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Things for OER15

a list of useful things for my #oer15 keynote
Men Explain Technology to Me: On Gender, Ed-Tech, and the Refusal to Be Silent

Here are the notes and the slides from what is (I hope) my last talk of 2014. I gave this this evening to University of Mary Washington, and then turned around and presented it again (online) to Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt's class EC&I 831.

Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me

Before there was mansplaining, there was Rebecca Solnit's 2008 critique of male arrogance. Reprinted here with a new introduction. Image from Flickr via Ed Yourdon By Rebecca Solnit By arrangement with Tom Dispatch One evening over dinner, I began to joke, as I often had before, about writing an essay called "Men Explain Things to Me."

From "Open" to Justice #OpenCon2014

Here are the transcript and slides from the talk I gave this morning at OpenCon 2014. I was a little nervous as to how well this would be received -- nothing like challenging the meaning of a word that makes up the title of the conference.

Why the internet has turned us into hypocrites

Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The phrase was "useful idiots" and it applied to a good many people who should have known better.

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This Thursday - November 6th at 1:30pm - I'm a guest in George Veletsianos' #scholar14 open course, talking about networks as places of care and vulnerability. It's a Google hangout, so the talk will be an informal back and forth, open (I hope?) to multiple voices if folks want to join in.
""in open networks, a networked identity is the price of admission."**

Koller, Thicke, and Noble: The "Blurred Lines" Between Traditional Online Courses and MOOCs

What's the difference between a MOOC and a "traditional" online course? It sounds like the setup for a bad joke, but trying to find a reasonable answer to this question is no joke. Take the following quote from an end of 2014 article about MOOCs as an example.

Jazz that is neither traditional nor it was a form of jazz that had strayed away from the mainstream modern, based on the 1930s swing style and consisting especially of solo improvisation on chord sequences:
The Deeper Ethics of Education and Open: Generosity, Care, and Relationships
Humans are fundamentally social. There are a number of ways we might attempt to prove this claim. We might argue that the highest compliment someone can be paid is to be called a "true friend." We might argue that the noblest of all emotions is love.
10 Ways Technology Helps Good Teachers t...
10 Ways Technology Helps Good Teachers to Become Great Teachers#1. It Saves Time.Good teachers want to dedicate the majority of their professional time to teaching, as opposed to managing. Technology makes it possible to alleviate the pains of administration by providing the resources you need in an instant, allowing you to build a lesson in minutes, and keep track of every student's progress in real-time.
5 Reasons Your Company Should Open Source More Code
Given intense competition for the world's best engineering talent, can your company really afford to lock up its code behind proprietary licenses? Sure, if you're in the business of selling software, giving it all away may not make sense. But the vast majority of companies don't sell software, and should be contributing a heck of a lot more as open source.
How Open Source Succeeds In The Cloud-It Trades Freedom For Simplicity
Those new to open source won't remember just how much of the early code amounted to little more than crappy-but-free clones of popular proprietary products. Boy, how times have changed. Open source, once a clumsy (but free!) imitator of proprietary innovation is now doing taking the lead on industry innovation, with Big Data being the most obvious example.
On Technology, Education and Organisational Development
In June 2009 the '52group' gathered from across the Higher Education sector to consider the confluence of education and the digital. The result was a position paper entitled 'Preparing for the postdigital era'. At the time the paper was largely met with a mixture of skepticism and confusion, a common response being "The digital hasn't been superseded?".
Technology, pedagogy and the language of change #bett2015
I recently had the honour of participating in a panel session at Bett, one of the world's largest educational technology events and trade shows, as part of the exhibition's Technology in Higher Education Summit.
Mainstream (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Association for Learning Technology Annual Survey 2014 Data and Report - ALT Open Access Repository

This is the first report from ALT's new Annual Survey launched in December 2014. This survey was primarily for ALT members (individual or at an organisation which is an organisational member) it could however also be filled in by others, perhaps those interested in taking out membership.

Open Practice and My Academic Philosophy, Sort Of... Erm, Maybe... Perhaps..?!

Having got my promotion case through the sub-Faculty level committee (with support and encouragement from senior departmental colleagues), it's time for another complete rewrite to try to get it though the Faculty committee. Guidance suggests that it is not inappropriate - and may even be encouraged - for a candidate to include something about their...

eLearning at Science & Engineering

I should state before I even get started on this post, that I am a big advocate of openness; I have managed a JISC-funded project on OER and am currently researching aspects of the 'movement'. However, this is the first post in a series that I'm calling 'Sceptic Week' (a few posts that will critically reflect upon and question movements that I fully support).

Open Educational Practices and Digital Skills for a Digital European Union

Open Educational Practices and Digital Skills for a Digital European Union The recent Digital Agenda's following the Stakeholder Forum on Europe's new digital priorities provided plenty of strategic links and action bridges to Education in the Digital Era discussion conference .

The place of love in open and engaged scholrship

The other day I took part in my first 'Twitter Journal Club' (#TJC15) facilitated by Laura Gogia from Virginia Commonwealth University's AltLab. The experience was exciting, disruptive, thoughtful. Lots of things. You can see the various streams here. This TJC event occurred at a moment when I am re-thinking my sense of being an...

Open source license usage on

Open source simply isn't open source without a proper license. Unless you've explicitly told others that they can modify and reuse your work, you've only showed others your code; you haven't shared it.

Clarifying the 5th R

There have been a number of responses to my decision to introduce a 5th R - " Retain" - to my 4Rs framework. Bill, Darren, and Mike have responded, among others. Some parts of the responses lead me to believe that I wasn't entirely clear in my initial statement, so let me try to clear a few things up.