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Alastair Clark: Which OERs are people actually using with adult learners?

I have just been preparing an article for a German publication on Open Educational Practice (OEP) and they have asked me to add some examples of Open Educational Resources (OER) used by teachers of adults in the UK.

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MIT Can Honor Aaron Swartz by Fighting To Make Academic Journals Open to Everyone

MIT Can Honor Aaron Swartz by Fighting To Make Academic Journals Open to Everyone | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Aaron Swartz repeatedly logged on to MIT’s campus network and used an automated script to download nearly 5 million articles from JSTOR, one of the largest digital archives of scholarly journals in the world.
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Rice to participate in US’s Arabic open education program

Rice to participate in US’s Arabic open education program | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The State Department has chosen Rice University's open textbook initiative OpenStax College as one of the founding partners in a new U.S.
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Chan, Benji: Open Educational Resources & Creative Commons

Ever wondered if you should use the work of others in your own products? How do you attribute these resources? How can you share educational resources openly while protecting your rights?

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Maggie Verster's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:03 AM

Great visual slideshow in Copyright. Love the pictures.

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5 Places To Find Free Educational eBooks

5 Places To Find Free Educational eBooks | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
So what happens when Google, Amazon, and your local library come up short in your quest for free educational eBooks?
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Could the free university movement be the great new hope for education?

Could the free university movement be the great new hope for education? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
As high fees exclude more people from education, alternative and free courses are being set up – and not all of them are online
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Lance W. 's curator insight, January 29, 2013 10:44 AM

Across the pond.

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Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project

Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Notice to the Press: Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project
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OpenScout OER & Adaptation Handbook

OpenScout OER & Adaptation Handbook | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
This is a collection of best practices for the adaptation of learning materials and explains what we..

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Gema Santos's curator insight, January 27, 2013 7:23 AM

Collection of best practices for the usage and adaptation of learning materials targeted. This guide will help you to understand how you can benefit from OER and learn necessary things to be taken in to account while adapting materials for your own needs.

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[MOOC] Revolution Hits the Universities

[MOOC] Revolution Hits the Universities | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Nothing has more potential to let us reimagine higher education than massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms.


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'Bill of Rights' Seeks to Protect Students' Interests as Online Learning Expands - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

'Bill of Rights' Seeks to Protect Students' Interests as Online Learning Expands - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The document's authors want to make sure that the rapid rise of MOOCs and other digital tools does not obscure traditional obligations to students.

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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, January 24, 2013 1:20 PM

My fear is that higher education will co-op MOOCs. We are already seeing changes that are driven by higher ed and not learners. It is vitally important that students who are committed to learning, irregardless of credit - paid certificates - transferability to certain universities, have a strong voice that is not just heard, but present at the table.

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Fragments of Truth: Academic Publisher Unveils New Journal Which Prevents All Access To Its Content

Fragments of Truth: Academic Publisher Unveils New Journal Which Prevents All Access To Its Content | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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Anne-Christin Tannhäuser's comment, January 23, 2013 3:15 AM
This is absolutely absurd. I am fully puzzled by the concept of publishing AND author-only access.
OER Hub's comment, January 29, 2013 11:29 AM
I think this should be taken with a pinch of salt! But it does make a salient point about the purpose of academic publishing and the way it can be distorted...
Anne-Christin Tannhäuser's comment, January 29, 2013 1:54 PM
Just re-read the article instead of naively skimming it over the other day. Made me laugh about myself and the spoof :-D
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Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’?

Donald Clark Plan B: MOOCs: ‘dropout’ a category mistake, look at ‘uptake’? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it

How NOT to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix it | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
I don’t usually like to title a post with negative connotations, but there is no way to put a positive spin on my experience with the MOOC I’m enrolled in through Coursera, Fundamentals of Online E...
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World wide web creator sees open access future for academic publishing

World wide web creator sees open access future for academic publishing | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Activists pushing for free, open access to academic papers will eventually defeat publishers who seek to lock scholarly findings behind paywalls, the founder of the world wide web said today.
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Treating MOOC Platforms as Websites to be Optimised, Pure and Simple…

Treating MOOC Platforms as Websites to be Optimised, Pure and Simple… | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
A month or so on from its PR launch, and with a steady trickle of press mentions since then (though no new updates on the website?), I’m guessing that the folk over at FutureLearn must be put...
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Can Textbooks Ever Really Be Free? - Technology

Can Textbooks Ever Really Be Free? - Technology | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Many agree that making books free for college students is a good idea. But nobody's found a great way to do it.
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Revolution Hits the Universities

Revolution Hits the Universities | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Nothing has more potential to let us reimagine higher education than massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms.
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Learn about Open Educational Resources on instaGrok, the research engine

Learn about Open Educational Resources on instaGrok, the research engine | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Open Educational Resources | Learn about Open Educational Resources on instaGrok, the research engine
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Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:49 AM

One of the things I've most appreciated about the MOOCs I've participated in is the work faculty and providers have done to make quality resources available free. It certainly makes a big difference in affordable learning.

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Boundless, the free alternative to textbooks, releases its content under Creative Commons

Boundless, the free alternative to textbooks, releases its content under Creative Commons | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Boundless, the company that builds on existing open educational resources to provide free alternatives to traditionally costly college textbooks, has released 18 open textbooks under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA), the same license used by Wikipedia. Schools, students and the general public are free to share and remix these textbooks under this license. The 18 textbooks cover timeless college subjects, such as accounting, biology,chemistry, sociology, and economics. Boundless reports that students at more than half of US colleges have used its resources, and that they expect its number of users to grow.

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Commonwealth of Learning - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: An Asian Perspective

Commonwealth of Learning - Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Educational Resources: An Asian Perspective | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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Open-access deal for particle physics

Open-access deal for particle physics | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The entire field of particle physics is set to switch to open-access publishing, a milestone in the push to make research results freely available to readers.  

 

Particle physics is already a paragon of openness, with most papers posted on the preprint server arXiv. But peer-reviewed versions are still published in subscription journals, and publishers and research consortia at facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have previously had to strike piecemeal deals to free up a few hundred articles.

 

After six years of negotiation, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) is now close to ensuring that nearly all particle-physics articles — about 7,000 publications last year — are made immediately free on journal websites. Upfront payments from libraries will fund the access.

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