"This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented here in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the course of teaching and learning."
Phil Barker's insight:
via @downes: as well as well known alternatives, Moodle, Audacity, camstudio, has some less well known niche applications, e.g. for video streaming, ebook authoring, library systems.
European Commission - Press Release details page - European Press release Brussels, 25 September 2013 Commission More than 60% of nine year olds in the EU are in schools which are still not digitally equipped.
"[a list] — arranged in alphabetical order — includes 80 online resources that you can use to learn how to build or participate in a collaborative educational effort that focuses on publication and development of those materials. Although some choices focus solely on publication, development, or tools used to accomplish either effort, some provide multifaceted venues that offer communities in which to collaborate on one or all of these efforts. Collaborators can include institutions, colleges or universities, educators, students, or the general public"
There is a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, and change happening in today's education sector. Existing and new education providers are leveraging the Internet, ICT infrastructure, digital content,...
Phil Barker's insight:
OK, MOOCs are not OER, but this is a good historical account of how MOOCs grew initially from Open Education roots, it has that quality of setting down clearly what everyone knows (at least everyone who has followed MOOCs since they began).
There's an interesting comment about finding the pedagogy of EDx being odd, a comment which I share since my slight acquaintance of an EDx MIT Physics course suggests its core was based on the talk and demo approach that physics education research has shown not to work very well. The EDx platform, though, seemed worth a look at as a way of presenting OERs
The Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013 describes trends in open educational resources (OER) and open education in the Netherlands and elsewhere, from the perspective of Dutch higher education.
It comprises fifteen articles by Dutch experts in the field of open and online education. It also includes 15 short “Intermezzos” giving high-profile examples. The report is published by theOpen Educational Resources Special Interest Group (SIG OER) supported by SURF.
Reflections on three years of the UK OER Programmes
This book is not intended as a beginners guide or a technical manual, instead it is an expert synthesis of the key technical issues arising from a national publicly-funded programme. It is intended for people working with technology to support the creation, management, dissemination and tracking of open educational resources, and particularly those who design digital infrastructure and services at institutional and national level.
Phil Barker's insight:
By Amber Thomas, Lorna Campbell, Martin Hawksey and me.
Slides from technical webinar covering several projects at Newcastle University on eTextBooks, OER and open education. Includes disagregating ePUB, indexing ePUBs and licensing of small parts of commercial eTextBooks. A (JAVA) recording of the webinar is also available at http://tinyurl.com/avvhh4t
Earlier this year, Blackboard announced xpLor — a new cloud-based learning object repository that will work across the various learning management systems (LMS) in use at educational institutions: e.g., Blackboard, Moodle, ANGEL, and Sakai.
From the beginning, Google Books was an ambitious — and controversial — project. In this excerpt from our latest ebook, The Battle for the Books, we see how, by early 2009, the search giant’s former allies began to turn against it.
Edited by Ana Beaven, Anna Comas-Quinn, and Barbara Sawhill
The present publication arose from the two-day conference “Learning through Sharing: Open Resources, Open Practices, Open Communication” organised jointly by the EUROCALL Teacher Education and Computer Mediated Communication Special Interest Groups at the University of Bologna (Italy) on 29-30 March 2012. The main objective was to showcase the many ways in which practitioners in different settings are engaging with the concepts of open resources and practices, and to provide ideas for language teachers who might want to dip their toes into the Open Educational Resources/Open Educational Practices world, or experiment further.
Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill, Eleni Boursinou and I have been commissioned by the EC to carry out a SWOT analysis of Open Educational Resource initiatives for adult learning. In 2012 we carried out a scoping of adult learning initiatives using OER. We identified over 150 different initiatives distributed across Europe.
Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) is now inBloom. "Backed by $100 million from The Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation and others, the SLC is, in its own words, an alliance of states, districts, nonprofits, foundations and companies that share the vision of “accelerating student achievement through personalized learning.” However, while the SLC emerged in 2011, it’s kept quiet on the details of its plans — other than the fact that it set out to build a “set of shared technology services” that aim to enable states and districts “to connect student data and instructional materials” and integrate them more effectively for “educators, parents and students.”
OERPUB will be releasing an editor tailored to authoring open textbooks and most importantly, helping projects all over the world incorporate the editor into their own workflow and development process.
"The idea there was that if institutions made their resources and data public and openly licensed, then internal developers would be able to make use of them for unofficial and skunkwork internal projects."
Phil Barker's insight:
Even though the particular instance of closing access to technically useful resources around open content is temporary (see comments) the points that Tony makes are valid since many sources haven't made these open at any time. I like the emphasis that open access to source for content and to APIs can help innovative people create technical solutions; that is, the full benefits of open don't come just from open licensing, you also need open technologies.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.