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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix | iEduc | Scoop.it


Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:

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Creating open educational resources

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Are you interested in creating your own open educational resources? This unit will help you to write a learning unit and provide you with links to various resources for open-learning materials. You...


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Transitioning to Open Educational Resources

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Over the past two years, I've been working with my district to transition from the popular textbook towards Open Educational Resources, or OER. One of the leading benefits of OER options is that they are free and open to educators. That in itself is a reason to inquire. The information has been vetted for credibility and some of it is derived from some of the world's top colleges and universities.

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, March 9, 2013 7:46 AM

Making the transition to OERs can be quite daunting as it's not just a matter of accessing open content but repurposing it and digitizing your own to suit your students' needs. I find that using OERs in combination with cloud computing, mobile assisted seamless learning and field trips into virtual worlds, works well with my language students. However, what works within my teaching context may not be appropriate for yours. In my opinion, it's not just about introducing new technologies and pedagogies because they are trending, but doing a thorough analysis of what is needed within a specfic context before transforming your teaching practices, as these transformations  will influence your students' learning environment and learning outcomes.

Anne Whaits's curator insight, March 9, 2013 4:01 PM

Four great OER sources provided here for teachers to explore.

Heather MacCorkle Edick's curator insight, April 2, 2013 4:59 AM

It's good to know that the materials have been vetted.  Another good source for material is MERLOT.

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Quality Assurance for OER (work in progress) - WikiEducator

Dear Colleagues, I am trying to formulate a quality assurance framework for OER authors, and you are invited to offer critique and suggest ideas to improve this. You may have suggestions for component sentences to be included into a category, or suggest a new category.

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ICDE » The E-xcellence Manual was launched at the EADTU 25th Anniversary Conference

"A second and updated version of the E-xcellence Manual is now available. The E-xcellence Manual has the latest benchmarks in quality e-learning performance and can be downloaded from the EADTU web.                    

 

Next to an overall update of the full manual you can find new benchmarks on:

Open Educational Resources
Libraries as knowledge brokers
Social media in higher education"

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Inclusive Learning Design Handbook

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The Floe Inclusive Learning Design Handbook is a free Open Educational Resource (OER) designed to assist teachers, content creators, Web developers, and others in creating adaptable and personalizable educational resources that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs.


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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 11:58 AM
Floe stands for Flexible Learning for Open Education. Accessible design benefits everyone.
Klara Somogyi's curator insight, August 20, 2013 11:12 AM

guidelines for creating accessible content

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Webcast Invitation: Connecting the Dots between Open Access and Open Educational Resources September 27, 2012 | sparc.arl.org

"From textbooks to course materials, videos to software, journals to digital collections, Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain, or carry a license that permits their free access and use by all users. Like the Open Access movement, the aim of many OER proponents is for anyone, anytime, anywhere to be able to access and contribute to the advancement of knowledge."

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Betsy Burgess: Are You Using Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Betsy Burgess: Are You Using Open Educational Resources (OER)? | iEduc | Scoop.it

However, just because OER are digital, they are not necessarily accessible. Several OER publishers including CK-12, Flat World Knowledge, Connexions and Curriki, recognize that their formats are not accessible to all students and contribute files to Bookshare for conversion to accessible formats. To make these accessible OER easy to find, Bookshare created a Special Collection; the collection now has 110 titles for K-12 and postsecondary courses on a wide range of subjects, from band, to business, biology, calculus, chemistry, and more.

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Distance Education - Volume 33, Issue 2 - Special Issue: OERs and Social Inclusion

Distance Education - Volume 33, Issue 2 - Special Issue: OERs and Social Inclusion | iEduc | Scoop.it

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Commonwealth of Learning - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources and Change in Higher Education: Reflections from Practice

Commonwealth of Learning - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources and Change in Higher Education: Reflections from Practice | iEduc | Scoop.it

In the last decade in particular, the promotion, sharing and use of open educational resources (OER) have been growing exponentially. However, as with any new phenomenon or paradigm, our knowledge of OER’s ramifications and achievements to date necessarily lags behind actual developments.


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OER Asia: OER Training Toolkit

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This web site is designed to support a self-directed, activity-based approach to understanding how open education resources (OER) can be used to support teaching and learning in open and distance learning contexts.
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How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom | iEduc | Scoop.it
Teachers using open educational resources to teach are finding new rewards in the #GoOpen movement.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 12, 6:49 PM

Check this out! Thanks to Filomena Gomes.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, July 13, 7:31 AM
Useful post, presenting an interesting concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts

12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts | iEduc | Scoop.it
The right image may be just the added touch your blog post or social media update needs to get noticed, but finding free, high-quality photos that you can use is challenging. You'll want to bookmark all of these resources to use time and again.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 20, 2015 11:58 PM

Do you need picture references? Here are some links to free images.

SENAME Interactive's curator insight, July 16, 2015 1:34 AM

Images grabs people's attention easily. You use these free image sources for all your image needs.

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The OER Workshop at #eLi3!

Presentation slides for a 1-day workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) conducted at the Third International Conference of e-Learning and Distance Educatio

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Anne Whaits's curator insight, January 30, 2013 1:47 PM

A comprehensive summary of OER with a wealth of links provided for further exploration.

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100 Essential Bookmarks for Open Source Enthusiasts | Online PhD Programs

100 Essential Bookmarks for Open Source Enthusiasts | Online PhD Programs | iEduc | Scoop.it

When Whitney Houston sang about children being the future, that’s only because open source wasn’t really much of a thing back in 1986. But it is now, and it’s the future (sorry, kiddos), so teach it well and let it lead the way. The ongoing popularity of free learning resources, classes, certificates, and more has done more to democratize education than anything else since the advent of public schooling. By this point, anyone with Internet access can receive a world-class education on their own terms and, for the most part, at no cost. Thanks to the efforts of the following websites, more and more self-directed learners work independently or in groups to better their minds.


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Now over 40,000 free educational resources at OER Commons

Now over 40,000 free educational resources at OER Commons | iEduc | Scoop.it

Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student, or self-learner.


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OpenScout OER & Adaptation Handbook

OpenScout OER & Adaptation Handbook | iEduc | Scoop.it

"This is a collection of best practices for the adaptation of learning materials and explains what we understand as Open Educational Resources (OER). With this user guide you will understand better, how you can benefit from OER and learn the necessary things to be taken in to account while adapting materials for your own needs. This initial guide will underline some of the issues we feel as crucial for adaptation support."


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OER (Open Educational Resources)

OER (Open Educational Resources) | iEduc | Scoop.it
Find out more about Open Educational Resources (OER) - the digitized materials that are available for use and re-use in teaching, learning, and research ...

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Workshop on Open Educational Resources by Julià Minguillón on Prezi

Third LERU Doctoral Summer School, Universitat de Barcelona, 9-13 July, 2012, Barcelona, Spain...
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Heather Braum: Open Educational Resources and the School Librarian

Learn about open education resources and how school librarians can leverage them to assist classroom teachers.
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Stephen Downes w./ Alexandra Hache: Interview regarding sustainable and business models for Open Educational Resources

Stephen Downes w./ Alexandra Hache: Interview regarding sustainable and business models for Open Educational Resources | iEduc | Scoop.it

Interview with Alexandra Hache contributing to a Study for the European Commission regarding sustainable and business models for Open Educational Resources (OER).

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