To launch the newly formed Open Education Group and as part of Open Education week we are asking you to make a commitment to Open Education. By signing and acting on the commitment below.
“I will, whenever possible, release the educational content I produce under an open licence and whenever I am looking for resources for education I will endeavour to seek out content with an open licence.”
As we start the new year and survey the open education landscape, it's hard not to conclude that openness has prevailed. The victory may not be absolute, but the trend is all one way now - we'll never go back...
The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.
Over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year.Thirty-two percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.Only 2.6 percent of higher education institutions currently have a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), another 9.4 percent report MOOCs are in the planning stages.Academic leaders remain unconvinced that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses, but do believe that they provide an important means for institutions to learn about online pedagogy.Seventy-seven percent of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face.Only 30.2 percent of chief academic officers believe that their faculty accept the value and legitimacy of online education - a rate is lower than recorded in 2004.The proportion of chief academic leaders that say that online learning is critical to their long-term strategy is at a new high of 69.1 percent.
In this free RSP webinar, Nick Sheppard (Leeds Met Repository Development Officer) and Laura Skilton (Learning and Teaching Coordinator and Jorum Business Development Manager), will discuss issues on Open Educational Resources (OERs), their collections and the role of the institutional repositories.
OERPUB will be releasing an editor tailored to authoring open textbooks and most importantly, helping projects all over the world incorporate the editor into their own workflow and development process.
As governments continue to go into the open market to procure digital learning materials, to what extent do they need to, and should they, care about the different sorts of intellectual property rights associated with that content?
While massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are still in their early days, the race has begun to integrate them into traditional colleges — by making them eligible for transfer credits, and by putting them to use in introductory and remedial courses.
Students who want to take the free classes for credit would have to pay a fee to take an identity-verified, proctored exam. If the faculty team deems the course worthy of academic credit, students who do well could pay for a transcript to submit to the college of their choice. Colleges are not required to accept those credits, but similar transcripts are already accepted by 2,000 United States colleges and universities for training courses offered by the military or by employers.