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Agenda Items

1. Opened Practices Site

  1. Site Verbiage
    1. We need to sort this out immediately as the site is live.
  2. Format of the rubric (PDF) Nate has final version, Janet (question) is sending last minute edit.
  3. Application Web Form-under construction-Nate hopes to have it by next week
  4. We will have one day to review it before it goes live
  5. Rationale for the name: Opened vs OpenEd 
  6. #Logo

  • Logo: The one on the site is alright.
  • Indicate the scoring on the rubric.
  • Indicate a tentative date for the web form. We need to test it first ourselves.
  • Nate is going to be the keeper of the rubric.
  • We need a link to the award page from the Sakai Conference page.
  • We have to clean-up our Confluence page to link to Nate's site.

2. Press Release Follow-up

Is there an official Sakai press release yet?

  • Josh said he would be following up with Michael.
  • Janet sent an email to Margaret.
  • Campus technology has been contacted.
  • Various Sakai lists.
  • Forwarding to faculty members in our institutions.

3. Prizes

  1. Travel Expenses (around $1,800 now)
  2. Hotel (Euro 250 a night)
  3. Meals
  4. Cash (whatever's left)

If winner can't go, we'll give some money to runner-ups.

Opened Arguments

OpenEd Arguments

colors as current (SELECTED, but the gray has to be lighter)

colors reversed

The "Opened" reference is a very strong one in my sense. It means that an instructor deliberately opened his classroom to his colleagues. It's an invitation to enter the once private and secret world of teaching. But I like OpenEd too, so I won't be anal about it.

I like this one, emphasizing "Ed," because "Opened Practices" seems too broad-- could refer to basketball, or diplomacy, or plant cultivation! The "opened" reference is a good one, but it's retained in "OpenEd." RH

One main mission of the site is to "open" our open-source teaching and learning practices to a wider community, thus we are promoting truly "opened" practices. If we use "opened" with the "ed" emphasized graphically as on the site's wordmark (above) now, we get to have both meanings "open and "education". If we force the education "Open Ed" I think we start to lose the "opened" meaning. Not every project related to education has to have the word "education" in it prominently. Sakai doesn't. Moodle doesn't. OSP has a longer, more descriptive name, but the length and specificity of the full OSP name has always been clumsy IMHO. As educators, we tend to be a bit wordy and specific in our naming and thus we often end up with lengthly academic sounding titles. One of the ideas behind this effort was to present a more user-friendly face, so I would rather use real words like "opened" instead of unwords like "OpenEd" or abbreviations like "Open Ed". I also think "Open Ed" is harder to say and I have to give a presentation on it at JA-SIG in April, so I'd like to make it as "fluid" as possible (wink)

I really appreciate Matt's work on the logo, but I think it has a sort of K-12 feel. The education = apple idea is somewhat timeworn. I don't think a project like this even necessarily needs a graphic logo and could be fine with just a type treatment/wordmark...we are not selling Coke here (wink)

I agree that my apple logo is not all that. Logotype design usually takes more than 10 minutes anyway. - Matt

I agreed with Nate on the logo. The original wordmark by itself is elegant, refined, distinct and memorable.
I've voiced my opinion on the OpenEd debate. I'll support whatever is the consensus is.


(FROM MAILING LIST) A common term is OER - Open Educational Resources. A book is coming out from MIT Press next month called "Opening Up Education." In it, we use the term "open education" throughout. The book was written by a pantheon of influential people (some less than others (smile)
). "Open education" has a 50 year history behind it.


(FROM MAILING LIST) I tend to agree with Kate and Maggie. When I first heard the name of the site, I assumed it was an allusion to the term "open source," which makes a great deal of sense, given the origins and nature of the site. Folks who are already familiar with the open source movement will get the meaning of the expression "open educational practices" (or open ed practices, for short) with little or no explanation. I don't think the same can be said for the expression "opened practices". IMO the allusion to education in the title is not just's central to the purpose of the site and should be emphasized in the representation of its name in print and the spoken word. The fact that the name also spells out the word "opened" is a clever, but less essential quality of the title, particularly since "open", not "opened", is the form of the word most commonly used to refer to intellectual property that is publically available and non-proprietary. -Lynn Ward + Hannah Reeves

  • I believe that this is no big deal, and that the visual aspect of the logo could reflect both pronunciations, by setting a clear pedagogical focus and playing with the font to make the "ed" stand out if it has to. - Mathieu
  • (FROM MAILING LIST) There are obviously differing opinions as to how to best brand the "" web site. I'll say that my initial reaction when the idea was posted last week was that "opened practices" didn't make sense but after saying it a few times and thinking about it, my mind has changed and I think it works on a couple of levels. This said, I understand and see why others have questioned it. -Josh
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