Over the last few weeks I’ve posted a few times about OER and Open Textbooks. As I continue to think about where OER might lead and working out ideas for an upcoming faculty brown bag on the topic, I stumbled across the following TED talk. In the video below Dr. Baraniuk explains the vision behind Connexions, the OER platform at Rice University. Connexions was one of the first sites I spent a good amount of time with months back when I started looking into OER.
While I’ve seen more than my share of great Ted talks this year, this one hit close to home. I only whish Dr. Baraniuk would have spent more time addressing peer review and tenure/promotion in the context of OER. I found that the presentation passed by these issues a bit to quickly.
And if you don’t know about TED – Technology, Entertainment, Design – check them out.
On a separate note, I had a great conversation with the folks at OER Commons today via Twitter (@oercommons). Although I missed the OER conference down the road in Monterey a few days ago (use #oer2009 for a Twitter search), I’m catching up with the proceedings online. And since OER Commons is local, I hope to find ways to work closely with them down the road.