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Cost of college textbooks out of control, group says

Cost of college textbooks out of control, group says | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
To cope, most students aren't buying all the books they need, the group PIRG says.
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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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Sept 10: Finding Open Textbooks and Fostering Faculty Adoptions with BCcampus, OpenStax College, and the California OER Council. | The Open Education Consortium

Sept 10: Finding Open Textbooks and Fostering Faculty Adoptions with BCcampus, OpenStax College, and the California OER Council. | The Open Education Consortium | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Finding Open Textbooks and Fostering Faculty Adoptions with BCcampus, OpenStax College, the California OER Council. http://t.co/2R4fd5AzWa

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ORIOLE, in the Search for Evidence of OER in Teaching. Experiences in the Use, Re-use and the Sharing and Influence of Repositories | Santos-Hermosa (2014)

The study presented here aims to gather useful information on the use, re-reuse and sharing of resources in Education and also the influence of repositories, to better understand the perspective of individual practitioners and suggest future areas of debate for researchers.

Open Resources: Influence on Learners and Educators (ORIOLE) project, was based within the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University (OU) from 2009-2013 and focused on investigating, understanding and disseminating about use and reuse of open resources in learning and teaching. This paper focuses on the second survey activity of this project. During 2011 (Pegler, 2012), an extensive online survey about reuse of educational resources was conducted through (mainly UK-based) practitioner communities. In 2013, a more international version was created (available in English and Spanish) and circulated during that year (http://bit.ly/OERsurvey_2013).

The ORIOLE Survey 2013 collected information about the contexts in which open resource use may occur, looking particularly at attitudes about reuse of educational resources (OER) in teaching. What influences open resources in education is a topic of relevance to anyone taking on forward engagement with open education and the answers lie with those who are working directly in the delivery of learning and teaching, and those who support this work.


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MOOCs - A review of the state-of-the-art | OER KnowledgeCloud

MOOCs - A review of the state-of-the-art | OER KnowledgeCloud | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have drastically changed the way we learn as well as how we teach. The main aim of MOOCs is to provide new opportunities to a massive number of learners to attend free online courses from anywhere all over the world. MOOCs have unique features that make it an effective technology-enhanced learning (TEL) model in higher education and beyond. The number of academic publications around MOOCs has grown rapidly in the last few years. The purpose of this paper is to compile and analyze the state-of-the-art in MOOC research that has been conducted in the past five years. A template analysis was used to map the conducted research on MOOCs into seven dimensions, namely concept, design, learning theories, case studies, business model, targets groups, and assessment. This classification schema aims at providing a comprehensive overview for readers who are interested in MOOCs to foster a common understanding of key concepts in this emerging field. The paper further suggests new challenges and opportunities for future work in the area of MOOCs that will support communication between researchers as they seek to address these challenges.

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OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies

OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Data and research on public sector innovation and e-government including government performance, online public service delivery, ICTs, good governance principles, open data, open government data (OGD), The OECD Recommendation on Digital Government Strategies aims to support the development and implementation of digital government strategies that bring governments closer to citizens and businesses.
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Tertiary education in Rwanda to go the open way | Open Education Working Group

Tertiary education in Rwanda to go the open way | Open Education Working Group | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Top MOOC provider edX no longer free for all

Top MOOC provider edX no longer free for all | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Leading MOOC provider edX has broken from its fee-free ethos and will charge for professional education courses starting next year.

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Top 10 Tips to Use Collaboration Tools in eLearning

Top 10 Tips to Use Collaboration Tools in eLearning | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Collaborative learning is an important part of eLearning. It allows learners to benefit from the experience of their peers, become fully engaged in their own learning experience, and more effectively acquire and retain information.


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This is so tough to do online....

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Useful Tips for collaborative eLearning

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I agree...being fully engaged in a learning experience improves retention. Nice article, brief and clear.

 

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Open-source textbooks can help drive down the overall cost of college

A wave of policies in the past five years has attempted to ensure that students have access to affordable course materials. Efforts driven by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) relied mostly
on textbook rental and buy-back programs, offering used textbooks and providing students with information about textbook costs before the course enrollment period.

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Nature Communications to become open access only

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Nature Communications is to become the first Nature-branded open access only journal. The number one open access journal in multidisciplinary sciences*, Nature Communications is Nature Publishing Group's (NPG) flagship open access title. Nature Communications will only accept open access research submissions from 20th October 2014.

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NSW start up OpenLearning takes Malaysian unis online

NSW start up OpenLearning takes Malaysian unis online | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
An e-learning platform created by Sydney start up company OpenLearning has been selected by the Malaysian government for an ambitious expansion of online learning.
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Thomas Edison State College Partners with Saylor Academy’s Earn College Credit Program | Business Wire

Thomas Edison State College Partners with Saylor Academy’s Earn College Credit Program | Business Wire | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Students can earn up to 34 credits without paying course tuition that can be applied to an undergraduate degree at Thomas Edison State College, based
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OER Schools Guidance | DigiLit Leicester

OER Schools Guidance | DigiLit Leicester | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Leicester City Council have released four guidance documents and a range of practical information to support school staff in understanding, finding, creating, and sharing Open Educational Resources (OER). The OER Schools resource packs can be downloaded from http://schools.leicester.gov.uk/openeducation. Josie Fraser (Leicester City Council) worked with Dr Björn Haßler and Helen Neo (University of Cambridge) to produce the resources, which have also benefited from the input of school staff, through review and practical trialling.
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Cerritos College to get digital infusion with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant

Cerritos College to get digital infusion with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Cerritos College has announced it will receive part of a $20 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create affordable digital open educational course materials to improve student success among low-income and disadvantaged students

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Paperity Launched. The first multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers

Paperity Launched. The first multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals and papers | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Paperity: the 1st multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals & papers. Free fulltext PDF articles from hundreds of disciplines, all in one place

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80 Resources for Open Education Developers

80 Resources for Open Education Developers | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
With these resources, you can create or participate in collaborative efforts to develop tools and methods for online education.

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Open Definition v2.0 Released – Major Update of Essential Standard for Open Data and Open Content

Today Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council are pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition. The Definition “sets out principles that define openness in relation to data and content” and plays a key role in supporting the growing open data ecosystem.

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Search results show MOOCs are driving online brand awareness for universities

Search results show MOOCs are driving online brand awareness for universities | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Think of a university, any university. Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard or Yale may spring to mind. Or your local university, or the one you or someone you know attended. I’m fairly sure that the University…

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Are MOOCs the long-awaited technological revolution in higher education?


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Professor Flips On-campus Course After Teaching MOOC | Teaching Commons

Professor Flips On-campus Course After Teaching MOOC | Teaching Commons | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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New State-Level Policy Brief on OER | SPARC

New State-Level Policy Brief on OER | SPARC | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

A new briefing paper on state-level open educational resources policy was released yesterday by the Education Commission of the States (ECS), a non-partisan think tank that provides education policy advice to U.S. states. Entitled “Open source textbooks can help drive down the overall cost of college,” the brief provides an overview of trends in OER policy to address the rising cost of college textbooks. 

 

The brief states, “There is growing national and international interest in OER as a way to help financially distressed states reduce costs and save students millions of dollars....While several states have used legislation to encourage the use of electronic and digital learning resources, such resources are not necessarily freely usable as OERs — and therefore can still be expensive for students.” It concludes that, "Open Educational Resources are an emerging policy option as states, postsecondary systems and institutions consider how to best develop libraries and collections of OERs."

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Don’t dismiss MOOCs – we are just starting to understand their true value

Don’t dismiss MOOCs – we are just starting to understand their true value | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Over the past couple of years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have taken the academic world by storm. Despite much debate about whether the idea of running free online courses for everyone is both…
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Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources: TIPS Framework Version 2.0

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John Bostock's curator insight, September 22, 11:29 AM

Very useful contribution on ensuring quality in OER