Wednesday, December 14, 2016

525---Session 13--What the Future Has in Store for Education

Session 12--What the Future Has in Store for Education

Some believe the future will look like more of the same—more smartphones, tablets, screens embedded in every conceivable surface. David Rose has a different vision: technology that atomizes, combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of daily living. Such technology will be woven into the background of our environment, enhancing human relationships and channeling desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. The enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter real life.

No one really has a crystal ball telling us what the future holds. Given that this course's mission was to revolve itself around, and expose you to, technology that can be used to teach the adult learner; and given the fact that the evolution of the tools and resources covered this semester are evolving at an exhausting pace I thought that we would end with 'possibilities...'

We will meet in room 301C Thursday, 12/14 from 4:30-7:30ish at the Providence Campus.  This is a computer lab and will allow you to use the projector to present your Final Projects.  Please review the description on the syllabus to make sure that you are aware of the criteria and guidelines. AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B in case the tech doesn't work right.

Until then dream...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

525-Session 12--Open Education Resources aka: "OER's"

Welcome to Session 12

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We will begin this section on OER's with more detail and some practice exercises with Creative Commons Licensing, but first let's hear from David Wiley.  David and I worked together on an OER course waaaaaay back in 2008.  We were sponsored by the Hearst Foundation and Curriki.  Let's listen to David's introduction on "Open Education and the Future."

Now, you've heard me reference CC Licensing throughout the semester, but we haven't really had any practical application or experiences with it, so I thought that we would practice with some hands-on work.

This 'challenge' will familiarize you with the range of Creative Commons licenses which grant permission to the world to use creative work in specific ways. It also will get you started on the road to being "CC savvy" with a few short videos and activities, and we will end this week with you making a video of your own.

As you go through all four tasks in this module, called, "Get CC Savy" I want you to think about the following questions and respond in your comments this week:

First, decide what license you think the creator in each scenario would choose. Then go to the Creative Commons license chooser tool and answer the questions like you were the creator.
  1. You are a relatively obscure musician who wants as many people to discover your music as possible, but also wants to be able to reserve the commercial right to sell your work. Which license(s) might you choose?
  2. You are an elementary school teacher who has created a great resource on how the solar system works, and want other teachers to benefit. Which license(s) would you choose?
  3. You are an amateur photographer who has taken photos of landmarks in your area and want them to be featured in their Wikipedia articles. Which license(s) do you choose?

In each case, was the license choosen result the same license you chose? If not, what do you think happened that led to the discrepancy? Did you choose different licenses depending on the type of creator? If so, why? What was different?

These questions can only be answered as you go through the module.  In addition to these questions, I'd like you to do one more exercise when you get to part 4 of the module.

I'd like you to videotape yourself (you can use a cellphone camera, nothing fancy) completing the exercise in part 4.  Then upload it to YouTube, make it shareable, and paste the link in your comments for this week.

Please return to this blog and post your information in the comments (due by Mon., 12/5) before moving on to the second-half of this week's work below.

The second-half of this week's session will be an extension of the content that we covered above.  In Part 1 we will build upon our foundational knowledge of OER's and learn how to find and recognize open content on the web.

Part 1

This challenge will help you learn how to find and recognize open content, such as public domain and Creative Commons licensed videos, images, and websites, in the 'wild'. You'll get acquainted with valuable collections of open content and discover new ways to find them. 

There are three elements within Part 1 of S12. 
  1. Choosing a topic or question to focus on, (Try to choose something 'pragmatic' for your present or future work-setting.)
  2. Finding your resources for #1, and 
  3. Posting links to the results of your search.
You may find the exercises for Part 1 "Teach Someone Something with Open Content"  here.