Digital Campus Podcast - Episode 105 - Open Libraries and Open Syllabi




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In the absence of Amanda French, Dan, Tom, Mills and Stephen were assisted by only two Amandas. Tom and Stephen kicked off this podcast with a discussion of new rules for the electronic management of government records and the implications of these new rules for transparency and historical access. We then heard Dan’s thoughts on the Open Syllabus Project, which resulted in a discussion about how educators share or borrow from each others syllabi. One of the questions raised was whether or not syllabus writers can claim copyright over their content, which segued nicely into a discussion of Blackboard’s new open source policies. Our group noted open sourced does not necessarily mean open access. Finally, the group celebrated the first birthday of the Digital Public Library of America and congratulated Dan on its success.


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Archives, Blackboard, Course management systems, DPLA, MOOCs, NARA, Open access, Open source, Syllabi, Teaching