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Open access: six myths to put to rest

Open access: six myths to put to rest | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better, says Peter Suber

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You've slaved over your research. You want an audience for your thinking..  The pundits you've been hearing are saying....


Understand the terrain. Discover the truth beyond the myths about Open access research publication.

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Essential information to help you dispel the myths and shine the light on Open Access Research. (Let's tag it Open Educational Resources for now.)

Open Educational Resources in Higher Education
sharing, collaboration and repurposing content are the hallmarks of modern education
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Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors

Curtin Teaching and Learning - eLearning: eLearning advisors | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The diverse team of eLearning advisors provide elearning workshops, send out periodic newsletter, provide customised consultation, support the eScholar program and more.

 

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When It Comes To Free Textbooks... Who Pays?

When It Comes To Free Textbooks... Who Pays? | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
With open educational resources on the rise and textbook revenue on the decline, colleges are looking for ways to keep institutional costs sustainable.
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Open educational resources improve academic performance —

Open educational resources improve academic performance — | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The University of Georgia conducted a large-scale study in which revealed the potential of open educational resources.
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7 Things You Should Know About Open Education: Content | EDUCAUSE

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or that have been relea
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FOAMeducation.org | FOAM - #FOAMed | Free Open Access Medical Education

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Why Supporting OER Is a Smart Decision [video] | EDUCAUSE

Why Supporting OER Is a Smart Decision [video] | EDUCAUSE | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Open educational resources are becoming an important tool for teaching and learning. Several higher ed IT leaders share their thoughts on incorporatin
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An Institutional Approach to OER Implementation at the University of South Africa (UNISA) | teachonline.ca

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is a mega open and distance learning (ODL) university with more than 400,000 students in South Africa and around the world. UNISA committed to the implementation of OER within the university by incorporating support for OER into all relevant policies and processes. This is seen as the critical enabling factor. Moreover, as an open university, it was felt OER are well aligned with the institution's academic traditions of sharing knowledge while being beneficial to learners.
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The University of South Africa (UNISA) is a mega open and distance learning (ODL) university with more than 400,000 students in South Africa and around the world. UNISA committed to the implementation of OER within the university by incorporating support for OER into all relevant policies and processes. This is seen as the critical enabling factor. Moreover, as an open university, it was felt OER are well aligned with the institution's academic traditions of sharing knowledge while being beneficial to learners.
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Open Education Resources (OER) Applications from Around the World | teachonline.ca

In a series of insightful descriptions, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Rory McGreal highlights the expanding and diverse applications of OER in post-secondary institutions around the world.

The thirteen examples provide insights into multiple facets of OER development, use and impact:

Use of OER for teaching and learning;
Integration of OER into programs and courses;
Development of OER by individual faculty, as well as teams;
Adaption of OER to match culture, language, and course content requirements;
Strategies to involve faculty in the development and use of OER;
Benefits of OER for student learning and faculty effectiveness; and
Organizational change resulting from the integration of OER.
The descriptions outline the organizational contexts that motivated the introduction of OER into teaching and learning, as well as details of the policies, practices, development processes, and resources involved. Benefits and challenges for faculty, students and, in some examples, institutions receive particular attention, followed by consideration of the potential of OER in each academic situation.   
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In a series of insightful descriptions, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Rory McGreal highlights the expanding and diverse applications of OER in post-secondary institutions around the world. The thirteen examples provide insights into multiple facets of OER development, use and impact: Use of OER for teaching and learning; Integration of OER into programs and courses; Development of OER by individual faculty, as well as teams; Adaption of OER to match culture, language, and course content requirements; Strategies to involve faculty in the development and use of OER; Benefits of OER for student learning and faculty effectiveness; and Organizational change resulting from the integration of OER. The descriptions outline the organizational contexts that motivated the introduction of OER into teaching and learning, as well as details of the policies, practices, development processes, and resources involved. Benefits and challenges for faculty, students and, in some examples, institutions receive particular attention, followed by consideration of the potential of OER in each academic situation.
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#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed - EdSurge News

#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed - EdSurge News | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? That was the question at the heart of our #DLNchat on January 9, whic
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Openness and education: a beginner’s guide

Openness and education: a beginner’s guide | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Once we had identified some clear areas within the network (e.g. MOOCs, OER, etc) we gathered together some key references within these. The choice was not always the most cited but rather trying to provide a range of coverage and type of publication. There is also a timeline view you can use to explore by topic and year.

We’ve produced a 32 page Beginner’s Guide that covers these main areas, with an overview of the area, and summaries of some key papers. We hope this will be useful to GO-GN and other researchers in the Open Education space. Feel free to share widely and please let us have any feedback on it.
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Once we had identified some clear areas within the network (e.g. MOOCs, OER, etc) we gathered together some key references within these. The choice was not always the most cited but rather trying to provide a range of coverage and type of publication. There is also a timeline view you can use to explore by topic and year. 

 We’ve produced a 32 page Beginner’s Guide that covers these main areas, with an overview of the area, and summaries of some key papers. We hope this will be useful to GO-GN and other researchers in the Open Education space. Feel free to share widely and please let us have any feedback on it.
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How to make open educational resources sustainable

How to make open educational resources sustainable | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How to make open educational resources sustainable
Open educational resources (OER) have undeniable benefits – they allow educators to use affordable (mostly free) learning resources, they can be easily updated or customised according to their purpose, they make education more accessible to a wider group of learners and allow for creativity in course design. The low or no cost aspect of OER is often mentioned as one of their biggest assets. Although OER are mostly free to use, this does not mean they are free to produce and maintain, which often raises the issue of their sustainability.

Sustainability issues in OER refer to when the funding used to cover the initial costs is not sustainable in the long term. For the most part, OER initiatives receive one-off seed capital, which most often comes from the government, EU programmes or philanthropy. The question of sustainability appears when the funding stops and OER organisations need to continue their activities. Additionally, OER creators face the challenge of maintaining their initial momentum and preserving the high quality of their OER in the long run.
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Sustainability issues in OER refer to when the funding used to cover the initial costs is not sustainable in the long term. For the most part, OER initiatives receive one-off seed capital, which most often comes from the government, EU programmes or philanthropy. The question of sustainability appears when the funding stops and OER organisations need to continue their activities. Additionally, OER creators face the challenge of maintaining their initial momentum and preserving the high quality of their OER in the long run.
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7 Things You Should Know About Open-Source Projects

Open-source projects engage a community of developers who collaborate and iterate to develop, grow, and improve software. Colleges and universities ha
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Open access publishing platform launched for African scientists

Open access publishing platform launched for African scientists | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
AAS Open Research offers immediate online publication and transparent, post-publication peer review
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Predatory publishers: the journals that churn out fake science.

Predatory publishers: the journals that churn out fake science. | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A Guardian investigation, in collaboration with German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk, reveals the open-access publishers who accept any article submitted for a fee
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DCU launches DCU Press, the first open access university press in Ireland | DCU

DCU launches DCU Press, the first open access university press in Ireland | DCU | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
DCU launches DCU Press, the first open access university press in IrelandnewsDublin City University is pleased to announce the launch
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Technology Enhanced Learning, Research Impact and Open Scholarship by Thomas Cochrane, Petrea Redmond, Linda Corrin

Technology Enhanced Learning, Research Impact and Open Scholarship by Thomas Cochrane, Petrea Redmond, Linda Corrin | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This guest editorial explores the potential impact of alternative metrics and social research networks to enhance Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) research and practice, particularly in the realm of open scholarship. Conventional measures of research impact are based upon a publications’ impact factor. Article or author-level metrics can provide a better view of the contribution to the field of research of a specific research project. However, metrics are based upon citation counts that can take years to accumulate.  This can result in a significant lag between the original research, communicating research outcomes to the wider research community, and research impact. TEL researchers are in a unique position to spearhead the growing movement towards open social scholarship and alternative metrics. Alternative metrics provide a powerful addition to conventional measures of research impact, facilitating a dynamic conversation around TEL research. Social media conversations provide the foundation for a collaborative open Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning as both an enhancement and alternative to conventional modes of research impact measurement. This guest editorial outlines key tools that are currently used to measure impact. We argue that a culture of open scholarship enhanced via social media and measured via alternative metrics creates an effective feedback loop between research and practice.
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“Creating Online Learning Experiences” Book is Now Available as an OER –

“Creating Online Learning Experiences” Book is Now Available as an OER – | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Well, big news in the EduGeek Journal world. I have been heading up a team of people to work on new book that was released as an OER through PressBooks today: Creating Online Learning Experiences: …
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38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program | EdSurge News

The college affordability crisis has gained much attention in recent years, yet prices continue to climb. Tuition increased 89 percent from 2002 t
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Open books: a powerful though little-used educational tool —

Open books: a powerful though little-used educational tool — | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Open books are free and repositories grow day by day; with them, teachers
can enrich their teaching practice and at the same time provide their
students with material tailored to their needs.
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Open books are revolutionizing the education world. Forget the math books from 1990, or your fourth grade student carrying around a backpack almost half his or her weight, and be sure that you are teaching up-to-date content in your classroom!
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OER and MOOCs at the National Open University of Nigeria | teachonline.ca

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is the second largest university in Africa with more than 180,000 students. The OER project at NOUN was initially motivated in response to the 2012 UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Paris Declaration on OER. Specifically, NOUN referred to the section that encouraged government-funded materials to be released under an open licence and made available and accessible as OER.  
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The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is the second largest university in Africa with more than 180,000 students. The OER project at NOUN was initially motivated in response to the 2012 UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Paris Declaration on OER. Specifically, NOUN referred to the section that encouraged government-funded materials to be released under an open licence and made available and accessible as OER.
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The Moodle OER Hub Needs You. Here Are 7 Ways You Can Contribute

The Moodle OER Hub Needs You. Here Are 7 Ways You Can Contribute | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
With the continuous launch of OER platforms and partnerships we’ve witnessed recently, the fact that Moodle’s own repository for Open Educational Resources has been around for years can…
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As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players - EdSurge News

As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players - EdSurge News | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Take the University of Texas at Arlington, which has a full-time Open Education Librarian, Michelle Reed. One project she led this year involved creating a series of videos promoting “Textbook Heroes,”professors who have replaced commercial textbooks in their courses with OER. The first of the videos includes several short interviews with students complaining about the high cost of commercial textbooks and expressing their wish that their professors would try open resources instead. One student in the first video in the series said he has skipped buying some assigned textbooks because they were too expensive. “Sometimes there’s no option,” he said. “If you don’t have the money for it then you don’t have the money for it. And it kind of hinders everything.”
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Take the University of Texas at Arlington, which has a full-time Open Education Librarian, Michelle Reed. One project she led this year involved creating a series of videos promoting “Textbook Heroes,”professors who have replaced commercial textbooks in their courses with OER. The first of the videos includes several short interviews with students complaining about the high cost of commercial textbooks and expressing their wish that their professors would try open resources instead. One student in the first video in the series said he has skipped buying some assigned textbooks because they were too expensive. “Sometimes there’s no option,” he said. “If you don’t have the money for it then you don’t have the money for it. And it kind of hinders everything.”
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OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool - EdSurge News

OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool - EdSurge News | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Open educational resources (OER) have long been touted as “the next big thing” in higher education, but the drawn-out hype has led many educators an
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Students have vital role in creating and spreading OER

Students have vital role in creating and spreading OER | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Through creating and spreading open educational resources, students learn more and make an impact on the world, writes Christina Hendricks.
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Open Education, Open Questions

Open Education, Open Questions | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The use of open practices by learners and educators is complex, personal, and contextual; it is also continually negotiated. Higher education institut
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OER Materials Drive Student Engagement and Savings, Study Finds

OER Materials Drive Student Engagement and Savings, Study Finds | Open Educational Resources in Higher Education | Scoop.it
College faculty report that students are seeing benefits of digital texts.
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