I’m a Hypocrite!

I think this will be my last post to this blog (but not my last post–see the bottom of this article). 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 educational resources, open source software, etc. and fewer starters.

At the same time I’ve been trying to point out many of the discussions around online learning are narrow and uniformed as most do not appreciate the history of teaching and learning that has been happening online for years, or recognize the existing resources already out there helping self-motivated learners discover, create and grow. Many of these educationally valuable resources are quite creative, innovative and compelling. Unfortunately, as many evolved over time, through the continued work of individuals and groups who cared more about the product than the prize, they may have not benefited from the branding and marketing of more recent “disruptive” efforts that have “burst upon the scene.

Don’t think me naive, I understand that many blogs are promotional, but those–neither their content nor creators–are not of interest to me. I’m looking for authentic engagement with folks who wonder why, not tell me how.

Nonetheless many informal communities and the resources they create, provide real value for those looking to learn about some topic: Programming, Art History, Higher Education, etc. The people involved–the authors, readers, commenters, linkers–provide several important services: access to/curation of current thought and resources; guidance in interpretation and understanding, support, feedback/assessment about your and others’ work and ideas; community building and introduction to peers, etc. I’ve pointed to online communities like discussion forums in the past but blogs are clearly another example where folks are meeting to discuss and learn with one another and find experts on topics of personal and/or professional interest.

So eating my own dog food, what would be better, starting up a blog (and keep it limping along with a few hits/comments/pingbacks coming in) or join a blog that is much more mature and active? It’s just like an open source project: create a new blog (or project?) to discuss issues of interest; develop a community for the exchange of ideas; and promote awareness and adoption to grow participation/contribution, versus joining an existing blog (again, project?) to contribute to foster further development and community: someone said, it’s reuse, not recreate.

So here is my plan (as if you care–but at least, now with this reflection, I can look at myself). I am going to find several blogs on topics of interest, higher education; technology, edtech; openness; open source software, etc. and only comment in those. This will not be too hard as I am already following several. And while the comments section of other’s blogs can serve just as nicely as running my own blog as a platform/forum for my thoughts and ideas, the important (and hopefully valuable) concept is that I will be contributing to a broader discussion and possibly, greater understanding (mine and others) as well as direction on the subject (or maybe they will block me!).

Just like an open source project, open textbook, open course, open educational resource, etc. the greater the participation, the better the outcomes/output: many eyeballs…!

On this page, I’ll simply chronicle my comments as an index for reference. Let’s see how this goes.

  1. Why do you use Linux and open source software?, March 17, 2017 (see comments)
  2. 6 non-code contributions you can make to open source, January 21, 2016 (see comments)
  3. Pearson issues profit warning and announces 4,000 job cut, January 21, 2016 (see comments)
  4. A Higher Calling For Open-Source Software, January 19, 2016 (see comments)
  5. How to Charge for your Open Source, November 23, 2015 (see comments)
  6. “The Open Source Ethos” (CatsConfFinal.pdf)
    2015 Catskill Conference, October 23, 2015
  7. Lastpass sold to LogMeIn — should Linux users panic? October 21, 2015 (see comments)
  8. Terry and Clarence Low, Bits ‘N’ Bytes: WordPress has its upsides and downsides, October 2, 2015 (see comments)
  9. Fair pricing in the World of Open Source, September 15, 2015(see comments)
  10. German city that ditched Windows for Linux wants to go back to Windows, August 22, 2015 (see comments)
  11. How to pick an open source licence for your code, August 3, 2015 (see comments)
  12. Enterprises Flocking to Open Source Software OSS will work, but is the enterprise staff really ready?
    June 16, 2015 by Gary Audin (see comments)
  13. Companies should be on the hunt for gremlins in the open-source machine
    May 28th, 2015, by Paul Levy (see comments)
  14. Open Source Conquers Proprietary Software, Really?
    May 21st, 2015, by Whitney Grace
  15. How secure are your open source-based systems?
    January 22, 2015 by Susan Miller,
  16. OSI 2014 Annual Report
    December 15, 2014
  17. Is Kuali Guilty of “Open Washing”?
    December 3, 2014 by Michael Feldstein
  18. An open source iPad alternative, Creative Commons turns 12, and more
    November 30, 2014
    (This comment was later published as a post, “Openwashing: adopter beware,” on December 3, 2014)
  19. Kuali, Ariah and Apereo: Emerging ed tech debate on open source license types
    November 10, 2014 by Phil Hill
  20. Dammit, the LMS
    November 10, 2014 by Michael Feldstein
  21. Kuali, Ariah and Apereo: Emerging ed tech debate on open source license types
    November 10, 2014 by
  22. How to use the XWiki annotation feature and some functionality it provides.
    August 27, 2014
  23. InstructureCon: Canvas LMS has different competition now
    June 19, 2014 by Phil Hill
    My comments…
  24. Why open source is not always the best tool for the job: Control Shift
    Wednesday, 18 June 2014 by Andrew Sadauskas
    My comments…
  25. Why Open Source Software Isn’t as Secure as You Think
    Posted 12 June, 2014 By Paul Rubens
    My comments…
  26. Training college students to contribute to the Linux kernel
    Posted 18 Nov 2013 by Luis Ibanez
    My comments…
  27. Prepare students for a rapidly changing world by teaching with open source
    Posted 19 Nov 2013 by Gregg Ferrie
    My comments…
  28. University course trades textbook for Raspberry Pi
    Posted 23 Oct 2013 by Luis Ibanez
    My comments…
  29. Free and open source education materials for children and teens
    Posted 7 Nov 2013 by Carolyn Fox
    My comments…

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