What is all the fuss about?

CapetownI have to confess that I am somewhat surprised to see the confusion that the Cape Town Open Education Declaration seems to have caused. To be honest, I am just happy to see something like this emerging out of Africa, although some people seem to object to the fact that the declaration was initially put together by a relatively small group of people. The declaration is fine with me.
For some insights on the discussions surrounding this declaration take a look the critique from Stephen Downes and the response from David Wiley. They are both visionaries in their own right and leaders of the open educational resources movement, so this discussion is very important and very interesting.

By the way, I signed the declaration. Why don’t you?

by Brendan Barrett on February 7, 2008 - Comments (00)  

Presentations from the UNU-UNESCO Workshop

2007_08_30-0000702.jpgHere they are and apologies for the delay. You can now download the presentations made at the UNU-UNESCO workshop held in the Media Studio.

The first presentation was by David Wiley and is entitled E-Learning and Openness. Next, Hide Tokuda gave a talk on elearning in Keio University and this was followed by a presentation from Peter Haddawy on E-learning for Enriching the Learning Experience.

The presentation from Derek Keats focused on E-Learning in an Education 3.0 world and this was followed by a presentation by Brendan Barrett on the UNU Media Studio’s philosophy of Build Share Collaborate (beware – big file!)

by Brendan Barrett on February 7, 2008 - Comments (01)  

New Course on Open Education

wileyThis is just too good to miss! David Wiley from Utah State University has a new course this Fall entitled “Introduction to Open Education.” The full syllabus is online, anyone can enroll and you can get credits.
A lot of people talk about open educational resources but this is one of the first examples where we can see a real, effective and exciting implementation.
It will be really, really interesting to see how this course develops over the coming months, to get feedback from the participants and to see how well the students perform. This could really be the shape of things to come.
We are very lucky here at the UNU in that David will be giving a keynote here later this month at a UNU-UNESCO Conference.
Sorry, the picture comes from David’s blog. Hope he doesn’t mind.

by Brendan Barrett on February 7, 2008 - Comments (01)  

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