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Maggie Verster

Free Webinar: Exploring Open Educational Resources by Nellie Deutsch - 0 views

    The Internet provides unique opportunities for educators to access, use, modify, and share educational materials. Open Educational Resources (OER), as these free materials are called, can include "full courses, textbooks, streaming videos, exams, software, and any other materials or techniques supporting learning" . The OER movement shows considerable potential to reduce cost, improve quality and widen access to educational opportunities. WikiEducator was launched in 2006 to turn tomorrow's promise for OER into today's reality for teachers, lecturers, and trainers around the world. WikiEducator is an international community of educators committed to the development of OER at all levels of the education system. WikiEducators are returning to the core value of education, namely to share knoweldge freely. In this session, experienced WikiEducators will share what the concept of "OER" and explore ideas on how to get the most from this rewarding project.
Tero Toivanen

Times Higher Education - From where I sit - Everyone wins in this free-for-all - 11 views

  • The term open educational resources (OER) encapsulates the simple but powerful idea that the world's knowledge is a public good. The internet offers unprecedented opportunities to share, use and reuse knowledge. Sadly, most of the planet is underserved when it comes to post-secondary education.
  • But while in our research we have no problem with sharing and building on the ideas of others, in education the perception is that we must lock teaching materials behind restrictive copyright barriers that minimise sharing.
  • Sometimes universities justify this position on the grounds that the open licensing of courses will damage their advantage in the student recruitment market. These publicly funded institutions expect taxpayers to pay twice for learning materials.
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  • Individuals are free to learn from OER hosted on the open web. It is, therefore, plausible that we can design and develop an "OER university" that will provide free learning for all students worldwide.
  • Working with Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, the University of Southern Queensland in Australia and Athabasca University in Canada as founding anchor partners, we aim to help provide flexible pathways for OER learners to earn formal academic credentials and pay reduced fees for assessment and credit services under the community service mission of modern universities.
  • The OER Foundation will host an open planning meeting on 23 February to lay the foundations for this significant intervention. With support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the meeting will be streamed on the web, and we invite all educational leaders to join us at this meeting in planning for the mainstream adoption of OER in post-secondary institutions.
    The term open educational resources (OER) encapsulates the simple but powerful idea that the world's knowledge is a public good. The internet offers unprecedented opportunities to share, use and reuse knowledge. Sadly, most of the planet is underserved when it comes to post-secondary education.
Paul Beaufait

The Teacher's Guide To Open Educational Resources | Edudemic - 31 views

    Comforto (2015) explained how to identify open educational resources (OERs), listed a handful of places to start looking for them, and provided micro reviews of repositories for literature, math and science OERs, as well as videos, courses and textbooks. She included suggestions for appropriate use and re-use of OERs, and invited comments pointing out similar repositories or resources. Comforto, Nicole. (2015, July 30). The Teacher's Guide To Open Educational Resources [Web log post]. Retrieved from
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Tero Toivanen

The corridor of uncertainty: Why aren't open educational resources being used? - 33 views

  • the main reasons behind the reluctance to use OER are the following:
  • Tradition. My course, my class, my classroom, my way. Teachers are proudly independent and proud of their courses and teaching methods.
  • Concern about openness. Many are worried about digital rights and have been brought up to believe that you must protect your own work from theft.
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  • Lack of official approval. Even if many teachers are highly self-sufficient there is still a great respect for authorities.
  • Open Access would not have become accepted without an EU directive.
  • Trust. Linked to all the above but many teachers are uneasy about the trustworthiness of material found on the net. There's a perception that anything that's free on the net can't be very valuable and that printed material with a price tag is automatically more credible. We need quality assurance and some kind of faculty peer review to build trust.
  • Comfort: Textbooks are designed a certain way to offer a bundle of curriculum bliss, topped with slides and quizzes. OER need to be found, sequenced, and often require to fill in the gaps. That's scary work for some faculty.
  • 1. Help each other to find what we believe is good OER in "our" subject areas.2. Create a system and agree on how to (meta)tag OER we found in a similar way (with subject area, level, learning outcomes, language,type of media etc.) and make everyone use this. 3. Make it possible for users (teachers & students) to evaluate(rate)and review OER in a similar way that we today rate books,hotels ( like at, etc). 4. Create a way to show all this in one place on Internet
Tero Toivanen

eduMOOC: Online Learning Today... and Tomorrow - 19 views

     Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) aiheena "Online Learning Today...and Tomorrow." Kurssi on ilmainen, perustuu avoimille oppimisen resursseille (OER) ja alkaa 27.6.2011
Maggie Verster

Take Any College Class for Free: 236 Open Courseware Collections, Podcasts, and Videos | OEDb - 41 views

    If you're interested in specific open courses, you can find a variety on the Web (or through this list of 100 courses). Usually, those single courses will contain all the materials you need to learn one subject for free. But, if you're after more than a single focus or if you need a deeper perspective on a subject, this list of open courseware collections may be just what you need. Each resource listed below contains a collection or collections of educational materials. You'll find digital archives, a variety of courses, Podcasts, videos and sometimes a mix of everything you can imagine so you can learn any given subject in depth.
Maggie Verster

Open access is a free platform that keeps track of all scholarly knowledge and info - 18 views

    "What exactly is Open Access? Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted, toll-free online access to scientific and scholarly knowledge and information. On you will find information about the key concepts and main forms of OA, for example on Open Access journals and repositories, the origins of the Open Access movement, business models and legal issues."
Scott Kinkoph

185 Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities | Open Culture - 0 views

    Free Online Certificate Courses & MOOCs from Great Universities: A Complete List
Maggie Verster

OpenLearn - The Open University - 0 views

    The OpenLearn website gives free access to Open University course materials.
Maggie Verster

The Open University has published a research report - 0 views

    The Open University has published a research report which is now available online The report evaluates the impact OpenLearn has had internally and externally and the challenges that lie ahead in open content and establishing open learning networks. "OpenLearn has been a really fascinating research opportunity. We wanted to find out what the impact was on us as an organisation; how we could help other people who wanted to provide their material available for free; and perhaps most importantly, what learners got out of having access to all this open material"
Neil O'Sullivan

OERs/Tools for Teaching/Learning - Open Educational Resources - LibGuides at University of the Witwatersrand - 0 views

    Fantastic range of free resources.
Maggie Verster

Sustaining Open-Source Curriculum? - 13 views

    Who payes for open education
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