"We pay for our contemporary digital infrastructure with our privacy: the structure of digital capitalism has trained us to treat that as the price of modern life." https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/the-digital-classroom/we-need-to-deal-with-data-privacy-in-our-classrooms/?utm_source=University+Affairs+e-newsletter&utm_campaign=90a8a57997-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_09_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_314bc2ee29-90a8a57997-426926325
University of Calgary student union advocating for Alberta to fund open educational resources (OER) to help struggling students https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/textbook-troubles-university-of-calgary-students-want-help-paying-for-course-materials-1.6068244
Do you grit your teeth and have your online meetings on Zoom, even though holding sensitive internal discussions using a corporate-run, proprietary service doesn't really fit your values? If so, you might like to check out the Online Meeting Cooperative, which offers online meeting services as a member-owned platform co-op, running free code software ( Big Blue Button):
In volunteer organisations in which I participate, I'm seen as a 'bit difficult' because of my rejection of widely used (proprietary) technologies. But I don't merely reject them. I always offer (at my cost) a functional alternative that's adheres to my principles.
It's like someone invited me over for brunch, but instead of accepting their factory-hen eggs, I've brought along a dozen free-range eggs from my own chickens. Everyone has an equally tasty brunch & my integrity is uncompromised.
Are you a teacher?
For example, at my online course I use for myself and students:
- LibreOffice Writer
- LibreOffice Calc
- LibreOffice Impress
(Open Document Format is mandatory for all)
- Firefox browser
- Jitsi Meet
If you love #education, please boost.
We've been doing some reminiscing this year on the tenth anniversary of the B.C. Open Textbook Collection Through the Years: 2017 https://bccampus.ca/2022/08/24/b-c-open-textbook-collection-through-the-years-2017/
So much great blogging in the edtech space atm & how people are leaning on their networks for support, camaraderie & commiseration in challenging times. And asking hard questions about the purpose of EdTech. Some choice posts;
Anne-Marie Scott https://ammienoot.com/brain-fluff/3247/
and the one that started this latest surge Audrey Watters https://hackeducation.com/2022/06/15/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-fish
Wrote a blog post about this, because this would be an awesome side project for someone.
There might even be funding somewhere? (e.g. @NGIZero)
(please boost for reach!)
#EDT4OL 🥰 The Acceptance Portfolio seems challenging and interesting...pressed for time between work and study...very useful course❤️ 💻
Wow, these improvements to the next major version of BigBlueButton will be great! https://docs.bigbluebutton.org/2.6/new.html
Give Up GitHub: The Time Has Come
Listening to this: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018847654/using-technology-to-give-voices-back-to-asl-sufferers on RNZ I'm struck how wrong it is that this work is being done with a profit motive. Rather than improving things for people suffering pretty horrible disabilities, it's seems focused on improving bottom lines for shareholders. 1/2
Here's a bit more bg on the new B.C. Open Collection site https://bccampus.ca/2022/06/16/creating-a-better-user-experience-for-the-b-c-open-collection/ and the launch trailer https://media.bccampus.ca/media/B.C.+Open+Collection+Launch/0_b5q54e9d
@efakaua so great to hear this! All the best for tomorrow - hoping the MiLLL launch is videoed & recorded in some way - would love to see it after the fact!
I joined the #EDT4OL course because learning is always the way forward to gain and keep on improving.
The internet is broken because the internet is a business