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OER UCT Project | Centre for Educational Technology The OER UCT project, currently run in the Centre for Educational Technology at UCT with the support of the Shuttleworth Foundation, aims to showcase the teaching efforts of UCT academics by encouraging the publication of resources as OER. Offering new visibility for teaching materials and global individual profiling on international OER sites, a directory listing the UCT Collection of OER went live in February 2010. We'd like your resources to be included here, so join the global move to share, remix, improve and redistribute your teaching resources. Have a look at the growing collection of open educational resources from the University of Cape Town on the UCT OpenContent directory What is OER? Learning content: syllabi, full courses, modules, learning objects, lecture notes, presentations and data collections. Benefits of OER UCT and the Cape Town Open Education Declaration Read more about the Cape Town Open Education Declaration and become a signatory at

Proposal for MIT Global Environment Initiative seeks public comment As the world’s population continues to expand, our natural resources will become increasingly strained. In an effort to find sustainable solutions for the planet’s growing population while minimizing environmental impacts, MIT’s Environmental Research Council (ERC) has put forward a detailed implementation plan to establish a Global Environmental Initiative to complement the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). The interdisciplinary, faculty-led council presented the plan to the MIT community last Thursday in a forum held at the Kirsch Auditorium in the Stata Center. Council members outlined an initiative that would bring together MIT’s “core strengths” across campus to help solve the world’s pressing environmental challenges, from mitigating climate change to curbing contamination and maintaining fresh water supplies. In the areas of climate and oceans, MIT already has a strong foundation of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Paris Tech OpenCourseWare Since 2003, ParisTech OpenCourseWare has assembled more than 2000 educational resources that it makes available online. They correspond to the educational resources for some of the teaching units (duplicated lecture notes, compendiums of exercises, annals, simulators, sessions, course notes, videos, etc.) in all scientific and technical fields covered by the colleges. These resources, which are made readily available, satisfy several commitments in an “OpenCourseWare” charter. Educational resources Use – private context Use – academic context 1 Use – academic context 2 Use – public context 1 Use – public context 2 For each resource onlined, ParisTech: respects the legislation with respect to third party copyrights undertakes to define a limited license, after establishing it with the professor/teacher authors follows a process and qualification criteria These educational resources are currently part of the resources used by students in ParisTech colleges.

OER Commons FormaVia Sustainable Development – Earth Charter Initiative Principle 14 of the Earth Charter emphasizes the importance of “Integrating into…education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life”. Education is fundamental to the mission of Earth Charter Initiative. ECI has therefore created the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. The Earth Charter Center’s mission is the same as the Earth Charter Initiative’s, “…to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy and a culture of peace.”, with a special focus on education. The Earth Charter Center for ESD: What is Education for Sustainable Development? Read the Journal on ESD, September 2010; 4(2) issue, dedicated to the Earth Charter.

Resources In the digital age that we all live in, you are essentially illiterate if you can’t code. Whether you are an entrepreneur who wants to create an MVP, an aspiring developer, or a human being who uses a computer, one thing is clear—coding is an invaluable skill. It’s a skill that’s also tangibly valuable in the marketplace: the demand for developers is obscene. Programming Bootcamps: Online Resources: Free UdacityCodecdemyedXnet.tuts+CourseraHackety HackKhan AcademyjsdaresLearnstreet Learn Code the Hard WayWiBitphp AcademyGoogle Developers University ConsortiumProject EulerCodingBatGithub & Github Mentoring Stack OverflowMasters in Data Science Paid Code SchoolCodeHS TreehouseLearnableRuby MonkCodeLessonUdemy LyndaBloc.ioThinkful Resources for Ruby on Rails: When people try to learn programming, the sheer number of languages overwhelms them. Hackathons: There is no better way to learn than collaborating with other programmers to build something awesome. Hackathon.ioHacker LeagueLanyrd Education

Open CourseWare and OERs ON THIS PAGE:Overview...COL's OER initiatives...Searching for Open Educational Resources... Overview The term ‘Open Educational Resources’ (OER) was first adopted at UNESCO’s 2002 Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education in Developing Countries funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. COL has adopted the widest definition of Open Educational Resources (OER) as ‘materials offered freely and openly to use and adapt for teaching, learning, development and research’. The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is strongly committed to the creation, adaptation and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) because they have the potential to increase access to education while cutting costs and improving quality. OER can be deposited (by donation) by a variety of sources to one or more of the many OER repositories, which are mainly online. Both terms have been evolving in their definitions since 2002. COL's OER initiatives Searching for Open Educational Resources