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The Open Educational Resources Research Hub (OER Research Hub) will provide a focus for research, designed to give answers to the overall question ‘What is the impact of OER on learning and teaching practices?’ and identify the particular influence of openness. We work in collaboration with projects across four education sectors (K12, college, higher education and informal) extending a network of research with shared methods and shared results.
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Evidence Hub for Open Education

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Join us in building a living map of the OER world.
Help us gather, distill, connect and map what is
known - and what we don't yet know...

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Open Educational Resource university to be launched worldwide - WikiEducator

Open Educational Resource university to be launched worldwide - WikiEducator | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

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Open Universities Australia MOOCs attract 100,000 students

Open Universities Australia MOOCs attract 100,000 students | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

In May, the project team announced that completion rates in the Open2Study courses were exceeding 25%, almost four times higher than the industry average with research suggesting average MOOCs completion rates were generally below 7%.

“The major challenge for MOOCs and free online education is that despite attracting mass volumes of students, most people fail to complete the course and therefore do not achieve the learning objectives,” said OUA Chief Executive Paul Wappett.

“With one in four Open2Study students completing their subjects, we are proud to see that we are really engaging our students.”

Wappett said he believed OUA “understood the online student” and that the results proved Open2Study was delivering an outstanding experience compared to other free online education platforms.

“There are several reasons why Open2Study is different from its competitors and we attribute our early success to the academic quality of our subjects, high production values and, most importantly, our learning, teaching and assessment model which is designed with the online student in mind.”


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Open Educational Resource university to be launched worldwide - WikiEducator

Open Educational Resource university to be launched worldwide - WikiEducator | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

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Three cheers for the Mickey MOOCs University? | Dennis Hayes

Three cheers for the Mickey MOOCs University? | Dennis Hayes | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:12 AM

Dennis Hayes puts the case against MOOC

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Open Education Handbook Booksprint | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog

Open Education Handbook Booksprint | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

Yesterday seventeen open education experts came together to begin writing the Open Education Handbook.  The handbook is part of the LinkedUp project, and the project team have chosen to also make it one of the first activities of the soon-to-be-launched Open Education Working Group. The handbook takes the form of an open, living document and it made sense to start the process through a collaborative effort – in the form of a booksprint.


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Christer Gundersen's curator insight, September 7, 2013 3:46 AM

En håndbok i "open education".....kan være noe?

Robert Farrow's curator insight, September 14, 2013 5:48 AM

Possible leads for #oerrhub

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Massive Open online courses – an avalanche that might just get stopped

Open online courses – an avalanche that might just get stopped via @guardian http://t.co/fJfhl1OSpj
#OER #openSource #onlineEd #MOOC #edu

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Bruno Winck, Kneaver's comment, August 4, 2013 5:43 AM
Strange how a history teacher didn't learn from history and keep predicting failures of disruptions.
Steven Verjans's curator insight, August 7, 2013 8:22 AM

Guardian article about the end of MOOCs

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Open Learning Recognition: Taking Open Educational Resources a Step Further

Open Learning Recognition: Taking Open Educational Resources a Step Further | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
This book presents the main outcomes of the OERtest project in six chapters.
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Commonwealth of Learning - Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources

Commonwealth of Learning - Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
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Matching OER Ideals and Practices in India: a survey

Matching OER Ideals and Practices in India: a survey | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
Matching OER Ideals and Practices in India: a survey Bharathi Harishankar, University of Madras, India Conference Theme: Innovation Abstract: Open Educational Resource (OER) is a nascent phenomenon in India enabled by the growth of ICTs and Open...
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'Bill of Rights' Seeks to Protect Students' Interests as Online Learning Expands - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

'Bill of Rights' Seeks to Protect Students' Interests as Online Learning Expands - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
The document's authors want to make sure that the rapid rise of MOOCs and other digital tools does not obscure traditional obligations to students.

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, January 24, 2013 1:20 PM

My fear is that higher education will co-op MOOCs. We are already seeing changes that are driven by higher ed and not learners. It is vitally important that students who are committed to learning, irregardless of credit - paid certificates - transferability to certain universities, have a strong voice that is not just heard, but present at the table.

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Boundless, the free alternative to textbooks, releases its content under Creative Commons

Boundless, the free alternative to textbooks, releases its content under Creative Commons | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

Boundless, the company that builds on existing open educational resources to provide free alternatives to traditionally costly college textbooks, has released 18 open textbooks under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA), the same license used by Wikipedia. Schools, students and the general public are free to share and remix these textbooks under this license. The 18 textbooks cover timeless college subjects, such as accounting, biology,chemistry, sociology, and economics. Boundless reports that students at more than half of US colleges have used its resources, and that they expect its number of users to grow.


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Further Evolution of MOOCs with Academic Partnerships and MOOC2Degree Launch

Further Evolution of MOOCs with Academic Partnerships and MOOC2Degree Launch | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

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Textbooks replaced by iTunes U downloads

Textbooks replaced by iTunes U downloads | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
Online courses can be downloaded and shared between schools.

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Another South African university joins the OERu

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NWU and OERu in a golden partnership The NWU will join the Open Education Resources University (OERu) network as a partner during the launch of the network today in Kamloops, Canada.

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:51 AM

Great news - North-West University (NWU) in South Africa has now also joined the OER university, along with UNISA. 

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Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu

Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
Coursework to be assessed for academic credit by member institutions

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:54 AM

A short article by the THE explaining what the Open Educational Resources university (OERu) is. It's worth noting now that the OERu's membership of "anchor partners" has now increased to 31, including two in the UK (University of South Wales, Institute of Technology Sligo in Ireland) and two in South Africa (Unisa and North-West University). 

Isabellefr10's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:24 PM

do formal para o informal os OER passam a OERu...

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Open Policy Network - CC Wiki

Open Policy Network - CC Wiki | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

As open advocates, organizations and policy makers recognize the potential for open policies to significantly increase the amount and quality of publicly funded education, research, data, and software, there is a pressing need to provide them support so they can successfully create, adopt and implement open policies. Open policies promote open licensing of resources financed through public funding in order to maximize the impact of the investment.


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Robert Farrow's curator insight, September 18, 2013 6:22 AM

A summary (Apr 2013) of the latest Creative Commons policy initiaives which iterates the argument that publicly funded should equal openly available.

Thomas Salmon's curator insight, June 7, 9:58 AM

This is a recent initative coming together to help policy makers recognise the potential for open policies and support them to to create, adopt and implement them.

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'Open' vs 'Fauxpen'

"Open" is a word with a wide range of meanings. The Oxford Dictionaries Online lists no fewer than 20 meanings. Consequently, we should not be surprised when we encounter the word used in a variety...

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A MOOC Star Defects, at Least for Now

A MOOC Star Defects, at Least for Now | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
Mitchell Duneier loved teaching sociology to 40,000 students online. But, fearing that legislators will use MOOCs like his to gut public colleges, he put it on hold.

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, September 4, 2013 11:44 AM

"Mr. Duneier's defection thrusts him into the contentious debate over college courses using MOOC content. The issue gained attention in May after philosophy professors at San Jose State University refused to teach a course produced by edX, the MOOC platform of Harvard and MIT. In an open letter to the edX course's creator—Michael Sandel, a Harvard University government professor and political philosopher—the San Jose professors warned of "replacing faculty with cheap online education."

Professors "who care about public education" should not create products that undermine it, the letter concluded." #oerrh #policy

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Rob Pearce: Discovering OER re-use and derivative works using DOB codes

Rob Pearce: Discovering OER re-use and derivative works using DOB codes | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

Introducing "DOB codes" (date of Birth codes) to help link similar or related OER works, or to see the ‘family tree’ of resources.


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didactmaticprimaria: Simulations moving with constant velocity and mathematical reasoning (from 10 years)

didactmaticprimaria: Simulations moving with constant velocity and mathematical reasoning (from 10 years) | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

 

Traditionally untreated primary problems in that they are mobile but for secondary and postponing further algebraic are solved by making use of the equations.

With this new digital educational resource (designed for children / as 10 years and above) is used primarily experimentation, simulation, numerical proportional reasoning that every student has a greater or lesser degree, the basic operations and arithmetic methods and graphic-geometric to solve a number of interesting challenges.

Interactive models are used for students to make their assumptions, express their arguments, approximate or exact solutions overtake and verify the correctness or otherwise of their conjectures. It requires, as the only prior knowledge, the intuitive concept that speed / ae / as in this age group have (often derived from social use in competitions, races, family car, etc ...).

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Open Learning Recognition: Taking Open Educational Resources a Step Further

Open Learning Recognition: Taking Open Educational Resources a Step Further | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
This book presents the main outcomes of the OERtest project in six chapters.
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re-mediating assessment: Intended Purposes Versus Actual Functions of Digital Badges

re-mediating assessment: Intended Purposes Versus Actual Functions of Digital Badges | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

A very informative and comprehensive blog post by Daniel T. Hickey, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University. Daniel discusses the possible difference between the intended purpose and actual function of digital badges, making reference to theories of assessment and related research.

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[MOOC] Revolution Hits the Universities

[MOOC] Revolution Hits the Universities | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it

Nothing has more potential to let us reimagine higher education than massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms.


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OpenScout OER & Adaptation Handbook

OpenScout OER & Adaptation Handbook | OER Research Hub | Scoop.it
This is a collection of best practices for the adaptation of learning materials and explains what we..

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Gema Santos's curator insight, January 27, 2013 7:23 AM

Collection of best practices for the usage and adaptation of learning materials targeted. This guide will help you to understand how you can benefit from OER and learn necessary things to be taken in to account while adapting materials for your own needs.