Open learning has been a hot topic in learning technology circles for some time, between the movements for open educational resources (OER) and open courseware (OCW) and open access (OA) to research and data. Lately, MOOCs have got people talking about open online learning but these are an evolution, not a revolution, in the ongoing opening of educational practices.
Over the last decade, the price of college textbooks has soared. Since 2006, the cost of a college textbook increased by 73% - over four times the rate of inflation. Today, individual textbooks often cost over $200, sometimes as high as $400.
That’s why, more than a decade ago, the Student PIRGs launched our campaign for textbook affordability to call attention to high prices and to highlight potential solutions to the problem.
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Explore this educator's guide to open educational resources for information about online repositories, curriculum-sharing websites, sources for lesson plans and activities, and open alternatives to textbooks.
Leo Havemann's insight:
" Resources by Topic:Getting StartedHow to Find OEROpen Lesson Plans, Courses, and ActivitiesOpen Alternatives to TextbooksAdditional Resources on the Web "
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The best online and hybrid courses are made from scraps strewn about and gathered together from across the web. We build a course by examining the bits, considering how they’re connected, and creating pathways for learners to make their own connections. The design-process is what distinguishes online teaching most from traditional on-ground teaching. When we... Read More
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators.
Creative Commons (CC) believes publicly funded education, research and data resources should be shared in the global commons. The public should have access to what it paid for, and should not be required to pay twice (or more) to access, use, and remix publicly funded resources.
This is why we are pleased to announce that the...
Martin Weller sent me a photo of my book a couple of weeks ago. I was away from the office, and that was the first time I saw a photo of the physical book. I saw the physical one a week later when I returned to my office. There it was. In print. And published.
(2015). Open to influence: what counts as academic influence in scholarly networked Twitter participation. Learning, Media and Technology: Vol. 40, Critical Approaches to Open Education, pp. 287-309. doi: 10.1080/17439884.2015.1015547
(2013). Open educational practices in higher education: institutional adoption and challenges. Distance Education: Vol. 34, Education Across Space and Time: Meeting the Diverse Needs of the Distance Learner, pp. 201-217. doi: 10.1080/01587919.2013.793641
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