Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability
This article in campustechnology.com cites a recently released research report from Educause, Internet2, and McGraw-Hill, which examined the value of digital materials in higher ed.
"Faculty and students were both clear and consistent in their criteria for adopting digital course material," the report's authors wrote. Little surprise: The…Continue
My old boss at SAP Labs will be teaching an online course. Online teaching is exploding. I will definitely take a look at this course.
- Glenda Clark
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Google has started selling textbooks through Play store
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MOOCs Eat Stanford! Harvard Closes!
Given how quickly MOOCs are evolving—and how much hype surrounds them—we all need to pay more…
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Seven things you should know about MOOCs -- from EDUCAUSE
July 30 -Aug 1, EDUCAUSE provided three interactive webinars about MOOCs. You can download the archives and other materials.
Day 1 - IT as a force for Change
Day 2 -…Continue
We are delighted to announce that Version 1 of the Open Guide for Project Management Certification (OGPMC) has been released. The link is on http://project-management-on-tap.ning.com/page/ogpmc
This is a great day. A million thanks to the creators of this book:
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Google announced earlier this week that it will soon begin to rent textbooks through Google Play at up to 80% below the purchase price (see this article from the LA Times.) The service will include texts from the major commercial publishers and compete with Amazon's similar service.
While rental schemes can certainly lower the immediate cost of taking a…Continue
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Here is a message from Matt Williams about the KQED Do Now working group:
Join the KQED Do Now working group for this Fall and get your students to participate in a national debate about topical issues using Twitter.
KQED Public Media in the Bay Area is looking for highly engaged teachers who are interested in trying some innovative pedagogical approaches to learning to become part of the KQED Do Now online working group.
Added by Jacky Hood on July 23, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments
A federal judge has found Apple guilty of violating United States antitrust laws and colluding with five book publishing companies to inflate e-book prices. Because Apple was found guilty of violating U.S. antitrust laws, 33 state attorneys general will now take the company to trial to recover…Continue
Added by Ken Ronkowitz on July 10, 2013 at 4:03pm — No Comments
Mainstream article from USA TODAY on phasing out of the paper textbook reminds us to consider the K-12 use of textbooks too.
"Textbook sales, for both higher education and K-12, will reach an estimated $13.7 billion in the U.S. this year, according to Outsell, a research firm."
Steve Jobs had his eye on textbooks and said the industry was "ripe for digital destruction"…Continue
Added by Ken Ronkowitz on July 9, 2013 at 5:34am — No Comments
Open Doors Group is proud to remind the entire Community of two special events this week:
This just-released report from the U.S. General Accounting Office entitled COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Students Have Greater Access to Textbook Information begins with this statement "Publishers included in GAO’s study have disclosed textbook information required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) , such as pricing and format options , and made components of bundled materials available individually, but stakeholders GAO interviewed said these practices have had little effect on faculty…Continue
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ODG-COT announces that @One has chosen a proposal made by ODG-COT and Link-Systems International for a Round Table at the Online Teaching Conference (OTC) at Long Beach City College June 19-21, 2013.
Read Press Release to learn more about this event:…Continue
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Publishers are now offering free books for MOOCs…Continue
Added by Glenda Clark on June 12, 2013 at 6:17am — No Comments
Open Doors Group is seeking volunteer staff for its upcoming Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Benefits to volunteers include MOOC experience, learning the popular Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), networking with educators and others, possible academic paper, references, and more.
We are testing an interesting MOOC freemium business model: provide the courses at no charge and sell the very affordable textbooks.
The classes are in the autumn and work is already…Continue
Added by Open Doors Group on June 11, 2013 at 8:04am — No Comments
The Wall Street Journal has published an opinion piece by Andy Kessler titled "Professors are About to Get an Online Education: Georgia Tech's new Internet master's degree in computer science is the future." The subtitle refers to GT's new degree program wherein one can get a master's degree in computer science, completely online, and for a fraction of the cost…Continue
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The Washington Post story:Continue
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From MOOC provider Coursera, comes this news - Any reactions?
Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re taking the next big step toward that mission by working with many of the top higher education publishers. This collaboration will expand…
Added by Ken Ronkowitz on May 24, 2013 at 8:10pm — No Comments
http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=60521 The British Columbia (B.C.) government said it will make available up to 20 free and open online textbooks for some of the most popular first- and second-year university and college courses... it has committed $1 million to fund the venture.
BCcampus, the provincial agency overseeing the project, is rolling it out in phases. It recently released a list of the…Continue