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Michelle Panulla

"Why not create that structure inside the academy?" Here, here! I honestly feel that is the direction the international academic community is headed. Any ideas for how to begin here at home?

Scott Leslie

I enjoyed following your tweets during the conference, you could tell it was having an impact. The OpenEd conference in Utah has in the past had a similar effect on me, both in regards to openness and in regards to the presumptions we make in the developed world about the needs of the developing world. Indeed, I make a point lately, no matter what topic I am actually supposed to be speaking on, to work in something about the era-changing importance of the net neutrality debate. Look forward to seeing more reflections (and positive effects) of this event on your work in the future. Cheers, Scott

Jim Leous

Cole asks:

Where is the wikipedia of course content? I am not really thinking about open courseware per say, what I am thinking about is how to create a discipline specific content space that could support the creation of articles by faculty for teaching and learning.

What about Curriki?
Scott McNeely from Sun is one of the main players.

Cole Camplese

Jim ... thanks for the link! What I am really curious about is evidence of this approach from within the academy. Does anyone know of an Institution that has embraced an approach that sees faculty being persuaded and rewarded for the ground up creation of curricular evidence?



It's interesting that you bring up the question re: wiki for course content. I have been talking with the Chair of the Business School here, and sharing how we could use the wiki as an on-going repository. The idea is to have students learn about businesses (as you know, I have been having the students interview local businesses and create podcast profiles of them). Using the wiki, they would post their learnings, where other students, and faculty can see it. Then, rather than class after class rediscovering the same superficial truths about businesses, each subsequent class either starts a new company or, if they choose to look at one already seen, contribute quality content to the information about that company.

As a school of business, I see us being able to expand the wiki for each company to deal with various aspects of what we cover in courses. Marketing. Accounting. Inventory control. Supply Chain. The "big picture" idea here is to give the students tangible learnings from the courses through seeing AND DEVELOPING real life connections between course content and practice.

Know anyone that would like to help us on the endeavor?


Andy Oram

As a small counter-observation, I'd like to say that I talked to Jimmy Wales face-to-face for a while (as well as hearing his presentation) and didn't feel he was arrogant and self-righteous at all, Rather, I found him passionate but interested in discussion. And this even though I believe his background political orientation is different from mine.

Cole Camplese

Andy ... my observations of arrogance are purely surface level -- my point is that he comes off as smug, not that he is. His words and practice have both moved me to rethink nearly everything I used to believe about creating knowledge in a higher education space. The overall wikipedia approach -- from governance to final display have inspired me to rethink how I will work to approach content creation/collection on my campus. I am not saying I didn't find his affect to be a bit off center, but I am saying I find myself overwhelmingly sitting in the wikia camp. Arrogance isn't necessarily a bad thing -- and in the case of Jimmy Wales, he has earned the right to posture. In my mind his approach is right and he knows it. To some it may seem like an act, but in reality it appears he is just passionate about fulfilling his vision.

I apologize if my characterization offended you. I appreciate the comment and I hope I've clarified my perspective.

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