David Nailey has a new post on experimenting with open source in higher education. From the post:
Ironically, sometimes the problem is that open source communities are too helpful. We understand failure as part of the learning process, and give inexperienced contributors the benefit of the doubt. In a meritocracy, people don’t stop you from doing things–they support individuals in their pursuit of a goal, regardless of how wise that end goal might be.
The OpenCourseWare Consortium has issued a press release announcing winners of Awards of OCW Excellence (ACE). From the press release:
The winners include the University of Sumatera Utara OpenCourseWare, the University of Michigan OERbit and the Universidad de Alicante OpenCourseWare.
Stian Haklev has a new post introducing CSCL, an open online course. From the post:
We have been planning this course for a very long time, and to see people sign up, begin to blog, engage with the readings (and each other), tweet, comment on the P2PU site etc, is very exciting and rewarding!
YouTube user “educationopened” has posted a short one and a half minute video introducing open education. Thanks to yvideotweets for the link.
Mark Jaycox has a new post providing an overview of recent OCW efforts in higher education. From the post:
The Open University plans to develop free, open courseware that will aide students in meeting prerequisite math courses. The program, called “Bridge to Success” (B2S), will use high-quality open educational material, like MIT’s Open Courseware, to combine multimedia content with traditional pre-algebra concepts.
Nick Sheppard has a new post on linking research papers to open educational resources. From the post:
With such an approach, is there perhaps an opportunity to tie research and OER more closely together at an institutional level (if this isn’t politically naive!) and contribute to research led teaching?
Gráinne Conole has started a page on Cloudworks to discuss social inclusion through open educational resources.
George Siemens has a new post on Lawrence Lessig’s recent focus on open access. From the post:
An academic doesn’t get paid to produce an article – at least not directly. She publishes because it’s part of her work and her research. However, once published, access to her work is essentially blocked as only those libraries and universities that have purchased access can make the article available to students.
Related: a post at Discover magazine on how to access scientific papers for free.
The Guardian has a new post on the need for attribution in open science. From the post:
Basically, scientists are only as good as their ideas, and even though ideas may be ephemeral, the credit for those ideas is not. Credit gets jobs, keeps jobs, gets funding, attracts students and bestows respect and international standing in the community.