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An Open Education Reader

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A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University. An Open Education Reader is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
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A nice example of open educational materials - a work in progress on OER...

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elearn Magazine: Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach

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http://elearnmag.acm.org/


For any individual who does instructional design, the challenge falls in the process and the nuances of the process. With the proliferation of online education, the process calls for dynamic and speedy steps because often there is not enough time or resources to waste. However, this type of design process tends to focus more on the teaching than on the learning. The focus on teaching is how content is presented, rather than on how the course design achieves flow for the individual learner. Roderick Sims introduces in his book, Design Alchemy: Transforming the Way We Think About Learning and Teaching, the concept of design for learning—a way for designers to "conceptualize the development process from the learner's perspective rather than that of the content or the teacher." This concept makes the focus on the learning rather on the teacher or content.

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This looks like an interesting book, to help design online courses from the perspective of the learner rather than the instructor.

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Elasmobranch Husbandry website

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Location of the Elasmobranch Husbandry Manual and the Elasmobranch Husbandry Symposium
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Excellent resource for any courses involving elasmobrachs

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Thanks to Chin Xian Teo for passing this on. It looks to be a very useful resource for anyone working with elasmobranchs

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Book: The Battle for Open - Martin Weller

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With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream. This marks a moment of victory for the open education movement, but at the same time the real battle for the direction of openness begins. As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies. This is a crucial time for determining the future direction of open education.

In this volume, Martin Weller examines four key areas that have been central to the developments within open education: open access, MOOCs, open education resources and open scholarship. Exploring the tensions within these key arenas, he argues that ownership over the future direction of openness is significant to all those with an interest in education.

 
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Thanks to Andreas Link for this. I'm looking forward to digging into this as Martin Weller is both very well placed to assess current trends in higher education and always very insightful.

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Global Perspectives on International Joint and Double Degree Programs

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Joint and Double degree programs are an increasingly popular form of higher education internationalization. While many institutions find them challenging to organize, these collaborative degree programs continue to gain traction around the world, in part because they offer an opportunity to build strong academic and institutional partnerships. This book is the first truly global collection of essays from experts with experience in creating and administering international collaborative degree programs.
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Hope to see this book on the library shelf soon!

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