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02/19/2008

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D'Arcy Norman

Cole, great stuff. It's totally NOT about the technology - it's been technically possible to do this stuff for years. It's about it becoming easy enough, and effective enough, that the only limiting reactant is philosophy. Unfortunately, that's the hardest thing the change :-)

Brian

It's so cool to see you open this line of thought here, Cole. Keep on rockin' in the free (and open) world!

Carla

Finally the ease of use issue is catching up with our thinking in this space. Count me in on the "explore agressively" team.

Allan Gyorke

I really prefer this kind of open system as opposed to learning object repository systems that require complex metadata. It has to be easy and open for people to get on board. In other words, when content experts are being nice enough to share their content, why put red tape in their way, discouraging them from sharing? Let the content be the metadata. Throw in a nice social rating system ("I like this content, thumbs-up") and that might encourage others to share their work.

If nothing else, we would learn a lot from designing a couple of courses this way.

Brad

I dig this in a big way. Although, I don't see why we would need or want a separate instance of MT for this. I don't think we want to force people to have to strictly classify what is course material from other forms of content. How about a button that can appear on someone's blog post that says "Use this content". Click it and it automatically opens a new entry screen in your blog with content of the post. You can edit it to your liking and save it to your own repository. Of course, we will also make it easy to suck multiple pieces of content at one time, too.

Getting into the business of OER Standards scares me a little. Focus on this is what, IMHO, hampers a lot of repository efforts. This is why I like the idea of "It's really just a blog". As we go forward people will create content in a way that is useful for them and others. Over time they will get better at it. Sure, we have a role to help figure this out and share our knowledge. I see these more like best practices.

Jeff Swain

I agree ease of use is key. Let's get the 'tool' out of the way. Cole, eighteen months ago we talked about 'Liquid ANGEL' and I see MT4 as a great step toward that kind of openness. Like we talked about at lunch the other day, it's no longer about my real life and my online life; it's my life operating on different planes. To be able to build my educational life, and thus my work life, into the equation---that is powerful.

Justin Ball

There are great thoughts here. The part that stood out to me was ownership of content. Humans like to own things. In the physical world this leads to scarcity, but in the digital world we are free to 'own' the same thing over and over again if we are willing to make it open in the first place. It's as if you had a box of chocolates that never ran out and you could just keep giving them away.

Anyway, this concept of using the tools that are available - be they Moveable Type or Wordpress is powerful. Since the platforms are hackable we can now add the last 10-20% that is required to modify the tools so that they precisely fit the user's needs. In many cases the existing community has already built the components we need. We only need to assemble them.

You say this may not be new thinking, but I actually thing it is something new. Blogs are not new, but the concept of using a blogging system as a platform for collaboration and content development in an academic setting is a bit revolutionary. Imagine a world where we didn't have to pay insane amounts of money for WebCT and or Blackboard and instead could use the tools students are already accustomed to and which they will use in the real world.

Great thought and ideas here. I look forward to your continued comments in the space.

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