Posted by: Sunnie | June 16, 2010

Latin America Learning

Latin America Learning

One of my most recent OER projects has been working with Michigan State University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. In this pilot project we have captured a series of talks on issues and challenges facing Latin America. Here’s the press release:

June 10, 2010

EAST LANSING, Mich. — To address the social, educational and health inequalities in Latin America, Michigan State University has launched a virtual resource aimed at educating a variety of stakeholders, including educators and policy makers.

Latin America Learning is an open education resource, meaning the public has free access to information and can repurpose it.

A pilot project of MSU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the site provides a virtual hub of material provided by nearly 150 scholars and practitioners who participated in the two-day symposium, “Regional Identity in Times of Globalization,” held at MSU in April.

CLACS is working with MSUglobal Learning Ventures, an entrepreneurial business unit at MSU, to develop effective practices for sharing information.

“MSU fosters on-the-ground solutions and scholarship with students, faculty and colleagues around the world,” said Chris Geith, assistant provost and executive director of MSUglobal. “Open Educational Resources enable us to have an even greater impact by inviting everyone to engage with us by redistributing and remixing these materials for their own purposes.”

CLACS is currently inviting researchers and academics from around the world to contribute to the resource. Latin America Learning currently includes material produced by MSU, Cornell University; Tulane University; W. K. Kellogg Foundation; Centro de Investigaciones Regionales of the Autonomous University of Yucatan; the Integrated Family Development System in Yucatán; CIESAS-Sureste; El Colegio de la Frontera Sur; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; and Universidade Federal da Bahía.

“This project is particularly timely,” said Robert Blake, director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. “Often overlooked, much of Latin America is on a path of democratic reformism, which can offer aspirations for communities in parallel situations around the world.”

Posted by: Sunnie | September 8, 2009

Food Safety Open Resources

With the increasing demand for safe food and the growing globalization of food production and manufacturing, there is a great need for no-cost, accessible training and educational resources for food safety professionals, especially those working in developing countries where such access is not readily available. Michigan State University and the Global Food Safety Initiative have partnered together to create the Food Safety Knowledge Network (FSKN), a directory of open educational resources in the area of food safety, which will make quality content easily and efficiently findable.

FSKN will use ccLearn’s DiscoverEd search tool to draw resources from reliable sources. These materials will be curated by experts in the field as well as aligned to a set of core competencies for food safety managers so that the users can identify the specific area the resource covers as well as trust the quality of the content. This fall, the Food Safety Knowledge Network will be pilot tested to support implementation of supplier training at the pre-certification level in developing countries including India and China.

If you have or know of food safety resources to share, please contact Sunnie Kim at

Posted by: Sunnie | August 12, 2009

why i love opened

right now i’m in a session led by dave cormier. in this room are david wiley, george siemens, jim groom, alec couros, stephen downes, and more!

these are people whose ideas i have been following in the edtech/oer blogosphere for months. i love hearing them dialogue with one another, especially the disagreements that lead to enlightenment.

this is why i love coming to opened.

Posted by: Sunnie | August 11, 2009

open education 2009

I just got into Vancouver B.C. for the Open Education conference. This conference is always lots of fun with a great group of people and great exchanges of ideas. I missed last year’s OpenEd so I’m glad I got the chance to come to this year’s conference which is being held in beautiful Vancouver for the first time.

I have a couple different goals for the next few days here. One is to really start thinking about my dissertation topic since I’m pretty sure I want it to be something that will add value to the OER community. I want to learn what other people are studying and how they are going about it.

My other goal is to look for people who are doing things related to what we are doing over at MSU. Specifically, I’m looking for folks working on K12 OER so that I can make some connections for collaboration with our school gardening project. I also want to talk with people who work on OER repositories and directories and pick their brain on things they’ve learned that may enlighten our process for our food safety OER projects.

I’ll also be presenting on the last day of the conference. The title of my session is called “Piggy-backing your way to OER growth in higher education.” I’ll be talking about how we (MSUglobal) have been using back door methods to increase awareness, use, and production of OER on our campus.

I am super stoked for this week and can’t wait to hear all the speakers and meet new people and old friends!

Posted by: Sunnie | April 15, 2009

chat with david wiley

dr. david wiley

dr. david wiley

i had the wonderful opportunity to chat with david wiley about the projects he is working on.

david is associate professor of instructional psychology and technology at brigham young university, chief openness officer of flat world knowledge, and founder of the open high school of utah. he was formerly associate professor of instructional technology and director of the center for open and sustainable learning (COSL) at utah state university.

thanks david for taking the time to chat! i’m so excited to see the progress of your projects!

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