iTunes U collections are moving to Podcasts – Apple Support

iTunes U provides free educational content from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions to users throughout the world. iTunes U collections contain free lectures, language lessons, audiobooks, and more. iTunes U public courses contain free content designed around a single course subject.

After the move, iTunes U will no longer appear in iTunes on your Mac or PC and you won’t be able to download new content to your computer. (Learn more about downloading content before the move.) You will still be able to access iTunes U content, however:

To access iTunes U collections, use the Podcasts app on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV, or go to the Podcasts section of iTunes on your Mac or PC. Content might be categorized differently than it was previously, but you’ll be able to find content by searching for the artist or collection name.To access iTunes U public courses, use the iTunes U app on an iOS device.

Any links to content from iTunes U collections will redirect to the same content in Podcasts. Links to content in public courses will work on iOS devices only.

iTunes U collections are moving to Podcasts – Apple Support https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208029

Looks like another wall around another silo. Generally it seems any non-podcast material in an iTunes U Course will only be available on iOS devices. Not exactly open.

Assignment: Creating a D&D Character | MAS S66: Indistinguishable From… Magic as Interface, Technology, and Tradition

“You are sitting in a tavern. You look down and see a D&D homework assignment on the table…”

Hello and welcome to the D&D homework assignment.

In this assignment you’re going to learn about how role playing games depict characters and events in magical worlds using numbers. You’re going to conduct a series of exercises meant to give you a sense for how these kinds of games use numbers to make the fantasy they depict feel real for the player. Specifically, you’re going to roll a few D&D characters

Assignment: Creating a D&D Character | MAS S66: Indistinguishable From… Magic as Interface, Technology, and Tradition http://indistinguishablefrom.media.mit.edu/2015/03/11/assignment-creating-a-dd-character/

Clearly I went to the wrong college. There was plenty of D&D for sure, but we didn’t get credit for it.

Build an online learning platform with Open edX

Open edX is an open source initiative where developers and educational institutions around the globe work together to create an extensible online learning platform to bring quality education to “anyone, anywhere, anytime.”

via IBM DeveloperWorks: Build an online learning platform with Open edX on SoftLayer.

Just in case you feel the need to get your MOOC on.

2013 Guide to Running an Open Education Hackathon

Education and open science hackathon guide | opensource.com. – This article is from March 2013 and it provides some good ideas for organizing and running an open education hackathon. A course sprint that bring s subject matter experts together with tech and design people sounds like a good way to jump-start an open education resource project.