On to New Beginnings

Thank you everyone who has participated this year.  It has truly been an amazing journey.

While the Open Online Experience has ended the hope is that you have all forged professional relationships that will last. I know I have as I am already using two co-creators as references.

Take some time now to go through your social media accounts and put the people from OOE into circles, or friends lists or whatever organizing procedure they have. Don’t forget some of the accounts that are not often thought of as social media such as LInkedIn. It is often these weak ties that bring about some of the greatest rewards.

Many of us also took part in DNLE, and/or ETMOOC and those MOOCs still have strong ties. Even though the official learning modules have ended, the connections and the education should still continue. We hope that you will continue to use the #ooe13 hashtag (twub group, Tweet archive) and occasionally post on the Open Online Experience Google Plus group, add bookmarks to the Diigo group.

For now, please enjoy the last session and let us know what some of your learning was….

The last post – Probably not actually

Our last two meetings as OOE13 are coming up. Tomorrow at 8PM CDT (your time here) we have our last official twitter chat. At the end of the month we will have our final synchronous meeting.

We started with a crash and ended with a ripple.

Just about ten months ago we started this project. Our first meeting was a haze of browser crashes while the last synchronous session was a pleasant conversation with three friends who have yet to meet face to face. (Everyday this distinction means less and less)

I have noticed over the past year that most independent MOOC experiences are short, as short as one week and almost never more than a month. That leads me to conclude that our Experience was extremely ambitious.

We have had over 200 people sign up for information about OOE13 and still have 187 people on the email list. Of those 187 about 30% open the email that comes twice a month. (Compared with an industry average of 18% I think that is pretty good). Speaking of numbers, our blog has had over 10,600 hits in the year it has been live. This is probably pretty close to the total number of hits I have had on my personal blog over the last 6 years.

Personally, I feel very proud of the work we have done in this community. I will sit and try to write up some thoughts and conclusions to the lessons learned in OOE13 and maybe even try to publish something somewhere, but I have never really been a strong writer so I doubt that will end up happening, at least if left to my own devices.

For our last call to action. I ask that everyone come tell your story. What have you learned in this past year, what will you do in the future to continue your learning, work with me to write an outline for an article, or two or three. If you can make it come online and tell your story live. If you can’t make it, record an audio or video reflection and I will add it to the recording.

I’d really like to have a lot of people attend the last synchronous event So I will plan one last meeting on the last day of May Saturday the 31th. I hope you can make it.

For the final day lets pick the best time for everyone.


Look for an email by Wednesday the 28th for the final time.


We are a conversation, we are an Open Educational resource, we will continue in the future even if that means just as an experience that shapes a few thoughts for a few people. The difference between a class and an experience is that in a class there is an ending. The students take the knowledge they gained and go forth to change the world. In an experience we have become a part of the process. We have not discovered a body of knowledge, rather we have become a part of the knowledge itself.

Older folk like myself we started with email, moved to newsgroups, found facebook, and twitter and so on. If you notice all of the conversations, all of the tools are moving steadily further outward.

First we have connections that shorten the geographical distances, then they shorten time, next they pull in more interested parties, finally they open themselves to the world and let the interested parties find them. The open online experience is not just about personal learning, it isn’t even limited to open learning, it is about becoming the learning.  We are each an Open Educational Resource. We have internalized the culture of learning and sharing in the open and our purpose now is to turn around and spread the wealth.

That will be the focus of our discussion tomorrow. What is the culture we have developed and how do we share it? Our Autoenthongraphy if you will.

Time 8:00PM CDT

Place: http://bbw.adobeconnect.com/ooe2013

Your time zone

April–The Open Movement

We have had two events for April already, one was a talk by Carolina Botero on April 2, regional coordinator for Creative Commons in Latin America, and one was a Twitter chat on openness on April 9. We had some technical difficulties with Adobe Connect during Carolina’s presentation, so we had to move to a Google Hangout. We managed to record the video but not the audio for her presentation, unfortunately. You can find the video here.

A record of our Twitter chat on openness on April 9 can be found here.

Our next two events will be:

1. A presentation by Karen Fasimpaur on open education and open educational resources in the K-12 context, April 16, 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern time in N. America (see the time in your area here). To join in to this presentation, log in as “guest” at the presentation time, here: http://bbw.adobeconnect.com/ooe2013

During this discussion, Karen will talk about her own journey into open education, a survey of what OER is available for K-12 and how it’s being used, and opportunities for educators to get more involved in open learning. We hope this will be an interactive session in which we can talk about the topics and questions that are of most interest to you. Please post a comment on the Google Plus event page with suggestions for what you’d like to talk about!

Karen has worked in education and technology for over 20 years. An enthusiastic evangelist for open education, she started and manages the Kids Open Dictionary, founded the P2PU School of Ed, has co-facilitated MOOCs, and manages several online community spaces.

2. A Twitter chat on topics discussed during Karen’s presentation, specifically focused on open education in K-12, using the #OOE13 hashtag. This will be on April 23 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern time in N. America.

Openness and open education links

What is Openness

There are many, many definitions of “openness” out there. For a course at the Peer 2 Peer University called “Why Open?” (https://p2pu.org/en/courses/588/content/1143/) there was a survey in which respondents said they think openness means and why it’s important. Here is a list of their answers: http://pad.p2pu.org/p/What_does_%22open%22_mean_to_you

And there is a great chart with links about openness (hover over those parts with circles) on this blog post by Kevin Hodgson: http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2014/03/30/staying-closed-in-the-age-of-open/

One thing you could do during April is to blog about what openness means to you, after reading these answers.

What is open education?

Here’s a nice overview of open education, by David Wiley and Cable Green, a chapter in an (open and free!) book: http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/chapter-6-why-openness-education

You could also (or instead of the above) blog about whether or not (and why) you think engaging in open education might be a good thing, and what obstacles you can see to doing so.

K-12 OER community of practice

There is a new K-12 online community of practice on open educational resources where you can learn about OERs and open textbooks, see examples of how people are using these in K-12 classrooms as well as in online courses, and join discussions about open education in a K-12 context. Here is the site: http://www.k12opened.com/community/

Do you use any open educational resources in teaching and learning? And/or have you created OER’s for other to use? You could blog about this and explain what you use/what you’ve made!

March Topic 6 Student Directed Learning: Digital Storytelling – Multimedia, Remixes & Mashups

As we move from curating content to the concept of multimedia and remixing I want to start with Pharrell Williams 24 hours of happy http://24hoursofhappy.com/. Sure it’s Universal Studios and EMI, but it could also have been done by you or me (if we had enough caffeine.


It is cool how most of the dancers just seems to be making it up for their four minutes of fame. I find myself wishing some of the random people would take a second to dance with them. Who knows maybe some do and I just haven’t seen them yet.




Because the idea had never been done before, “It was difficult to explain it to the talent,” says Valdes. “The main directive was, Have fun! We wanted people to dance in whatever way the music moved them. The only technical directions they got concerned the distance they needed to be from the camera.”

Those chosen by audition had the advantage of getting the song in advance, allowing them to rehearse their moves. But on the day itself, everyone got just one take, including Pharrell. “That’s what accounts for the charm,” says Valdes. “Everyone knew they had one shot–this was their moment to go all out, and we love that.”


I like to tell people that I am not creative. My talents lie in taking what someones else has already created and using it in a new way. Today NPR was nice enough to throw me this TED blog interview with Kirby Ferguson.


Kirby is the author of Everything is a Remix. I don’t know if I stole the comment from him or someone else, or possibly it was an original idea. I do know that when I first realized this about myself I assumed that I was of lesser stature than those creative geniuses of the past. It turns out that I’m not, I’m pretty much the same.


So what does this mean for education. Most of that is up to you. Certainly, the first piece of advice most of us got in teacher college was to not reinvent the wheel. That is so true, we can substitute, augment, and modify to suit our needs; redefining.all of the time would be too exhausting.


During our first synchronous session we will talk to some teachers and students who took a tried and true lesson, “every student creates a five minute presentation on on chosen topic.” Instead of sitting through three days of presentations the students recorded their five minutes. Then one day in class every student was asked to watch five on their own and grade them using a rubric. The teachers still had to listen to all 100 presentations, but we are thinking about better methods for next year.


What I would like you to do during the first two weeks of this month (later in the month we might do some fun remixes) is to search the web for the most creative remixes you can find. Then add them to the Google plus community and tweet them using the #ooe13 hashtag. If you can work it into your  lessons, have some of your students remix something and share that.


I look forward to seeing many of you on March 10th for our first synchronous session. We will be starting at an odd time 2:20PM CST to coincide with our school period. Many of the students will probably leave around 2:50, but we will continue on until everyone feels like we have completed our session. If you need some ideas you can look at:


If you want to delve deeper into the legalistics of fair share and copyright.

February – Topic 5 Content Curation – Using what is there

What is Content Curation?

Take a moment to consider where your course content is coming from. Very possibly you rely on a variety of published texts assembled around the general standards of your curriculum. These edited volumes may be organized around common unit themes, but the selections chosen don’t often suit our students, so most of us head to the web to find suitable content. We collect links, print pdf documents, and save documents to our GDrive. Is this content curation?

Beth Kanter describes content curation as

“the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme.  The work  involves  sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information.  A content curator cherry picks the best content that is important and relevant to share with their community. It isn’t unlike what a museum curator does to produce an exhibition:   They identify the theme, they provide the context, they decide which paintings to hang on the wall, how they should be annotated, and how they should be displayed for the public. … it is more about putting [curated resources] into a context with organization, annotation, and presentation. Content curators provide a customized, vetted selection of the best and most relevant  resources on a very specific topic or theme. …a content curator continually  seeks,  makes sense of,  and shares the best and most relevant content on a particular topic online.   Content curators have integrated this skill into their daily routine.”

Robin Good is an expert on content curation, which means he spends a ton of time thinking about what it is, what online tools can do what for whom, and where content curation is heading.

Have a look at the definitions that Robin Good has curated in Bundlr.

Which definition resonates with you? Hang on to it as we think about content curation this month. Tweet out your current understanding about content curation and what tools you already know and love. Blog about the challenges teachers and students might have when faced with the overwhelming amount of information available. Post your thoughts in the Google+ community.

Another content curation Master is Howard Rhinegold. Here he is in conversation with Robin Good where they explore the idea of content curation and its growing importance in supporting our understanding of the digital world.



Content curation happens in a variety of ways:

  • Within a Learning Management System

Examples include: Moodle, Blackboard, Schoology, Edmodo, It’s Learning, Canvas, BrainHoney

  • On a Webpage, Wiki or Blog

Examples include: Google Sites, Google Docs, Weebly, Wikispaces, Edublog, WordPress, and Blogger

  • Using a Web Tool both Teachers and Students can curate content

Examples include: Diigo, Delicious, Evernote, Pinterest, Livebinders, LessonPaths, Learnist, EduClipper, Scoop.it, Bundlr, Bag the Web, SpringPad, Paper.li, Netvibes, Curatr, YouTube, Twitter

  • Using Open Educational Resources

Examples Include: OER Commons, OER Resource Roundup, CK12, MIT OpenCourseware, P2PU, OpenStudy, NITXY, HippoCampus, Khan Academy, OCW Search, OER by Subject

  • Using Primary Source Material

Examples include: Digital Vaults, Docs Teach, Historical Scene Investigation, World Digital Library, Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources

Which of the areas above would you like to focus on this month? Which tools? We will be discussing these tools and others with our guests in the Webinars. That would be a great time to ask questions about them.

Schedule for the month

February 3 Webinar: Content Curation with Steve Anderson

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST

The month kicks off with Steve Anderson, Director of Instructional Technology for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in North Carolina, nationally recognized speaker and presenter, co-founder of #EdChat and @Web20classroom, on Twitter, Steve is a prolific curator and sharer of information and we are delighted that he will share his expertise with us on curation.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

February 10 Webinar: Content Curation with Richard Byrne

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST

                           Richard Byrne is an educator, Google Certified Teacher, and author of the “Free Technology for Teachers” blog, which has won numerous awards for resource sharing and the best educational technology blog. Richard has presented around the world, and will be sharing his thoughts on creating blogs and websites for 24/7 learning and teaching with technology and primary sources.

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

February 13 Twitter Chat: Response to the Anderson and Byrne Webinars

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST

Join us for an #OOE13 Twitter Chat as we discuss the first two Webinars and talk about the best tools for curating content

February 17 Webinar: Content Curation As it Relates to SAMR with Susan Oxnevad

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST

Susan Oxnevad, Instructional Technology Facilitator from Oak Park, Illinois, and curator at “Cool Tools for 21st Centry Learners,” will be sharing her work with with the SAMR 

model of technology integration, and it’s relationship to content curation.

Assignments/ReflectionClick here to add this event to your calendar.

  • After each Webinar, blog and share your reflection.

    • What resonated with you?

    • What do you want to implement?

  • Pick a unit/lesson and using the tools and protocols discussed this month, curate content to meet the needs of the learners in your setting.

Digital Literacy

Welcome back. Our first meeting of the new year will be Wednesday evening at 8PM CST. Time and date conversion link here. During 2014 there are already synchronous meetings scheduled for different times and dates than our usual Wednesday evenings, be sure to keep an eye on those changes. Also some participants have mentioned trying to start a twitter chat that is more convenient for people outside of North America. If you are interested please volunteer to help. You can email me, (dendari@gmail.com) or better yet start a discussion in the G+ group.


Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship are inexorably linked. We cannot have one without the other. Sometimes I cannot decide which should come first. Should we learn to be good citizens before learning to use the tools, or can we be a good digital citizen before you learn to use the tools? Our overarching question for the month is “What comes first Digital Literacy or Digital Citzenship?”


We start the month we the story of a family and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). One of the problems with a person who suffers from RAD is they continually make dangerous decisions. When they do this online they can get into serious trouble. You might say that a person with RAD can learn to be digitally literate, but may not be able to achieve safe citizenship status.


As connected educators we are inclined to feel and believe that helping our students become connected will be positive. However, in cases such as this becoming connected is dangerous. We will look into detail on a particular family’s saga of RAD and then try to figure out what it means for connected educators.


The goal for the next two weeks is to take your digital literacy or digital citizenship ideas and examine how safe they are. We usually think of the danger as coming from external sources, such as bullies, predators, or damaged reputations, what if the greatest danger to our students was actually from themselves? How do we keep them safe?


Take the time to examine your lessons and become familiar with how you can keep your students safe even when they do everything they can to bypass your security. If that means asking some questions of IT or becoming big brother we want to know. After our meeting on Wednesday take some time to share how you will be be more safe in the future.