Building Complexity

The opportunity to have Caulfield here on campus to talk to the students and faculty about these issues in a tremendous opportunity to help all of our thinking and teaching and learning about digital fluency, digital polarization, and how we all need to slow down online.

Arches National Park at night, Milky Way

Copyright for Instructors

Navigating copyright for class materials can be difficult, especially where digital media is concerned. Here are some guiding principles for legally using digital media in educational settings.

Monument Valley

Peasy Is Now in Public Beta

Educators are increasingly putting open licences on their content, making it legal to copy, redistribute, even remix that content for other purposes. But it’s not always easy to remix that content. With that in mind, I’ve made a few significant updates to Peasy, an open-by-default web publishing platform. These updates make it even easier to get your first website up and running, or to start sharing and remixing things like course websites and open educational resources (OER).

Open Educational Resources (OER): One Path to Making Higher Ed More Affordable

Estimates of annual textbook costs range from $500 to more than $1000 per student. Note the disconnect between the price per book and the spending per student.

A Brief History of Domain of One's Own, Part 1

Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) is not just a platform. It’s a philosophy. A history, then, can not just account for the development of the technologies but must also account for the thinking that brought the project to life.

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Clone This Website! ― Introducing Peasy

Want to build a website but find a blank canvas intimidating? Found a great “open” resource that’s legal, but really difficult, to copy? Have a new Domain of Your Own but don’t know how to get started?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a new web app called Peasy (as in “easy peasy”). Peasy is relatively easy-to-install and easy-to-use platform for building simple websites. There is no “back-end” to fuss with, no database to administer, just a simple web site that you can edit live while you’re logged in.

But the aspect of Peasy that I’m most excited about is that it makes it really easy to clone existing web sites.

My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice

I’ve spent some time talking about open pedagogy at several universities this Spring, and in each of those presentations and workshops, I have usually mentioned The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature, an OER anthology that my students and I produced last year for an American literature survey course I taught. When I talk about the anthology, it’s usually to make a point about open pedagogy.