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The Fellowship Year in Review

As part of my Shuttleworth Foundation fellowship, I am asked to reflect once a year on progress I have made, and think about challenges I may have encountered (and overcome hopefully.) It always seems difficult to find the time to write these reports, but turns out to be an incredibly useful¬†exercise¬†in taking a longer-term view. […]

I don’t need a certificate to beat you in chess

Just submitted my “Testing Our Assumptions” proposal for the upcoming Open Ed Conference (Oct 25-27 2011). I am interested in hacking certification – and was happy to accept David’s invitation to act as a Strand Champion for “Open credentialing, open competency certification, and open degrees” at the conference. Rather than submit a more formal presentation […]

Hacking Certification

I have been interested in certification (and assessment related to certification) for a while. I believe it will drive the next big step for as well as for the open education movement as a whole. Getting it right is important. Thanks to Brandon Muramatsu and Vijay Kumar I’ve spent some time this week trying […]

The Machine that runs P2PU

I posted an update on the administrative underbelly of P2PU over at It covers a lot of the important (but slightly mundane) details of incorporating as a non-profit organization. While it’s annoying to fill out endless forms, many of our users are curious about how things work behind the scenes (surprisingly they work just […]

DML Ignite – Badges (Funny 4)

Erin and I are doing a whole range of things at the upcoming Digital Media and Learning conference. Including, maybe, what they call an ignite talk. Here is our proposal (which I can’t take credit for – besides a short conversation in the back of a NY Cab). I look forward to creating some “vivid […]

Sustainability Smarthistory Kickstarter

I am at the P2PU NY Camp organized by John Britton, and in one of today’s session Alan Webb led a brainstorm to identify additional ideas for long-term P2PU sustainability (see this page for our notes). And 5 minutes later this email from Beth Harris at Smarthistory (the amazing multi-media web book about art and […]

MIT and the future of open courseware

MIT OCW just launched its first five MIT OCW Scholar courses. These courses are not just openly licensed, but especially designed to support independent learners who want to make use of them. That means, all the materials you need to master the subjects are now available to you. Bravo! Despite its resounding success (70 million […]

Peer learner + Peer learner -> Mastery

Great quote / image about peer learning (thanks for forwarding, John Britton!).

Open Governance – How can open communities make good decisions and get stuff done?

At Peer 2 Peer University, we pride ourselves in being an open education community. I have a fairly good idea what it means for content or software to be open, but I find the complex human dynamics that make up open communities much more intriguing than the arguments over which license is the right one. […]

P2PU at SXSW. Acronyms galore!

John put together a proposal (see below) to talk about Mozilla/P2PU School of Webcraft at SXSW Interactive (an amazing geek fest in case you haven’t heard of it). We need your help to get to Austin, Texas: Please register for an account on the panel picker website: Confirm your email address Vote up our […]