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How to Close a Commons with an Open License

There are some interesting paradoxes that arise from alternatives to copyright. I have seen a big push to license articles and textbooks with a CC-by license (free to use if you attribute the author) and to avoid the CC-by-nc (free … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up The Rubrics

I started this series with a general overview of rubrics in general with the posting  Evaluating Online Courses: a prelude. I learned a lot reviewing the seven rubrics below for online courses: CA Community College’s Online Education Initiative Rubric Quality … Continue reading

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Why Open Matters

For myself, “open” covers open pedagogy, open education resources, and open textbooks. I think open education is one of the most significant things to hit education in 500 years – probably since the invention or the wide-spread use of cheap … Continue reading

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Introduction to Open Education

I am taking a course this Fall on open education from George Siemens and David Wiley. I am looking forward to it because I have followed George and David’s work pretty closely for a number of years, and it will … Continue reading

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Course Rubrics: CSU’s QOLT

I have used the California State University’s Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) rubric to evaluate courses as well as its ancestor, the CSU Chico rubric. This is the two-page version of the QOLT rubric. I have seen this rubric … Continue reading

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Course Rubrics: OCAT and Peer Assessment Process

The Coulter Faculty Center eLearning Faculty Fellows at Western Carolina University developed the “Online Course Assessment Tool and Peer Assessment Process” or “OCAT.” This is essentially a checklist style rubric designed to provide peer feedback on the design of their online … Continue reading

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Course Rubrics: CMU’s Quality Assurance Checklist

In my look at online course rubrics, I want to include Central Michigan University’s Quality Assurance Checklist from their Center for Instructional Design (CID) because it is typical of what most colleges who do have a rubric usually have. There is … Continue reading

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Seeing Ourselves Through Technology

I just finished reading Jill Walker-Rettberg’s 2014 book Seeing Ourselves Through Technology: How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves. There are so many things I love about this book, but because I am so passionate … Continue reading

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Betsy DeVos Cancels Solar Eclipse

I don’t know if you have gotten this letter yet. Seems a little strange to me but I guess that is where we are now:  August 16, 2017 Dear Fellow Educator, I am writing this letter to announce that the … Continue reading

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Course Rubrics: OCEP

Some of the rubrics I am examining are a bit of a time warp. The Online Course Evaluation Project (OCEP) from the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, for instance, is from 2005. I think it is important to look … Continue reading

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