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OPEN EDUCATION - Why it is hard and how far we have come.

Dr. David Wiley is Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. He is also the Chief Openness Officer of Flat ...
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This is a nice stroll through the history of closed education and how we can change.

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More and more Universties in US are Flipping Classes into Mooc #Mooc


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I have been in enough MOOCS to know that they are not THE answer. BUT they deserve a chance to grow, adjust, adapt and find a place in society and higher Ed before we throw them out for not being perfect yet
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Open Public, Private, Hybrid Clouds by Rackspace

Open Public, Private, Hybrid Clouds by Rackspace | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Rackspace open cloud eliminates vendor lock-in and is backed by our world-renowned Fanatical Support. Choose between public, private and hybrid clouds.
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Many people who I respect trust Rackspace.  This "open cloud" hybrid should be interesting to watch.

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Keep the Internet Open

Keep the Internet Open | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

The number of governments that censor Internet content has grown to 40 today from about four in 2002.

 

A strong call to action by internet Founding Father Vint Cert

 

More and more governments are trying to take away the Internet as we know it.

 

I also STRONGLY suggest watching this 4-minute video from the same organization that helped us understand SOPA last Fall:
https://www.whatistheitu.org/?ref=fftf
 

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Winners Announced! – Why Open Education Matters Video Competition - Creative Commons

Winners Announced! – Why Open Education Matters Video Competition - Creative Commons | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Two great videos that show the value of Open Education

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Welcome to Open Library (Open Library)

Welcome to Open Library (Open Library) | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway.

Wow. Today I learned that Demand Progress cofounder Aaron Swartz helped found Reddit, watchdog.net, and this great site.
I knew that he was big, I didn't know that he started this site also. 

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Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship | Veletsianos | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship | Veletsianos | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

This was shared this week on Steven Downes' weekly 'best of' email: 

Abstract 
Researchers, educators, policymakers, and other education stakeholders hope and anticipate that openness and open scholarship will generate positive outcomes for education and scholarship. Given the emerging nature of open practices, educators and scholars are finding themselves in a position in which they can shape and/or be shaped by openness. The intention of this paper is (a) to identify the assumptions of the open scholarship movement and (b) to highlight challenges associated with the movement’s aspirations of broadening access to education and knowledge. Through a critique of technology use in education, an understanding of educational technology narratives and their unfulfilled potential, and an appreciation of the negotiated implementation of technology use, we hope that this paper helps spark a conversation for a more critical, equitable, and effective future for education and open scholarship. 

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Privacy Icons Legal Hackathon

Privacy Icons Legal Hackathon | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

I love this idea of Stanford to help solidify the open internet. They want to crowdsource common privacy policies and connect them to new icons that will be well-known. Then we all know what we are signing up for based on shared ideas of what is cool and what is not cool for being regulated.

 

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MOOC's and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education

MOOC's and the McDonaldization of Global Higher Education - WorldWise - The Chronicle of Higher Education | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key takeaway.

I don't agree with this article.  I agree with the weeknesses that the author points out about MOOCS.  I disagree with people jumping up and down criticizing ideas that are not perfect yet.  MOOCS are not perfect. They are a step in the right direction of building a partial bridge between a certain type of teacher and a certain type of mass audience.  I am not impressed when people claim that MOOCS are not a "Silver Bullet".  I don't think many of us who love MOOCS have ever claimed that.  We claim that MOOCS are a great way to help some of us continue learning and they are a great way to help some people learn some things that their location, schedule, or economic situations would never allow them to do.


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Ken Morrison's comment, October 11, 2012 8:22 PM
Thanks for sharing this. I don't love MOOCS of 2012. I like where the arrow is pointing. I am certain that it is not a silver bullet. But I haven't heard many proponents claim that it is. It is a great way to connect a certain type of teacher with certain types of students who would never connect due to locations, schedules, economic situations, etc. I hope that it does not replace traditional classrooms completely. I do hope it causes all universities to rethink some of their approaches.
LaiaJoana's comment, October 12, 2012 7:30 AM
Hi Ken, thanks for your comments. I hope that it will be a way that (some) teachers and universities think about teaching and learning and exploring new ways of doing. We still have to learn a lot!!
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A Master List of 500 Free Courses From Great Universities

A Master List of 500 Free Courses From Great Universities | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

I am a BIG fan of the OPEN CULTURE Project!

 

Read more:

http://www.openculture.com/2012/06/a_master_list_of_500_free_courses_from_great_universities.html

 


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Why a Liberal Arts School Has Joined Coursera

Why a Liberal Arts School Has Joined Coursera | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The idea that Wesleyan will be offering free, massive online classes will strike some as paradoxical. We are a small university at which almost three quarters of the courses are taught in an interactive, seminar style.
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Extreme Learning

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I learned about this site today from Curtis Bonk.   This is my life.

 

Ken

Extreme Learning is defined as using technology for learning purposes in novel, unusual, or nontraditional ways. This includes learning with technology when in various locations such as a park, plane, train, subway, boat, or car. It can also include interactive learning activities when climbing a mountain, visiting a local company, riding a bicycle, working in a war zone, or taking a vacation on a remote island. For some people it involves mobile or interactive learning experiences...

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The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Says…

The Future of Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: The Survey Says… | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

This is an interesting study by Curtis Bonk in 2006 about what needs to change in make online learning more efficient.  This study was conducted by email survey of many university educators.  It is interesting to see how their views compare to today's situation.

 

Ken's Key Takeaway:

six years ago, only 1 in 10 professors surveyed felt that faster internet speed would improve international collaboration.  This summer I completed a global MOOC by the author of this research paper (Bonk)

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The Real Digital Change Agent - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Real Digital Change Agent - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
MOOCs get the marquee billing. But open access has far greater potential to transform society, and to save colleges money in the process.
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First, I am very happy that The Chronicle of Higher Education actually let me into their site this week.  It is always frustrating when they send me weekly junkmail with links to great articles that I can not read because I don't subscribe.  Closely related, this is a nice article on the discussion surrounding the opening up of academic papers.

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The Architecture of Participation - Tim O'Reilly

The Architecture of Participation - Tim O'Reilly | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
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Ken's Key Takeaway:

We often fail to attribute the world wide web to the list of acomplishments by open source programmers.  The low barriers for entry and the ability the 'look over the shoulder' of programmers via the 'view source' button led to inquiry and productivity.

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How the ITU could put the internet behind closed doors.

Do you trust me?  Please watch this four-minute video about the global governing body that may destroy the interet.   Share. Share. Share

 

Take action at http://www.whatistheITU.org Fight for the Future and Access collaborated on this short, informative video about a serious threat to the free a...

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‘Ivy League Spring’ debated: is free, online education financially viable? | SmartPlanet

‘Ivy League Spring’ debated: is free, online education financially viable? | SmartPlanet | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

KEN's KEY TAKEAWAY

A good primer of MOOC's Marketing dilemna.  It talks a bit about diluting a university's "brand"

 

 

The Udacity of hope: new online programs offer free courses to hundreds of thousands of students, while the business model still gets worked out.

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British Columbia Government Lends Support to Open Textbooks - Creative Commons

British Columbia Government Lends Support to Open Textbooks - Creative Commons | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

KEN'S KEY TAKEAWAY.

Happy.  Happy.  Joy.  Joy.  Canada is adopting open education textbooks.  They will be free for students and open for teachers to adapt as needed.

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Information wants to be free, but does education?

Information wants to be free, but does education? | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

KEN"S KEY TAKEAWY:

I am happy that this article clarify's U of Minnesota's position on Open Education.  This is another hurdle that we must cross

I (dis)like the Ivy League Spring metaphor
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What makes the whole education-wants-to-be-free debate so intriguing is that the entrenched market leaders are actually the ones driving the greatest disruption.

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A look back to last November. Wary Of SOPA, Reddit Users Aim To Build A Censorship-Free Internet - Forbes

A look back to last November. Wary Of SOPA, Reddit Users Aim To Build A  Censorship-Free Internet - Forbes | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:
A look back at one year ago.  It will be interesting to see how this project develops.
Ken 

 

Users of the social news and community site Reddit don't like the way the government seems to be muscling in on the Internet. So they plan to build a new one.

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Open access will change the world, if scientists want it to

Open access will change the world, if scientists want it to | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway

The UK is making all publicly funded university journals free to the world.  Will the Academics accept this?

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Learning by Doing: How Lauren Moss has Learned to Leverage Curation to Amplify her Online PresenceScoop.it

Learning by Doing: How Lauren Moss has Learned to Leverage Curation to Amplify her Online PresenceScoop.it | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key takeaway:

I will definitely be sharing this link with my students next semestesr.  Lauren Moss has been featured by Scoop.it for the past two weeks as a new curator to follow. She has a WONDERFUL list of quick tips on how to be a better curator.   I fully agree with her strategy.  I hope that many of you feel that I follow it most of the time.

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ParadigmGallery's comment, February 18, 2013 11:38 AM
Lauren is great teacher...I have learned so much following her...
Ken Morrison's comment, February 18, 2013 5:55 PM
Thanks for the reminder about this link! I'm looking at it again now. Good stuff!
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Marvelous MOOCs

Marvelous MOOCs | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

 

A nice talk on the future of MOOCS

 

“The principal challenge—and one we embrace with this initiative—is to experiment and learn from our experience, to develop the knowledge sufficient for separating true value from hype, and to deploy these technologies effectively in service of Penn’s educational mission" -- Price

 

“Some people see it as a revolution; I see it as a continuum,” said Al Filreis

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25 Tips For A Better MOOC Experience

25 Tips For A Better MOOC Experience | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Ken's Key Takeaway:

Scoop.it / curation made the list!  #14

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Massive online open courses (also known as MOOCs) are quite popular these days.


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Measuring the Importance of Online Learning

Measuring the Importance of Online Learning | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

An interesting view of how online learning's reputation has improved over the course of the author's career.

 

Ken's Key Takeaway.

Education will adapt to the market.  Hopefully we will not wait for the market to stabalize before we continue to innovate (while staying grounded in what does not need to change).

 


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Ken Morrison's comment, August 28, 2012 8:47 PM
Hello Pamela. Thank you for following my topic. I hope it is helpful for you. It looks like we have many similar online interests. Keep up the great work on your site!
Ken