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NZ AU Open Research Conference and BarCamp 6 & 7 February 2013 Auckland, New Zealand

NZ AU Open Research Conference and BarCamp 6 & 7 February 2013 Auckland, New Zealand | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Opening research downunder...

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UKOER: what’s in a tag? : Digital Infrastructure Team

Amber Thomas with input from Sarah Currier, David Kernohan, Martin Hawksey, Lorna Campbell, Jackie Carter.

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Open Educational Resources: cases from Latin America and Europe in higher education

Compendium of European and Latin American case studies and interviews on open educational resources and practices.

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PublishOER, RIDLR and SupOERGlue UKOER International Technical ONLINE Workshop - 22 Jan 2013

PublishOER, RIDLR and SupOERGlue UKOER International Technical ONLINE Workshop - 22 Jan 2013 | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"PublishOER, RIDLR and SupOERGlue funded under the HEA JISC UKOER phase 3 programme, invite you to a free online technical workshop aimed at those interested in discussing data integration, API use, curriculum context, meta and paradata and integration of resource mashup and commercial content disaggregation and permissions request tools in the context of open educational resources."

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One Big Happy Family of OPEN – How to Get Faculty to Embrace Open Educational Resources

One Big Happy Family of OPEN – How to Get Faculty to Embrace Open Educational Resources | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"Getting faculty to embrace open education resources takes more than directing them to a good search platform. In this post I suggest a two-pronged strategy to help faculty embrace 'openness'."

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New Photographics: OUCH not MOOC

New Photographics: OUCH not MOOC | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Jonathan Worth: "Outside of Coventry there are over 60 collaborating Universities with editing rights on the schedule. Inside of the University the classes have become some of the most popular and the Photography BA course in which they sit is now the hardest to gain entry to (even at the maximum UK fee chargeable) with the highest achieving applicants by a significant margin and all at no additional cost to the institution.

 

So where's the catch?"

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Interview with Terry Anderson - LE@D, Universidade Aberta

Interview with Terry Anderson (Athabasca University, Canada) on November 17, 2012 - Laboratory of Distance Education and eLearning, Universidade Aberta, Portugal.
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Barbosa, Ellen Francine et al.: Towards the development of open educational resources: challenges and issues

Barbosa, Ellen Francine et al.: Towards the development of open educational resources: challenges and issues | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

  

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CourseTalk - Reviews for Open Online Courses

CourseTalk - Reviews for Open Online Courses | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Share your experiences with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and discover new courses you'll love.
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TED Teams with Wiley on Free Instructional Materials -- Campus Technology

Instructors have a new free resource to help them integrate content from TED talks into their courses.
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Instructors have a new free resource to help them integrate content from TED talks into their courses. TED has teamed up with publisher John Wiley & Sons to create PC- and iPad-based content that can be used to support lessons on happiness studies and statistics, with more on the way. TED is a non-profit organization that holds events drawing experts and presenters from multiple fields to share their work and thinking in a plethora of areas. Those "talks" are recorded and freely shared on the TED Web site.

TED Studies, as the new program is named, combines recorded TED video sessions on a given topic and adds essays and activities to round out each set of programs.


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A MOOC is not a Thing: Emergence, Disruption, and Higher Education

On December 14, 2012, Sebastian Thrun, Cathy Davidson, Jesse Stommel, Sean Michael Morris, Petra Dierkes-Thrun, and a small group of educational thought leaders will gather in Palo Alto to discuss the future of MOOCs in online education. The approach of this one-day intensive summit brings Sean and Jesse back to the subject of MOOCs, and the imminent return of MOOC MOOC...

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How the Flipped Classroom Turned Me into a Better Student - Getting Smart

How the Flipped Classroom Turned Me into a Better Student - Getting Smart | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The biggest different in the flipped classroom was that I was able to learn at my own pace. When watching videos at home, if I didn’t understand something my teacher said, or wasn’t able to take notes fast enough, I had the ability to pause and rewind the video, and watch it again. Also, with class time now being spent doing work and solving problems, I could get help whenever I needed it. Rather than getting stuck on a problem at home and give up when it became too difficult, my teacher was able to show me what I was doing wrong, so I could figure out the answer and move on.


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How to engage students in real open source projects

How to engage students in real open source projects | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Basically, there are 5 tips:

 

1. Start with soft skills, not code
2. Let students pick their own projects
3. Teach how to “read” a project
4. Get students interacting with the project community – not the lecturer
5. Assess public interactions

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This Scoop points to a presentation about the tips. The comments of the 5 tips presentation are positive and include links to further reading. A good read. - ghbrett

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Open Access: HEFCE, REF2020 and the Threat to Academic Freedom

Open Access: HEFCE, REF2020 and the Threat to Academic Freedom | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The Government is pushing academic publishing to a ‘pay-to-say’ model in order to achieve open access to publicly funded research

 

This ‘gold’ route to open access, which levies Article Processing Charges (as proposed in the Finch Report and taken up by RCUK and HEFCE) poses a major problem for academics in the UK:


It threatens academic freedom through pressures on institutions to distribute scarce APC resources and to judge work by standards other than peer review


It threatens research funding by diverting existing funds into paying for publications (and private journal profits) rather than into research


It increases academic inequality both across and within institutions, by linking prestige in research and publishing to the capacity to pay APCs, rather than to academic qualities


It threatens academic control of research outputs by allowing for commercial uses without author consent

 


In response, academics should:


Practice and lobby for ‘green’ open access of all post-peer reviewed work within journals and institutions

 

Lobby against proposed restrictions on REF2020 and against compliance pressure for ‘gold’ open access


Demand clear policies from Universities around open access funds


Ensure institutional resources are not unnecessarily spent on APCs


Protect the integrity of scholarly journals by rejecting the pressure for ‘pay-to-say’ publishing

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Creative Commons Affiliate Network

Creative Commons Affiliate Network | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The CC Affiliate Network consists of 100+ affiliates working in over 70 jurisdictions to support and promote CC activities around the world.

 

The teams have a wide range of responsibilities, including public outreach, community building, translating information and tools, fielding inquiries, conducting research, communicating with the public, maintaining resources for CC users, and in general, promoting sharing and our mission. These teams have a formal relationship with Creative Commons via an agreement between organizations, universities or individuals in the jurisdiction and CC HQ. Unaffiliated volunteers are also welcome to organize events and promote Creative Commons locally, regionally and globally.

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Examples of reuse and remixes from the African Health #OER Network

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Justin Marquis: What if Badges Replaced Grades?

Justin Marquis: What if Badges Replaced Grades? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"While there is some legitimate criticism of the random application of limited  gamification elements in traditional educational settings,  perhaps this is one possible exception to that rule. Considering a switch from  traditional letter or percentage grades to badges signifying achievement could  open up many possibilities for a more fine-grained tracking of student  progress, address some of the criticism regarding schools not teaching concrete  skills, and motivating students to learn."

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on MOOCs as the most important Education Technology in the last 200 years

on MOOCs as the most important Education Technology in the last 200 years | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Giving people access to didactic lectures by a handful of elite professors at a handful of elite institutions is not the most important educational technology in the last 200 years. Not even close. Sure, it’s good. It’s fantastic that I can have access to the lectures and resources of some of the biggest and most famous institutions.

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5 Things I've Learned From MOOCs About How I Learn

5 Things I've Learned From MOOCs About How I Learn | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

What keeps me engaged in a class most often is the community. That’s what I’ve learned lately from MOOCs and other online learning experiences. It’s not the class or the subject matter per se, the syllabus, the curriculum, the assignments or assessments, although yes, that’s what prompts me to enroll. I stay or go because of the people.

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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

Here you can find a list of 185 free online courses (MOOCs) offered by leading universities. Most of these free courses offer “certificates” or “statements of completion.” (See the key below to understand the credentials offered by each course.) Courses are arranged by start date, while evergreen courses, which can begin whenever you wish, are found at the bottom

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Change MOOC: Sensemaking and Analytics « Connectivism

Change MOOC: Sensemaking and Analytics « Connectivism | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

At first glance, sensemaking and analytics seem antagonistic. Sensemaking involves social processes…whereas analytics are algorithmically-driven.


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