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I'm an avid reader, writer, educator, open ed evangelist, and carpenter.
I've worked in education for a long time and am very interested in new models that encourage deeper learning.



K12 Open Ed



In the extremely rural place where I live, there is lots of space, but not a lot of public spaces in the conventional sense. No coffee houses, malls, or parklets. We do have large open pieces of public land and an amazing library.

A couple years ago, I wanted to start a seed library, and our local librarian graciously offered to host it at the library. I wasn't sure whether other people would be interested in it, but it turnout out that they were.

Lesson #1: Food builds community, even among otherwise segmented groups.

Here is a story of our seed library:

on Jul 21, 2015
by Karen Fasimpaur

Yesterday, I saw this quote on Twitter posted by @dogtrax from Advice to Writers.

on Jul 15, 2015
by Karen Fasimpaur

The time has arrived -- CLMOOC 2015 has begun. Everyone is invited to join in (or step out) anytime. It's a highly flexible connected learning experience.

The week 1 "make" is "Unmake an Introduction." This is a twist on the usual "introduce yourself" activity that invites us to consider our identity in different contexts, to intentionally shatter those identities, and thereby to explore the Connected Learning principles of equity and full participation.

on Jun 23, 2015
by Karen Fasimpaur

(cross-posted from K12 Open Ed)


I've been thinking a lot lately about open learning and with Open Education Week coming up, thought it would be a good time to explore this in more detail.

To be clear, I am not talking about open educational resources (OER), but rather open learning practices. (Is there a common term people are using for this? Open learning? Open pedagogy? Open practice?)

In my mind, this area is somewhat loosely defined, but may be at the heart of why "open" is important.

I'm thinking aloud here, but I think that open practice includes things such as:

on Feb 25, 2015
by Karen Fasimpaur

This white paper from the Hive NYC talks about why working in the open is relevant to their organization. It further describes what working in the open looks like in practice and talks about the benefits and tensions.


Santo, R., Ching, D., Peppler, K., Hoadley, C. (2014). What does it mean to “Work Open” in Hive NYC? A Vision for Collective Organizational Learning. New York, NY: Hive Research Lab.

on Dec 18, 2014
by Karen Fasimpaur