Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability
The ninth International Open Ed Conference 2012 was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from October 16 to 18. This conference brings together many of the thought leaders and practitioners in the open education movement from around the world to report on progress, compare notes, and collaborate. This year’s conference got off to a rousing start as the Honorable John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology for British…Continue
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Mentor Cloud and Open Doors Group / College Open Textbooks Partner to
Facilitate Sharing Best Practices
New Community to Share Best Practices and Facilitate Mentoring in the Open Education Community…Continue
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Although criminal justice courses are popular and well-enrolled, especially in Community Colleges, there is a definite lack of OER resources in this area. My frustration with the cost of textbooks and dearth of criminal justice open resources inspired me to join the College Open Textbooks Community. It didn't take me long to notice Flat World Knowledge, one of the recognized publishers of college-level open textbooks. After checking the Flat World Knowledge catalog, I adopted one of their…Continue
Ellen Marie Murphy, Director of Online Curriculum from SUNY Empire State College is doing some research regarding the credentialing possibilities that exist for individuals who wish to receive credit
for learning they achieve using OpenCourseWare.
For those who are not familiar with OpenCourseWare, here is a link tothe OpenCourseWare Consortium.
Ellen would like you to take just a minute or so to answer…
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Tom Caswell, Program Manager for the Open Course Library, reported 10, 000 visitors to their site since its official launch of the first 42 courses on October 31, 2011. He sums up the project which will contain 81 open courses targeted at the highest-enrolled general education classes for lower division…Continue
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It is with great pleasure that I announce the 8 winners of our Adopter Communities’ Small Grant program. Each community proposed an outstanding project that uses open textbooks or open educational resources to improve teaching and learning for their students. Disciplines ranged from the highly enrolled general education subjects of Chemistry, Physics, and Math to American Government and Developmental Reading & Composition. Professional and career disciplines were also represented…Continue
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Make sure your students’, faculties’, and administrators’ voices are heard! The Florida Distance Learning Consortium will administer two surveys. One is for college and university students on textbooks, open textbooks, and OpenCourseWare (OCW). The other survey is for faculty and administrators on digital textbooks, open textbooks, open educational resources (OERs), and OCW. These will be administered to all of Florida’s 28 public colleges and 11 state universities. This is our…Continue
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Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO will be officiating the launch of “Global Open Access Platform” (usually called the Global Open Access Portal) along with the launch of the UNESCO OER Platform, the re-designed Open Training Platform, and the OER policy Guidelines. The Launch is scheduled for November 1, 2011 at 6:30pm Paris time (GMT-1) and 10:30 am PDT and will be live-streamed in:
English - mms://…Continue
Thanks to Ruth Suehle, writer and editor in Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat for the notes. I was busy finishing my slides for 11:30 presentation on College Open Textbooks' Adopter Communities during the keynote but I was listening :-)!…
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"The 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM Foundation) announced a new digitally enhanced etextbook for college students based on open content. The non-profit has set its sight on producing open source etextbooks for the top 25 courses taken by undergraduates in the nation, with general statistics being one of largest of such courses.
Starting today, Collaborative Statistics 2nd Edition is now available and provides students with an interactive experience using videos, applets, graphics,…Continue
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Athabasca University Press conducted research on how open access effects readership, print sales, and citations of articles and texts comparing their open access university press with three other traditional Canadian university presses. No significant impact was shown on print sales for open access vs. copyrighted materials but significantly greater readership and citations of open access materials was found.
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Academic & Textbook Authoring—Evolving Arts is the theme of the…Continue
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Through the innovative partnership between Florida Distance Learning and the University of Florida Press, a growing number of open access textbooks are being created and reused in the classroom. Last spring, the first in a series of three open calculus textbooks were tested in the classroom with 1600 students in Florida. It is now available for anyone to download and the second and third textbooks will be available in spring 2012.
In addition, American Government and…Continue
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Michael S. Hart invented the e-Book in 1971 when he typed in the text of the Declaration of Independence in a computer lab at the University of Illinois where he was a student. For the next 40 years, Hart dedicated his life to the digitization and distribution of historical documents and literature in the process founding Project Gutenberg. He passed away this last week at the age of 64.
Today Project Gutenberg, houses over 36,000 items in 60 languages. The goal…Continue
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Who is developing OERs? Who should be? How are they doing it? How can standards allow OER content interoperability? How can standards assure quality? How can you get started? How can you find the tools for creating OER content?
These questions, and more, will be answered by Dr. Rob Abel from IMS Global and others. In addition we will…
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