More on “Intro to Open Ed” Course

Next Monday is the beginning of the Introduction to Open Education course! Hurray! We already have over 20 participants from major US instructional technology programs (Georgia, Indiana, George Mason, South Florida) and folks from six countries outside the US signed up to participate. I suppose the USU participants (my school) are all waiting for next week to sign up… =)

I’ve had someone (who isn’t a university student, and therefore doesn’t need or want credits) ask about receiving a certificate from the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning for successful completion of the experience. So here is what I’m going to do (sorry about the detail, but if you ever want to do this at your university the detail may come in handy):

1. If we call this a “non-credit workshop with a credit option,” then everything works well policy-wise / procedure-wise here at USU. And since the majority of the folks who are participating are not doing it for credit, this makes sense.

2. It turns out that the Center can charge as much or as little as it likes for “non-credit workshops” where credit is not being awarded.

3. Therefore, if you don’t need university credits but would like a certificate at the end of the experience saying that you “successfully completed” the workshop, I will invite you to make a $50 donation to the Center. If you do the specified work and successfully complete the course, you’ll then get an official certificate from the Center signed by me saying that you successfully completed the Introduction to Open Education workshop.

4. HOWEVER, if you would like the certificate but can’t afford the $50 donation, just email me to let me know you want to earn the certificate, and I’ll be happy to send you one at the end of the class for free (assuming you do all the work).

I’m really looking forward to the class! See you all next week!

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  • I think the Open Content wiki
    http://opencontent.org/wiki/
    has a lot of potential.

    The potential for hundreds of collaborators, each making relatively minor additions and improvements,
    to create something that would be impossible for any one person to build alone.

    Alas, that potential is currently being squandered, because although the text on the page taunts me with promises of “easy editing”,
    it doesn’t actually allow me to edit anything.

    The wiki keeps insisting “You must confirm your e-mail address before editing pages.”

    So how do I know you’re not harvesting my email address, selling it to the highest-bidder spammer?

    I decide to trust you with yet another email address.

    With both email addresses, the wiki insists that
    “A confirmation code has already been e-mailed to you”,
    but I never see it show up on my end.

    I hope you can fix it before too many other well-intentioned people give up on trying to help you.

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