Open all OERs

Learning with e's

Time to reflect on the Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) workshop on Open Educational Resources, which was held in Windhoek, Namibia this week. Dr Stella Anthony (Australian Universities Network for Quality Assurance) gave the opening presentation for the event, and spoke about the opportunities and challenges of OERs in higher education. IPR and Creative Commons were discussed. It is all a matter of granularity, with Open Courseware the most contextualised.

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Advantages of using OER in K-12 Education

Hurix Digital

What Are Open Educational Resources (OER)? Open educational resources or OER are teaching, research, and learning resources that are available in the public domain for free use. Benefits of OER for K-12 Education. K-12 OER Open Educational Resources

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Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning?

Tony Karrer

As part of the Big Question this month Open Content in Workplace Learning? , I’m exploring whether Open Content can be used by for-profit companies. And, since Open Content comes in under the Creative Commons license structure. Actually, I’m curious if Open Content ever is not Creative Commons? It’s by definition Open, but theoretically you could choose a different open license. See Flickr Creative Commons.

Open educational practices

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I spoke about Open Educational Practices, (including Open Educational Resources and Open Scholarship) a subject which I am learning more about all the time as the movement grows and gains traction. You see, the idea behind open practices is that anyone can gain access for free, at any time and in any place - courses, software, ideas, knowledge, people. OEP requires everything to be open - for access, scrutiny and repurposing.

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Open all hours #EDEN15

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Martin Weller's keynote presentation at EDEN 2015 Conference was entitled 'The battle for open.' A professor of educational technology at the British Open University, he has been an advocate of openness in education for many years, but he expresses doubts over the outcome of the battle. His latest book , also entitled 'The battle for open' carries the strapline 'how openness has won and why it doesn't feel like a victory'.

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Giving it all away

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Increasingly, due to the good offices of Creative Commons, much of the content on the web can be legally repurposed or appropriated for other use. A lot of art and music could be said to be 'derivative' - and there have been many court cases and fallings out over this grey area of creativity, but here's my point: I don't mind at all if other people borrow my content for their own purposes, as long as they attribute it to me and don't make any commercial profit at my expense.

Opening spaces, open learning

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I'm enjoying the workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) here in Windhoek, Namibia. Today, the workshop for Quality Assurance Agencies is addressing the concept of OERs and how they can be quality assured. Creative Commons and IPR issues have already been raised, and this afternoon we continue round table discussions with representatives from a number of African countries, and delegates from Holland, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

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Open Educational Resources

Take an e-Learning Break

Open Educational Resources are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse, without charge. OER often have a Creative Commons or GNU license that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared. Include Interactive mini-lessons and simulations about a specific topic, such as math or physics. Check it out: [link

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10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

In a few days I''ll post my interview with Jim Groom, but first, here''s the conversation that ensued when I caught up with The British Open University''s Martin Weller. 1) You’re currently professor of educational technology at the British Open University. blogs, social media, learning objects, OERs, MOOCs, etc in this period. I see digital scholarship as a shorthand really for the intersection between digital technology, the internet and open practice.

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The ivory towers are crumbling

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Fortunately, most of those I encounter are open, generous and eager to share their ideas with anyone who is interested. Here are just some of the movements that are threatening to destabilise them and open up higher education for all: I have already enthused several times in the last year about online publishing and open scholarship , so I won't labour those points here again. Tags: copyright online publishing OER intellectual property open scholarship

What if they threw a party and none of us came?

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As Brian Lamb said recently at the Open Educational Resources Symposium, it seems perverse to hoard knowledge in any form, particularly in the light of the current economic crisis. Some publishers, particularly those running open access journals, are reversing the business model - and offering all contents free to any reader online, whilst the authors pay to have their work published. That is the 'prime directive' of the open access, open educational resources movement.

The open case

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Conversely, publishing in an open access journals can increase the audience dramatically. Essentially, because they are free and online, open access journals are read more widely. Online open access journals trump paper based journals every time in terms of amplification of ideas too. Often open access journals provide online forums for discussion of the articles presented. Many open access journals also provide reader metrics.

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Spotlight: Elite Sport Performance Course


With the advent of of MOOCs and other open courses in recent years, I’ve now had the opportunity to do a PhD on the subject. My PhD combines elements of motivational psychology, user experience design, and authentic learning design which has led to the design, release and evaluation of an open online course that aims to share with learners some of the psychological secrets of elite sports performance. These photos are all open licensed Creative Commons images.

Digital learning futures

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I also discussed pedagogical issues such as deep and surface learning, creative thinking and the transformation of knowledge consumption. and Web x.0), touch screen tablets, non-touch technologies and smart objects, as well as the potential of Open Educational Resources , open learning and open scholarship to support a global democratisation of learning. OER social media Learning Technologies Conference mobile learning touch screens Games based learning

Do it yourself education

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Turns out she's a journalist, working the scene, trying to make sense of the open access and bricollage movements that are gripping the imagination of teachers in schools, colleges and universities across the globe. There is no mention for example of the New Zealand based OER University (or its founder Wayne McIntosh) and the ground breaking work they are doing to transform open educational practices in higher education. OER Edupunk Anya Kamenetz blogging Edupreneurs

Wayne's world

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He also has the pragmatic wherewithal to realise his dream, cultivating many connections and in the process, helping to establish a powerful worldwide consortium of Open Education Anchor partners. These are universities across the globe who are willing to open up their courses and programmes to any learner for free. It is a red herring question, he assured us, to ask whether providing free and open education for all will put universities our of business and lose teachers their jobs.

The Big Question: how can we leverage open content in workplace learning?

Clive on Learning

The March Big Question on the Learning Circuits Blog asks why it is that open content initiatives such as the OER Commons and the Open Courseware Consortium haven't had a bigger impact. There are, of course, exceptions and associations can play a valuable role in identifying common needs across a vertical or horizontal market sector and helping to centralise efforts to create new content.

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Four game changers

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It was great to meet and talk with some very creative and inspirational people during my travels in 2011. As a prime mover in the Open Educational Resources movement, Wayne Mackintosh must feel a heavy responsibility on his shoulders. He has a vision for free and open forms of education and sees them as the only way forward for us all. To help achieve this vision, Mackintosh is setting up the OER University and is evangelistic in his elucidation of this concept.

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simpleshow foundation Sustainable Development Explainer Video Contest


simpleshow foundation, a non-profit organization that supports free knowledge in the form of open education resources (OER) is going strong! The videos are published under the free subscription plan and creative commons license, so that everyone can use them freely.

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Top 40 eLearning Articles and 5 Hot Topics for Early March

eLearning Learning Posts

Creative Commons Use in For-Profit Company eLearning? eLearning Technology , March 9, 2010 As part of the Big Question this month Open Content in Workplace Learning? , I’m exploring whether Open Content can be used by for-profit companies. Envisioning the Post-LMS Era: The Open Learning Network , March 4, 2010 Educase piece. Open content has a place and professional providers like us have to make sure we can continue to provide value beyond that of.

Around the globe

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digital research ethics and Open Educational Resources. I also recorded an Edtalk on OER for the Core Ed people who were running the conference. Around the globe by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 2010 has been another busy year for me, with a lot of travel and I estimate that I have more than 54,000 air miles to my name - more than twice around the globe.

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