Shrouded in mystery?

Started with Alan Levine’s 2014 Thompson Rivers University Open Learning Research Fellowship.

An Ambiguous Acronym

Some answers at

SPLOT comes from the conviction that there is great value in learners and educators sharing their work on the open web. All too often, doing so gets derailed by two problems. First, open web tools are perceived by users as difficult to use, and by organizations as complicated to support. This is why most organizations direct or even restrict activity into a consolidated Learning Management System (LMS).  Second, online identity and privacy concerns (and laws) scare people off. Not every learner is ready to share their work with the world on a medium that “never forgets”. We know that most free online communication tools capture and exploit the data of their users.

So the tools on this site are designed with two core principles in mind:

• make it as easy as possible to post activity to the open web in an appealing and accessible way

• allow users to do so without creating accounts, or providing any required personal information

Mostly* WordPress

Primary ones are WordPress themes with all functionality and customization options built in to create sites where visitors/learners can easily contribute content without seeing the WordPress interface.

Three prominent ones include:

TRU Writer

collections of writing

TRU Collector

collections of images+


collections of media+

*Not limited to WordPress see a GitHub based SPLOT and Tom Woodward’s

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Workshop Parts

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