21 juin 2019

Open Content and the Emerging Global Meta-University

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Charles M. Vest[Edit][Delete]: Open Content and the Emerging Global Meta-University, EDUCAUSE Review [Edit][Delete]EDUCAUSE REVIEW [Edit][Delete] May 11, 2006
Article based (loosely) on his talk at Snowmass last summer. In it, Charles M. Vest talks mostly about the thinking behind OpenCourseWare and a bit about open educational resources generally. It is important to understand, though, that this is a global movement, and is about more than the rest of the world being the passive recipient of MIT's largesse (sorry that sounds harsh, but that's how the article reads). In the last paragraph he gets to describing the meta-university, "a transcendent, accessible, empowering, dynamic, communally constructed framework of open materials and platforms on which much of higher education worldwide can be constructed or enhanced". More...

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The Closing of the U.S. Open University

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Katrina A. Meyer[Edit][Delete]: The Closing of the U.S. Open University, EDUCAUSE Quarterly [Edit][Delete] May 4, 2006
Interesting article. I personally wonder about the desire on the part of OU to enter the U.S. market at all - it's not like there's a shortage of universities there. And as the article makes clear, U.S. accredication is a significant hurdle. Also, "for the USOU, recruiting one student took approximately $4,000 to $5,000." This money, in my view, would have been better spent elsewhere. More...

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14 juin 2019

The Next Level of Open Source

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Jaschik[Edit][Delete]: The Next Level of Open Source, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] September 20, 2006
We like this. Yale is starting an open content initiative. "The basis of the Yale effort will be video of actual courses -- every lecture of the course, to be combined with selected class materials." Before you say that this is a really bad idea, remember that I was able to access videos through YouTube in Africa. More...

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Momentum for Open Access Research

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Jaschik[Edit][Delete]: Momentum for Open Access Research, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] September 6, 2006
The scholarly societies have been opposing open access to academic content, but as this article notes, it is increasingly apparent that they represent only their own interests, and not those of the academics they purport to represent. I haven't covered every iteration of the increasingly show of support by academics for open access, but this increment, the most recentl, in which the provosts of 25 research universities came out in favor of open access, is typical. The support for open access is there, as people become aware of the issue. More...

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Open Source and Trading Standards

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stuart Yeates[Edit][Delete]: Open Source and Trading Standards, EDUCAUSE Blogs [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
Interesting observation about the sale of open source software. "If Mozilla permit the sale of copied versions of its software, it makes it virtually impossible for us, from a practical point of view, to enforce UK anti-piracy legislation, as it is difficult for us to give general advice to businesses over what is/is not permitted." Right. Because as Stuart Yeates says, "open source is eroding the nice easy simplifications of copyright law that people have been working by, mistaking their simplifications for law". More...

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Downes on OER Sustainability

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Carson[Edit][Delete]: Downes on OER Sustainability, OpenFiction [Edit][Delete] February 9, 2006
Some commentary and correction regarding my observations about MIT's OpenCourseWare contained in my recent paper on sustainable open educational resources. Some good observations, too: "no project can really sustain the costs of producing 'reusable' materials, even assuming they could determine what that meant. More...

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11 juin 2019

Northeast Regional OER Summit, Day Two

By Matt Reed. The first day of the OER Summit was a keynote and a long series of short presentations. The second day was a pair of longer working sessions. More...

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Northeast Regional OER Summit, Day One

By Matt Reed. Good conferences tend to fall into one of two categories: either the people are so familiar that it feels a bit like a reunion, or there’s so much good information that it feels like drinking from a fire hose. The Northeast Regional OER Summit has both. More...

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09 juin 2019

Carnegie Mellon Rolls Out Open Learning Science Tools

HomeBy Mark Lieberman. Under the OpenSimon banner, named for the institution's innovation-minded Simon Initiative, newly available tools include an OER authoring tool, a learning analytics hub and a secure repository for research data. More...

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05 juin 2019

The Bottom Line on Open Access

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. John Lorinc[Edit][Delete]: The Bottom Line on Open Access, University Affairs [Edit][Delete] February 24, 2006

Longish article on open access with a specific focus on Canadian issues, which I enjoyed. Good coverage, including reporting on lobbying against open access in the U.S., coverage of SSHRC deliberations on the issue, and accounts of some specific cases, such as IRRODL's attempt to get funding while functioning as an open access journal. More...

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