A Modest History of OpenCourseWare

In this brief piece done for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Educational Technology, I quickly trace the history of open educational content from the foundation of the GNU project up through MIT’s OpenCourseWare and later developments.

Learning objects as Chia Pets

There have been so many learning objects metaphors that have flown around…. It’s been no secret that I hate the LEGO metaphor, and the seed crystal metaphor I proposed in 1999 hasn’t gone anywhere. So here are a few thoughts…

Moving to movable type

So Brian Lamb has convinced me that I should swith to movable type for my blog… Shows what a pushover I am… Hopefully this blog will do slightly better than my last.

Disgusted over Eldred

Disgusted. Disappointed. Deflated. Dangling on demoralized. And, most unfortunately, unsurprised. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Eldred vs. Ashcroft shows that Congress in the pocket of the Content Cartel can not (for the next 20 years, anyway) be regulated by the…

AAGH! Trying to get through

AAGH! Trying to get through the last week of school. Even though I’m not teaching this term, I still have grading to do(?), dissertations to read, etc. As noted below, many big announcements on the work front coming soon. I’ll…