Tim recently began working through an open online course through Peer 2 Peer University, a website that allows anyone to take courses completely free. They have a partnership with Mozilla to run the School of Webcraft and are currently piloting the Open Badge System through that space, so it seemed like a good time to jump in and see what it was all about. Here are some brief reflections 2 weeks in.
There’s a new bill running through Congress called SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, which would attempt to give more control to companies and the government to shut down websites for alleged infringement of copyright. The implications of this bill however are much more draconian as it would put the burden of proof on the defendant site to prove innocence and ultimately will only serve to silence smaller startups and not prevent piracy widespread. In our ongoing coverage (and annoyance) of big acronyms, we cover SOPA and its implications for educational institutions on this episode of DTLT Today.
This week Georgia Tech announced a very revealing and draconian interpretation of FERPA, the law meant to protect student data, and by doing so removed all previous course content from a managed wiki server on that campus. Edtech folks are abuzz with the news and wondering of its implications on the practice of open online learning and constructivist teaching practices. We sit down to talk about it on DTLT Today.
After soldiering her way through over 70 episodes of DTLT Today, Leslie Lindballe (aka @onepercentyello on Twitter) finally joins us in person to talk about her work as well as how some of our projects at UMW are inspiring her.
We’re joined for a chat with Giulia Forsythe, Nancy White, and Zach Davis to talk about the role of the social artist in learning communities and how visual artistry as well as other social artistry can help bridge communities of practice and engage users.