Open Source Learning

This a cross post from my Webcast Academy Blog. Now that I am famous 🙂

I think I first heard the term; “Open Source Learning” in chat in the
Webcast Academy. I thought I knew what it was. I figured it referred
to us choose what content we wanted to learn on the internet. I heard
Will Richardson refer to ideas on the Read-Write Web and the like. I
also keep up with other superbloggers like Wesley Fryer, Miguel Ghulin,
David Warlick, Christopher Sessums, Steven Downes just to name a few.
I even participated in K12Online last year and Web Heads in Action
Online Conference this year along with Necc2007 not to mention
everything happening at edtechtalk. Nevertheless understanding comes
through the practice or application and not theory. Not until Webcast
Academy did I begin to understand Open Source Learning. It just all
clicked today. I got a call from Kevin Sandridge (Notes from the Ridge) a teacher in central
Florida, we had a long talk about web 2.0 and implications for Second
Language Learners, Yesterday Susan Ettenheim (Teacher Teaching Teachers) was asking about classes to recruit
for youthbridges. I had a conversation with Chris Craft about a project
on digital storytelling on Friday. And Today it just came all
together. Dennis was uploading his file to Webcast Academy. It didn’t
show up in the flash player. I thought I would help out. How hard
could it be. 80 minutes later with Susan patiently waiting on the
sidelines we defeated the audacity gremlins and successfully uploaded
the file. I felt great and was happy to be able to contribute. Open
Source Learning means building on collective knowledge. NOW, I’ve GOT
IT! Jose Rodriguez, August 2007, WCA

Thanks WCA Interns and our coaches; Cheryl Oakes, Susan Ettenheim, Lee Baber and the Chief; Jeff Lebow for making WCA such a rewarding experience!

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17 Comments on “Open Source Learning”

  1. Cheryl Oakes Says:

    Well, Jose, you too have made this class memorable. You really have connected the spirit of Open Source learning. Thanks for all your work too.

    Cheryl

  2. Tom Hoffman Says:

    While you’re free to define “open source learning” however you want, I hope you would also look more deeply into the meaning of the term “open source,” which has a quite specific meaning and has transformed the way software is written and distributed. It means much more than just sharing, collaborating, being nice, etc., and paying attention to its meaning and implementation is fruitful.


  3. Reply to Tom Hoffman of http://www.tuttlesvc.org Thanks for stopping by the Coordinator’s Office Blog and leaving your comments. I spent some time on the Open Source Code site you referred to. In terms to software and distribution, I am in total agreement with you. In the same way, I am proposing that what is happening at the Webcast Academy goes beyond collaboration. This online community has come together to build and distribute knowledge in the Open Source spirit. The process of producing live and interactive webcasts takes more than reading a manual. Understanding how your operating system and how the different applications interact with each other is difficult to learn or discover on your own. Thus, the source code “webcasting” is free to access and build upon at the webcast academy site. The code is the content provided in the forums, user blogs, interncasts, screencasts, chats in skype and academy chatroom. This content is available not only to interns but to all that visit the site. This knowledge is free to all to use, and to change. Thanks for leaving your thoughts, Tom.

  4. Mathew Says:

    Jose, you are every where! I refer to you as the web 2.0 superstar in my announcement of our own upcoming webcast.


  5. You really now are a Web 2.0 superstar! Your being mentioned in the recent K-12 Online conference audio portion of the Flat Agents of Change session at http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=155 was very cool. Open source learning can be as far away as across the world, or across the city. I’m glad I’ve been able to participate in open source learning with you! You make me proud! 🙂


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