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Creative Commons provides copyright licenses to help standardize and simplify the sharing of scientific content and other creative works. PLOS applies the Creative Commons attribution license to all published works, and Creative Commons licenses are essential for Open Access publications. The long-awaited version 4.0 of the Creative Commons licenses was released last week. This release provided a perfect opportunity to ask Puneet Kishor from Creative Commons a few questions.
If 2012 was, as The New York Times decreed, the year of the MOOC, 2013 might be described as the year of the anti-MOOC as we slid down that Gartner Hype Cycle from the “Peak of Inflated Expectations” and into the “Trough of Disillusionment.” For what it’s worth,Gartner pegged MOOCs at the peak back in July, while the Horizon Report says they’re still on the horizon. Nevertheless the head of edX appeared on the Colbert Report this year, and the word “MOOC” entered the Oxford Online Dictionary – so whether you think those are indications of peak or trough or both or neither, it seems the idea of free online university education has hit the mainstream.
In the United States—where public universities are hurting for funds, tuition and debt levels are growing, and graduation rates are stagnant—debate has focused on whether MOOCs represent a necessary innovation or the deplorable cheapening of elite university education. The question is: Could the hybrid, small-group model that’s evolving abroad also provide a needed alternative for underserved American students?
Six summary recommendations for the advancement of OEP for adult learning in Europe:1. Recognise that ‘learning’ takes place everywhere2. Extend the range of people and organisations who produce and use resources3. Think of OER more broadly than as content4. Promote awareness of open licensing and its implications5. Improve the usability of OER6. Plan for sustained change
A very solid report.
The state of American higher education is dire. College is expensive, and the limp job market makes two decades of student debt a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to a middle-class future. But imagine the alternative.
Now we have the Internet, the greatest tool for sharing information ever invented. The Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, 10 years ago, recognised just that. I quote: "The Internet has fundamentally changed the practical and economic realities of distributing scientific knowledge and cultural heritage." And we need to make use of this change. Otherwise we are not doing justice to the power of digital, nor to the potential of science. And we would certainly not be doing justice to taxpayers – who, after all, pay the biggest part of the research bill and deserve to benefit as fully as possible.
Embracing this change is good for all of us: avoiding duplication while facilitating replication, accelerating discovery, and driving innovation.
The Hewlett Foundation’s Education Program is committed to openness and transparency in its grantmaking. Recently, the Program revisited its Open Educational Resources (OER) strategy in an effort to better understand how its philanthropic investments—within the context of the larger funding landscape—can help integrate OER into mainstream education. We conducted dozens of expert interviews and commissioned new research and analysis. The result of our research is this white paper, which presents a roadmap for transforming teaching and learning by shifting OER from a small-scale movement to standard education practice.
Possible data source for #oerrhub
This week I’m participating in a conversation about badges over on the Department of Education’s LINCS website. I believe badges are potentially a key piece of infrastructure necessary to support truly open, distributed learning, but I’m frequently disappointed by the level of thoughtfulness of the discourse around badges. There’s much to learn about badges by looking to the history of other technologies, as I’ve tried to point out in my answers to the first two question prompts.
Dr. Jhangiani took an existing open textbook and did exactly what we hoped an instructor would do; revise it to meet his needs and then release it back to the commons under an open license for others to use and reuse.
Interview with Donna Gaudet, Head of Mathematics Department, SCC, the United States conducted by: Derek Moore, Instructional Designer at eLSI, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Today, open educational resources (OER) offer hope for substituting expensive content with that which is digital and free. But, in an age of 2.0 millennial learners, are there possibilities beyond cost reduction? This is a question we pondered in spring 2010, when the Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) Business Division urgently approached the two of us (faculty librarians Sheila Afnan-Manns and Kandice Mickelsen) seeking a "free" solution for a summer early-start program with no textbook budget. Although turnaround time prevented us from addressing that initial request, it inspired us to create an information-literacy-driven approach that took OER beyond common notions of content replacement to a student-driven pedagogy that has considerable potential for saving students money and increasing their engagement with learning.
United States Senators Dick Durban and Al Franken (above) have introduced legislation into the US Senate called The Affordable College Textbook Act. SPARC has a good post on the proposed legislati...
The Internet is transforming the $14 billion U.S. textbook industry.
In developing nations, massive open online courses mostly end up educating the well-off, research reveals.
Can savings and the spirit of cooperation persuade states to hand over their ability to evaluate distance education providers? With institutions hurrying to obtain authorization in the states they wish to operate in by next summer, an effort to simplify that process prepares to accept its first members.Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/11/20/distance-education-state-reciprocity-initiative-prepares-welcome-first-members#ixzz2lINIs2eW ;Inside Higher Ed
Extended abstract on OER accessibility
The Global List of OER Initiatives in the OER Community on the KC Platform has been updated with categories.With nearly 400 entries, the Global Directory is a comprehesive list of worldwide OER initiatives. As the KC Platform is available in 7 languages, teachers and learners from more than 50 countries can easily search for, or add new OER initiatives in the following categories:
- White Paper: OER: http://www.hewlett.org/library/hewlett-foundation-publication/white-paper-open-educational-resources- BCG Report: The OER Ecosystem:http://www.hewlett.org/library/consultant-publication/open-education-resources-ecosystemRFP - for Global OER Map (deadline January 10, 2014):https://docs.google.com/a/creativecommons.org/file/d/0B5FQbmPL4C6TV21uT09CRXdIYnM/edit
Important messages from Hewlett Foundation
Three new OER activities by Hewlett Foundation
Requiring research participation in order to successfully complete a MOOC course is unethical and manipulative.