Just to prove you’re never too old to study, I am doing a management prof. development training course at the University of Leicester, and its been an interesting experience because the paper book is dead, or at least not very well.
Generating an assignment, an eBook is so much easier to use; searching and little touches like automatic reference generation when you cut and paste is a particular time saver. Publisher interfaces for reading are poor though; 1990’s Kitch, but not in a good way.
400 hundred years before Facebook, Google and Wikipedia the idea of publishing your views or re-mixing somebody else’s work wasn’t on the cards… or was it? There were no computers – you looked through Windows and Browsing was strictly a market place activity and boy, apples were much cheaper then. But were things so different? 400 hundred years ago home-grown terrorist Guy Fawkes was planning mass murder of his countrymen, and Gallilaos new must-have gadget – the telescope, was bringing people closer and there was nothing good on tv.
Nestling in the rare books collection at the University of Leicester lies a book that could prove the brave new world of the Internet is a phoney. There, via the charming medium of glued paper is a book that records botanical facts and figures, but enhanced by its original owner with local notes and . Ye Olde Mashup no less.
A presentation i gave (with voiceover) to 12 project partners on Open Educational Resources and the Nature and Complexity of the publishing game. The presentation is 40 minutes so flick through! [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8tfXWFaR7s]
An often overlooked aspect of my work, a passion and an interest of mine is art and graphic design work. You can’t have anything worthwhile without art and design. I’ve put some examples of the kind of work I do on this page..
Ok, please open your books at page 1. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are not the only way to find materials for teaching. Yes, its the best way , but its not the first choice, yet.
That accolade, at the moment, belongs to the status quo or NOER. Shrouded in a grey cloud of semi-legal licencing and ask no questions, share-if-you-like NOER has usurped the old rigid print-era structures and heralded a new age of digital sharing. But like all revolutions, the torch must one day be passed on to a more stable arrangement- and OER is the way.
It is with the spirit of passing the torch that my project to surface OERs will surface best of breed non-OERs too. No-one wants a search tool with one eye closed, searchers need stuff and plenty of it; a few resources and a lot of evangelistic zeal isnt going to get a presentation ready for tomorrow. If the non-OER resource gets used it was because it was better but if the OER is comparable then the association of the two may lead the searcher to a better solution and the originators of both resources to create a yet better resource.
Came over a little strangely at a meeting in London recently trying to explain how my most recent search engine project for JISC will have “not working” programmed into it. Stuff on the Internet isn’t described clearly enough and searchers don’t really know what it is they want – so let’s stop worrying about it.
It’s my first search system with a ‘philosophy’ rather than a muscular search algorithm. It’s taken me 12 years to finally accept a little rectangular search box is too thin a passageway to transfer our complex aspirations to even the most sentient super-computer search engine.