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Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world

Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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According to this, only Research Councils UK endorse the Gold model of 'open' access...

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Trends in Higher Education | a report

Trends in Higher Education | a report | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Download the full report, data or presentation from College Board's Trends in Higher Education, College Pricing, Student Aid and Education Pays
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Simon Davis: Open Educational Resources - primer videos

A few nice videos created for the ongoing OLDS MOOC outlining what OER’s are and some of the issues to do with licencing.

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More Elite Universities Offer Free Online Courses

More Elite Universities Offer Free Online Courses | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
More of the world's elite universities are joining the rush to offer "massive open online courses" that are broadening access to higher education. But some experts question how much so-called MOOCs can help students trying to earn college degrees.
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Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor Open University, on Futurelearn

Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor Open University, on Futurelearn | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Martin Bean talks in depth about Futurelearn and its plans to offer free open online courses (MOOCs) with UK universities
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Martin Weller: Registration open for my Open Education MOOC

Martin Weller: Registration open for my Open Education MOOC | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

As the profile of MOOCs have increased so the demands and requirements placed on creating one have multiplied. But with the help of some great people at the OU (it's been great to work with people who want to help rather than just repeating "no") we are finally ready to roll.

Yes, now you can enrol on the MOOC, which starts officially on March 16th. There is some set-up work that can be done and you'll be registered to go then when it's all live.

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If you're interested in openness in education you should consider taking part in this forthcoming MOOC

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OER – a question of quality | OERSverige.se

OER – a question of quality | OERSverige.se | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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Watch the recording of the webinar from 19th February here...

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JISC CETIS: Open Educational Resources timeline

JISC CETIS: Open Educational Resources timeline | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

One of the advantages of having being involved with JISC for a number of years (as a project and a service) is the opportunity to reflect on some activities that we've been involved in for some time. We thought it would be interesting to take the long view of some of our involvement with OER, XCRI, Learning Environments and reflect on what has worked and why, and where we think these activities are going next.

This first story looks at the development of the Open Educational Resources area. Lou McGill talked to Phil Barker and Lorna Campbell about how the OER field has evolved in the last ten years.

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OER Handbook for Educators 1.0 - WikiEducator

OER Handbook for Educators 1.0 - WikiEducator | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The purpose of this handbook is to help you use, create, and share "open educational resources" (OER). Digital technologies, combined with the enablers of our networked society, provide teachers, lecturers and trainers with new and exciting opportunities to rediscover and implement a core value of education, namely to share knowledge freely.

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Media&Learning's curator insight, February 18, 2013 4:51 AM

 This handbook does not include tutorials on the software used, though the URLs of some tutorials have been provided. It also does not prescribe a particular teaching method when using OER.

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MOOCs instead of open education

MOOCs instead of open education | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
I've been talking about open education with academics for the past year and a half.  I try to put everything out there: open education resources (OER), open access scholarship, open source software...

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markusmind's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:58 AM

This posting hits the mark by arguing that most institutions, policy makers, teachers etc. today think (x)MOOCs are totally new thus ignoring the much larger history of open education.

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Creative Commons Licences – are they right for you? - ALTO

Creative Commons Licences – are they right for you? - ALTO | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

A guide for the Arts


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ChrisPegler's curator insight, February 12, 2013 8:02 AM

A nice guide written for Arts disciplines.Thank you to John Casey for bringing it to my attention. It appeared in the Arts Libraries Journal. It is openly available under a CC-BY licence in the ALTO learning and teaching repository

 

http://alto.arts.ac.uk/904/

 

Abstract

This article provides an introduction to the use of the Creative Commons licence system and sets it in a historical, economic and political context. It is written from the perspective of involvement in open educational projects in an Arts university that has used the licences. A description of the fundamental features of the licences and their uses is given together with an outline of how the Creative Commons organisation works and its strategic aims. An assessment of the usefulness of the licences is provided together with a description of the challenges faced in dealing with low levels of legal awareness amongst academics. Practical advice and sources of further information and guidance are offered to help readers implement the licences locally.

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Much Ado About MOOC

Much Ado About MOOC | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
It's fair to imagine that one of the 2013 'words of the year' will be MOOC (which is not really a word, but an acronym that stands for Massive Open Online Course). It seems that everywhere you look...
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Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care | EDUCAUSE

Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care | EDUCAUSE | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Key TakeawaysOpen educational resources made a dramatic appearance with the 2002 debut of MIT's Open Courseware initiative.In the roughly 10 years since, OERs have not noticeably disrupted the traditional business model of higher education or affected daily teaching approaches at most institutions.Four major hurdles seem the likeliest hindrances to adoption of OERs: discoverability, quality control, bridging the last mile, and acquisition.OERs could unify and advance the essentially disconnected developments in digital textbooks and MOOCs by establishing a global enterprise learning content management system.
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What are barriers to widespread OER adoption?  According to Kortemayer, they are discoverability, quality control and content management...

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 26, 2013 1:42 PM

This is an important and interesting article. On the other hand, way back when before the networks, I recall an EDUCOM Educational Uses of IT (EUIT) program was giving awards to professors and developers of academic software for microcomputers. What made a strong impression on me was that they said, even then, that it took at least seven, yes 7, years from concept to adoption of the software in higher education. Some cultures, like academia do not change very fast.

 

BTW Thanks to Heiko Idensen and markusmind for their pre-scooping this article.

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The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks

The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Ten years after its creation, governments are turning to the Creative Commons license to reform their education programs.
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Re-mediating Assessment: Intended Purposes Versus Actual Functions of Digital Badges

Re-mediating Assessment: Intended Purposes Versus Actual Functions of Digital Badges | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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This post aims to add the category of badge functions to other badge taxonomies like the one by Carla Casilli.  It argues that the essential function of badging is to recognise or accredit learning; that assessment is probably supported; that badging is likely to improve motivation; and that there is a potential for evaulating and researching learning through badges.  The extent to which motivation is supported seems to be the most contentious issue, though it's not clear whether the author thinks the value of badges stands or falls with this.

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Leigh-Anne Perryman's curator insight, February 22, 2013 5:08 AM

A very informative and comprehensive blog post by Daniel T. Hickey, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Research Scientist at the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University. Daniel discusses the possible difference between the intended purpose and actual function of digital badges, making reference to theories of assessment and related research.

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Feldstein et al (2012) Open Textbooks and Increased Student Access and Outcomes

Feldstein et al (2012) Open Textbooks and Increased Student Access and Outcomes | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"The issue of copyright was invisible to the students but it had defined their experience. The ability to download various file formats was essential to the seat-license process but it was only possible because Creative Commons freed the content from its traditional moorings. We were able to track downloads because students were allowed to freely download the content. They were able to store it on the device or devices of their choice and they were allowed to keep it. This level of flexibility and accessibility provided students with unlimited access their textbooks. This feature also changed the value proposition. Since students now had permanent access to content, the value was in the information and not in the textbook as a commodity. This flexibility will potentially create more value as more students and faculty shift towards low-cost, accessible digital content."


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Leigh-Anne Perryman's curator insight, February 23, 2013 10:34 AM

This study reports findings from a year-long pilot study during which 991 students in 9 core courses in the Virginia State University School of Business replaced traditional textbooks with openly licensed books and other digital content. The university made a deliberate decision to use open textbooks that were copyrighted under the Creative Commons license. This decision was based on the accessibility and flexibility in the delivery of course content provided by open textbooks. More students accessed digital open textbooks than had previously purchased hard copies of textbooks. Higher grades were correlated with courses that used open textbooks.

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Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going?

Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Everyone’s going MOOC-crazy these days. The question is not just whether MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are going to disrupt traditional education, but how.
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Surviving The MOOC Frenzy | QS Intelligence Unit

Surviving The MOOC Frenzy | QS Intelligence Unit | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Interestingly, the claim made here is that universities are starting to make money from MOOC and it's coming from validation.  Are we going to see a 'freemium' model of education becoming prolific?

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Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities: A Complete List

Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities: A Complete List | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Discover 200+ free online courses by great universities -- Harvard, Stanford. MIT, etc. Most offer
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EFQUEL publishes OERtest final report

EFQUEL publishes OERtest final report | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, February 19, 2013 4:52 AM

Scroll down through the EFQUEL website and you'll see "Open Learning Recognition: Taking Open Educational Resources a Step Further". This is the final report of the excellent OERtest project, in which members of eight European institutions studied the issues around accrediting learning based on open educational resources. The report includes the seven scenarios developed by the project team which were considered to be the most likely routes for institutions to offer credit, such as "OER Traditional", "OER Erasmus" and "OER Takeaway".  

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Some Preliminary Theses on MOOCs

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https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165023755325440 https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165104390815744 https://twitter.com/gerrycanavan/status/303165343956860928 These tweets got a l...
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Lance W. 's curator insight, February 19, 2013 6:41 PM

"Draconian cutbacks to education are a choice we are making, not an historical inevitability or some unyielding law of nature, and a choice we can yet unmake."

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Open Access Creative Commons licences for Cambridge Journals

Open Access Creative Commons licences for Cambridge Journals | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Cambridge University Press has announced today that articles in its Open Access journals can be published with A Creative Commons Attribution licence ('CC-BY').
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Claire Adamson: What matters is government policy on creating local open educational resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are seen as a solution to the dire lack of access to quality education across the world, especially in Africa. Activity surrounding open licensing and open access to education content has increased exponentially since the term OER was coined in 2001, catalysed by strong advocates for open resource sharing, especially in Africa. However, a host of issues remain open for debate. How relevant are OER that have not been locally contextualised? Do OER solve the issues of making resources accessible to learners in remote, poorly connected areas? Can access to OER really contribute to quality learning? And how should governments develop OER policies?

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ORIOLEproject: SURVEY

ORIOLEproject: SURVEY | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

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ChrisPegler's curator insight, February 11, 2013 3:21 AM

The 2013 ORIOLE survey - exploring use and sharing of open resources is now online in ENGLISH and SPANISH - please take the survey and circulate the link http://bit.ly/OERsurvey_2013. In 2011 we had over 190 mainly UK respondants and were able to release the data at OpenEd 2012 (and beyond). We hope to collect from a more international set of practitioners this time so please spread the word (and the link). No flashy prizes but anyone who enters can nominate one of five Oxfam educational projects to receive up to £300 and this will be open data. So please share, share, share. Thanks.