True Stories of Openness

Alan Levine

ETUG Spring Workshop (Nelson, BC • June 2-3, 2011)

While the Open Education movement focuses on institutional issues, a large ocean exists of powerful individual accomplishments simply from tapping into content that is open for sharing and re-use. As colorful as old covers of “True Comics” magazine, this presentation shares moving, personal stories that would not have been previously possible, enabled by open licensed materials and personal networks.

We all start out in our educational careers (meaning when we were in kindergarten) knowing intrinsically the value of sharing. Somewhere between there and graduate school, we lose track of this simple concept, be it worrying about intellectual property rights or fearing theft.

The open ecology of the internet can undermine this learned and limiting stinginess. In this session we want to celebrate the True Stories of things that happen to educators when they share something openly on the web. We asked colleagues to share with us a video of their own stories of something surprising, valuable, powerful, or just plain inspiring that happened when that piece of media, that document, that video, that blog post, became valuable to someone they did not know before.

This is an all new iteration and mix of True Stories. Previous editions include:

Creative Commons 3.0 By Attribution LicenseTheme and graphics are remixed by Alan Levine based on the Comic Book Plus copyright free archive of True Comics (1941-1950) licensed from the Grand Comics Database by a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. All images based on the comic book covers on this site are likewise released under the same Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

The CoolIris presentation once ran the show (it no longer works, it's Flash DOA)

CoolIris was a nifty presentation method that allowed me to create a "wall" of media that could be navigated in linear and non linear fashion, and it was all generated by a MediaRSS feed. An item could be be an image but also a video. I wish there was an HTML5 version today!

Learn more how it used to work and how it was created.

in tribute...

Dana Atchley

Dana Atchley (1941-2000)

Each thumbnail below leads to a single video, or you can watch all videos via a playlist

True Stories of Photos

True Stories of Photos

The Amazing Unknown Flower (Alan Levine)

Brooklyn Found Film (Todd Bieber)

Cemetery Photos Shown in Public Library (Devon Adams)

One of My Most Popular Photos Taken With Old Mobile Phone (Roland Tanglao)

True Stories of Travel

True Stories of Travel

From HTML to Iceland (Alan Levine)

A Diagram, a Blog Post, a Workshop... Brings Me to Colombia (Scott Leslie)

True Stories of Helping Others

True Stories of Helping Others

A Photo Saves a Life (April Smith)

ds106 Radio (Jim Groom)

Tribute to Deceased Student From Shared Content (Todd Conaway)

Googling for Tech Answers- Results Are People I Know (Luke Waltzer)

Blogging 9/11 Memories (Tristan Louis)

True Stories of Open Organizations

True Stories of Open Organizations

Teaching Entrepreneurial Marketing on P2PU (Karen Fasimpaur)

True Stories of Publishing

True Stories of Publishing

New Faculty Blogger Connects with Author (Luke Waltzer)

Practicing (and Blogging) Aloha Works! (Amanda Coolidge)

An Author Connects to My Class via Blogging (Luke Waltzer)

Dracula Blogged (Bryan Alexander)

Kids Open Dictionary Turned into Mobile App (Karen Fasimpaur)

A Russian Band Mashed Up My Sounds into a Song (Zack Dowell)

True Stories of Open Organizations

True Stories of Connections

A Writing Assignment Gets Personal (Barbara Ganley)

Yale Paleontologist Participates in My Kids' Dinosaur Blog (Wendy Farmer)

Kevin Rose Responds to My Tweet (Mikhail Gershovich)

Blogging Connects Me to My Writing Hero (Gardner Campbell)

Where We Got Our Squirrel Logo (Jonathan FInkelstein)

It's Your Turn!

a barking dog production