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University of Mississippi to incorporate School of Open’s Wikipedia course

University of Mississippi to incorporate School of Open’s Wikipedia course | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

'The University of Mississippi’s Spring 2014 course “Open Educational Resources and Practices” will include the module “Writing Wikipedia Articles” (aka WIKISOO), which I developed and taught through the School of Open; as well as “Open Content Licensing for Educators,” developed and taught by Wayne Mackintosh as part of the OER university consortium. The new graduate level course (Edhe 670), taught by Dr. Robert Cummings, will invite learners from around the world to take these two course modules alongside graduate students, free of charge. This is the first time a university has adopted a School of Open course as part of a formal university course.'

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I'm particularly interested in this kind of hybrid approach.

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Here a MOOC, There a MOOC: But Will It Work for Freshman Composition?

Here a MOOC, There a MOOC: But Will It Work for Freshman Composition? | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

In November 2012, I was part of a team that was awarded a grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a MOOC for one of the most ubiquitous of university courses: freshman composition. Over the next five months, I will blog about our process. And I will try to address a central question surrounding the proliferation of massive open online courses. Many people argue that rising technologies could allow us to educate the world more efficiently. My question is, can we educate people more effectively?

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Tony Hirst: UK universities embrace the free, open, online future of higher education powered by The Open University


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On the territorial dimensions of MOOCs

On the territorial dimensions of MOOCs | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"... as a geographer, three territorial silences initially come to my mind regarding the MOOCs discussion to date."

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Audrey Watters - Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Battle to Open Textbooks

Audrey Watters - Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Battle to Open Textbooks | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"When I looked at the most significant trends in educational technology last year, I opted to write about the “Digital Library” in lieu of digital textbooks. And truth be told, it would be quite easy for me to make the same argument again in 2012: despite all the hype about “revolutionizing” the textbook, faculty and students are still slow to adopt digital versions. (Not to mention, sorry, but textbooks, yuck.)"


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OER University – for those who are serious about low cost, socially responsible university credit.

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Digital Literacies 101 – What MOOCs Really Teach

Digital Literacies 101 – What MOOCs Really Teach | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

'"And so, while the march of the MOOCs rolls on from its summer of buzz into autumn with the Battle Hymn of Disruption still trumpeting from various corners, there’s something about those crazy, boggling numbers that has me feeling hopeful.


The idea of nearly a million people engaged – however briefly – in the kind of semi-networked learning experience that even the most rigid, traditionally-structured MOOC courses inevitably offer makes me want to believe that we may eventually get our societal minds around the messy, distributed, traceable, remixable, quantified literacies of the digital age.


And that if we do, we may also get our minds around what to do about education.'

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Keeping MOOCs Opens

Keeping MOOCs Opens | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"These dual characteristics of “open” are also core to Open Educational Resources (OER). Hewlett’s updated OER definition begins: “OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” That is, for an educational resource to be “open” it must be both gratis (available at no-cost) and libre (everyone has the legal rights to repurpose the resource). An OER cannot be freely available or openly licensed – it must be both freely available and openly licensed (or in the public domain) to be an OER.


The new cohort of MOOCs are distinct from the original MOOCs in that they are “open,” thus far, in only one respect: they are open enrollment. The new MOOCs have not yet openly licensed their courses. As MOOCs continue to develop course content and experiment with various business models, we think it’s crucial that they consider adopting open licenses as a default on their digital education offerings. In general, the value proposition can be enhanced for the new MOOCs and their users if the MOOCs openly license their courses. A few ideas about why this is important:

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Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University

Coursera strikes MOOC licensing deal with Antioch University | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"The deal represents one of the first instances of a third-party institution buying permission to incorporate a MOOC into its curriculum -- and awarding credit for the MOOC -- in an effort to lower the full cost of a degree for students. It is also a first step for Coursera and its partners toward developing a revenue stream from licensing its courses."

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Higher Education Empirical Research Database

Higher Education Empirical Research Database | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The Higher Education Empirical Research (HEER) database comprises summaries of the latest published research on a range of topics related to higher education.


[Want to waste a lot of time? Here's your chance.]


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Thanks everybody for sharing this and letting others know about the HEER database. You can stay up-to-date with all the latest news from HEER by following us on Twitter @QAA_HEER. Kind regards, Katie.
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Education should take a lesson from the open-source movement

Education should take a lesson from the open-source movement | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"As we modernize our approach to education in a globalized world, there are lessons we can learn from the open-source movement. Open source provides the language of collaboration and co-operation – the basis from which programmers stitch discrete pieces into a coherent whole. Applied to education, open source emphasizes the agency of learners and the importance of both formal and informal education.


An educational passport is one way to think about an open-source approach to education. Gaining credits and credentials from different institutions would no longer be akin to crossing guarded borders; my passport facilitates easy movement across educational jurisdictions. Individuals can go from a college to a university, followed by a stint at a polytechnic, while acquiring passport stamps that show credits earned in school and experiences gained through work."

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Gardner Campbell: Ecologies of Yearning and the Future of Education [VIDEO]

Gardner Campbell: Ecologies of Yearning and the Future of Education [VIDEO] | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A must-see presentation from Open Education 2012. If you watch or listen to just one thing from this conference, this should be it. [image courtesy of Alan Levine]

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ELI Webinar - Digital Badges and Meaningful Microcredentials

ELI Webinar - Digital Badges and Meaningful Microcredentials | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Date: October 15, 2012

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET (UTC-4)

Special Guest: Jonathan Finkelstein


"We will explore how informal and nontraditional learning environments are impacting how we think about education. In particular, we'll discuss peer-to-peer learning trends and unpack the need for microcredentials and badge-empowered learning...


Finkelstein will share examples of new educational programs and online communities that leverage digital badges to build ongoing relationships with learners, foster engagement, and acknowledge learning that often goes unrewarded or unrecognized."


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ds106: Not a Course, Not Like Any MOOC (Alan Levine)

ds106: Not a Course, Not Like Any MOOC (Alan Levine) | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

'Looking for something different from the current hysteria of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)? A digital storytelling course started by Jim Groom at the University of Mary Washington (UMW), ds106 was set loose as an open course in January 2011. Yet the UMW catalog does not include such a course. Its actual course designation is CPSC 106 (Computer Science)—a small but telling example of how ds106 plays with and questions the norm.


Most classes in digital storytelling revolve around the personal video narrative form as popularized by the Center for Digital Storytelling. But ds106 storytelling explores the web as a culture, as a media source, and as a place to publish in the open. Not claiming to authoritatively define digital storytelling, ds106 is a constant process of questioning digital storytelling. Is an animated GIF a story? What does it mean to put "fast food" in the hands of Internet pioneers? Why would we mess with the MacGuffin? Is everything a remix? Though this is perhaps simply semantic wordplay, ds106 is not just "on" the web—it is "of" the web.'

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Call for contributions, Open Education Week 2013

Open Education Week is a five-day celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness of both the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources is free and open to anyone.

The Open Education Week Organizing Committee invites your participation in the second annual Open Education Week, 11-15 March 2013, to be marked by online and in-person events around the world. Contribute a virtual tour of your open education project, a webinar, links to resources, host a local event or propose something creative. To contribute, simply fill out the web form at www.openeducationweek.org by 18 January 2013. All contributions must use an open license that allows for reuse and modification.

Visit www.openeducationweek.org for more information and for archives of Open Education Week 2012. Open Education Week is coordinated by the OCW Consortium.

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TED Studies

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"Instructors have a new free resource to help them integrate content from TED talks into their courses. TED has teamed up with publisher John Wiley & Sons to create PC- and iPad-based content that can be used to support lessons on happiness studies and statistics, with more on the way. TED is a non-profit organization that holds events drawing experts and presenters from multiple fields to share their work and thinking in a plethora of areas. Those "talks" are recorded and freely shared on the TED Web site.

 

TED Studies, as the new program is named, combines recorded TED video sessions on a given topic and adds essays and activities to round out each set of programs."

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Journal of Interactive Media in Education (JIME) - Cambridge OER 2012 special issue

"A special issue of selected papers from the Cambridge OER 2012 conference, edited by Anna Comas-Quinn, Alannah Fitzgerald and Ian Fairweather."


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How To Search For Open Educational Resources

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Coursera praises MOOC-wrapping as they attempt to ban it

Coursera praises MOOC-wrapping as they attempt to ban it | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"I am a pragmatist. I don’t mind corporations, corporate software, or corporate people. There are many days I miss working in the private sector. I think the private sector does do many things better. I believe people should profit from their work, and I think a certain level personal risk and investment should be rewarded.


But I have to shake my head at any institution who can look at the Coursera terms of service – and look at it with a full knowledge of how hard-won our victories in OER have been — and sign us back into the dark ages."

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Pearson Project Blue Sky

Pearson Project Blue Sky | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Project Blue Sky allows instructors to search, select, and seamlessly integrate Open Educational Resources with Pearson learning materials. Using text, video, simulations, Power Point and more, instructors can create the digital course materials that are just right for their courses and their students. Pearson’s Project Blue Sky is powered by Gooru Learning, a search engine for learning materials."

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Coursera's Big Next Step: Online College Courses for Credit, for a Fee

Coursera's Big Next Step: Online College Courses for Credit, for a Fee | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Coursera, potentially the most disruptive startup that American higher education has ever seen, has rocketed to prominence with a model that seems almost too good to be true. It offers in-depth online classes from some of the world's top professors and universities for free. Until now, the only catch has been that you can't get college credit for taking them. The most you can get is a certificate of completion.


Now the one-year-old company, founded by Stanford professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng, is taking the next step. It announced today that it will begin working with a third-party service to evaluate some of its courses for college transfer credit beginning early next year. Students who want that credit will have to pay a fee. To thwart cheating—which, oddly, has been a problem even in online courses that don't count for credit—Coursera will use "online remote proctoring technologies" that use webcams to verify students' identity and validate their work during exams."

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Flatworld Knowledge Eliminates Free Access to Online Textbooks

Flatworld Knowledge Eliminates Free Access to Online Textbooks | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Flatworld Knowledge originally launched offering students free access to the full-text of its textbooks and made money by selling a variety of digital “study aids,” interactive tools, quizzes and guides as well as PDF versions of the book and audiobooks. FK also offers its textbooks in every digital platform as well as low-cost print versions. But as the company has expanded its business model to include offering its digital textbooks through college bookstores and through site licenses with universities that allow students to get access to all their textbooks via a flat student free, the sustainability of its core free-access model has come into question"


LAME. This isn't an issue of fairness, but of economics. I'd have significantly less resentment about this if they didn't try to justify it as a fairness issue.

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Vicky Moyle - Catch the Wave of the Future: OER and Open Textbooks. An Introduction to Faculty

  


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Lawrence Lessig: UNESCO Keynote

"Keynote given in Paris at UNESCO, June 20, 2012, about the copyright wars and open education."

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The Crisis in Higher Education

The Crisis in Higher Education | Open Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Online versions of college courses are attracting hundreds of thousands of students, millions of dollars in funding, and accolades from university administrators. Is this a fad, or is higher education about to get the overhaul it needs?"

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