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Who Takes MOOCs? Educated, Employed, First-World Guys.

Who Takes MOOCs? Educated, Employed, First-World Guys. | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
They promise equality of access to higher learning, but online courses will only succeed with better general education in place first, say two educationalists. A revolution in education has been promised with a little help from technology. Massive Open Online Courses are free, online, university-level instruction that anyone can access...
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Expanding Opportunity through Open Educational Resources | The White House

Expanding Opportunity through Open Educational Resources | The White House | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
This week, we are happy to be joining with educators, students, and technologists worldwide to recognize and celebrate Open Education Week. Using advanced technology to dramatically expand the quality and reach of education has long been a key priority for the Obama Administration.
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State Department Expands Access to Open Educational Resources in the Middle East and North Africa

State Department Expands Access to Open Educational Resources in the Middle East and North Africa | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a special exchange program on Open Educational Resources (OER) for education leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. Open Educational Resources are publically available course syllabi and materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools or techniques. OERs support the State Department’s goal of increasing access to education. Participants will use what they learn to increase educational opportunities for underserved youth and promote economic development through education in their home countries.

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Open as in oer and open as in MOOC

A discussion over the different definitions of "Open" (Open as in oer and open as in MOOC #connectivism #mooc http://t.co/YxhxvZSc5g via @patlockley)...

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pru's curator insight, March 14, 7:02 PM

Useful discussion prompt for openness - in professional learning, and when considering development of MOOC learning materials. Massive benefit if these can become part of the OER ecosystem.

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Now is the right time to move to open educational resources

Now is the right time to move to open educational resources | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

California is in the midst of one of the biggest transformations in the history of public education, namely the transition to the California Common Core Standards.

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Free Textbook Movement | KEZI

Free Textbook Movement | KEZI | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
A new open textbook initiative could save students thousands of dollars in textbook prices if the program picks up momentum. OSU is promoting a movement that would allow faculty to publish content online that would be free to students worldwide.
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Free Online University Receives Accreditation, in Time for Graduating Class

Free Online University Receives Accreditation, in Time for Graduating Class | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
The University of the People, built to reach underserved students around the world, announced Thursday that it had received accreditation.

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Gabi Witthaus's curator insight, March 1, 1:30 PM

The University of the People has now received accreditation from the Distance Education Council, a national accrediting group in the USA.

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"Really Open Education" - reflections from CC policy debate

"Really Open Education" - reflections from CC policy debate | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
On the 18th of February, Creative Commons organized a debate on „Really Open Education. Domestic Policies for Open Educational Resources”, hosted by Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, MEP. The me...
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Back to Facts: Washington's Open Course Library | SPARC

Back to Facts: Washington's Open Course Library | SPARC | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The Chronicle of Higher Education and Campus Technology recently covered a campus bookstore-sponsored study on Washington state's landmark Open Course Library project. Since the articles left out some important facts, we're devoting this post to set the record straight on how far the project has come and what the data actually show.

 
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Will you check this scoop? Thank you so much. http://sco.lt/5okJ17 It's for my research project.
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How MIT Plans To Educate A Billion People By 2021

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) has grown from that bold idea to an unparalleled educational resource that has benefitted millions around the world and has inspired a global movement. As it stands, it includes the core teaching materials—from syllabi, lecture notes, assignments to exams. These come from 2,180 of MIT’s undergraduate and graduate courses. The MIT faculty provide educational materials to OCW voluntarily; these gifts often represent a lifetime of scholarship and teaching. The website contains more than 80,000 resources, including documents, simulations, animations, sample code and thousands of hours of classroom instruction on video. The courses have also been translated into several languages including Chinese Spanish, Portugese and Thai. MIT OCW has inspired a consortium of leading universities from around the world to share materials from thousands of their own courses. To date, over 170 million individuals have accessed the content.
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Atenas, Javiera et al. - Opening teaching landscapes: The importance of quality assurance in the delivery of OER

"Scholars are increasingly being asked to share teaching materials, publish in open access journals, network in social media, and reuse open educational resources (OER). The theoretical benefits of Open Educational Practices (OEP) have become understood in the academic community but thus far, the use of OER has not been rapidly adopted. We aim to understand the challenges academics face with in attempting to adopt OEP, and identify whether these are related to or stem from the functionalities afforded by current repositories of OER (ROER). By understanding what academics and experts consider good practices, we can develop guidelines for quality in the development of ROER. In this article we present the findings from a study surveying academics using OER and experts who develop and/or work with ROER. We conclude by suggesting a framework to enhance the development and quality of ROER."

 


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The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful

The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Completion rates in courses, and graduation rates in colleges, have long been important metrics for measuring college success. If students invest time and money into earning college credit and then fail to complete a course, this represents an implicit breach of a commitment made by the students, instructor, and institution alike. If 95 percent of students who enrolled in a residential college course dropped out or failed, that course would rightly be considered a disaster. 


After digging deeper into the data, however, we decided that completion rates are at best an incomplete measure, a position that is increasingly shared by many others. We would argue further: at worst, completion rates are a measure that threatens the goals of educational access that motivated the creation of MOOCs. 


Our data show that many who register for HarvardX courses are engaging substantially in courses without earning a certificate. In these course, “dropping out” is not a breach of expectations but the natural result of an open, free, and asynchronous registration process, where students get just as much as they wish out of a course and registering for a course does not imply a commitment to completing it.

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Alastair Creelman: How wide is open?

Alastair Creelman: How wide is open? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

 Many teachers are worried that if they allow reuse and adaptation of their resources, parts of their lectures could be taken out of context and made to support arguments that they do not agree with. We all know how tabloid newspapers and gossip magazines can take an innocent remark out of context and blow it into a hot scandal. What do you do when your Creative Commons licensed lecture is heavily edited and used to appear to support an extremist cause? Of course you can try to reason with the person responsible but the damage is already done and the film could have already gone viral. This is a genuine fear for many and we need to address it.


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Dick Vestdijk's curator insight, February 10, 4:12 AM

Unesco is doing good work, promoting OER's : " teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with an open license that allows for free use, adaptation, and distribution. "

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Open Educational Resources Expand Access to Higher Education in the United States

Open Educational Resources Expand Access to Higher Education in the United States | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Leaders in the Obama Administration, in state governments, and in corporate America have acknowledged the urgency of increasing access to higher education in the United States – particularly through community colleges.  These leaders also recognize the importance of improving completion rates and educational outcomes for those who enroll.

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HarvardX’s and MITx’s MOOC Data Visualized and Mapped

HarvardX’s and MITx’s MOOC Data Visualized and Mapped | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Newly released data from HarvardX and MITx offer insight into who is taking MOOCs, and why.
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Likely to be relevant to #oerrhub hypothesis on access

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State Department Expands Access to Open Educational Resources in the Middle East and North Africa

The U.S. Department of State is sponsoring a special exchange program on Open Educational Resources (OER) for education leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. Open Educational Resources are publically available course syllabi and materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools or techniques. OERs support the State Department’s goal of increasing access to education. Participants will use what they learn to increase educational opportunities for underserved youth and promote economic development through education in their home countries.

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The Access Compromise and the 5th R

David Wiley argues that we need to encourage authors to retain ownership of OER materials they produce rather than allow publishers or institutions to prohibit free sharing.

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College Textbook Prices Increasing Faster Than Tuition And Inflation

College Textbook Prices Increasing Faster Than Tuition And Inflation | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
College textbook prices have increased faster than tuition, health care costs and housing prices, all of which have risen faster than inflation.
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How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner

How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
It is difficult to exaggerate the significance of Professor Brenner and his colleagues’ contributions to biology. Brenner won the Nobel Prize for establishing Caenorhabditis elegans, a type of roundworm, as the model organism for cellular and developmental biological research, which led to discoveries in organ development and programmed cell death. He made his breakthroughs at the LMB, where beginning in the 1950s, an extraordinary number of successive innovations elucidated our understanding of the genetic code. This code is the process by which cells in our body translate information stored in our DNA into proteins, vital molecules important to the structure and functioning of cells. It was here that James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double-helical structure of DNA. Brenner was one of the first scientists to see this ground-breaking model, driving from Oxford, where he was working at the time in the Department of Chemistry, to Cambridge to witness this breakthrough. This young group of scientists, considered renegades at the time, made a series of successive revolutionary discoveries that ultimately led to the creation of a new field called molecular biology.
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A strong support case for open access publishing in science is made towards the end of this piece.
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Are open badges just empty motivators?

Are open badges just empty motivators? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
I've been worried, since I started the INSIGNIA project, that 'the people' wouldn't really get the point of open badges for researchers. By 'the people' I mean PhD students and their supervisors. N...
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George Siemens on why MOOCs should be welcomed by higher education

An insightful opinion piece from George Siemens, in many ways speaking to the five myths about MOOCs laid out by London Knowledge Lab's Diana Lauri...

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Opening teaching landscapes: The importance of quality assurance in the delivery of open educational resources

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Scholars are increasingly being asked to share teaching materials, publish in open access journals, network in social media, and reuse open educational resources (OER). The theoretical benefits of Open Educational Practices (OEP) have become understood in the academic community but thus far, the use of OER has not been rapidly adopted. We aim to understand the challenges academics face with in attempting to adopt OEP, and identify whether these are related to or stem from the functionalities afforded by current repositories of OER (ROER). By understanding what academics and experts consider good practices, we can develop guidelines for quality in the development of ROER. In this article we present the findings from a study surveying academics using OER and experts who develop and/or work with ROER. We conclude by suggesting a framework to enhance the development and quality of ROER.

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On OER and College Bookstores

On OER and College Bookstores | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

I think there’s an opportunity for very productive collaboration between campus-wide OER intiatives and bookstores. Specifically, I think there’s a huge opportunity for bookstores to offer optional print-on-demand to students when faculty adopt OER in place of commercial textbooks.

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MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now?

MOOCs by the numbers: Where are we now? | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have come a long way in the last two years. To help put them into some perspective, a handy infographic.
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Why aren't schools adopting open textbooks?

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the open textbooks created by Washington State Open Course Library initiative are receiving little attention from community college faculty in the state [1]. However, the initiative's organizers dispute the bookstores' study, and an early Student PIRG cost analysis report indicates that the program has saved students $5.5 million since its inception.


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