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This blog is intended for Siyavula / SF related discussion but does NOT reflect the official view of the Shuttleworth Foundation.

Siyavula approved!

This blog has been very quiet, as I am constantly reminded ;), but much has been going on in the background. The important news is that we've finalised a plan for the implementation of Siyavula with a public launch scheduled for the 2009 school year.

Now that I can do more than just talk about the project I am going to write a series of blog posts about the plan so that everyone is on the same page. Here are the highlights about which you can expect further in-depth posts:

Thoughts on Information for Change II

Today I attended the Information for Change II workshop held at the Cape Town Book Fair. It is still a little unclear exactly how I came to be there, apart from driving I mean. Bill Carman and Steve Song arranged it so that I got to present a poster on our latest pet idea, the print aggregator.

128 physical manifestations of disease ...

Ok, the title is probably not worded very precisely but it's in the right ballpark. During the meeting today, one of the people from the University of Michigan mentioned that there are only 128 symptoms (is this the right word) a patient can present, it was a talk about health faculties sharing OERs. This had never occurred to me, but, in my defence, I had never ever even thought about it.

What on earth does this have to do with Siyavula? Well if you based your medical curriculum on case-based learning then the educational resources have a very well-defined tagging scheme.

Who should make OERs?

I just wanted to capture a concern and some thoughts around it. Today I heard it said in a meeting that available OERs are of low quality, irrespective of their cost. This was used to justify the statement that we should not expect OERs to be cheap, we should focus on their quality even if that means that they are expensive. This certainly doesn't sound like something I should be concerned about but it is. It can be used to justify spending vast sums of money to have a few experts write material which is released under an open licence.

Literacy for all ...

Today I got to have breakfast at the Mount Nelson. It was quite disappointing from a food perspective but we, Steve Vosloo and myself, were there for the Breakfast Club as Naledi Pandor, Minister of Education, was the guest speaker.

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