Few instruments shape children’s and young people’s minds more powerfully than the teaching and learning materials used in schools. Textbooks convey not only knowledge but also social values and political identities, and an understanding of history and the world. Teachers and students trust textbooks as authoritative and objective sources of information, assuming that they are accurate, balanced and based on the latest scientific findings and pedagogical practice. In some contexts, textbooks are the first and sometimes the only books that a young person may read (Lässig and Pohl, 2009).
Read the Global Open Policy Report Open Policy is when governments, institutions, and non-profits enact policies and legislation that makes content, knowledge, or data they produce or fund available under a permissive license to allow reuse,...
By Curt Bonk in Teaching and Learning and Instructional Systems Technology. This paper is based on a keynote talk delivered at the biennial DEANZ Conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, in April 2016. As highlighted in that
Want to know which Creative Commons licence to use? Wondering how to cite and attribute OER? As part of COL’s Community of Practice platform, this new OER FAQ forum hopes to help answer questions about the many facets of OER. The forum covers over 100 FAQs on everything from the basics of Creative Commons licences to OER quality, OER policy and developing OER. As a community of practice, you will be invited to share and contribute your ideas on OER. This Community of Practice is a part of the OER for Skills Development project of COL, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
A new study of MOOCs from MIT and Harvard offers insights into online learner engagement and behavior. The report, based on four years of data from edX offerings on MITx and HarvardX, represents one of the largest surveys of massive open online courses to date.
1. Introduction: Systems thinking & Systems in Focus Despite the great work of many insightful open thinkers, OER is, seen from a theoretical perspective, still an ill-defined topic. Though there are several advanced definitions of OER, many fundamental questions have not been finally clarified. Things even become messier, when looking at closely related concepts like…
Today I’m in London for the Digital University Network Seminar at the Society for Research into Higher Education. Lesley Gourlay began proceedings by noting that openness is an area which needs to be looked at in the context of the ‘digital university’ series. Here are my notes on the presentations by the other two speakers.…
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