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University of Montreal cancels Wiley-Blackwell deal subscription

University of Montreal cancels Wiley-Blackwell deal subscription | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Of Wiley’s 1,510 journals, the university will subscribe to just 368 – although these accounted for 71 per cent of its academics’ total usage in 2012. Echoing widespread concerns among librarians about the lack of consistent and transparent pricing by publishers, Montreal notes that the price it will pay for the reduced package is as much as neighbouring McGill University will pay for its entire Wiley-Blackwell big deal in 2014.

“The publisher refuses to grant us the same conditions on the pretext that McGill has subscribed to the Wiley Online Library longer,” it explains, adding: “The unique characteristics of each periodical allow publishers to hold their university customers captive. They can set prices at will.”

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OER Impact Map

OER Impact Map | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

This website gathers and publishes evidence about the impact of open educational resources (OER). It is maintained by the OER Research Hub project. The purpose is to help people understand the impact of OER.

 

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The Open University joins the OERu

The Open University joins the OERu | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, July 30, 12:46 AM

The Open University (UK) has at last joined the OERu. This is a great endorsement of the value of the work the OERu has done since its inception in 2011, and the OU will be a strong partner for the OERu in its ongoing pioneering work, providing open, low-cost education and credible certification to millions of learners around the world.

 

To see where the OU is coming from in making this decision, see this interview I had with Andrew Law, Director of Open Media, OU, in June 2012: http://toucansproject.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/i-dont-think-its-about-being-first-i-think-its-about-being-absolutely-sustainable-in-the-long-term/. ;

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The highs and lows of a Mooc education - FT.com

The highs and lows of a Mooc education - FT.com | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
In 2012 Sharon Watkins was watching a Ted talk when she came across the concept of Moocs – massive open online courses. She was so impressed by the prospect of elite education being delivered for free to the masses, that she decided to set up a Mooc

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The #OER Unesco report is available now in English

"The report commissioned by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, “Public Spending in Latin America: Does It Fulfill the Declaration of Paris’ Suggestions for Open Educational Resources?” is now available in English."


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4g: Student Engagement – gauging learner attitudes to OER

4g: Student Engagement – gauging learner attitudes to OER | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The study found that the majority of all types of students were positive about many aspects of OERs and some were already making extensive use of a wide range of resources, not only within their course, but when selecting an institution to attend. 

 

More than half of students expect OERs to play an increasingly important role in their learning experience in the future. However, the findings also point to a need for more clarity and reassurance for students about the role that OERs will play in learning in the future, as well as more practical support in their discovery and use.


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Robert Schuwer's curator insight, July 23, 11:03 PM

Results of a study by the Higher Education Academy and National Union of Students in the UK about attitude towards and use of OER. For me, some remarkable results were:

 

"The spirit of open learning is one of sharing freely and openly yet both groups of students (traditional and non-traditional) said they were likely to share resources that they had found but with caveats, such as only with people they knew, or with just others in the same class or after they had finished using a particularly useful resource as they wanted to gain an advantage and the possibility of a higher mark than other students. Such comments highlight students' perceptions of assessment and competition. "

 

"There was less likelihood of sharing resources when the materials were produced by the students themselves. One reason was concerns over being accused of plagiarism."

 

"when asked whether materials from their courses should be made openly available, opinions were divided with views ranging from “not minding” to “no, it would devalue education and why pay for something that is made free for others not paying”."

 

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Taylor & Francis Online Special Issue: MOOCs: Emerging Research

Taylor & Francis Online Special Issue: MOOCs: Emerging Research | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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RUSC Vol 11, No 3 (July 2014) Special Issue on OER

RUSC Vol 11, No 3 (July 2014) Special Issue on OER | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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Ebner, Martin et al.: How Open Content Servers Can Be Made Beneficial for Learning and Education


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Clayton M Christensen's theory of 'disruption' has been debunked. Can we all move on now, please?

Clayton M Christensen's theory of 'disruption' has been debunked. Can we all move on now, please? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Business guru Clayton M Christensen's big idea has been distorted out of all recognition, writes John Naughton (Clayton M Christensen's theory of 'disruption' has been debunked. Can we all move on now, please?
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Coping with the challenges of open online education in Chinese societies in the mobile era: NTHU OCW as a case study

Coping with the challenges of open online education in Chinese societies in the mobile era: NTHU OCW as a case study | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

In an era witnessing the rapid development of information technology, mobile devices have brought revolutionary changes to learning. A single conventional media platform is not enough for the various mobile devices. Technology-enriched educational environments supported by different devices are important research issues nowadays. To capture the rapid growth of mobile users in Chinese societies, OpenCourseWare (OCW) needs to move their learning models toward the mobile sphere. Therefore, this study reports the three years of empirical experience in implementing the upgraded National Tsing Hua University OCW platform and analyzes how users access the platform with various devices. The results indicate a responsive web design and cloud-computing provide great accessibility to meet the diversity of various mobile devices from Chinese users throughout the world, including 466,429 visits with 264 different mobile devices from 146 territories. Moreover, the proposed solutions make the workflow of OCW production more efficient. The study further discussed the importance of both tablets and smartphones. Moreover, to expand the reach of open educational resources (OER) in Chinese societies, the critical issues of fair use and sustainability of OER should be of concern. The findings of the study provide valuable references for web engineers and educators to explore cross-device online learning using PCs and mobile devices.

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Martin Weller: The iceberg model of OER engagement

Open education in general, and OERs specifically, form a basis from which many other practices benefit, but often practitioners in those areas are unaware of OERs explicitly. It is likely that these secondary and tertiary levels of OER awareness represent a far greater audience, than the primary “OER-aware” one, so one can view the sizes of these audiences like the metaphorical iceberg, with increasing size as we push into these unseen areas.


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Jude Barback: Open education: possible future or utopian idea? | New Zealand Education Review

Jude Barback considers the debates around open access and open educational resources.


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MOOC vs. OER: has evolution killed the revolution?

MOOC vs. OER: has evolution killed the revolution? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Yesterday I attended a mini conference dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER). I found it to be quite interesting as there aren’t many events completely dedicated to OER these days. In fact,

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Half an Hour: Beyond Free ‑ Open Learning in a Networked World

Half an Hour: Beyond Free ‑ Open Learning in a Networked World | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
"I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution."
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Tasato (et al) 2013 - Sharing Resources in Open Educational Communities

Tasato (et al) 2013 - Sharing Resources in Open Educational Communities | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

In this article we emphasize the importance of sharing resources in open educationalcommunities (OEC), analysing the role of OERs and OEC in teachers' lifelonglearning. Investigating their current usage, we aim to discover whether their interweavings could be an effective approach to support sharing of resources among teachers and to promote new educational practices.

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Updated Cost Analysis of the Open Course Library | Student PIRGs

Updated Cost Analysis of the Open Course Library | Student PIRGs | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

In response to growing concerns about the high cost of textbooks, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges launched the Open Course Library (OCL), a project to outfit 81 of the state's largest- enrolled courses with high-quality, low-cost educational materials. Funded jointly by the Washington State Legislature and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the project sought to offer faculty and students a more affordable alternative to expensive textbooks

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Javiera Atenas & Leo Havemann - Questions of quality in repositories of open educational resources: a literature review

"Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials which are freely available and openly licensed. Repositories of OER (ROER) are platforms that host and facilitate access to these resources. ROER should not just be designed to store this content – in keeping with the aims of the OER movement, they should support educators in embracing open educational practices (OEP) such as searching for and retrieving content that they will reuse, adapt or modify as needed, without economic barriers or copyright restrictions. This paper reviews key literature on OER and ROER, in order to understand the roles ROER are said or supposed to fulfil in relation to furthering the aims of the OER movement."


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U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents

U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Henceforth, ODF compliance will be required for documents intended to be shared or subject to collaboration. PDF/A or HTML compliance will be required for viewable government documents. The decision follows a long process that invited, and received, very extensive public input – over 500 comments in all. 


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When departments have adopted these open standards:
•    citizens, businesses and voluntary organisations will no longer need specialist software to open or work with government documents
•    people working in government will be able to share and work with documents in the same format, reducing problems when they move between formats
•    government organisations will be able to choose the most suitable and cost effective applications, knowing their documents will work for people inside and outside of government

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OER adoption: a continuum for practice | Stagg | RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal

OER adoption: a continuum for practice | Stagg | RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Whilst Open Educational Resources (OER) offer opportunities for broadening participation in Higher Education, reducing course development and study costs, and building open collaborative partnerships to improve teaching and learning practices, they have yet to gain significant mainstream traction. Research surrounding open education has focused on adoption at the institutional level, identifying key enablers and barriers to practice, but the practicalities of engagement with open resources are not often addressed.
By reviewing existing literature, and studying prior models used to explain OER (re)use, this paper proposes a continuum of use model. The proposed model seeks to acknowledge the complexity of applied knowledge required to fulsomely engage with open education by examining practitioner behaviours and the necessary
supporting mechanisms. This conceptual model aims to be of use to both practitioners and also those responsible for designing professional development in an educational setting. Whilst the proposed model is designed for teaching staff use, some discussion is given as to how it could be applied to student learning using open resources
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Open Science: digging deeper into the assumptions that underpin openness and Web 2.0

Open Science: digging deeper into the assumptions that underpin openness and Web 2.0 | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Benedikt Fecher and Sascha Friesike take a closer look at the assumptions that underpin perspectives on scholarly communication and the benefits of communicating more openly with non-experts.


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Serendipity, a New Faceted Search Tool Utilizes Linked Data to Help With Discovery of Open Educational Resources

Serendipity, a New Faceted Search Tool Utilizes Linked Data to Help With Discovery of Open Educational Resources | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
#Serendipity, a New Faceted Search Tool Utilizes Linked Data to Help With Discovery of Open Educational Resources http://t.co/k8uJhkCHj1

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Learning Design for Online Ed: An Interview With Gilly Salmon About Her Carpe Diem MOOC - moocnewsandreviews.com

Learning Design for Online Ed: An Interview With Gilly Salmon About Her Carpe Diem MOOC - moocnewsandreviews.com | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Gily Salmon's first MOOC that she is leading, Carpe Diem - Learning Design, starts March 10, and we took the opportunity to discuss some of the differences between course design for "traditional" online learning and for MOOCs
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New issue: IRRODL 15(3)

New issue: IRRODL 15(3) | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (www.irrodl.org) is a refereed e-journal that aims to advance research, theory and best practice in open and distance education research.

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Alberto Cardoso's curator insight, July 10, 1:38 AM

 

" This issue features several pieces that highlight the business of successful teaching, faculty-learner and learner-learner interaction. From Serbia, Raspopovic, Jankulovic, Runic, and Lucic examine, in a case study, success factors in e-learning, from the perspective of a developing country in transition from traditional modes of learning to technology-enhanced modes of learning."

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MOOC completion rates DO matter - The Ed Techie

MOOC completion rates DO matter - The Ed Techie | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
It has become accepted practice amongst those who know about MOOCs to sniff at completion rates. Focusing on them (hell, even mentioning them) demonstrates just how constrained you are by the old ways of thinking daddio. I find this particularly...

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Jim Goodell: Open Education Resources (OER) Digital Ecosystem

Jim Goodell: Open Education Resources (OER) Digital Ecosystem | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"At the event I worked with a break-out group to map the OER Digital Ecosystem. The following infographic is the QIP visualization of the "ecosystem" derived from a picture of the whiteboard and Felix Tscheulin's gliffy diagram of the same... "


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Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) Workshop, Ljubljana 2014

Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) Workshop, Ljubljana 2014 | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
GO-GN stands for Global OER Graduate Network which is a worldwide network of OER PhD researchers and their supervisors. It has been initiated in 2012 and is coordinated by the UNESCO Chair in OER at the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands. Currently GO-GN embraces more than 20 OER PhD researchers from different parts of the world.

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