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The Price Is Still Right: 15 Sites for Free Digital Textbooks

The Price Is Still Right: 15 Sites for Free Digital Textbooks | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
We've collected an updated roster of resources that offer quality learning content without the high price tag of traditional texts.
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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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Office 365 is building integration into educational open source software

Office 365 is building integration into educational open source software | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
After a few decades behind the iron wall of anti-open source sentiments, it would appear Microsoft is finally open (all pun intended) to the benefits and extended possibilities open source implement
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elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, July 3, 2015 3:32 AM

Heard about it last month in a meeting. Moodle is already talking to office 365, starting to be interesting

miracletrain 夢想驛站's curator insight, July 9, 2015 9:12 AM

Microsoft is coming back again...

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Toward Project-based Learning and Team Formation in Open Learning Environments

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Peter Mellow's curator insight, November 9, 2014 5:04 PM

Thanks to Jason Renshaw (UniMelb) for pointing out this research.

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A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

As the open education resources (OER) movement continues to evolve — most recently through high-profile university MOOCs and distributed open collaborative courses (DOCCs), as well as in nontraditional online educational opportunities such as those at Khan Academy and General Assembly — an even greater urgency arises for an open, sustainable scholarly information ecosystem. How can OERs succeed if the research and scholarship that students and faculty need to learn and teach is inaccessible?

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Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources -- Campus Technology

Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Low-cost, high-quality textbooks may once have been a myth, but no longer: Open educational resources provide a wide variety of free learning content for practically any subject. CT asked three OER enthusiasts for their favorite tips and tools.

 

OER Defined

"OER are teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software and any other tools, materials or techniques used to support access to knowledge."
— The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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Introducing Classroom for Google Apps for Education

Introducing Classroom for Google Apps for Education | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Classroom is a new product in Google Apps for Education that enables teachers to send assignments, make announcements, and conduct question & answer with students. Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with teachers to help them save time, keep their classes organized, and improve communication with students.
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Te Papa puts part of national collection online for free

Te Papa puts part of national collection online for free | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A rich resource has been opened up to the public with Te Papa putting part of its national collection online for free download. - New Zealand Herald

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Open Access and Creative Commons - for everyone

Open Access and Creative Commons - for everyone | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Most of the links listed on this page offer resources with a less restrictive copyright licence under open access or creative commons rules.

 

What are Open Access Resources?

 

Open access resources are publications that have "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, [allow search engines to] crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other then those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself". (Budapest Open Access Initiative)

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What Are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Ideas transform society & knowledge is power. What if there was a way to channel mankind's knowledge? What if there was a way to gain access to the most resp...

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I probably should have understood about MOOC's and OER's before now...but my head has been jammed in a calculus book.

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Freedom road in publishing

Freedom road in publishing | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
OPEN access publishing has reached a tipping point with most papers available for free, according to a study for the European Commission.
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Free for all: ARC-funded research now open to the public

Free for all: ARC-funded research now open to the public | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is the largest funder of basic science and humanities research in Australia. So when the ARC talks, academics listen.

And now the ARC has announced that articles resulting from research they fund should be freely available for all to read, within 12 months of the articles' publication. This policy is effective immediately.

In most cases, this open-access publishing will occur through electronic institutional repositories – university websites where one can freely download researchers' articles. Search engines such as Google Scholar will automatically index these articles and link them to related research.

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The opposite of open is broken

The opposite of open is broken | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The opposite of open is not closed; the opposite of open is broken. The more I think about it, the more this cogent observation, made by John Wilbanks, resonates with me. It is true for scholarly p…
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Introducing Open Library of the Humanities – ProfHacker - Blogs

Introducing Open Library of the Humanities – ProfHacker - Blogs | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Open or shut?

Open or shut? | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

A new breed of academics is emerging in the digital age. They are the researchers and teachers who freely share their knowledge and studies online. They are circumventing traditional approaches and discovering new ways of sharing their work. They are the open scholars.

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Wikipedia not destroying life as we know it

Wikipedia not destroying life as we know it | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
CROWD-SOURCED online compendium Wikipedia is not supplanting scholarship and intellectual authority, with students using it mainly as a backup rather than a primary reference.
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Google Expands Map Resources for Educators and Students -- Campus Technology

Google Expands Map Resources for Educators and Students -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Google is opening up its Google Maps Gallery service with an expanded array of historical and contemporary maps, as well as tools for students and educators that will allow them to create and edit their own maps.
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A global shift to open source at the university

A global shift to open source at the university | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
What is open education and all of the resources out there all about? What does it all mean? Jodi Biddle tackles these big questions and more in this article for Opensource.com's Open Education Week.
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Issues in Open Access to Research (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Issues in Open Access to Research (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The success of open government data is indisputable. By empowering data scientists as well as the general public to interrogate publicly shared government data sets, we have been able to discover new trends and correlations as well as spot malfeasance. Open data affects publicly funded academic research at a governmental and funder level as well, including the types of research supported and what happens with the data collected. Nonetheless, it took a recent statement from the Public Library of Science (PLOS) to ignite the conversation about open data between individual academic researchers.

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Open Source in Higher Education: Building a Life Raft for the Perfect Storm (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Open Source in Higher Education: Building a Life Raft for the Perfect Storm (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

We are approaching a decade and a half of experience in one strand of the higher education open agenda: the development and use of open-source software. Motivated by the three drivers of cost, performance, and control—as identified by Paul Courant, former librarian of the University of Michigan—open-source software has been widely adopted by higher education.1 It is useful to periodically draw lessons from this collective experience to inform the shape and direction of future initiatives.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a vast archive of 400,000 (mostly) hi-resolution digital images online that you can download and use for non-commercial purposes. From a 12-megapixel scan of Rembrandt's 1660 self-portrait to over 18,000 photos spanning almost two centuries.

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In Shadow Of MOOCs, Open Education Makes Progress -- InformationWeek

In Shadow Of MOOCs, Open Education Makes Progress -- InformationWeek | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Advocates say higher education would be better served by resources that are truly open -- not just free.

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Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Why do the vast majority of higher education venues still depend on expensive paper texts, while most of the world's knowledge is available for free online? Why do educators not embrace the plethora of open digital educational libraries and repositories? I suspect four major hurdles to adoption. FROM ---> EDUCAUSE Review Online

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