4. Closing Keynote: Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the Manager of Emerging Technologies and Digital Content for The University of...
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23 July 2010
Brian Lamb is the Manager of Emerging Technologies and Digital Content for The University of British Columbia’s Office of Learning Technology. He also co-teaches a course on "Text Technologies: The Changing Spaces of Reading and Writing" for UBC's Master of Educational Technology program. He founded one of the earliest hosted services for blogs and wikis at a higher education institution in 2004. He’s been a Research Fellow at Utah State University’s Center for Open and Sustainable Learning (COSL), and a Visiting Researcher at Barcelona’s Open University of Catalonia. He mutters ill-tempered observations on social learning, open education, disruptive technologies and other such things on his weblog, Abject Learning1.
Live blogging notes (part):
Challenges about the future
Brian talks about OER beyond the formal definitions and open content, including;
- Open source tools
- Open standards
- Open data
- Open and transparent practices
OER a little step in a broader mandate of knowledge and learning
And integrating the web in a broader mandate of leadership in higher education
http://wiki.ubc.ca/Open_contempt [full wikified presentation)
Glimmer of hope in the world of Open Contempt: Wikipedia. Professors at UBC that are active contributors in WP and they try to keep it hidden
This kind of new network society illustrate how to get things done!
He turned from the person that got banned, to a superstar, hero Wikipedian
Instead of term papers, he got the students to improve and make feature article status in the area
Brian Lamb did a focus group with the students: who complained about the assignment (the work load), but were extremely appreciative. It was a treasure trophy; new media literacy skills, authenticity of experience
Interacting with the wider world and developing consensus and networked literacy skills
They submit a final edit version; these accounts as OER
Syndicated Oriented Architecture is an example of extensive use of linked data structures: copy it once, render it everywhere, including wikibooks; Different rendering for different formats. An interesting and exceptionally efficient & cheap way to repurpose.
Brian refers to Ted Nelson’s model of transclusion (rather than high level of granularity) as a more appropriate model of rendering
Important: metadata and curation
Using open content management systems (e.g. WordPress), allows to trace transparently contributions, while giving agency to all the contributors beyond campus life.
Significant cost issues; flexibility, investment to students and the development of skills capacity.
14:50 on 23 July 2010