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The Keys to Designing Successful Open Course Experiences -- Campus Technology

The Keys to Designing Successful Open Course Experiences -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
To improve the student experience in online courses, we need to focus on community-building, sharing and peer support.
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Smarthistory: No grand strategies needed, just openness

Smarthistory: No grand strategies needed, just openness | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
OSI's Patrick Masson interviews Dr. Harris and Dr. Zucker who will be panelists at the upcoming Open Summit on Monday, May 23, 2016 at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life.
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Is technology more important than textbooks?

Is technology more important than textbooks? | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
"Arming teachers with the tools they need to succeed is the right way to ensure that innovative technologies can impact student performance."
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OER KnowledgeCloud

OER KnowledgeCloud | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The UNESCO/COL OER Knowledge Cloud will greatly enhance research opportunities and access to knowledge and research on Open Educational Resources and related information by removing barriers, opening up scholarship and making research universally accessible.

The OER Knowledge Cloud has been established to identify, collect, preserve and disseminate available documents of enduring value to researchers, industry, government, scholars, writers, historians, journalists and informal learners.
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Emerging Practices in Open Online Learning Environments | George Veletsianos

Emerging Practices in Open Online Learning Environments | George Veletsianos | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
I joined Audrey Watters, Philipp Schmidt, Stephen Downes, and Jeremy Friedberg in Toronto last week, to give a talk at Digital Learning Reimagined, an event hosted and organized by Ryerson University's Chang School.
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Amazon Education to Launch New Website for Open Education Resources - Market Brief

Amazon Education to Launch New Website for Open Education Resources - Market Brief | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Schools will be able to upload, manage, share, and discover open education resources on the plaftform when it is released in the next quarter.
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Study: Faculty members skeptical of digital course materials, unfamiliar with OER

Study: Faculty members skeptical of digital course materials, unfamiliar with OER | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Study shows faculty members remain skeptical of digital course materials and generally unfamiliar with open educational resources.

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Our OER Mythbusting guide launches today | Open Educational Policy for Europe

Our OER Mythbusting guide launches today | Open Educational Policy for Europe | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Anyone conducting advocacy and outreach work for Open Educational Resources naturally hears a lot of criticism of openness. While some of it is valid, much is based on lack of knowledge, unfounded fears and misconceptions or even misrepresentations of the issue. After hearing them one time too many, we decided to create an „OER mythbusting guide”, which collects the most popular myths, together with ways of „busting” them.

PDFWe are launching the Open Educational Resources mythbusting guide today, both as an online resource and a PDF guide (which can also be printed). The site is divided into two parts – a mythbusting guide and a quick introduction to OER. Both will help you find fast, simple and useful answers to myths, statements and unsupported claims about how Open Educational Resources (OER).

The guide has been written by Kamil Śliwowski (CC Poland) and Karolina Grodecka (Coalition for Open Education, Poland) and is based on results of a series of mythbusting workshops conducted over the course of the last year and a half, as well as a survey among OER advocates.

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Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Explore this educator's guide to open educational resources for information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.
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Beyond Textbooks and OER: reflecting on #OpenEd15

Beyond Textbooks and OER: reflecting on #OpenEd15 | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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Flickr: The Commons

Flickr: The Commons | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives.

 

All of the resources are out of copyright and are openly available for use. Great for educational projects. Probably still good to attribute where they originally came from, as a professional courtesy.

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Pedagogy, Technology, and the Example of Open Educational Resources

Pedagogy, Technology, and the Example of Open Educational Resources | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
When no meaningful relationship exists between an educational technology and pedagogy, the tool itself loses value. Open educational resources provide a relevant example of how pedagogy can point toward a richer way to integrate technology into our courses and our teaching philosophies.
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The Future Of Open Access: Why Has Academia Not Embraced The Internet Revolution? - Forbes

The Future Of Open Access: Why Has Academia Not Embraced The Internet Revolution? - Forbes | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The web has democratized access to much of the world’s information, yet the scholarly output of the world’s universities remains steadfastly inaccessible
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OER in Higher Ed: 'Huge Awareness-Raising Effort Needed' -- Campus Technology

OER in Higher Ed: 'Huge Awareness-Raising Effort Needed' -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Open textbook projects are gaining momentum, says Creative Commons' Cable Green, but there is still work to be done.
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The Role of OER in 21st Century Classrooms

The Role of OER in 21st Century Classrooms | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Tyler Nakatsu - Inspired by #OERStories, this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is all about Open Educational Resources (OER).
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MERLOT II - Home

MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. Search peer reviewed open educational resources (OER), create Course ePortfolios, Bookmark Collections, and Learning Exercises, and build your own learning materials with our Content Builder.
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Is the ‘closed’ mindset of the Open Educational Resources community its own worst enemy?

Is the ‘closed’ mindset of the Open Educational Resources community its own worst enemy? | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The promise was of a future where Open Educational Resources would sweep the globe and those pesky publishers would be washed away by a tsunami of high quality, free stuff. It happened to a degree with Wikipedia, Khan, YouTube, MOOCs and Duolingo but almost in spite of the OER movement. In fact, there seems to have been a bifurcation in OER between lots of publically funded projects, that tended to atrophy even die, and a successful crop of global successes. I’d argue that this was due to several strains of scepticism, institutional attitudes and a lack of awareness around marketing and sustainability in the educational community. The successes have been those that weren't held back by these barriers.

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3 Steps for Educators to Take Advantage of OERs

3 Steps for Educators to Take Advantage of OERs | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Bill Taylor - With the advantages of Open Educational Resources being so clear, why aren’t more educators utilizing them? 
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Faculty in No Rush to Adopt Digital or OER Curriculum -- Campus Technology

Faculty in No Rush to Adopt Digital or OER Curriculum -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Even as the transition to digital course content "seems inevitable" on campus, not everybody is so sure. Nearly a fourth of faculty (24 percent) in a recent survey said that curricula they use in their classes will never be primarily digital.
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Amazon OER? | Confessions of a Community College Dean

Amazon OER? | Confessions of a Community College Dean | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

So Amazon is working on a site that will curate Open Educational Resources. The initial market is K-12, though I have a hard time imagining higher ed will be far away. They’re calling it Amazon Inspire, and it’s supposed to launch in a few months.

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Chapter 15: The Open Learning Initiative: Enacting Instruction Online | EDUCAUSE.edu

Chapter 15: The Open Learning Initiative: Enacting Instruction Online | EDUCAUSE.edu | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

New technologies are often used to replicate current systems, without much thought given to how the affordances of the technology can help design a better system. Higher education has been particularly guilty of this lack of imagination. Since the days of "distance education" delivered over closed-circuit television, we have too often sought to use technology simply to replicate the traditional lecture-based classroom model. Technology has brought about significant change in many sectors of our economy, yet the primary delivery system for knowledge in our country has largely remained unchanged.

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What the Heck Is OER?

What the Heck Is OER? | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
If you don't already, get to know the sheer volume of free online resources out there available to teachers.
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U Georgia Nears $2 million Mark in OER Savings -- Campus Technology

The University of Georgia estimated that it has saved students $2 million through the adoption of open educational resources since 2013.
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The 12th Annual Open Education Conferenc #OpenEd15: The Impact of Open

The 12th Annual Open Education Conferenc #OpenEd15: The Impact of Open | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The 12th Annual Open Education Conference
#OpenEd15: The Impact of Open
November 18-20, Vancouver BC, Canada


Open Educational Resources (OER) provide a massive, high quality open content infrastructure on top of which innovative people and organizations are building a new generation of educational models. Methodologically rigorous research is demonstrating that these OER-based models can be extremely effective in
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