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I’m a Hypocrite!

I think this will be my last post to this blog. For a while I have been pushing the point of view that the world needs more joiners in the “open movement,” i.e. open access, open content, open education, open … Continue reading

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OER Summit 2013

I recently presented at the OER Summit, sponsored by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, UMassOnline, University of Massachusetts and Mass Colleges Online. Hosted by Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons, the panel included: Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication … Continue reading

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Joiners, Not Starters

In an ongoing theme with this blog (I can’t help myself) I’ve lamented, while the acceptance of open methods for development and distribution has grown across a variety of sectors, the result has been an influx of new projects (i.e. … Continue reading

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“Codesera” Offers Repository for Some of Higher Educations’s Most Common Programs

Last fall, two Stanford computer-science professors helped create an online code repository that opened some of the university’s locally developed software, interfaces and configurations to the entire world. Hundreds of thousands of developers enrolled free of charge. Their start-up, Codesera, … Continue reading

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Everyone has an opinion on the Blackboard move into Open Source… so do I.

This post was originally an email to the Educause CIO listserv, in response to Ethan Benatan, Vice President for IT & Chief Information Officet at Marylhurst University, specifically questions about the impact of various licensing options: I expanded the discussion.

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The “Ultimate” Benefits of Open Source List

Frequently I catch presentations on the benefits of open source software, or even other open initiatives like open educational resources, open courseware, open access, open etc. Usually, the greatest benefit in the adoption of open source software cited by the … Continue reading

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Openness Is More Productive

I just found this post on CIO Insight, Workplace Technology: Employees Take Charge. What I find interesting is, that if one replaces the references to companies with references to campuses and online learning, I still sorta agree… Remember the days … Continue reading

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“Caught between the Scylla and Charibdes”

I just got back from a whirl-wind tour of higher education conferences: SUNY CIT, Jasig, NERCOMP Annual Conference, BbWorld, MoodleMoot Austin and the 2-3-98 Conference. At each of these events, business continuity was a significant theme both formally in the … Continue reading

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Bedework Killed the “LMS”

One of the projects I have been following for a long time is Bedework, which I think is now in position to kill the learning management system (LMS). By this, I do not mean to imply that Bedework has superior … Continue reading

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G*

Ok, this is lame, but after reading Christopher Dawson’s “Windows 7 is the same as Ubuntu” it hit me like a no-duh,  Google has essentially met (?) usurped (?) surpassed (?) the idea of WS-*, and what I would have … Continue reading

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