Webinar 9 Oct: Policies – The Cause or Effect of Open Education?

Presented by: Rob Farrow & Sara Frank Bristow October 09th , 2013 at 16:00 UTC - Sarah is joining OER Research Hub as a fellow for two week visit in MK from today. This is one of a series of OER Research Hub sessions.

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching - a MOOCaholic feast

Special issue on MOOCs.

Welsh universities commit to sharing course material online

A bold move from Welsh HEIs and one which its neighbours will closely watch. I look forward to hearing more. Those who recall the progress made in Ireland with NDLR will appreciate the value in having all national institutions working together on this. Good Luck.

A University's Offer of Credit for a MOOC Gets No Takers

It you read on you will see that this credit is descibed as 'might be useful only to students who intended to finish their degrees at Global Campus'. Two things strike me. First that it takes a long time to switch and students have every reason tobe conservative. MOOCs are not something that they factored into deciding to use on a degree and those on a degree have every reason to want to see the first course operate without hitch before they tie their expensive degree to this. So no takers so far may mean little.


The second is that the idea of students of MOOCs wanting heavyweight formal accreditation is something wider than using it in a specific degree. A formal college credit must surely have more value than to be used only in a specific degree on a specific campus. For example it may be used for CPD or to help access a different degree program.


Q&A from the OERU wikieducator site:

Are the learners mostly interested in only small sequences of learning, tailored to their own individual purpose, and then sign off and move to other MOOCs because their own learning objective was fulfilled? 

The OER Foundation does not have research evidence to respond with any authority to this question. However, it is a plausible hypothesis to suggest that MOOCs can provide greater flexibility for learners to opt into and opt out of individual MOOCs according to their own learning needs and interests. - See more at: http://mooc.efquel.org/week-10-quality-and-the-eye-of-the-mooc-beholder-perspectives-from-the-oeru-on-moocs-and-micro-credentials-by-wayne-mackintosh/#sthash.la469m7z.dpuf


<PICKED UP FROM Susan  Bainbridge onto Connectivism Scoop.it and Ebba Ossiannilson's post to the OER forum.>

KA Lite: an offline version of the Khan Academy - Creative Commons

 KA Lite, an offline version of the Khan Academy developed by a team of volunteers from around the world in collaboration with the Foundation for Learning Equality. KA Lite was developed with the aim of furthering universal access to education, especially those without an Internet connection — or those with a very slow Internet connection. Map on their site shows all registered users of KA Lite around the world.

Blackboard xpLor officially released with OER and CC license options - Creative Commons

This should give educators using Blackboard the ability to 'discover, create and share resources across learning management systems (LMS)' - which has to be good news.