Collaborative Lesson Development

William Gibson once said that our children would find it quaint that we bothered to distinguish the real from the virtual. Now that the hype about MOOCs has died down, we can see more clearly that on-demand delivery of automated lessons is just one of many ways to use the web to make education better for students and teachers alike. I’m really excited about Edthena, CourseSource, the upcoming Journal of Open Source Education, and dozens of other “hopeful monsters” in educational technology, and thanks to a lot of hard work from Gabriel, Rémi, Rayna, Kate, Damien, and Ian, our contribution has finally been published:

Gabriel A. Devenyi, Rémi Emonet, Rayna M. Harris, Kate L. Hertweck, Damien Irving, Ian Milligan, and Greg Wilson (2018) “Ten simple rules for collaborative lesson development.” PLoS Computational Biology 14(3),

Its appearance marks the end of a chapter in my life: I had planned to do a companion paper on collaborative lesson delivery, but my focus has shifted to community organizing and to passing on what I’ve learned to other free-range instructors. (And to be honest, getting this paper through PLoS’s production pipeline was so much more work than writing it that it’ll be a while before I can face the task again.)

I hope you find it useful; if you do, or if you have experiences or ideas of your own to share, I’d enjoy hearing from you.

  doi = {10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005963},
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  year = "2018",
  month = "March",
  publisher = "{PLoS}",
  volume = "14",
  number = "3",
  author = "Gabriel A. Devenyi and Rémi Emonet and Rayna M. Harris and Kate L. Hertweck and Damien Irving and Ian Milligan and Greg Wilson",
  title = "Ten simple rules for collaborative lesson development",
  journal = "{PLOS} Computational Biology"

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