Monthly Archives: November 2013

eLearning 101: An Open Class for New Online Learners

Humboldt State University (Wikipedia) Our new class is slowly taking shape. The course will be based on our old DE 101 (Distance Ed 101) which in turn was based on HIM 100 (a Health Information Management class where we introduced … Continue reading

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Some Notes on Connectivism and Peer Review

A social network diagram (Wikipedia) I have been looking at social constructivism and the social generation of knowledge over the last week. I am interested in this line of thought because I feel that for us to really get a … Continue reading

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New Google Classes for Educators

Juniper Hall at HSU. (Wikipedia) Even though most of what I work with here on this blog is open education resources, I often post what is happening at Google because the college I work for, Humboldt State University, made the … Continue reading

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Durbin, Franken Introduce Legislation to Help Make College Textbooks More Affordable

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Ill.  The cost of new textbooks has increased 82%, three times faster than inflation, over the last decade. [WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) today introduced legislation designed to help … Continue reading

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OER: SALSA – an open source syllabus builder

The open source, web-based SALSA (Styled & Accessible Learning Service Agreements) is a syllabus authoring tool from Utah State University’s Center for Innovative Design & Instruction. It is based on the design of the PDF Syllabus Builder. No registration of … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: The Avalanche That Hasn’t Happened

This is an amazing piece of film that started the off today by David Kernohan. Totally punctures the hype in education with everything that has been declared “a game changer.”  Send this out! This is one of the most important take-aways … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: Hacking the Syllabus in Saskatchewan

Official seal of Saskatoon I met Jordan Epp this morning. I was looking for a place to sit down in the big hall early this morning and he was the only one still smiling while drinking the conference coffee – … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: How to Make It Work for Faculty: A study of how Washington Community and Technical Colleges Use Oer

Boyoung Chae and Connie Broughton discuss the Open Course Library for Washington State’s   Community and Technical Colleges. “While new open educational resources are being continuously created, little data exists on how faculty in higher education actually use and perceive open … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: A Red Hat for OER: Lumen’s Journey

Kim Thanos and David Wiley talk about their business, Lumen Learning. “After a decade and $100M US in foundation funding, an incredible amount of high quality open educational resources exist which are only rarely used in formal settings. The situation … Continue reading

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Opening Up Assessment: Open tools and item banks

“One of the defining characteristics of Open Education has been the widespread sharing of course materials from OpenCourseWare to Open Textbooks to more generally open educational resources (OERs). Unfortunately many OERs are primarily content or course materials and do not … Continue reading

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