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The Getty Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive

The Getty Adds Another 77,000 Images to its Open Content Archive | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Last summer we told you that the J. Paul Getty Museum launched its Open Content Program by taking 4600 high-resolution images from the Getty collections, putting them into the public domain, and making them freely available in digital format. We also made it clear -- there would be more to come.

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Thank you Stephanie Sandifer for sharing information on the J. Paul Getty Museum regarding the addition of artwork being released into the public domain for free digital use. 

Open Educational Resources in Higher 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.

 

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


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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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The Post-Embargo Open Access Citation Advantage: It Exists (Probably), It’s Modest (Usually), and the Rich Get Richer (of Course)

The Post-Embargo Open Access Citation Advantage: It Exists (Probably), It’s Modest (Usually), and the Rich Get Richer (of Course) | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Many studies show that open access (OA) articles—articles from scholarly journals made freely available to readers without requiring subscription fees—are downloaded, and presumably read, more often than closed access/subscription-only articles. Assertions that OA articles are also cited more often generate more controversy. Confounding factors (authors may self-select only the best articles to make OA; absence of an appropriate control group of non-OA articles with which to compare citation figures; conflation of pre-publication vs. published/publisher versions of articles, etc.) make demonstrating a real citation difference difficult. This study addresses those factors and shows that an open access citation advantage as high as 19% exists, even when articles are embargoed during some or all of their prime citation years. Not surprisingly, better (defined as above median) articles gain more when made OA.
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Non-Profit Pilots Delivery of Offline OER for Prisoner Education -- Campus Technology

Non-Profit Pilots Delivery of Offline OER for Prisoner Education -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A non-profit organization with technology that brings digital content to "offline" populations around the world for the purposes of education will be paying more attention to a U.S. population that's also unable to access the Internet: those in prisons and jails.
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NASA just made all the scientific research it funds available for free

NASA just made all the scientific research it funds available for free | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
NASA just announced that any published research funded by the space agency will now be available at no cost, launching a new public web portal that anybody can access.

The free online archive comes in response to a new NASA policy, which requires that any NASA-funded research articles in peer-reviewed journals be publicly accessible within one year of publication.
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Just be careful. According to Malcolm Roberts, NASA data is "corrupt". Being a One Nation team member he would know all about corruption.
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Faculty are not Adopting Free Textbooks yet! #OER #opended #textbooks #highered

Faculty are not Adopting Free Textbooks yet! #OER #opended #textbooks #highered | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Only 6.6 percent of faculty members are "very aware" of open educational resources, a survey found, and many say they can’t find such materials, although their use in introductory courses is ticking up.

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MOOCs, Open Learning And Institutional Marketing: Moodle And UNESCO Join The Debate

MOOCs, Open Learning And Institutional Marketing: Moodle And UNESCO Join The Debate | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How “Open” are MOOCs? Academics have expressed concerns about some of the access deterrents they include. Paywalls and copyright protection may stand at odds with ideas about open learn…
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Academic Libraries and Open Educational Resources: Developing Partnerships | ALA Annual 2016

Academic Libraries and Open Educational Resources: Developing Partnerships | ALA Annual 2016 | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A number of higher education–focused sessions at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference touched on issues surrounding student retention and completion—and with the costs of tuition, housing, and materials constantly rising, saving students money is a major consideration. When the conversation includes state and community colleges, and a student body that may have less access to financial resources, finding strategies to cut costs becomes more important than ever. Open educational resources (OER)—freely accessible texts and media that faculty can assemble, repurpose, and package under open access agreements for teaching and research—are a rapidly growing option.

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Illume Learning Launches Free Database of Teaching Materials -- Campus Technology

Illume Learning Launches Free Database of Teaching Materials -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The company bills its course creation tool as the world’s largest database of teaching materials available to instructors in higher education.
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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
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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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Li, Y., Zhang, M., Bonk, C. J., Zhang, W., & Guo, Y. (2017). Open educational resources (OER)-based flipped classroom practice in an undergraduate course. In F.-Q. Lai & J. Lehman, (Eds.), ...

By Curt Bonk in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the process and effectiveness of Open Educational Resources (OER) based flipped classroom practice in an undergraduate course named
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OER Use to Triple Over Next 5 Years -- Campus Technology

OER Use to Triple Over Next 5 Years -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A new survey from Cengage Learning found that open educational resources in higher education have the potential to triple in use as primary courseware over the next five years.
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Why Should Educators Across the Globe Be Excited About the Growing OER Resources and Community

Why Should Educators Across the Globe Be Excited About the Growing OER Resources and Community | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it

... OERs not only get you added information but makes learning better by introducing better resources on concepts. Students, teachers and institutions; all get choices from various resources and can use the ones that are apt for their learning and teaching method.

Few benefits of OERs for faculty and students: ...

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Awareness of OER Low, Faculty Willing to Try -- Campus Technology

Awareness of OER Low, Faculty Willing to Try -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Free or open educational resources (OER) appear to have increased in popularity over the last few years, as more state universities and community colleges carry out initiatives to replace traditional textbooks with OER. While institutions are adopting OER, however, the majority of professors and other teaching faculty in higher education are still not aware of OER, according to new report from Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) at Babson College.

The report “Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16” incorporates survey results of more than 3,000 teaching faculty and examines attitudes, opinions and use of OER. Overall, the survey paints a mixed picture for OER, where faculty members’ awareness of OER is low but improving.
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New OER Survey: The disconnect between faculty caring and assigning -

New OER Survey: The disconnect between faculty caring and assigning - | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
By Phil HillMore Posts (417) In 2012 the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) put out a new report on usage and perceptions of open educational resources (OER) usage in higher education. Covered in this blog post, the 2012 report was really … Continue reading →

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Open Educational Resources (OER): A Leading Force in Enhancing Access to Quality Education and Training

Open Educational Resources (OER): A Leading Force in Enhancing Access to Quality Education and Training | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Education institutions world over have turned to the Internet and other digital technologies to develop and enhance teaching and learning. Recently, Open Educational Resources (OER) has gained accelerated focus for their potential to transcend geographic, socio-cultural, economic and educational boundaries and to promote life-long learning. The rapid expansion of OER provides new and great opportunities, but at the same time, they challenge existing views on teaching and learning practices.
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Illume Learning Launches Free Database of Teaching Materials -- Campus Technology

Illume Learning Launches Free Database of Teaching Materials -- Campus Technology | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Illume Learning is introducing a free course creation tool designed to help professors save time on looking for course resources.

Illume provides end-to-end resources for professors to access materials, including:

25 million text, trade and scholarly books;
Tens of thousands of case studies;
Articles from 12,645 academic journals;
Millions of articles from 65 leading newspapers and 140 magazines;
Hundreds of thousands of syllabi, reading lists and lecture slide presentations; and
Tens of thousands of tutorials from Khan Academy, simulations, problem sets, videos and course notes.
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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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