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Faculty group continues anti-MOOC offensive @insidehighered

Faculty group continues anti-MOOC offensive @insidehighered | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The faculty leaders behind the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education continued their barrage against massive open online courses on Tuesday, challenging the providers to come clean on “overblown, misleading or simply false” rhetoric.

 

In letters blasted off last week to the founders of Coursera, edX and Udacity, the organization expresses its concern that the MOOC providers are motivated not by the “needs of our students, but the needs of [their] investors.”

 

“Higher education institutions, policy makers, families and taxpayers deserve the facts about MOOCs and similar forms of online education,” the letters read. “They should not be misled by wondrous promises of cheap and easy solutions.”

 

The organization has long been a critical voice against MOOCs. Its members cheered the signs of MOOC fatigue seen in 2013, but even as the hype has leveled off, the organization has kept up its offensive. Last October, the group released a series of working papers criticizing online learning and the influence of for-profit entities in higher education, arguing the debate ignored questions of quality in favor of “[focusing] squarely and exclusively on what will make money for particular companies.”

The organization stresses in the letters that it is opposed neither to technology in education nor to companies making a profit, only to the rhetoric some of those companies use about their products.



Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/14/faculty-group-continues-anti-mooc-offensive#ixzz323w7SPCy ;
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OER World Map

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OER World Map shares information on behalf of the worldwide OER community, using local knowledge to describe the OER ecosystem.
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Open countries have strong science

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Caroline S. Wagner and Koen Jonkers find a clear correlation between a nation's scientific influence and the links it fosters with foreign researchers.
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Carnegie Mellon Philosophy Eliminates Application Fee (guest post by Kevin Zollman) - Daily Nous

Carnegie Mellon Philosophy Eliminates Application Fee (guest post by Kevin Zollman) - Daily Nous | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has eliminated the fee for applying to its graduate programs. Below is a guest post* by Kevin Zollman, associate professor of philosophy at CMU and the philosophy department’s director of graduate studies, explaining the rationale for this change. Our “No Fee” Experiment by Kevin Zolllman Applying to graduate school is an arduous and expensive process. A quick survey of twelve institutions atop the Philosophical Gourmet Report found an average application fee of $94 for domestic students and $97 for foreign students. As an additional expense, most universities require official copies of GRE scores, TOEFL scores, and transcripts; each has an associated fee. In total it costs over $100 for every graduate school an applicant chooses. For perspective, that is over thirteen hours of labor at federal minimum wage per school. To make matters worse, admission rates are so low that many applicants must apply to many institutions in order to get into just one. We find this state of affairs concerning. So, beginning this year, Carnegie Mellon’s Department of Philosophy has decided to stop charging an application fee for its masters and PhD programs. Since we accept scanned copies of transcripts, GRE, and TOEFL scores, applying to CMU will now have a marginal cost of zero dollars (assuming the applicant has taken the relevant standardized tests). We realize that not all schools have the stability and institutional flexibility to do this, and we do not aim to criticize others who charge a fee for applications. But we would like to take a moment to explain our reasoning in the hopes that others might reevaluate the fees they charge and, where possible, discuss this with university administration. Why should anyone charge an application fee in the first place? Obviously, it provides a revenue stream. At a time of shrinking university budgets, especially in the humanities, departments are hard pressed to find money where they can. Of course, not every source of revenue should be tapped, and we are concerned that application fees may exacerbate a problem philosophy needs to solve. Self-selection is often used to justify the fee in the first place: if there is a cost to applying, then applicants who know..
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Open Science: One Term, Five Schools of Thought

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Open Science is an umbrella term encompassing a multitude of assumptions about the future of knowledge creation and dissemination. Based on a literature review, this chapter aims at structuring the ov
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Rhode Island OER Celebrates First Birthday with Savings of $870K -- Campus Technology

Rhode Island OER Celebrates First Birthday with Savings of $870K -- Campus Technology | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Just a year after introducing a project to embed the use of open educational resources into higher education, the state of Rhode Island announced that it has saved students $870,000 in textbook costs.
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Stakeholders validate National Policy on Open Education Resources

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FOR the first time in the history of higher education in Nigeria, a Draft National Policy on Open Educational Resources, OER, has been validated to address the dearth of learning resources in quality, quantity and currency in higher education in the country. No fewer than 340 participants at a one-day Stakeholders’ Validation Symposium at the National Universities Commission, NUC, Abuja, considered, finalised and adopted the policy document, following a motion by a member and Advisor of the National Steering Committee on Open Educational Resources (NSC-OER), Professor Peter Okebukola,  OFR.
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OER Materials Drive Student Engagement and Savings, Study Finds

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College faculty report that students are seeing benefits of digital texts.
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German universities plan for life without Elsevier

German universities plan for life without Elsevier | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Loans between libraries, and research sharing between colleagues, could allow country to sever links, negotiators claim
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A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing

A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Consortium hopes to make all German-authored papers free to read by paying annual fee
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Say goodbye to school textbooks. Wake County moving to free online materials

Say goodbye to school textbooks. Wake County moving to free online materials | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The Wake County school system has decided to use free online materials for high school math and language arts in grades three through eight instead of buying traditional textbooks.
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MOOCs: A Postmortem

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What I mean when I say that MOOCs are dead is not that MOOCs no longer exist, but that MOOCs are no longer competing against universities for the same students. Continuing with the Coursera theme here, in August they became the last of the major MOOC providers to pivot to corporate training. While I did note the departure of Daphne Koller on this blog, I didn’t even bother to mention that pivot at the time because it seemed so unremarkable, but really it is.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 8, 9:59 PM

This is interesting. Thanks to Mark E. Deschaine.

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 9, 9:50 AM

I love taking MOOC's, but would never want my (public) institution to waste money on creating or maintaining a MOOC ..what a waste of public money! Let the private schools throw their dollars away-we'll be glad to take the courses we like and ignore the rest.

 

It was obvious, IMO, from day one, MOOC's were not set up for a self-sustaining business model, and were building courses on the backs of faculty who were donating their time and  materials to corporations (quite a few of the MOOC providers are not non-profit, in spite of their "good intentions"). 

 

Corporate training is their only hope..until then, take the courses while they are free!

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The debate about MOOCs continues...
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Key principles of open labs (essay)

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As public universities divert resources into new kinds of learning spaces, they should promote collaborative and mutually enriching connections among students and institutions, write Robin DeRosa and Dan Blickensderfer.
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The end of Academia.edu: how business takes over, again

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Academia.edu used to be a refreshing and very useful platform for academics and students all over the world. That has ended with academia.edu introducing  the ‘paid search’, says Ico Maly (Tilburg University).  
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Open Education in Palestine: A tool for liberation

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This year, and thanks to the OpenMed Project, we had the opportunity to travel to Palestine, to the West Bank, to visit the project partners and participate at the Palestine OER strategy Forum. Due…
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Open data from the Large Hadron Collider sparks new discovery

Open data from the Large Hadron Collider sparks new discovery | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Back in 2014, CERN released the data from its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments onto an online portal called the Open Data portal. It was a
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Google gives $1.5m grant to Siyavula Education | IT News Africa – Africa's Technology News Leader

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Learners complete math questions at the 1MillionMath Challenge launch in Johannesburg. Google has granted USD $1.5 million to the non-profit arm of Siyavula
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OER: “Moving towards the tipping point”

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A three days world congress of OER has come to an end, hosted by a small country with an impressive dedication to OER as an enabler for inclusive and equitable quality education and the Education 2030 Agenda. By: Torunn Gjelsvik
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World Bank warns of 'learning crisis' in global education

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World Bank warns of ‘learning crisis’ in global education
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Report: Most Educators Aware of OER, Don't Understand OER Licensing

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A new report examines who the decision-makers are in curriculum adoptions and finds that a sizable percentage of schools have chosen open educational resources in the last three years.
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SPARC Releases Report Highlighting the Impact of Open Educational Resources at Member Institutions - SPARC

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Response to World OER Congress Action Plan

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The following comments were drafted by Joe Wilson and Lorna M. Campbell and submitted in response to the World OER Congress Action Plan on behalf of Open Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.  …
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A Preliminary Exploration of the Relationships Between Student-Created OER, Sustainability, and Students Success | Wiley | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

A Preliminary Exploration of the Relationships Between Student-Created OER, Sustainability, and Students Success
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Why Open Research: An interview featuring Erin McKiernan | PLOScast

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An interview with Erin McKiernan, a professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), pledged to only publish in Open Access journals, demonstrating
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Ontario Government Placing Big Bet on Open Textbooks - Michael Geist

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The Creative Commons Global Summit was held in Toronto over the weekend, bringing hundreds of people together from around the world to discuss issues ranging from copyright reform to enhancing collaboration and sharing. As part of the opening of the event, David Lametti, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Deb Matthews, the Ontario Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Development as well as the Minister for Digital Government, both provided words of welcome. Their presence demonstrated how far openness, access, and balanced copyright have come in recent years.  Lametti, a leading voice on copyright as McGill law professor, emphasized the important role of balance and flexibility in the copyright system, while Matthews provided a unequivocal endorsement of openness and access.

Matthews provided more than just encouraging words, however.  She used her opening remarks to promote the creation of a new Open Textbook Library for Ontario that will feature hundreds of openly licensed, professionally created textbooks providing students with access to free digital texts in dozens of university and college courses.
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German universities prepare for recognition of MOOC-based learning

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Continuing with the German theme from my last post... Last week I was honoured to be invited to speak at a workshop in Berlin held by Kiron Open Higher Education for staff from their German partner universities, on the topic of recognition of prior learning through massive open online courses. My slides from the event are here. Kiron…
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