24 octobre 2019

OER Mainstreaming in Tonga

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OER Mainstreaming in Tonga
Ishan Sudeera Abeywardena, Philip Uys, Seilosehina Fifita, International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2019/03/12
There's a lot of good stuff in this article. Though it's focused on Tonga, it contains resources useful for any organization thinking of implementing open educational resources on an institution-wide basis. The "OER for skills development project model" in particular will appeal to administrators looking for a focuse on outcomes or impact. More...

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Mandarin 2.0

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Mandarin 2.0
Tomorrow morning, before the Sun comes up, I will be getting ready to leave for a visit to Taiwan for the 2007 International Conference on OpenCourseWare and e-Learning. It's a bit late for me to use this site, which assists in the teaching of Mandarin. But I like the idea. "'Tens of millions' of people in 110 countries now download the free ChinesePod podcasts, Praxis's flagship service, says Mr Carroll. More...

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Open Source Assessment

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Source Assessment
Post I wrote explaining the concept of 'open source assessment' I have been tossing around lately. Were students given the opportunity to attempt the assessment, without the requirement that they sit through lectures or otherwise proprietary forms of learning, then they would create their own learning resources. But if assessment is closed and proprietary, then we are still facing an accessibility issue. Stephen Downes, Half an Hour June 7, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ]. More...

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Setting Learning Free

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Setting Learning Free
The open source movement is beginning to recognize the open courseware and open educational resources movements. This article is pretty much party line (ie., "In the Beginning was MIT, and They Invented Open Content") but the more important thing is that it captures the appeal of open content and shows the beginnings of awareness that there is an entire community behind it. More...

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23 octobre 2019

OERs in Sustainable Perspective

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OERs in Sustainable Perspective
The Slideshare version of the talk I gave yesterday at the SCOP 2007 conference here in Heerlen. There is audio - well, 24 minutes of audio, which is now the battery life of my iRiver (sigh - another MP3 player bites the dust - and they expect me to pay for all those songs again? get real) - which will be posted later this week. Due to a scheduling glitch I only had an hour to prepare for the talk, so I don't have all the nice pictures I would normally have. This is my second time in Heerlen - I'm staying at the same hotel, even sitting in the same chair. It's hard not to have a sense of deja vu, and I have fond memories of the last time I was here. But that feels like a lifetime ago, too, part of a different world, a different version of myself.
I fly back home tomorrow - so no guarantees on a newsletter. Home for two or three days, then it's off to Taiwan. Stephen Downes, Slideshare June 4, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ]. More...

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An Open Mouse

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. An Open Mouse
Two really useful ideas in one post. First, the author debunks the typical cause-effect picture of genetics portrayed in the media. You know, "You sometimes hear people talking about the 'gay gene,' the 'depression gene,'" and so on. But this view," writes the author, "is almost entirely divorced from reality." The illustration that shows this just perfectly - the network of genes surrounding obesity in mice - is taken from a scientific journal. Which leads to the second idea. "And what do I now hear from PLOS? Do I hear the grinding of lawyerly knives? No. I hear the blissful silence of Open Access... No muss, no fuss. If I want to blog about this paper right now, I can grab a relevant image right now from it. In fact, I just did". More...

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OER and Open Source Models

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OER and Open Source Models
Stephen Carson, replying to David Wiley: "Educational systems don't run on the same operating system, and often don't share the same protocols, so it's difficult and unwise to try to converge on a single solution." Intuitively, he writes, our sense of "success" points to large audiences (there's that 'measuring success' meme again) but this may not be appropriate for Open Educational Resources. I think it raises an interesting question: has teaching remained a cottage industry, despite the industrialization of everything else around it, because it had to. More...

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OERs, Producers, Consumers, and Reuse

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OERs, Producers, Consumers, and Reuse
David Wiley gets it right: "The secret sauce in both the cases of the good open source software and the good OER is an actual, bias-riddled, context-bound, historical person located squarely in a concrete place and time addressing their own specific instructional problem." Moreover, this should say something about development: "A person who has conducted a comprehensive user survey in order to be 'consumer-driven' has a very low chance of creating an OER that meets a specific teacher's specific need." Perhaps we should return to producer-driven initiatives, he suggests. More...

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22 octobre 2019

Baromètre de la science ouverte : 41 % des publications scientifiques françaises sont en accès ouvert

ESR enseignementsup-recherche gouv frLe ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation publie pour la première fois le baromètre de la science ouverte (BSO), qui a pour objectif de mesurer les progrès de l'accès ouvert aux productions de notre recherche : publications, données, code. Sa création s'inscrit dans le cadre du Plan National pour la Science Ouverte et du Plan d'Action National de la France au sein du Partenariat pour un Gouvernement Ouvert (PGO) qui regroupe 79 pays. Plus...

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Ready for Prime Time: Open Source Programs for the K-12 Desktop

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ready for Prime Time: Open Source Programs for the K-12 Desktop
Another one of those lists - which are worth running from time to time because the software changes. Anyhow, I mostly agree witht he items posted here - I swear by Audacity and have no trouble recommending Moodle and Ubuntu. Others - such as Open Office - are a bit rougher. More...

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