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Brisbane's original sandstone university is set to give academic content away for free as part of a revolutionary program transforming the business of higher education around the globe. But the University of Queensland will likely have competition from the state's other leading tertiary institutions – the Queensland University of Technology is also making a foray into massive open online courses (MOOCs).
In this chapter, findings from the first phase of the TOUCANS (Testing the OER university Concept: a National Study) project are shared. TOUCANS is a research project based at the University of Leicester, in which SCORE fellow, Gabi Witthaus, investigated the OER university (OERu) and its potential future take-up in the UK higher education (HE) sector. The project ran from September 2011 to June 2012. In this chapter, the first phase of the research, involving interviews with individuals from the anchor partner institutions, is reported on. Respondents commented on the anticipated target audience for the OERu pilot, the institutional processes for making curriculum decisions, options under consideration for approaches to assessment, ideas about how accreditation and credit transfer might be handled, and the nature of support that will be provided for OERu students. Business models for participating in the OERu were also discussed, as were the various institutional and personal motivations for participating in the OERu. Findings from this phase of the research suggest that the OERu might well provide a range of useful models for collaboration around OERs to enable access to higher education on a significant scale in the future.
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You may have heard the buzz about the "Why Open Education Matters" video contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Creative Commons, and Open Society Foundations. The contest was meant to raise awareness about the promise of open educational resources (OER) -- free online materials licensed under Creative Commons, which allows educators to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the content to their heart's content.
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