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Beyond the Boycott: Q&A with Timothy Gowers | SPARC

Beyond the Boycott: Q&A with Timothy Gowers | SPARC | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

In a recent blog post, Timothy Gowers discussed the state of Open Access two years after the Cost of Knowledge launched its boycott of Elsevier. The British mathematician and open access champion was initially buoyed by the response, but notes that the main problems, journal bundling and exorbitant prices, continue. As evidence, he points out that in 2013, Elsevier’s profit margin reached 39 percent.

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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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Is there a link between OER and economic growth? | Open Education Working Group

Is there a link between OER and economic growth? | Open Education Working Group | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Open education the sustainable way in the knowledge age

Open education the sustainable way in the knowledge age | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

“We are not a Silicon Valley start-up, nor do we want to be a Silicon Valley start-up when we grow up,” Mackintosh toldUniversity World News. “We care about access to high quality, credentialed education.


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panOpen, a curated repository of open textbooks with reviews and (wiki) source

panOpen, a curated repository of open textbooks with reviews and (wiki) source | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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White House OER Letter (Final)

White House OER Letter (Final) | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

August 4, 2015  Dear President Obama, We, the undersigned organizations from the education, libr


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Developing a framework for teaching open courses

Developing a framework for teaching open courses | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
This post was written jointly with Katia Hildebrandt and also appears on her blog. Recently, we presented at OER15 in Cardiff, Wales, on the topic of developing a framework for open courses. In our...

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A Case Study of Scholars’ Open and Sharing Practices | Veletsianos | Open Praxis

A Case Study of Scholars’ Open and Sharing Practices

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The Rise of Open Curriculum — Bright

The Rise of Open Curriculum - Bright - Medium
Free, adaptable curriculum is quickly displacing traditional textbook publishers in our schools — and that’s a welcome c…
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Emerging Trends in MOOC Delivery of Business Education

Emerging Trends in MOOC Delivery of Business Education | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
In past posts, I have touched on the subject of business school activity in the realm of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which over the short period of time I looked at them previously had begun to grow rapidly. Today, however, there is a sea change in both the quantity and types of institutions offering MOOCs in the business education space, in the types of instructors teaching them, and, especially, in the types of courses being offered.

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An interactive multi media OER Primer

An interactive multi media OER Primer | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
To explore Open Educational Resources and why you want to use them, please "click" on the numbers in the "Thinglink" Map below. The "heart" icons will supply you with further resources and "Food for...

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Please contribute to: ‎OER‬ Implementation Strategy Document | DRAFT 1.1

Please contribute to: ‎OER‬ Implementation Strategy Document | DRAFT 1.1 | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Draft 1.1 Updated: June 15, 2015 Foundations for OER Strategy Development Drafting committee members: Nicole Allen, Delia Browne, Mary Lou Forward, Cable Green and Alek Tarkowski Purpose of Document For more than a decade the movement for Open Educational Resources (OER) has evolved from a collecti

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The Mumpsimus: Q&A on Open Educational Resources with Robin DeRosa

The Mumpsimus: Q&A on Open Educational Resources with Robin DeRosa | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Robin DeRosa is professor of English and chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University, and she is also a consultant for the OER Ambassador Pilot at the University of New Hampshire.  Recently named as an editor of Hybrid Pedagogy (a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology), in August 2015 she'll be be a Hybrid Pedagogy Fellow at the Digital Pedagogy Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her essay "Selling the Story: From Salem Village to Witch City" was published by the open uneducational resource The Revelator in 2011.

You can find out more about Robin at her website or follow her on Twitter: @actualham.


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Thoughts on openness and its pros and cons

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6 concerns students have about MOOCs - eCampus News

6 concerns students have about MOOCs - eCampus News | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
New qualitative research reveals students may know more about MOOCs than institutions think; have concerns on reliability.

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Impact Evaluation for Better Development Outcomes: Our New Directions | Hewlett Foundation

Impact Evaluation for Better Development Outcomes: Our New Directions | Hewlett Foundation | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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"Given this assessment, our future funding for the field of impact evaluation will seek to achieve the following outcomes: First, that impact evaluation practices are responsive to the needs of policymakers and program implementers. Second, that decisions are made based on bodies of knowledge that are designed to inform decision making. Third, that local researchers conduct high-quality, policy- and program-relevant impact evaluations.


As our grantmaking unfolds over the coming months and years, we may explore new ways for researchers and decision-makers to collaborate. We may test new ways to conduct impact evaluations that are more responsive to the types of questions decisionmakers ask and the timelines they work under. We will likely support new ways to review, summarize and present bodies of evidence to provide more useful information for policymakers. And we may invest in new ways to build evaluation capacities that are responsive to the context in which the evaluations are done."

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Concerns dwindle over quality of open access journals

Concerns dwindle over quality of open access journals | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Fears over quality decline, but many academics still unclear over open access requirements

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Why I Am Backing Away from Creative Commons

Why I Am Backing Away from Creative Commons | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Back in 2002, Creative Commons (CC) launched version 1.0 of of its licenses. It was an immediate fascination for me and an immediate love affair.

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Interesting position on Creative Commons licensing - though I am left wondering why the author doesn't use NC/HD clauses in their licence as that would get around most of the problems they seem to have... 

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5 massive MOOC lessons learned by colleges and universities

5 massive MOOC lessons learned by colleges and universities | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Recent best practices and research from adventurous, innovative colleges and universities yield 5 takeaways about MOOC implementation.

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An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Last week I enjoyed some quiet vacation time - sans wifi - on a lake in rural Tennessee with my family. This break gave me some time to think, worry, and write. I now have no doubt that the overwhe...

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FP7 gets its Open Access Pilot policy right

FP7 gets its Open Access Pilot policy right | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
OpenAIRE2020 has recently launched a pilot project covering publishing fees for gold open access publications arising from finished projects under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research...
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Predatory publishers are corrupting open access

Predatory publishers are corrupting open access | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Journals that exploit the author-pays model damage scholarly publishing and promote unethical behaviour by scientists, argues Jeffrey Beall.
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The Teacher’s Guide To Open Educational Resources | Edudemic

The Teacher’s Guide To Open Educational Resources | Edudemic | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard about Open Educational Resources & may have used some. The world of OERs is growing constantly, with more resources available daily.

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MIT and German research on the [appalling] use of video in xMOOCs | Tony Bates

MIT and German research on the [appalling] use of video in xMOOCs | Tony Bates | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"Lastly, what this paper really reinforces above all is that we should stop taking xMOOCs seriously. They are badly designed by amateurs who don’t know what they are doing. Let’s move on to more important issues in online learning."


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Learning to Teach with Open Educational Resources | littlebylittlejohn.com

Guidelines  on how educators learn open educational practices

Allison Littlejohn & Nina Hood

This text is from Report O1/A2 from the Erasmus+ ExplOERer Project http://www.exploerer.gu.se/

1 Executive Summary

2 Introduction

3 Method and Analysis

4 Detailed guidelines with illustrative scenarios

6 Six knowledge types

7 References


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MOOCs: What's Next?

MOOCs and Learning Sciences: Where we have been. Where we are going. George Siemens Scandinavian MOOC Conference Stockholm, Sweden June 12, 2015

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Without anyones permission: The open web and online learning

Without anyones permission: The open web and online learning | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
As teaching and learning activities move into online and blended learning environments we need to think carefully about how we use those spaces, which is often determined by the features of the pla...

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