Is that OpenEd in my dashboard?

Don’t look now, for there just might be some news about WP.com and Open Education in your WordPress dashboard! Seems like the word is getting around about using WordPress for Open Education (thank you, Stephen).

Image of my dashboard

What’s even better than Mark Ghosh blogging the news further and wider, is that he’s a card-carrying educational WordPresser himself:

I have personally used the various iteration of educational CMSs such as WebBoard and WebCT and they have left enough to be desired that I have come running back to my beloved WordPress and bbPress to setup private blogs and forums for use by my classmates.

Can I get an Amen?!

And as Mark’s own experience suggests, WordPress as an educational platform for publishing is not all that new. Yet, I think it’s both cool and important to watch the transition from cult realities amongst niche groups to the more widespread realization that creating your own course and making it freely available has never been simpler. But I’ll stop there, for Brian says it far better than I ever could. In fact, it appears that Mark and Brian might have a few things in to talk about when in comes to educational CMSs.

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5 Responses to Is that OpenEd in my dashboard?

  1. jimgroom says:

    I can always count on you Barbara. I am now offically your biggest fan. Some might say your #1 fan…

  2. Gardner says:

    I’m right with you, Jim, but I’m hoping that WP and all its sister projects help us reimagine courseware itself instead of merely duplicating in an open fashion what Blackweb already does.

    In fact, how’s this: teachers and students are the courseware. What the technologies do is augment, amplify, and frame their activity.

  3. Gardner says:

    OK–just spotted the “you have x minutes to edit your comment”–this is amazingly cool. How’d you do it, rev?

  4. jimgroom says:

    I’m with you on that Gardner, and I have seen enough of your goodness to know those two components are central. The plugin is quite cool, the blog about this ajax comments pkugin as well as the Cforms II plugin (the latter of which is pretty amazing).

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