Testing Higher Ed

My name is Steve Phillips, and I am currently serving as the Acting Assessment Strategist for Thomas Edison State College.  My position was created to help the college figure out what exactly there is to do with open educational resources (OER).  They assumed, (perhaps correctly), that after spending years developing courses out of OER for the Saylor Foundation, that I would have some unique insight into this.

I have never been a big fan of communicating my thoughts on the internet.  Mostly, that’s a reaction against my generation’s need to post every single idea they’ve ever had out there for public consumption.  But a big part of this role is to look out on the internet and see what everyone is doing, and figure out ways to leverage that to benefit Thomas Edison students.  After doing this for a while, I’ve formed some strong opinions, some of which don’t fit into 140 characters.*

So this blog will be a little bit of that.  I’ll talk about MOOCs (both x and c), open education, education reform, competency-based education, as well as a host of other education related topics.  It will also be a forum for me to tell you about new open ed programs we are working on at Thomas Edison State College, and for you to give me your feedback.  What works at my school, might just work at yours, and vice versa.  At the end of the day, that’s what “open” is all about right?  Participating in a community, sharing ideas, and contributing to the common good – noble goals, let’s get started.

*[Speaking of which, if you haven’t yet, you should really consider following me on twitter @stevecontip]


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