
- The theory of shared matter (Wired UK) http://ow.ly/1u4yza. The rise of Mendeley and social research #
- Increasing African scientific output http://ow.ly/1u31TD #
- Darwin Library, Now Online, Reveals Mind of 19th-Century Naturalist http://ow.ly/1u31Lu. Surely one of the great minds of humanity #
- Blogs Elbow Up to Journal Status in New Academic-Publishing Venture http://ow.ly/1u31Dm. Will b interesting to c how this works out #
- 2011-05-19: Beyond the First Five Links: Google’s Left-Hand Panel – Ian Barbour http://ow.ly/1u31nF #
- 2011-06-02: Increasing options for student learning through the use of mobile devices http://ow.ly/1u31jH #
- Have to wonder about the results of the study I just mentioned when u look at who sponsored it #
- New Survey Finds Americans Still Prefer the Phone Over Email, Texting, Social Networks http://ow.ly/1u31aU #
- The Internet Archive’s Video Library Goes HTML5 http://ow.ly/1u316w #
- Academics and universities should embrace blogging as a vital tool of academic communication and impact http://bit.ly/lHX75V #
- What if your CV is not enough? Part Two « The Thesis Whisperer http://bit.ly/jcCRsk #
- What if your CV is not enough? (part one) « The Thesis Whisperer http://bit.ly/mf5gSL #
- Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts… try it now! | Impact of Social Sciences http://bit.ly/jJzIyA #
- Daily Papert http://bit.ly/lXTfak. Are there other ways to get the same learning effects, using more relevant methods? #
- Check out this SlideShare presentation : Giving a presentation http://t.co/2CNTzhM from @cristinacost #
- Check out this SlideShare presentation : Pgfutures2011 http://t.co/E7ARTTt by @cristinacost #
- Scientists restore memory of drugged rats, hope to do the same with people — Engadget http://engt.co/mdANZq #
- BioMed Central Blog : Open access publishing: ten-fold increase in ten years http://bit.ly/kPDmUz #
- British Library and Google Books partner up to digitize 250,000 out-of-copyright works — Engadget http://engt.co/iT97ON #
- New P2PU site launched http://bit.ly/in4E6P #
- xkcd: Core http://bit.ly/k4HaeJ #
- The SA Fallacy: Open Knowledge Foundation Gets It Wrong | iterating toward openness http://ht.ly/23xnD #
- Reading “The blind watchmaker”, Dawkins does for evolution what Sagan did for physics #
- Summary of Eric Mazur’s presentation on using technology to engage students http://ht.ly/23oMz #
- The darn drop outs and lurkers. Suggestions to address the issue ay P2PU http://ow.ly/1qDjMm #
- Learning with ‘e’s: Teaching with Twitter. Some nice ideas for using Twitter in the classroom http://bit.ly/bJGOLU #
- New #Hootsuite web UI is beautiful. Their #Android app is also brilliant, might even replace #Seesmic as my mobile client #
- Reading Wikis as Social Networks: Evolution and Dynamics on Scribd http://scr.bi/9TQqpo #readcast #
- Google Scholar has just launched a blog. They must have a decent academic following if if they’re blogging now http://bit.ly/ank7yw #
- Open, distributed social networks, from Linux News http://bit.ly/dc3LvW #
- Diaspora social networking project looks interesting. Looking forward to public release http://bit.ly/biDUKh #
- @rosemaryzummak Welcome 🙂 Try 2 find a few people who are talking about things you’re interested in. Search for topics and see who’s active in reply to rosemaryzummak #
- Guidelines on things to consider when buying into an LMS service provider, from Pontydysgu http://bit.ly/clrcT1 #
- Learning spaces and e-portfolios, from Pontydysgu http://bit.ly/ctCPjz #
- Long-Term Yardsticks – helping children find their passion, instead of worrying about low test scores, from 2¢ Worth http://bit.ly/9ghnqc #
- Digital story telling stops plagiarism as students’ must be personal and draw from own experiences, from Pontydysgu http://bit.ly/disrWv #
- Interesting Q&A platform called formspring.me http://bit.ly/a3Wfo4 #
- Online Learning May Slightly Hurt Student Performance…if by “online learning” u mean watching lectures by video http://tinyurl.com/38n2hbk #
- Chrome extensions for Google Docs. Really nice if you’re a heavy Docs user http://tinyurl.com/3x78lcy #
- In 20 yrs SA will b in the top 5 ranked teams in world soccer. Tonight we got a glimpse of what SA is capable of. Proud of u Bafana #wc2010 #
- RT @IvoVegter: No comment. RT @EveD: Hmm. @ivovegter lives in Knysna. So does the #FRA team. Coincidence? Sabotage? Hmmmm… #
- Request for OER Material | OER Africa http://bit.ly/b4UQBO #
- I could survive for 1 minute, 6 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor! http://bit.ly/8b9vop from the voluptuous @oatmeal #
- AP Biology: Final “Evaluation”. Awesome use of Google Moderator for class evaluation http://bit.ly/aGzkt6 #
- Badass of the Week: Flora Sandes http://bit.ly/cj8HEM #
- Interesting approach to collaborative keynoting, at SITE 2008 conference http://bit.ly/dfztju #
- Reading Blogging as a reflective tool in physiotherapy ethics on Scribd http://scr.bi/cRvavP #readcast #
- Published Abstract – The Use of ICT by SA Physio Students on Scribd http://scr.bi/ab9Tkt #readcast #
- Published Abstract – Bringing Human Rights Into Focus in Medical Education on Scribd http://scr.bi/d3mcz2 #readcast #
- @jcmm33 Touche 🙂 I was more impressed at the rate of improvement, seems they have a new feature every week since launching the new backend in reply to jcmm33 #
- Google Docs Now Does OCR for Images & PDFs (Sort Of). Docs just keeps getting better http://tinyurl.com/36gddzf #
- Just finished reading Daemon by Daniel Suarez. Best fiction I’ve read in ages (see here for preview chapters) http://bit.ly/97VJjz #
- Everything you need to know about the internet | Technology | The Observer http://bit.ly/aV0uhM #
- The use of ICT to support South African physiotherapy students. My first ever conference presentation from 2008 http://bit.ly/bLkL4L #
- Jake Shimabukuro performs @TEDxTokyo, via Garr’s posterous. Beautiful http://bit.ly/d4XmnL #
- RT @malinkaiva: An overview of the most important trends in ICT innovation in Higher education (2011-2014): http://tinyurl.com/24tfdc9 #
- Webicina.Com • About Us. Interesting medical startup by @berci http://bit.ly/aaYKmk #
- From @giustini: Digital communities of practice [early draft]. Good resource for anyone interested in digital CoP http://bit.ly/90zxt6 #
- @ryantracey It’s clear that no-1owns the internet, but what are the consequence if large sections of it shut down? As u say…interesting in reply to ryantracey #
- Google and Wikipedia — Separated at Birth? http://tinyurl.com/yzxj3az #
- @patrickkayton I liked the cartoon look 🙂 #
- YouTube – Students Helping Students. A video by Michael Wesch http://bit.ly/cE7aDL #
- I know it’s ridiculously early, but I’m already looking forward to SAAHE ’10 at Wits in July this year http://bit.ly/9CGOA6 #
- @Sallykenyon12 Not on it at all, just saw a random tweet and followed it up. Don’t know if I have enough voyeur / time to watch other people #
- How to Destroy the Book, by Cory Doctorow (part two) | theVARSITY.ca http://bit.ly/awIOZX #
- Race Shapes Teen Facebook and MySpace Adoption, says danah boyd – ReadWriteStart http://bit.ly/c55Brc #
- Mohamed Amine Chatti’s ongoing research on Technology Enhanced Learning http://bit.ly/bPCgyp #
- Gumption: Clinical Wisdom: Knowledge, Experience, Compassion, Creativity and Honesty http://bit.ly/d8S9lF #
- Kevin Smith’s Plus-Sized Predicament : NPR http://bit.ly/axsayt #
- Chatroulette – only mildly disturbing http://bit.ly/bRdeWy #
- @cristinacost thanks for the offer, i’ll think about it and get back to you #
- @cristinacost at this point, a #diigo educators account is all I want. I’m tired of asking them for one #
- RT @pgsimoes: Building a #PLE – 15 Must-Have Web Apps for Students – http://ow.ly/197p0. Didn’t know about most of these…thanks #
- RT @acedtect: Don’t just shorten your URL, make it suspicious and frightening! http://www.shadyurl.com/index.php. This is awesome 🙂 #
- Filesharing is illegal, but not wrong. Winning essay by Canadian 12th grade student http://tinyurl.com/****** #
- RT @openednews: News: OpenCourseWare Consortium Panel Recap http://bit.ly/aVkMia (apologies for the shameless self-plug) #
- School Accused Of Spying On Kids In Their Homes With Spyware That Secretly Activated Webcams | Techdirt http://bit.ly/c6Wn4e #
- xkcd: Science Valentine. This is awesome http://bit.ly/9nbXs9 #
- The tool for the 21st century classroom. I use Docs, I collaborate with Docs, but this lady is way ahead of me http://bit.ly/cBRrB8 #
- I really like using KJots and it seems as if it’s going to be getting some very cool new features http://bit.ly/bZr2Lc #
- ♻ @pgsimoes: RT @antoesp: RT @Czernie Interesting: ‘A #Research Revolution: The Impact of Digital Technologies’ http://tinyurl.com/ydr63lu #
- @amcunningham he is, my comment is “saved, awaiting moderation”, it’s only short one, sent from phone between shop and office #
- Public Collections Empathy in Medical Education – Anne Marie Cunningham | Mendeley http://bit.ly/b5o2xV #
- @patrickkayton I think that’d be a great use of #cognician why don’t you whip something up for us quickly 🙂 #
- @amcunningham done, exciting stuff, we’ll have to come up with a cool name for this type of project…extreme writing or something 🙂 #
- @amcunningham If you mean lit. rev. online with docs, etc, I’m super-keen 🙂 #
- Arin’s Blog: How to write a literature review using only the web http://bit.ly/cVn4S2 #
- @marlonparker complete loss of speaker’s credibility #
- RT @clebe05: @wesleylynch did a cool interview on #TheDigitalEdge podcast – have a listen and share your thoughts – http://ow.ly/17OPS #
- Journals as Filters and Active Agents | Virtual Canuck. Make sure to read the comments as well http://bit.ly/b7CxPk #
- @cristinacost I like Carrington (http://bit.ly/bBhPef) on my WP site (www.mrowe.co.za/blog) #
- Great interview with Salman Khan (khanacademy.org) on his response to a crisis in education http://bit.ly/cPcLIb #
- Siemens – Teaching in Social and Technological Networks http://tinyurl.com/yknuclq #
- Developing a Pedagogical Framework for Web 2.0 and social software http://tinyurl.com/y9zsddj #
- @wesleylynch thanks, finding the stuff I’m working on at the moment quite a challenge 🙂 #
- Aligning outcomes, content and assessment to more accurately measure competence and facilitate meaningful learning…this stuff is hard #
- @sharingnicely I’m pretty happy with my coverage from Vodacom, haven’t been anywhere yet that doesn’t have it. Can’t speak for US tho #
- ♻ @p2pu: Breaking News: The new http://www.p2pu.org is live, and beautiful. Sign up for your course today! Congrats Bekka, it looks great 🙂 #
- A critique of Tapscott and William’s views on university reform, in Educause Review (see previous tweet) http://bit.ly/bUDcP2 #
- Innovating the 21st-Century University: It’s Time! (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE http://bit.ly/bkMYbo #
- Getting excited about the upcoming SAFRI (medical education) session in a few weeks http://bit.ly/99ULI7 #
- Just upgraded to #Kubuntu Lucid running #KDE 4.4 – better stability & nice new features, enjoying it so far http://bit.ly/ayygg0 #
- Facebook Driving More Traffic Than Google. Hard to believe & only 1 metric but is it a sign of things to come? http://tinyurl.com/ybxcwol #
- Peer-To-Peer Recognition of Learning in Open Education by Schmidt in the IRRODL journal http://bit.ly/bFVpMd via @addthis #
- Alternative Grad School: creating a do-it-yourself higher learning experience http://bit.ly/cBuCVM #
- Mobile platforms are proliferating. Check out MeeGo (merged Moblin & Maemo) http://bit.ly/d69pLv #
- Thought Leader » Eve Dmochowska » The web’s unavoidable sharp learning curve. Interesting comments http://bit.ly/9OPmrE #
- RT @maggiev: TESSA – Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (lovely resources here) http://bit.ly/dtb6rU #
- RT @patrickkayton: About to present Cognician to postgrad students and academics at CPUT. Smart crowd! #
- ♻ @cshirky: RT @pomeranian99: Length of Britannica’s entry about Wikipedia: 913 words. Length of Wikipedia’s entry about Britannica: 6,804. #
- Finalising details of collaborative project with Irish physio students on Physiopedia #isp1 http://bit.ly/dz2UGb #
- 21st century literacies (HASTAC), 10 additional literacies over and above the 3 R’s http://bit.ly/dtFcJt #
- Effective Pedagogy – rubric based on the structure of observed learning outcomes http://bit.ly/bV6dvv #
- OpeningScholarship Project | Centre for Educational Technology at UCT. Lots of interesting content http://bit.ly/brrRKk #
- UCT OpenContent portal now live. Congratulations to all involved http://bit.ly/dfAeCH #
- I’m on the #microecop programme committee (http://ow.ly/176eM), but sadly not on the list yet 🙁 #
- For The Love Of Culture – post by Lessig on issues around copyright and rights clearance http://bit.ly/bxsNCn #
- @gsiemens I’ve been using Chromium for a few months and now find FF slow and clunky #
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Last Friday I was fortunate enough to attend 2 panel discussions on the use of OER in higher education. It was a bit of an occasion as one of the panels included a few board members of the Opencourseware Consortium (on a side note, UWC is a member of the OCW Consortium). This post is really just a few of the comments made during the panels.
The session began with a welcome message by the university’s Chancellor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a wonderful man who is always a pleasure to listen to. Something he said struck a chord with me, as I’ve been reflecting on this issue with my students in the ethics module I teach. He said to remember that we are not second rate, and that we don’t have to apologise for who we are. This is important because so often I find that my students lack self-confidence and seem almost apologetic for even being here. The history of this particular institution seems to haunt them, and they can’t seem to shake the belief that their degree isn’t worth the same as one from another university. This is obviously a deep issue that I’m not going to go into here, but I just wanted to mention that comment.
The Vice-Chancellor also made an interesting point in his short welcome address. That is, a redistribution of wealth from the rich 10% won’t significantly improve the lot of the poor 90%. Only by empowering the majority of the people to make their own change, can the country move forward.
The other comments I made a note of included the following:
Andy Lane (Open University, UK): OER is not just good to do. It’s about some form of social justice.
Neil Butcher (OER Africa, South Africa): Curricular frameworks must drive the development of OER i.e. content is not the focus, content comes after pedagogy
Derek Keats (Wits University, South Africa): 1) When content is free, students can use scarce financial resources to acquire technology, which opens up access to an even greater body of content. 2) When institutional strategy is developed around OER, faculty pushback can be reduced
N.B: 1) Institutional pushback is reduced when the OER conversation happens around better ways of addressing faculty and student needs. 2) The content is infrastructure.
Philip Schmidt (Peer 2 Peer University): When lecturers become "internet superstars", they can teach a greater body of students than any traditional lecturer could teach in a lifetime. This reduces the emphasis on formal recognition of professional development.
Ultimately, OER is about content, but I’m more interested to know if it has a role to play in changing teaching and learning practice?
- @ryantracey Agreed. The process, rather than the certificate, should be emphasised #
- RT @wesleylynch: Video comparing iphone and nexus – http://ow.ly/17iBb. Can’t imagine how the iPhone will survive, Android is already better #
- RT @psychemedia: Are Higher Degrees a waste of time for most people? http://bit.ly/buKpOW. IT professionals are hardly “most people” #
- University finds free online classes don’t hurt enrollment http://bit.ly/9zztuR #
- Mobile Learning Principles – interesting, but unrealistic in a developing country. “Mobile” does not = smartphone http://bit.ly/97WUu4 #
- Presenting while people are twittering, an increasingly common backchannel. Be aware of it and use it if possible http://bit.ly/bymSUE #
- Presentation Zen: The “Lessig Method” of presentation. Great resource on improving your presentation skills http://bit.ly/aTykYr #
- About “P”! « Plearn Blog. This post raises some interesting questions about the challenges of using PLEs http://bit.ly/9cDqd6 #
- Crazy Goats. I don’t usually share this sort of thing, but this pretty amazing http://bit.ly/9Hg32e #
- Learning technologies in engineering education. For anyone interested in integrating “distance” with “practical” http://bit.ly/a9lclC #
- Think ‘Network Structure’ not ‘Networking’. I always thought “networking” was too haphazard to bother with http://bit.ly/acuw1g #
- Clifton beach earlier today. I think I like it here http://twitgoo.com/dv85w #
- @davidworth Hi David, thanks for the blog plug #
- @sharingnicely: go around institutional pushback when policy is unfriendly to OER #OCW #
- @dkeats: free content enables students to use scarce financial resources to acquire tech instead, which grants access to vastly more content #
- Butcher: the curricular framework must drive development of OER – content comes after learning #OCW #
- Neil Butcher from OERAfrica: OER can’t work without institutional support #OCW #
- Why is copyright in OER even an issue? Copyright applies equally to OER and non-OER #OCW #
- If you think of a degree as a learning experience, rather than a certificate, formal accreditation is less important. See P2PU #OCW #
- Is there a difference between OER and #OCW I’m wary of the emphasis on content as a means of changing teaching practice #
- @dkeats Improvement in quality is always important, isn’t it? No-one is aiming for mediocrity #
- OCW workshop at UWC today, OCW board present incl. MIT OCW, should be a good day, quite proud its happening here #
- RT @cristinacost: RT @gconole: Sarah Knight on JISC elearning prog including excellent eff. practice pubs http://bit.ly/c1wVF6 #
- RT @c4lpt: MicroECoP – Uisng microblogging to enhance communication within Communities of Practice http://bit.ly/9ofx3O #microecop #
- Making the Pop Quiz More Positive. I like the change of mindset that the post suggests, pop quizzes aren’t punishment http://bit.ly/d5IiMV #
- @cristinacost Looks good, you’re further along with your project than I am with mine, I might have to come to you for advice 🙂 #
- Problem-Based Learning: A Quick Review « Teaching Professor. Nice, short summary of why PBL is a Good Thing http://bit.ly/cOAQeY #
- @cristinacost What’s your interest in Buddypress? I recently set up WPMU/BP platform for physio dept social network to explore CoP #
- Microblogging to enhance communication within communities of practice http://bit.ly/a0saa4 #microecop #
- There’s a war goin’ on here, donchaknow? Retro copyright posters at EdTechPost http://bit.ly/aBsVwu #
- Post by Howard Rheingold on crap detection on the internet should be required reading for everyone online http://bit.ly/dsGtha #
- Scroll down for the 5 C’s of Engagement on Postrank’s “What it is” page. Is it useful for building social presence? http://bit.ly/983dcL #
- Great post on 3 strategies to manage information: Aggregate, Filter and Connect. The last one is hard (for me anyway) http://bit.ly/diItNr #
- Great post on the importance of not only filtering information, but using it meaningfully http://bit.ly/bk21Ol #
- Siemens’ post on moving from educational reform within the system, to a “no boundaries” approach http://bit.ly/bMnKXu #
- Web 3.0 and Its Relevance for Instruction – interesting article on how a next generation web could be used in education http://bit.ly/axYyEr #
- Freedom helps kids learn more « Education Soon http://bit.ly/bBbGvB #
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I got back yesterday from Geekretreat in Stanford Valley (beautiful, by the way) and these are some of my thoughts after reflecting on the experience. The theme of this year’s retreat was (broadly) the role of the internet in South African education, which is what motivated me to apply for a scholarship. I have to agree with @pete_flynn, the retreat completely exceeded my expectations. I was worried that it would be a group of self-interested business-types, who would spend the weekend telling each other how cool they were. I’m happy to say that my perceptions were completely overturned. It’s been a long time since I’ve been around so many friendly, interesting and intelligent people.
As far as the structure of the weekend went, I loved the idea of the open grid format, and my initial concern that the event would devolve into chaos was unfounded. I liked that not every timeslot was “serious”, with the skillshare sessions being both entertaining and providing a lighter note to the sometimes intense discussion.
I was fortunate enough to have a “talking head” session, where I got some great feedback from the small group discussion around some of the challenges I’m coming across in my research. The value of the session was in the alternative ideas presented to me, which I almost certainly wouldn’t have come up with alone. In fact, I think that’s the essence of what the weekend was about…that you’re more likely to change your thinking around an idea if you have a conversation around it. And there was plenty of conversation. I can’t remember a single moment when people weren’t engaging with each other around some project or idea.
I wasn’t lucky enough to have a conversation with everyone who was there, but during the ones I did have, I came to realise that we have some very smart and talented people in the South African tech industry who are capable of making a real difference in the country. And while many of the projects and ideas I came across were interesting, the following were particularly note-worthy (at least, to me):
- Cognician by Barry and Patrick Kayton – a tool for engaging with concepts and ideas that has already changed how I think about my teaching
- Marlon Parker from CPUT and his community outreach projects using social media
- The Peer 2 Peer University, with whom I have a commitment in 2010 to create and possibly run a module (now that it’s online, I have no choice but to go through with it)
- Sam Christie and his ideas around gaming in education. Not the boring, self-righteous “educational” games that all kids hate (and rightly so), but real, entertaining games that can highlight important life skills
Although I found the event to be an inspiring and intensely motivational experience, I do have some critical feedback for the organisers that I hope will be considered for future events. Please don’t see this as negativity. They’re just my own observations:
- You can’t have a real conversation about this big a deal (i.e. the internet / education in South Africa) without any representation from the country’s largest demographic, the poor and disempowered. To borrow a phrase from the disability movement: “Nothing about us, without us”
- If you’re going to have a discussion around online education, try to get some input from the people who are actually doing it. The most obvious example would’ve been to invite a representative from UNISA. I’m sure they have very clear ideas about the challenges faced in South African online education
- I wasn’t sure if I agreed with @EveD’s comment around the lack of a defined set of goals. As a researcher and teacher, I’m probably biased in that I believe objectives can more clearly guide a process. However, she adds that we probably ended up with a more innovative and creative event as a result of that lack of defined parameters. Perhaps in the future, participants could collaborate on the objectives (either prior to, or at the beginning of the event) but still retain an open structure in which discussion can take place
- I would avoid making premature announcements of success at this early stage. If it ends up not being the success you proclaimed, people will remember. It’s easy to feel fired up and ready to take on the world after an awesome event like this one. But, we all made commitments of our time and resources that we may find difficult to honour when other priorities loom. Can I suggest that we work towards making a huge proclamation of the success of Geekretreat 2010, at Geekretreat 2011?
Having said that, I think the event clearly had a huge impact on everyone who was there, and who are going to go on to do great things in the coming year. I know there are a few projects I’ll definitely be watching (and hopefully be participating in) over the next few months. I wish everyone I had the pleasure of meeting this weekend a fantastic year in which all of your dreams are realised through the collaborative efforts of the beautiful people at Geekretreat.
Note: Thanks to @paul_furber for some of the great pics that I stole to use here. Also, a huge thanks to the sponsors (Yola, Seacom, IS, Skyrove, Orca wireless, Econsultanct, Jackie Scala, Old Mutual, White Wall Web), as well as Heather Ford, Eve D and Justin Spratt), without whom Geekretreat just wouldn’t be possible.
If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ll have realised that I’m participating in the Mozilla Open Education course, jointly hosted by the Mozilla foundation, ccLearn and the Peer to Peer University. The course has involved participating in online seminars over the past 6 weeks with the objective of creating a project blueprint that takes into account the concepts of open education, open technology and open licensing.
I decided that my project was going to involve something I’ve been thinking about for a few months and saw the course as an opportunity to take the first few tentative steps. The idea was to create an online, distributed authoring environment that would allow physiotherapy clinicians, educators and students to participate in collaboratively writing a national physiotherapy textbook. The problem with imported (American and British) textbooks is a complete lack of cultural and contextual relevance, as well as being associated with a high cost and not being adaptable to local needs (think, multiple languages).
I won’t go into any more detail here (check out the blueprint page), only to say that the idea is taking shape slowly and that I’m quite excited at the prospect of refining it over the next month or so. The course was so information-heavy (not so much from the organisers, but from the back chatter of participants) that it’s going to take some time to review the aggregated content.
- @sharingnicely for what it’s worth, my vote goes to #mozopened in reply to sharingnicely #
- @reflectivelrnr Sometimes, they find you 🙂 in reply to reflectivelrnr #
- Just went through Alltop Twitterati (http://bit.ly/CoiAC). Are the people with the most to say the least interesting to follow? #
- Very excited to be participating in Mozilla open education online course http://bit.ly/82ksO #
- Insightful post: “9 great reasons why teachers should use Twitter” http://bit.ly/qexSG #
- I hate to be cliched, but “Slumdog Millionnaire” is the best movie I’ve seen in 5 years #
- Participating in online, open education course with Mozilla, ccLearn and Peer 2 Peer University #
- Great first seminar on #mozopenedcourse, minor tech glitches. Lots to think about. Looking forward to next week http://bit.ly/82ksO #
- Just watched “Accepted”…it came on and the remote was too far away. Light hearted comedy about higher education http://bit.ly/WE2mV #
- @JasonCalacanis Every year the rich pledge a lot of money to the world’s poor. They have yet to deliver. Just another empty promise… in reply to JasonCalacanis #
- Just posted my notes from today’s #mozopenedcourse seminar. Interesting session, plenty of food for thought http://bit.ly/9DL3G #
- “Physiopedia”, an awesome evidence-based physiotherapy reference site with really great content http://bit.ly/14IyvT #
- Just watched “Sicko”…scary, tragic, sad, criminal…all the things that healthcare shouldn’t be http://bit.ly/gvYOO #
- Another reason to not be a fan of Blackboard. Just my opinion http://bit.ly/gMCFB #
- Using wikis in learning and teaching, from Leeds University, interesting stuff incl. tips on assessing wiki content http://bit.ly/Ery7 #
- Great resource for summaries of physio-related articles, available at Physiospot http://bit.ly/wCTER #
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We had our first session of the Mozilla Open Education Course earlier this evening and it was pretty interesting. There were a few technical issues with sound but generally it was very well done. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
Here’s a few notes that I took during the session. I know the video will be available later but I took notes anyway and listed the comments from the presenter as it was happening, so there may be errors. If I’ve made any mistakes, please let me know.
Mark Surman (from the Mozilla foundation)
Spoke about why Mozilla is involved and what the foundation’s motivations are.
Why do the course?
Students are living and learning on the web. Education is not working and the web is making this even clearer.
Educators need to teach like the web, using these building blocks:
- (open) content
- (open) tech
- (open) pedagogy
This course is about using these building blocks…all 3 need to come together in order for open education to work.
Why do Mozilla and CC care?
To promote openness, participation and distributed decision-making as a core part of internet life. Education is critical to this.
Also, an experiment to:
- share skills
- new ideas
- more allies
- …have fun
Frank Hecker (Mozilla Foundation)
Elaborated on previous presentation
- Teach people about Mozilla
- Create learning opportunities around Mozilla technology and practices
- Bring new people into the Mozilla camp
- Create a global community of Mozilla educators
- Mozilla curriculum at Seneca college
- Incorporate Mozilla-related topics into coursework
- http://education.mozilla.org – repo for course materials created
- People learn things best when participating directly in the communities around that project
Question: will we be able to make our own ff addon? Yes
Ahrash Bissell (ccLearn)
Why is Creative Commons involved in learning?
It’s mission is to minimise the legal, technological and social barriers to sharing and reusing educational materials.
Focusses on ways to improve opportunities for and education:
- Teach about OER
- Solve problems (built the “discover” tool for OER)
- Build and diversify community (education is traditionally subdivided into camps e.g. university, high school). Open education transcends these boundaries. Boundaries useful but should be permeable.
- Explore better pedagogical models (learning is not something that happens in a delimited way, ideally it should be enjoyed and embraced all the time. Models haven’t penetrated, everything the same way for the last 50 years (deeply entrenched)
- Empower teachers and learners (certain expectations of students / teachers, “this is what it means to teach/learn”. Little power to engage as “scientists” in teaching / learning and make adjustments. Open source development models – emphasisise feedback, creating a system that allows experimentation in an open, transparent, participatory way.
Embrace overarching principle for engaged padagogies, not new but has become inevitable.
- Constant, formative feedback (must want to be assessed)
- Education for skills and capacities, not rote knowledge (the internet makes it obvious why this is the way to go, “knowledge” is already everywhere, thinking is more important. “Skilled learners”.
- Leverage human and material capital effectively (reaching into peer groups)
- Consider the bulding blocks of a participatory learning system
- Enjoy learning
Philip Schmidt (Peer 2 Peer University)
Provided an overview of the project / sessions
Background readings available on course wiki / 20 min. interviews
Draw up a blueprint for individual / group projects:
- (open) technology platform
- (open) licensing
- (open) pedagogical approach
Idea – blueprint – prototype – project!
Good idea to feed into ongoing things, like:
- Mozilla education portal
- Firefox plugins
- Decide on groups
- Start sketching
- Ideas more important than detail
- A picture
- Enough detail to start building
I’m excited to be participating in an open education course that’s been organised by Mozilla, ccLearn and the Peer to peer university (P2PU). The course aims to provide educators with some foundational awareness of Creative Commons licensing, the educational aspect of the Mozilla foundation and the P2PU. There are three broad areas that will be covered; open licensing, open technology and open pedagogy.
There’ll be a series of online seminars, as well as a practical component in the form of an individual (or small group) project that participants can use to implement and test their ideas related to the course. Here’s a list of all the participants and the projects everyone is interested in running.
I’m going to post my notes / thoughts during the course of the project, on both this blog and on Twitter.