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National OER Framework

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The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is a volatile mix of religion, ancient civilizations, political turmoil, wealth and poverty, beauty, extremism, and violence. Can Open Educational Res...
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Significant Milestone: First national study of OER adoption -

Significant Milestone: First national study of OER adoption - | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
For years we have heard anecdotes and case studies about OER adoption based on one (or a handful) of institutions. There are many items we think we know, but we have lacked hard data on the adoption process to back up … Continue reading →
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OER and the Future of Publishing (EdSurge News)

OER and the Future of Publishing (EdSurge News) | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
I recently returned from the Knewton Education Symposium. Like last year’s Symposium, it was a blast for anyone involved with education--a 48-hour party for the mind. We had great participation from higher ed, K-12, and international markets. We had incredible discussions led by university president
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Open educational resources movement needs to move beyond voluntarism (essay) @insidehighered

Open educational resources movement needs to move beyond voluntarism (essay) @insidehighered | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
With OSS, the hacker is often an end user but more centrally the creator and modifier of code. And to the extent that hackers form a community, it is a community of problem-solvers addressing issues that concern their work directly. In his seminal book on hacker open-source culture, The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Eric Raymond suggests that “Every good work of software starts by scratching a developer’s personal itch.” Contrast this with the relationship faculty have to the educational content they use: for most, it’s a tool for teaching a class, a means of supporting an activity that is largely extrinsic to the tasks of creating and modifying pedagogical content. Most instructors are not editors, let alone creators of their classroom content; they are simply end users.
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OPINION: Why Can’t OER Enjoy the Same Success as Open Source Software? (EdSurge News)

OPINION: Why Can’t OER Enjoy the Same Success as Open Source Software? (EdSurge News) | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Few today would consider the greatest strength of Open Source Software (OSS) that it is free. Indeed, it has lowered costs. But more fundamentally, it’s reshaped the way we think about the production, distribution, and sharing of software as an artifact. It has challenged centuries-old notions of pr
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University of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-source textbooks @insidehighered

University of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-source textbooks @insidehighered | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
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How to Write a Dissertation: Methodology

How to Write a Dissertation: Methodology | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Recently Updated: 13/04/2013 In the Methodology section of your dissertation you have to justify and explain your choice of methodologies employed in your research. You don’t however have to explai...
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ICDE » News archive » 2014 » April - June » Ten useful reports on MOOCs and online education

ICDE » News archive » 2014 » April - June » Ten useful reports on MOOCs and online education | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
This digest of reports and papers published over the past year is provided to support the ongoing debate on MOOCs, Open Educational Resources and online educati
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Siyavula Educator Survey Results: OER Behaviours and Attitudes (Part III)

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: OER Behaviours and Attitudes (Part III) | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
This is the penultimate post of our four-part series of co-authored posts by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula) on the Siyavula educator survey findings. Previous ...
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Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Sample (Part I)

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Sample (Part I) | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
This is the first of four co-authored blog posts (written by Beck Pitt and Megan Beckett) examining the preliminary Siyavula educator survey results. If you attended the open textbook webinar on 28...
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OER Impact Map

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Join us in building understanding of open education
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How MOOCs will transform billions of lives. Or not.

How MOOCs will transform billions of lives. Or not. | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Prior to working at LinkedIn I spent a long time in the EdTech sector. This my first post on the subject...I hope you find it interesting and would love to hear your comments.High quality post
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Leicester City Council gives permission to 84 schools to create and share OER - Creative Commons

Leicester City Council gives permission to 84 schools to create and share OER - Creative Commons | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. Leicester City Council / CC BY 4.0

Leicester City Council is the first local government authority in the United Kingdom (UK) to provide 84 community schools with blanket permission to openly license their educational resources. The council is recommending that school staff use the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to share materials created in the...
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OER and the Future of Knewton -

OER and the Future of Knewton - | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Jose Ferriera, the CEO of Knewton, recently published a piece on edSurge arguing that scaling OER cannot “break the textbook industry” because, according to him, it has low production values, no instructional design, and is not enterprise grade. Unsurprisingly, David … Continue reading →
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A Response to "OER Beyond Voluntarism"

A Response to "OER Beyond Voluntarism" | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Well, this has turned into a rather enjoyable conversation. To recap what has unfolded so far: It began with Jose Ferreira inviting me to appear on a panel at the Knewton Symposium, on the panel, I...
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Babson Survey Research Group: Open Educational Resources

Babson Survey Research Group: Open Educational Resources | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Downloads for the Babson Survey Research Group reports.
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Open Book Test: Can a Cost Saving Measure Also Raise Performance? (EdSurge News)

Open Book Test: Can a Cost Saving Measure Also Raise Performance? (EdSurge News) | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Discussions about the future of school curricula tend to be cannibalized by the sensationalized debate over the Common Core, but for those able to glimpse the long-term future, a key issue is open educational resources (OER). For many, the question is not so much if or when OER will become the stand
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Open educational resources movement needs to move beyond voluntarism (essay) @insidehighered

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The Unruly Playground: Free OER and Paid Digital Materials (EdSurge News)

The Unruly Playground: Free OER and Paid Digital Materials (EdSurge News) | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Is the relationship between Open Educational Resources (OER) advocates and traditional educational publishing companies like a playground dominated by bullies? Or more like two groups of kids, ignoring each other as much as possible as they play?If current activity is any indication, it’s a little o
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Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Educational Contexts (Part II)

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Educational Contexts (Part II) | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
This is the second of a four-part series of blog posts co-authored by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula). You can read our posts on the Siyavula educator sample an...
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OER Research Hub - YouTube

OER Research Hub - YouTube | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
The Open Educational Resources Research Hub (OER Research Hub) provides a focus for research, designed to give answers to the overall question 'What is the i...
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Will SOOCs eat MOOCs for breakfast? | Pearson Labs

Will SOOCs eat MOOCs for breakfast? | Pearson Labs | FutureTech for Learning | Scoop.it
Cartoon: Dave Blazek At this year’s EdTech Europe summit, one theme was writ large in every panel discussion: are MOOCs really the magic bullet in opening a
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