29 septembre 2016

e-Tutor: A Multilingual Open Educational Resource for Faculty Development to Teach Online

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe situation in Ukraine poses severe problems to the higher education system and to students in Eastern Ukraine. Many students and academicians had been compelled to leave their university buildings and move westwards. Hence, they are forced to substitute face-to-face teaching with distance learning, often on a large scale, but within a short span of time and with limited resources. While technical/technological infrastructure often exists, know-how about conducting online teaching and respective faculty development is often found to be lacking. More...

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Development of Open Textbooks Learning Analytics System

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTextbook costs have skyrocketed in recent years, putting them beyond the reach of many students, but there are options which can mitigate this problem. Open textbooks, an open educational resource, have proven capable of making textbooks affordable to students. There have been few educational development as promising as the development of open textbooks to lower costs for students. More...

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Institutional Culture and OER Policy: How Structure, Culture, and Agency Mediate OER Policy Potential in South African Universit

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningSeveral scholars and organizations suggest that institutional policy is a key enabling factor for academics to contribute their teaching materials as open educational resources (OER). But given the diversity of institutions comprising the higher education sector—and the administrative and financial challenges facing many institutions in the Global South—it is not always clear which type of policy would work best in a given context. Some policies might act simply as a “hygienic” factor (a necessary but not sufficient variable in promoting OER activity) while others might act as a “motivating” factor (incentivizing OER activity either among individual academics or the institution as a whole). More...

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IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning) - Vol 17, No 5 (2016)

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTable of Contents

Editorial

Editorial - Volume 17, Issue Number 5
Dianne Conrad

Research Articles

Leona M. Ungerer
Eunjung Grace Oh, Hyun Song Kim
Silvia Elena Gallagher, Ciaran Wallace
David Santandreu Calonge, Mariam Aman Shah
Sarah Anne Gauvreau, Deborah Hurst, Martha Cleveland-Innes, Pamela Hawranik
Dalton Hebert Kisanga
Ahmed Al-Azawei, Patrick Parslow, Karsten Lundqvist
Glenda Cox, Henry Trotter
Dorothy Ruth Queiros, Mary Ruth de Villiers
Darlinda Pacheco Moreira
Christoph Pimmer, Jennifer Chipps, Petra Brysiewicz, Fiona Walters, Sebastian Linxen, Urs Gröhbiel Gröhbiel
Deepak Prasad, Rajneel Totaram, Tsuyoshi Usagawa
Catherine F. Brooks, Stacy L. Young
Tze Wei Liew, Nor Azan Mat Zin, Noraidah Sahari, Su-Mae Tan
Susi Peacock, John Cowan

Field Notes

Christian Rapp, Yasemin Gülbahar, Müge Adnan

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28 septembre 2016

Study: Open Educational Resources and Market Growth

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. Open educational resources could make up 12 percent of the market for textbooks and other course materials and 19 percent of supplemental materials within five years, according to a survey of OER users, traditional textbook users and industry experts conducted by Cengage Learning. Read more...

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27 septembre 2016

North Dakota Open Educational Resources Initiative: A System-wide Success Story

http://people.uis.edu/rschr1/wp-content/themes/default/images/kubrickheader.jpgHigher Ed Tech News and Research ~ Ray Schroeder, editor. The North Dakota University System Open Educational Resources Initiative is a 3-phased plan hinging upon a unique collaboration among the North Dakota legislature, the University System Office, and the faculty at public institutions across the state. More...

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24 septembre 2016

Open government partnership: France releases its mid-term self-assessment report on its first national action plan (2015-2017)

AccueilOne year after launching its 2015-2017 national action plan “for a transparent and collaborative government”, France publishes a report showing the progress of its 26 commitments, carried out by 10 ministries and other public authorities. This video focuses on their implementation and the French monitoring approach. Voir l'article...

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12 septembre 2016

Study explores barriers to open educational resource use

By Gilbert Nakweya. Efforts by Kenyan universities to adopt open educational resources are being limited by a range of challenges, including inadequate information and communications technology infrastructure and intellectual property constraints, according to a recent report. Read more...

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Open access and piracy threaten science

By John Richard Schrock. A recent announcement by the European Commission calls for all research to be freely available online by 2020, a system called ‘open access’. Where there are no widespread library paper archives, this action threatens to undermine science research. Read more...

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What are the overlooked downsides of open access to research publications?

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In Commentary, John Richard Schrock explains why open access and piracy of research publications may threaten the core of the science enterprise. Angel Calderon says QS’s 13th edition of its world university rankings will be remembered by universities for the gains or losses it brought. Fiona Hunter and Hans de Wit write that the likely loss of the United Kingdom from the European Higher Education Area following Brexit will affect everyone and could impact negatively on internationalisation for universities.
Jennifer Olson argues that a more inclusive approach to internationalisation will enable institutions to act more nimbly to the ‘new mobility’ caused by the refugee crisis. And Ararat Osipian says the latest corruption case in Ukraine against the acting rector of the National Aviation University comes as no surprise given that corruption is entrenched in the country’s universities at all levels.
In a series on ‘Transformative Leadership’ in which University World News is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation, Dennis Tourish, a professor of leadership, recommends a more ethical approach to leadership, where there is more equal exchange and leaders are subject to criticism.
In World Blog, Nita Temmerman says university-industry collaborations built on trust can contribute to mutually beneficial curriculum design, ensuring students are adequately prepared for the real world of work.
In Features, Tunde Fatunde attended a consultative meeting of the Association of Commonwealth Universities that looked at next steps for its prestigious scholarship and fellowship plan.
Be sure to register for the second international free webinar to be hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation on 4 October. It is entitled 'Embracing Technology for Global Engagement: A leadership challenge and opportunity'. Read more...

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