Over the last couple of years, I’ve found it really difficult to contribute to my blog. What energy I have has gone into maintaining my TiddlyWiki Journal. However, with the extra time (?) allowed by the Corona Virus lockdown, I’ll try to do a little more here.
I’ll be starting slow, perhaps the odd tweet and link to my journal page, but hopefully, I’ll establish a rhythm and move to longer and more interesting posts.
Today I was mostly home working on course preparation (Journal Entry for April 1) and joining in LTHChat 173.
If you take a TAGS file (I used this one: BYOD4L 2016-2017 (@cpjobling)) and sort it in time order, you can then copy column Q (status_url) and paste the data into the HTML view of a WordPress page or Post to get a similar archive to that which @Storify produces.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a limit (on hosted WordPress at least) and only the first N tweets are shown (where N is to be determined). If there are more than N, only the links are shown. Also, retweets will need to be romoved from the data because they are not shown correctly.
(There is a bug in TAGS, the HTTPS protocol has to be used for WordPress to embed a tweet, but Martin records HTTP in the status URLs … A simple fix.)
Yesterday, Storify announced the retirement of its Storify service. This leaves a lot of users, including myself, with Storify stories linked into their blog sites and nowhere to host them when the service closes. Storify has provided an export feature, which can output a whole Storify store as a static HTML5 webpage, and GitHub provides a way to host static websites via its free GitHub pages feature. I, therefore, yesterday tweeted about a proof of concept trial:
Though signed up to the EdX Course in good time, I’ve only just today, already half-way through week 2, gotten around to exploring the resources and activities for Week 1 of George Siemens’ and David Wiley’s (or is the attribution the other way round) open course on an Introduction to Open Education (hashtag #OpenEdMOOC).
On first viewing, the structure is interesting. The course is available as an xMOOC (with the possibility of an optional certification) on the EdX platform. In this version, there are weekly exercises, that are assessed — I’ve missed the deadline for the first one — and the usual mixture of text, video, readings and discussion. This version will cease to be available, shortly after the course ends, unless the $59 certification fee is paid by the end of October. But there is also an xMOOC version, made available under a CC BY licence at URL linkresearchlab.org/openedmooc, with largely identical content.
So my initial question is why did George and David chose to present their course on Open Education in a format that is “Open” only in the sense of free to register and also in the form of an Open Education Resource that satisfies Wiley’s 5Rs that come up in week 3. Another question that will be interesting to reflect on later, is where will the most useful course discussions take place? In the walled garden of the discussion boards on EdX (analogous to an institutional VLE) or in the wider network?
Personally, I expect to remain at least one week behind, so I already know that I’m likely to find the xMOOC version of the course more accessible. I also expect most of my contributions to be made via this blog and any discussion to take place on Twitter.