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Sofia Project

Sofia Project
Sofia Pilot Publishes Eight "Open" Courses FOOTHILL GLOBAL ACCESS, Los Altos Hills, CA--Content for eight courses is now available online for free through the Sofia open content initiative, thanks to the joint contributions of faculty, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Foothill-De Anza Community College District, and can now be accessed at the Course Gallery. Learn more... What is the Sofia Project? The Sofia project is an open content initiative launched by the Foothill - De Anza Community College District with funding support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Under the leadership of Foothill College, Sofia promotes faculty and institutional sharing of online content.

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Domain of One's Own A Domain of One’s Own is a project at the University of Mary Washington managed by the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies. Starting in fall 2013, the project allows UMW students, faculty, and staff to register their own domain name and associate it with a space on a UMW-managed Web server. In that Web space, users will have the opportunity and flexibility to design and create spaces of almost unlimited possibilities. Within the system, they may install LAMP-compatible Web applications, set up subdomains and email addresses, and install databases. Annenberg Learner Select a program below, and click on the VoD icon to view it. If you cannot find the resource you are looking for in this list, check our discontinued series list for distributor contact information. Against All Odds: Inside Statistics Shows students the relevance of statistics in real-world settings.

6 Companies Aiming to Digitize the Textbook Industry The world's readers purchased an estimated $966 million of ebooks in 2010, and Amazon has been selling more ebooks than paper books since January. But students have yet to catch on to the digital book revolution with the same fervor. A 2010 study by OnCampus Research found that 74% of college students surveyed still prefer to use a printed textbook. Where some see non-adopters, others see untapped markets, and thus large and small players alike have long been targeting the digital textbook niche. Here are some of the ways they're looking to get students to trade their print for pixels.

Try What are the advantages of studying a free OpenLearn course? Copyrighted image Credit: Cjwhitewine 3 | Dreamstime.com 4 Courses are either adapted extracts from The Open University courses - the same as the ones studied by our students - or complete courses on OpenLearn only If you're interested in taking an Open University course, but not sure it's for you, you can get a feel for what's on offer before signing up Free courses are available now, whenever now is - you can start right away, or whenever suits you You can work through at your own pace - if you want to do a burst of ten hours in one sitting - be our guest. Want to spread studying over a longer period? That's your choice. Just use the 'enrol' button, and we'll remember how far you've got through for you.

NOVA’s OER-based General Education The OER-Based General Education Project was funded through a College Innovation Fund grant received from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in early 2013. Dr. Wm Preston Davis, Director of Instruction at Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute, and his staff of faculty, librarians, and instructional designers set out to create a program where students at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) could take one or more courses that utilize free and/or open courses materials to deliver a high quality learning experience without requiring the purchase of textbooks or other course materials. The OER courses lead to the General Studies Certificate and satisfy the first year of the Associate of Science Degree. Goals of the Project “Ultimately, my goal is to see this project save our students a million dollars a year while continuing to show improvements in overall student success.” — Dr.

AcademicPub Opens Custom Textbook-Building to Faculty E-Textbooks | News AcademicPub Opens Custom Textbook-Building to Faculty By Dian Schaffhauser04/26/11 A company with technology for creating digital-to-print books is getting into the textbook market. AcademicPub, a division of SharedBook, has introduced a service that enables instructors to create digital and print texts by compiling materials from multiple sources: copyrighted works, faculty-created material, and resources the company has in its own library. The service also enables the instructor to collect royalties on the materials he or she personally provides in the textbooks.

Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans from the Federal Government FREE Features These features originally appeared on the FREE.ED.gov features blog. The features highlight resources and ideas related to holidays, awareness months, anniversaries and seasonal topics. Talk point: hands off my PowerPoint! Why don't more academics use open educational resources? On Monday 3 October, at the #OpenDataLDN meet-up, organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation, I sat in a group led by Javiera Atenas, an academic at the University of Hertfordshire, on open educational resources (OER) and marvelled at the number of tools that existed to facilitate resource sharing. The event was organised as an opportunity to discuss ideas and developments around open data and open knowledge projects – ranging from open governance to data journalism. MIT's open courseware was lauded as an exceptional example of openness but there were also homegrown tools available such as the University of Nottingham's Xpert repository or Jorum.ac.uk, a site set up to enable teachers to find, share and discuss teaching resources, across all of the UK's HE and FE communities. So in this talk point, I'd like to explore these claims: why are many so reluctant to share teaching resources?

About Exploratree & Enquiring Minds About Exploratree Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too. The Exploratree web resource has been developed by Futurelab and emerged out of our work on the Enquiring Minds project. It provides a series of ready-made interactive 'thinking guides' or 'frameworks' which can support students' projects and research. Thinking guides support the thinking or working through of an issue, topic or question and help to shape, define and focus an idea and also support the planning required to investigate it further.

launches online learning initiative MIT today announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will: organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pacefeature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communicationallow for the individual assessment of any student’s work and allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITxoperate on an open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to make it continuously improving and readily available to other educational institutions. MIT expects that this learning platform will enhance the educational experience of its on-campus students, offering them online tools that supplement and enrich their classroom and laboratory experiences. MIT also expects that MITx will eventually host a virtual community of millions of learners around the world.

Teachers Customize Textbooks Online Uncategorized Flickr: Arvindgrover By Sara Bernard Once upon a time, textbook writers would write textbooks and teachers would teach what was in them. Teachers would make up their own lesson plans, and if they were willing, shared them with their colleagues. But technology is changing the scenario.

Kings and Queens Come to Life: Retelling History Through Apps How do you visualize your thoughts? Are your dreams more like a sit-com or a documentary? English historian David Starkey thinks his thoughts and work are best represented through mobile applications after seeing his book, Crown and Country, turned into a rich media app. 7 Universities Offering Free Natural Sciences Courses Online Free online courses in natural sciences are offered by real schools. Learn which natural sciences courses are available, what topics they cover, and which ones lead to real college credit. Online Natural Science Courses for Credit Students looking for a form of online learning that offers the ease of access and flexibility of free online courses but can lead to academic credit like a traditional class might want to consider Education Portal's collection of online courses.

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