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Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Word Count Swindle


© 2010 Brian Lamb and Jim Groom. The text of this article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 4 (July/August 2010): 50–58

Brian Lamb (brian.lamb@ubc.ca) is a Manager of Emerging Technologies at the University of British Columbia and blogs at abject learning (http://blogs.ubc.ca/brian). Jim Groom (jimgroom@gmail.com) is an instructional technologist at the University of Mary Washington and blogs at bavatuesdays (http://bavatuesdays.com/).

Comments on this article can be posted to the web via the link at the bottom of this page.

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Given the space limitations imposed on us by The Man of this issue of EDUCAUSE Review, we were not really able to go into as much detail as we would have preferred, in particular about the practical elements of what open educational technology practice looks like. This short coming felt particularly acute to us when it came to our case studies, which receive only the briefest of overviews.

So we are very grateful that the subjects of our case studies have been kind enough to offer up more information on how they see their work.

We also cannot resist pointing to a couple artifacts highlighting open educational technology on our own campuses:

  • At the University of Mary Washington, see "20 Examples from UMW Blogs", parts one and two. You can also view  "10 Ways to Use UMW Blogs", an examination of the various ways the UMW community is using UMW Blogs for course sites, syndication, study abroad blogs, departmental sites, club sites, strategic plans, and increasingly for personal portfolios—just to name a few applications.
  • At The University of British Columbia, Resource Management Framework (co-authored with Cindy Underhill and Novak Rogic) provides an overview of UBC's blog and wiki platforms, with special emphasis on how we intend to extend these tools to provide a rich online publishing environment.

Obviously, this is just a sampling. These examples do not begin to capture the wild diversity of what open, public service learning can mean—both in terms of technology strategy and in terms of how we think about educational practice. We hope you will share your own favorites—either by linking to them in the comments field below or, better yet, via a blog post of your own, showing the love for your open ed tech heroes! (We'd appreciate a heads-up on those in the comments field as well.)

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Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb is a Project Coordinator with the Office of Learning Technology at The University of British Columbia, where he manages and consults with reusable media, personal publishing and social software initiatives on campus. Previously, he spent two years at the Technical University of British Columbia, working with faculty to incorporate digital resources into their courses. His introduction to online learning came during his sojourn in Mexico as an instructor with the Tec de Monterrey system. He has an MA in English from McGill University, and a BA from the University of Saskatchewan.


James Groom

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I have been working for over a decade in education with a consistent focus on the development of teaching and learning in higher education. In addition to my extensive experience teaching at the college level, for the past four years I have worked primarily in the field of instructional technology (see work experience).

My experience as an instructor coupled with my extensive collaborations with faculty and students with a specific focus on curricula, pedagogical and technologically enhanced projects has informed many of the innovative work I have been a part of in the field of instructional technology over the last two years.

Recent projects include working with Claudia Emerson, professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, on a “technology lab” in which four groups of students built their own online literary journals; working with faculty at UMW to implement UMW Blogs, a multi-user blogging environment (powered by WordPress Multi-User, an open source semantic publishing platform) designed to provide a web-authoring solution to faculty and students that is flexible and open; and designing a web-based database for collecting and sharing files among 12 investigators for the NEH Slave Housing project (we used the open source content management system Drupal to allow investigators involved in this project to add content, upload files, and share their images of respective sites).


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