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iterating toward openness

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The Cost Trap, Concluding Thoughts

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:44:59 +0000

Though I deeply enjoy my infrequent, often protracted conversations with Stephen – and find them deeply useful for clarifying and advancing my own thinking – I believe this one has just about run its course. Stephen has posted Four Conclusions on OERs he has drawn from our conversation. This will be my final post as […]

The Cost Trap, Part 3

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:59:31 +0000

In my recent post I asked us each to consider what “what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?” Stephen answers that his goal is access for all, and takes me to task for wanting more. In my post I wrote, My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality […]

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:19:10 +0000

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. I’ll respond to Jim’s post first, as it provides an opportunity for some necessary clarification on my part. [Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to […]

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:28:20 +0000

Imagine that – somehow – you’ve never used the internet before. A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is. However, for some inexplicable reason, all of his arguments for why you should be on the internet focus on cost. While it […]

Improving the OpenEd Conference, Report Back 1

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:47:07 +0000

Two and half weeks ago I extended an invitation to attendees of the annual OpenEd Conference to “please help make the OpenEd Conference better.” This invitation was extended (successfully delivered by email) to the 2,240 people who (1) have attended the OpenEd conference at some point in the past and (2) are still subscribed to […]

Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:49:19 +0000

There was a lot of discussion at OpenEd17 about the relationship between OER and value-added services like platforms. The discussion was energized by an announcement made by Cengage immediately ahead of the conference, but this is a conversation that has been percolating for a while now. Examples of Value-Added Services in the Context of Open […]

Open, Values, and Thinking Beyond the 5Rs

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:03:45 +0000

There were lots of amazing takeaways from #OpenEd17 for me. One set of takeaways has to do with opportunities to make the conference a more effective vehicle for advancing the work of open education. I wrote about that yesterday. Over the coming days and weeks I’ll post more thoughts prompted by conversations at the conference, […]

Improving the Open Education Conference

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:25:32 +0000

This morning I sent the following email to the 2,253 subscribers to the Open Education Conference mailing list. I extend the same invitation to you. My apologies in advance for the length of this email, but I hope you’ll agree the subject warrants it. The work of the open education community is so important that […]

Contribute a Short Video for #OpenEdMOOC

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:57:45 +0000

As you may have heard, my fellow rabble-rouser George Siemens and I are doing a MOOC on open education that launches later this month on edX. Before you ask, let me preemptively answer a few questions. Yes, this MOOC actually is open – all the content will be viewable outside the edX platform and downloadable […]

“Open” Through the Lens of Negative and Positive Liberty

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:46:45 +0000

Reading through and pondering the reactions to what was apparently a wonderful ALTC keynote by Bonnie Stewart (UPDATE: here are her slides), I find myself reflecting on the ways my thinking about “open” is influenced by the ideas of negative liberty and positive liberty. This is certainly not the only lens through which I see […]