The OER mix in higher education: purpose, process, product, and policy - Distance Education - Volume 33, Issue 2 Success in open educational resources (OER) has been reported by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA and the Open University in the UK, among others. It is unclear, however, how valuable OER are in learning and teaching. Approaches to OER policy and sustainability are just two other key aspects that remain unresolved across the sector. Couple Lives Off-the-Grid in Incredible Floating, Self-Sustainable Home Since 1992, husband and wife Wayne Adams and Catherine King have lived completely off-the-grid in a floating home made of 12 platforms in Cypress Bay, British Columbia. The Canadian couple and their two kids are completely self-sustaining, eating whatever King grows in her garden as well as the seafood that Adams catches fresh from the ocean. With electricity powered by solar panels and photovoltaic generators, and water from rainfall and the nearby waterfall, the family has created an utterly unique, green lifestyle. In addition to being environmentally friendly, their home—called Freedom Cove is an incredible work of architecture, design, and pure fun. Painted turquoise and magenta, the floating abode includes a dance floor, an art gallery, a guest lighthouse, five greenhouses, and a studio where the family lives. During their free time, Adams, 66, carves and sells sculptures, while King, 59, focuses on painting, dancing, music, and writing.
Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones by Maria Popova How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.” “It is our knowledge — the things we are sure of — that makes the world go wrong and keeps us from seeing and learning,” Lincoln Steffens wrote in his beautiful 1925 essay.
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.
The role of classification schemes in Internet resource description and discovery - UDC 2.2. Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) The Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) is an international scheme which endeavours to cover all areas of knowledge. Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development » Second edition of Rethinking Pedagogy Today there is cause for a small celebration, as I handed over the manuscript for the second edition of Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age (which is just as well as I see it’s already available on Amazon!). I’m grateful to all the authors who have engaged not just with revisiting and rewriting their chapters, but also with our peer review and collaborative writing processes over the past nine months or so. As before, Rethinking Pedagogy isn’t a ‘how to’ guide, it’s a critical discussion of the issues surrounding the design, sharing and reuse of learning activities. We do however offer tools that you might use, or encourage others to use. Our aim is to bring the insights of learning design into the educational process, and to extend the repertoire of tools and techniques in everyday use.
Creating Roads From Sand and Bacteria Instead of Oil Improving America’s infrastructure has been a major priority for the Obama Administration, with a lot of money going into repairing the country’s roads and bridges. The problem is that currently most roads are constructed from asphalt, a material made from oil that increases national fossil fuel usage, is expensive, and is damaging to the environment. However designers Thomas Kosbau and Andrew Wetzler have come with a plan for a greener alternative — a “biologically treated and processed paving material” that uses a common microbe to transform loose grains of stand into stable, road-worthy sandstone. The plan, called ‘Sand.Stone.Road‘ recently won the grand prize in the Korean green design ‘Iida Awards 2010‘, which were organized by Designboom in collaboration with Incheon Metropolitan City. In the designers’ own words, “The world is suffering from a material found outside of every doorway. Asphalt has been used as the conventional paving material for the last 80 years.
Violeta's Blog: Syntropy – the creative power of nature Each new era in the development of civilisation discovers new discoveries on the path to a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of life, our co-dependencies, creative powers and manifested ideas. At various levels and in various dimensions, and every once in a while, something triggers excitement in each and every one of our cells. Love. Surprise.
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 Center deepens students’ and program participants’ understanding of sustainability vision and practice, and build the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values they need to shape a sustainable future.
I Wrote a Book—To Teach the Wolfram Language—Stephen Wolfram Blog An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language is available in print, free on the web, etc. I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to write another book. My last book—A New Kind of Science—took me more than a decade of intensely focused work, and is the largest personal project I’ve ever done. Weller Digital Scholarship and the Tenure Process as an Indicator of Change in Universities Martin Weller Abstract In this paper, the author aims to demonstrate that a practical barometer of how universities are dealing with the changes wrought by a digital, networked world can be found in the manner in which their reward and tenure processes recognise digital scholarship. The use of new technologies by academics to perform research, construct knowledge, disseminate ideas, engage students in learning and conduct a wide range of scholarly activities generates a number of issues for established reward and tenure systems, which can be seen as a representative microcosm of the issues facing universities more generally.
This Ingenious $20 Lamp Gets All Its Energy From Gravity The ingenious GravityLight—a light that gets all its energy from its own weight—first appeared about three years ago. We wrote about it as it was launching on Indiegogo and went on to raise $399,590. It provides free light (after you've bought it). It's cheap. And it has none of the environmental or health side-effects as do other light alternatives in the developing world. 6 Companies That Are Teaching Educators What Good 'Disruption' Means Teachers, parents, and kids across the world are using a variety of technology tools to facilitate the learning process both in and out of the classroom. And for good reason: The technology tools available today can help kids (and adult students) connect in class, assist parents with managing their kids' schedules and provide benefits to teachers and administrators alike. Related: This Is Bill and Melinda Gates' Prediction for the Future of Online Education Of course not all schools or educational technology tools are equal. Some provide advantages that others lack. And then there is economic reality: Often, only schools with more money (private schools and those funded either by the government or through philanthropy), can get iPads and other devices into the hands of students.