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Friday, November 21 • 10:15am - 10:45am
Building on new architectures for OER to connect distributed communities of learning

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Challenging the restrictions of space and time---of a thing called a "course"---requires an open architecture that is friendly to faculty and students, but often outside of the technology infrastructure provided by university support services. We can't---we would not want to---use a closed LMS to share and co-create knowledge with other learning communities, but going outside the LMS is often a scary proposition for faculty.

The tools and web architectures needed for meaningfully connecting distributed communities of learners are more accessible than ever. Now is the time for instructional designers and technologists to be exploring with faculty the affordances of these open architectures to break free from closed spaces that restrict who can interact with whom, how, and when. 

This session will highlight a pilot project at Stanford to build and leverage new digital architectures that support interaction and sharing among distributed learning communities. We will discuss how Professor David Palumbo-Liu, and a team of instructional designers and technologists, pieced together open web services and tools (drupal and a federated wiki) to connect students in David's Human Rights course with other communities focused on human rights. We will also demo an open tool built by Stanford's Division of Literature, Cultures, and Language, as part of a project called Lacuna Stories, that allows learners to collaboratively annotate and stitch together texts and media to create new conversations about historical events.

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Amy Collier

Director of Digital Learning Initiatives, Stanford University
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Andy Saltarelli

Sr. Director, Evaluation & Research, Stanford University
Andy Saltarelli, PhD helps to establish and maintain campus-wide initiatives that evaluate the appropriate use of learning technologies, spur innovative methods of assessment and feedback, and leverage learning analytics for student success. Andy's disciplinary background is in educational... Read More →
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Michael Widner

Academic Technology Specialist, Stanford Libraries

Friday November 21, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am EST

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