26 avril 2016

The State of Open Universities in the Commonwealth: A perspective on performance, competition and innovation

The Observatory on Borderless Higher EducationIt critically examines specialist open and distance learning (ODL) universities. Institutions such as The Open University (UKOU), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the University of South Africa (UNISA), have pioneered instructional and support methods, opening pathways for many non-traditional students. More...

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24 avril 2016

Learn How To Code For Free Using These Top 10 Coding Lesson Sites

http://people.uis.edu/rschr1/wp-content/themes/default/images/kubrickheader.jpgHigher Ed Tech News and Research ~ Ray Schroeder, editor. In the past half a decade or so there has been a lot of concerted effort to make learning how to code a mainstream thing in the society. More...

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20 avril 2016

Universities seek open-source solution to ‘absurd’ textbook prices

By Ian Holliday. A later wave of funding added another 20 books for trades and technology subjects, but because of the continuous revision open textbooks allow, there are 140 resources in the BC Open Textbook Collection, not to mention the thousands of other open source course materials that have been created for other jurisdictions over the years. More...

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19 avril 2016

More Recognition/Identification Service APIs – Microsoft Cognitive Services

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms
Sanjay Sarma, Karen E. Willcox, Philip H. Lippel, MIT Open Education Policy Initiative, 2016/04/04
This is an interesting forward-looking document from MIT. While the authors take pains to be clear that this is not a blueprint for the future of education, it does draw out some interesting lines of thoughts, including recommendations for research collaboration, showing the relevance of online learning to higher ed, creating the 'learning engineer', and fostering change to implement reforms. More...

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Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms
Sanjay Sarma, Karen E. Willcox, Philip H. Lippel, MIT Open Education Policy Initiative, 2016/04/04
This is an interesting forward-looking document from MIT. While the authors take pains to be clear that this is not a blueprint for the future of education, it does draw out some interesting lines of thoughts, including recommendations for research collaboration, showing the relevance of online learning to higher ed, creating the 'learning engineer', and fostering change to implement reforms. More...

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OER as a participatory activity

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OER as a participatory activity
Sean Connor, Saylor, 2016/04/15
Saylor writes and endorses the recent Creative Commons post on OER as a participatory activity. But it adds, "Saylor Academy would absolutely benefit from infrastructure that would encourage us, our students, our partners, and members of the wider open community to really create the open content we need from the open content that we have." Of course, I've spent my entire career working toward this. More...

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Active OER: Beyond open licensing policies

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Active OER: Beyond open licensing policies
Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons, 2016/04/14
Here is the point of the post in a nutshell: "If we agree that empowerment and engagement of educators and learners is an important goal, we need to implement active policies that build on and support the potential ensured by passive ones," policies such as incentives and infrastructure (but let's be honest: mostly incentives). More...

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First steps in integrating LATs OER into Moodle open book

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. First steps in integrating LATs OER into Moodle open book
David T. Jones, The Weblog of (a) David Jones, 2016/04/04
This post is a little bit 'inside baseball' but it explores the sort of question that's becoming more significant to us as we accelerate development of our personal learning environment, so it's interesting to me. Something typical: "Ahh, broken link.  The IMS version links back to Blackboard.  The equivalent web version has the open link." Bleah. More...

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Why I Love the Open Learning XML Format and XBlocks

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why I Love the Open Learning XML Format and XBlocks
George Kroner, edutechnica, 2016/03/16
There's a bit of a sense in which I feel this is a post from ten years ago, but I am faced with the inescapable fact that learning management systems (LMSs) haven't really changed in that time. And they've been emplying the same disjointed design all that time:

  • learning tools separated from learning content
  • links everywhere with several clicks before actually reaching learning material
  • new tools just added to the bottom of ever-increasing dropdowns. More...

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Threat to openness: managing access to public archives

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Threat to openness: managing access to public archives
Lawrence Serewicz, Thoughts on management, 2016/03/16

Though the focus of this article in on access to public archives, many of the same concerns apply to educational resources. The author considers the nature of openness, drawing for example from Popper's work, and notes that it consists not only of the absence of barriers but also something like the ability to comprehend and use the resources. More...

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