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The iceberg model of OER engagement - The Ed Techie

The iceberg model of OER engagement - The Ed Techie | Researching OER | Scoop.it
I'm pretty sure I'm the first person to ever use the iceberg analogy... I've been pondering ways of thinking about open education awareness, and OER usage that might help shape OER policy. So here's one I want to try out....
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Robert Farrow: Open Research into Open Education: The Role of Mapping and Curation

An overview of the role of mapping and curation in the OER Research Hub project for the CALRG conference.
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Beyond Property Rights: Thinking About Moral Definitions of Openness

Beyond Property Rights: Thinking About Moral Definitions of Openness | Researching OER | Scoop.it
Should our definition of
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Alek Tarkowski's curator insight, May 6, 3:11 AM

I find this approach interesting as it seems to span thinking in terms of "open" (voluntary licensing models) and in terms of copyright as a law and its reform.

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Farm Radio Weekly » Farm Radio Weekly Archive » Online video and print guide: Conducting safe, effective and ethical interviews with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence

Farm Radio Weekly » Farm Radio Weekly Archive » Online video and print guide: Conducting safe, effective and ethical interviews with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence | Researching OER | Scoop.it
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#openbadgesMOOC — Session 7: Badges & Competency-Based Learning

#openbadgesMOOC — Session 7: Badges & Competency-Based Learning | Researching OER | Scoop.it
Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials Session 7: Badges & Competency-Based Learning #openbadgesMOOC After hibernating for the winter, the #openbadgesMOOC, New Currency for Professional...
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New Models for a New Year

All I want for Christmas is for the world to be more open.

But I know from my interactions all around the world that most people struggle to understand what open is and its implications. New open models require a rethinking of traditional models whether they be education models, business models, models of government, models of research, models of publishing, music, or the arts.

And of course new models can be scary. They threaten the status quo, they challenge pre-conceived notions on how things work, and generate fear of the unknown. So I’ve put on my Santa hat and here, on Christmas Eve day, I’m working on what I think of as a gift for the world – new models for a new year. This is a gift we unwrap together with an open mind. Lets get started..."

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Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over by the Mega Rich

Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over by the Mega Rich | Researching OER | Scoop.it
(This is a much expanded version of "Lessons From Paulo Freire," which appeared in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.) At...
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Paul West's curator insight, December 14, 2013 1:57 AM

" . . . schools have become intellectual dead zones and punishment centers as far removed from teaching civic values and expanding the imaginations of students as one can imagine." 

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Solvonauts : New Open Search Engine

"The search engine only indexes content with either a public domain and / or Creative Commons license, and as such everything within it is available for reuse without any major need for copyright clearance or checking. 

As well as being a search engine we have :


A Moodle Repository plugin to allow you to add OERs directly into Moodle - https://github.com/solvonauts/moodle-repository-plugin
A WordPress plugin to allow you to show OER on your WordPress blog - https://github.com/solvonauts/wordpress-widget
A Chrome plugin which allows you to check for OER on a website (such as the results returned by a Google search)
https://github.com/solvonauts/chrome-metadata-plugin

The entire repository ( https://github.com/solvonauts/solvonauts ), harvesting code (https://github.com/solvonauts/solvonauts-harvesting-code) and all data (https://github.com/solvonauts/opendata)  is available on github

All of this is open source. The goal is hopefully to allow people from all over the world (the code is internationalised) to create their own repositories and curate their own open content. The code also has a modularised structure and so can be extended relatively quickly to allow for different tools, new APIs and new features. Hopefully with some more time the site could become almost WordPress like with the ease of usage and so on, so forth.

We've tried to create a topology around the repository, focusing on promoting and encouraging reuse and repurposing. Tied into the repository is a series of APIs and tools which would allow (OAI style) for a series of repositories to talk to each other and share resources to harvest. We've also a second Moodle plugin (https://github.com/solvonauts/moodle-url-reporting-plugin) which allows the repository to visit your Moodle (should you so wish) and see if you've used any resources that we have information on. In doing so, an idea of how popular a resource is (sort of paradata) could be. Paradata could be used to influence search results, or could be displayed as per metadata.

In terms of where we can harvest / index, at present the harvesting code supports RSS (all types), ATOM, OAI (DC), FlickR API, Tumblr API, Youtube API and the Slideshare API. OER publishing seems to have moved to a publish almost everywhere (which I think is a good thing) but it makes indexing these resources properly hard.
 

Lots more to discuss and we've set up a community site as well to help handle this http://solvonauts.org/community/


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Ava Chen's curator insight, November 26, 2013 6:21 AM

A new open search engine tool. It also offers sevearl plugin options to users in different platform. Give it a try to see what are the results come out ;-) 

Becky Mowat's comment, December 5, 2013 4:41 AM
This will streamline content curation!" What a major timesaver for content writers and curators!
Becky Mowat's curator insight, December 5, 2013 4:47 AM

What a timesaver for e-educators, content writers and curators!

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Pedagogical quality enrichment in OER based courseware: Guiding principles | Misra | Open Praxis

This is a critical phase for Open Educational Resources (OER) movement: on one side the number of OER is increasing rapidly, and on other side debates about quality of OER-based courseware are heating up. These debates emanate from the fact that OER-based courseware are supposed to help users to follow a logical learning path and get an engaging, interactive, and enjoyable learning experience. There are two aspects of quality assurance in OER-based courseware: content and pedagogy. The content aspect primarily rests with subject experts, and pedagogical quality of courseware mainly lies in the hands of developers. Present trends reveal that mainly enthusiasts, working with some support from the institution management are designing and developing OER-based courseware. There seems a possibility that these enthusiasts are developing courseware without undergoing any specific courseware development training, and in the absence of proper knowledge and training about pedagogy, one can not be sure that the produced courseware will be of superior quality. In this backdrop, present paper discusses and details about a number of guiding principles for enrichment of pedagogical quality in OER-based courseware

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What open learning materials are being downloaded in China?

What open learning materials are being downloaded in China? | Researching OER | Scoop.it
Earlier in 2013, I completed a project for the Higher Education Academy, called iTunes U Reach. In this project, I facilitated the launch of the University of Leicester's iTunes U channel, of whic...
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Reflection on research ethics in mobile or tech-enabled learning in the Korean context

Reflection on research ethics in mobile or tech-enabled learning in the Korean context | Researching OER | Scoop.it
I stumbled across the above tweet from @meowtree (aka, Linda Raftree) and was intrigued by a few of the points thatJohn Traxler raised in the comments. John always brings a voice to the ethical side of the equation of ICT research and design. As I wade through the research I am doing for my PhD on mobile technology use in Korean higher education, some of these points in particular struck home. So, this is less adding significantly to the points that John has raised, but rather a reflection on how these points are manifested in my context. Since I believe in reflexivity and try to instill that in my students, I need to practice what I preach here in regards to my own research and development as an academic (however defined). So I will broadly discuss a few of John’s points and relate those to my work in the Korean context.
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Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges

Recognizing, Supporting, and Attracting Adult Learners with Digital Badges | Researching OER | Scoop.it
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A well-referenced and comprehensive guide to digital badges.

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November 1, 2013: Open Educational Resource university to be launched worldwide

November 1, 2013: Open Educational Resource university to be launched worldwide | Researching OER | Scoop.it

The OERu will provide more affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions.


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Paul Stacey: A Systems Approach to Open

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In the 1990's I worked for Hughes Aircraft of Canada developing large scale air traffic control systems for international customers around the world. Air traffic control systems are large, complex,...
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Rob Farrow: Visit #OER Impact Map for evidence of OER impact

Rob Farrow: Visit #OER Impact Map for evidence of OER impact | Researching OER | Scoop.it

"We aggregate and filter data that relates to our research hypotheses.To see some of the evidence we have gathered visit our OER Impact Map. There you will find up to date reporting on each of our hypotheses as well as summaries for different countries and help on using the site.  Links are also provided to OER maps by others as well as free tools for data visualization and mapping,"


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Emerging Best Practices for Using Storify For Archiving Event Tweets

Emerging Best Practices for Using Storify For Archiving Event Tweets | Researching OER | Scoop.it
"Embrace open practices which you are comfortable with; share your open practices with others" In a post entitled Reflections on the #openeducationwk Blog Posts I summarised the guest posts publish...
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David Wiley: The Access Compromise and the 5th R

It’s been seven years since I introduced the 4Rs framework for thinking about the bundle of permissions that define an open educational resource, or OER. The framework of permitted activities – reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute – has gained some traction in the field, and I’m happy that people have found it useful. The 4Rs play a critical role in my own thinking about OER, and my operational definition of OER now includes two main criteria: (1) free and unfettered access to the resource, and (2) whatever copyright permissions are necessary for users to engage in the 4R activities. But while the framework has served the field well – and has shaped my own thinking, too – I believe the time has come to expand it.


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Leigh-Anne Perryman's curator insight, March 6, 2:53 AM

A seminal blog post from a key thinker in OER. 

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Open Education | Open Education Europa

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Cable Green: UNESCO launches Open Access Repository under Creative Commons

Cable Green: UNESCO launches Open Access Repository under Creative Commons | Researching OER | Scoop.it

making more than 300 digital reports, books and articles available to the world under the Creative Commons IGO licenses.


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OneClick Digital and the Medrano Project: OER as Content, OER as Pedagogy (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

OneClick Digital and the Medrano Project: OER as Content, OER as Pedagogy (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Researching OER | Scoop.it
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JRC-IPTS: Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe


Six summary recommendations for the advancement of OEP for adult learning in Europe:

1. Recognise that ‘learning’ takes place everywhere
2. Extend the range of people and organisations who produce and use resources
3. Think of OER more broadly than as content
4. Promote awareness of open licensing and its implications
5. Improve the usability of OER
6. Plan for sustained change


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A very solid report.

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Accessibility, OER, and Improving Services for Students with Disabilities | The Sloan Consortium

Accessibility, OER, and Improving Services for Students with Disabilities | The Sloan Consortium | Researching OER | Scoop.it
Extended abstract on OER accessibility
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Curtis Kendrick & Irene Gashurov: Libraries in the Time of MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review)

Curtis Kendrick & Irene Gashurov:  Libraries in the Time of MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review) | Researching OER | Scoop.it

MOOCs give librarians new opportunities to help shape the conversation about changes in higher education and to guide administrators, faculty, and students through these changes. To assume this role, librarians must understand the MOOCs landscape. Numerous stakeholders will have an interest in the massive intellectual property that ultimately resides in libraries' owned and licensed digital repositories. Studying and adopting technologies to manage and monitor MOOC usage of library resources will be essential to controlling access and tightening Internet safeguards.


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OERs and Open Online Courses

Discussion of the role of OERs in MOOCs, with particular attention to the MOOC we are offering with UdeM in French on OERs (RELs in French). Originally planned

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Vance Stevens's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:57 PM

I'm disappointed both that Stephen didn't make it across to the UAE and that I didn't get enough advance notice of this to make plans to visit my granddaughter in Doha this weekend, but at least we have the artifacts, as always.  Thanks Stephen :-)

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State of OER Policy in Romania

State of OER Policy in Romania | Researching OER | Scoop.it
With this post we'd like to initiate a series of overviews of OER Policy developments in Europe. We are starting with a post about Romania, written by Valentina Pavel from the Association for Techn...
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