October 25, 2011
The open access debate
elearnspace, October 25, 2011.
George Siemens writes, 'While on the surface openness is gaining traction through scholarship and publication, content providers and journal publishers are starting to push back. During the talk, he used the image below (from this article – .pdf) to argue that journal publishers have a monopoly. The surface progress of openness belies a deeper, more dramatic period of conflict around openness that is only now beginning."
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Connectivism, Books, Project Based Learning, Open Access]
Takeaways from #SketchCamp Chicago
AES, October 25, 2011.
Oh, this SketchCamp would have been so much fun! It's set up on the MOOC model, expect without the Massive and Online, and cost $25, so I guess it's not open, and it was an 'uncourse', so except for all that it was like a MOOC. In all the ways that count, really. And there's this: "With different speakers throughout the day and different ways of saying it, this became an emergent theme: sketching is acting is prototyping." Of yeah, I would have loved that. And good Chicago food!
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Instituting Learning Habits
2¢ Worth, October 25, 2011.
Dave Warlick says we need to "instill a learning lifestyle." But what does that hene mean? I follow the link he provides, to here, where he says "One of the big pushes in Canada seems to be 'student engagement.'" But that's hardly a form of literacy - is it? He says, "We need to more fully describe the expanding qualities of literacy that reflects today’s networked, digital and info-abundant environment, and then make sure that learners are utilizing all of these skills as part of their learning practices." I keep feeling I need to revisit the subject of literacy, well beyond what I've posted here.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Networks, Canada]
Sta.sh: deviantART's Enhanced Publishing Platform
DeviantArt, October 25, 2011.
Some people are losing interest in Flickr (not so much myself, though the social features and APIs are lacking). So this announcement from DeviantArt may be the harbinger of oncoming competition. "Sta.sh, deviantART's new upload and publishing platform, will be available soon! Sta.sh is the fast and easy way to submit your images, writings, Flash/animations, and everything in between."
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Flickr, Books]
$64 million for out-of-date and educationally generic textbooks?
Website, October 18, 2011.
Open educational resources (OERs) are beginning to capture the imagination of some politicians. No wonder, with such big dollars at stake. A state representative in Washington, Reuven Carlyle, observes, "the State of Washington sends $64,344,99.66 from Olympia to our 295 school districts per year to outfit our 1,034,153 students with textbooks." $64 million per year would probably be enough to create and distribute open online textbooks for the entire nation! Carlyle writes, "The apple to apple comparison of cost, per textbook, will be about $6 for Open Education Resources instead of $120-plus for proprietary, commercial textbooks." Related, from David Wiley: The $5 textbook.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Schools, Open Educational Resources]
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