One of the distinguishing characteristics of Open Source Learning is connecting directly with authors and thinkers who create the materials we read and discuss. At the end of October we will be talking online with Howard Rheingold. (In addition to his own writing and teaching, Howard moderates online events for the University of California Irvine's Digital Media & Learning Hub, which is funded by the Macarthur Foundation.)
Another distinguishing characteristic of Open Source Learning is the idea that every participant can "write" to the curriculum-- in other words, we all create and refine our path(s) of inquiry by asking questions and suggesting resources, ideas and actions that accelerate understanding.
Lastly, Open Source Learning is transparent; online data can be shared in its original form.
Here's an example: Howard and I exchanged emails in which we discussed the online conferences. I asked him about topics and he said it's up to you. So, please comment to this post over the next month with anything you'd like to see considered in our conversation with Howard.