What it’s like to influence the world’s leading open source LMS

I was interviewed by a fellow Moodle Users Association member for a feature on Moodle.com/news. I have followed to Moodle Project closely since the beginning of my education career. In fact, my first full time job in a high school was in a classroom where we had a netbook for each student. We used Moodle …

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Accessible Math: MathML, LaTeX, & Handwritten Math

For SUNY Accessibility Week, I participated by hosting a webinar on Accessible Math. I learned a lot about what makes math accessible working with the SUNY OER initiative. Often, I would be asked to convert books from format to format, and do it in a way that we did that promoted accessibility. It made me …

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Robert Hoople: SUNY Oneonta Faculty Member using OER from Carnegie Mellon OLI

Open Educational Resources (OER) Robert Hoople is an adjunct instructor for various Psychology courses offered at SUNY Oneonta. Robert has been innovating with his teaching style through the incorporation of Open Educational Resources or OER into his classes. He has always been a tech-savvy individual and he began his teaching career as an instructor for online …

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What can the OER movement learn from Open Source Software?

For the second year in a row, there was passionate debate at the SUNY OER Champions day over the role of a for-profit company serving as SUNY’s partner. Last year, in response to the debate, I published a piece called “Selling Open: The Conundrum of for-profit companies in the OER Space.” In that piece I tried …

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Thoughts on Mass Media, Rembrandt, and Open Pedagogy.

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Denver, Colorado for the Educause Conference. While I was in Denver, I visited an interesting exhibition in the Denver Art Musuem. Called “Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker,” the exhibition showcased 100 prints Rembrandt created between 1625 and 1665. While known for his paintings, Rembrandt wanted to appeal to …

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Getting the Rights Back: The First Step for Reproductive Physiology of Mammals

Keith Schillo wrote Reproductive Physiology of Mammals: From Farm to Field and Beyond, working with Publisher Del Mar Thomson. With the acquisition and recent changes at Cengage Learning, Schillo’s book was discontinued from print, a fact that he didn’t even realize until he went to order the book for his Fall 2018 class. Keith and …

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Adjusting Moodle for Accessibility

SUNY Delhi is a 4 year, residential college. It’s programs and course offerings are reflective of its history as a two year college of technology, with 40 associate degree programs, however it also offers 16 baccalaureate programs and several masters degree programs. These programs range from Automotive, Culinary Arts, Nursing, and Architecture and Design. As …

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Working with Faculty as They Develop Open Educational Resources: The OER Journey of Programming for Problem Solving

For the past year, I have had the opportunity to work with SUNY Albany’s OER fellows. One of those faculty members is Lenore Horowitz, a professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. She has put together an original open textbook Programming for Problem Solving. Horowitz’ book focuses on teaching computer programming using the Python …

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Selling open: The conundrum of for profit companies in the OER space.

Michael Feldstein posted a reflection on his controversial keynote address at the Northeast OER Summit. Billed as a conversation between Don Kilburn, Michael Feldstein, and facilitated by Marilyn Billings instead both speakers gave semi-prepared speeches, they didn’t address each other. The reaction from the attendees on twitter bordered on outrage. In his reflection, Michael was able to …

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