David Wiley’s post about using WordPress.com as OpenCourseWare to republish a course of his has me excited. The site looks pretty damn sharp. Very clean and easy to scan, an excellent model for using these tools to create attractive, low-overhead sites.
And after talking with the other David Wiley re-blogger, I was yet again energized by the idea that LMSs are inefficient, expensive (even in the case of Moodle after an institution takes the hosting bath), educationally useless and technologically defunct — an easy line of reasoning for many conscious individuals to venture down, mind you. Making this well thought-out and designed course syllabus (accompanied by numerous resources) that much more encouraging. And while these resources are in many ways already published on the web in one repository or another, making them freely available online in social networked services like WordPress.com, Blogger, TypePad, etc. still seems so much more akin to making this stuff open in the regards to being discovered through serendipity, search engines, etc.
But most importantly, examples like this will help turn people on to an educational publishing platform that anyone with a pulse could use to republish their own work online in minutes, literally. A loosely joined OpenCourseWare, is still OpenCourseWare in my humble opinion 🙂