21 avril 2013

Build it and they will come?– Inhibiting factors for reuse of open content in developing countries

Build it and they will come?– Inhibiting factors for reuse of open content in developing countries “Build it and they will come?– Inhibiting factors for reuse of open content in developing countries” is a paper written by Mathias Hatakka, from Örebro University (Sweden) and published in 2009 in the “The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries.“
Open content has the potential to change the playing field when it comes to every individual’s right to education. However, despite the benefits of OER, the usage is very low in developing countries. Understanding why content developers choose not to use it is the first step towards finding a solution to the problem.
Mr Hatakka focuses his qualitative study on the question “Which inhibiting factors for reuse do content developers in developing countries experience with open content?” To find an answer, interviews, questionnaires and observations have been made with content developers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and from UNESCO’s Open Training Platform.
Findings show that many of the inhibiting factors with reuse of open content do not necessarily relate to the actual content. Educational rules and regulations, lack of infrastructure, teaching practices and traditions etc. are major obstacles that need to be overcome if the usage of open content should increase. Paper.

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Collaborative Statistics

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/asset/book_icon_cnx.png“Collaborative Statistics” is an OER written by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean, professors of mathematics and statistics at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. The textbook was developed over several years and has been used in classes that range from 20 to 120 students and in regular, honor, and distance learning classes.
This free online resource presented by Connexions is intended for introductory statistics courses being taken by college students who are majoring in fields other than math or engineering. Intermediate algebra is the only prerequisite.
The book focuses on applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it, emphasizing on four main concepts:
    * thinking statistically
    * incorporating technology
    * working collaboratively
    * writing thoughtfully

“Collaborative Statistics” contains full materials for course offerings, including expository text, examples, labs, homework, and projects. A Teacher’s Guide and supplemental course materials including additional problem sets and video lectures are also available online. Textbook.

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MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/asset/logofull.pngThis white paper published in March 2013 sets out to help decision makers in higher education institutions gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), trends towards greater openness in higher education and the implications for their institutions.
Authors Li Yuan and Stephen Powell describe the phenomena of the MOOCs, placing them in the wider context of open education, online learning and the changes that are currently taking place in higher education at a time of globalisation of education and constrained budgets.
The “MOOCs and Open Education: Implications for Higher Education” report is written from a UK higher education perspective, but is largely informed by the developments in MOOCs from the USA and Canada.
A literature review was undertaken focussing on the extensive reporting of MOOCs through blogs, press releases as well as openly available reports. This identified current debates about new course provision, the impact of changes in funding and the implications for greater openness in higher education. The theory of disruptive innovation is used to help form the questions of policy and strategy that higher education institutions need to address. Publication.

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2.º Congresso Nacional Literacia, Media e Cidadania

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/events/4.0.pos_.jpgFormar para um uso crítico e esclarecido dos meios de comunicação, quer dos tradicionais quer dos que resultam das novas tecnologias, é um imperativo de cidadania que constitui profunda preocupação do Grupo Informal sobre Literacia Mediática - GILM, constituído pelo Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Sociedade da Universidade do Minho, Comissão Nacional da UNESCO, Conselho Nacional de Educação, Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social e Gabinete para os Meios de Comunicação Socia
Trazer para a agenda pública esta dimensão da formação dos cidadãos, promovendo a consequente definição e aplicação de políticas coerentes de literacia e educação para os media é o objetivo partilhado das citadas instituições que, para o efeito, têm vindo desde 2009 a desenvolver um conjunto de atividades destinadas a contribuir de forma substantiva para o aprofundamento de conhecimentos e para o debate sobre as múltiplas questões que integram o grande universo do “pensar e agir digital”.
Este 2.º Congresso Literacia, Media e Cidadania constitui, enquanto evento internacional, um importante desafio.
Serão, seguramente, dois dias substantivos em termos de análise de trabalhos de investigação, de discussão conceptual, de sugestões para a criação e implementação de políticas, para programas de formação e para práticas de intervenção.

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http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/elearning_papers.png5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (CSEDU 2013)
CSEDU aims at becoming a yearly meeting place for presenting and discussing new educational environments, best practices and case studies on innovative technology-based learning strategies, institutional policies on computer supported education including open and distance education, using computers.
The Rheinisch-Westfaeliche Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH).

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StudyWorld 2013 8th International Fair for Higher and Continuing Education

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/events/sw_de.jpgStudyWorld 2013, the international fair for higher and continuing education, provides first-hand information about Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Germany and abroad. Further topics include internships worldwide, scholarships and other funding sources. Exhibitors include public and private universities from around the world, scholarship and financial aid institutions, student information and consultation services, internship agencies, academic exchange organisations and foundations. The fair's extensive seminar programme comprises around 50 presentations dealing with all aspects of study and careers. Some 170 exhibitors from 25 countries are expected at StudyWorld 2013.
The fair attracts visitors from all over Germany, primarily senior high school students, undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate university students as well as young professionals.

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Making Sense of MOOC: A thought leadership workshop

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/events/MerchantTaylor.jpgA thought leadership workshop about harnessing the internet for effective teaching and learning between Secondary FE and HE.
The aim is to bring together a selective group of top independent, state schools and FE Colleges with their counterparts in HE to see how this new online paradigm can be made to work smarter and more effectively for the next generation of our students.
There will be topical presentations on strategy, content, assessment and the deployment of new online technologies, presented by experts within these fields. Website: http://www.connectededucation.com/events/.

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Better eBusiness: EU-China Exchange Programme

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/Jyv%C3%A4skyl%C3%A4n_yliopiston_logo.pngThe eBEREA runs a joint exchange programme dedicated to advance eBusiness research and higher education in EU and China. The programme, implemented by a network of five EU universities and three universities in China, reinforces existing research collaboration through seconding and hosting researchers.
The aim is to actively transfer knowledge and develop sustainable collaboration between EU and China in research and in education. The focus of this exchange programme is electronic business (eBusiness), more specifically business modelling and design; related financial services for consumers and citizens; and the institutional arrangements such as regulation and trust enhancing mechanisms on advocating the aforementioned topics for prospering eSociety.
eBEREA cooperation with the key developers of Chinese eBusiness and financial education gives an opportunity for the European partners to influence the development of eBusiness research and practises in China also in long term.
Website: eBEREA.

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Global Open Education: A Roadmap for Internationalization

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/elearning_papers.pngBy Jan Pawlowski. The main goal of this paper is to stimulate the discussion on future issues on Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER) in a mid- and long-term perspective. The main issue discussed is how OER are utilized on an international level. Internationalization and global collaboration are crucial to Open Education:
    * How can OER be utilized across borders?
    * How can OER contribute towards better education for less developed countries?
    * How can Open Education contribute towards better collaboration in Europe and globally?
These are just some questions to be explored and solved in the next years. As a starting point, I would recommend two key visions:
1. Creating a European Open Education community towards collaboration, mutual support and participation.
2. Creating global outreach of European Open Education towards European leadership in both, the educational market and development cooperation.
This paper identifies key issues and potential solutions for international aspects regarding open education. Using a roadmapping methodology, I propose steps and recommendations for advancing Open Education. Download Pawlowski-et-al-OE2030-LLL2. Read Complete Text: PDF Document.

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Tools for Monitoring Urban Integration: UNITE Project

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/imagecache/content_detail_picture/1017933.pngThe UniteEurope project provides Social Media tools and makes software available to policymakers working on integaration of third-country nationals. Users of the UniteEurope tool can save, monitor and track specific integration cases to measure impact and to predict the effect of future decisions.
takes citizen generated content, mass data related to integration issues, and existing platforms, but then acts as an intelligent filter. Its aggregation architecture delivers relevant information for policy makers to support sustainable social integration. Read more...

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