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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Interesting Distribute Publishing Model and Open Source

(via Stephen Downes) Impact of Open Source Software on Education, Series Launch is interesting both because of the publishing model and because of the content.

The publishing model is something we might want to consider at LCB. What they've done is recruit authors who are going to publish (via a blog) something between a blog post, interview and an article every other week on a particular topic - in this case Open Source. Each post will have comments, questions, etc. from readers. They have a Wiki (“Impact of Open Source Software on Education” series, visit WikiEducator) that they apparently use/used to get the authors to fill in their information about what they would write.

This sounds like a really good distributed version of a publishing model that is similar to what you would find at many magazines. I'm curious if people have thoughts on whether this model might be an interesting alternative to the LCB Big Question?


Karl Kapp said...


I do think a cooperative wiki effort would be an interesting alternative to the LCB Big questions and would be a good application of what many of us discuss in our blogs.

Dave Lee said...

Interesting model and one that we're looking at for other future features in LCB. But i'm a bit confused. The idea of creating dialogue by asking a focusing question, ie, the Big Question, is really a content concept. It could be delivered with this publishing model. but why propose replacing content with a delivery model?

Tony Karrer said...

Dave - I was thinking of it both as a delivery model and a content model. The difference in their content is that it assumes that you will have structure to the content beyond a single question with many answers.

For example, we could do a "series" on Virtual Environments and their impact on learning and performance in the future. Have a series of posts that relate to different aspects including counter examples. It's roughly the same as the Big Question, but with a slightly more structured model.