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Ecologies of Knowledge: The Role of Libraries and Librarians in the OER Movement

Ecologies of Knowledge: The Role of Libraries and Librarians in the OER Movement | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

University libraries are, at their very core, diverse knowledge ecosystems that provide a wide range of services and materials to the university at large. With respect to FL education, librarians can be vital partners in the process of encouraging FL faculty to incorporate OER in their courses. These information professionals excel in areas of evaluation, location, and organization, and each of these topics represents an area critical to the widespread adoption of OER. We have only scratched the surface of the potential of OER and the benefits of collaboration between librarians and the disciplines. Some interesting examples are out there: UMass Amherst Libraries; Open Textbook Library (University of Minnesota); PDX Open (Portland State University); and Open Course Library(Washington Community & Technical College). However, as you see in these examples, foreign languages are underrepresented. The bright side of this is that we are at a moment of exciting opportunity and potential.

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OER Impact Map

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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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Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution | Student PIRGs

Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution | Student PIRGs | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
According to the College Board, the average undergraduate student should budget between $1,200 and $1,300 for textbooks and supplies each year. That’s as much as 40% of tuition at a two-year community college and 13% at a four-year public institution.

For many students and families already struggling to afford a college degree, that is simply too much – meaning more debt, working longer hours, or making choices that undermine academic success.
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COL offers audio-only, phone-based MOOCs to agricultural workers in India

COL offers audio-only, phone-based MOOCs to agricultural workers in India | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in association with Wawasan Open University, Malaysia is launching the two MOOCs and one MOOC with IIT Kanpur.

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Perception and use of massive open online courses among medical students in a developing country: multicentre cross-sectional study | Aboshady et al. - BMJ Open

About one-fifth of undergraduate medical students in Egypt have heard about MOOCs. Students who actively participated showed a positive attitude towards the experience, but better time management skills and faster Internet connection speeds are required. Further studies are needed involving enrolled students in large representative samples, to assess their experiences using MOOCs. In addition, more effort is needed to raise awareness among students of such courses, as most students who had not heard about MOOCs did show interest in participating once they became aware of the courses.


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, February 11, 7:27 AM

When MOOCs rose to prominence, Daphne Koller was one of the first to point out their promises for democratizing education. MOOCs, for example, are made available to everybody with Internet acces, including countries in the developing world, who now had access to educational content from top universities, as Koller said. In this lies the danger of cultural imperialism and I have reported on this in these pages as well as written about it (in the now defunct MOOC Forum journal). Still, these are mere opinions,  I had never seen any data about the actual appreciation of MOOCs by students in developing countries, until this paper was brought to my attention, that is. Hidden in the text is the one precious sentence which states that cultural issues did not appear to be a problem for the (Egyptian) students canvassed (through a questionnaire). In stead, other problems were mentioned, general ones such as a lack of time and more specific ones such as insufficient bandwidth. Altogether a very useful study, certainly for MOOC providers who have confessed to want to cater for the needs of students in developing countries. @pbsloep

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David Wiley: The OER Adoption Impact Explorer

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"The goal of the Explorer is to provide OER advocates with rigorously modeled, data-based arguments that they can use in conversations with a wide range of stakeholders (faculty, administration, students, policy makers, etc.)."


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Juliana Elisa Raffaghelli's curator insight, February 24, 4:49 AM

Seems we are finally moving on, from the times of OER creation to the time of critically integrating them into lifelong learning

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Björn Haßler et al.: OER Guidance for Schools. Share-Alike, NonCommerical, and Public Domain - 2014


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The dark side of the MOOC - A critical inquiry on their claims and realities


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Open Educational Resources - UEN

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The Utah State Office and the Utah Education Network have gathered these Open Educational Resources, such as Utah's Open Textbooks, that support the Utah Core Standards.

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inspiration4kidz's curator insight, February 2, 10:00 PM

Love all this free information.

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MOOC Completion and Retention in the Context of Student Intent (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

MOOC Completion and Retention in the Context of Student Intent (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Key TakeawaysMOOC critics are concerned about low overall completion rates, but these rates are typically evaluated without accounting for student intentions.This study, based on survey and log data from nine HarvardX courses, investigates how completion and attrition rates differ based on students' self-reported intentions about course participation.The study found that, on average among survey respondents, 22 percent of students who intended to completea course earned a certificate, compared with 6 percent of students who intended to browse a course.Efforts to personalize MOOCs based on self-reported intentions should be conducted with care: many students who do not intend to complete a MOOC do so, and most who do intend to complete a MOOC are not successful.


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Pierce professor saves students $1 million through open education resources

Pierce professor saves students $1 million through open education resources | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
LippmanAfter years of teaching math, Professor David Lippman was sick of requiring his students to pay upwards of $150 for a text book. Used books were available at a slight discount, but students ...
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MOOCs Lead to Massive Data Collection | Heartlander Magazine

MOOCs Lead to Massive Data Collection | Heartlander Magazine | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Students enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) may be subject to mass data collection by private companies. MOOCs are made available through schools and universities, as well as private, for-profit businesses like Coursera and non-profit organizations like edX. These courses can offer additional stimulating material for high school students in advanced placement classes, and even count towards college credit. However, when students enroll and participate in MOOCs, they can also unknowingly surrender a great deal of their private information.


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What We’ve Learned from Three Years of MOOCs | MIT Technology Review

What We’ve Learned from Three Years of MOOCs | MIT Technology Review | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Online education offers one effective way to close the skills gap.

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MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Pritchard still questions the effects MOOCs will have; for one thing, he doesn’t see how they can have a sustainable business model on their own. But that doesn’t mean MOOCs are merely another overhyped technology. Ideas about what they offer, and whom they might help, are evolving as rapidly as the MOOCs themselves.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 16, 2014 4:42 AM

Some interesting stats and research findings, but it's questionable as to how many of these course were genuinely MOOCs rather than just large free online courses.

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David Wiley: Thoughts on Open

Keynote address delivered at the SUNY COTE Summit, February 2015. This talk (1) connects the concepts of democratizing innovation, permissionless innovation, a…
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TERENA Open Education Resource hub and portal reaches important milestone

TERENA Open Education Resource hub and portal reaches important milestone | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Ford Foundation Expands Creative Commons Licensing for All Grant-Funded Projects

The Ford Foundation announced today that it is adopting an open licensing policy for all grant-funded projects and research to promote greater transparency and accessibility of materials. Effective February 1, grantees and consultants will be required to make foundation-funded materials subject to a Creative Commons license allowing others, free of charge and without requesting permission, the ability to copy, redistribute, and adapt existing materials, provided they give appropriate credit to the original author.

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An Assessment-Recognition Matrix for Analysing Institutional Practices in the Recognition of Open Learning

An Assessment-Recognition Matrix for Analysing Institutional Practices in the Recognition of Open Learning | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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HEA research provides insights into learning on MOOCs | The Higher Education Academy

A study published by the HEA that looks at the learning taking place in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) shows that participants can and do experience engaged, high quality learning.

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The Deeper Ethics of Education and Open: Generosity, Care, and Relationships

The Deeper Ethics of Education and Open: Generosity, Care, and Relationships | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Humans are fundamentally social. There are a number of ways we might attempt to prove this claim. We might argue that the highest compliment someone can be paid is to be called a "true friend." We ...
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The pedagogy of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): the UK view | The Higher Education Academy

The pedagogy of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): the UK view | The Higher Education Academy | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

This report addresses the question of pedagogy within the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): what kinds of MOOCs are currently offered in the UK; what it means to 'teach' in the open and at massive


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A List of Copyright Free Resources (and where to find them)

A List of Copyright Free Resources (and where to find them) | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Looking for OA and OER to utilize? Here's the Dal Copyright Office's non-exhaustive list http://t.co/jVFRynxM98

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Academic Journals: The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History

Academic Journals: The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The music business was killed by Napster; movie theaters were derailed by digital streaming; traditional magazines are in crisis mode--yet in this digital information wild west: academic journals and the publishers who own them are posting higher pro...

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The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site - Storyboard OOC update

The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site - Storyboard OOC update | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
This is an update on the preparations for the Storyboarding for Learning Design OOC (open online course) that I will be running with Brenda Padilla from 12 Jan to 20 Feb 2015. Following on from my ...

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, December 19, 2014 12:07 PM

Latest blog post about the Storyboarding OOC that we will be running in the New Year. 

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An Open Education Reader

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A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University. An Open Education Reader is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, December 16, 2014 4:14 AM

A new 'text book' on open education, edited by David Wiley.