The blockchain provides a rich, secure, and transparent platform on which to create a global network for higher learning. This Internet of value can help to reinvent higher education in a way the Internet of information alone could not.
Recently I've been following a discussion about the future of OER (Open Educational Resources). Most of the discussion has been via blog posts between David Wiley (@opencontent) and Rajiv Jhangiani (@thatpsychprof). Others have contributed via Twitter. It's a friendly exchange with the key blog posts having been David's Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later Evolution vs…
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).
By nine school district superintendents from nine states Now is the time of year when U.S. public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Historically, most districts purchased from the same few providers. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they …
New features in the Open Badges Specification will soon make it possible for third parties to add verifiable endorsements to these e-credentials — a necessary step for their credibility in many settings.
Academic librarians are pleased with the progress they’ve made in leading their campuses to recognize the value of Open Educational Resources (OER). Now publishers are responding to OER with new learning platforms. It may be time for a new strategy.
Die Schweiz steigt bis 2024 vollständig auf "Open Access" für öffentlich finanzierte Forschung um. Die Umsetzung der Strategie soll sofort beginnen. In Deutschland sind derweil zahlreiche Universitäten für Elsevier-Beiträge auf Fernleihe
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…
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