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EFF sues US government, saying copyright rules on DRM are unconstitutional

EFF sues US government, saying copyright rules on DRM are unconstitutional | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
DMCA's "anti-circumvention" rule has rankled hackers and scholars for a long time.
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10,000 PhD Scholarships to African researchers

The PEI – Gates Foundation PhD Scholarship Programme is seeking to award 10,000 PhD Scholarships to African researchers over the next ten years, equipping the continent with the scienti c knowledge base to support sustainable, diversi ed economic growth built upon local expertise. The programme will launch a pilot of 10 students in Mauritius in 2016, funded jointly by the PEI and the Gates Foundation, and in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). Each researcher awarded a scholarship will spend time at both an African and a UK host university, as well as time in industry, as relevance to the private sector and potential impact on economic growth are critical to the programme.
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Evidence that low cost reading programs can have a big impact

Evidence that low cost reading programs can have a big impact | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
Here’s the evidence that low cost reading programs can have a big impact The importance of literacy for economic growth and development is already well established in economic research.  Literacy enables people to access information and improve their productivity.  I believe that literacy is crucial to the diffusion of new technologies, especially among the poor.…
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Sugata Mitra - 5. Leadership

Sugata Mitra - 5. Leadership | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
Sugata Mitra is a Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University in England
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How a theory born in the 1930s could transform African education systems

How a theory born in the 1930s could transform African education systems | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
The lessons Paulo Freire learnt nearly 90 years ago and the theories he developed from painful personal experience still resonate across Africa's schooling systems today.
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Online 'university of anywhere' opens to refugees - BBC News

Online 'university of anywhere' opens to refugees - BBC News | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
An online university is offering 500 refugees from Syria's civil war free places on its degree courses.
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Department of Labor funnels $2B into free higher ed OER

Department of Labor funnels $2B into free higher ed OER | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
California State University, in partnership with the the Department of Labor, is providing community college students with an open educational platform.
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As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them

As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
Hal Plotkin, a longtime supporter of open educational resources, says efforts like the Zero Textbook Cost degree could save students billions of dollars.
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The Global Information Technology Report 2016

The Global Information Technology Report 2016 | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2016 finds seven countries are excelling when it comes to economically benefiting from investments in information and communications technologies
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With $5 Million for Z Degrees, Small Change Is a Big Step for California Community Colleges (EdSurge News)

With $5 Million for Z Degrees, Small Change Is a Big Step for California Community Colleges (EdSurge News) | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it

Students in Barbara Illowsky’s statistics class at De Anza Community College in Cupertino, CA, don’t spend a dime on the textbook their professor co-wrote. “Introductory Statistics” is an open educational resource (OER) that Illowsky estimates has saved students at De Anza over $3 million in text
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How to become a better eLearning Designer

How to become a better eLearning Designer | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
One of the unique aspects of the e-learning industry is how often it changes and how quickly you have to adapt to that change. Regardless of your background, education, or professional experience, becoming a better e-learning designer requires a willingness to learn new things.

In recent free webinar on the 10 Lessons Learned My First Year in E-Learning, I talked about my realization that the field of e-learning is so much more than just the practice of instructional design. Becoming a better e-learning designer required me to learn the subtlety of graphic design, the art of visual communications, the technical aspects of user interface design, and much more! Instructional design was just one piece of a larger skillset that I needed to master.

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South Africa exports online courses back to the West - BBC News

South Africa exports online courses back to the West - BBC News | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
A lower cost base and partnerships with western universities is helping South Africa to develop online courses for students around the world.
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Moocs can transform education – but not yet

Moocs can transform education – but not yet | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
Whether or not Moocs live up to the hype, technology’s impact on universities is real and growing, Stanford University’s John Hennessy tells Ellie Bothwell
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Facebook completes first test flight of its unmanned Aquila

Facebook completes first test flight of its unmanned Aquila | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 60 miles in diameter, beaming connectivity from an altitude of more than 60,00ft using laser communications and millimetre wave systems
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Journal of Learning for Development - JL4D

Open journal - JL4D provides a forum for practitioners and academics working in education and development to share knowledge and experience 

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eDiscussion - Health and Education's contribution to FGM - The Education Hub

FGM is globally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted gender inequality, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. It is usually carried out on minors and as such is a form of child abuse. FGM also violates many other human rights including rights to security, to be free from torture and in too many cases the right to life.


Help other to better understand the practice and how to address the challenges it presents.

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Guidelines for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of MOOCs

Guidelines for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of MOOCs | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
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Plug-and-play server provides access to millions of digital documents in Africa

Plug-and-play server provides access to millions of digital documents in Africa | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
The WiderNet Project director explains how the non-profit helps improve digital education and communications for international communities. 
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The U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty

The U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
Three years after the university system’s Academic Senate approved a bold plan to make faculty research freely available, only 25 percent of professors are putting their papers in a state-created repository.
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Brexit and higher education: what next?

Brexit and higher education: what next? | ICT & OER in Education | Scoop.it
While the UK digests its vote to leave the EU, attention is shifting to the result’s implications for specific parts of the economy. One sector particularly impacted by Brexit is higher education
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