We will demonstrate a WordPress framework that dramatically simplifies the authoring interface, and eliminates the requirement to collect user data (or maintain user accounts) to participate. We also outline a collaborative arrangement that allows participants to rapidly deploy a wide range of open source tools via a locally-hosted sandstorm.io application market. We are working towards a service that enables non-technical end users to install and run software downloaded from an audited app store, installed with one click – much like installing apps on Google Play or iTunes. Each app runs in a secure “containerized” environment, where it cannot interfere with other apps without permission. It also ensures that corrupted applications do not disturb the operation of others.
The ability to easily share, or “clone” pre-configured and ready-to-use learning apps across courses, or organizations, offers immense potential benefits. In a sense, it would allow educators to share ready-to-use online learning tools the way we now share OER. It could also allow us to share our OER already packaged with a technology wrapper that is optimized for the learning resources. In addition to sharing our progress to this point, this session hopes to engage OER16 attendees in a discussion on how best to optimize this capacity for the open educational community, addressing challenges familiar to the early adopters of OER: how best to share? How do we ensure these approaches achieve their potential to enhance the experience of learning?