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iterating toward openness

celebrating 20 years of open content and looking forward - pragmatism before zeal

Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:06:14 +0000


The CARE Framework, Take 2

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:56:59 +0000

I recently wrote about the CARE Framework. At the very beginning of that post I warned that while it began as a response to the framework, it wandered into quite a bit of other territory. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not my clearest piece of writing. I’m a firm believer in the … Continue reading The CARE Framework, Take 2

Schrodinger’s OER

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 19:01:43 +0000

Stephen shared some thoughts this morning on a recent post of mine. I want to clarify the underlying source of our primary disagreement. Stephen writes: Wiley’s second point is like saying ‘we can’t destroy it, no matter how we use it, because it’s non rivilrous [sic]’. But openness can be destroyed; I have discussed the phenomenon of ‘conversion‘ in … Continue reading Schrodinger’s OER

The CARE Framework

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 21:16:00 +0000

After reader feedback made it clear that this post was unclear, I am updating it. Please see The original text is below for archival purposes. NOTE: I began this post with the intention of writing about the framework. Some of it has managed to be, in fact, focused on the framework. However, it also includes … Continue reading The CARE Framework

When is an OER an OER?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:44:38 +0000

tl;dr – If a resource is licensed in a way that grants you permission to engage in the 5R activities, and grants you those permissions for free, it’s an open educational resource (OER) – no matter where you find it or how it’s being used. I have an obsession with definitions. It’s been true for … Continue reading When is an OER an OER?

Enhancing OER to Improve Learning

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:24:47 +0000

One of the defining features of open educational resources is permission to engage in revise and remix activities with regard to OER. While those permissions make it possible for us to change and improve OER, they do nothing to tell us which OER to spend our time and energy improving – or how to improve … Continue reading Enhancing OER to Improve Learning

How do we talk about “open” in the context of courseware?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:07:38 +0000

In an article from a few years ago, Michael Feldstein describes courseware as the combination of (1) content, (2) platform, and (3) design (see the graphic at the bottom of the article.) In another article, he includes examples of “courseware” ranging from Cengage MindTap and Pearson CourseConnect to Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative and Lumen’s Waymaker. Much … Continue reading How do we talk about “open” in the context of courseware?

Open Doesn’t Guarantee Outcomes: It Creates Opportunity

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:19:54 +0000

It’s a real compliment to be compared to John Perry Barlow, even if it’s because someone is claiming you’re both wrong in the same way. Nate’s post this week compares statements by JPB and me, and finds them both too simplistic in their optimism. He writes: To me, both cyberspace and OER are tools that I … Continue reading Open Doesn’t Guarantee Outcomes: It Creates Opportunity

Thinking About Impact

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:26:40 +0000

In the spirit of iterating toward openness, I’ve recently had the opportunity to revisit some of my earlier thinking about how to measure the impact of OER-related work. Some of this seemed interesting enough that I thought I would share. I have previously written about metrics I call the educational golden ratio and the OER … Continue reading Thinking About Impact

Repost: How I coined the term ‘open source’

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:41:49 +0000

I’m not the only one celebrating the 20th anniversary of open source and open content this year. Over the weekend Christine Peterson published an essay on describing the emergence of the ideas behind “open source software” and how she coined the name twenty years ago. Her essay is nice companion to the one I recently posted … Continue reading Repost: How I coined the term ‘open source’

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:46:47 +0000

This essay is crossposted from the #OER18 website. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of open content. I’ll be writing a range of essays this year reflecting on two decades of work toward opening the core intellectual infrastructure of education (textbooks and other educational materials, assessments, and outcomes / objectives / competency statements) in order to … Continue reading Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source