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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

If your podcast material is openly licensed then https://archive.org makes for a great podcast host https://archive.org/details/2toPonder

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

OER, Higher Ed, and the Commons | EconProph

loves this idea of commons as a verb especially as I read about Dewey and experiencing as democracy/

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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: http://quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com/2018/05/07/microformats-i-would-like-in-remixable-indieweb-...)

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.

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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
<div class="iframe-loading js-iframe-loading" title="100 People: A World Portrait"></div>

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Pre-Planning Blog Posts

Pre-Planning Blog Posts

Every blog post I write I pre-plan. I also use my favorite edtech: paper. Here is the start on my reflection ot Dave Wiley's keynote. So glad the keynotes were streamed and archive going through each now and sharing my thoughts.

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@cathieleblanc stuff is getting really cool. Try the plug-ins on your blog.

Trying out other tools micro.blog and thinking about all these new readers and what the reader/headless lms would look like. Ton of cool writing and now reading solutions emerging.

No video or videochat solution that I see as viable yet. That will always be key tool in learning, and its harder to say who should own that data the institution or the student(s) maybe best solution is have it just go away (chats not video uploads). Still some awesome audio upload options (iOS only I think).

Also not opposed to using the proprietary tools of institutions (Office 365, Google, Canvas, Blackboard) to build in principles of open learning. For my students saying, "Copy this Google Doc," is way more open than saying, "Fork this repo."

In my head I see all these tiny pieces coming together and I am always thinking about how this can help my students take ownership of what they learn and produce while in .

I also want to make it dead simple for us to remix each other's learning materials. We all teach the same courses let's remix stuff from courses, to modules, to activities. This is where I am trying to learn how other's have used metadata in the past and the balance between too much and overhead cost or making things too technical for every day.

I like the commons resources and builders, but I would also like to just submit my stuff in communities from a space I own. Communities can come and go. What is mine is mine. Until you make it, yours. Just want to make sure we all get the h/t. We need alt.P&T to make this work.

I also think we can seize momentum around and what is happening in social media to push our professional networks into the open. Everyone is suffering from membership woes (USA professional orgs). I think we need to move to a member recruitment rather than member only benefits. Keeping what we do behind a silo is just simply not aligned to the mission of what we do.

Watching at how different networks can be shaped using all of the readers I am seeing folks start to play with in the wild intrigues me.

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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

@actualham and @cathieleblanc This discussion actually started as I am trying to think about the easiest way to make my workflow around my materials while also building in the metadata to make it both more remixable and trackable across the web for others to use.

I am at the limits of my knowledge so it's a fun place to be.

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@ottonomy Yes that is my ultimate goal. I asked around at it looks like a group met around 2013 and wrote some standards around metadata. Looked at @moodle metadata standards as well.

I have my repos up now, but not publishing to gh-pages yet. Maybe I should.

My ultimate goal is to have one file for each module and not have to update my syllabus and course websites separately.

I also commonly (and this is just my fault) make quick changes to website without changing files in my repo. Just log into CPanel.

I might be leaning more towards microformats just because I can wrap my head around it, and I'd rather build around a community than Google.