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The Future Of Textbooks Is Free … And It’s Now Available | Edudemic

The Future Of Textbooks Is Free … And It’s Now Available | Edudemic | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Boundless just launched the public beta version of its brand new site. What is Boundless? It’s a way to easily turn all of the open source information that exists in the world into a simple easy-to-use digital textbook. And it’s free.

 

This is one of the most exciting announcements that came across my inbox over the past few weeks. Boundless is shaping up to truly disrupt the digital textbook industry and the newly launched tools are robust enough to do just that.

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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.

 

Use the 'Filter' pull-down menu above to search for topics by keywords.


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Craig Patterson's comment, June 13, 2013 1:52 AM
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The website was redesigned and we disappeared ... This scoop is simply a flag about who's curating... We didn't expect anyone wold ever want to visit us.....
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Open educational resources in modern foreign languages

Open educational resources in modern foreign languages | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Last Friday, 20th September, saw a one-day conference on open educational resources in modern foreign languages, held at the University of Bristol. It was an enjoyable and interesting day, at which about 50 MFL colleagues from across the UK came together to share practice, to inspire others and be inspired in turn.

 

I was honoured to be invited to give the opening keynote address and I talked about my work at LLAS exploring various aspects of open educational practice with different groups of language teachers in the UK. The language educator community have embraced the notion of open working from an early point and have played an important role in exploring the nature and practice around OERs in the UK. I appealed to my language practitioner colleagues to continue this glorious tradition and emphasised the need for individual action to drive forward innovation, exploration and activity in open educational practice.

 

A diverse range of interesting and excellent work was presented during the day, including Cecilia Goria (Nottingham)’s findings from running small-scale MOOCs (“TinyOOC?”) for the learning of Italian; the OU’s wide range of open initiatives in languages from Anna Comas-Quinn and Maria Dolores Iglesias; and fascinating work on new open German grammar materials from John Partridge (Kent) and Susanne Krauβ (Philipps-Universität Marburg).

 

Christoph Zähner demonstrated the fantastic open courseware (http://www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/opencourseware/index.html) available through the Cambridge University Language Centre – look at the German Language resources, as an example – and Alessia Plutino (Southampton) showcased her online materials for Italian, a selection of which can be found on the LanguageBox (http://languagebox.ac.uk/2533/). Alessia talked about sharing her work with colleagues and her surprise at how they have used her OERs in quite different learning contexts. Enza Siciliano Verruccio (Reading) pointed to the future with news of an exciting project which will make generic, skills-focussed OERs for the learning of any language, available nationally through the Routes into Languages network (https://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/); and Héléne Pulker (OU) closed the day with some fledgling research into the re-use of language-related OERs reporting an important start in an area which needs further exploration.

 

The day was expertly organised by Gloria Visintini, Andrea Zhok and Jonas Langner, in the Department of Modern Languages at Bristol. Thanks go to them for organising a great day!

 

Kate Borthwick, LLAS Centre


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NMC On the Horizon > Increasing Focus on Open Content | The New Media Consortium

NMC On the Horizon > Increasing Focus on Open Content | The New Media Consortium | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The movement toward open content reflects a change in the way educators and scholars are conceptualizing education. Information is everywhere now; the challenge is to make effective use of it. Often mistaken to simply mean “free of charge,” advocates of openness have worked toward defining “open” more broadly — not just free in economic terms, but also in terms of ownership and usage rights. Alternative licensing schemes such as Creative Commons have advanced this vision by providing a legal framework for people to share content freely. The goal of openness is to ensure the unimpeded distribution of valuable, scientific knowledge and to guarantee that educational materials are freely copiable, freely remixable, and free of barriers to access. Using open content also has pragmatic appeal; it offers solutions to the rising cost of education and addresses the scarcity of quality resources in remote or developing regions of the world. As more schools, universities, and other academic institutions integrate open content into curricula, there will be increased focus on processes to evaluate and validate these resources on a wide scale. Issues of intellectual property and digital citizenship are equally important to understanding the impact of this trend on teaching and learning.

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The MOOC Misstep and the Open Education Infrastructure

The MOOC Misstep and the Open Education Infrastructure | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The following is a pre-print of an essay set to appear in Bonk et al.'s forthcoming book MOOCs and Open Education around the World. It may undergo some additional editing before publication. Unlike...
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Can't #MOOC and #OER get along? To me it is like a sectarian warfare of folks wanting the same thing (better educational outcome for more people) being distracted by disagreement over prioritizing the methods (open educational resources, massively scaled course offerings, pedagogical theories, profit-motive, institutionale incentives...) to get there. Undeniably, MOOC enthusiasts are reaping benefits from a decade of #OER pioneers struggling to be heard - so credits are due and gratitude is in order. Nevertheless, everyone would benefit were we to move forward together and sort out our differences later.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Tons of Free public Domain Materials to Use in Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Tons of Free public Domain Materials to Use in Class | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Useful OER resource. 

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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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Top school's lessons free on iTunes

Top school's lessons free on iTunes | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Ms Kelleher, the school's principal, said that the focus "shouldn't be on the technology, it should always be on the learning".

 

But she said teachers can be "frustrated by the static nature of traditional textbooks. They are often expensive and out of date almost as soon as they are published."

 

Developing the digital course materials, which pupils can use at school or at home, has been "very positive" and rather than reducing the role of the teacher, she says that it makes the teacher "more important than ever".

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Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
for Open Educational Resources
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The consortium's mission is to  expand access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources. There are webinars, resources and information about how to promote and use OERs.

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The Story of OERs

This presentation narrates the emergence of OERs, what are OERs and how we can network and collaborate to create, share OERs.

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Resource: New Flickr Archive Makes Available 2.6 Million Images | Digital Humanities Now

Resource: New Flickr Archive Makes Available 2.6 Million Images | Digital Humanities Now | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning | Stanford Online

Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning | Stanford Online | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning -- this course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including education, publishing, librarianship, economics, politics, and more, and asks you to discover what it means to you. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Canada, Ghana, Mexico, the United States, and the rest of the world. It will challenge you take control of your own education, to determine your own personal learning objectives, to contribute to the development of the curriculum, to reflect on your progress, to learn new digital skills, and to take a leadership role in the virtual classroom. It will also provide you with the opportunity to connect with colleagues from different countries and professions, and to better understand areas where your interests overlap and where unexpected distincts exist. We hope you’ll consider taking this journey with us.

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Open researcher open course

Open researcher open course | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Led by Beck Pitt, the OER Research Hub has developed an open course (don't use the M word) on P2P University on being an open researcher. It is four weeks long, although you can study it anytime an...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Find More Than 4,000 Math Lessons on Open Curriculum

Free Technology for Teachers: Find More Than 4,000 Math Lessons on Open Curriculum | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"Open Curriculum is a new entry into the lesson depot market. Like similar sites, Open Curriculum offers a collection of thousands of resources for teaching mathematics. You browse the Open Curriculum resource lists according to grade level and topic. As you might guess, a lot of the featured resources are Khan Academy materials. In addition to the Khan Academy materials you will find lessons created and shared by other teachers."


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Oh, Big Brother: you won’t believe how many sites are now blocked in China

Oh, Big Brother: you won’t believe how many sites are now blocked in China | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
China got the internet in 1994. But soon after, the government started working on ways to restrict it. Here's a list of all the major sites that are now blocked.
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A useful article which collates the main sites blocked in China (as of Oct 2014)

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Instructure Launching Free Learning Object Repository, Canvas Commons -- Campus Technology

Instructure Launching Free Learning Object Repository, Canvas Commons -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Instructure has launched a limited pilot of Canvas Commons, a new learning object repository that integrates with the Canvas learning management system.

 

The system, designed for both K-12 and higher education, was developed with guidance from a consortium of universities under the Unizin umbrella, including Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida and the University of Michigan. Unizin itself will be the first organization to pilot Canvas Commons.

Features of Canvas Commons include:

The ability to build and share courses, course materials, assessments and other resources;The ability to maintain a private learning object repository;Integration with the Canvas learning management system, including the ability to share materials from Canvas Commons;Support for both public and selective sharing of specific resources; andSearch tools, including filters for topics, grade levels, type and institution.

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Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources: TIPS Framework Version 2.0

Quality Assurance Guidelines for Open Educational Resources 20

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John Bostock's curator insight, September 22, 11:29 AM

Very useful contribution on ensuring quality in OER

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Open Education Resources for China citizens | Opensource.com

Open Education Resources for China citizens | Opensource.com | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
School of Open and Creative Commons OER camp helps created 12 educational videos and a MOOC for Chinese citizens and students.
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Canvas learning software pitches to Asia-Pacific educators

Canvas learning software pitches to Asia-Pacific educators | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
CANVAS, an open source learning management system with its genesis in Salt Lake City’s Brigham Young University, has launched its Asia-Pacific headquarters.
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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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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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OER MOOC: Use of Open Educational Resources in Classroom

Welcome to a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the use of Open Educational Resources in the classroom. This four week course is free and open to all registe…

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Julie Tardy's curator insight, September 8, 1:07 PM

A new short-term MOOC on the use of OER

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iOERs: A GUIDE TO FINDING, CHOOSING, AND USING WHAT’S OUT THERE TO TRANSFORM COLLEGE TEACHING - YouTube

iOERs: A GUIDE TO FINDING, CHOOSING, AND USING WHAT’S OUT THERE TO TRANSFORM COLLEGE TEACHING - YouTube | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This channel is a video companion to the book "Interactive Open Educational Resources." It has quick start videos that demonstrate how to quickly and effectively [locate the best online, free resources]."


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Open educational resources movement needs to move beyond voluntarism (essay) @insidehighered

Open educational resources movement needs to move beyond voluntarism (essay) @insidehighered | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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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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University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it

University research: if you believe in openness, stand up for it | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Publishing openly provides greater exposure, boosts prospects and can lead to more citations, says Erin McKiernan

 

We spend years teaching our children to share. Yet from the moment students enter academia, we discourage it. Lock up your work in prestigious subscription journals; keep your data close to your chest; compete instead of collaborate – these are the messages transmitted by peers and mentors. These are the tenets of our unhealthy academic culture. We need to change our priorities.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 24, 3:48 PM

Open Education = Open Research?  Research behind the paywall vs research delivered by keyword search on Google or Bing?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 24, 10:50 PM

Sharing our research is important, but forgoing vigor in publishing could be problematic. For example, what makes an open source published article strong? There is a a need to explore something different that allows publication, openness, and vigor.

 

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 28, 2:33 AM

Research and Global Open Access Initiatives

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Complete guide to open educational resources - in Campus Technology : August 2014, Page 19

Complete guide to open educational resources - in Campus Technology : August 2014, Page 19 | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, August 11, 11:39 AM

Forget the content (which is amazing and current) just enjoy the emagazine format from campustechnology.