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Open Educational Resources (OER) - A Video Primer | Contact North

Open Educational Resources (OER) - A Video Primer | Contact North | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Why invest lots of time, effort and energy creating new course materials from scratch when quality, freely-available resources may already exist? Why not adapt and use these resources, known as Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

 

Dr. Rory McGreal , Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate and the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources shares his expertise in a series of 10 short, informative videos that address the what, why, where, and how of OERs. Through the videos, Rory guides you to effectively find and make use of OERs for more time- and cost-effective course development.

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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 digital-first district where OER meets iPads

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Teachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. By and large, it’s working
For students at Central Valley middle and high schools, accessing classroom lessons rarely involves opening a book. Instead, they power up glowing iPad screens and swipe and tap their way through math problems, the day’s reading or interactive content.
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College courses without textbooks? These schools are giving it a shot.

College courses without textbooks? These schools are giving it a shot. | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A community college reform group has selected a handful of schools in Virginia and Maryland to develop degree programs using open-source materials in place of textbooks, an initiative that could save students as much as $1,300 a year.

Such open educational resources — created using open licenses that let students download or print materials for free — have gained popularity as the price of print textbooks have skyrocketed, but courses that use the materials remain a novelty in higher education. Achieving the Dream, an education advocacy groups based in Silver Spring, Md., aims to change that by offering $9.8 million in grants to support the development of open-source degree programs at 38 colleges in 13 states.
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Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The tl;dr:

Supporting effective OER adoption at scale has its problems.
Many of these problems have openly licensed solutions.
Sometimes it makes sense to deploy these solutions yourself; sometimes it makes more sense to work with a partner.
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SUNY Project to Expand Access to Open Educational Resources -- Campus Technology

SUNY Project to Expand Access to Open Educational Resources -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

The launch of SUNY OER Services should make high-quality educational resources more accessible and affordable to more students in the New York state higher education system.


The State University of New York (SUNY) has launched a new initiative designed to make open educational resources (OER) more readily available to its faculty and students, thereby lowering the cost of textbooks and improving access to educational materials. 


The system's Open SUNY Textbook Project (OST), begun in 2012, has created SUNY OER Services in conjunction with the private-sector Lumen Learning. The project will: 

-  Help SUNY faculty find, curate and design OER content that can be used in their courses and research; 

-  Encourage support for using OER among faculty and students; 

-  Work to integrate open content into SUNY classrooms; and 

-  Help faculty develop and share new open learning materials.

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Large-Scale Adoption of Open Educational Resources as an Institutional Differentiator

Large-Scale Adoption of Open Educational Resources as an Institutional Differentiator | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The past decade has seen a steady growth in the disruptive potential of open educational resources (OER)—free, high-quality, openly licensed educational materials in a variety of media—to enhance access, improve outcomes and lower costs for students. There is evidence that the movement has reached a tipping point. With major support from the Hewlett Foundation and other funders, the focus has shifted to large-scale—program-wide or even enterprise-wide—adoption of OER as the core or even sole curricular educational content.

What is also clear is that fully realizing the potential of OER to achieve these outcomes will require a strategic approach, adequate institutional resources and a willingness to transform more fundamental aspects of the traditional model of delivering education.
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Junction Teams with MBS to Distribute OER-Based Course Materials -- Campus Technology

Junction Teams with MBS to Distribute OER-Based Course Materials -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Courseware developer Junction Education has partnered with course material fulfillment firm MBS Direct to bring its OER-based courses and authoring platform to a wider range of campuses.

Junction provides course materials, resources, analytics and tools for blended or fully online courses that are designed to integrate with institutions' LMS of choice. The company focuses right now primarily on high-enrollment courses, such as Intro to Psychology, Principles of Microeconomics and others. Its courses are editable and include assessments and real-time analytics.
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Are OERs Sustainable? ~ Stephen Downes

Are OERs Sustainable? ~ Stephen Downes | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This is an excellent posts looking at five key questions regarding the sustainability of open educational resources (OERs), backed with examples and references. Here they are



"Is the production of OERs sustainable?" After the end of the UKOER funding stream, there was "a dramatic decline in the number of resources added to JORUM." But a "huge amount" of content is being produced on other platforms. "I see this not as a petering out of OER production, but a shift in its context."

"Are OER platforms sustainable?" We don't know yet. "Entire platforms can disappear. In the non-open world, the closing of a platform means the loss of its content. We don’t have that problem in the OER world."

"Are communities of open practice sustainable?" There are examples both ways, but "the continuation of the OER conference itself suggests a positive answer to the question about communities."

"Are the OERs themselves sustainable: are they being updated so as not to lose relevance?" A tiny number of resources get remixed, but is that bad? Most academic publications aren't cited, but a small number get a huge number of citations. "To decide whether too much or too little adaptation is happening, we need to know the distribution that “'should' exist, and it’s not clear how to do this." 

"Do OERs promote an awareness of sustainability across all subjects?" We don't know.
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Academic Publishing: Toward a New Model

Academic Publishing: Toward a New Model | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
To make research more accessible, separate the review and dissemination processes.
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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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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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Wiley: Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What's Out There to Transform College Teaching - John D. Shank

Wiley: Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What's Out There to Transform College Teaching - John D. Shank | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), this one-of-a-kind book demonstrates the best tools, resources, and techniques for discovering, selecting, and integrating interactive open educational resources (OERs) into the teaching and learning process. The author examines many of the best repositories and digital library websites for finding high quality materials, explaining in depth the best practices for effectively searching these repositories and the various methods for evaluating, selecting, and integrating the resources into the instructor’s curriculum and course assignments, as well as the institution’s learning management system.
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The Forrest Gump of the Internet

The Forrest Gump of the Internet | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Ev Williams became a billionaire by helping to create the free and open web. Now, he’s betting against it.
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38 Colleges to Drop Traditional Textbooks in Favor of OER in New Degree Programs -- Campus Technology

38 Colleges to Drop Traditional Textbooks in Favor of OER in New Degree Programs -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The OER Degree Initiative will create degree programs that utilize openly licensed learning materials, eliminating the purchase of expensive textbooks and saving community college students thousands of dollars.
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SUNY OER Services | Open SUNY Textbooks

SUNY OER Services | Open SUNY Textbooks | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In response to the growing impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption across SUNY, the Open SUNY Textbook (OST) project is offering services to support wide faculty adoption of OER that can be effectively sustained, improved and shared, as well as delivered to students to give them the day-one access to course materials they need for academic success. Our OER services will continue to include supporting the development of new, original low-cost learning materials for SUNY students, using a financial model that any SUNY campus can easily join. These new and continuing services provide faculty with a common platform to remix, revise, reuse, redistribute, and retain openly-licensed content from any source, including their own original works.
SUNY OER Services is a scaled-up, networked, and sustainable approach to digital learning and publishing within the SUNY system, using curated OER content, faculty course supports, and instructional technology development and design.
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15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web

15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Some of the best of the best in open source image sites are listed in this article, as well as great guidelines for ethical searches and Creative Commons

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Great sites for Creative Commons images

Great sites for Creative Commons images | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Following on from my previous post, here is a list of my favourite resource sites. These are excellent options when looking for and using creative commons images.

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8 High-Quality OER Collections -- THE Journal

8 High-Quality OER Collections -- THE Journal | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Finding high-quality open educational resources used to be a challenge, but a number of curated OER collections have made the task much easier for educators. Here are eight sources that can help.
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STEM Literacy | OER Commons

STEM Literacy | OER Commons | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
STEM literacy is for everyone! STEM literate individuals are able to use concepts from science, technology, engineering and mathematics to understand complex problems and to innovate with others to solve them. A STEM literate person considers how STEM can improve the social, cultural, economic, and environmental conditions of their local and global communities. Building STEM literacy ensures we have both the scientists and global citizens we need to thoughtfully build equitable and sustainable futures.


Below, you'll find resources to help you stay informed about the latest news and research, get connected to other educators working in OER Commons, and start building your own teaching and learning materials. 
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The only way to make inflated journal subscriptions unsustainable: Mandate Green Open Access.

The only way to make inflated journal subscriptions unsustainable: Mandate Green Open Access. | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In light of further data provided by Tim Gowers on unsustainable costs of journal subscriptions for academic libraries and stretched university budgets, Stevan Harnad finds that plans for universities to fund open access alternatives will also be a burden as 80% of journals are still subscription-based. What is needed now is for universities and funders to develop mutually reinforcing self-archiving policies, like HEFCE’s new open access policy for the Research Excellence Framework.
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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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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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