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Wildlife photographer and filmmaker Amoghavarsha open licenses his Bhadra documentary

It took wildlife photographer and filmmaker Amoghavarsha long hours and some fancy high-speed photography to capture the graceful river terns flying down to snap up minnows from the waters of Bhadra. But despite all the effort that went into its making, he chose to make his documentary, River Terns of Bhadra, freely available in the public domain. It has been released under a…


Added by Open Doors Group on January 26, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments

Outstanding OER report from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Boston Consulting

Thanks to Peggy Ruse for finding this outstanding report: The Open Educational Resources Ecosystem. It includes excellent charts and comes from two highly credible sources: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Boston Consulting.

Added by Jacky Hood on January 8, 2014 at 8:08am — No Comments

Very useful MOOC Statistics from Dhawal Shah

Dhawal Shah has provided an outstanding quantitative analysis of MOOCs: growth, distribution across providers, and more. See MOOCs in 2013: Breaking Down the Numbers 

Added by Jacky Hood on January 3, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Why job ads specify Self-Starter and more

A Project Manager opening at Apple Computer specifies 'self-starter, self-motivated, self-directed, self-sufficient'.

At first I thought this was overdone. Then I asked myself why so many people -- even senior managers -- need to be reminded before anything happens? Why do so few invent the ideas and find the opportunities?

The same goes for students. Recently we were beta trialing a course. Out of ten…


Added by Jacky Hood on January 2, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Happy New Year :-)

It has been gratifying to see the growth in our community as I have had the pleasure to "virtually welcome" new members and assess the continued growth and success of our ever growing team.     

It is also gratifying to see how MOOC's have begun to gain traction as noted in this "snapshot" from the Stanford "spinoff", NovoEd:

Thanks to you, we created something new and amazing in 2013: a global community of connected learners, doers, and thinkers. Your dedication, creativity, originality and passion inspired us every day.In 2014, we'll bring you more incredible courses, more opportunities to connect with people all around the world, and more chances to make teams, make your ideas real, and make a difference. We can't wait to see what you'll create in the months ahead. Happy New Year." width="100%" />…


Added by Mike Pouraryan on January 1, 2014 at 10:07pm — No Comments

A "Newsflash" on MOOCS: The Recognition of "MOOCS" By the Federal Government

As we gear up for 2014 (and having been witness to the great success of the Project Management MOOC), it seems  that there is recoginition by the Federal Government that the evolution (or revolution) is very much in the minds of Feds as there is a realization that Education has to change:


Added by Mike Pouraryan on December 21, 2013 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Outstanding Crowd-Sourced Open Data Handbook created in two weekends

The LinkedUp Consortium met on two weekends - one in September in London and one in Berlin in November to create an Open Data Handbook. The version created between the two weekends is available from the…


Added by Open Doors Group on December 16, 2013 at 6:40am — No Comments

Butte-Glenn and Foothill-De Anza receive large grant from taxpayers to build a portal for online courses

Open Doors Group is delighted that Butte-Glenn and Foothill-De Anza Community College Districts will build a portal for online courses for California Community colleges using a $16.9 million grant from taxpayers.

Here is a brief story that honors both districts.



Added by Open Doors Group on December 7, 2013 at 7:25am — No Comments

What do Nolan Bushnell, Shiza Shahid, Hanna Chung, and 12 other thought leaders have in common?

Featured presenters at this year's Big Ideas Fest December 4-7 in Half Moon Bay produced by ISKME.

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater.

Shiza Shahid is co-founder and CEO of Malala Fund, the…


Added by Open Doors Group on December 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

New pronouns: ti, tir, tirs, tirself.

New pronouns: ti, tir, tirs, tirself. See Basic Personal Pronouns. All of these refer to a human (e.g. student, person, candidate, etc.) who may be of either gender. Recently people have been using plural forms (they, them, their, themselves) in these cases to avoid the correct but sexist masculine form or the awkward he/she. Hurray for these new pronouns. I…


Added by Jacky Hood on November 29, 2013 at 4:37pm — No Comments

MOOC's Make Inroads in the Middle East :-)

MOOC's continue to make inroads as reported by the team @ EdX :-)


EdX & Queen Rania of Jordan Bring MOOCs to the Arab…

Added by Mike Pouraryan on November 16, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Judge Denny Chin rules that Searching falls under Fair Use

Judge Denny Chin has ruled that scanning of books fro searching purposes falls under Fair Use. The ruling against the AuthorsGuild followed eight years of legal battles. 

The ruling allows Google and others to scan copyrighted materials for searching and cataloging purposes without compensating the copyright holders. The ruling does not allow the…


Added by Open Doors Group on November 16, 2013 at 8:27am — No Comments

Senators Introduce Bill to Fund Open Education Resources

November 15, 2013

A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate seeks to tackle the rising cost of textbooks by giving states an incentive to experiment with open educational resources. The Affordable College Textbook Act, introduced by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Al Franken, Democrats of Illinois and Minnesota, respectively, would create a grant program that would fund the creation of new textbooks -- as long as they are made available for free online.



Added by Ken Ronkowitz on November 15, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments

Open Education Experts to discuss Alternative Pathways in Building MOOCs

Open Education Experts to discuss Alternative Pathways for Educators, MOOC Research Topics, and Lessons Learned in Building MOOCs.

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 24, 2013 - SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Open Doors Group (ODG) announces that Jacky Hood and Steve Woodis of ODG and Clare Middleton-Detzner of ISKME will provide an overview of alternative pathways for education, three specific MOOC research topic related to peer interaction, and lessons learned from the development of two MOOCs at the…


Added by Open Doors Group on October 24, 2013 at 7:20am — No Comments

Five Must Try Social Networks For Students

ODG Executive Director Mitchell Levy passed on this information from Rozzie Lieberman at Atomic Public Relations




Five Must Try Social Networks For Students

Students advance their education by sharing, absorbing and curating content – it's no wonder the generation that grew up on MySpace and Facebook is turning to online social platforms to facilitate this type of…


Added by Open Doors Group on October 18, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Example of a highly successful community college MOOC: Basic Writing at San Jacinto

Read about this course at Crafting an Effective MOOC: One Community College’s Experience on the WCET blogsite.  Here is a short excerpt from that article:

In May (2013), Mt. San Jacinto Community College conducted the first basic writing MOOC for Coursera. …


Added by Open Doors Group on October 17, 2013 at 11:35am — No Comments

Undergrads use and value Open Educational Resources

Educause study says 71% of students use #OER, 54% think #OER are very or extremely important:

Added by Open Doors Group on October 13, 2013 at 5:28pm — No Comments

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