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Openness, but only if it’s closed

UPDATE: Just got word from Marc Parry – the article is now accessible here.
Have you ever had the feeling that you’re making great progress on a topic you’ve been passionate about for over a decade? I had that over the last few weeks when I had several interviews with the Chronicle for an article they were doing on the open courses I’ve taught with Dave Cormier and Stephen Downes – as well as other open courses taught by Alec Couros and David Wiley. The Chronicle is a well known publication that has the ear of more traditional academics and administrators. Woo hoo! We’re getting somewhere!

Have you ever had the feeling that you’re making absolutely no progress on a topic you’ve been passionate about for over a decade? I had that feeling this morning when I saw that the Chronicle had published the article on our open courses…but for some really ironic reason decided it should be closed access. I haven’t read the article. I’m sure it’s good. But it’s against the grain of what I wanted to communicate about openness. Thanks to Marc Parry for tackling the topic – he seemed very thorough in his research of the topic. I just wish that the Chronicle would let me read the article.


  1. Patricia Fidalgo wrote:

    Things take time to change…

    Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  2. Didn’t you know, George? Our job is to provide free fodder to the mega-aggregators so they can charge for access. The Long Tail is a fairy tale and we’re a bunch of marks to be taken advantage of. You build up a reputation and then The Chronicle (or some other “major” publication) takes advantage of that. I’m assuming you weren’t paid for the interview. Was the interviewer paid? If so, why do we participate in such a business model?

    (signed: jaded in Sackville)

    Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink
  3. Alan Levine wrote:

    I love the Chronicle, they provide such utterly crystal clear examples of People Who Not Only Missed the Cluetrain But Are Not Even in the Same County.

    This is their best ever example of self-parodies. They do it so well themselves, that we don’t even have to mock them.

    Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink
  4. Hi George,
    I followed your link: and found that one has to subscribe to them to read (i.e. to pay). So, I have a new learning- payment is the new door towards openness.
    Like Harold and Alan, I think I share similar passion, this time to learn how to be open and generous enough to comment without asking for payment. Is payment still the front door towards entering “education & learning” at this digital age? Would quality education and learning appeal more with certain openness with “conditions apply”? Could we have an interview with all of you again? Just want to know what we could do to re-open the door towards openness.

    Sunday, August 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Permalink