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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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mobiMOOC - History of MOOC the pioneers

mobiMOOC - History of MOOC the pioneers | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

David Cornier's history of a MOOC in video (takes a little while to load so be patient). A nice take on why MOOCs differ from the more usual sorts of courses.

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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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Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices

Harvard University says it can't afford journal publishers' prices | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

University wants scientists to make their research open access and resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls... Could this action catch on? What would it mean for editorial boards and review panels?

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Bill Brown's comment, May 9, 2012 4:42 AM
I'm surprised that there is anything that harvard cannot afford, they are the best endowed university on the planet, are they not? I have been reading lately that companies such as Elsevier are charging exorbitant sums for journals, but it would be bad news for students and researchers if a revolt led by customers for these journals resulted in a fragmentation of sources from which one would source information.
ChrisPegler's comment, May 9, 2012 4:49 AM
Bill, its an interesting question about fragmentation. In the physical world of publishing having things spread over many different locations is a problem. In the online world where it is easy to discover and slip between information source (but not always easy to read beyond the abstract) some researchers are pushing for open access because there is better dissemination of the research. I don't (personally) think that this is only about cost, although there is a real push in the US (particularly) towards arguing that research that is paid for through public funds should be public, and not only published in forms which require subscription. I will look out information on the open access shift of ALT-J to show you what can happen with open access dissemination. Quite surprising.
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SCORE Library Survey Report - SCORE - The Open University

SCORE Library Survey Report - SCORE - The Open University | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Small study but amongst interesting findings: 'Around a third of librarians are confident in using and promoting Creative Commons licences, but the majority are not.' Hm. 

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Male access and success in higher education

Interesting stats on numbers of male students entering and being retained in HE.

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JISC Inform / Issue 33 / Open researcher | #jiscinform

JISC Inform / Issue 33 / Open researcher | #jiscinform | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Research associate Jennifer Jones believes that open research paves the way for ordinary people to take control of mass communication and to free information flow from the constraints of the closed worlds of corporate media giants and publishing houses.

 

An interesting behind the scenes view of how she pulls open research into her life and teaching. Interesting quote 'If you're not on Google who are you?' (which she stresses she does not agree with, but its very quotable).

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Fast forward for OERu accredited courses - 8 prototypes identified for 2012

Fast forward for OERu accredited courses - 8 prototypes identified for 2012 | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

The OERu anchor partners have shortlisted 8 university / college courses to be developed as prototypes to be offered in the 2nd half of 2012.

 

* College Composition (1st year-level course)
* Art Appreciation and Techniques (1st year-level course and remix of the Saylor Foundation / Washington State Open Course Library course)

* Regional relations in Asia and the Pacific (1st year-level course)
* A Mathematical Journey (1st year-level course)
* General and Applied Psychology (1st year-level course and remix of the Saylor Foundation Introduction to Psychology Course)

* Critical Reasoning (2nd year-level course in Philosophy)Why Sustainable Practice (1st year-level course)
* Introduction to Management (1st year-level course and registered with the New Zealand Quality Authority towards a national qualification.)

 

These courses will carry credit towards a Bachelor of General Studies - the inaugural credential selected at the OERu 2011.11 meeting of founding anchor partners. The OERu network will be able to formerly accredit OER learning in Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America.

 

The OER Foundation uses open source development approaches and we subscribe to radical transparency and open governance. We conduct all business openly. We release early and frequently.


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PrawfsBlawg: Pinterest, Jigidi, and factor four of the fair use defense

PrawfsBlawg: Pinterest, Jigidi, and factor four of the fair use defense | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

I used Jigidi to make the Jigsaw version of me in the H812 Intro slideshow so this defence of Fair Use caught my eye.

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Social Media and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs | Visual.ly

Social Media and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs | Visual.ly | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

This is an interesting take on Maslow to give some consideraton to. Perhaps Amazon could be at the Physiological end?

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In brief: Hacking the university - Lincoln’s approach to openness : JISC

In brief: Hacking the university - Lincoln’s approach to openness : JISC | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it
Student as Producer at the University of Lincoln is an innovative teaching and learning strategy that engages undergraduate students in research and make research part of the teaching process. At its core is the principle of openness.

 

This is a radical initiative which has widespread support at University of Lincoln. Thinking of your own institution would this be welcomed or resisted? What reasons would be given? 

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Digital Researcher 2012 (link to video)

Digital Researcher 2012 - Identifying Knowledge workshop: recording of. Makes for interesting viewing with some thought-provoking stats. Do you think of yourself as a Digital Researcher and how has that changed how, where, why and what you research?

 

This link may work better than heading link ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyG3yYbswfw

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Digital Narratives: Google Plus and Student Feedback

Digital Narratives: Google Plus and Student Feedback | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Something to think about for evaulation - using Google Plus for Student Feedback. Experiences from the University of Leicester. 

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University review to tackle teaching standards

University review to tackle teaching standards | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Interesting to see student take on Institutional Teaching and Learning Review @ Warwick University. SU Education Officer Sean Ruston while optimistic about the review expressed concern that in some cases the recommendations may reflect staff priorities rather than student priorities. Pointing out that: “Some departments have still not adapted to the changes that will take place in terms of rising student expectations in the quality of teaching and learning due to the planned fees rise.”

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Teaching with Twitter: how the social network can contribute to learning

Teaching with Twitter: how the social network can contribute to learning | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Twitter wasn't designed with teaching in mind but Rosie Miles finds it an ideal way to encourage students to get under the skin of academic texts. - Rosie is a 2011 National Teaching Fellow and I like that she is using Twitter for a course in Victorian Literature! Not the usual pairing.

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Editorial: Going for gold: Research in Learning Technology makes the switch to a fully Open Access publishing model | Bell | Research in Learning Technology

Editorial: Going for gold: Research in Learning Technology makes the switch to a fully Open Access publishing model | Bell | Research in Learning Technology | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Editorial about decision to shift ALT-J to open access: Going for gold: Research in Learning Technology makes the switch to a fully Open Access publishing model... (for Bill Brown as a local (UK) example to compare with the Harvard Big News.

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The Virtues of Blogging as Scholarly Activity - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Virtues of Blogging as Scholarly Activity - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Martin Weller reflects on his decision to become a blogger (way back in 2006) and its potenitial to connect to 'timely intelligent debate'.  From the comments posted Martin's article seems to have struck a chord with other academic bloggers, internationaly. 

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Moira's comment, May 3, 2012 3:17 PM
Very interesting. I like to blog too but feel the need to restrict my single blog to one aspect of my life (travel). I can see its value professionally (a blog, that is, not necessarily my travel one :-) ) but the great regret is that we don't have time to read all the fascinating blogs that are written. Some are rubbish, for sure, but some do contain helpful comment and analysis.
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Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad Apps | Langwitches Blog

Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad Apps | Langwitches Blog | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

LearningToday shares two beautiful posters, that help us remember Bloom’s Taxonomy: the Blooming Butterfly and the Blooming Orange. Then it asks how do we connect the Bloom’s Taxonomy with the iPad?

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Times Higher Education - Cap and gown learning on a shoestring budget

Times Higher Education - Cap and gown learning on a shoestring budget | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

An interesting overview of some of the options for learners (and possibly employers?) who don't want to pay for a university education but want accredited skills at this level. Its just the start of this particular debate. Where might it lead?

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What to do with Open Source Freeloaders? | Does this happen in OER

What to do with Open Source Freeloaders? | Does this happen in OER | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Ian Skerrett notes that on occasion, people working on open source projects will lament how a lot of organizations are using the output of the open source project but not contributing back. 

 

He makes the point that these are now many open source users. This what open source and OER wants to happen - a sign of health and doing something that meets a need. But he also makes the point (I'm sure you will have thought about it too) that open source and OER are not just about community but also about 'giving back'. This will protect long term usage. So ... open source and OER need users (lots) and also contributors (many) to have a long term. These may not be the same people. Is your OER initiative looking to recruits both types? If you use OER what type are you?

 

http://bit.ly/zgScGH is a link to a survey based on the Sherrett question. Its about open source but it is worth pondering one of the questions which asks whether you don't contribute because 'we have a policy that we do not contribute back'. To what extent does this happen for OER? I do hear of examples but don't hear how many.

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Value and benefits of text mining : JISC

Value and benefits of text mining : JISC | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Text mining promises huge economic and research benefit, but copyright law and other barriers are limiting its use, says JISC report

A new JISC report shows that text mining - a complex and innovative method of searching and analysing data - has huge potential benefits for the UK economy and knowledge base, but its use is being held back by copyright law and other barriers.

Read the report http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/reports/2012/value-and-benefits-of-text-mining.aspx

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An interesting collection of Rubrics for Assessment

An interesting collection of Rubrics for Assessment | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

A plethora of Rubrics for Assessment from the University of Winconsin's Polytechnic University covering: Cooperative Learning, Research Process/Report PowerPoint/Podcast, Oral Presentation, Web Page and ePortfolio, Math, Art, Science, Video and Multimedia Project , Creating Rubrics, Writing, Rubrics for Primary Grades... Great to see this stuff shared. - Scooped via Susan Bainbridge (see her http://www.scoop.it/t/the-21st-century site

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The Learning Designer (LDSE) Project « tel.ac.uk

The Learning Designer (LDSE) Project « tel.ac.uk | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Led by Professor Diana Laurillard, the LDSE project is building software to engage university teachers in the design of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) which is informed by pedagogic research and appropriate theories of teaching and learning.

The software will also allow lecturers to build their professional knowledge collaboratively, through sharing their learning designs and contributing to the LDSE’s collection of reference material and resources. The project is part of the Technology-Enhanced Learning Research Programme (http://www.tel.ac.uk).

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Which university is No. 1 on iTunes U?

Which university is No. 1 on iTunes U? | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Well it might seem like showing off, but it is worth checking out iTunesU http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ and considering whether this is simply (for the OU) the latest stage of its old University of the Air model. Perhaps now its University of the Net? Or is this really something different?


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Exeter Students' Guild: Teaching Awards 2012

Exeter Students' Guild: Teaching Awards 2012 | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it

Exeter University Student's Guild...presents its third year of Teaching Awards. Eight categories Best Lecturer
Innovative Teaching
Research Inspired Teaching
Best Feedback Provider
Supportive Member of Staff
Best Employability Support
Change Agents Champion
Best Postgraduate Teacher

Does this happen at your HEI?

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Undergraduate interns as staff developers: flowers in the desert

Undergraduate interns as staff developers: flowers in the desert | H812 Blk 2 - some food for online discussion | Scoop.it
(2012). Undergraduate interns as staff developers: flowers in the desert. Innovations in Education and Teaching International: Vol. 49, Identities in Transition, pp. 7-17.
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