Free and open education resources course

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I’ve recently been looking at some really excellent online courses, lasting 10 weeks. This course is targeted at teachers and teacher-students who do not have prior knowledge or skills related to free and open education resources, however anyone with a genuine interest in learning more is welcome.

The course readings and the assignments in this course will familiarize participants with the main concepts related to open education resources and to the historical and philosophical ideas behind them. The participants will also do their own projects where they will learn to create and participate in projects producing free and open educational resources.

Take a look for yourself, happy learning!

OER mini-handbook for educators

I saw this diagram by Kim Tucker while browsing Wikieducator. Click on it for a closer look. You can also have a look at the full resolution version on Wikieducator. 800px-KtOER-Cycle-Find Another cool resource is the OER Handbook. What I like about this diagram is that it shows a process that I use in my own learning and a process that I share with others while assisting them. Some of you may recall Kim Tuckers from his work on Free Knowledge Communities and FLOSS in Education. Though I can’t seem to find the article I really liked, it used to be on this page, it was the link to “Describing Free Knowledge Communities” , it seems to have disappeared while being moved, a lot of the resources on his site are gone as well. freeknowledge-communities.org used to have a lot more information and resources, I’m happy to have downloaded a lot of it while it was available though I wish I had copied that page from wikibooks, it looked like a well thought out plan. I guess most of his work is being used for other projects. I love his catch phrase:

“Knowledge for all, freedom to learn, towards collective wisdom – Enabling communities to empower themselves with knowledge.”

In my talk to nswlearnscope about the evolution of foss and libre knowledge, I mentioned Kim’s work on free knowledge communities before I discussed wikieducator. I started with Free software and finished up with Open Educational Resources.

What you do makes me cry at night

Watch this video

Severn Cullis-Suzuki on Wikipedia.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki (born November 30, 1979 in Vancouver, Canada) is an environmental activist, speaker, television host and author. Born to writer Tara Elizabeth Cullis and geneticist and environmental activist David Suzuki, she has spoken around the world about environmental issues, urging listeners to define their values, act with the future in mind, and take individual responsibility.

She’s 12 yrs old in the video, I thought her delivery was excellent. Unfortunately in nearly all schools these days computers running proprietary software are used to teach children that sharing is wrong and its ok if your forbidden from learning how things work in that environment because apparently thats the way the world works. Its not something I agree with but its not something I try to change anymore. Sometimes I still hang out with teachers online but its not really the same as working with them.

I met Dean Groom on Secondlife. He makes things happen.

Enter a conversation with Jokaydian Gnu Curry. A week or so later, our OpenSim is operational, all be it in a testing phase. Right now we’re reading as much as we can … and using the SL Client to view OpenSim…Read more

Though perhaps those students can cut even more costs using open source games like nexuiz, tremulous, Flightgear, Scorched 3D, GNU Chess and Frozen Bubble.

Its late, I’m tired, thanks for reading.

Live internet radio with talk back and conference

I moved house again and this time I have access to the router settings so I can have some fun. Its nice to be able to use my own box to host stuff online. I recently installed Ubuntu 8.04 on a new drive, I feel sorry for people who use those incomplete restrictive proprietary systems, they never know the joy of things like apt.

I wont go into the details, hopefully I will have the documentation finished soon. If you want to check it out visit this link, the link will be broken sometimes, thats because my computer is turned off. At the moment I’m streaming a random playlist of music licensed under creative commons licenses, fal and other free licences, ocassionally chatting if a friend checks it out. Its best to open the stream with a media player rather than rely on that applet.

Im using icecast, ices2 for the stream and asterisk for the conference/talk back. I’ve also installed voiceone and I think I’ll checkout Web-meetme.

We’ve been using asterisk and moziax for voice chat on opensim and I was one of the original crew of people experimenting with Wikiveristy campus radio which used pretty much the same software, its a shame we didnt get much support considering how useful it is for educational purposes. I know a bunch of musicians that seem interested in the concept so we’ll see what happens. Another really nice program Im using is called Internet DJ Console. It makes it so easy to dj.

I think its a nice setup and would pass as a cool project for school radio or a decent training environment for some TAFE course to do with radio. Its free and libre too.

Anyway, i hope you enjoy the tunes, feel free to mention your favourite CC licensed tracks. I’ll probably be up late tonight so that I can catch up with my friends in other time zones. So check it out and leave a message.

Creative Commons Australia Mayer and Bettle Sequel

I’ve been looking at free software for hosting your own site similar to youtube. Im leaning towards Plumi and have also thought about using phpmotion. I spend way to much time looking at the sites using the software and watching lots of videos about all kinds of interesting things. I thought this one was pretty cool.

From the page “Creative Commons Australia Mayer and Bettle Sequel

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The kooky CC duo Mayer and Bettle are back! This film they are exploring what’s been happening in Creative Commons over the last two years. Like the previous animation, this sequel was commissioned to inform young people (mainly targeted at upper high school) about the Creative Commons licences, placing their use within a context that young people could understand. This film was animated by Pete Foley, with sound and music by Chris Perren. The project was co-ordinated by Elliott Bledsoe, from Creative Commons Australia. The animation was commissioned for the QUT Smart Train, which was launched in Brisbane on last Friday, and is now on its 5 week journey around Queensland.

Also checkout the http://www.engagemedia.org site.

I also randomly ended up watching this video of a talk about open access for governments.