A hearty congratulations to @bkabuati for being the first one to complete course! Brilliant stuff!

TIL about lichess.org/ , one of the world's most popular chess servers, run entirely on free software by a nonprofit, ad-free, supported by donations with a budget of ~$420K/year according to lichess.org/costs

They've been around since 2010.

As awesome as this is to see, imagine how many free/open nonprofit alternatives to Big Tech platforms would exist if, down to the municipal level, we decided to support them with funding & infrastructure.

WOW! πŸ‘ As of today, 998 educators from across the Pacific have registered for - If three participants invite a colleague or friend to join - we will be over 1K learners for the course. That's amazing. Late arrivals most welcome - still lots of time to catch up. Here's the rego link: mautic.oeru.org/cs4odfl202201

Wowsers!! 13 people have already submitted Learning Challenge 1! πŸ‘ πŸ‘

Sending warm greetings from πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ to all participants starting the course today. Hope you enjoy the learning journey with @deepakprasad who is facilitating the course.

New course: Communication Skills for Open Distance and Flexible Learning will launch on 3 Jan 2022. Testing.

Starting work on the "Empowered Digital Teacher for Online Learning" course This is a capstone course for the Pacific Partnership for Open Distance and Flexible Learning project where we aim to help building skills for school teachers to publish open content using our wiki --> WordPress tool set.

Michigan Tech University have a dedicated "Open Source" website, that's pretty cool. I hope Universities promoting and showcasing #openSource software and #openHardware becomes more commonplace.

@mackiwg I wish that had chosen BBB or Jitsi. Instead they chose Zoom and the link they sent just hangs when I click it.

SAIDE has commenced development on the Assessment skills for OFDL course which forms part of the Pacific Partnership for ODL. Anotrher online offering in the making.

I'm struggling to get my head around the concept that the so-called #Decentralized Web Summit is holding an online event on a centralized proprietary platform, with ticketing being done through a different centralized proprietary SaaS platform. (When decentralized, #OpenSource platforms exist for both.)



@lightweight @mackiwg

Great stuff. I can say from experience that there's a lot of things going on behind the scenes that aren't mentioned in this paper but which represent a lot of the real value of this work.

Just found out that my first peer reviewed paper in the educational realm (in the area of Open Educational Resources) has been published: irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/ar Many thanks to the OER Foundation, my hard-working co-author Claire Goode, and to the good folks at the IRRODL journal for their help in making this happen!

OK everyone, please please please donate to @conservancy
! I'm so proud of our work and all of the tangible evidence of it (filed a lawsuit! won DMCA exemptions! expanded Outreachy by 27%! Spent $1.7m on paying people to contribute to FOSS!). Help us keep going...


La version française du cours débute le 17 novembre - Inscrivez-vous aujourd'hui : oer.nz/lida103fr-21

I know that all platforms have issues but is it wrong that I feel *so* smug when zoom or other proprietary software has visible issues that make it impossible for some people to participate (I'm dialing in by phone of course)

RT @comdatasci
Should online communities require accounts? @makoshark & @aaronshaw provide an answer in a new paper that was recently published in the journal Communication Research.
We've put together a short video (below) and blog post (blog.communitydata.science/the) that summarize the work.

What's your primary OS?

Boosts appreciated for sample size :)

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