The School of Fear

fear  “If the triangles made a god, they would give him three sides” · Charles de Montesquieu

When we build something new, it is often the sleight-of-hand change of innovation that it is much an iteration than an innovation. A faster car is in itself not innovate, how it gets faster might be innovate, whereas a flying car is definitely innovative.…

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I spent ages thinking of some smart lyric to sum up MOOC MOOC, but given I went for the cheap shot of Giorgio Moroder.

My thinking was this song has the slightly barbed of hook of always being together, but only, and very much damningly only in electric dreams.…

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Defeducation

As part of MOOC MOOC I’ve spent a lot of time looking at Venn diagrams or c0ncentric type pictures. Within pictures such as these – maybe I am too visual – there is an inevitable structure given to data or events in our case student networks or zones of development of knowledge.…

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War / Peace : OER Asymmetry

I’ve spent the week (proper work, not internet randomness) up to my neck in a VLE, coupled with the odd breakout into WordPress. It is hard when dealing with an open source system to want to criticise it, but, hypocritical klaxon alert, the interface on our VLE isn’t exactly easy to use.…

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On being open

So I went to Vancouver for a week for Open Ed 2012, and it was a somewhat spiritual quest. I wasn’t hoping to find myself, but I was definitely hoping to find “something” – insert your own joke about colonialism. Perhaps it was more a case of Kerouacism, for want of making a new word up.…

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Registrying…

Today (October 22nd) was the JLERN workshop, to wrap up and discuss the learning registry project that MIMAS and assorted others have been working on. Here are my slides for the day….

I demonstrated the two chrome plugins developed so far (see my github for details), as well as submitting the WW1C project to the node using Ramanathan.…

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Open source motherships

 

 

I’ve half given up on open source, mostly because, as a vague left winger the balance between what is collective action and volunteering has become much more of a form of explicitly unpaid labour. The balance, moral, economical leads to issues of both maintaining the positivity of sharing skills to make code better, but in taking potentially paid labour from others affects wages, and job opportunities.…

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A door isn’t a destination

I think I’ve given up on Open as a concept. The word open has more people with fingers in the pie that the pie is a cannibals delight. It doesn’t seem to have any meaning, and so it’s emotional quality, polemic tendency or dogma is dead – “once more out of the breach, dear friends” – doesn’t really have gravitas.…

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A MOOC-est proposal

(if you don’t get the pun, please see A Modest Proposal)

we hope to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. We want to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

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