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MajesticSEO Analysis of Russell Group University Repositories

MajesticSEO Analysis of Russell Group University Repositories | OER Tech | Scoop.it

Not about OERs but similar questions are of interest.

 

Investigation of SEO Rankings of Institutional Repositories There is a need “to investigate whether links [from popular social media services] are responsible for enhancing SEO rankings of re...

 

"The survey reports that two blogging platforms appear to be primarily responsible for providing the high ranking which may drive traffic to repositories."

 

The two blogging platforms in question are WordPress.com and Blogger. One question, I suppose, is how much traffic would the publications get if they were exposed directy through these platforms compared to being in the repository.

 

 

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Open poster about CC licenses « Creative Commons Polska

Open poster about CC licenses « Creative Commons Polska | OER Tech | Scoop.it

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alistairm 's curator insight, August 29, 12:45 AM

Very useful visual summary of creative commons licensing

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Open Source Options For Education

Open Source Options For Education | OER Tech | Scoop.it

"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."

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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.  

 

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Commission launches 'Opening up Education' to boost innovation and digital skills in schools and universities

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Commission launches 'Opening up Education' to boost innovation and digital skills in schools and universities | OER Tech | Scoop.it
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.
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80 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools for Publishing and Development Initiatives in HEI

80 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools for Publishing and Development Initiatives in HEI | OER Tech | Scoop.it

 "[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"


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The Pedagogy of MOOCs

The Pedagogy of MOOCs | OER Tech | Scoop.it
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,...
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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

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Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013

Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013 | OER Tech | Scoop.it

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.

 
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Tony Parkin's curator insight, April 18, 2013 3:11 AM

Extremely useful analysis of Open Ed trends giving an excellent overview of the field in 2013

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Into the wild – Technology for open educational resources « CETIS Publications

Into the wild – Technology for open educational resources « CETIS Publications | OER Tech | Scoop.it

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.

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By Amber Thomas, Lorna Campbell, Martin Hawksey and me.

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JohnRobertson's curator insight, March 22, 2013 6:51 AM

Did I mention you should stop what you're doing and read/download this ebook?

Summary of CETIS's work on technology for/ around/ about open educational resources. A state of the art introduction to, overview of, and reflection on the technology related questions encountered in three years of working with Open Educational Resource initiatives in the UK.

 

(Disclosure - I worked for CETIS during the programs, on many of these questions, with these folk, so I may not be totally neutral...)

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Create an A+ Site with WordPress.com Classrooms

Create an A+ Site with WordPress.com Classrooms | OER Tech | Scoop.it
WordPress is an elegant solution for education professionals looking to create a website for their class, and today we're excited to announce the launch of WordPress.com Classrooms. Whether you nee...
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NCL_UKOER_technical_workshop - Google Drive

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

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Erin Moore's curator insight, May 6, 2013 8:51 AM

Really useful content here

 

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Blackboard’s xpLor: Cross-platform learning repository adds Creative Commons license options - Creative Commons

Blackboard’s xpLor: Cross-platform learning repository adds Creative Commons license options - Creative Commons | OER Tech | Scoop.it

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.

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Google Books and the librarian backlash

Google Books and the librarian backlash | OER Tech | Scoop.it
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.

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Proposed Agenda for the Launch Event 16th January 2013, Brussels | etextbookseurope.eu

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Meeting bring together stakeholders with an interest in new standards for etextbooks

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What does an open-source book publishing platform look like? We’re about to find out

What does an open-source book publishing platform look like? We’re about to find out | OER Tech | Scoop.it
PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire refers to his company as “the indie rock band of ebooks startups,” which is why, unless you’ve been watching PandoDaily really closely, you wouldn’t have seen much o...
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Saved this over Christmas: PressBooks, a WordPress plug in for [e]book publishing. Also links to other tools that make publishing "accessible, cheap, and lightweight"

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Vocabulary Definitions - ODRL Initiative

W3C proposed list of actions that may be permitted by digital licenses (also prohibitions and duties that may be conditions)

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Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom

Case Studies of Openness in the Language Classroom | OER Tech | Scoop.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.

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Stir it up: cookbook of recipes and techniques enabling sohpisticated OER technology for non-technical users

Recording of presentation given by Suzanne Hardy and James Outterside at OER 13 about work done at Newcastle University around OER, eBooks, curriculum maps etc.

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Veni Competition is inviting submissions | LinkedUp: Linking Web Data for Education

Veni Competition is inviting submissions | LinkedUp: Linking Web Data for Education | OER Tech | Scoop.it

"The first of three consecutive competitions, the Veni Competition is calling for you to submit an innovative and robust prototype or demo that uses linked and/or open data for educational purposes."

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"Educational purposes" is very broad, could include resource discovery or analytics, but what would get me excited is the potential for OERs based activities involving analysis of real data

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Open Textbook Project » BCcampus

Open Textbook Project » BCcampus | OER Tech | Scoop.it

Initiative of the Government of British Columbia to support for the creation of open textbooks for the 40 highest-impact first-and second-year courses in the province's public post-secondary system.

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The text books will be PDFs, which suggests that the actual content won't be of any interest in terms of innovative use of technology.

 

Interesting list of top 40 courses (e.g. no engineering, no medecine) which I guess reflects the differences in HE between UK and BC, also interesting that books will be reviewed.

 

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Allison Littlejohn: Four observations on how OER initiatives are modelled

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.


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PressBooks Open Source Plugin | PressBooks

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Phil Barker's curator insight, March 1, 2013 2:40 AM

PressBooks is a book Content Management System which exports in multiple formats: ebooks, webbooks, print-ready PDF*, and various XML flavours. PressBooks is built to be used with a fresh install of WordPress Multi-Site

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With $100M From The Gates Foundation & Others, inBloom Wants To Transform Education By Unleashing Its Data | TechCrunch

With $100M From The Gates Foundation & Others, inBloom Wants To Transform Education By Unleashing Its Data | TechCrunch | OER Tech | Scoop.it

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.”

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Kathi Fletcher's Blog: OERPUB Upcoming Plans - Embeddable OER editor, whole book authoring, sprints and workshops

Kathi Fletcher's Blog: OERPUB Upcoming Plans - Embeddable OER editor, whole book authoring, sprints and workshops | OER Tech | Scoop.it

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.

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Harvard’s Alternative to Google Books - IEEE Spectrum

Harvard’s Alternative to Google Books - IEEE Spectrum | OER Tech | Scoop.it
Universities launch a digital public library (RT @westphal: Harvard entwickelt Alternative zu Google Books. Offen und unabhängig: http://t.co/euVdQbCv Vorbild für hiesige Unis!

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, January 17, 2013 8:15 AM

"The Digital Public Library of America hopes to produce a search engine that will coordinate with these institutions, creating a single search portal that will direct users to every single book they need, in any collection....

he just might be able to offer what Google won’t: words without ads. “It’s free and open to all,” he says, “a sustainable national resource that will not be beholden to commercial influences.”  

Excellent!!!

Mediajockeys's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:12 AM

Kijk! Wat een fijn 1.0 initiatief!

Lees ook Diana's bijdrage voor nog meer fijn nieuws.

Elahe Amani's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:49 AM

A good read if e-book is an alternative to your students.

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Open as in Closed

Open as in Closed | OER Tech | Scoop.it

"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."

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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.

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MOOCs and Pedagogy: Teacher-Centered, Student-Centered, and Hybrids

MOOCs and Pedagogy: Teacher-Centered, Student-Centered, and Hybrids | OER Tech | Scoop.it
In writing about all of the hype surrounding MOOCs, I saw this photo entitled “University Classroom of the Future.” From instructional television in the 1950s through updated versions o...
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Larry Cuban brings a historical perspective to MOOCs from his analysis of use of technology in classrooms since the 1920s

 

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