Assigned Readings

Week 1

What is Openness?

Definitions of “Open” Related to Content

Open Educational Resources

Open Pedagogy

Open Practice

  • 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)


Creative Commons licenses

Open Course Design


Week 2

WordPress 101

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


Student Privacy


Week 3

WordPress Functionality

WordPress ePortfolios

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? ).

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