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4. Closing Keynote: Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb is the Manager of Emerging Technologies and Digital Content for The University of...

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Giota Alevizou
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.

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Live blogging notes (part):

Brian Lamb

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 [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!

Murder, Madness, and Mayhem Project Page; the work of UBC Professor Jon Beasley-Murray, (Wikipedia Page, Blog)


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.


Giota Alevizou
14:50 on 23 July 2010

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Giota Alevizou
2:58pm 23 July 2010

The trading game mobalises discussions and is quering Wikipedia....excellent example of re-use. Amazing!

Giota Alevizou
3:03pm 23 July 2010

If openness is about openess, it's not about charitable 'giving away' its about sharing ideas. Is it?

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