I finally did my introductory video for EdStartup 101, an online MOOC that is brilliant model of a distributed, syndication-based architecture that drives participation in the course. What’s more, the great Martha Burtis worked with David Wiley to figure out how to seamlessly get the sign-up process (which integrates with BuddyPress) to immediately populate and integrate feeds from the get go. So, without any extra labor on the part of the instructor, each person’s feed immediately pulls in, associates with the proper user, and starts syndicating their work. It’s such a beautiful thing, and you can see it working seamlessly on EdStartup here. In my mind this is a proto-type for an open, easily managed framework based on WordPress that any course could use. As of now it’s dependent on the premium plugin Gravity Forms, but hopefully there will be a completely free and open option soon. So, what I’ll try and be doing over the course of this semester is frame-out such an approach on an institutional scale that a university could embrace and pilot as a way to give its community members the ability to manage and control its own data, while at the same time building the technical infrastructure to make syndication and aggregation easier, more attractive, and architecturally sound.