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An Open Resource on Digital Literacy for Educators

Have you ever considered some key questions about digital literacy and educators, or Digital Future in Teacher Education  ? What do we mean by Digital Literacy? What are the elements of Digital Literacy? What are the cross-cutting themes associated with Digital Literacy? What does Digital Literacy mean in schools? What does Digital Literacy mean for learners? How… Read More ›

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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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 ›

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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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Online and Campus College Students Like Using an Open Educational Resource Instead of a Traditional Textbook

This paper is published on MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, authored by Brian L. Lindshield and Koushik Adhikari, Kansas State University. Abstract There has been little research on student use and perception of open educational resources that are used to replace traditional textbooks/e-textbooks. The creation of the Kansas State University Human Nutrition Flexbook, and online and campus… Read More ›

Participatory Learning as Pedagogy

Web2.0 technology has become pervasive and change our life for several years. So it’s necessary to use pedagogy 2.0 to facilitate active learning. Why active learning? It is a time of unprecedented change: socially, economically, environmentally, informationally. The sage on the stage is antiquated and irrelevant. Pedagogy 2.0 “Active learning is defined as the extent… Read More ›

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#OER State Policy in K-12 Education (from iNACOL) – Part III

In the report “OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing” from iNACOL, after reviewing the policies and initiatives about OER in several states, barriers, opportunities and recommendations are discussed. ***** Barriers and Opportunities While the policies we have just described are good examples of what some states are doing… Read More ›

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#OER State Policy in K-12 Education (from iNACOL) – Part II

In the report “OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing” from iNACOL, current status of enacted policies related to OER in several states are summarized. Bellwether States: Examples of OER Policy Models Several states have recently enacted policies related to OER. While these policies vary in their scope, they… Read More ›

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#OER State Policy in K-12 Education (from iNACOL) – Part I

WASHINGTON, June, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – A new report from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) – OER State Policy in K-12 Education: Benefits, Strategies, and Recommendations for Open Access, Open Sharing – helps policymakers promote collaboration and deeper learning with open educational resources (OER). Authors TJ Bliss, Ph.D. and Susan Patrick demonstrate how policymakers are helping teachers to build… Read More ›

PDF is Where OER’s Go to Die (#OER)

by Clint Lalonde, : PDF is where OER’s go to die I really dislike PDF. No, really. Dislike is too measured a term. I hate it. I want to declare war on the tyranny of PDF for content that has been licensed for modification and remixing. We WANT to reuse! As part of the BC Open Textbook project, we… 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 ›


The NMC Horizon Report – 2013 K-12 Edition

From NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Education Edition (full report) The six technologies featured in the NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition are placed along three adoption horizons that indicate likely timeframes for their entrance into mainstream use for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Near-term Horizon On the near-term horizon — that is, within the next 12 months — are two related… Read More ›

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Free #OER Mobile Course – Free Learning in Summer

Open Educational Resources(OER) can build the creative capacity of institutions and educators if the process of developing educational materials is seen as being just as important as – and maybe more important than – the final product. (referring to You Raise Me Up, OER) It has the potential to transform our education and the relationship between learning content,… 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 ›

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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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Designing for the Accessibility of #OER

Designing online courseware so that it’s accessible to all people is important. Accessible means usable by people who are blind or who have low vision, people with impaired mobility, people who are deaf or hard-of-hearning, people who are color-blind, people with a minimal command of the language, and people with a cognitive disability. Broadly speaking, different… 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 to Create Open Content (#OER)

From Open.Michigan – a University of Michigan initiative that enables faculty, students, and others to share their educational resources and research with the global learning community This handout outlines the process for creating materials using openly-licensed content. By taking a few simple steps, you can ensure that the educational materials you create are not only of value to your… Read More ›

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Knowing Where to Find High Quality #OER so You Don’t Need to Reinvent The Wheel

To jump directly to what you are searching for, use these links: (from General Search Photo/Image Search Video Search Audio/Music Search General Education Search Recorded Lectures & Video Tutorials Search Open Textbook Search Simulation and Animation Search Modular Course Components Search Complete Courses Search Gooru (for K-12, Common Core State Standards Aligned) OER Commons… Read More ›

Next Practices for #OER Quality Evaluation

by Lisa Petrides Keynote at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK 2013), Leuven, Belgium – for the Learning Object Analytics for Collections, Repositories & Federations workshop, by Lisa Petrides, entitled “Next Practices for OER Quality Evaluation: Using Analytics to Support Continuous Improvement”

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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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10 Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning and The Importance of #OER Going Mobile

Today, a growing body of evidence suggests that ubiquitous mobile devices – especially mobile phones and, more recently, tablet computers – are being used by learners and educators around the world to access information, streamline administration and facilitate learning in new and innovative ways. Last week, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published a document “UNESCO Policy Guidelines for… 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 ›


9 Case Studies about Using Open Educational Resources(#OER) to Foster Creativity

Open educational resources can be change agents leading to the release of creativity for organisations, for teachers and for learners. Here are 8 research publications that observed the evidences and best practices – Special Themed Issue on Creativity and Open Educational Resources (OER) from The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning – EURODL. Exploring OER: Internet Information Literacy,… Read More ›

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Designing #OER with Diversity in Mind

From Open Education Week 2013 Webinar : The presenters will discuss factors which act as barriers and enablers regarding the creation and reuse of accessible teaching resources focusing on approaches of educators towards accessibility issues in the context of OER. Pedagogical, technical, and policy-based strategies to design, create and deliver OER/OCW learning experiences that can… Read More ›

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6 Major Recommendations for K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age

Founded in the fall of 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association serving, supporting, and representing US state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA works in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations as a forum for inter-state collaboration, cooperation, and best practices. To help the transition into digital textbook, through SETDA’s report : Out… Read More ›

Learning Content in the 3-5 Year Horizon

This slide deck is from the Next Is Now webinar delivered by Dr. Rob Reynolds on April 25, 2012. In his presentation, Rob explores key Internet trends affecting education, and makes projections regarding the future of learning technology and learning content. More reading: The Shift to Touch Will Introduce Major Changes in Education Flat World… 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 ›

#OER in K-12 – Sharing Common Core

From Washington OER Project by Digital Learning Department, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction : As the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics are implemented, school districts will be looking for instructional material to meet the new standards. Open Educational Resources (OER) may help fill that need. Open educational resources (OER) are free and… 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…

The History of Education and Textbooks [Infographic]

by Jessica Owen, Boundless ( To understand where we’re heading in education and edtech, it’s important to look back at our educational roots. As we searched for some of most memorable moments and discoveries in the history of education, we found there are lots of things that haven’t changed in hundreds of years! The groundwork for clunky, physical… 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).