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Openness in Education

It’s a busy fall with open online courses. I’m involved in several, including Current State/Future of Education (non-credit).

I’m also teaching an open online course with Rory McGreal on Openness in Education (if interested, register here). See the course schedule for more information on topics. We’re still getting content on the site posted, including finding ways to steal ds106′s daily create (we’re going for weekly).


  1. Jim Groom wrote:

    Let us know if you need any help setting the daily create-inspired site up. Looking forward to it.

    Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink
  2. gsiemens wrote:

    Hi Jim – I’d happily accept any help that you are able to provide…or any suggestions on how to proceed with activities based on your experience…time for a ds106/our mooc mashup?

    Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
  3. A few more thoughts: I follow your student group’s Diigo bookmarks and just noticed this new entry; I’ve used Diigo for years, commend you for selecting it as an instructional aide. I liked the SlideShare presentation in your prior post, even though you did not. It reminded me of an op-ed from an unexpected, but rather credible source, “Communications of the ACM”, on the subject of
    Hover your mouse over the author’s photo to see his identity and organizational affiliation. The first part was a bit belabored, while the last three paragraphs were most relevant.

    You are probably familiar with that tired conceit of the “The Cathedral and the Bazaar”. An early internet personage wrote some manifesto or other with that title. (I use “conceit” in the manner of Reverend Jonathan Edwards, that fiery early American puritanical zealot, not sure why, guilt maybe?) Here is an article
    by a young computer scientist who contrasts the reputable Open University system with MOOCs. He looks favorably on MOOCs. He perceives them as a further stage in the cathedral-to-bazaar evolution. I left a comment, which the young man was kind enough not to accept, just in case you have not read enough of my opinion on these matter.

    It is a pleasure to sojourn here, in your corner of the digital domain. I was duly impressed by modern day luminaries e.g. a certain A.J. McCann, the bioinformatics expert – he left a comment on your prior post. Despite his advocacy of the Monstrous MOOCs, his stature is undiminished, in my eyes.

    Let’s return to the topic at hand: Praise and encomium for your website. It is immaculate, elegant, with perfect font size and typefaces. The UI is flawless. The overall UX is equivalent to reading, and writing, with cream colored, torn-edge heavy vellum stationary using a narrow, brushed steel Mont Blanc fountain pen. Thank you for indulging me. I like it here so much better than the Venture Capitalists’ blogs!

    P.S. Is HTML for style disallowed? I tried.

    Friday, August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink
  4. EDIT: I am so sorry! I made not one but two, equally egregious errors in my prior comment!

    Noam Kfir was kind enough to accept and publish my comment on his post! I erroneously stated the negation of that. I apologize. I cringed after re-reading, as was comparable to an accusation of censorship, whereas the very opposite was true.
    I incorrectly spelled the surname of bioinformatics luminary A.J. Cann PhD, published author of a highly-regarded and recent book in his field of expertise, and esteemed researcher at the esteemed Bergman Labs. How redolent of U.S.A.-centricism I am… sigh. I inadvertently transformed Cann into a Scotts-Irish amalgam of "McCann".

    P.S. I’ll take a chance and try to answer my own question, regarding the versatility-trust covenant of allowing HTML tags on this website. ‘Learning by doing’ is my motto! No, not really: lux et veritas That is truly why I keep returning here.

    Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink