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My quick thoughts, back stage, and rants as I try to Teach kids about the Web while learning how to help others build a better Web.

Greg McVerry

After and some initial research I believe the time is ripe for the movement to embrace basic standards and create documentation that encourages learning resources to be the plainest html possible.

Small HTML files are the most universal, the most accessible, and the least data costly. Shared standards are a issue.

Also listening back to @opencontent keynote comparing purists and pragmatists...The differences wouldn't matter if we had open standards. (my draft ideas:

Yet I also fear an "new wine old bottle" problem with emergence of tools. Why are we building things only machines can read? If we continue down this route maybe some of Dave's darker questions come true. Again some simple standards around html markup and a community push can help ensure open stays open.

Greg McVerry

In doing research on the history of standards for marking up html resources I am now beginning to think @oercommons is an "open silo" I can't access anything without signing, there is no documentation on how the resource builder works, and no library I can not access without sharing personal data

site says it is CC by-nc-sa but I see no link to any repo or code repository seems a resource is nothing more than an iframe
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Greg McVerry

This is what I am exploring.

For academics in our spaces whose , , , , philosophies align with principles would the tools like MicroPub and MicroSub and standards like webmentions not only make tracking the spread of our stuff, but more importantly encouraging the spread and spirit, without recreating another silo. Regardless of how open?

The OER Commons tools look promising and we would need stuff like that for most educators but I was trying to figure out what a DIY approach could look like as well.

Greg McVerry

I just joined @virtuallyconnecting at the conference and I didn't have to get out my pajamas. Woke up to ice on this "Spring Break" day.

Greg McVerry

Here is a link to an early draft of a book on open pedagogy @wiobyrne and I will never finish:

Greg McVerry

A lot of talk at about missing southern voices. Maybe one way to increase involvement would be to offer or in a southern hemisphere nation?

Greg McVerry

Interoperability does have a legacy cost but if we put effort into our metadata and standards tools can be built like the oer commons resource builder and Google Docs importer to make easier on everyday people.

We can get there I am commenting on the feed from my own website using tools.

I get to own my data and decide where to share it.

Greg McVerry

Why do we need a platform at all? Ca't we use our own websites, markup, and a variety of tools like rss or tools while connecting everyone together without the need of any centralized repository?

Greg McVerry

Hey is this the most current documentation on LRMI and A11y markup: I am trying to bring my websites into compliance but also think about how I can integrate tools

I also want to keep things as vanilla HTML/CSS as possible to make remixing easy

Greg McVerry

Replied to a post on :

Great post on OER @audreywatters In the end there has to be some kind of platform or if we are going platformless with OER some kind of standard that allows resources to have tagged metadata.

Do you know how good people are at when it comes to tagging?

I agree OER needs something such as GitHub. So I have a challenge to everyone go get three teachers. Tell them to take there three best lessons, convert them to Markdown, and get them up on Github.

Watch heads explode. 

It has taken me a year to get to a point where I am comfortable enough to screw things up on GitHub. You can not ask teachers to open up terminal and expect any contributions.

So I have hopes for — or something similar. I think fedwiki is awesome but it suffers from the same problem as github only worse. Any UX that needs or looks like documentation is a non-starter for norms.

Thus Mike Caulfield’s need to puddle participants at conferences in order to grasp at meaning.

Yet OER does not need to be an act of titling at windmills or involve pink elephants at all.

What OER databases need, and this is something Hannah Kane has written about ( is a content creation first approach. That is something the Mozilla community is focused on. We need a lightweight, dare I say, CMS that has two buttons: publish and remix. 

I am hoping whatever we create will be as platformless as possible but there needs to be some level of discovery, and discovery takes search, and search takes tagging.

. Hopefully much of the sausage making will not be visible.

This vision is what Mike Caulfield brings: curriculum not as a repo but as an organism.