Mary Minow has two posts about open access at law schools. The first post is with Michelle Pearse, Research Librarian for Open Access Initiatives at Harvard Law School Library. The second post is an interview with Richard A. Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Services at Duke Law School.
Joseph Thibault has a new post noting that Open University has chosen Moodle 2.0 as its next LMS.
Scott Leslie has a new post recapping his first week as an OLNet Fellowship at the Open University. From the post:
Too often in formal higher ed we have had the “build it and they will come” belief about our OER efforts, and when that hasn’t happened we’ve then shifted our focus to “building communities” around our content. But that is so wrongheaded. Communities exist already, and where they don’t, it’s not simply a matter of them forming around content, per se.
Martin Weller has a new post providing information about the upcoming Open University Conference. From the post:
The conference is the 22nd and 23rd June. There are four sessions, each around a particular area: Open Content, Open Learning, Open Teaching and Open Access.
Matt Jukes has a new post on openness and scholarship activity. From the post:
There are alot of parallels between this activity and many of the ideals of openness that JISC supports across our work. It certainly seems to be close to both the Open Access and Open Education agendas.
Yesterday OEN reported on the Open University’s decision to move to Google apps. Leigh Blackall responds:
Don’t get me wrong, I reckon Google is the better call over Live or even SharePoint, but re: them all I can’t really see the point. Its a bit like providing email addresses to people who already have email addresses. No! its exactly the same. Why do we bother?
Tony Hirst is announcing that the Open University will be moving to Google apps. From the post:
As and when this rolls out, it’ll be interesting to see what students do with it, and to what extent OU developers start developing around the apps. As far as the VLE goes, I’d be interested to know whether the powers that be are keen for us to look at ways of integrating Google services into our course delivery.
Vicky Woollaston is reporting that the Open University has reached 10 million downloads on iTunes.
“alibrown18″ has a new post on being hired by the Open University. From the post:
Even for those not studying formally, the OU makes itself felt. Each week, there are around 50 000 downloads of OU podcasts from iTunes. Two million people access the freely available teaching and learning materials from the Open Learn website. Millions more watch OU supported television programmes, such as the BBC’s Coast.
The Zambian Watchdog has posted the Zambian President, Rupiah Banda, address to the Zambian Open University. The translation is a little rough, and is unfortunately presented entirely in upper-case, but the content is readable. From the address:
Education is a pillar that should drive economic success. The improved trends we have noted in our economy should be complemented by the right calibre of human resource.