01 juin 2016

Large-Scale Adoption of Open Educational Resources as an Institutional Differentiator

The EvoLLLutionBy Matthew Prineas - EvoLLLution. Making open educational resources available to students at a large scale requires a high level of commitment from the institution in terms of time, effort and resources. More...

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31 mai 2016

Ed Map accelerates textbook affordability, OER access

eCampus NewsEd Map, Inc. is answering widespread calls for affordable course materials with a new business model, and expansion of its content curation services, that further aligns itself with university missions of access and affordability. More...

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New partnership expands OER access

eCampus NewsMBS Direct and Junction Education are working together to expand access to affordable, comprehensive digital courseware based on open education resources (OER). More...

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OpenStax, Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER

eCampus NewsOpenStax and Knewton have formed a partnership intended to personalize the learning experience for college students using open source digital textbooks. More...

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Op-Ed: Why innovation-desperate higher ed needs to break its shackles

eCampus NewsBy Glenn Braddock and Dave Jarrat. Outsourcing and technology adoption are booming in higher education, as student demographics change and learning models evolve. There’s an inherent challenge: as the complexity of delivering personalized, student-centered education increases, institutions run the risk of ceding their independence to outside entities in the name of innovation. More...

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Are OERs Sustainable?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Are OERs Sustainable?
Martin Poulter, OPENEDSIG Archives, 2016/05/23

This is an excellent posts looking at five key questions regarding the sustainability of open educational resources (OERs), backed with examples and references. Here they are

  1. "Is the production of OERs sustainable?" After the end of the UKOER funding stream, there was "a dramatic decline in the number of resources added to JORUM." But a "huge amount" of content is being produced on other platforms. "I see this not as a petering out of OER production, but a shift in its context."
  2. "Are OER platforms sustainable?" We don't know yet. "Entire platforms can disappear. In the non-open world, the closing of a platform means the loss of its content. We don’t have that problem in the OER world."
  3. "Are communities of open practice sustainable?" There are examples both ways, but "the continuation of the OER conference itself suggests a positive answer to the question about communities."
  4. "Are the OERs themselves sustainable: are they being updated so as not to lose relevance?" A tiny number of resources get remixed, but is that bad? Most academic publications aren't cited, but a small number get a huge number of citations. "To decide whether too much or too little adaptation is happening, we need to know the distribution that “'should' exist, and it’s not clear how to do this." 
  5. "Do OERs promote an awareness of sustainability across all subjects?" We don't know.

Great stuff. More...

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SSRN has been captured by the enemy of open knowledge

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. SSRN has been captured by the enemy of open knowledge
Paul Gowder, Medium, 2016/05/18

As the Press Release announces, Elsevier has acquired the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) and plans to in some way roll it in with Mendelay. More...

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The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review
Jonathan P. Tennant, François Waldner, Damien C. Jacque, et al., F1000Research, 2016/05/12
This is a solid and (as the title suggests) evidence-based argument from a variety of perspectives in favour of open access. To this point I think the case has been conclusively made and this article offers an excellent summary. More...

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Ten years of open practice: a reflection on the impact of OpenLearn

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Ten years of open practice: a reflection on the impact of OpenLearn
Patrina Law, Anne Jelfs, Open Praxis, 2016/05/31

The best part of this article (7 page PDF) is the last page, where the author draws a number of interesting conclusions from a ten-year review of OpenLearn, an Open University open educational resources (OER) initiative. The paper itself is a bit loose (possibly because of brevity) so we don't see how these conclusions are established. More...

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A Framework for the Ethics of Open Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. A Framework for the Ethics of Open Education
Robert Farrow, Open Praxis, 2016/05/31
"This paper proposes a framework that focuses on the ethical significance of a particular group of educational technologies usually referred to as open education," writes Robert Farrow, noting " is “a paucity of literature” addressing the socioethical dimensions" and the suggestion that while open learning such as MOOCs is intended to extend access to learning, it tends to support the already privileged. More...

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