Major kudos to Jonathan Worth and Alan Levine whose cross-course re-mix assignment was picked up by BoingBoing. Alan and Jonathon have been synchronizing and collaborating on certain assignments between Phonar and ds106, and the assignment to remix Corey Doctorow portraits taken by Jonathon himself put Phonar on the BoingBoing map.
What’s more, the BoingBoing article oh so generously mentions that little open, online conflagration known as ds106. The Dog continues to take ds106 to new heights! And now that corporate MOOCs are just retooled for-profit vocational classes and big data metrics for student success packaged as proprietary software are not what they seem, perhaps people will start paying attention to the real innovation happening in Phonar and ds106 when it comes to open online classes. And look, Mom, no venture capital!
It’s a proud moment to see so many amazing people in the open edtech community refusing to get sucked in by the hype, staying the path, and calling the silicon suckers on their bullshit hype. Fact is, in the end the corporate players lack any notion of an educational ethos or a vision of social justice. The only philosophy they can worship is the one that turns the learner into a commodity.