Did you know that Google offers a sortable library of lesson plans that are free to download and use? It’s part of the company’s big push into education (seems to be quite the trend these days) and involves thousands of free lesson plans just waiting for you to try out.
Publishing, music, shopping, journalism – all revolutionised by the internet. Next in line? Education. Now US academics are offering world-class tuition – free – to anyone who can log on, anywhere in the world, is this the end of campus life?
In their lawsuit, filed in March, publishers Cengage Learning, Pearson Education, and MacMillan Higher Education accused Boundless of copyright infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition. Diaz denies all the charges. He says his company uses only public information and doesn't actually make or sell textbooks. "We don't look at ourselves as an e-book or an online textbook or even textbook 2.0," he says. "We see it as how do you create the next-generation content platform, which is much more than a textbook."
“The ease and convenience it offers learners appeal to people just about everywhere, especially those who are trying to balance work, family, and other obligations. Yet certain nations have embraced online education more than others, leading the way both in terms of the number and variety of programs and new innovations to online learning itself. Here, www.onlineuniverstities.com highlighted some of the nations that are really stepping up the game when it comes to online education, though with the proliferation of high-speed internet connections and a growing need for highly educated people in technical positions around the world, other nations likely aren’t far behind.”
In Finland 30 maths enthusiasts got together to write a free (CC-BY) textbook in a weekend. It's the process that's interesting here, not the open textbook angle. Taken from software development notions like hackathons or codesprints, these book sprints are excellent ways of getting books written (I was part of one to write a book on technology for OER).
DENVER — MOOCs are on the tip of everyone’s tongue here at the annual Educause meeting, presumably because of their scale and the technologies their recent champions have built to support that scale. But in his opening keynote, Clay Shirky, an author and assistant professor at New York University, said the most provocative aspect of MOOCs is not their massiveness; it is their openness
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