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OSPI Review of OER in Washington

As a part of the legislative mandate to identify and develop a library of
openly licensed courseware aligned with the Common Core State
Standards (CCSS), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in
Washington conducted a second review of OER in Winter 2014. 

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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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A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER

A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
As I was perusing David Kernohan’s notes on Larry Lessig’s keynote at the OpenEd conference, one statement leapt out at me: Could the department of labour require that new education content commissioned ($100m) be CC-BY? There was a clause (124) … Continue reading →

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, November 22, 6:06 AM

Michael Feldstein points out that textbook publishers have moved beyond feeling threatened by free, open content in the form of OERs, and are now seeing OERs as the essential infrastructure to support expensive software and platforms. 

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OERRH OER Evidence Report 2013-2014

OERRH OER Evidence Report 2013-2014 | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
It gives me great pleasure to announce that OER Research Hub is now ready to release the first of its dissemination reports. The 'OER Evidence Report 2013-2014' brings together a range of evidence ...
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TJ Bliss: Musings on OER Policy

"Policy favorable to OER is a critical component of the entire open education movement. OER policies currently exist at many levels: international, national, regional, local, and institutional. You can explore various OER policies around the world on the OER Policy Map maintained by the OER Research Hub. Creative Commons also maintains a list of proposed and adopted OER policies that is well-worth your perusal. As I have traveled hither and yon these past few months meeting with Hewlett grantees and others involved and interested in OER, the policy issue has continually surfaced as an important theme. These conversations have caused me to think more deeply about the role of policy in accomplishing Hewlett’s goal of mainstreaming OER."


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Online training of teachers using OER: Promises and potential strategies | Misra | Open Praxis

Online training of teachers using OER: Promises and potential strategies

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Naidu, Som & Mishra, Sanjaya - Case studies on OER-based eLearning

Case studies on OER - based eLearning by Som Naidu and Sanjaya Mishra

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Possible source for data for impact map - if it can be read in this format

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Check out these #OER/#edtech case studies and learn from the experiences of their designers and instructors!

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The Babson OER Survey and the Future of OER Adoption

The Babson OER Survey and the Future of OER Adoption | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The Babson OER Survey is incredible. If you care at all about OER, you absolutely need to read it. Then go read what Phil has written at e-Literate and 20 Million Minds. Go ahead. I'll wait. The po...
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Nigeria: Unesco Lauds Noun Over Commitment to Enhanced Electronic Learning

Nigeria: Unesco Lauds Noun Over Commitment to Enhanced Electronic Learning | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
OPEN Educational Resources (OER) programme specialist for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Mr. Abel Caine, has commended the management of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for its efforts towards converting its courses to OER.
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Babson Survey Research Group: Report on Open Educational Resources 2014

Babson Survey Research Group: Report on Open Educational Resources 2014 | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

This report, funded by a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation with additional support from Pearson, examines the attitudes

, opinions, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) among teaching faculty in U.S. higher education. Some of the key findings:
 

Faculty are not very aware of open educational resources. Depending on the strictness of the awareness measure, between two-thirds and three-quarters of all faculty classify themselves as unaware on OER.
 Faculty appreciate the concepts of OER. When presented with the concept of OER, most faculty say that they are willing to give it a try.
 Awareness of OER is not a requirement for adoption of OER. More faculty are using OER than report that they were aware of the term OER. Resource adoption decisions are often made without any awareness of the specific licensing of the material, or its OER status.
 Faculty judge the quality of OER to be roughly equivalent to that of traditional educational resources. Among faculty who do offer an opinion, three-quarters rank OER quality as the same as or better than traditional resources.
 The most significant barrier to wider adoption of OER remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate it. The top three cited barriers among faculty members for OER adoption all concern the discovery and evaluation of OER materials.
 Faculty are the key decision makers for OER adoption. Faculty are almost always involved in an adoption decision and — except for rare instances — have the primary role. The only exceptions are in a minority of two-year and for-profit institutions, where the administration takes the lead.
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Four ways librarians are essential to the future of open textbooks and OER | OERAsia

"When the Open Textbook Project started two years ago, librarians were identified as one of the important stakeholder groups with essential skills and insights to support faculty in finding and adopting quality open educational resources (OER)."


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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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State of the Commons Report 2014

State of the Commons Report 2014 | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses are the standard for sharing free content online. The result is greater access to knowledge and culture for everyone, everywhere.
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11 States Band Together To Release Mega OER RFP Worth $15 20M

11 States Band Together To Release Mega OER RFP Worth $15 20M | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
COME TOGETHER OVER OER: Today 11 state agencies have announced a new initiative called K-12 OER Collaborative, funded in part and organized by The Learning Accelerator.
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Instructional quality of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn - Computers & Education

Abstract: We present an analysis of instructional design quality of 76 randomly selected Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The quality of MOOCs was determined from first principles of instruction, using a course survey instrument. Two types of MOOCs (xMOOCs and cMOOCs) were analysed and their instructional design quality was assessed and compared. We found that the majority of MOOCs scored poorly on most instructional design principles. However, most MOOCs scored highly on organisation and presentation of course material. The results indicate that although most MOOCs are well-packaged, their instructional design quality is low. We outline implications for practice and ideas for future research.


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ғelιх c ѕeyғarтн's curator insight, November 19, 8:37 AM
More of this kind of research is needed, although this article seems to follow the prevalent kind of thinking that groups different kind of learning activities which have chosen the #MOOC format into one genre, as if there was a genuine type. This does not appear to hold up to scrutiny. The finding that these MOOC formatted courses do not largely comply with the "instructional design principles" of e-learning but do excel in "organisation and presentation" instead, once combined with the fact that millions of learners flock to these very MOOC but could care less about conventional e-learning formats, leads one to reflect on the usefulness of said principles as analytical/evaluation tools and their scope as indicators of learning outcomes.
Anoush Margaryan, Manuela Bianco, Allison Littlejohn, Instructional quality of Massive Open Inline Courses (MOOCs), Computers & Education, Volume 80, January 2015, Pages 77-83, ISSN 0360-1315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2014.08.005.(via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036013151400178X)Keywords: Massive Online Open Courses; Distributed learning environments; Evaluation methodologies; Lifelong learning; Pedagogical issues
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Estudio sobre 76 MOOCs: materiales bien construidos pero diseño instruccionar pobre.

Mariano Rico's curator insight, November 20, 8:43 AM
Back to basic formation design. We learn by doing
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From Open Educational Resources to College Credit: The Approaches of Saylor Academy | Hilton III | Open Praxis

From Open Educational Resources to College Credit: The Approaches of Saylor Academy

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS): Emerging Trends in Assessment and Accreditation | Chauhan | Digital Education Review

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS): Emerging Trends in Assessment and Accreditation | Chauhan | Digital Education Review | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
In 2014, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are expected towitness a phenomenal growth in student registration compared to the previous years. As MOOCs continue to grow in number, therehas been an increasing focus on assessment and evaluation. Because of the huge enrollments in a MOOC, it is impossible for the instructor to grade homework and evaluate each student. The enormous data generated by learners in a MOOC can be used for developing and refining automated assessment techniques. As a result, “Smart Systems” are being designed to track and predict learner behavior while completing MOOC assessments. These automated assessments for MOOCs can automatically score and provide feedback to students multiple choice questions, mathematical problems and essays. Automated assessments help teachers with grading and also support students in the learning processes. These assessments are prompt, consistent, and support objectivity in assessment and evaluation (Ala-Mutka, 2005). This paper reviews the emerging trends in MOOC assessments and their application in supporting student learning and achievement. The paper concludes by describing how assessment techniques in MOOCs can help to maximize learning outcomes.

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Artikel is als PDF te downloaden.

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Five Asian Open Universities adopt open licensing and MOOCs | UNESCO

Five Asian Open Universities adopt open licensing and MOOCs | UNESCO | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Within the framework of the OpenupEd Project which aims to empower key national universities to release courses with open licenses in MOOC format, UNESCO organized a High-Level Workshop within the 2014 Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities in Hong Kong. The exclusive pre-Conference Workshop held on Monday 27 October, 2014 was targeted at Heads of Open Universities to provide an informal setting for free-flowing discussion. Opened by Professor Yuk-Shan Wong, President of the OUHK and AAOU, the Workshop attracted representation from 30 institutions with 14 Rectors, Vice Chancellors, and Presidents in full attendance.

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Two-Thirds of Faculty Unaware of Open Education Resources -- Campus Technology

Two-Thirds of Faculty Unaware of Open Education Resources -- Campus Technology | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Nearly two-thirds of faculty members in U.S. higher education are generally unaware of open educational resources (OER), according to a new study from Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson.
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The dissemination of research in online learning: a lesson from the EDEN Research Workshop

The dissemination of research in online learning: a lesson from the EDEN Research Workshop | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Tony Bates reports on the EDEN Research Workshop


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Leicester City Council gives permission to 84 schools to create and share OER

Leicester City Council gives permission to 84 schools to create and share OER | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. Leicester City Council / CC BY 4.0

Leicester City Council is the first local government authority in the United Kingdom (UK) to provide 84 community schools with blanket permission to openly license their educational resources. The council is recommending that school staff use the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to share materials created in the...
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IRRODL Vol 15, No 5 (2014) - Special Issue: Research into Massive Open Online Courses

IRRODL Vol 15, No 5 (2014) - Special Issue: Research into Massive Open Online Courses | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Vol 15, No 5 (2014)

Special Issue: Research into Massive Open Online Courses
Guest Editor: George Siemens 


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Isabellefr10's curator insight, October 30, 7:44 PM

hummmmmmmmmm!

John Bostock's curator insight, October 31, 2:35 PM

This looks a very interesting set of papers for all keen followers of MOOC trends and developments.

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This special issue reflects the research questions and methodologies deployed by MOOC researchers over the past year and represents the current front line evaluation of how open online courses are impacting education.

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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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