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Lessons Learned from Open Learning

Dave Cormier has posted a list of the lessons he’s learned from his participation in open learning. Open Learning – what I have learned includes statements like:

  • Hypothesis 1 – Making work public makes it better
  • Hypothesis 2 – Some students like to work
  • Hypothesis 3 – The community can be the curriculum

Dave provides longer explanations for each of his eight hypotheses. Head over to the blog and see if your experience agrees with his.

More Social Study Groups for MIT OCW

Steve Carson reports that MIT OCW is partnering with OpenStudy to provide an opportunity for people to participate in informal study groups around MIT OCW material:

MIT OpenCourseWare has paired up with OpenStudy to offer study groups in association with three OCW courses. Developed by researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory, and funded by the NSF and NIH, OpenStudy is a unique platform for collaborative learning. Try it out yourself:

David Wiley points out that MIT OCW has tried social software before. Here’s to hoping it works better this time.

From Blog to Book

The Center for History and New Media at GMU’s One Week, One Tool initiative has released Anthologize:

Anthologize is a free, open-source, plugin that transforms WordPress 3.0 into a platform for publishing electronic texts. Grab posts from your WordPress blog, import feeds from external sites, or create new content directly within Anthologize. Then outline, order, and edit your work, crafting it into a single volume for export in several formats, including—in this release—PDF, ePUB, TEI.

ePUB support means that, among other things, Anthologize is a drop-dead simple way to collate openly licensed content from blogs around the web, remix it, and push out to iBooks on the iPad. Many congrats to Dan’s group for another awesome tool.

Open Access Arguments in the House

A new Chronicle of Higher Education article, Lawmakers Hear Arguments for and Against Open Access to Research:

Advocates for public access to federally funded research made their case before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Thursday, while publishers’ representatives urged lawmakers to proceed with caution for fear of putting U.S. intellectual property—and publishers’ livelihoods—at risk.

The article provides a good (if brief) summary of some of the arguments on both sides of the debate about open access to publicly-funded research.

NY Times on Open Textbooks

The New York Times has published a piece on the state of textbooks called, $200 Textbook vs. Free. You Do the Math. One choice quote from the article:

Ms. Colby of Houghton Mifflin puts the state of affairs politely: “I think the open-source movement is opening a whole new conversation, and that is what is exciting to us.”

I suppose the feral fight-or-flight response the textbook industry feels as it stares at the growing open textbook movement could be called “exciting.” The story focuses mostly on Scott McNealy, formerly of Sun, and his contributions to the Curriki project.

Congratulations, Seth Gurell!

OEN writer Seth Gurell got married over the weekend! Congratulations to Seth and Cassie, and best wishes and God bless them in their new life together.