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Nova Southeastern University's Fischler School of Education and Human Services online publication Innovate published its final volume in September 2009. The link you have reached is currently inactive. Our team continues to work diligently on preserving as much prior content as possible including links. In the meantime, articles continue to be available at http://www.innovateonline.info Thank You,
Research Report The Open University has published a research report which is now available online (see link below). The report evaluates the impact OpenLearn has had internally and externally and the challenges that lie ahead in open content and establishing open learning networks.
Tom Caswell, Shelley Henson, Marion Jensen, and David Wiley The Center for Open and Sustainable Learning Utah State University Abstract The role of distance education is shifting. Traditionally distance education was limited in the number of people served because of production, reproduction, and distribution costs. Today, while it still costs the university time and money to produce a course, technology has made it such that reproduction costs are almost non-existent. This shift has significant implications, and allows distance educators to play an important role in the fulfillment of the promise of the right to universal education.
Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less The movement toward open content reflects a growing shift in the way academics in many parts of the world are conceptualizing education to a view that is more about the process of learning than the information conveyed in their courses. Information is everywhere; the challenge is to make effective use of it. Part of the appeal of open content is that it is also a response to both the rising costs of traditionally published resources and the lack of educational resources in some regions, and a cost-effective alternative to textbooks and other materials.
How to obtain this publication Readers can access the full version of Giving Knowledge for Free: The Emergence of Open Educational Resources choosing from the following options: Other language versions