05 juillet 2016

Senate Resolution on Open Educational Resources (OER)

HRK HochschulrektorenkonferenzOpen Education Resources (OER) are freely available teaching materials which can be used, revised, recompiled and distributed by all participants. However, their usage can be limited with a system of graduated licences[1]. The fundamental idea underlying OER is that once teaching materials have been produced, they need not be produced again by someone else, but may be reused. "Open" can refer to the availability of content and to its wider use. Although OER can in principle consist of analogue or digital material, they take a predominantly digital form because this is particularly suitable for bringing the opportunities offered by OER to bear[2]. Interactive exercises, explanatory videos and simulations are typical examples of OER. More...

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02 juillet 2016

Major OER initiative targets new degree programs

eCampus NewsBy . A major new community college initiative will work to develop degree programs using open educational resources (OER) in an effort to ease textbook-related financial obstacles students often face in higher education. More...

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01 juillet 2016

Open Educational Resources: American Ideals, Global Questions

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Open Educational Resources: American Ideals, Global Questions
Steven Weiland, Global Education Review, 2016/06/28

This article talks about "the American led movement on behalf of the MOOC" though what it really should say is something like "the MOOC movement as seen through American eyes". More...

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Of OER and Free Riders

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Of OER and Free Riders
David Wiley, iterating toward openness, 2016/06/23
David Annand writes, "Incentives need to discourage ‘free-riders’. Otherwise, a valid competitive strategy for institutions... would be to wait and merely use without cost the OER resources produced by others." Heather Ross asks, "Is the idea of 'free-riders' really a concern in OER?" David Wiley replies with an emphatic "no" and then, more usefully, takes Annand to task for his presumed model of OER production. More...

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Canada’s New Plan on Open Government 2016-2018

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Canada’s New Plan on Open Government 2016-2018
Government of Canada, 2016/06/20

The area of most interest to me is in regard to open access of scientific data and publications. This is addressed in Commitment 14, and recommends that we:

  • Increase engagement with Canadians on federal S&T activities, including, as appropriate:
    • Enhanced communication of scientific participation opportunities in support of federal S&T activities; and
    • Targeted consultations on best practices for increasing the impact of federal S&T activities.
  • Develop and implement an open access policy for scientific research funded through grants and contributions.
  • Work toward the development of policies on digital data management for research funded through the Granting Councils. More...

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The Second Power of Open

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The Second Power of Open
David Wiley, iterating toward openness, 2016/06/13

The second power of open, says David Wiley, is the use of open materials to support a better pedagogy. "Perhaps we should start talking about open pedagogy as the 'second power of open,'" he writes. More...

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Virtually Connecting the OER Conspiracy Dots

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Virtually Connecting the OER Conspiracy Dots
Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, 2016/06/16

There are times I think a lot of OER advocates doesn't really comprehend the benefits of OERs. This is especially the same when OERs are being used in a traditional education setting. More...

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30 juin 2016

Canada’s Draft Open Government Plan — The Promise and Problems Reviewed

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Canada’s Draft Open Government Plan — The Promise and Problems Reviewed
David Eaves, eaves.ca, 2016/06/22


David Eaves posts an interesting and fairly detailed analysis and review of Canada's open data plan. More...

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The OA Interviews: Michaël Bon, Founder of the Self-Journal of Science

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The OA Interviews: Michaël Bon, Founder of the Self-Journal of Science
Richard Poynder, Open and Shut?, 2016/06/01
"Right now," says Richard Poynder, "the open access revolution is stalling, and before it will be able to move forward again it will be necessary to recover territory that OA advocates are currently giving away to publishers." Hence this interview (28 page PDF) with Michaël Bon, who launched a new open-access publishing service called the Self-Journal of Science (SJS). More...

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26 juin 2016

OER-Based Degrees at 38 Community Colleges

HomeBy Ashley A. Smith. Achieving the Dream announced Tuesday that it was launching a $9.8 million initiative to develop degree programs at 38 community colleges that use open educational resources. Read more...

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