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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 […]

Nationwide OER Degree Program Launches Today

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:02:42 +0000

In case you didn’t see it elsewhere, I’m republishing the press release from Achieving the Dream about the incredibly exciting OER Degrees work that launched today. It’s really happening! Achieving the Dream Launches Major National Initiative to Help 38 Community Colleges in 13 States Develop New Degree Programs Using Open Educational Resources OER Degree Initiative will accelerate […]

Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:35:30 +0000

The tl;dr: Supporting effective OER adoption at scale has its problems. Many of these problems have openly licensed solutions. Sometimes it makes sense to deploy these solutions yourself; sometimes it makes more sense to work with a partner. Background and Some Problems To put it in a depressingly small nutshell, I spent the first decade […]

Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

Fri, 27 May 2016 18:18:44 +0000

Andrew Rickard has written a thoughtful essay on OER, open pedagogy, and commercial interests. In it, he reflects on several topics, including his honest misgivings about the recent OpenStax / Knewton partnership announcement. His doubts are not unique; I think there is a broad sense of uneasiness regarding the participation of commercial players in the […]

The Second Power of Open

Sat, 21 May 2016 17:08:03 +0000

Robin DeRosa has written an absolutely wonderful post about two of her experiences with open pedagogy. I am so grateful to her for doing so! Reading these stories filled my heart with glee and my soul with joy. And if that sounds hyperbolic, I assure you that I’m understating the effect her post had on me. […]