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OERu interviews for the TOUCANS project - all the links so far

OERu interviews for the TOUCANS project - all the links so far | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

The OERu is an interesting new iniatitive which is looking at reusing and acrediting open content, so Woolongong University (say) accrediting and examining students on open resources published by (say) MIT. A new style of open university which is actually several different universities blending open practice with what they normally do and doing what they normally do differently? The rest of this Scoop.it are the words of Gabi Whitthaus who has been following and researching the early stages of the OERu as her SCORE fellowship:

 

Over the past few weeks, I have been blogging about the interviews I've held with members from the OER university (OERu) member institutions, as well as with senior managers of UK higher education institutions about their views on the OERu concept. These interviews form part of the data-gathering process for the TOUCANS project (www.le.ac.uk/toucans), which I am carrying out as a SCORE fellow (http://www8.open.ac.uk/score/fellows) at the University of Leicester. 

 

Here is the list of the blogs as at 30 May 2012. (More to come... I'll be updating this post regularly with new links.)

 

UK HEI senior managers:

 

“The more flexible we are, the worse it is for the students” (Dave Hall, Registrar of the University of Leicester): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-dave-hall

 

"The big question is: who is going to give the student the qualification and how is that going to be validated?" (Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-martin-hall ;

 

“I look upon this as a playground.” (Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal, Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer of the University of Edinburgh): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-jeff-haywood ;

 

OERu network members: 

 

“We are focused on meeting community needs.” (Vasi Doncheva, Flexible learning manager at NorthTec Polytechnic in New Zealand): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-vasi-doncheva

 

“We need to have a far more efficient system.” (Wayne Mackintosh, Director of the International Centre for Open Education at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, and Member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation.): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-wayne-mackintosh

 

“Don’t underestimate the earthquakes… What would happen if the physical university were no longer available?” (Herbert Thomas, Electronic Learning Media Team Leader at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-herbert-thomas ;

 

“We’ll be aiming at a self-contained student who is resolutely going to keep persevering…” (Kevin Bell, ex-Associate Vice President for Learning and Development, College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-kevin-bell ;

 

“I don’t see the death of the university that some people are going on about.” (Irwin DeVries, Director of Instructional Design for Thompson Rivers University: Open Learning, Canada): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-irwin-devries


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Primarily for students on the OU's H812 Certificate in Academic Practice module as they work through Block 2 (Design of Learning Environments)
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Twitter 'Embedded on These Websites' Test Curates Links Under Tweets

Twitter 'Embedded on These Websites' Test Curates Links Under Tweets | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it
Some tweets are now displaying a list of curated links to articles that have embedded the tweet within them. It adds an interesting twist to discovering more about a topic and finding more content from a particular publisher.
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I've been slow to catch on to Embedded Tweets. Worth exploring further and looks like these are being ramped up. I am _such_ a basic bread&potatoes Twitter user whose habits have barely changed. Perhaps this will be somethng that spurs me on.

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Open Praxis, Vol 5, No 3 (2013): Learning assessment in open, distance and flexible education

Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education

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Nicely international set of articles.

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Wikipedia:Featured articles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Featured articles in Wikipedia

Featured articles are considered to be the best articles Wikipedia has to offer, as determined by Wikipedia's editors. They are used by editors as examples for writing other articles. Before being listed here, articles are reviewed as featured article candidates for accuracy, neutrality, completeness, and style according to our featured article criteria. There are 3,905 featured articles out of 4,243,360 articles on the English Wikipedia. Thus, about one in 1,080 articles are listed here. Articles that no longer meet the criteria can be proposed for improvement or removal at featured article review.

A small bronze star icon (This star symbolizes the featured content on Wikipedia.) on the top right corner of an article's page indicates that the article is featured, unless the appropriate user preference is set. Additionally, if the current article is featured in another language version, a star will appear next to the language page link, in the list on the left of the page (see also featured articles in other languages).

What is a GOOD #Wikipedia article? See http://t.co/0ZTzhC5A5b to read about "featured article" status #OER #WIKISOO vis @PeteForsyth


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TED $1m prize for 'Hole in the Wall' learning pioneer

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A vote of confidence for the ability of learners to tap into the internet and really widen participation.

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Lara Strickland's comment, May 11, 2013 10:45 AM
An inspirational story of learner-driven learning :)
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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it
12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, February 6, 2013 12:08 PM

A very short summary of some ideas, but worth a look ...

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Now more meaningful than ever before. The Open University along with other major learning institutions are involved in providing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS). This movement may revolutionise access to the burgeoning virtual learning environment.

Lara Strickland's comment, April 15, 2013 7:36 AM
Very interesting article .... food for thought.
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Commonwealth of Learning - Distance Education Leadership and Management – COL video series 2012

Commonwealth of Learning - Distance Education Leadership and Management – COL video series 2012 | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it
The Distance Education Leadership and Management – COL Video Series 2012 is now available on COL’s website. http://t.co/57HI6Vjk

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Not viewed yet but always interested to see items specifically about DL - two in one morning so far ...

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Daniel’s comprehensive review of MOOC developments

Daniel’s comprehensive review of MOOC developments | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Review by Martin Weller: 'This is the most thorough, comprehensive and balanced overview and analysis of MOOCs that I have read. This is not surprising since Sir John Daniel has had a long and distinguished career in open and distance learning, including being President of the Commonwealth of Learning and Vice-Chancellor of the UK Open University. He is currently a visiting research fellow at the Korean National Open University and an Education Master at DeTao Masters Academy, China. He thus knows of what he speaks.'


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Capitol Alert: Open-source textbook bills head to Gov. Jerry Brown - sacbee.com

California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a package of bills that would allow college students to choose free online textbooks instead of costly printed ones for common undergraduate courses....  [Further developments in the push for open textbooks. This was a big theme at OpenEd 11 at Utah, so wondering how it may have taken hold by Open Ed Vancouver next month).

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2012 ECAR Study of Analytics in Higher Education | EDUCAUSE.edu

2012 ECAR Study of Analytics in Higher Education | EDUCAUSE.edu | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

The 2012 ESCAR Study of Analytics in Higher Education: Benefits, Barriers, Progress, and Recommendations.

 

The objectives of this research were to assess the current state of analytics in higher education, outline the challenges and barriers to using analytics, and develop a maturity index to provide a common means of assessing progress in analytics.

 

Collaboration between EDUCAUSE and the Association for Institutional Research.

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Guest Post: Further Evidence of Use of Social Networks in the UK Higher Education Sector

Guest Post: Further Evidence of Use of Social Networks in the UK Higher Education Sector | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Fom Brian Kelly, an analysis showing further Evidence of Use of Social Networks in the UK Higher Education Sector.

 

Part of a series of recent posts on the UK Web Focus blog which have summarised use of social networking service such as Facebook et al.

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What’s happening? The ‘utility’ of Twitter in teaching and learning JISC CETIS MASHe

What’s happening? The ‘utility’ of Twitter in teaching and learning JISC CETIS MASHe | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Some ijnteresting and usable ideas about the uses of Twitter in teaching and learning avoiding the easy fallback into 'discussion'. Refers and links to an interesting Twitter Adoption Matrix and mentions the OU's SocialLearn.

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Simon Grant of CETIS » Critical friendship pointer

Simon Grant of CETIS » Critical friendship pointer | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

A take on reflection and eportfolios which happens to be vey timely for me. If you are unfamiliar with the acronym HBR = Harvard Business Review and that blog post to which this refers is also interesting to read. As sounds the book to which this refers.

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how to be an e-learning expert | loumcgill

how to be an e-learning expert | loumcgill | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

This post by Lou McGill (bona fide elearning expert without cutting corners) is intended as fun. H812 students (or other readers) may enjoy seeing whether they are getting this being an expert right, or whether there is scope for improvement :-)  I can see that in using Blogger rather than Wordpress I have some handicaps to overcome myself ...

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Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use It Right - InformED

Out With the Degree, In With the Badge: How Badges Motivate Learning And 7 Tips To Use It Right - InformED | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

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Colin Warren's curator insight, August 30, 2013 7:49 AM

A useful summary on the development/s in digital badge with sound advice for those interested in getting on board.

Bill Brown's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:04 PM

Is this the future reward available from MOOCS?

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New issue: IRRODL Vol 14, No 3 (2013)

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) is a refereed e-journal that aims to advance research, theory and best practice in open and distance education research.

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A useful open access journal to follow.

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How To Gamify Your Classroom In 6 Easy Steps - Edudemic

How To Gamify Your Classroom In 6 Easy Steps - Edudemic | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it
Trying to gamify your classroom may seem like a useful tactic. But for teachers who are new to gamification, incorporating it into your classroom may seem like a daunting task.
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Vol 9, No 1 (2013)

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A special issue just published by the Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society - all about OER and OEP with many familiar names (to me anyhow) writing in this including Anna Comas-Quinn as co-editor. A very strong languages showing - although not exclusively about languages.

There is something about the culture of language teaching that really lends itself to remix and sharing.

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ChrisPegler's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:31 AM

So good I scooped it twice :-)

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Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data

Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it
There's a lot to unpack about learning analytics -- everything from how student data is captured to how it will be used. For all of its promises -- and there ar

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'Why is it not widely used yet?'  I think that we may be not yet aware of how complex the data will be when we talk about shifting 21st century learning, For example how can we make sense of MOOCs using learner analytics when there are so many variables, including learner agendas?

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Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, January 6, 2013 12:20 PM

There's a lot to unpack about learning analytics -- everything from how student data is captured to how it will be used. For all of its promises -- and there ar

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The Unexpected Connection - Serendipity and Human Mediation in Networked Learning by Rita Kop

Comment on a recent paper which throws up lots of recent facts about the nature of the information that is now available to learners and how they might need to approach this. One of my favourite words 'seredipity' - the unexpected. Should we now (routinely) expect learners to be tangling with and tackling the unexpected? Does this have more impact on distance teachers/distance universities as they have often in the past sought for control in order to support learners better. So will losening the corsets of control cause the spine to bend and lose its shape.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:40 PM

Although there are a lot of useful thoughts on information literacy, there here are two things that stand out for me, the emphasis on the unexpected (so important for creativity, although Rita talks about serendipity) and on information mediation by humans (recommenders, RSS, micro-blogging). As far as I am concerned, this is a much more productive way of looking at (open) networked learning than, say, discuss whether connectivism is  learning theory, an epistemology or ... Emphasising _creativity_ speaks to the value networked learning has for a knowledge society in which people need to solve wicked, complex problems in teams. Highlighting _recommenders and micro-blogging_ speaks to the specific mechanisms (unlike, say, the search algorithms provided by Google) that social networks need to become vertitable networked learning environments. (@pbsloep)

Bill Brown's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:02 PM

Serendipity - the art of discovering the unexpected: is this not what learning at its best should be? Many learning situations call for the effective use of this ability - and it is just so enjoyable!

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Budapest Open Access Initiative | Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative: setting the default to open

Budapest Open Access Initiative | Ten years on from the Budapest Open Access Initiative: setting the default to open | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

The Budapest Open Access Initiative: an international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the internet reflects on 10 years progress towards OA and offers recommendations for next 10 years.

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Sheila’s CETIS work blog » Analytics and #moocmooc - the learner's view

Sheila’s CETIS work blog » Analytics and #moocmooc - the learner's view | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Just finished the #moocmooc and Shiela reflects on how learners she could get a senseof her own engagement and participation. Refers to use of some of Martin Hawksey's visualisation tools.

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Engage students through blogging : JISC

Engage students through blogging : JISC | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

A nice example of blogging for critical reflection from the University of Edinburgh.  Following successful trials starting in 2005, the School of Divinity has used blogging as part of a wider blended learning strategy.

 

Two comments when I checked and one of these queries the use of blogging and the general remotenes from face to face discussion (and the strangeness of this) for mature students returning to study. Haven't things changed ...

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Researchers of Tomorrow : JISC

Researchers of Tomorrow : JISC | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Researchers of Tomorrow is the longest and most intensive research to date on information-seeking practices and research behaviour among doctoral students. It focuses on 'Generation Y' researchers - those born between 1982 and 1994 and involved 17,000 of these from 70 universities.

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OU is No. 10 in Top 10 universities for joining the super-rich - Telegraph

OU is No. 10 in Top 10 universities for joining the super-rich - Telegraph | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

The OU is No. 10 in the list of top 10 UK universities with the UK's wealthiest alumni. Well it helps that the OU is biggest, and its probably true that many of our millionaires were on the road or arrived before they became an OU student. But it does underline quite how varied the OU student body is ...

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Innovating Pedagogy | Open University Innovations Report #1

Innovating Pedagogy | Open University Innovations Report #1 | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

The first report in a series from the Ou that infroduces ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education.

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