The European Commission will publish a Communication on Opening up Education which aims to stimulate high-quality, innovative ways of learning and teaching through digital technologies and content. By making learning environments more open and delivering quality education more efficiently, the EU will create a better skilled workforce which will boost jobs, competitiveness and growth.
Opening up Education proposes measures at EU and national levels, including helping learning institutions, teachers and students of all ages to acquire digital skills and new learning methods. The initiative also seeks to support the development and availability of open educational resources.
Musopen (www.musopen.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.
Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) are making an evergrowing impact on the field of adult learning, offering free high-quality education to increasing numbers of people. However, the top-down distribution of weighty university courses that typifies current provision is not necessarily suitable for contexts such as Continued Professional Development (CPD). This article proposes that a change of focus from a supplier-driven to a needs-led approach, grounded in theories of informal learning, could increase the positive impact of OER and OEP beyond the ivory towers of higher education.
The extremely rapid expansion of open educational resource (OER) initiatives and the millions of learners they attract can be understood as an indicator of an emerging revolution in education and learning. This article describes recent developments in this area and develops conceptual foundations for studies and policies on OER. We describe four different types of OER, locate these in a field of learning theories, and discuss how the wide adoption of OER may constrain and accelerate the transformation of learning and education in the knowledge society.
... the critical work that librarians do to support OER adoption at community colleges. This webinar will feature three projects where librarians are leading the way in searching, curating, and creating OER to expand student access and improve teaching practices.
The RCUK policy can be summarized as follows (quoting Peter Suber's SPARC Open Access Newsletter, issue #165): RCUK-funded authors 'must' publish in RCUK-compliant journals. A journal is RCUK-compliant if it offers ...
LiveCode, eine Entwicklungsumgebung mit englischer Sprachsyntax zur einfachen Erstellung von Software für Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS und Android, hat vor LiveCode der Open Source Gemeinde zur Verfügung zu stellen. Vorher muss aber die Codebasis mit teilweise über 20 Jahre altem Code auf eine leicht pflegbare, modulare Bauweise umstrukturiert werden.
Man könnte den Code zwar auch direkt frei verfügbar machen, es wäre dann aber für Dritte erheblich schwerer, den Code zu erweitern oder zu verbessern. Damit der Start von LiveCode als Open Source direkt abheben kann, sucht das Team des Herstellers RunRev aus Edinburgh daher eine Finanzierung von 350.000 englischen Pfund um sich die nächsten Monat voll auf die Umstrukturierung der Codebasis von LiveCode konzentrieren zu können.
Ziel ist es damit im Herbst diesen Jahres fertig zu werden.
LiveCode wird dann unter der GPL v3 veröffentlicht. Das bedeutet: 1. Wenn man damit erschaffene Programme verteilen will, muss der Source Code beigefügt werden, ebenfalls unter der GPL 3. 2. Damit erstellte Programme können auch verkauft werden, solange Punkt 1 gewahrt bleibt.
Gleichzeitig wird von RunRev aber auch weiterhin eine kommerzielle Version angeboten mit der man 'geschlossene' kommerzielle Programme erstellen kann.
"Der interdisziplinär ausgerichtete Sammelband befasst sich mit gegenwärtigen Dynamiken und transformativen Prozessen an der Schnittstelle sogenannter Freier Bildungsmedien und Fragen der digitalen Archivierung."
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. This blog post was written by Teresa Sempere GarcÃa, CC's Community Support Intern June-August, 2013.
We are excited to announce that along with the planned upgrade to SP13 this evening from 10:00 p.m. ET through 5:00 a.m. ET on Friday, June 21st, we are adding a new solution to CourseSites -- Blackboard xpLor. Blackboard xpLor is a global learning object repository that enables educators to easily author, copyright, share, and discover rich educational materials. With the addition of the basic Blackboard xpLor, CourseSites will be connected to a universe of educational content, including Khan Academy lessons, shared as open educational resources. As CourseSites Instructors, you will be able to leverage and contribute to this repository directly from within your course environments.
To learn more about Blackboard xpLor in advance of its availability, please visit
Zu Beginn diesen Jahres hat der Fachbuchverlag Open Source Press seine gesamte Publikations- und Online-Strategie umgestellt. Im Rahmen dieser Umstellung implementierte man webEdition als neues CMS der Wahl.
- to offer an online history of the development of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
- to use that history to describe major elements of a MOOC
Each chapter of this guide looks at one of the first MOOCs and some early influences. It contains these parts:
- a description of the MOOC, what it did, and what was learned
- a description of the element of MOOC theory learned in the offering of the course
- practical tools that can be used to develop that aspect of a MOOC
- practical tips on how to be successful
Contribute to this Book
You are invited to contribute. If you participated in a MOOC, add a paragraph describing your experience (you can sign your name to it, so we know it's a personal story). If you know of resources or can add information about an element of MOOC theory, add to or edit the text that already exists. If you know of tools, provide a link to the tool, a short description, and your assessment of the tool.
If you have a tip, add the tip.
In order to participate, please email or message your contact details, and we'll you to the list of people who can edit pages. Send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org
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1 Learning Objects
2 Digitized Library Collections Resources
3 OER Encyclopedia
4 Open Textbooks
5 OER Courses
6 OER Courseware
7 On the Horizon
8 Online Tools That Support and Empower the OER Community
8.1 Intellectual Property Management
8.2 Open Learning Management Systems
8.3 Distribution and Dissemination
9 Hybrid Commercial/OER Partnerships
Learning objects are educational raw materials of varying degrees of complexity that can be used combined with other learning objects to create more complete or comprehensive sets of learning materials.
Open Educational Resources come in many shapes and sizes. This partial list of sources introduces the scope of OER and the organizations cultivating its increasingly vital role in opening higher education up to the greatest number of people worldwide.