EC&I Tuesday Session, with Brian Lamb and D'Arcy Norman
Elluminate Session Recording here.

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb
D'Arcy Norman
D'Arcy Norman

In lieu of an introduction, let's make the walls melt...




For full effect, we recommend you go to the original YouTube page and view it in full screen mode. People with epilepsy, or who otherwise respond badly to tripped-out visuals might want to give this experiment a pass (seriously).



Old School Repositories



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Photo by Jennifer Jones

difficult to contribute to, highly controlled
difficult to contribute to, highly controlled


  • silos
  • centralized
  • rigorous metadata
  • institutional
  • controlling access
  • DRM
  • mandated
  • failures

Samples


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CAREO, circa 2002
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CAREO, Circa 2005








Open, Connected & Social "Repositories"


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Photo by CarbonNYC, under Creative Commons Attribution License.
  • individual
  • flexible
  • taggable
  • sharable (Creative Commons)
  • reusable
  • mashup. able. is that a word?


What does content sharing on the open web look like?


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Photo by Josie Fraser


YouTube might have a somewhat troubling user submission policy, and is loaded with copyright violations, but it's a tremendously powerful distribution mechanism. There's also blip.tv (more openness-friendly than YouTube), and its application at MIT.


Examples


And there are way more than 50 easily sharable and often remashable ways to tell a web-based story...


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Photo by johndoe40

A core attribute of the new information abundance (or "information exuberance") is the ability find what is needed, unknown, wanted, unanticipated... And then to link to it with some precision.



But all this depends on openness with content (including the explicit designation of an open license), and probably requires flexible, student-centred strategies as well (PLE? Anyone?)


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Photo by dtlq

How to mesh distributed approaches into something coherent?


Student work created can be a valuable contribution to the pool of open educational resources.

Visual representation of English language text of Wikipedia, as of August 2007
Visual representation of English language text of Wikipedia, as of August 2007


Open education comes in many flavours. Think it's easy to get "featured article" status on Wikipedia? Think again. Luckily, there's help. The project is already paying off with impressive results. (Check out the meta-discussion.) Professor Jon Beasley-Murray offers a detailed reflection of the process here.

See also, WikiEducator.

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Image from johndoe40

Some immodest proposals:

  • Does the content need to be password-protected? Can a Creative Commons license be applied?
  • When choosing a content management system for a campus project, can RSS support (for full-content feeds) be a consideration?
  • Non-crufty URLs, XHTML
  • Can we discuss what data/content can be exposed and what cannot, rather than a default nothing?


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Photo from footage