Ustream link to Couros presentation

Here it is, everyone. Alec’s presentation was terrific today, and his talk “Integrity and a Culture of Sharing in Higher Education” made an enthusiastic splash at the University of Saskatchewan. If you missed it, or would like to see it again, we recorded it. The Ustream gods were with us today, and the recording of Alec’s talk worked out well. There were a couple of introductions, but you’ll pick up Alec’s talk at about the 19 minute mark.—integrity

His slides are available at

Give yourself a treat, and spend a little time with Alec soon. Fantastic.

Couros Ustream Link

I’m hoping to stream the keynote by Alec Couros today at 1:30 today on the topic of “Integrity and a Culture of Sharing in Higher Education.” It will be great of course, and if I can juggle a few things simultaneously, and the bandwidth of our wireless system at the U of S cooperates, you should be able to pick it up at:

Again, that’s 1:30pm Saskatchewan time, which makes it 12:30 pm PST and you can figure it out from there. There are some remarks by one of our V.P.s before the event, so don’t give up if Alec is on a little later than planned. Hope to see you online. If I’m able to monitor the chat room, I’ll pass questions and comments along to Alec during the Q & A following his talk.


CIDER session with Dr. Wayne MacKintosh

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. Our next session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. Wayne MacKintosh from the Commonwealth of Learning.

Title: WikiEducator: A return to the traditions of the academy?

Higher education systems around the world are challenged by increasing costs of provision. The Open Education Resource (OER) movement shows considerable potential to reduce cost, improve quality and widen access to educational opportunities. Facilitated by the power of social software in a connected world as evidenced by the phenomenal success of the Wikimedia Foundation projects and the WikiEducator initiative, educators can now take command of their own destiny by returning to the core value of education, namely to share knowledge freely.

This session will reflect and report on progress of the WikiEducator project by exploring (1) how the research and practice of Open Distance Learning can contribute to the success of emerging knowledge production models in the OER arena; (2) how social software is shifting the power of knowledge back to the academy where it belongs; and (3) preliminary thoughts on the sustainability of peer-collaboration models of OER knowledge production.

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 11am-12pm MDT (Edmonton)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP functionality built into the web conferencing software. Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at in the “First Time Users” section.