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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.

 

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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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Essay on the challenges posed by MOOCs to liberal arts colleges | Inside Higher Ed

Essay on the challenges posed by MOOCs to liberal arts colleges | Inside Higher Ed | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

To MOOC or not to MOOC?That is the question - for every university president.


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15 reusable technology solutions for OER : Digital Infrastructure Team

15 reusable technology solutions for OER
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David Wiley - Agreeing with Stephen: Perspective Matters

"In a recent email to the (closed) oer-community mailing list, Stephen argued that perspective plays a significant role in this debate. He couldn’t be more correct. Just as there is not One True License, there is not One True Perspective on the free, nonfree, open, libre, etc., debate"

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Forward, Mary Lou: Open Education: Expanding access, developing community and spurring innovation in higher education

Slides from the NCSE sponsored webinar on Nov 8

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Reaching Out with OER: The New Role of Public-Facing Open Scholar

Reaching Out with OER: The New Role of Public-Facing Open Scholar | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Open educational resources (OER) and, more recently, open educational practices (OEP) have been widely promoted as a means of increasing openness in higher education (HE). Thus far, such openness has been limited by OER provision typically being supplier-driven and contained within the boundaries of HE. Seeking to explore ways in which OEP might become more needs-led we conceptualised a new ‘public-facing open scholar’ role involving academics working with online communities to source and develop OER to meet their needs.

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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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University of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-source textbooks

University of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-source textbooks | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Open-source textbooks, long considered a promising way to cut costs but still not widely used, could become more readily available and easily vetted as a University of Minnesota project expands.
Minnesota launched an online catalog of open-source books last month and will pay its professors $500 each time they post an evaluation of one of those books. (Faculty members elsewhere are welcome to post their own reviews, but they won’t be compensated.) Minnesota professors who have already adopted open-source texts will also receive $500, with all of the money coming from donor funds.


The project is meant to address two faculty critiques of open-source texts: they are hard to locate and they are of indeterminate quality. By building up a peer-reviewed collection of textbooks, available to instructors anywhere, Minnesota officials hope to provide some of the same quality control that historically has come from publishers of traditional textbooks.

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Stephen Downes: Free and Not Free

Stephen Downes: Free and Not Free | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"I would simply urge UNESCO to respect the wishes of those people who are not commercial publishers or multi-million-dollar educational institutions, to recognize the intent of people creating NC-licensed resources to ensure they can be accessed for free, and to recognize resources licensed with a NC clause as OERs with equal standing."

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What price MOOCs?

What price MOOCs? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are all over the news at the moment, with mainstream media such as the New York Times, Forbes and the TES featuring it widely. The L&D and Higher Ed communit...

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Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship

Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Veletsianos & Kimmons (2012) | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

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Teaching intelligence - This game is wide open

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Times Higher Ed:  Depending on who you believe, massive open online courses (Moocs) are variously the bright future of university education, its onrushing nemesis, or just about anything on the spectrum in between. 

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[EU] Commission presents new Rethinking Education strategy

[EU] Commission presents new Rethinking Education strategy | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"Digital learning and recent trends in Open Educational Resources (OER) are enabling fundamental changes in the education world, expanding the educational offer beyond its traditional formats and borders. New ways of learning, characterised by personalisation, engagement, use of digital media, collaboration, bottom-up practices and where the learner or teacher is a creator of learning content are emerging, facilitated by the exponential growth in OER available via the internet. Europe should exploit the potential of OER much more than is currently the case. This requires good computer skills, but some Member States are still lagging behind as seen in the Education and Training Monitor 2012, with 9 Member States with over 50% of 16-74 year olds with no or low computer skills. While the use of ICT in education and training has been high on the policy agenda, critical elements are not in place to enable digital learning and OER to be mainstreamed across all education and training sectors. A coherent strategy at EU level could address the scope, size and complexity of the challenges in support of actions of the Member States and the entire chain of stakeholders."

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