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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:23:14 +0000

Stephen Downes points to some older but interesting posts by Lisa Petrides and Bill Fitzgerald about the role of commercial actors in the open space. It’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about recently, particularly with yesterday’s revelation that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. For someone who was online during the 90s, this is completely unimaginable. I had to read […]

On the Relationship Between Free and Permissions in “Open”

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:02:22 +0000

I’ve received lots of feedback since I published the problem with cost framing, some online and some in person at #OpenEd16. My main takeaway from that feedback is that, as ever, I continue to struggle to express myself clearly in writing. Let me try again, make some additional points along the way, and assign some […]

Underselling Open: The Problem with Cost Framing

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:49:15 +0000

UPDATE: See this follow-up post. There seems to be an emerging concern among those who work in open education that we need to be careful not to “oversell” open. I understand the sentiment and appreciate the concern. However, I think the field is in far more danger from its systematic “underselling” of open. This has […]

Comparing the 2016 and 2012 FLVC Student Textbook Survey Results

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:59:56 +0000

The good folks at Florida Virtual Campus have released the latest version of their Student Textbook Survey. There’s already been some great coverage (e.g., Phil Hill). However, I’ve also read people saying that the results are essentially unchanged from the 2012 survey to the 2016 survey. A quick look at Table 1 on page 11 […]

Renewable Assessments: Openness, Stigmergy, and Continuous Co-Creation

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:41:23 +0000

Having students grade each other’s work is a time-honored tradition among faculty looking to save themselves some time and headache. In addition to appreciating the time savings, many faculty argue that participation in the peer assessment process can actually promote deeper student learning. This is absolutely true when faculty take the time necessary to design […]

Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:58:55 +0000

We recently installed solar panels on our home. The benefits of adding them were immediate and obvious – the very first month they were on the roof our electric bill dropped to $9 (the fee required to stay connected to the grid) and we generated more power than we used, pushing the excess back out […]

Research in Physics and Education Do Have Something in Common

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:38:41 +0000

Although this was written as a critique of physics, truer words were never spoken about educational research: Science is corrupted when it abandons the discipline of empirical validation or dis-confirmation. It is also weakened when it mistakes its assumptions for facts and its ready-made philosophy for the way things are. (Smolin and Unger) Oh, how […]

Toward Renewable Assessments

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:30:16 +0000

For some time now I’ve been critical of “disposable assessments.” An assessment can be characterized as “disposable” if everyone understands that its ultimate destiny is the garbage can. Take an all-too-typical example: Faculty member assigns student to write a two page compare and contrast essay Student writes the paper and submits it to faculty Faculty […]

OER-based Degrees: Momentum

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:46:34 +0000

Fifteen years ago MIT announced its OpenCourseWare project. Above all else, this groundbreaking project demonstrated that an institution can openly share it’s core instructional resources without materially harming itself. Inspired by MIT’s example, hundreds of other institutions around the world began openly publishing the resources they created in support of their courses. Of critical importance […]

Of OER and Free Riders

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:51:58 +0000

This began as a comment on Heather’s post, but grew unwieldy and so ended up here. Heather’s post is reacting to this quote from an article she read recently: “There is one additional requirement for widespread OER adoption. Incentives need to discourage ‘free-riders’.” This statement is demonstrably false. Of the 50 colleges in the US […]