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Collaboration with Peoples-uni | People's Open Access Education Initiative: Peoples-uni

Collaboration with Peoples-uni | People's Open Access Education Initiative: Peoples-uni | Make Your Service Count! | Scoop.it
Building Public Health capacity using Internet-based e-learning...

 

Most low to middle income countries (LMIC) currently have to cope with a wide range of health problems that interfere with their future economic development. Public health is a major priority, especially the spread of AIDS, tuberculosis and common infectious diseases, as well as the emergence of chronic disease epidemics.

 

Peoples-uni offers a very low cost range of public health courses (accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health and the Manchester Metropolitan University) as part of their Masters of Public Health programme.

 

"The development and delivery of course modules depends on a volunteer faculty. Tutors might be Public Health professionals who are academic or service-based, and in the current workforce or retired, and can act as:

 

Course developers (either lead or team members)

Join or lead a team and collaborate on the development of a course module. We have a template which we will provide (and which has worked well to date). We already have access to a number of on-line resources that can be used. You do not need special knowledge of on-line teaching techniques as a team of IT experts are on hand to help out. We anticipate this will take about 10 hours of work only, all by e-communication. Help with reviewing and updating existing modules would also be welcome.

 

On-line facilitators

Facilitators who commit for a 2-week spell as facilitator for one of 5 topics in a course module – in which you have special interest or expertise. You would need approximately 2-3 hours a week as an online facilitator.

Course module leaders would commit to an overview for the length of the course module (12-15 weeks).

 

Assignment markers

To mark the final for-credit assignment.

 

Dissertation Supervisors."

 

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OER @ College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana (2010)

This documentary explores the first year and a half of the health open educational resources (OER) initiatives at University of Ghana (UG). The film features interviews with faculty, staff, and students, and their use of OER in support of learning, teaching and research in the health sciences. It explores the motivations for producing OER, the impact of OER on health science education, and plans for advancing education and research at the university.

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Who is today's transnational student?

Who is today's transnational student? | Make Your Service Count! | Scoop.it
'Glocals' see transnational education as a means of developing their professional profile and networks – higher education institutions should respond likewise, says Elizabeth Shepherd...

Via Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris
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A Tremor in the Force: Building an Open Education Culture

A Tremor in the Force: Building an Open Education Culture | Make Your Service Count! | Scoop.it

Open education and open initiatives require an all-encompassing cultural shift for most of higher education. Christopher Mackie’s chapter got my attention with this statement: “Every credible vision of OEC [Open Educational Content] sustainability that I have seen relies in some significant part on the hope or expectation that higher education institutions and their faculties will adopt OEC production as a core value.”

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AusAID Higher Education Forum: universities and education for development | Development Policy Blog

AusAID Higher Education Forum: universities and education for development | Development Policy Blog | Make Your Service Count! | Scoop.it
At the Education Effectiveness and Collaboration Forum convened by the Development Policy Centre in March 2012, Peter Baxter, Director-General of AusAID expressed concerns around expertise in Australian universities in the broad domain of education and development.

In response to these concerns, AusAID commissioned a study by the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. The report, A baseline study of the current status of engagement of Australian universities and research institutions in education for development, was discussed at a Higher Education Forum hosted by AusAID on 6 November by a group of about 40 people from universities, AusAID, NGOs, the Australian Council for Educational Research, and government.
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**AB: This blog post cites important limitations of the report, namely its central concept of 'education for development', the short time frame it focuses on (2007-12), and the line it draws between the 'pedagogy-rich' practitioners in faculties of education and the 'context-rich' practitioners involved in development studies.

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The OER university: from vision to reality | Open Educational Resources

The OER university: from vision to reality | Open Educational Resources | Make Your Service Count! | Scoop.it

In this chapter, findings from the first phase of the TOUCANS (Testing the OER university Concept: a National Study) project are shared. TOUCANS is a research project based at the University of Leicester, in which SCORE fellow, Gabi Witthaus, investigated the OER university (OERu) and its potential future take-up in the UK higher education (HE) sector. The project ran from September 2011 to June 2012. In this chapter, the first phase of the research, involving interviews with individuals from the anchor partner institutions, is reported on.

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Beyond Volunteering: Civic Engagement in Action

Beyond Volunteering: Civic Engagement in Action | Make Your Service Count! | Scoop.it

"Staying with a problem long enough to ask 'why' over and over again isn't easy or common - that's why it is so powerful! I was reminded of this recently when I defined the difference between volunteerism/community service and civic engagement: simply put, volunteerism asks 'what' while the civic engagement asks 'why'. Volunteerism asks 'what are the problems?' and 'what can be done to make a difference?' Civic engagement asks 'why' does a certain circumstance exist in the first place? Why is there a need?"

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OER University | Commonwealth of Learning

OER University | Commonwealth of Learning | Make Your Service Count! | Scoop.it

All the latest news and developments relating to the OERu--the OER University.

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