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haileyhjw

Cost of college textbooks out of control, group says - 0 views

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    College textbooks cost too much - and something needs to be done about it, according to a report from the advocacy group U.S. PIRG. The College Board estimates that the average student in this country spends around $1,200 a year on books and supplies. A single book can cost as much as $200. This is why we need open textbooks!
haileyhjw

Right to Education : Situation around the world - 0 views

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    Education situation around the world.When we talk about open education,we always focus on high level education such as college or graduate education.But, out of the U.S, such as Asia, Africa, there are many children who don't have chance to get better education, eager to learn more to change their fate.So, I hope open education can also concerning these edge people
haileyhjw

American government announce to promote open education - 0 views

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    Open education is the purpose of MOOC. Obviously, open education is a correct trend of education system. MOOC always is a debatable issue, a new area where no rule to control it. In that case, there are some chaos in Open knowledge including intellectual property, and business model of MOOC and so on. But now, the US government decide to promote it, may will bring a bloom to open education and benefit people around the world
anonymous

open education resource - 1 views

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    A creative way to explain open education resources. It highlights the key opinions about the OER.
anonymous

Open educational resources and the role of university - 0 views

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    This article gives opinion that university is playing an important role that will not be replaced by the open educational opinion, which I also agreed. Instead of considering OER as a threat to university, the article argues that "OER can help institutions provide higher education to rapidly increasing numbers of students and lifelong learners".
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    Thank you for sharing the article Ming Tang. I think you make a great point about OER and the university working together as opposed to a "war of the roses" type scenario where a married couple refuses to work together. As the article mentioned the university is the one that gives the diploma and is the one that deals with accreditation inspections, etc. OER to me would make a nice complement on the arms of any university. Another good article along the same lines can be found at http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/impact-globalization-and-future-university.
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    Thank you Melduncan2!
eglemarija

Welcome | Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education - 1 views

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    ISKME is non-profit organization pioneering open education initiatives!
dudeec

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College: Pew Research Center - 2 views

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    This report shows the importance of college education. With the rise in cost of higher education, it is all the more important to have alternatives to the traditional route for college. For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today's young adults-members of the so-called Millennial generation-provide a compelling answer. On virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment-from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time-young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.
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    There are also costs to society - countries with fewer educated citizens cannot be as competitive in the global environment. It behooves countries to try to figure out how to keep education economical for its citizens.
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    Well said. Thanks for bringing up this topic and adding it to the conversation. I don't doubt that those who keep learning and gain skills will be more valuable economically and probably then more economically rewarded. But I have serious doubts that the current program of institutionalized degrees is the best route for citizens.
Ad Huikeshoven

A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - 5 views

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    While we are talking about (open) education, let us look for the handbook. Part I, Chapter 7: "E-learning - an introduction"
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    It is an essential document for educators and librarians. The Handbook focuses on issues of knowledge and learning and teaching and leading its readers to a mode of considering education as revisiting learners' prior knowledge into the mode of thinking and understanding through the study of primary sources. After Biggs and Moore, the authors of the Handbook view students as individuals who actively construct their knowledge and learning as a process that involves a process of individual transformation. The document touches all the essential questions of education including motivation and deep approach to studying. curriculum design, the use of technologies in learning opportunities and other.
mbishon

The MOOC Misstep and the Open Education Infrastructure - 4 views

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    David Wiley - In this piece I briefly explore the damage done to the idea of "open" by MOOCs, advocate for a return to a strengthened idea of "open," and describe an open education infrastructure on which the future of educational innovation depends. MOOCs: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for Open Education
Kevin Stranack

Continuity Education in Emergency and Conflict Situations: The Case For Using Open, Dis... - 0 views

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    "Emergency and conflict in countries such as Syria, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have made us more aware of the long-term serial disruption and psychosocial damage faced by people caught up in emergency and conflict areas. Open, distance and flexible learning (ODFL) has sometimes been employed in these regions to maintain a degree of continuity in education. For the most part, however, this role has been ad hoc, short-term and often bearing limited relation to the psychosocial and educational needs of the displaced or traumatised populations it serves."
Kevin Stranack

Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering 'Modules' Instead - Wired Campus - Blogs -... - 3 views

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    "People now buy songs, not albums. They read articles, not newspapers. So why not mix and match learning "modules" rather than lock into 12-week university courses?"
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    @Kevin - thanks for sharing. I really share many of the sentiments of this article - but the modularisation of the curriculum also raise some interesting and possibly disturbing points. For example, our current diploma/degree structures are based on the premise that the final outcomes of a diploma or a degree is the result, inter alia, of the unique combination of a number of different courses/modules which, together, allow students to provide evidence of competency in all of the outcomes. While I sincerely think there is a place for just-in-time learning and short courses, and secondly, that the notion of a four-year degree may be outdated - I am wondering about the notion of the curriculum as journey.
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    Thank you sharing this! I think this is new and innovative idea. I wouldn't mind trying this kind of system at my school.
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