W07: Code Education Recap & Tally

We just want to send a thank you out to everyone for the wonderful, lively, and insightful participation in our OER activities this week. We consider you, our peers, to be “real world protagonists” in this market, and are very happy that our efforts to involve you in the process of refining and expanding our OER were successful! Also thank you for providing excellent feedback and suggestions for improvement, we will be meeting to implement changes this week.

– Group 7, Angela, Nidal, Milorad, Yuki, Colleen & Bobbi

Here were the results from the Activity #1 Poll:


And here are the condensed results for the Activity #3 horizons review:

Looks like 2:new accreditation programs;  6:curriculum integration; and, 7: development of ‘smart code’ were the favorites although there were excellent reviews posted on some of the others. Interestingly, 5: segmentation and diversification was not well received, but is something that start-ups and corporate ventures are in some ways supporting with closed initiatives.


Thanks again everyone for participating. Just thought we’d include a list of the changes made to the site based on everyone’s feedback: The activity error found by Kendra has been fixed as well as the typo that Chris found. Kirsten’s suggestion of Mozilla Webmaker Suite, Kendra’s SkillCrush, Shaun’s StackSocial and Max’s Arduino suggestions were added (the last lead to a creation of a hybrid open/closed category). James’s concerns about traversing back and forth between the two blogs for activities has been remedied by integrating the discussion directly into the resource pages (which alined with our goal of starting the commenting fresh for submission to NMC). Monique made a helpful suggestion of just strictly making hyperlinks and addition information tool-tips red, so we also incorporated this. Ashley’s mention of “conversational fluency” lead to a new horizon addition (#8 Changing attitudes regarding code as a new and prevalent “language”). We also re-arranged the horizons in order of importance as identified by our peers. Most of this was done on a new ‘clone’ of our WordPress site at the following address:


W07: Code Education Launchpad


Welcome to week 07 (Open Free and digital content)

Our group narrowed our focus to code education (programming code) at the postsecondary and professional level.

One of the first sources of information online to be shared openly (free of charge, remixable and reusable) was code. Programmers have been sharing code openly since the birth of the internet. There are indicators that educational resources are perhaps moving towards openness; yet, there are a number of contrary closed, institution, corporate, and start-up trends emerging which create a dichotomy in the market of code education (you can probably guess which side “Team Open Content” is rooting for!)

Our interactive OER presents the emerging market of code education, exploring both open and closed to fully illustrate the market landscape. You don’t need to understand how to code in order to understand code education’s changing nature.

Please visit our OER by [clicking here].

We hope you enjoy the exploration – Group 7 “Team Open Content”

– Angela, Nidal, Milorad, Yuki, Colleen & Bobbi

Also, to post a review of our OER, please use the “reviews” box field located on the bottom of this page! (Apologies, replies to reviews appear to be broken in this environment, so we will reply using the same feature which will appear above these instead).


W07: Activity 1

“Code” by Michael Himbeault is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Retrieved here.

If you haven’t done so already, please view the video and complete the Activity #1 (part 1) poll on this page first.

Activity #1 (Part 2) – Comment

Everyone “should learn how to program [code!]” – Steve Jobs (1995).

Add a comment here (using the comments box below) about your thoughts of Jobs’ view that everyone “should learn how to [code].” Do you think this view does or doesn’t hold relevance to post-secondary or professional education today (or the market itself)? Perhaps elaborate why you think so. If at all possible try to provide resources or links that help support your view (and to help add value to our OER). If you were undecided, feel free to comment instead on others’ thoughts about this, or post any unanswered questions you might have. Be sure to check back to engage in comments and questions that might be added to your responses.

You can return to the relevant OER page by clicking here.


W07: Activity 2


“Open Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry” by Alan Levine is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Retrieved here.

Activity #2 – Comment

Pick one resource from either “open trends” or “closed trends” and discuss it in terms of one of the options below.

Briefly discuss why you think it:

  • A ) has the most disruptive potential for the future of code education [OR]
  • B ) offers a strong value proposition for the future of code education [OR]
  • C ) discuss it in terms of both A or B, adding any additional insights you might have to offer.

Post your response as a comment here on the bottom of this page. Be sure to include the name of the resource you chose! Feel free to contribute your own resource instead (remembering that we’re focused on post-secondary and professional code education), do indicate if it’s open/closed. Please discuss how/why you see the chosen resources as disruptive or as having a strong value proposition. Also try to provide any links/research/resources that may help us understand your perspective (we think it would be great if you could add value to our OER research). Also be sure to check back to engage in comments and questions that might be added to your responses.

You can return to our OER page by clicking here.


W07: Activity 3


“Improving the speed and quality of research via shared algorithm implementations” by is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Retrieved here.

Activity #3

In the spirit of open, we’re choosing to crowdsource peer knowledge here for help identifying the most likely market horizons:

Please review one of the predictions [on this page]. Post your review/thoughts using the reviews box on the bottom of this page discussing why your chosen prediction is a potential cutting-edge horizon for post-secondary/professional code education. Take a bit of time to do some preliminary research on your chosen topic and please add links and supporting materials wherever possible to help add value to the discussion and to help expand our OER. Also be sure to indicate the name/number of the horizon you’re reviewing. Also be sure to check back to engage in comments and questions that might be added to your responses.

They are condensed as follows:
(Don’t forget the full descriptions are located on this page)

1. Privatization
2. New Accreditation Programs, OERs &  Initiatives for Code Education
3. Industry and Institution Partnerships for OER and Higher Educations’ Programming Education
4. Localization and Personalized Learning
5. Code Language Education Segmentation & Diversification
6. Curriculum Integration
7. The Development/evolution of “Smart” Code

You can return to our OER page by clicking here.