25 août 2016

Where Open Textbooks Are Used

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. While most faculty members are still unaware of open educational resources, use in introductory courses nearly rivals that of traditional textbooks, study finds. Read more...

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23 août 2016

Literature Review on Shifting Journals to Open Access

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. A literature review on converting scholarly journals from subscription to open access has been published by the Harvard University Office for Scholarly Communication. Read more...

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Opening up Education: A Support Framework for Higher Education Institutions

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Opening up Education: A Support Framework for Higher Education Institutions
Andreia Inamorato dos Santos;Yves Punie;Jonatan Castaño Muñoz, European Commission Joint Research Centre, 2016/08/10
This publication (78 page PDF) is the "final outcome of the OpenEdu project". The document rolls up results from a number of studies, including MOOCknowledge, OpenCred, and OpenSurvey. More...

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Peer production in an integral and intersubjective framework

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Peer production in an integral and intersubjective framework
Michel Bauwens, Integral World, 2016/08/10

There's a lot that's interesting in this paper and yet I think the most interesting work is in the first section where P2P (peer-to-peer) is defined. In the second section and thereafter we get into a type of metaphysics that doesn't interest me (but is of great interest to critical theorists). Just more taxonomy. But learning, inference and discovery are not states, as a taxonomic approach would suggest; they are processes. The third section looks at "intersubjective modes", which is more interesting, but I find it conflates between markets, which require a measurement system, and networks, in which only structure is important (there's a bit of a back and forth on whether reciprocity is required, without which of course markets can't exist). So, ultimately, can P2P be a "mode of production"? Maybe, but "participants cannot live from peer production, though they derive meaning and value from it, and though it may out compete, in efficiency and productivity terms, the market-based for-profit alternatives."

It's worth noting the parallel between this and the thesis in Patrick Watson's The Struggle for Democracy, which is essentially that democracy presupposes wealth.

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Could Open Research benefit Cambridge University researchers?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Could Open Research benefit Cambridge University researchers?
Lauren Cadwallader, Joanna Jasiewicz, Marta Teperek, Unlocking Research, 2016/08/09

Good series from the University of Cambridge Office of Scholarly Communications on the challenges facing contemoporary scientific research. Here's the list of articles:

The last is the least interesting, as it mostly surveys the preceding five, and then takes a self-centered look at the issues. More...

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Lessons Learned From Building An Open Online Course

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Lessons Learned From Building An Open Online Course

Chris Gaudreau, Torrey Trust, Weiyang Liu, eLearning Industry, 2016/08/04

I've seen these points raised before but I'd like to frame them with a question, which follows. The author asserts "the importance of using technology and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to provide personalized, flexible, and accessible learning opportunities." Here they are:

  1. Provide Multiple Means Of Representation
  2. Provide Multiple Means Of Action And Expression
  3. Provide Multiple Means Of Engagement

So here's the question: are these principles equally applicable in the case of the single learner. More...

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OER universitas

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. OER universitas
OERu, 2016/08/04
Passing this along from OERu: "As a charitable organisation, YouTube has approved a Youtube for non-profits account for the OERu. We have met all the requirements to qualify for a custom url for the new channel, expect that we need 100 hundred subscribers. More...

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PKP Joins ORCID

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. PKP Joins ORCID
Kevin Stranack, Public Knowledge Project, 2016/08/17
The Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which creates things like the Open Journal Systems software (OJP), has joined the scientific identity registration system known as ORCID. More...

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Lesson Plan Tool For Docs OpenEd

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Lesson Plan Tool For Docs
OpenEd, Google Docs, 2016/08/17
What's interesting about the Lesson Plan Tool for Docs is that you can access a list of educational resources offered by OpenEd and import the reference to the resource into your document. More...

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New Models of Open and Distance Learning

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New Models of Open and Distance Learning
Stephen Downes, Aug 18, 2016.

The combination of customization and personalization provide some, but not all, of the objectives set by new pedagogies. Students are limited by the capacity of the LMS. Community-formation is limited to the students enrolled in the course. More...

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