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The First #OER MOOC Hoping to Steer Education toward The Right Direction

The story started with the picturing of the urgency of challenges in education in many parts of the world… There is sometimes a sense of paralysis at the enormity of the challenge and the apparent impossibility of managing conflicting expectations. But we need a change in direction, as suggested in the scenario painted by Edward de… Read More ›

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Can OER break down barriers to participation in education?

Originally posted on The art of open research:
Photo: Leigh-Anne Perryman CC-BY Are open education models leading to more equitable access to education? The OER Research Hub (OERRH) has spent the past few months gathering evidence around this question in connection with OERRH hypothesis C – ‘Open education models lead to more equitable access to…

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Online Ivy-League Education without the Ivy-League Price (#MOOC)

By Lucy Weiland MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) provide Ivy-League education without the Ivy-League price. The courses cover topics all across the educational spectrum, from algebra to zoology and everywhere in between. You can take one anytime, anywhere, from any computer or device. More than perhaps any other form of education, you truly get out of it… Read More ›

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Free #OER Mobile Course Is Available Online Now

In responding to that many readers have requested to access the Free #OER Mobile Course, we decide to put the web package (exported from Claro) online. Please check the introductory article linked (Free #OER Mobile Course) for more information about it. The course link is here : OER Mobile Course : You could go through… Read More ›

You Can #MOOC Yourself

To share the experience learnt from MobiMOOC courses, which are free, open online courses on the subject of mobile learning. Inge Ignatia de Waard published an eBook MOOC YourSelf – Set up your own MOOC for Business, Non-Profits, and Informal Communities. (licensed with CC BY-SA) A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is a gathering of participants,… Read More ›

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Test Yourself with #OER Game (HTML5 compliant)

Open content is gaining traction in K-12, 2013 K-12 Horizon Report puts it on the mid-term horizon which predicts its going mainstream in about 2 years. Open educational resources(OER) also make up three quarters of the content in most MOOCs; paid content, such as required textbooks, is less than 10%. The movement toward open content reflects a growing… Read More ›

Open Textbooks: Trends and Opportunities

by Pierre Gorissen Since the introduction of affordable e-readers, and certainly since the arrival of tablets (in particular the iPad), it has become clear that electronic books are on the up and up. Discussion continues as to whether printed books will ever disappear entirely. What is clear is that e-books and e-textbooks are becoming increasingly important in education. This article… Read More ›

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Building a Toolkit for Open Educators

by DIRKCUYS, from At the start of this year we sketched out a rough tech roadmap. Now is a good time to report on some of the work we’ve done since then, and our plans for the rest of the year. One big shift we made is to move away from thinking of P2PU as… Read More ›

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Mobile Authoring of Open Educational Resources(#OER) as Reusable Learning Objects (#mlearning)

From Mobile Authoring of Open Educational Resources as Reusable Learning Objects, by Dr Kinshuk and Ryan Jesse, Athabasca University, Canada Authoring content in a mobile context do not typically permit reuse across multiple contexts due to a lack of standardization. Standards based (IMS and SCORM) authoring implementations exist for non-mobile platforms, but there is no solution for capturing learning where… Read More ›

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Open Educational Resources and Mobile Technology to Narrow the Learning Divide (#OER, #mlearning)

From the paper “Open Educational Resources and Mobile Technology to Narrow the Learning Divide“, by Mohamed Ally(Athabasca University, Canada) and Mohammed Samaka(Qatar University, Qatar) “Mobile learning with open educational resources is the future of education.” “This is the time to transform education because learners have the technology in their pockets and are able to access OER… Read More ›

Open Content On The Horizon of Education – Part II (#OER)

(continued from Open Content On The Horizon of Education – Part I) As more learning takes place on mobile platforms in informal settings, open content can be leveraged to design and equip the personal learning environments of lifelong learners. The Responsive Open Learning Environments (ROLE) project, a collaborative project supported by the European Commission, promotes the idea of self-regulated learning, or… Read More ›

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Open Content On The Horizon of Education – Part I (#OER)

The movement toward open content reflects a growing shift in the way scholars in many parts of the world are conceptualizing education to a view that is more about the process of learning than the information conveyed. Information is everywhere; the challenge is to make effective use of it. Open content uses Creative Commons and other forms of alternative licensing to encourage not… Read More ›

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You Raise Me Up, #OER

In March of this year, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) published a document “Guide to the Use of Open Educational Resources in K-12 and Postsecondary Education”. Although the content looks reasonable at the first time of reading, but actually there is a traditional perspective throughout the report. Comparing Open Educational Resource(OER) with traditional textbook model… Read More ›

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Unlocking Open Educational Resources (#OERs) Interaction Data

Open Educational Resources (OER) curated by Andreas Link is a “Scoop” of all things about OER and creating contents. From the scoop this is a valuable paper worth a read: Unlocking Open Educational Resources (OERs) Interaction Data Author : David Massart, Elena Shulman Abstract Each time a teacher or a learner interacts with an Open Educational Resource (OER),… Read More ›

Learning Paths and #OER: Trends and Opportunities

Learning paths and OER: trends and opportunities, licensed under a Creative Commons License URI : Authors: Janssen, José Berlanga, Adriana Koper, Rob Abstract This article explains a set of tools developed in order to describe learning activities and learning paths transparently, so that it becomes easier to determine whether they are aligned with the desired learning objectives… Read More ›

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Open Online K-12 Courses from Saylor Foundation

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —, the free education initiative of the Saylor Foundation, announced today the launch of its new K-12 program of open online courses. The academic courses are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and use open educational resources (OER) extensively, making the courses, as well as their contents, widely reusable by students, teachers, and… Read More ›

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What to Consider When Publishing #OER

For creating open content as a continually ongoing process of refinement, re-distribution, correction, modification, re-arrangement and reuse, better quality of the open content is the result of these possibilities. It’s important to make reuse easier. This requires authors to consider visibility and circulation of the published open educational resources(OER). In this presentation we highlight the… Read More ›

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How to Create OER and Join to Grow The #OER Tree

Plan, research, curate, design, create, publish OER and share it out under an open license, so someone else can discover it, then start with the next step. Maybe it will be improved or expressed in different forms. Creating OER is the 9th lesson of our online PD course : Using Open Educational Resources To Create K-12… Read More ›

School of Open offers free Wikipedia course

Posted by LiAnna Davis on May 10, 2013 Pete Forsyth, an early designer of the Wikipedia Education Program, is now teaching a free online course on Wikipedia and Open Educational Resources, along with Wikipedian and education researcher Sara Frank Bristow. The six-week course, “Writing Wikipedia Articles,” recently concluded its first run, and will be offered again starting 14 May… Read More ›

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A Guide to Free and Open Source Education (#OER)

by Carolyn Fox, from Nearly every week, if not every day, there are more and more open source and open educational resources available and accessible to us. It’s impossible to ignore. It also seems impossible to keep pace with the sheer volume. Despite this, I will attempt here to give a comprehensive listing of many… Read More ›

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Evaluating #OER and Quality Control for #OER as Textbooks

The OER report published in February 2007 by Atkins, Brown and Hammond (2007) at the request of the Hewlett Foundation shows the evolution of OER movement. By proposing Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure (OPLI), it envisions to nurture a culture of learning in which both intellectual capital (content) and human capital (talent) spiral upward, together. Continuous Improvement of OER… Read More ›

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Planning Framework for #OER Implementation

from This document is intended as a guide for those state teams planning to implement Open Educational Resources (OER). The exercises included within it were completed by seven states as part of the OER Institute in November 2012. Based on the experiences of those states, the exercises have been adapted slightly and are included… Read More ›

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How Much Do You Know about Open License? (#OER)

“Teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, digital or otherwise, that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions. Open licensing is built within the existing framework of intellectual property rights as defined by relevant international conventions and respects the authorship of the… Read More ›

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Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) (#OER)

by Sean Connor, published on Perhaps you’ve heard of WorldCat, which is, in brief, “the world’s largest network of library content and services” — but to folks like you and me, that means that we can search across many different library collections for a particular holding. It’s fun, it’s convenient, and it helped Yours Truly solve an Advanced… Read More ›

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New Pathways to Learning – #OER and Non-formal Education

from Dr. Don Olcott, Jr Manager of Strategic Planning and Engagement at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) system office in the United Arab Emirates Abstract The growth of non-formal education is expanding teaching and learning pathways for the delivery of global education. This growth, in concert with the expanded use of Open Educational Resources (OERs), is… Read More ›

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Free #OER Trend Report with #MOOC and Innovative Learning Foci

from Ignatia/Inge de Waard (licensed under CC BY-NC-SA) The renowned SURF group that are situated in the Netherlands just published a wonderful, insightful and all over great read on the trend of Open Educational Resources (OER). The English report can be found and downloaded here and consists of 112 pages of great up to date OER information. This report… Read More ›

Running on Empty? 25 Tricks to Jumpstart Routine Lessons

Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset. This also holds true in a classroom. Students may be working… Read More ›

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Open The School of Open

The School of Open ( is launching during Open Education Week, March 11-15.  This means that all facilitated courses will open for sign-up that week, and all stand-alone courses will be ready to take then or anytime thereafter. A community of volunteers from P2PU, Creative Commons, Open.Michigan, and Wikimedia will offer free online courses on copyright,… Read More ›

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MapStory – Wikipedia Way of Telling Stories on Maps and Timelines

We learn MapStory from Saylor Journals OER Newsletter – “A creative platform that allows you to start your own story or build on another one, with use of maps and time lines as a foundation. Through Creative Commons, this platform is completely free, and it allows you to “share what you know about the world… Read More ›

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Originally posted on E-learning Development Team:
A few nice videos created for the ongoing OLDS MOOC outlining what OER’s are and some of the issues to do with licencing. OER overview     What are OER and Open Licensing?     Finding and using OER Want more? The JISC OER toolkit or OU’s SCORE (Support Centre…

OER, Internet and The Power of Pull

The keynote from Joe Ito, MIT Media Lab, on Hewlett OER Grantees Meeting 2012 highlighted some inspiring ideas of how internet has changed the ways we work and learn together. From David Weinberger : Small pieces loosely joined – decentralizing power From David Clark : Rough consensus running code – keeping doing and iterations since the cost… Read More ›


Research Roundup about MOOCs and Online Learning

The rising of MOOCs brings the interest of scrutinizing the effectiveness of online learning. Definitely it’s not a new-born baby, even MIT’s OpenCourseWare is more than 10 years old. But the Web2.0 technologies and new concepts have brought something different and evolving. Journalist’s Resource has put together a roundup on those significant research papers in… Read More ›

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The Story of OER and Why It Matters

The Story of Open Educational Resources(OERs) to share with you, it’s not intended to be an exhausted list of OER development in the past decade. The copy in Google Document is public, you are welcome to add anything that’s important or useful. Why is OER important ? The copy in Google Document is public as… Read More ›

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OpenEd Free Video Library for Open Web Learning

OpenEd is an effort to collect free educational videos aligned to Common Core State Standards for all teachers and students with internet connection and computers. It’s now accepting user applications into beta release, and of course user feedback. This is their letter for an introduction: OpenEd helps you find the best videos and other content… Read More ›

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When Game-Based Learning Meets Open Education Resources

from OER Commons, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License In game play, the progress a player makes is through learning. This happens as students grasp and understand embedded knowledge and skills required to successfully navigate a new system. The challenge and the progress of understanding a new concept through gaming is what makes a… Read More ›

8 Exemplary Open Textbooks and The Meaning Beyond Bringing Cost Down

For decades, college students have been exploited by publishers of introductory textbooks. But thing are changing, now there are several organizations bringing open textbooks to students., OpenStax College, Free High School Science Textbooks , BioQUEST, The Math Open Reference, Utah Open Textbook Project, Open Math, and Open Source Physics are only to name a few. More open textbooks information can be found in this… Read More ›

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Boundless releases its content under Creative Commons

by Jane Park, first posted on Creative Commons Boundless, the company that builds on existing open educational resources to provide free alternatives to traditionally costly college textbooks, has released 18 open textbooks under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA), the same license used by Wikipedia. Schools, students and the general public are free to share and remix these textbooks… Read More ›

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OERs in US, Canada and Netherlands

Last week, U.S. News and World Report published an article about the rise of openly-licensed educational materials. Simon Owens’ article outlined the important milestones of open education resources(OERs), or open textbooks movements. The nonprofit organization Creative Commons that created and updates the licenses released its first versions in December 2002. Founded by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig… Read More ›

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Open Source Options For Education from OSS-Watch

by Mark Johnson, OSS-Watch , first published here :  Open Source Options For Education This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented here in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the… Read More ›

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30 Myths About eLearning That Need To Die In 2013

For as long as eLearning has been around, it has been haunted by the voices of those who aim to criticize its authenticity, viability, and quality. But is it true? Do students of traditional institutions boast more success than those who’ve chosen distance learning? It’s time for some of these myths to die. 1. The technology… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).