Launching the Open Education Handbook

This morning I am taking part in a hangout to launch The Open Education Handbook, a collaboratively written document published by Open Knowledge Foundation for which I acted as the editor for the most recent edition. Lots of people were involved in putting together the manual, both directly (in book ‘sprints’ and through a working …

OER and Collective Intelligence

Here is a copy of the slides from the presentation given at OpenOpen earlier today by myself and Anna De Liddo. The title of the talk was “Building and Communicating Evidence of Effectiveness in OER through Collective Intelligence” and relates to our work on the OLnet project and the OER Evidence Hub. View more presentations …

OER as Educational Philosophy

Here are the slides from my presentation to the Computers and Learning Research Group.  My basic argument can be summarised as follows Discourse about Open Educational Resources (OERs) has reached a point of maturity and needs to be (at least) supplemented with explicit focus on Open Educational Practices (OEPs) Focus on OEPs weakens the link …

Copyright tips for bloggers

Five easy rules for bloggers To avoid being accused of stealing someone else’s content, follow these simple rules: 1. You may not use a work simply because it does not have a copyright notice The mere absence of a copyright notice (which is not a requirement) does not mean that there is no protection. Published …

OER: Shared or Exchanged?

There’s an information page on OER at PBworks. I wasn’t sure about this, though: It could be argued that sharing implies an open model (sharing with all) and exchange a community based model which relies on mutual benefits within a specific community. The author (Lou McGill) stops short of saying that this is her own …

Debating OER

I’m taking place in a public debate this July about the value and future of Open Educational Resources (OER).  I’ll be taking the ‘anti’ side against Martin Weller, even though we’re both effectively advocates of OER in our day jobs. So I was quite interested to find that Martin has taken part in similar debates …