16 juin 2018

Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

Screenshot-2018-4-19 Techno-News BlogTechno-News Blog. Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. And as an active member in what advocates define as the “open education movement,” I frequently hear about the growing dissatisfaction of textbook costs and pedagogical concerns among faculty about outdated course materials. More...

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15 juin 2018

The Uncertain Future of OER

The Uncertain Future of OER
Tom Berger, Edutopia, 2018/06/04
I think that the answer to the question of "why open educational resources (OER) haven't caught on" is in the last paragraph of this article: "will we ever get to a Wikipedia-type model of teaching resources, with teachers freely giving and taking textbooks, lesson plans, and tests, refining and improving them, and sharing their improvements?" My thinking here is that so long as you think of OERs as teaching resources, they're never going to work. More...

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05 juin 2018

Defense Agency Pulls OpenBSD Funding

Defense Agency Pulls OpenBSD Funding
Hard to explain this one as DARPA pulls the remaining funding from the OpenBSD project. Much of the money went to improve the system's security, but a week-long 'Hackathon' scheduled to be held in Canada next week may be in jeopardy. More...

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Open-Education.Org

Open-Education.Org
After much agony with the domain name - which was lost there for a while - open-education.org is now up and running. More...

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Will Patents Pillage Open Source?

Will Patents Pillage Open Source?
After SCO launched a lawsuit against IBM, alleging that the corporation had infringed on its patents via its contributions to the open source community, the fear has been raised that patent legislation could undermine, and ultimately ruin, the open source movement. More...

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Open-Access Best Sellers

Open-Access Best Sellers
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 2018/06/01
I don't keep close track of how often my eBooks have been downloaded, but I do know it's in the tens of thousands. Maybe more; who knows? But this number, whatever it is, is a compelling argument for offering them for free, as compared to the press run of 300 copies the typical monograph might warrant. More...

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Making Sense of Open Education

Making Sense of Open Education
OpenLearn Create, 2018/05/22
According to the website, "This will be an introductory-level course designed for global post-secondary educators interested in learning more about open education, open educational resources (OER), and open educational practices (OEP)." You don't have to sign up to view the materials (yay!) and these will be available when the course launches June 1. More...

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OER Methods – Generative Designs for Reuse-With-Modification

OER Methods – Generative Designs for Reuse-With-Modification
Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, 2018/05/17
There's some good thinking in this post from Tony Hirst as he follows up Martin Weller on why a focus on producing open educational resources is not enough. Weller argues that "if UNESCO really want to realise their aim of equitable education, they should foreground the need for support to accompany OER." But what is this support supposed to look like. More...

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The Good Life and Open Online Learning

The Good Life and Open Online Learning
Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, 2018/05/16
As I commented to the author of this article: First, don't say "Those of us who are actually involved..." It's fine to speak for yourself, but you should not position yourself as representative of the people who build, developed or taught MOOCs. More...

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Six questions about openness in science

Six questions about openness in science
Richard Poynder, Open and Shut?, 2018/05/16

The questions cover a wide range of topics and insights. For example, why should science be open to the public, because after all, they neither understand nor are interested in the details. More...

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