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Apple Edu = It’s a revolution, just not ours.

What a week. On Wednesday the Interwebs shut down. On Thursday Apple revolutionized textbooks. What will Friday bring? But after the hype has settled down (and yes, it was hard not to get a little swept away by all the great sounding announcements) we wake up with a slight hang-over this morning. Audrey Waters went […]

Learning with a little help from your friends

Two weeks ago P2PU held its third workshop. This year’s focus was on “getting stuff done” and bringing together people who are working on concrete projects. And we did get a lot done. Check out the etherpad with our notes and visit our new projects board on trello for the details. But we also spent […]

Eureka. It’s a lab – not (just) a platform.

This announcement about Harvard receiving a US$ 40M gift to support teaching and learning innovation made me think more about the platform conversation we’ve been having (here and on the mailing list). Besides giving an elite university a lot of cash, how can we foster more innovation in learning and teaching in ways that will affect […]

Why P2PU should be a platform and not a product

I’ve had a lot on my mind with regards to P2PU recently. Bear with me for a bit of a meander … As Executive Director, one of my responsibilities is to figure out a way to make this thing sustainable, and I’m working on a sustainability plan for discussion with the board. Lots of people have […]

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 […]

School of Webcraft – Plans for 2011

This is a post about our plans for the Mozilla P2PU School of Webcraft – a joint effort to provide web developers training and certification that is free, open, and globally accessible. At the same time this is a post about P2PU as a whole – which encompasses many courses on many subjects, and even […]

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 […]