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Free Online Courses to Be Evaluated for Possible College Credit

Free Online Courses to Be Evaluated for Possible College Credit | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
A pilot project is to determine whether some massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are similar enough to traditional college courses that they should be eligible for credit.
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Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university?

Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Publishing, music, shopping, journalism – all revolutionised by the internet. Next in line? Education. Now US academics are offering world-class tuition – free – to anyone who can log on, anywhere in the world, is this the end of campus life?
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At Educause, a discussion about OER

At Educause, a discussion about OER | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

DENVER — MOOCs are on the tip of everyone’s tongue here at the annual Educause meeting, presumably because of their scale and the technologies their recent champions have built to support that scale.
But in his opening keynote, Clay Shirky, an author and assistant professor at New York University, said the most provocative aspect of MOOCs is not their massiveness; it is their openness

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Flat World's shift in gears and what it means for open textbook publishing

Flat World's shift in gears and what it means for open textbook publishing | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Flat World Knowledge blazed a trail several years ago by publishing free versions of its independently produced textbooks, in the process becoming a hero to student advocates and many in the open educational resources movement. But like many an early pioneer, the company is having to beat a retreat on that path; it now plans to eliminate the free versions of its books as of January 1, 2013.

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Steve Kolowich: Pearson unveils OER search engine

Steve Kolowich: Pearson unveils OER search engine | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

"The education and media company today wil unveil Project Blue Sky, a search  engine to help instructors locate free materials from popular OER repositories."

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A Look At Google's Massive Library Of Free Lesson Plans

A Look At Google's Massive Library Of Free Lesson Plans | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Did you know that Google offers a sortable library of lesson plans that are free to download and use? It’s part of the company’s big push into education (seems to be quite the trend these days) and involves thousands of free lesson plans just waiting for you to try out.

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The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years

The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Technology will define where online education goes next. All those millions of students clicking online can have their progress tracked, logged, studied, and probably influenced, too. Talk to Khan or anyone behind the MOOCs (which largely sprang from university departments interested in computer intelligence) and they’ll all say their eventual goal isn’t to stream videos but to perfect education through the scientific use of data. Just imagine, they say, software that maps an individual’s knowledge and offers a lesson plan unique to him or her.


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Awesome article. Tks!
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Digital Literacies 101 – What MOOCs Really Teach | Inside Higher Ed

Digital Literacies 101 – What MOOCs Really Teach | Inside Higher Ed | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

When edX launched its first two courses in October this year they had 100,000 people registered between them. Coursera, which alone reported over a million registrants from their April 2012 launch to the following August, are offering over 100 courses this fall. As of September, they had about 680,000 registered for those. Udacity stood at nearly 740,000 registrations to date as of August 2012, with over 100,000 ‘active’ at the start of back-to-school season. And then there are the smaller, more grassroots MOOC offerings like Current/Future State of Higher Ed, which collect a few thousand people around shared topics of interest.

That’s a lot of people, all told.

 

Many, of course, won't finish their courses; the attrition rate in MOOCs is notorious. There’s no filter on the front end – people register for free and thus very literally don’t have to buy in to the program of study.

 

But the scale of those numbers may still have effects.

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Oppikirjamaraton: How to Write an Open Textbook in a Weekend - Creative Commons

Oppikirjamaraton: How to Write an Open Textbook in a Weekend - Creative Commons | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

In Finland 30 maths enthusiasts got together to write a free (CC-BY) textbook in a weekend. It's the process that's interesting here, not the open textbook angle. Taken from software development notions like hackathons or codesprints, these book sprints are excellent ways of getting books written (I was part of one to write a book on technology for OER).

 


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“OER will need 20 to 30 years to reach its ultimate global realization” | eLearning

“OER will need 20 to 30 years to reach its ultimate global realization” | eLearning | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Fred Mulder holds the UNESCO chair in Open Education Resources (OER). In the frame of the Open Access Week, he talks with us about the progress that has been accomplished and the efforts to be done to further promote the OER.

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Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Inside Higher Ed | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Coursera, the largest provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), has entered into a contract to license several of the courses it has built with its university partners to Antioch University, which would offer versions of the MOOCs for credit as part of a bachelor’s degree program.

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Katie Lepi: How To Find The Best Open Course Materials

Katie Lepi: How To Find The Best Open Course Materials | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
If you're looking for the fastest way to find the best open course materials, you're in luck. This is a handy resource designed to save you time.
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Go International

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Go International | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
A few quick notes from the MOOC front....

The first major providers of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) got their start in Silicon Valley, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Canada. Now we're seeing them sprout up outside of the United States.

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DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory will be open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

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Which Country is Leading Online Education?

Which Country is Leading Online Education? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

“The ease and convenience it offers learners appeal to people just about everywhere, especially those who are trying to balance work, family, and other obligations. Yet certain nations have embraced online education more than others, leading the way both in terms of the number and variety of programs and new innovations to online learning itself. Here, www.onlineuniverstities.com highlighted some of the nations that are really stepping up the game when it comes to online education, though with the proliferation of high-speed internet connections and a growing need for highly educated people in technical positions around the world, other nations likely aren’t far behind.”

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TJ Bliss - Supporting the Collaborative Development of OER Aligned with the Common Core: A Policy Brief

"Forty-seven states and territories have fully adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics. The implementation of CCSS will be extremely costly to states, in part, because many districts will have to purchase new instructional materials and textbooks aligned to the CCSS out-of-cycle."

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Infographic: OER Textbooks Cut Costs

Infographic: OER Textbooks Cut Costs | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
It's been said before. The cost of college is rising between tuition, housing, and textbook costs. Yet, one area to cut spending for students is in the cost of learning materials.
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Keeping MOOCs Open - Creative Commons

Keeping MOOCs Open - Creative Commons | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. MOOCs — or Massive Open Online Courses — have been getting a lot of attention lately.

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Pedagogical innovation in new learning communities

Pedagogical innovation in new learning communities | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

In addition to formal education, such communities are increasingly emerging in informal and non-formal lifelong learning environments where learning is happening in a freely organised manner, bringing together learners, experts, and other parties. This study aims to examine these new learning communities in order to find innovative pedagogical and organisational practices that support lifelong learning in different settings and foster innovations in the interaction of teachers, learners and organisations.


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OER Technology Into the Wild - Call for Comments

OER Technology Into the Wild - Call for Comments | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The OER technology directions book that Amber, Phil, Martin and I drafted during a book sprint at the end of August is now almost complete. We even have a title!
Technology for Open Educational Resources - Into The Wild.
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