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Big $2 Billion Vision for OER, Yet Short-Sighted

A fantastic announcement this week from the Departments of Labor and Education. $2 billion to create new curricular programs for community colleges, all materials to be released under Creative Commons licences.

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol. 2, Now Available

The second volume in the Writing Spaces open textbook series for first year writing classes is now available for free download (Creative Commons licensed PDF) and for purchase in print. There are twenty-one new essays to complement the chapters already available in the first volume. View the Writings Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2 page for the table of contents and more information.

Moodle Music Video

As part of a class project, Chandler Birch, Josh Stephens, and David Perkins of Taylor University created a YouTube music video detailing the virtues of switching from Blackboard to Moodle. They did a great job with the video production and presented some good reasons why Moodle is better:

 

 

 

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Guidelines

It's not as comprehensive as net neutrality advocates (such as myself) would have liked, but at least it's something. More information about the FCC's Open Internet Order is available on Ars Technica.

Robert Cummings Receives Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for Writing about Teaching with Wikis

Congrats to Bob Cummings for winning the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for his book Lazy Virtues: Teaching Writing in the Age of Wikipedia. Anyone interested in wikis and the teaching of writing needs to read this. Here's a description of the book written by the award committee:

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