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An Assessment-Recognition Matrix for Analysing Institutional Practices in the Recognition of Open Learning

An Assessment-Recognition Matrix for Analysing Institutional Practices in the Recognition of Open Learning | Open learning news | Scoop.it
This paper shares some of the early findings of the OpenCred study, conducted by the Institute of Learning Innovation at the University of Leicester in collaboration with the European Commission's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies IPTS) and funded by the IPTS.
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Great that the paper I co-authored with Mark Childs, Bernard Nkuyubwatsi, Grainne Conole, Andreia Inamorato Dos Santos and Yves Punie has now been published in e-Learning Papers!

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Moocs: students in the global south are wary of a 'sage on the stage'

Moocs: students in the global south are wary of a 'sage on the stage' | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Unless universities adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of students in emerging economies, free online courses will have no relevance
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Very important message from Charlotte Gunawardena in an issue of The Guardian from March 2014.

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Visitors and Residents mapping workshop in Galway

Visitors and Residents mapping workshop in Galway | Open learning news | Scoop.it
We are delighted to be hosting a visit by Donna Lanclos and David White to the National University of Ireland, Galway on March 13th next. Donna and Dave will co-facilitate a workshop entitled Marve...
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Part of Open Education Week 2015. This looks great - and if you can't get to Galway, you can join the live stream (there's a form to fill in from the Eventbrite page to receive details of the live-streaming).

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Open attribution builder - a really useful tool!

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This is a great tool to help teachers and course designers attribute open educational resources they use from other sources accurately and consistently. It comes from the Open Washington OER Network. As they say in the 'About' page - its purpose to attribute other people's work, not to apply a CC licence to your work. (For that you should stick to using the license chooser on the Creative Commons website.)

 

 

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Scholarly Open Access - list of dodgy publishers

Scholarly Open Access - list of dodgy publishers | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishing
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This website contains a treasure trove of information about dodgy publishers and their gold-digging practices, including some open access journals that are just fronts for profit-making enterprises.

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Running a-MOC with false MOOC pollution - a debate about openness

Just when I thought I could take a break for Christmas, Stephen Downes threw me a curved ball, saying that he doesn’t think the Storyboarding OOC that Brenda Padilla and I are planning to run in th...
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I'm having an interesting debate with Stephen Downes about whether the Storyboarding OOC (open online course) that I will be running in the New Year with Brenda Padilla is actually open or not. Brenda has also joined the conversation with a blog post at https://brendapadilla.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/what-is-an-open-online-course-ooc/. ;

 

The debate is playing out more fully in the OERu Google Group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/oeru/OZtLiHSc_t0, with input there from Wayne Mackintosh about how the OERu is going about developing its open courses.

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The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site - Storyboard OOC update

The conundrum of creating an open course in a closed site - Storyboard OOC update | Open learning news | Scoop.it
This is an update on the preparations for the Storyboarding for Learning Design OOC (open online course) that I will be running with Brenda Padilla from 12 Jan to 20 Feb 2015. Following on from my ...
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Latest blog post about the Storyboarding OOC that we will be running in the New Year. 

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Storyboarding for Learning Design OOC

Storyboarding for Learning Design OOC | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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I will be running an Open Online Course (an OOC, with no ambitions to be Massive) with my colleague Brenda Padilla on Storyboarding for Learning Design, from 12 Jan to 20 Feb 2015. Registration is now open! For more details see https://artofelearning.wordpress.com/sldooc/

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Half an Hour: Free and Not Free

Half an Hour: Free and Not Free | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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This is an old piece by Stephen Downes but relevant again, in the light of Yahoo's move to sell off Flickr users' cc-licensed photos (http://newstex.com/2014/12/02/yahoo-starts-selling-flickr-users-photos/)

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Demystifying the MOOC

Demystifying the MOOC | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses haven’t changed the world of education. The average user is a white American man with a degree already. But that doesn’t mean they’re failures.
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The most interesting point for me here was to learn that 2/3 of MOOC teachers say they have never taught online before. What a baptism of fire that must be - teaching your first online course to several thousand students...

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Accredible's self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners

Accredible's self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners | Open learning news | Scoop.it
I just had a very interesting conversation with Danny King, CEO of the open learning recognition platform, Accredible. This young startup company aims to provide a new way for people to get credent...
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Blind Monks and the Elephant - ICTs and Higher Education Futures

A presentation at the Council for Higher Education's Colloquium on Moving the Teaching and Learning System in South African Higher Education into the Digitally…
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Great set of slides by Laura Czerniewicz of University of Cape Town. See also the journal article written by Czerinewicz et al, 'Developing world MOOCs: A curriculum view of the MOOC landscape': http://joglep.com/files/7614/0622/4917/2._Developing_world_MOOCs.pdf

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Blurring the boundaries between 'taught courses', 'distance learning' and open education

Blurring the boundaries between 'taught courses', 'distance learning' and open education | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Several UK universities that offer both campus-based and distance learning present their offerings on their websites as a choice between 'taught courses', 'research programmes' and 'distance learni...
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Connecting Online MOOC (CO15)

Connecting Online MOOC (CO15) | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Byte Sized Possibilities That Transform Our Teaching
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This looks like an interesting conference. It's free and online, first weekend in Feb. 

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Storyboarding OOC Week 2: tools and processes for storyboarding learning design

It's the end of Week 2 of the Storyboarding OOC, so it's time for another update. New participants We now have 137 participants registered (23 more than this time last week). New participants inclu...
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Here's my latest update on the "Storyboarding for Learning Design" OOC (online open course) that I'm running with Brenda Padilla and Jeff Stanford.

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The Battle for Open: How Openness Won and Why it Doesn’t Feel Like Victory, by Martin Weller

The Battle for Open: How Openness Won and Why it Doesn’t Feel Like Victory, by Martin Weller | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Sandra Leaton Gray on a chilling true story of the monetisation of the contents of academics’ heads
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Storyboarding OOC progress report: week 1

Storyboarding OOC progress report: week 1 | Open learning news | Scoop.it
We've just started Week 2 of the Storyboarding OOC, so it's time for the first progress report. What we did in Week 1 Around 114 people signed up as registered participants, of whom over 30 have be...
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Storyboarding for learning design OOC is launched!

Storyboarding for learning design OOC is launched! | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Today is the start of the Storyboarding for Learning Design open online course (OOC). Brenda Padilla, Jeff Stanford and I will be co-facilitating it. I promised in an earlier post that I would talk...
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Increasing reusability of open courses through transparent design

Increasing reusability of open courses through transparent design | Open learning news | Scoop.it
In my last blog post, I replied to Wayne Mackintosh's question about how to design open courses for reuse. I focused on the technical aspects of designing open courses using closed (in the sense of...
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A continuation of my conversation with Wayne Mackintosh about designing open courses for reuse. 

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Why Unizin? | Unizin

Why Unizin? | Unizin | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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In June of this year, a very exciting development took place in open education in the USA. A consortium of universities launched Unizin, which is an 'infrastructure' using open source technologies, to allow for the distribution of digital content, both for their own enrolled students and for members of the public. Unizin provides an alternative to Coursera, the most popular of MOOC platforms, that makes more sense for the institutions, in that they retain ownership of their own content and processes. 

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An Open Education Reader

An Open Education Reader | Open learning news | Scoop.it
A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University. An Open Education Reader is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
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A new 'text book' on open education, edited by David Wiley.

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A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER -

A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER - | Open learning news | Scoop.it
As I was perusing David Kernohan’s notes on Larry Lessig’s keynote at the OpenEd conference, one statement leapt out at me: Could the department of labour require that new education content commissioned ($100m) be CC-BY? There was a clause (124) … Continue reading →
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Michael Feldstein points out that textbook publishers have moved beyond feeling threatened by free, open content in the form of OERs, and are now seeing OERs as the essential infrastructure to support expensive software and platforms. 

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Accredible's self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners

Accredible's self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners | Open learning news | Scoop.it
I just had a very interesting conversation with Danny King, CEO of the open learning recognition platform, Accredible. This young startup company aims to provide a new way for people to get credent...
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Apologies for posting this with the incorrect link a moment ago. This one should work!

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Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs"

Google and EdX Are Building a "YouTube for MOOCs" | Open learning news | Scoop.it
mooc.org
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Although mooc.org has not yet launched, it is one of the few platforms that will allow individuals (as opposed to institutions) to offer MOOCs. It is based on the open source edX platform.

 

This article was written in Sept 2013 but there is still no indication as to when mooc.org is planning to launch...

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NVAO MOOCs and online HE survey now available in English - EADTU - European Association of Distance Teaching Universities

NVAO MOOCs and online HE survey now available in English - EADTU - European Association of Distance Teaching Universities | Open learning news | Scoop.it
the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO)
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Really useful report from the NVAO in the Netherlands on how to ensure quality in MOOCs. Also discusses credits for MOOC learners. 

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