The notion of open education, whether it be in the context of large initiatives such as the British Columbia open textbook initiative, institutional Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or countless grassroots efforts, has been growing in prominence in higher education in British Columbia. Increasingly, instructors and students are asking how they can get involved with this movement, and what their institutions are doing to support this work. This website strives to develop a set of resources and conversations addressing these questions, in a format that encourages an open approach and collaboration.
Yesterday BCcampus published a research report on how faculty at BC post-secondary institutions use open educational resources. I’m not going to do any analysis or synthesis of the report here. You can read the report. Really, this is more a public thank you to the OER Research Hub (and in particular Martin Weller and Beck … Continue reading On weak ties and faculty OER research
Picked up a Raspberry Pi for my son for Christmas and been searching for some projects to do over the holidays. I came across the Official Raspberry Pi Projects book and downloaded a Creative Commons licensed PDF copy of the book from the RPi site. While downloading the book, I noticed that the Raspberry Pi … Continue reading Selling your CC licensed content isn’t pointless. It’s a sustainability model.
So much great and thoughtful commentary from the OpenEd community in the wake of #OpenEd15. David Wiley has been capturing blog posts via Storify. If there is a post missing from this list that you think should be included, please let us know and we’ll get the posts included so we have a complete archive. … Continue reading A collection of post #opened15 blog posts
Earlier this term I wrote a post for a blog on UBC’s “Flexible Learning” site, about “renewable assignments”: assignments that add value to the world beyond just earning students a mark, and that can be revised and remixed later by others (thus the “renewable” part). I wanted to link to it here because this is […]
This is part 2 of my post #opened15 brain dump on the role of open textbooks in higher education, prompted by many discussions about textbooks in the wake of #opened15. In my first post, I touched on the role that open textbooks can play in bringing new people into the open community. This one is … Continue reading This thing called the internet: part 2 of a post #opened15 textbook brain dump
The OER Research Hub has published a new study in OpenPraxis looking at the impact of OER on teaching & learning practice. The Hub has been working with numerous OER and open education projects around the world, gathering data clustered around their 11 hypothesis, and this report pulls data from 15 open projects, including the … Continue reading The Impact of OER on Teaching and Learning Practice
If there is one way to kill technology generativity, lock the technology up to such an extent that you can’t even repair it, let alone hack at it to do something new and innovative. I’ve written about generativity before (in the context of open textbooks). Briefly, generativity is the capacity a system has to be … Continue reading Killing technological generativity
This is post 1 of a 2 part #opened15 brain dump about open textbooks (part 2 here). I’m post-conference OpenEd15 metaphorically hungover, so forgive me if this goes astray or meanders. Textbooks. Ugh. Who needs them. The one hazard of organizing a conference is that you don’t actually get to attend a number of sessions, … Continue reading The (open) future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed