This podcast is a recording of a session I shared on July 9, 2008, at the Missouri Distance Learning Association’s Annual Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri, titled “Digital Learning Objects on the Open Web.” The ideas shared in this session were strongly influenced by Karen Fasimpaur’s February 2008 presentation at NCCE titled “Free Content + Open Tools + Massive Collaboration = Learning for All.” The official conference program description for this session was: The Internet’s world-wide web offers unprecedented access, publication, and collaboration opportunities for connected digital learners. In this session we will explore the dynamic world of digital learning objects, paying particular attention to the ways learning objects can be effectively integrated into existing course curriculum and student assignments for both K-12 and higher education learners. We will also explore the educational ethic of publishing content on the open web, which contrasts sharply with traditional notions of limiting access to content and ideas by sharing on a closed web via login-restricted learning management systems like BlackBoard, WebCT, or Moodle. Creative Commons licensing is playing an important role in the continued evolution of the digital learning object landscape, and a case will be presented for encouraging learners at all levels to both utilize as well as contribute to learning object collections shared under permissive Creative Commons licenses.

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Show Notes:

  1. My wiki curriculum and links for this presentation
  2. Free Content + Open Tools + Massive Collaboration = Learning for All by Karen Fasimpaur (podcast available too)
  3. K-12 OpenEd Educational Content Links
  4. Jimmy Wales on Wikipedia (on Fora.tv in 2006)
  5. WikiBooks
  6. Free-Reading
  7. OER Commons
  8. Curriki
  9. NMC Learning Object Initiative (Retired)
  10. NMC Learning Object Repositories
  11. Traveler’s Guide to the Learning Object Landscape (PDF)
  12. Elusive Vision: Challenges Impeding the Learning Object Economy (PDF)
  13. Creative Commons
  14. More Than Cool Tools – K-12 Online Conference 2007 keynote by Alan Levine, Brian Lamb, and D’Arcy Norman (New Tools Strand)

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  • http://edusnacks.edublogs.org/ Concetta

    Thanks for publishing this. Do you know if there are any discussions going on about student created digital media repositries?

  • http://www.wesfryer.com Wesley Fryer

    I am not sure of a specific place for those conversations just about student digital media repositories, but this would be a great topic for EdTechTalk. I posted about a variety of digital storytelling projects yesterday on Storychasers, which includes some student projects focused on digital storytelling. Presentations on the K-12 Online Conference touch on student created media, and in the 2008 conference we may have more. (Proposals are being evaluated now.)

    I have heard the term “media lockers” before to refer to places for students to save and share media artifacts. If there are other places online where folks are talking about these issues I’d like to know about them too. :-)

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