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The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed ~William Gibson
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Why open practice?

Why open practice? | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Tweet I gave a presentation recently trying to set out the arguments for engaging with open practice in higher education. I’ve shifted from the “because it’s awesome” argument to a more nuanced one.
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What are the research questions for OER?

Tweet When we developed the OER Research Hub project with Hewlett, we came up with 11 hypotheses that they and we felt represented questions that it would be useful to find answers to.
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Should bid proposals be open access?

Should bid proposals be open access? | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Tweet I was at a UNESCO OER meeting in Paris last week (impersonating an important person) and a topic that came up a couple of times was the waste of resource that we just accept.
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Open Educational Resources (OER)- A Toolkit for Teachers, Curriculum and eLearning Developers

Open Educational Resources (OER)- A Toolkit for Teachers, Curriculum and eLearning Developers | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
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Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist | George Monbiot

Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist | George Monbiot | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
ho are the most ruthless capitalists in the western world?
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Wellcome criticises publishers over open access

Wellcome criticises publishers over open access | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Wiley and Elsevier attacked over failures to deposit papers as research funder warns it could withdraw funding for hybrid journals
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Report Review of Siemen’s ‘Preparing for the Digital University’ - Class Central's MOOC Report

Report Review of Siemen’s ‘Preparing for the Digital University’ - Class Central's MOOC Report | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Class Central summarizes the main findings from the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) Report: Preparing for the Digital University.
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Is That What We Meant?

Is That What We Meant? | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
I’m back in the heartland after a wonderful past few days in Vancouver for OpenEd. First, I want to give my deepest appreciation to David Wiley and team as well as the BC Campus for such bein…
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A Better Way to Find the Right OER - Campus Technology

A Better Way to Find the Right OER - Campus Technology | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
By tapping into a free Web service that turns learning objectives into search terms, a DeVry professor is helping instructors identify the best open educational resources for their courses.

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List of North American OER Policies & Projects - SPARC

List of North American OER Policies & Projects - SPARC | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
This resource provides examples of how institutions, companies, organizations & state governments across North America implement OER policies & projects.
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Openness as feature

Openness as feature | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Tweet (going with the “if in doubt, use one of Alan’s pics” approach) Sorry, this is two ‘open’ posts in a row, I’ll blog something else soon (if you want something very different, I’ve started a film a week blog, it’s reassuringly uninformed).
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Types of OER user

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Tweet For the GO-GN we are relaunching our webinar series. These will be the first Wednesday of every month, 4pm UK time.
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Types of OER user

Types of OER user | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
For the GO-GN we are relaunching our webinar series. These will be the first Wednesday of every month, 4pm UK time. They are aimed at anyone with an interest in OER research, and will feature exter…
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Do you get what you pay for? Publisher Educational Content versus OERs

Do you get what you pay for?  Publisher Educational Content versus OERs | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
really need to scratch their heads and consider if it’s an ethically and financially responsible choice to buy traditional educational books and materials while there might be alternatives that are cheaper and just as good or even better.
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What is an Open Business Model and How Can You Generate Revenue? — Made with Creative Commons — Medium

What is an Open Business Model and How Can You Generate Revenue? - Made with Creative Commons - Medium
In this fourth of our six long form Medium articles I describe what an open business model is and some of the many ways to generate revenue…
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World Without Waste? Appropedia and the Sustainability Commons - Creative Commons blog

World Without Waste? Appropedia and the Sustainability Commons - Creative Commons blog | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. The guest post below was written by Erik Moeller of Passionate Voices, a collaborative blog that hosts interviews with interesting makers, writers, thinkers, and artists from all over the world.

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The global maker movement is known for creative hacks, as well as for getting people of all ages excited about technology and how the worl
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Achieving the Dream Requests Applications for Open Educational Resource Degree Initiative | Achieving the Dream

Achieving the Dream Requests Applications for Open Educational Resource Degree Initiative | Achieving the Dream | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
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Atlanta, GA (February 24, 2016) – Achieving the Dream (ATD) today invited community colleges across the United States and Canada to submit applications for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative, a new effort to increase college degree completion rates and access by involving faculty in redesigning courses and degree programs using open educational resources.
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State of the Commons

State of the Commons | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
It's been a remarkable year, most notably for the more than 1.1 billion works under one of the CC licenses, CC0, or the public domain mark.
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How good content curation constitutes fair use

How good content curation constitutes fair use | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it

“Content curation” is a powerful tool for marketing. By sharing someone else’s relevant, helpful content, you prove to your audience that you care about helping them—not just boosting your own site traffic.


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Finally a (great) opinion from a lawyer on fair use and content curation! 

 

Kerry O'Shea Gorgone is not just a great content writer: she's also a lawyer. So far from being cryptic or overcautious, her post on Mark Schaefer's blog is not just well argumented: it gives concrete examples highlighting how and when content curation constitutes fair use. 

 

If you're still in doubt about what to do, this is a must-read.

 

And to understand how you can stay safe in your daily publishing work, you can read our own addition to the debate on our blog.

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Quality Assurance of OER/eLearning | Unleashing the power of online networks for eLearning in Africa

Quality Assurance of OER/eLearning | Unleashing the power of online networks for eLearning in Africa | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it

For one of our last events for the year we turning our attention to quality assurance aspects of e-learning and Open Educational Resources. This seminar is led by Ephraim Mhlanga from the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE).

 

On Wednesday 2 December at 1 pm Ephraim Mhlanga will host a live online session

 

From our presenter we have received the following abstract:

The advent of educationally technologies has profoundly changed the way people learn and how education is generally delivered. In higher education in particular teaching and learning is now heavily supported by education technologies which make it more cost-effective to support learners in a virtual space. Educational technologies free education from the constraints of time and space that go with face-to-face teaching, and that offers great flexibility in terms of when, where and how to learn. Whilst this is a positive development that many higher education institutions are investing in, there are major challenges that are associated with the quality of such delivery. Particularly in the Third World, the comparative quality of online programmes is still a moot point.

 

This presentation gives hints on quality aspects that should be considered in using technology in teaching and learning. It draws from previous work done with African universities and from Gilly Salmon’s work on how learners learn online, and builds some quality benchmarks worth considering in the design and delivery of online courses.


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