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First I heard of the Iceberg in OER was from that @daveowhite, who I think got it from some combination Joanna Wild, Helen Beethan and Marion Manton?
Hi Martin - superb post. Couple of thoughts 1) link to the unmissible Edukashun is brocken tumblr should be 2) Have you read Eugene Morozov on Tim O'Reilly and "openwashing"?:
My memory of my first years (I had two) was that in the sciences I learned hands on practical skills (lab skills, reaction mechanisms etc) and in the arts I benefited most from detailed feedback from staff and peers and kind of an inculcation into the "academic" way of doing things. I'm guessing psychology is more like the latter - and my suspicion would be that most bright laypeople with an interest in psychology would already know most of the content in the first year. I'm not sure what a MOOC would add in terms of academic skills and detailed iterative feedback. I know Candace Thille at OLI (Carnegie Mellon) saw her fully automated online courses as a first year/remedial module replacement but I'm not sure that they were ever used as a replacement. Would recommend a chat with her if you got chance.
I see MOOCs as more the kind of Uncle that never shuts up about how great they are and how much better the world would be if they ran it.
Toggle Commented May 15, 2013 on Uncle MOOC at The Ed Techie
Any chance of a narrated version of this? Martin. This is a great resource and a useful set of reflections to share with others.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2013 on H817Open reflections at The Ed Techie
Nicely done Martin. This narrative thing is something I've been banging on about for a while now. :-) We are in some danger of losing control of the "making education more betterer" story. We need to get better at telling our story, and at pointing out the flaws in theirs. And we need to avoid getting caught up in the panic and destruction that is the first act of their story.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2013 on The MOOC wars at The Ed Techie
@UniversityBoy's second para nails it. What we are seeing here is not a reaction against MOOCs per se, more a reaction to the worst excesses of MOOC hype. Like most things in our world, MOOCs are a good idea in some situations for some people. During the inevitable backlash, we need to protect some of the truly innovative work (Phonar/PICBOD, Edinburgh's Coursera stuff, FSLT... to give some UK examples that are combining the scale of the xMOOC with the humanity of the cMOOC) from being tarred with the same brush.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2013 on The MOOCs that ate themselves at The Ed Techie
You think "open" has won, Martin? Open is just a fashionable marketing term. A Coursera MOOC is just free at the point of use, there's nothing "open" about it at all. Gold OA is just another way for publishers to get money from universities for doing bugger all. Gartner was right, we've got a lot more work to do. The really big stuff (
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2013 on Openness has won - now what? at The Ed Techie
I kind of imagine Brian like this now...
I guess the competition aspect of MOOCs is all about the "size" thing isn't it? So it's based on the false assumptions that there is a discrete and limited market for Open Education MOOCs, and that it is not possible for more than one to exist. Chaps, MOOC starts with an "O". Not an "M". :-)
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2012 on Does your MOOC have penguins? at The Ed Techie
Yes indeed. JISC and CETIS predicted the free content & peer support, pay for academic support, assessment, accreditation idea back at ALT2010 ( There's really only the point at which you pay differing stuff like that from early 00s online learning. Dave Cormier has an interesting angle on this too: I like your bridge design point, really useful metaphor. :-)
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2012 on Amnesimooc at The Ed Techie
"and 10 years from now people will be writing papers that cite Stanford as the initiator of open courses." I was interviewed recently by a journalist who claimed just that.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2012 on MOOCs Inc at The Ed Techie
Do you have any unusual cake recipes you can share?
Toggle Commented May 1, 2012 on Blogging was the best decision at The Ed Techie
I no longer believe in the Gartner Hype Cycle. Stuff either works (in that it does something that I find useful or entertaining at that particular moment in time, or lets me be useful/entertaining to others) or doesn't. In fact, the Gartner Hype Cycle backlash starts here :-D
Toggle Commented Jan 25, 2011 on The year of the backlash at The Ed Techie
Great post Martin. Sometimes the story doesn't break until well after the spin is over - wikileaks has proved this, and we'll see it again with fees and the new funding model.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2010 on Living in interesting times at The Ed Techie
What about "middle OER" - individually led and managed but with the explicit support of an institution or other academic body? The original UKOER thesis was to support institutions in changing their processes and policies to "allow" the release of OER...
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2009 on Big OER and Little OER at The Ed Techie
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