The world has another opencourseware! Congratulations to the Universidad de Cantabria on their undertaking, which initially includes courses in the Health Sciences, Humanities, and Experimental Sciences, and Vocational Education.
Kids Open Dictionary Builder is a new site intended to “create a free, open simple dictionary for students to use. This dictionary will ultimately be published in a variety of formats and for multiple platforms.” Contributions to the dictionary are placed in the public domain. The project looks to be both well organized and ambitious; best of luck to Karen and company.
Brendan Barrett writes that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has just endorsed a recommendation to promote e-learning, including specific language in support of open educational resources:
E-learning can be a powerful means of creating open educational resources accessible to everybody thus counteracting a divided knowledge society. In this regard, the Assembly calls on member parliaments to support the so-called “open source” movement in software development and initiatives for open educational resources – freely accessible on the Internet, and to adopt measures to combat the digital divide in order to close the gap between those who have access to ICT and the acquisition of ICT skills and those who do not, thus ensuring digital literacy for all.
Kudos to Brendan and his team who contributed to the discussions that led to the recommendation. This is a great step forward. Perhaps Brendan can recommend the Cape Town Open Education Declaration to them next?