Digitally mediated — education and commons

“There’s no free. Commons is limited. Education is slavery.” – anonymous In the last couple of months I have spent a remarkable amount of time to think about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), learning analytics, data science, learning science, quantified-self, reflection in learning, tools for reflection etc. Same time I have been thinking what are […]

Reading Wikipedia with students

The Wikimedia Sverige has released a funny video explaining for teachers how to read Wikipedia with students (there are english subtitles, too). The three things one should pay attention to when guiding students to read Wikipedia articles are: references, the sources listed in the bottom of each article; talk, the discussion showing what are the editors […]

Anonymity and privacy in online learning

Related to the latest discussion on US-NSA’s PRISM program and Facebook’s privacy policies I have been thinking should there always be a possibility to stay anonymous in online learning. There are some research papers on the topic. For instance Blake (2000) argues that in an online course where students are not asked to give indications […]

Open education needs free knowledge needs open data

“Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best…” – Frank Zappa Open education can only happen with free knowledge. Free knowledge does not exist without open data (and information). Open education should focus on wisdom, […]

Wikimedia: accessible (new) media for (almost) all

Two weeks ago at the Aalto University, we were having a symposium focusing on accessibility of media. In there I gave a talk about Wikipedia / Wikimedia. %CODE1% If we think the Wikimedia services from the accessibility point of view, there are some issues that make it pretty unique. Often one must go all the […]