This afternoon the family and I stopped by the Nieman Foundation office in Lippmann House. Talk about an awesome staff! I love when brilliant people remain personable. I knew I was in the right place when I went into the Fellows workspace and saw a box full of toys. Brynn made a beeline to it and grabbed a ball. While she and Bryant tossed it back and forth, I had a chance to meet some of the year-long Fellows and the staff who selected me. I also saw the space where I will deliver my lecture next Saturday. I can’t wait!
After visiting Lippmann, I headed over to visit Lawrence Lessig, a rock star IP law professor. He is an expert in copyright law and how it has evolved over the years. I asked him about the best ways I can protect the original mobile journalism lessons I create for my MOOC, while still allowing journalism educators to remix it if they need to. He gave me great ideas about the policies I’ll need to have in place to protect my stuff. I left the meeting feeling less afraid of someone pirating all of my video tutorials and putting them on YouTube. I can’t wait until next week when I get to visit EdX, the Harvard-MIT MOOC partnership that started this open education movement.
Until then, I am going to put my feet up. You may not be able to tell in this picture, but I am 7 months pregnant! I am glad my baby boy can share this experience with his mommy.