open education

  As I look in the rear view mirror at this past semester, I marvel at the grand experiment of my #WritingRace class at Kean University that I blogged about as we embarked on our journey. I decided to take co-learning one step further. When I first met my fantastic group of graduate and undergraduate students for this course, I announced that they were in charge of their own...
How can museums begin to more closely connect with in-school and out-of-school digital literacy practices, tapping the tools of the digital age as well as the elements of making, connecting, and experimenting that create powerful possibilities for learning?  Can we, as museum educators, begin to see ourselves as designers, and reposition ourselves as active agents of change in today’s education...
Our month-long series, Equity and Learning in the 21st Century Classroom, started off marvelously yesterday. The series, broadcast in partnership with Educator Innovator and Connectedlearning.tv, focuses specifically on equity in relation to Connected Learning principles. This first webinar, Networked Classrooms: Providing Equitable Access to Connected Learning, is now archived. This webinar...
865x180-oew-web-banner.gif It's Open Education Week! Open education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, referring to the use of legal tools (open licenses like Creative Commons) that give everyone permission to reuse, modify, and share educational resources. Free and open sharing increases access to education and...
fuzzy copyright.jpg All rights reserved. Is copyright a little fuzzy? / Elias Bizannes / CC BY-SA   Following on the heels of "Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and Beyond," three more School of Open courses are now open for sign-up. They are: 1. Copyright 4 Educators (AUS) This course will equip Australian educators with the copyright knowledge to...
The School of Open is offering its second round of facilitated courses! Starting today, you can sign up for 7 courses during a two week period; sign-up closes 4 August (Sunday) and courses start on or after 5 August (Monday). All courses are free to take and open to reuse under the CC BY-SA license. The School of Open is a community of volunteers from around the world passionate about peer...
open.jpg All rights reserved. There is a lot of talk about "open" these days. It's the new black. It's cool and hip, and marketeers are calling their products "open," whether they are or not. But what does "open" really mean? And why should we care? For the purposes of this discussion, "open" refers to content that can be remixed, modified, and redistributed by...
So often in my teaching career - and as a student, actually - I have seen and heard teachers forbid the use of the powerful computers inside students' pockets, scold a student for having consulted Wikipedia, restricted Internet use to sites they approved, and regard the online writing and social networking the students conduct as a "waste of time." I have also faced opposition from these same...