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Mathieu Plourde

The "Textbooks" Misnomer - 0 views

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    "these days when we say "textbook" we seldom mean textbook. We mean course materials. As the Vox article makes clear, the book is not always (not usually?) the hideously expensive part of the deal - the online access codes and other ancillary materials are. Certainly, there are amazingly expensive books out there that get assigned in classes (I hear law books are hundreds of dollars, I know some economics books are, some science books, etc. Even in Literature, a relatively inexpensive field, big anthologies can be pricey). But often - and maybe even usually - when we complain about the cost of books, we're complaining about the cost of supplemental media, password-protected websites, and other items that may include text but are certainly not books. The term "Open Educational Resources" recognizes this. It's a strange habit of language that has kept us from parallelism, though: What OERs oppose is not textbooks, but CERs, Closed Educational Resources."
Mathieu Plourde

New Directions in Open Education - 2 views

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    "Open Pedagogy, like the Persona Project, thins the walls of the classroom, gives students control over the their own learning environment, uses the internet to put students into real authentic contexts. Open Educational Resources, like the Transcript Media project, reduce the cost of education, but more importantly, they make Open Pedagogy possible."
Mathieu Plourde

Why Students Should Blog in Public - 0 views

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    "There are many answers to that question, but here is one: Public edu-blogging is an essential element of digital age education, because a student blog acts as a launch pad for developing and leveraging student connectivity, reflexivity, and personal learning networks."
Mathieu Plourde

The Access Compromise and the 5th R - 0 views

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    "Yes, ownership is sort of implied in the "reuse" R, and is legally permitted by open licenses. But for all of their willingness to share access to open educational resources, how many OER publishers go out of their way to make it easy for you to grab a copy of their OER that you can own and control forever? "
Mathieu Plourde

An LMS for Traditional Revolutionaries - 0 views

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    "To help education improve itself for all teachers and learners we have to try to connect with those teachers who aren't comfortable with radical shifts in pedagogy or technology. We believe that the best way to encourage positive change in educational practices across the broad landscape of content areas, learning objectives, and teaching philosophies is by providing tools that are easy-to-use, flexible, and comfortable to the majority of teachers and learners. The door to change must be open and the doorkeeper must be deposed"
Mathieu Plourde

Blogging for Learning: Mulling it Over - 0 views

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    "From 1. Documenting (video, audio, text, images, embedded content,manage online work, curated content) to 2. Reflecting (meta-cognitive, connected, goal oriented, as an assessment) to 3. Sharing (published, transparent, making learning/ thinking visible,  to teach others and contribute to a network) on to 4. Connecting (for authentic feedback, collaboration purposes, finding mentors and to gain perspective)"
Mathieu Plourde

Open University: Online Learning Must Be Collaborative, Social - 0 views

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    "The report, Innovating Pedagogy 2014, is the third annual report concerning technological trends that could revolutionize education.  It suggests that the next step in the world of MOOCs is to introduce massive open social learning."
Mathieu Plourde

Opening Up the LMS Walled Garden - 1 views

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    "Coexistence and interoperability, however, should not imply merely having links from the LMS to external tools as is too often the case."
Mathieu Plourde

Open Source Owns the Web (Infographic) - 0 views

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    "We will begin from the first layer of the web infrastructure: the Operating System, with around 60% of the web servers running Linux (without counting other open source derivatives like BSDs and Open Solaris) against 27% of Windows Servers. Moving one step up to the second layer: the web servers, considered to be the key element of the Internet infrastructure, we can notice a 60% market share for the open source Apache web server in 2011, leaving only 20% for Microsoft IIS. If we count up other open source servers, namely nginx and lighttpd, we will see that open source dominate more than 68.3% of all web servers. The last piece of the web infrastructure is the server-side programing language with a stoning 75% market share for PHP, on the other hand, Microsoft ASP.Net is facing a decaying 23.1% share."
Mathieu Plourde

The Good, Bad and the Ugly Side of Corporate MOOC - 1 views

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    "The hype for MOOC and Open educational resources cannot be ignored today. Although there is still much to be explored, the progress of open education at present era attracts a great deal of attention. It often throws a question if Corporate MOOC is for profit-making platform rather than it could reach many more learners, leading to a networked social and economic benefit, and could give great instructors an authoritative position."
Mathieu Plourde

DS106: Enabling Open, Public, Participatory Learning - 0 views

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    "Digital Storytelling 106--better known as "ds106"--sprouted in 2010 as a computer science class on digital storytelling at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Founded by Jim Groom, educational technology consultant Alan Levine, and instructional technologists Martha Burtis & Tom Woodward, ds106 has evolved into a model for all instructors and students who aspire to experience, explore, and extend connected learning."
Mathieu Plourde

Compatibility of Creative Commons Licenses - 0 views

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    "Compatibility of Creative Commons Licenses The Share-Alike clause in some of the Creative Commons licenses makes it so that creative works licensed with some CC licenses cannot be remixed with creative works licensed with some other CC licenses. Read these questions and answers from the CC FAQ and then check your understanding by playing the game linked below."
Mathieu Plourde

Thinking about... Linkiness - 1 views

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    "So, this new platform at my school is all shiny and bright as you can see if you log on and take a look (very shiny and very bright!), but it doesn't look like I will actually be able to use it for anything since I cannot link to anything there, nor can anyone else. It surprises me that faculty would want to pour so much time and energy into content that is inherently self-limiting in this way."
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    This makes me grateful for the opportunities we have at our school.
Mathieu Plourde

Penn Provost | Open Learning - 1 views

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    "Penn is strongly committed to open learning - a vital part of our mission to increase access, around the world, to the educational resources that can change people's lives. Our goals as early adopters of massively open online courses are to create and disseminate knowledge, drive teaching innovation, and expand Penn's global presence.  We invite you to learn more below about our Coursera courses and the outstanding Penn faculty members who teach them."
Mathieu Plourde

The "Open" Education Alliance - 0 views

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    "It's time to call these fake open initiatives out for what they really are. It is time for us to stand up for and protect the idea and name that are so critically important to improving the affordability, quality, and equity of education around the world. If you need a handy, slightly derogatory term to use in describing fake open initiatives, I highly recommend the term "fauxpen": Faux in French means "false" or "fake." So fauxpen means "fake open." Examples of how to use this term appropriately would include "Fauxpen Education Alliance.""
Mathieu Plourde

After Email, What If We Get Rid of Meetings - 0 views

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    "The response is not only technological. The best communication, remote meeting, collaboration or social networking solutions won't fix bad habits but can enable new ones provided they're desired. No one will switch from a reporting culture to an open work one without effort. And in the same way businesses establish social networking policies - and should even start with email policies - they should contemplate establishing meeting policies."
Mathieu Plourde

Udacity Hedges On Open Licensing For MOOCs - 0 views

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    Udacity's Terms of Service specify that content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License, the most restrictive version. This means Udacity videos are sharable only for non-commercial purposes, and derivative works are expressly prohibited. In other words, you may not edit or alter any of those Udacity videos on YouTube, even though they are freely accessible. Creative Commons Director of Global Learning Cable Green specifically recommends that CC NC ND works not be considered OER.
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