Number 9 in my Top 10 Ed-Tech Trends of 2011 Series When I made my 10 tech predictions for 2011 for RWW last year, I included the following: 6. Openly-licensed content - open education resources, open source, open data - will thrive, as more people question outmoded intellectual property laws.
Bethesda, Md. — Impact, not ideology, was the watchword at the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference, held here on Wednesday and Thursday at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The 260 high-level researchers, fund providers, and open-access advocates who attended didn’t waste time bashing publishers who keep research behind paywalls. (Some commercial publishers, including Elsevier, attended.)
Image via Wikipedia There are industries that use the same raw materials, yet are not the same. Commercial firms that deliver purified water to companies consume water, fuel, and vehicles. Yet, not a single one is in competition with the local swimming pool company.
Open access is using internet technology to facilitate teaching, learning and research the world over. Photograph: ESA/J.Huart/PA From the use of social media to engage students to tools designed to facilitate record keeping in HE, it would seem the academic revolution will be digitised. But arguably no other aspect of digital holds the promise of the open access (OA) philosophy and open educational resources (OER).
From WikiEducator The OER university is a virtual collaboration of like-minded institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit. The OER university aims to provide free learning to all students worldwide using OER learning materials with pathways to gain credible qualifications from recognised education institutions.
Open access is using internet technology to facilitate teaching, learning and research the world over. Photograph: ESA/J.Huart/PA From the use of social media to engage students to tools designed to facilitate record keeping in HE, it would seem the academic revolution will be digitised.
By Jeffrey R. Young Charlottesville, Va. "Camera shy" is not the first phrase that comes to my mind for Siva Vaidhyanathan.
March 7, 2010 Mark Shaver for The Chronicle Review Enlarge Image By Brian Croxall Recently, I've had to come to grips with the fact that I've quite likely peaked.
It’s been a good month for people who worry about the sustainability of open-education projects. First, a Brigham Young University study found that offering free online access to distance-education course materials doesn’t hurt paid enrollment, giving a boost to those who think the best business model for publishing free content is one that dangles it as bait to draw in students for paid courses. Now many leaders in the world of open education — a movement whose original projects were largely financed by foundation grants — are ponying up their own cash to keep free courses thriving. On Monday more than a dozen universities and groups pledged a total of $350,000 over five years to support the OpenCourseWare Consortium, an association that promotes the publication of free content like lecture videos, assignments, and syllabi.
Washington, D.C. – We’ve all heard about university-driven open-education projects like MIT OpenCourseWare . These days, though, the push to freely publish course materials and research papers online is increasingly coming from students. And some of them are bumping into a barrier: their own professors. This weekend, Adi Kamdar and Parker Phinney joined campus activists from around the country at the Students for Free Culture conference here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Public access to research is “inevitable,” but it will be a slog to get to it. That was the takeaway message of a panel on the role libraries can play in supporting current and future public-access moves. The panel was part of the program at the membership meeting of the Association of Research Libraries, held here yesterday and today.