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OER in the third sector

OER in the third sector | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Accessing and creating Open Educational Resources (OER) is now something within reach of everyone, bringing great benefits to those who work within the third sector and adult learning communities.

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Creative Commons Announces “School of Open” with Courses to Focus on Digital Openness

Creative Commons Announces “School of Open” with Courses to Focus on Digital Openness | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Just in time to celebrate Open Education Week, here comes a new initiative, the School of Open, a learning environment focused on increasing our understanding of “openness” and the benefits it brings to creativity and education in the digital age.
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Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out

Researchers explore who is taking MOOCs and why so many drop out | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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An article which responds to critics who point at the high attrition rate on MOOCs (up to 97%) by pointing out that they are not like other courses...

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White Paper: MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses

White Paper: MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
MOOCs are on the Move: A Snapshot of the Rapid Growth of MOOCsA White Paper by Dr Lindsay Ryan - January 2013What are MOOCsMOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses and they are rapidly changing the game for higher education, executive education and employee...

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Growth in use of the CC-BY license | Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

Growth in use of the CC-BY license | Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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Online Education May Make Top Colleges More Elite

Online Education May Make Top Colleges More Elite | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
MOOCs and other online tools are likely to enhance education, not cut tuition, at colleges like Harvard and MIT, said participants at a meeting in Cambridge, Mass.
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Broadband access can help bridge educational divides, empower students

Broadband access can help bridge educational divides, empower students | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Broadband connectivity has the potential to transform education by giving teachers and students access to learning resources and technologies that will allow them to improve their skills in the context of a globalized economy, according to a United Nations report released today.

The report, Technology, Broadband and Education: Advancing the Education for All Agenda, argues that access to high-speed technologies over fixed and mobile platforms can help students acquire the digital skills required to participate in the global economy and contribute to ensure their employability once they finish their studies.

 

Read more at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=44220

 


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Leigh-Anne Perryman's curator insight, March 1, 2013 4:31 AM

Lack of broadband is one of the factors that must be considered when researching the impact of OER on access, widening participation and educational inclusion. Useful background information here.

Sandhya Gunness's comment, April 8, 2013 1:54 PM
Build it and they will come?
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Cathy Davidson - Why We Need Badges Now: A Bibliography of Resources in Historical Perspective

Cathy Davidson - Why We Need Badges Now: A Bibliography of Resources in Historical Perspective | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

It was something over a year ago when we first began talking about badges as a powerful new tool for identifying and validating the rich array of people’s skills, knowledge, accomplishments, and competencies that happens everywhere and at every age.  That’s when we decided that this year the Digital Media and Learning Competition would be dedicated to an array of competitions on badging.  I remember when we started writing, blogging, talking, speaking, and in other ways trying to create a conversation around badges as an alternative mode of assessment, people would look at me like I was a little daft.  Boy Scout sashes?  Police badges?

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I'm not sure if the case for action NOW is that persuasively made here, but here's a pro-badging perspective...

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Carsten Storgaard's curator insight, March 3, 2013 6:04 AM

Badges as a metric for knowledge learned

Pauline Farrell's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:59 AM

to add to the conversation....

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Cable Green - OER in K-12: Sharing Common Core and Future Directions

keynote slides for WA K-12 OER OSPI event: http://digitallearning.k12.wa.us/oer/
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Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world

Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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According to this, only Research Councils UK endorse the Gold model of 'open' access...

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The Most Thorough Description (to date) of University Experience with MOOC -

The Most Thorough Description (to date) of University Experience with MOOC - | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
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Trends in Higher Education | a report

Trends in Higher Education | a report | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Download the full report, data or presentation from College Board's Trends in Higher Education, College Pricing, Student Aid and Education Pays
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Program for Black College Students Sees Success in Georgia

Program for Black College Students Sees Success in Georgia | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
In recent decades, equality in America has taken great strides, and the University System of Georgia (USG) is working to ensure black men have every opportunity to attend college, and the efforts are getting noticed on a national scale.
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SURF Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013

SURF Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013 | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013 describes trends in open educational resources (OER) and open education in the Netherlands and elsewhere, from the perspective of Dutch higher education.  

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Take a free seat in the lecture hall

Teachers - and pupils - now have unprecedented access to university-
level material online, but what's out there? Michael Shaw reports
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Some useful background information about access to OER, e.g. "The OpenCourseWare (OCW) Consortium, which provides material from more than 200 universities and HE institutions, polled 1,000 users last year to find out who they were and why they accessed the content.

Undergraduate students were one of the largest groups, making up 22 per cent of the audience. But for every two undergraduates who logged on, there was one school pupil. Indeed, the proportion of users who were secondary and high school pupils (11 per cent) was slightly larger than that of postgraduate students (10 per cent). A survey by a similar HE site, Education Portal (education-portal.com), had similar results.

 

You would not have thought it would be teenagers' idea of a fun evening to watch lectures from iTunes U and TEDx, or start a course in computer programming at a US university. But data suggests that many thousands of keener pupils do. This creates new challenges and opportunities for secondary teachers, who may find material for their resource collections."

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Stephen Downes: Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Today I want to take you through a bit of a historical journey. We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today.

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sofipapadi's curator insight, March 9, 2013 2:52 AM

What's interesting is these websites became places not only where you shared data, they became places where you manipulated data and created new data. Websites actually became like little programs, like little applications. There was a slogan, "the Web as platform." That phenomenon is still very much at work today. Every website you go to almost is a platform of some sort. Different platforms, different ways of doing things, but what they are all doing is integrating data. All of them, except old websites that were created in 1995 and nobody's done anything with them since.

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Debbie Morrison: Why and When Peer Grading is Effective for Open and Online Learning

Debbie Morrison: Why and When Peer Grading is Effective for Open and Online Learning | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

Is peer grading an effective assessment method for open and online learning? What about in MOOCs where student feedback may be the only means of determining a pass or fail in a course? This posts examine peer grading and suggests what conditions must be present in order for peer grading to be effective.

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Domitilla Enders's curator insight, March 9, 2013 12:09 PM

Interested to see how this evolves in online learning environments. Good way to keep students engaged and learning from each other.

JM Gonzalez-Barahona's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:34 PM

Peer grading is one of the many peer to peer recognition systems available. Is it a good method for grading students in MOOCs?

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Ilkka Tuomi: Open Educational Resources and the Transformation of Education

Ilkka Tuomi: Open Educational Resources and the Transformation of Education | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it

The extremely rapid expansion of open educational resource (OER) initiatives and the millions of learners they attract can be understood as an indicator of an emerging revolution in education and learning. This article describes recent developments in this area and develops conceptual foundations for studies and policies on OER. We describe four different types of OER, locate these in a field of learning theories, and discuss how the wide adoption of OER may constrain and accelerate the transformation of learning and education in the knowledge society.

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Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access

Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Creative Commons and the Openness of Open Access
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A nice summary of the options and issues for open access publication

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Timo Kos: The business impact of MOOCs

Presentation on the possible business impact of MOOCs for the Special Intereset Groep OER of SURF
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timokos's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:57 PM

The video registration of this presentation can be found on the youtube channel of SURF: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qtcFfW5PnI.

 

Im working on the translation of the Dutch transcript into English..

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Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care | EDUCAUSE

Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care | EDUCAUSE | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Key TakeawaysOpen educational resources made a dramatic appearance with the 2002 debut of MIT's Open Courseware initiative.In the roughly 10 years since, OERs have not noticeably disrupted the traditional business model of higher education or affected daily teaching approaches at most institutions.Four major hurdles seem the likeliest hindrances to adoption of OERs: discoverability, quality control, bridging the last mile, and acquisition.OERs could unify and advance the essentially disconnected developments in digital textbooks and MOOCs by establishing a global enterprise learning content management system.
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What are barriers to widespread OER adoption?  According to Kortemayer, they are discoverability, quality control and content management...

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 26, 2013 1:42 PM

This is an important and interesting article. On the other hand, way back when before the networks, I recall an EDUCOM Educational Uses of IT (EUIT) program was giving awards to professors and developers of academic software for microcomputers. What made a strong impression on me was that they said, even then, that it took at least seven, yes 7, years from concept to adoption of the software in higher education. Some cultures, like academia do not change very fast.

 

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The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks

The Growing Adoption of Creative Commons Textbooks | OER & Open Education News | Scoop.it
Ten years after its creation, governments are turning to the Creative Commons license to reform their education programs.
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