There is an article in the Boston Review by Thomas Leddy called "Are MOOCs Good for Students?" In this article Leddy claims that
"MOOCs pose a great threat to the most important value of higher education: 'literacy.' By 'literacy' I mean, very broadly, the ability to read, think about, and intelligently respond (both orally and in writing) to the literature of any field of study. Thus, implementation of MOOCs for university credit is bad because it is bad for our students."
iversity’s jury announced the 10 winners of its MOOC Production Fellowship contest. It will launch the courses for students in Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. Our view is that it is interesting – and a little surprising – that all the winners were from Europe. The list of finalists we looked at showed many good proposals from North America and other parts of the world, many with sexier ideas and titles than their European counterparts. So it makes us wonder if the contest was really ever a global one or just appeared to be so? Anyways, it’s great to have MOOC players emerging from Europe, including iversity. But perhaps they should have been more up front that it was an EU competition?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are increasingly a big deal in the Spanish-speaking world, where they're known as REA: recursos educativos abiertos. Two Spanish-language MOOCs about REA -- openly-licensed under Creative Commons -- are available. Both are from the same folks, associated with Tecnológico de Monterrey.
The EDEN Annual Conference is organized in Oslo, May 12-15, 2013. The Nordic Open Education Alliance will be present and introduce its initiative and ideas. Join the discussion using the Twitter Tag #NordicOER online or meet us at the conference Friday, 14.06, from 12.45 to 14.00 in the session on OER.
CC BY is not essential for Open Access. However, making a paper Open Access without the CC BY licence, or with a more restrictive type of Creative Commons licence (e.g. CC BY-ND or CC BY-NC), may mean that a reader must still obtain your specific permission to adapt the work and/or use it for commercial purposes.
The different flavours of CC licence enable you to be more restrictive if you want to be, but obviously the Government/RCUK wants its publicly funded research to be as unrestricted as possible.
CC BY just gives a more liberal blanket permission for some actions.
Right now, the government awards road-building contracts to large construction companies. But imagine the government decided to end these contracts, and to simply grant anyone who wanted to build a road a license to build a road.
Are you a forward-thinking educator interested in starting an innovative K-12 next generation learning program or moving your current program to the next level? If you are, you have probably been looking for that resource to help you start the planning and designing process. Well, look no further. In this iNACOL Special Edition Webinar, participants will be introduced to RETHINK: Planning and Designing for K-12 Next Generation Learning, a toolkit created by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) and iNACOL to guide district, charter, and school leaders as they conceptualize, design, and develop a next generation model school. This toolkit can help you and your team understand next generation learning and the need for change; gain a working knowledge of the planning and change management processes; plan and design a framework for next generation learning; and understand how to ensure quality and continuous improvement for your design. This flexible and dynamic resource offers links to existing communities who are currently planning for and/or implementing next generation learning. It also offers an overview of critical topics, each of which includes an introduction, a set of guiding questions, and resources and tools centered on the topic that you and your team will need to tackle while planning and designing your program. So, what are you waiting for? Join in the webinar to learn more and give your students the powerful learning opportunities they’ve been waiting for!
"Lots people want to get started with game based learning, gamification and serious games in their training. We’ve been curating game related content for over a year and a half while conducting our own research and case studies. Here are 100 articles related to games and learning. Some of them are research-based, while others just offer an interesting perspective to spark discussion. Take what you need and share this with a colleague."
Established leaders have an obligation to pass the baton and help develop leadership in others. This article discusses 4 critical components to effectively mentor young professionals and inspire future leaders.
Here’s a list of blogs that feed my teaching soul, hunger for knowledge, and need for deeper insights into teaching, learning and writing. There are so many wonderful blogs that it’s impossible to list them all here, so I’m listing the ones that have been most relevant to my own professional development. As such, they should be relevant to any teacher who wants to turn online teaching and/or publishing into a fully-fledged career.
Collections of all the lesson plans published via the NY Times Learning Network, grouped by curriculum area:
1. Language Arts, Journalism, and the Arts
2. Science, Health, Technology and Math
3. Social Studies, History, Georgraphy, and Civics
4. A collection of 182 Student Opinion questions, from this school year, all still open to comment on our blog. Each asks students to read a short, high-interest nonfiction piece from The Times, then write in a response.
Open content licensing for educators is a free online workshop designed for educators who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and creative commons licenses. This workshop will: - Reflect on the practice of sharing knowledge in education and the permissions educators consider fair and reasonable; - Define what constitutes an open education resource (OER); - Explain how international copyright functions in a digital world; - Introduce the Creative Commons suite of licenses and explain how they support open education approaches; - Connect with educators around the world to share thoughts and experiences in relation to copyright, OER and Creative Commons.
"If you're an innovative educator, by now, you have probably tried Google Hangouts which let you conduct a video conference with up to ten people / locations FOR FREE! This by itself has terrific potential for teaching and learning tool.
I explained here ways the following ideas could be put to use in the classroom:1) Take a class without having to be in the same place. 2) Invite an audience to a performance. 3) Invite others to perform/discuss with you. What you may yet to have tried is livestreaming your Hangout and capturing it via YouTube. This is known as Google Hangouts On Air which takes something that was already awesome, and makes it even better. You can see what it is here:"
Our inaugural issue on the topic “Learning for Open Innovation” has been published. Four papers researched topics ranging from trusted educational networks and e-learning quality assurance to transformation processes in HEI middle management and quality of student experiences in Personal Learning Environments. Furthermore, one practice-based paper presents evaluation results of a staff-led innovation programme in an online university. You can read all papers online here.
Excerpt from review article by VentureBeat: "Upload your script, choose some backgrounds, and magically created a professional-looking storyboard of your movie. Or the graphic novel version of your text-based anything.
Amazon Studios released Storyteller today to allow writers and filmmakers to quickly, easily — and cheaply — storyboard their scripts.
Roy Price, Amazon’s director of Studios said: “Storyteller provides a digital backlot, acting troupe, prop department, and assistant editor — everything you need to bring your story to life.”
You start by uploading a script to Amazon Studios — or by playing with one that’s already there. Then simply page through the script paragraph by paragraph. Storyteller will try to match up characters, props, and background with the words in each chunk of text, and it does a surprisingly good job.
But if you don’t like what Storyteller gives, you can choose from its library, or even upload your own custom background or characters. Currently, the software has a library of thousands of props, characters, and backgrounds..."
"Students and teachers at three high-tech schools were selected by the White House to take place in a virtual chat about technology in schools. The "show and tell" event took place via a Google+ Hangout session for the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Chappell Elementary School in Green Bay, Wis., and Loris Elementary School in Loris, S.C."