@linhng.tgdv Hi Laura! Apologies for the very late response, but welcome to the Rebus Community! No need to apologize about your English – it is great. If you preferred to type in Japanese, please feel free to do so, and we can always look to online translation tools. I’m glad to hear that you believe in Rebus’ mission! Feel free to chat with other members of the community. Looking forward to hearing more from you.
@figosdev For sure, it’s never a question of discounting one (digital) in favour of the other (print) or vice versa, but acknowledging all the complexity you describe when designing content. And even that dichotomy is inaccurate - even the difference between online & offline digital access is just as significant and each serve a different purpose/audience. I’ve heard of similar USB delivery services for offline access - so awesome!
We’re lucky to have a developer who thinks about a lot of these things, and the browser issue you mentioned is front of mind for him/us, too. It’s been an interesting process to manage as we create our own platform. Anyway, glad to hear others are on the same page - it’s sure fun figuring it all out
let’s not let folks ‘off-the-hook’ by saying they are making things more accessible just by virtue of licensing it as open.
no, that would be like throwing away the goal of accessibility. which is a goal we should keep on hand. my concern might seem hypothetical, that we would make good ideas a first priority and end up excluding others that are even more key.
all im saying is that open is the foundation. personally, i work in stages where there is an initial development (basically all authors do this, and call it a draft) and then i develop further what is needed to be developed.
if we can make “accessibility accessible” to every author, like your project aims to, thats a great step forward too. not in any way suggesting we shouldnt bother with that.
but its all volunteer work, or mostly it is, and if you want to be economical (and effective) with volunteers, lets get the priorities straight-- first, do all that you can. and if someone has to stop in the middle of a project-- because theyre out of money and i have to get a new job, because a kid is on the way, or a sick relative calls them way from their volunteering–
its alright, someone else can pick up that work where the other person left off. its not at all just about “i did what i want, let someone else worry about it.” its simply a matter of first things first-- and an in accessible work isnt rocket science to hone into something more accessible.
for example, we do have screen reader technology. it can be improved. i watched a brilliant thing once about the very sad state of (most) closed captioning. it is improving, slowly.
the nature of collaboration really does mean that things can be done in stages. this doesnt mean everyone is off the hook-- lets look at what we are replacing/supplementing though: corporate monopoly publishing. im not anti-business, but i am anti-monopoly, and oer shows where monopolies are inefficient and overly costly.
so in a top-down monopoly structure, not everyone has to be expert or worry about every aspect of everything. further, and this is where the concern slowly begins to creep into reality-- ONLY a top-down monopoly can compete in terms of making everything fit an overburdened standard. i mean look at iso standards-- the more there are, the better they lend themselves to corporate management.
we cant be efficient by having everyone do everything, except in the exceptions where that does happen sometimes.
but we can be packrats, like you said-- and take unlimited inputs, and then create a line where the outputs are higher quality.
this is akin to the software engineering principle “be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you output.” dont rubber stamp anything as “ready, approved” until it meets the standards you want it to meet for that stamp of approval.
but do recognise that there is a growing amount of input to choose from, and its a very valuable place to start.
the other thing that comes down is realism. i mean the standards (or best practices) being talked about here are really good ones, which is why im happier with rebus than other platforms. its not just about higher standards-- but better ones (more open.)
for some, the oer standard has room for -nc licenses. mit opencourseware uses -nc licenses. i would agree with the rebus community (i think) that leaning on -nc is a mistake.
what does -nc hurt? it hurts the reusability of the material. -nc is too vague and really doesnt achieve the creative commons goal of making the legal side of this “accessible” to non-lawyers. -nc is confusing enough to avoid entirely.
i think we should accept input liberally, and be conservative with final output. by the time the cover goes on and the material receives a top listing, it should go through every quality process.
but it doesnt have to be that way the whole way through. if it is, thats an advantage. but to borrow a thought from the python coding world, “avoid premature optimisation.” only some people think that means “dont bother with the rest.”
the perfect is the enemy of the good, too. but thats no reason not to at least aim for perfection, just to recognise that there is plenty of good that isnt quite ready, but its getting there.
i think the rebus community already gets this idea too, and im not trying to introduce it as much as reinforce it.
The option to add headers has been intentionally removed for the moment as it was causing accessibility issues and interfering with the hierarchy of the page. We’ve noted down your request though, and are working to see if there is a different way for us to handle this!
The autosave is pretty fancy. I’m glad you like it! A prominent enough message confirming the save might help reassure users that their work is not lost, so thanks for the suggestion.
Could you possibly explain what you mean regarding the link contrast? If you have any additional details, or screenshots even, that will help!
Our next release (coming this week) will have the first cut of a book release widget, where you can upload a book cover. Having this associated with the book generally requires some page redesign which we’re not too sure how to handle at the moment, but appreciate your suggestion.
youre very welcome. i had a very mixed experience with school. no matter where i went, at any level, i found that the worst teachers were dismissive and the best were constantly trying (but not hysterically scrambling) to integrate the best ideas they could find. they constantly learned from their students, and it was a trade, rather than an imposition. just imagine, if all school experiences were like that.
of course, most of my life ive been reinventing constructionist learning, simply for the fact that i loved it whenever i unwittingly encountered it-- even if i wasnt really familiar with the concept directly. im certain its not all there is-- its just so much, and continues to show rich potential as technology moves forward. it has to be said that no matter how many new examples we create, the philosophy behind them has existed for more than half a century.
as teachers in general struggle (over and over) to implement lessons with technology, constructionist learning shows the same basic concepts (which havent aged poorly) on how to make things easier (and richer) for students and teachers at the same time. the reason it works so well, is it begins with steady exploration, rather than putting the cart before the horse and beginning with mastery. the demands on the instructor and the learner are lighter, and it becomes a learning experience for both.
constructionist learning does not even have to be adopted to help-- its concepts can be used individually, like dishes from a menu or clothes from a rack. to use eastern philosophies as metaphors for educational approaches-- the constructionist approach moves away from the awful confucianist structures and is a little more like the tao te ching.
of course this is a metaphor, but confucianist education is the predominant model throughout the world, and it is relatively oppressive and unhappy-- without the need to be. you dont have to live on a mountain for years to learn this, just look around you and watch how students suffer.
i like to bring up olpc because it is pure constructionism-- it seems very hippie-like but m.i.t. loves it. m.i.t. carries on constructionist learning with the media lab. they keep logo alive and relevant. but i stress that with oer, we can use these ideas without having to adopt the same implementations. we can treat all this as a store, and shop as we need fresh ideas, because this is a global, ad hoc collaboration.
remix is so core to contructionism that its at the core, implicitly. its so fundamental, it doesnt generally even need to be said. outside of that context, its worth pointing out now and then. industry is always trying to chisel things (including students) into products. we can actually leave things in a slightly more uncarved state, and let people learn by transforming them into new things. most industrial products arent made with that built into the design, but art supplies and home improvement materials are.
Hi @kaitlin.hakanson - thanks for getting in touch! I’ll ask the project lead, Katie ( @kvkirako) to chime in and give you an update on where things are and how you can help out. Would be great to have you on board
@figosdev Yes, I have read both of them, Apache and AFL, completely now. I think both do what I want, but I like AFL wording better. Anyway, both provide the same practical liberties, including access to source code and relicensing, so I can go with any of them, knowing that the transition to the other is painless.
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