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Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

The Rise of the SuperProfessor | SM Where is M13? - Home Where is M13? — A Three Dimensional Galactic Atlas! We all have our favorite deep sky objects that we've looked at hundreds and hundreds of times. Where is M13? At home, Where is M13? Using paired face-on and edge-on views, the Galaxy View shows you where that cluster or nebula is actually located relative to the center and plane of the Galaxy, providing a unique 3-D perspective. Below the paired views, the Object List provides important physical information about the objects. The Sky View shows you where the objects are found in the night sky, using a star map plotted in galactic coordinates. Where is M13? Where is M13?

Duncan Calls for Urgency in Lowering College Costs The characterized Mr. Duncan’s remarks, at a Las Vegas conference of college financial aid workers, as the start of a “national conversation” about high costs, which have prompted raucous protests across the country and ignited an angry push among some borrowers demanding debt forgiveness, federal grants and interest-free loans. The department used the opportunity to call attention to steps the Obama administration had taken to reduce the net price that students and families pay for higher education and make it easier to repay . But it was clear that the administration was taking heed of the rising furor over tuition increases, and a growing online debate about how much a college degree is worth at a time when few jobs are available for graduates. “Three in four Americans now say that college is too expensive for most people to afford,” Mr. Duncan said. College seniors with loans now graduate with an average debt load of more than $25,000. Even as college has become more expensive, Mr.

Connexions - Sharing Knowledge and Building Communities Electromagnetic Spectrum - Introduction The electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is the range of all types of EM radiation. Radiation is energy that travels and spreads out as it goes – the visible light that comes from a lamp in your house and the radio waves that come from a radio station are two types of electromagnetic radiation. The other types of EM radiation that make up the electromagnetic spectrum are microwaves, infrared light, ultraviolet light, X-rays and gamma-rays. You know more about the electromagnetic spectrum than you may think. The image below shows where you might encounter each portion of the EM spectrum in your day-to-day life. The electromagnetic spectrum from lowest energy/longest wavelength (at the top) to highest energy/shortest wavelength (at the bottom). Radio: Your radio captures radio waves emitted by radio stations, bringing your favorite tunes. Microwave: Microwave radiation will cook your popcorn in just a few minutes, but is also used by astronomers to learn about the structure of nearby galaxies.

The Team - SCORE Meet the SCORE team Jonathan Darby Director, Higher Education Shared Solutions As Academic Director of SCORE Jonathan leads the project and promotes Open Education Resources nationwide. Tracey de Beer Communications Manager, SCORE Tracey manages communications, the fellowship programme and events within SCORE. Janet Dyson Project Assistant for SCORE Janet provides administrative support for the fellowship programme and events, sending news and updates via social media as well as updating the SCORE web-site. Beatriz de los Arcos Community Support Consultant Bea joined the SCORE team in the summer of 2010 primarily to provide support and advice around the creation of OER within the Open University's LabSpace. Tracy Everard Team Co-ordinator & PA to the Director of SCORE Tracy co ordinates activities and support for the SCORE office and provides a personal secretarial service to the Director of Shared Solutions. Andy Lane Senior SCORE Fellow Tim Seal Assistant Director, SCORE

OpenStax College Common Core English/Language Arts Standards | Science & Technical Subjects | Grade 9-10 Key Ideas and Details: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.1Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text. Craft and Structure: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics. Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

CREATIVE COMMONS--HOW TO MARK ITEMS You have chosen a CC license for your work. Now how do you go about letting the world know? Here are some examples of how to mark your work with the CC license. Note: If you want to know how to attribute other creators' CC licensed materials, go here. How to use the CC License Chooser You can easily add a CC license notice to your website by visiting the CC license chooser. At this point, all you have to do is: 1. The specifics of inserting the code depend on how you edit your website. If all of the resources you are publishing on a single website are licensed under the same CC license, it makes sense to paste the HTML code into your website’s template (e.g., in a footer or sidebar area). 2. For example, if you select CC BY in the chooser, the default text you receive in the second line of html code is: The bolded text is descriptive, and you can edit it without affecting the code. Example: Website This is the CC license notice at the bottom of this website. Author? License? Example: Blog

HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework OER Commons About The Licenses Our public copyright licenses incorporate a unique and innovative “three-layer” design. Each license begins as a traditional legal tool, in the kind of language and text formats that most lawyers know and love. We call this the Legal Code layer of each license. But since most creators, educators, and scientists are not in fact lawyers, we also make the licenses available in a format that normal people can read — the Commons Deed (also known as the “human readable” version of the license). The final layer of the license design recognizes that software, from search engines to office productivity to music editing, plays an enormous role in the creation, copying, discovery, and distribution of works. Searching for open content is an important function enabled by our approach. Taken together, these three layers of licenses ensure that the spectrum of rights isn’t just a legal concept.

3 Major Publishers Sue Open-Education Textbook Start-Up - Wired Campus Open-education resources have been hailed as a trove of freely available information that can be used to build textbooks at virtually no cost. But a copyright lawsuit filed last month presents a potential roadblock for the burgeoning movement. A group of three large academic publishers has sued the start-up Boundless Learning in federal court, alleging that the young company, which produces open-education alternatives to printed textbooks, has stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights. The publishers Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education filed their joint complaint last month in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The publishers’ complaint takes issue with the way the upstart produces its open-education textbooks, which Boundless bills as free substitutes for expensive printed material. “They’re wrongfully claiming ownership of open knowledge,” he said. Publisher Complaint

Make Textbooks Affordable | Student PIRGs Everyone knows that textbooks prices are outrageous. Students spend an average of $1,200 a year on textbooks and course materials, and prices have been rising more than for times the rate of inflation for the past two decades! It’s no accident that textbooks are so expensive. Publishing companies are raking in huge profits while engaging in bad practices that drive up costs: issuing new editions that make used books hard to find, bundling textbooks with unnecessary CDs and pass-codes, and more. They get away with it because students don’t have a choice -- we’ve got to buy the book they’re selling, even if the price is outrageous. The good news is that we're making progress. The real momentum comes from lasting solutions like open-source textbooks, which could literally revolutionize the textbook market by offering free online access and reducing costs up to 80%. QUESTIONS?