All interesting ideas! I can certainly see the attraction of using a platform like Git to managing the sharing and reuse of educational resources.
Regarding the issue of whether it has been a help or a hinderance trying to meet the needs of educators-seeking-reusable-materials and people-seeking-learning in the same platforms, I guess I'm not sure. I think in a way this highlights that we still have a lot to learn about how both educators and learners engage and interact with resources. We make a lot of assumptions about what learners and educators want and I wonder how often these assumptions are based on real world practice? Something for further investigation perhaps?
On 2 Apr 2012, at 13:41, Amber THOMAS wrote:
I've been thinking a lot about what we can learn from open source world.
I think one of them is that open source separate out where the software plays/runs for end users, and where the software is exchanged between developers. Sourceforge, github, openstack are for developers. It provides them with the reusable code and tools for orchestrating that code.
All that is hidden to the general end user.
I can't help wondering if trying to meet the needs of educators-seeking-reusable-materials in the same platform as people-seeking-learning is bound to confuse most people and frustrate open practitioners.
Perhaps we should go for an OER Version approach (see end of http://infteam.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2010/12/10/rethinking-the-o-in-oer/ )
Put content that is CC licenced in the places where the public are
Let it mix freely with other sorts of open content: research papers, music, images, Wikipedia.
But as well as cc licence, add an OER logo (could even be the blue hands one recently launched)
Clicking that logo takes you to the OER version on the providers website or specialist OER platform - editable flash file, the downloadable mp3, the MS office word processed / slides ...
i.e like "you can get this on sourceforge" but without having to lead end users to an unfamiliar and intimidating specialist environment
that way we could separate out advocacy to educators to reuse from advocacy of free open remixable content
the threshold for OER can stay high, but without slowing the supply of less deliberately educational-reuse-focussed openly licensed content.
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Here is one
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On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM, Martin Hawksey
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If you are doing any community based software development you've probably
heard of Git for those that haven't it's basically a tool/method for
creating and sharing different versions of code.
I've come across a couple of examples recently where Git is being used
outside of software development, sharing files instead of code, mainly
around art projects. I've also found a new syllabus sharing service based on
Git called ClassConnect. Still an emerging area but might be worth
considering if you are thinking about alternative models for repositories.
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