What is Openness?
- Christina has a blog post introducing openness generally and connecting it to open education, here: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2015/04/11/what-is-open-education/
- Clint Lalonde has a great blog post on open as a noun, verb, adjective and attitude: http://clintlalonde.net/2012/10/18/open-is-a-noun-verb-adjective-and-an-attitude/
- Tony Bates has a solid section on open education in his new book: http://opentextbc.ca/teachinginadigitalage/chapter/10-4-open-education/
Definitions of “Open” Related to Content
- The “open definition”: http://opendefinition.org/
- Wiley’s 5 R’s: http://opencontent.org/definition/
- The definition of “free cultural works”: http://freedomdefined.org/Definition
- Christina has a long and probably too detailed post about the similarities and differences between “open” and “free,” which might be given in something like a “for further study” section: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2013/08/18/open-and-free/
Open Educational Resources
- Hewlett Foundation definition: http://www.hewlett.org/programs/education/open-educational-resources
- FAQ on open textbooks by BCcampus: http://open.bccampus.ca/open-textbook-faq/
- free software definition: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html
- David Wiley’s 2013 post on open pedagogy: http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2975
- Wiley’s 2015 post on open pedagogy: http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3761
- archive of presentation on open pedagogy by BCcampus for 2015 open ed week has some good stuff--slides, google doc, blog post: http://open.bccampus.ca/2015/02/06/open-webinars-for-open-education-week/
- Brian Lamb explores the possibilities of open educational practice as a re-alignment strategy in his post: Open Ends? (April, 2015)
- Sahana Chattopadhyay discusses (in a blog post) what she (and others) call working out loud as a practice for building a shared learning network: Working Out Loud 101/Some Thoughts (May, 2015)
- Dave Cormier videos on cMOOCs-- if you want an introdution to cMOOCs
- “What is a MOOC”? (actually focused on cMOOCs): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3gMGqcZQc
- “Success in a MOOC”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8avYQ5ZqM0
- cMOOCs and differences from “xMOOCs”
- An informative chart explaining differences between cMOOCs & xMOOCs: http://emedia.leeward.hawaii.edu/emc/sites/default/files/userfiles/Greg/xMOOCs%20vs.pdf
- Jenny Mackness blog post: https://jennymackness.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/cmoocs-and-xmoocs-key-differences/
- Christina’s blog post on what a cMOOC is like: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2013/02/21/mooc-by-another-name/
Creative Commons licenses
- This short "course" on CC licenses on P2PU has links to nice videos and brief explanations of what these licenses are all about, the different kinds, etc. https://p2pu.org/en/groups/get-cc-savvy
- Creative Commons license chooser: http://creativecommons.org/choose/
- Creative Commons page explaining the licenses: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
Open Course Design
- Massive, Open and Course Design: Michael Feldstein (2013): nice post about goals, motivation and course design.
- Transparency as a catalyst for interaction and participation in open learning environments: Thomas P. Mackey (2011): a little dated but much good here including 7 characteristics of transparent design -.
- Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment: Stephen Downes (2015)
- Educause's 7 Things You Should Know About WordPress
- WordPress a Better LMS - Brief overview of what makes WordPress a good teaching & learning platform.
- WordPress as an Educational Tool - Overview and introduction on using WordPress in education. Developed as part of UBC's ETEC510 course. Plug-in section is a bit out of date.
Affordances of Educational Technology
- Reclaiming Innovation - Brian Lamb & Jim Groom's Educause article that explores the question "What goals and strategies should we be pursuing if we want to reclaim innovation as a positive force as higher education continues to engage with digital and networked technologies?"
- The Future of Education: Programmed or Programmable Audrey Watters explores the future of Education and Ed-Tech: "To transform education and education technology to make it "future-facing” means we do have to address what exactly we think education should look like now and in the future. Do we want programmed instruction? Do we want teaching machines? Do we want videotaped lectures? Do we want content delivery systems? Or do we want education that is more student-centered, more networked-focused."
- Beyond the LMS - Audrey Waters argues that education technology should move beyond the LMS model: "Ed-tech must not be about building digital walls around students and content and courses. We have, thanks to the Web, an opportunity to build connections, build networks, not walls "
Discussions, Assessments, Interactions, Contributions
Issues, Challenges, Opportunities
- Chris Clark of the Kaneb Center at the University of Notre Dame on respecting student privacy in public work
- You Can't Spell FERPA Without FEAR: Jim Groom explores how his WordPress service respect's student privacy: "by giving students their own spaces online wherein they control their online identities, decide what they will share and won’t, and take control over the disclosure of their own data we are more FERPA compliant than any other system on campus".
- Pedagogy and the Class Blog-Mark Sample shares a simple rubric and discussed how assessment can drive participation in a course blog using WordPress.
- Vanderbilt's Centre for Teaching shares a resource resource on course blogging, discussion boards, assessment and student expectations about technology and learning.
- 'Narrate, Curate, Share': How Blogging Can Catalyze Learning Description by Gardner Cambell about some of the ways and reasons for using blogs in teaching and learning.
- Feed WordPress 101 - the Basics
- Students to Do the Reading: Pre-Class Quizzes on WordPress - an older post from Derek Bruff on using WP comments as pre-class quizzes
- How To Use WordPress As A Learning Management System - Long overview (somewhat vendor-ish) article on using WordPress as an LMS]
- 10 Ways to Use Blogs in Teaching and Learning from UMW Overview from the University of Mary Washington about ways of using blogs in teaching and learning. Includes some great examples.
- WordPress and Accessibility This post from the Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses ways of making your WordPress course or blog site more accessible. This is an important consideration when teaching with WordPress .
- Password Protecting PDFs on Course Blogs: nice how to from Mark Sample at Davidson College.
- Using WordPress for Educational ePortfolios Guide to setting up an educational ePortfolio using WordPress
Assessing Your Open Course
- Stephen Downes' Evaluating a MOOC. In reference to assessing the success of a MOOC, Downes poses questions about process (does it satisfy criteria for successful networks: autonomy, diversity, openness, and interactivity?) and outcomes (Did the MOOC as a whole produce some new insight, or recognize some new phenomenon in its area of study? ).