Opened – Week 11

I’m very sorry to be so late but I’m too busy with my students. The approach based on blogging we are using in the Open Education course and that I’m trying to apply in my courses is great but with so many students it may be difficult sometimes. By the way, it is curious to…

Opened – Week 11

The reflection weeks are a great idea! Now we have time to read the other participants posts. I believe this is particularly appreciated by those that are not full time students; even more by those that, being involved in some kind of teaching, are very busy right in the same time period. Personally, I learn…

OpenEd – week 9

Wikinomics, written by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams points to a number of surprising business stories that nobody would have foreseen before 2000. It is, in some way, on the optimistic side with respect to Thomas Friedman’s The world is flat. For instance, T&A argue that Friedman sees free software but not the multibillion-dollar…

OpenEd – week 8

I missed the deadline yesterday. Why? I’m too busy with my students blogs! Learning by doing, isn’t it? They are 33 so far but potential bloggers in this class could be some 100 … will I cope with this workload? Just trying … Economic aspects of OER. Interesting readings, useful for improving my lacking background….

OpenEd – week 7

Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong. Albert Einstein Copyright philosophy is deeply flawed at the very beginning….

OpenEd – week 6

I’m a simple guy. Kind of a very basic hacker. In 1978, hanging around in the nuclear medicine lab – have been there for a thesis in physics – and trying to find a way to be useful to someone. Nuclear medicine doctors used software. It was easy to find missing features. Many nights went…

OpenEd – week 5

This week I had to work for my students. They come first. So, I browsed a little bit just the MIT OCW and Connexions. Will do the rest, probably will find useful pieces … With such a lack of time, it was very useful to exchange comments with friends in LTEver community. Very interesting experience.

OpenEd – weeks 2-3-4

Mood This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and the water is … Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman Finally, I know what I am … a leave of grass! This is what I have to say after having read the three essays, Giving Knowledge for Free from OCDE, OLCOS Roadmap and…

OpenEd – week 1

The “right to education” is a basic human right because there is no way to enjoy other human rights without an appropriate education. The case of Brasil (Primer 1, Tomasevski, page 8), where “illiterate” people were not allowed to vote, was simply brutal. Glad to know from Catia that illiterates are no longer precluded from…