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What is the impact of Open Access and MOOCs on Publishing and Higher Education? In a new article out today in SAGE Open titled “Open Access, Megajournals, and MOOCs: On the Political Economy of Academic Unbundling,” Dr. Richard Wellen of York University discusses the impact of the development of open academic content output through open access publishing and MOOCs. Intrigued by his study, we decided to ask him and the editor of his study, Dr. Stephen Pinfield a few questions. This article addresses MOOCs and open access. Dr. Dr. The open access scholarship movement is often connected to the moral argument that the public which funds the research ought to have access to it. In the case of MOOCs on the other hand, academic unbundling and the outsourcing of teaching has already brought a disruptive tension between the market and the academic commons. 2. Dr. Dr. It is also surprising that so little has been written connecting different Open agendas. 3. Dr. Dr. 4. Dr. Dr. 5. Dr.

Why Give Knowledge Away for Free? The Case for Open Educational Resources "At the moment the OER movement is taking its first steps beyond a culture focused around "my site" towards a culture that is focused around "our commons." Most people who create OER sites have a sense of who they expect their users to be and what needs those users have. This is all to the good, if it is not to the exclusion of those users whose needs--or innovations--we have totally failed to imagine." Towards a Global Learning Commons An apparently extraordinary trend is emerging. Higher education is facing a number of challenges: globalisation, an aging society, growing competition between higher educational institutions both nationally and internationally, and rapid technological development. OER are a fascinating technological development and, potentially, a major educational tool. OER projects can expand access to learning for everyone, but most of all, for non-traditional groups of students. What are OER? Who is Using and Producing OER? Figure 1: Categories of OER Providers

Open educational resources Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. Although some people consider the use of an open file format to be an essential characteristic of OER, this is not a universally acknowledged requirement. The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to curb the commodification of knowledge[1] and provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.[2] Defining the scope and nature of open educational resources[edit] The above definitions expose some of the tensions that exist with OER: At the same time, these definitions also share some universal commonalities, namely they all: cover both use and reuse, repurposing, and modification of the resources;include free use for educational purposes by teachers and learnersencompass all types of digital media.[10] History[edit] Licensing and types of OER[edit] OER policy[edit]

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Action research and evaluation on line (web) To subscribe to the course offered twice a year by email, contact Bob Dick and ask for a subscription form. Areol, action research and evaluation on line, is a 14-week public course offered twice a year as a public service by ALARA, the Action Learning Action Research Association Inc. Individual sessions are briefly described below. (For a more detailed description see the fourth orientation file: click here) There are four orientation sessions. Introduction 1: required commitment Introduction 2: orientation Introduction 3: forming learning groups Introduction 4: program overview Sessions 1 and 2 provide some context. Session 1: Examples of action-research-like processes Session 2: The change process and action research Some action research is done more for the action than the research. Session 3: Entry and contracting Session 4: Participation and involvement Session 5: Achieving participation Session 6: Achieving rigour Sessions 7 to 9 introduce the topic of process design.