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Yeehaaaaa: the Open University joins the OERu!

Yeehaaaaa: the Open University joins the OERu! | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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The Open University (UK) has at last joined the OERu. This is a great endorsement of the value of the work the OERu has done since its inception in 2011, and the OU will be a strong partner for the OERu in its ongoing pioneering work, providing open, low-cost education and credible certification to millions of learners around the world.

 

To see where the OU is coming from in making this decision, see this interview I had with Andrew Law, Director of Open Media, OU, in June 2012: http://toucansproject.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/i-dont-think-its-about-being-first-i-think-its-about-being-absolutely-sustainable-in-the-long-term/. ;

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Data and Diplomas: On LinkedIn's Acquisition of Lynda.com

Data and Diplomas: On LinkedIn's Acquisition of Lynda.com | Open learning news | Scoop.it
The History of the Future of Education Technology
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This is a very interesting piece by Audrey Watters on the role that LinkedIn is playing in helping to formalise non-formal, open education, through providing a legitimate platform for learners to publicise their MOOC certificates.

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Report back: Institute for Open Leadership meeting - Creative Commons

Report back: Institute for Open Leadership meeting - Creative Commons | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. Creative Commons and the Open Policy Network hosted the first Institute for Open Leadership meeting in San Francisco 12-16 January 2015. The Institute for Open Leadership (IOL for short) is a training program to identify and cultivate new leaders in open education, science, public policy, research, data and other fields on the values and implementation...
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Supporting professional learning in a massive open online course | Milligan | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Supporting professional learning in a massive open online course | Milligan | The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Supporting professional learning in a massive open online course
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EJEL - Current issue

EJEL - Current issue | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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See article by Stylianos Hatzipanagos and Jon Gregson: 'The  The Role of Open Access and Open Educational Resources: A Distance Learning Perspective'.

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Words of caution - Laura Czerniewicz on MOOCs

Words of caution - Laura Czerniewicz on MOOCs | Open learning news | Scoop.it
In this Slideshare critique of MOOCs, Laura Czerniewicz, who works in the South African public university system, draws attention to what is driving the development of MOOCs and what the dangers ar...
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Nice summary of Laura Czerniewicz's (University of Cape Town) critique of MOOCs. 

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AU-MOOC: Learning to Learn Online- starts March 9! | Athabasca University News

Athabasca University News | Learning to Learn Online is a five week online course – and it’s free! Anyone can register regardless of experience, education, age, gender or location. Th
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COL offers audio-only, phone-based MOOCs to agricultural workers in India

COL offers audio-only, phone-based MOOCs to agricultural workers in India | Open learning news | Scoop.it
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in association with Wawasan Open University, Malaysia is launching the two MOOCs and one MOOC with IIT Kanpur.
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The Commonwealth of Learning is experimenting with a groundbreaking (excuse the pun) form of MOOCs for subsistence farmers and people who work as gardeners in the central and eastern parts of the Gangetic Plain. The MOOC is delivered entirely by audio messages to participants' phones (basic cell phones, not smart phones).  

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NOUN - National Open University of Nigeria

NOUN - National Open University of Nigeria | Open learning news | Scoop.it
National Open Univsersity of Nigeria
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The National Open University of Nigeria has created a MOOC and OER platform. No live courses yet, but it looks interesting.

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Solvonauts : The Open Search Engine

Solvonauts : The Open Search Engine | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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Excellent! Type in your search term and you will get CC-licensed open educational resources! 

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CTD Institute's curator insight, February 12, 10:33 AM

Just in time solution for all of us: getting CC materials!!

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The essential teacher's guide to social media - Daily Genius

The essential teacher's guide to social media - Daily Genius | Open learning news | Scoop.it

Via Jim Lerman, Dennis T OConnor, Ebba Ossiannilsson
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M. Fagot-Karcher's curator insight, February 9, 12:08 PM

intéressant, certes.

 

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2:11 PM

Almost all our students are addicted to social media. this is a point to take advantage of their interest to make them learn without  stress.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 8, 11:09 AM

Thanks to Jim Lerman! 

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Storyboarding OOC Week 3: learning outcomes and assessment

Week 3 of the Storyboarding OOC just ended. It was an interesting one, with an initial debate around the question as to whether learning outcomes are really necessary. There was general agreement t...
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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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OER15 Keynote: Cable Green - YouTube

Slides available from https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BymYUA-4kKX-cVFtUnZPSjRDTG8
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A great keynote by Cable Green at the OER15 conference in Cardiff last week. He makes the moral case for publicly-funded educational resources being open by default.

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OER in and as MOOCs: impact on Educators’ practices in African-develo…

Presentation for OER15, Cardiff, 14 April 2014. OER in and as MOOCs: impact on Educators’ practices in African-developed higher education courses. This is a RO…
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Failing to share publicly funded HE resources ‘immoral’

Failing to share publicly funded HE resources ‘immoral’ | Open learning news | Scoop.it
Spending public money on higher education resources that cannot be shared openly borders on being “immoral and unethical”, a conference has heard.
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Findings from the Association for Learning Technology Annual Survey | Association for Learning Technology

The first report from the ALT Annual Survey, launched in December 2014, has been published. The survey was primarily for ALT members but open for anyone to respond....

 

Analysis of the survey responses indicates a number of areas ALT should continue to support and develop. Priorities for the membership are ‘Intelligent use of learning technology’ and ‘Research and practice’, while ‘Online/blended delivery’ and ‘Course design’ remain to be key areas of work. The survey also reveals a number of emerging areas including ‘Data and Analytics’ and ‘Open Education’ and as such our community may benefit from development opportunities ALT can provide. The survey is also a reminder that ALT has an essential role in enabling members to develop research and practice in areas which might be considered as less of a priority by the majority of respondents.

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Building and Executing MOOCs - Glasgow report March 2015

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Hot off the press from the University of Glasgow is this report on two MOOCs they ran last year. A key finding is that collaboration between the two course teams, in very different disciplines (Medical and International Relations) was central to the success of the MOOCs.  

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OERu: Global learning for a global workforce

OERu: Global learning for a global workforce | Open learning news | Scoop.it
While popular MOOC platforms Coursera and Udacity claim to be free and "open" but are merely free, OERu is the real thing: a truly free and open international partnership offering MOOCs for academi...
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The Open University launches Badged Open Courses | OERu

The Open University launches Badged Open Courses | OERu | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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The Open University is now offering courses via the OERu, and you can get digital badges for successful completion of these courses. 

 

These Badged Open Courses "will be different from MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) because they are perpetual, enabling students to return to them at any time to refresh their knowledge, unlike MOOCs which have a set start and finish date. The first to be released will be as Beta, to gather user feedback which will help improve the experience for learners."

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Open Educational Policy for Europe | A project by Creative Commons

Open Educational Policy for Europe | A project by Creative Commons | Open learning news | Scoop.it
the Creative Commons wiki
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Open Webinars for Open Education Week | BCcampus OpenEd Resources

Open Webinars for Open Education Week | BCcampus OpenEd Resources | Open learning news | Scoop.it

Via Ramón Talavera Franco
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Some interesting sessions lined up for Open Education Week.

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10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: case studies in good practice | Research-publishing.net

10 years of the LLAS elearning symposium: case studies in good practice | Research-publishing.net | Open learning news | Scoop.it
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"LLAS (Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies), at the University of Southampton has just published a free, open access ebook: ’10 Years of the LLAS elearning symposium: case studies in good practice’. This edited collection celebrates the 10th anniversary of the elearning symposium and features contributions from practitioners across the UK and the world.

 

"The book includes case studies and reflective pieces which showcase good practice in the use of technology for language teaching and learning. The book is CC licensed to get the word out there it far and wide!" (Quote taken from e-mail from Kate Borthwick to the OERDISCUSS@JISCMAIL list)

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Disruption Ahead: What MOOCs Will Mean for MBA Programs - Knowledge@Wharton

Disruption Ahead: What MOOCs Will Mean for MBA Programs - Knowledge@Wharton | Open learning news | Scoop.it
New Wharton research examines the impact that massive open online courses (MOOCs) will have on business schools and MBA programs.
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This is a very interesting half-hour video interview with two Coursera professors who teach at Wharton Business School, discussing the impact of MOOCs on business schools - and on their day-to-day teaching.

 

A few highlights:

 

On whether MOOCs are "expensive" for institutions to produce and deliver: Not at all. Elite institutions need to invest in "reputation building", and this is normally achieved by academics through their research. However, publishing a research paper in a high-impact journal costs the institution around $400,000, whereas they can run three to five MOOCs for that amount, and have far more "outreach".

 

On how MOOCs are impacting on daily classroom practice: some MOOC teachers are requiring their face-to-face students to watch their video-ed lectures before coming to class, and then using class time for discussion (the flipped classroom).

 

On the efficiency of MOOCs in comparison to classroom teaching: in the classroom you are constrained to go at the pace of all the people in the room. In a MOOC, you can "cover" the same amount of material in approximately half the time. The fast learners will move ahead much faster, and the slower ones will pause and replay the videos. 

  

On whether MOOCs are a threat to traditional institutions: it is not MOOCs themselves that are a threat, but the technologies that enable MOOCs, such as short, succinct videos, and self-assessment quizzes – referred to here as "supertechs". 

 

On possible future scenarios: 1) MOOCs will continue to coexist peacefully with mainstream teaching, and we will see more flipped classroom type practices. 2) MOOCs will take away some of the business from mainstream education institutions, and many academics will lose their jobs. 3) MOOCs will create massive disruption in the formal higher education sector through the "unbundling" of services usually provided by single institutions.

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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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