A few posts further on, Stephen Downes links to the Open University’s Open Content Initiative, which has a wonderfully rich set of links to a variety of higher ed open content resources.
Thanks to weblogg-ed‘s links, here’s a blog post about a presentation that Marco Torres recently made at the education conference taking place in Boston. It’s a wonderful description of the ways in which an inner city school teacher is using media tools to help his kids gain literacy — in Freire’s deep sense of that word. Once again I am reminded of how much more creative K12 teachers are, when compared with higher ed (at least in the theo ed world).
First Monday has a really interesting set of papers up on open content and open access issues. One piece considers whether, and perhaps how, the idea of free software and free knowledge might align with the South African freedom charter, as opposed to “American libertarianism.” I think it’s important to recognize the distinctions between “free software” and “open access” or “creative commons” ideas, because they’re not identical, and this piece points out some of the reasons why the “free” language can be easily co-opted by dominant institutions.
In the ongoing hunt for software that might help our site to work, or for other examples that might inspire us, here’s Connexions, which is run out of Rice university.
Here’s information on a way to use iTunes to share your documents in pdf form. Trés cool!