eBooks / Education / eLearning / Instructional Design

CK-12: A Free Electronic Textbook Building Platform

After attending ISTE 2012 in San Diego at the end of June, I made plans to meet with the folks down at CK-12, the non-profit organization developing a free textbook builder. Before you run from the word “free,” keep in mind that this is different.  No gimmicks, no subscriptions, and nothing expected in return. Browse … Continue reading

Badges / Education / eLearning / Gaming / Jobs / Open Educational Resources / Professional Development

Gaining Momentum: Badges in Education at ISTE 2012 San Diego, CA

I was afraid that I had turned into a broken record. I couldn’t have been more wrong. When I tell people that I’m not currently working full time, for anyone, the question that follows is usually, “well, what are you doing then?”  Simple enough.  I tell them that I am spreading the word about badges, … Continue reading

Badges / Conference / Education / eLearning / Instructional Design / Open Educational Resources

Finding Inspiration: Badges for Education and Learning

“They symbolize the adventure of the out-of-doors and achievement in skill and service. They stand for qualities of personality, character, and leadership. They are not awards for competition…The Insignia are recognition of achievement by the individual in meeting fixed standards. They will serve to inspire him toward further achievement in Scouting.” -Boy Scouts of America … Continue reading

Classrooms / Design / Higher Education / Open Educational Resources

Do You Fear Open Educational Resources? That’s Silly.

There is much fear and doubt about how open educational resources (MOOCs, open textbooks, and much much more) will affect the ability of institutions of higher learning to maintain enrollment.  Specifically, will the expansion of MOOCs directly impact the ability for universities to attract students?  Will colleges and universities be forced to work with ever-shrinking … Continue reading

Badges / Education / eLearning / Higher Education / Open Educational Resources / Open Source

Ubuntu, Open Courses, and Open Badges: Three Ways the Open Source Community is improving Education

For weeks now I’ve been drafting a post about how the Open Source Community is making big strides in helping support and expand the reach of education.  The latest news about MIT’s announcement of edX developing an open-source learning management system has tipped me over the edge and it’s time I share three ways in … Continue reading