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Open Resources Influence on Learners and Educators (ORIOLE) project. Sharing stuff that we have found, produced, reused or otherwise have (or might) engage in. Sharing news and views on OER (mainly).
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HEFCE OER Review survey : OER Synthesis & Evaluation

Specially for those who have been involved in HEFCE-funded UKOER and SCORE inititaives. An online survey, which is 'your opportunity to feed into the review and also an opportunity to tell us which aspects of open educational practice would benefit from any future funding or research activity'.

 

Survey closes on 19th July - so make some time now please.

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Virtually learning: A creative commons quandary

Virtually learning: A creative commons quandary | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Author's reflection on royalities and textbook publishing following involvement in OERu course: 'What has really challenged me though, hasn't been the information around copyright or creative commons. Instead, the course has forced me to rethink my views on the ownership and sharing of knowledge.'

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Scientific Reports offers authors Creative Commons Attribution license

Scientific Reports offers authors Creative Commons Attribution license | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Scientific Reports is introducing the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license as an option for authors. Note some stats in this press release, which is effectively trumpeting that there will now be a commercial-use CC option: 'In 2011, 73% of authors publishing with Scientific Reports opted for the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA) license that permits derivative works; while 27% opted for the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND) License. Across all NPG journals with open access options, the picture was quite different. On the 1,113 open access articles NPG published in 2011, 39% of authors opted to permit derivative works and 61% opted for the ‘no derivatives’ license.'

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Draft declaration on OER (UNESCO Paris - June 2012)

Draft declaration on OER (UNESCO Paris - June 2012) | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Ten years on UNESCO revisits OER and drafts a declaration http://bit.ly/OxgRaw that emphasises the importance of OER and its place at the heart of the educational mainsteam as well as as vehicle for significant educational change. 

The list of recommendations remind us that OER is international and political and that staff need support but OER can deliver. Hope that this declaration hits the mark.  

 

Image from UNESCO of Paris (taken/uploaded at OPAL OER seminar in 2010 http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2209)

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Why the future lies in Open Educational Resources | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Why the future lies in Open Educational Resources | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it
RT @unescoNOW: Is the textbook dead?Why the future lies in Open Educational Resources #OER http://t.co/dFp7cPn7 #unescoCOMM...
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World Open Educational Resources Congress | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

World Open Educational Resources Congress | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

In full partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and through the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, UNESCO is organizing the 2012 World Open Educational Resources Congress.

The aims of the Congress are to:

Release the 2012 Paris OER Declaration;Showcase the world’s best practices in Open Educational Resources policies, initiatives, and experts;and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 2002 UNESCO Forum that coined the term Open Educational Resources (OER).

 

If you can't be in Paris note that there are online events also.

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OERu interviews for the TOUCANS project - all the links so far

OERu interviews for the TOUCANS project - all the links so far | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

The OERu is an interesting new iniatitive which is looking at reusing and acrediting open content, so Woolongong University (say) accrediting and examining students on open resources published by (say) MIT. A new style of open university which is actually several different universities blending open practice with what they normally do and doing what they normally do differently? The rest of this Scoop.it are the words of Gabi Whitthaus who has been following and researching the early stages of the OERu as her SCORE fellowship:

 

Over the past few weeks, I have been blogging about the interviews I've held with members from the OER university (OERu) member institutions, as well as with senior managers of UK higher education institutions about their views on the OERu concept. These interviews form part of the data-gathering process for the TOUCANS project (www.le.ac.uk/toucans), which I am carrying out as a SCORE fellow (http://www8.open.ac.uk/score/fellows) at the University of Leicester. 

 

Here is the list of the blogs as at 30 May 2012. (More to come... I'll be updating this post regularly with new links.)

 

UK HEI senior managers:

 

“The more flexible we are, the worse it is for the students” (Dave Hall, Registrar of the University of Leicester): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-dave-hall

 

"The big question is: who is going to give the student the qualification and how is that going to be validated?" (Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-martin-hall ;

 

“I look upon this as a playground.” (Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal, Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer of the University of Edinburgh): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-jeff-haywood ;

 

OERu network members: 

 

“We are focused on meeting community needs.” (Vasi Doncheva, Flexible learning manager at NorthTec Polytechnic in New Zealand): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-vasi-doncheva

 

“We need to have a far more efficient system.” (Wayne Mackintosh, Director of the International Centre for Open Education at Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, and Member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation.): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-wayne-mackintosh

 

“Don’t underestimate the earthquakes… What would happen if the physical university were no longer available?” (Herbert Thomas, Electronic Learning Media Team Leader at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-herbert-thomas ;

 

“We’ll be aiming at a self-contained student who is resolutely going to keep persevering…” (Kevin Bell, ex-Associate Vice President for Learning and Development, College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-kevin-bell ;

 

“I don’t see the death of the university that some people are going on about.” (Irwin DeVries, Director of Instructional Design for Thompson Rivers University: Open Learning, Canada): http://tinyurl.com/toucans-irwin-devries


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Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies | EDUCAUSE

Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies | EDUCAUSE | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Free book download, edited by Diana Oblinger, quite an open vibe going on here :-)

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UK Open Access Implementation Group

Open Access to published scholarly research offers significant benefits to the UK, according to two reports released today by the UK Open Access Implementation Group.

 

Read the reports in full

Rightscom/Matrix Evidence (2012) Benefits of Open Access to Scholarly Research Outputs to the public sector. Research report to the UK Open Access Implementation Group

NCVO/OPM (2012) Benefits of Open Access to Scholarly Research for voluntary and charitable sector organisations. Research report to the UK Open Access Implementation Group

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JISC OER Rapid Innovation: Technical roundup and possible directions #oerri JISC CETIS MASHe

JISC OER Rapid Innovation: Technical roundup and possible directions #oerri JISC CETIS MASHe | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

As the JISC OER Rapid Innovation projects have either started or will start very soon, Martin Hawksey (EdTech Explorer) provides a useful to summary of the technical choices and challenges with which these expect to engage,

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Kathi Fletcher's Blog: OERPUB: A community to create a flexible architecture for publishing and remixing OER

"A group of folks that participate on the Connexions’ Technical Committee wanted a way to broaden that discussion to the wider OER and OER tools community, attract new partners and collaborators, and yet stay focused on the principles of remixability. Thus was born the new oerpub-dev mailing list."


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When Teachers Demand to Be Co-Creators, Not Consumers

When Teachers Demand to Be Co-Creators, Not Consumers | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

"How can we learn through construction rather than instruction? The best learning experiences are when people get together and build something" -Joi Ito (MIT Media Lab)

"We don't want you to treat us as consumers, we want you to treat us as co-creators." Vicki Davis (Flat Classroom)

 

Report on exchanges on day two of the Hewlett Open Educational Resources Grantee Meeting

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The Power of Open: Stories of creators sharing knowledge, art, & data using Creative Commons - Creative Commons

The Power of Open: Stories of creators sharing knowledge, art, & data using Creative Commons - Creative Commons | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Creative Commons stories, available for free download in eight languages with more on the way. (Just in case you missed this one back in 2011 when launched).

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Call for papers – Openness in the Language Classroom | LORO

Call for papers – Openness in the Language Classroom | LORO | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Plans from LORO for an open access publication of case studies showcasing how the principles of openness in second / foreign language teaching and learning applied in practice. Aimed at practitioners in secondary and tertiary education, this will be freely available for download.

 

Invitations for case proposals now open.

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“The Citation of Open Access Resources by African Researchers in Corrosion Chemistry”

This article has been accepted for poublication in the journal, Library Philosophy and Practice. It is interesting in noting tha:t 'articles that had one or more researchers from an African country cited works that had versions in the Open Access (OA) domain twice as often (12.2%) when compared to articles that did not have an author from Africa (5.5%). The authors also evaluated the types of Open Access resources that the researchers cited, and the error rates found within their citations.' Only 15 papers, but could be sign of interesting trend?

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OER in Asia Pacific: Trends and Issues

These slides provide a brief overview of the OERAsia survey and what OER activity Asian countries are currently engaged in.  420 individual and 98 institutional survey responses. CC-BY license. Thank you to Ishan Sudeera Abeywardena for sharing.

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Flipped Learning Founders Set the Record Straight - T.H.E. Journal

Flipped Learning Founders Set the Record Straight - T.H.E. Journal | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Flipped Learning set out to invert their classes so the lectures were recorded and distributed. To 80% of (their school age) students this was online, to the rest this was on Flash Drives (for those with PC and not internet access). To those without PC it was DVD. I admire the determination of these two teachers and their willingness to share what they have produced as OER.

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“Unglue” a landmark of African cultural studies - Research - University of Cambridge

“Unglue” a landmark of African cultural studies - Research - University of Cambridge | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Nice example of community support to publish an important out of print work more publicly. Great that its met its target so quickly.

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How to register for #OCL4Ed

How to register for #OCL4Ed | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

#OCL4Ed is a free online professional development workshop from the OER Foundation
running from 20 June - 3 July 2012. This is a useful link if you have problems working out how to register and offers an oversight of the learning environment that they are using.

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I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research

I can no longer work for a system that puts profit over access to research | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it
Winston Hide, associate editor of Genomics, says its publisher Elsevier effectively denies developing world access to research findings...
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Open-Access Courses: How They Compare - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Open-Access Courses: How They Compare - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

A comparison of four open-access course providers (Berkely, MIT, P2PU, Saylor and U. of Wisconsin at Madison) in terms of five criteria: whether they include videotaped lectures, contact with professor, interaction with other students, option to take quizzes/ tests, and provision of homework assignments. It would be interesting to add more open access initiatives to the list, and to include accreditation for self-study as a criterion. 


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Harvard and M.I.T. Offer Free Online Courses

Harvard and M.I.T. Offer Free Online Courses | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

Interesting development. The universities announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, that will offer vast new learning opportunities for students around the world.

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ORIOLEproject: Promise and practice in OER: The need to move forward together

ORIOLEproject: Promise and practice in OER: The need to move forward together | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

My session at OER12/OCWC Cambridge next week is called 'Cartoons and Card Tricks'. The second version of the reuse cards and a cartoon or two, including this new one exploring whether you are weighted towards awareness of OER promise or OER practice. As with the other items in the ORIOLE shop these are available to reuse, trabslate and otherwise adapt and aimed as working with novices to OER.

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The Economist weighs in with arguments for open access

The Economist weighs in with arguments for open access | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it

PUBLISHING obscure academic journals is that rare thing in the media industry: a licence to print money. When research is funded by the taxpayer or by charities, the results should be available to all without charge

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World Bank decides to make its research open access

World Bank decides to make its research open access | ORIOLE project | Scoop.it
The World Bank announced a new open data policy to take effect on July 1. Along with the new policy, the Bank also plans to launch an accompanying Knowledge Repository.
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