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Learning, Freedom and the Web

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How can the ideas of the open source movement help foster learning? What are the most effective ways to bring learning to everyone? How does openness help the spread of knowledge? Part exhibition catalog, part manifesto, this is a concise, fun-to-read introduction to what Mozilla is doing to support learners everywhere.


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sharing, collaboration and repurposing content are the hallmarks of modern education
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Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors

Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The diverse team of eLearning advisors provide elearning workshops, send out periodic newsletter, provide customised consultation, support the eScholar program and more.

 

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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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Kyle Bowen: Robot Writers, Open Education, and the Future of Edtech

Kyle Bowen: Robot Writers, Open Education, and the Future of Edtech | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Beware journalists, academicians, and book publishers: an intelligent Wikipedia is coming for you.

That might not be the exact warning Kyle Bowen, director of educational technology services at Penn State, would offer to the media. But it isn’t too far from the capabilities he’s been working on as part of a research team on machine learning and open educational resources (OER). Bowen is part of a team that has developed algorithms for computers to learn how to write textbooks by extracting factual information. He notes that in smaller ways, this technology is currently in play.
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Math professor provides open texts to students and instructors across Canada | UToday | University of Calgary

Math professor provides open texts to students and instructors across Canada | UToday | University of Calgary | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Claude Laflamme is not afraid to try out new ideas. Over the last 15 years, the professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been combining his passion for teaching with entrepreneurship. The result of his work is innovative teaching and learning tools now available to universities and colleges across Canada.

In 2000, Laflamme and fellow mathematics professor Keith Nicholson founded Lyryx Learning Inc., along with postdoctoral fellow Bruce Bauslaugh and undergraduate student Richard Cannings.

Lyryx works with authors to develop and adapt open texts, which are then provided to students at no cost. The open licences mean there are no copyright and cost issues, as material can be downloaded for free by anyone and posted on any website. The material can also be adapted as desired, as long as the material is attributed to the original creators.

After collaborating with a large publisher for several years, Lyryx is now its own publisher, and entirely committed to supporting Open Educational Resources (OER).
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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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Are open textbooks the end game?

Are open textbooks the end game? | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
“I don’t want to be part of a movement that is focused on replacing static, over-priced textbooks with static, free textbooks.” I hope Robin DeRosa’s thoughtful post about open textbooks provokes s…
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A Round-up of The Latest Google Docs Features for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Round-up of The Latest Google Docs Features for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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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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Open Education Week 2016

Open Education Week 2016 | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.
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Reflecting on the reality of the have’s and have not’s in eLearning in 2016

Reflecting on the reality of the have’s and have not’s in eLearning in 2016 | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The other day I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Hennie Esterhuizen, the Manager of e-Learning Support at North-West University in South Africa. He and a colleague had come to USQ on a bit of a
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Students say textbooks are too expensive – could an open access model be the answer?

Students say textbooks are too expensive – could an open access model be the answer? | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
An open access textbook model is gaining traction in the US and Australia and shaking up the publishing industry.
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Openwashing | Michelle Thorne

Openwashing | Michelle Thorne | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
There’s a troubling trend surfacing in the marketing world, one that’s riffing off a now-familiar strategy, “greenwashing”. We’ve all seen products coated in greensheen, the misleading marketing ploy that spins a product as environmentally-friendly in order to woo eco-cozy customers.

Now, there’s a whole new buzzword bingo game in town, and it’s all about transparency, access, and believe it or not, “openness”.That’s right. Companies are courting openness like it’s the new green.

Take, for example, the above (badly-photographed – sorry!) advertisement from the Berlin Partner GmbH, a promotional arm of Germany’s capital.

Their new slogan, “be open. be free. be Berlin,” is designed to evoke coolness and inspire acceptance with the young and wired generation. I think it’s pretty illustrative of what I’m calling openwashing. Reading through the campaign’s Terms of Use, for example, I’ve come across these gems:
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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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This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free.

This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free. | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Alexandra Elbakyan is challenging the multibillion-dollar academic publishing industry.
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Brewster Kahle: Towards Universal Access to All Knowledge: Internet Archive

https://media.ccc.de/browse/conferences/camp2015/camp2015-6939-towards_universal_access_to_all_knowledge_internet_archive.html Advances in computing an
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UC Irvine, OpenCourseWare site #edtech #OER #opened #highered #elearning

UC Irvine, OpenCourseWare site #edtech #OER #opened #highered #elearning | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

UCI Open – formerly UCI OpenCourseWare - strives to bring UC Irvine to the world by making course materials, lectures, conferences, and other academic content available for free online.


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Great open resouces for a number of topics in Higher Ed. Enjoy!

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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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Trove - Australia

Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.
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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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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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Open Educational Resources Summit to inform, share best practices | Penn State University

Open Educational Resources Summit to inform, share best practices | Penn State University | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Penn State's first Open Educational Resources Summit will be held March 23 in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park, and online via MediaSite Live in conjunction with simulcast events at more than a dozen Penn State campuses.
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The OERs - Open Educational Resources

A video about how technology is transforming our system of education, generating equal opportunities for all. SCRIPT & DIRECTION: Daniel Sierra, Ricardo Haba...

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Open Design: why I'm working with open educational resources(OER). Sharing the Openess. Access for all= Equal Opportunities

Open Design: why I'm working with open educational resources(OER). Sharing the Openess. Access for all= Equal Opportunities | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
  Since 2000, walking on the wild side I do open classes and use digitised materials, because are free and open for students, self-learners and of course educators, to use and reuse it for teaching,
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The Consensus Around “Open”

The Consensus Around “Open” | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Laster concludes his article by writing:

Learning technology has advanced more in the last five years than the last fifty, but a lack of openness is one of the key factors keeping it from having the massive effect on results that it should. By committing to a more open, collaborative future, we can accomplish our goals by putting students and educators in a better position to achieve theirs.

I couldn’t agree more with the notion that increased openness – free access to and 5R permissions in the platforms, tools, and resources they use – will put students and educators in an infinitely better position to achieve their goals.

Inasmuch as Laster is really arguing for interoperability in his article, I should make one final point. I wholeheartedly agree that companies, nonprofits, and other creators of educational platforms, tools, and resources should conform to standards that maximize their interoperability – standards like HTML5 for content, LTI for tools, and QTI for assessments. I hope that MH will become a role model worthy of emulating in this regard. Heaven knows the market would benefit from strong leadership by a major publisher. However, when platforms, tools, and resources are truly open, the community has the permissions necessary to fix any interoperability issues we discover in the platforms, tools, and resources we find otherwise valuable. That’s just one more benefit of being truly open.
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