From critical IT services to educational content, distributed models based on openness are challenging higher education's traditional approaches. The Openness Constituent Group focuses on the emergence and adoption of open technologies, practices, policies, and initiatives, and provides a forum for information gathering and idea exchange for all issues related to the development and use of open resources in academic (teaching and learning) and administrative environments. Topics include but are not limited to free and open source software, open content, open educational resources, open courseware, open standards, open textbooks, and management practices such as open business and enterprise 2.0. This group meets at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and uses the electronic discussion list to discuss issues throughout the year.
I thought I would let you know about an open online course Shandin Pete and I will be facilitating through The University of Montana starting next week. Education Across Cultures explores issues of multicultural education and social justice, and we’re seeking participation from individuals around the world. (Anywhere ok). You can learn more and sign up at the following site. (A work in progress…): http://eac.instructionaldesigning.org/?q=node/1
Hopefully some of you will join us!
Director of Instructional Design and...
Open content licensing for educators (OCL4Ed) is a free online workshop designed for educators and students who want to learn more about open educational resources, copyright, and Creative Commons licenses. OCL4Ed is an international community learning opportunity.
2012 is a significant year for open education. We are celebrating 10 years since UNESCO adopted the term "Open Educational Resources" (OER). In joining the global celebrations, the OER Foundation will host a free OCL4Ed workshop.
Excellent article about why MOOCs are disrupting higher education: http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2012/11/napster-udacity-and-the-academy/
Clay Shirky has nailed it.http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Please join the Community College Consortium of OCW on October 30, 1:00 pm Eastern for a webinar on how to best support our diverse students by selecting and creating “accessible” open textbooks and open educational resources that provide equitable learning opportunities regardless of disability. A 2011 study of enrollment at post secondary educational institutions indicated that 11% of students self-identify as having a disability and many of these students with disabilities attend our two year public colleges. Speakers include staff from BookShare, the largest online library for students with print disabilities, the Cerritos Community College educational technology department chair who trains...
Participate in Open Access Week with help from ACRL
Let ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Toolkit help you prepare to lead events on your campus during Open Access Week, October 22-28, 2012. Open Access Week , a global event organized by SPARC, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of...
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EST
Learn how three faculty development models drive the use of open textbooks and OER to improve instructional outcomes at community colleges. Models focused on finding, creating, and sharing open content for existing courses. Presenters include Dean of Online and Distribute learning at the San Diego Community College District, Director of Distance and Accelerated Learning at College of the Canyons, and the OER Project Director at Tacoma Community College.
"As a founding anchor partner in the Open Educational Resource University (OERu), USQ is proud to give students worldwide, the ability to access university level courses and where cost has been removed as a barrier to learning." ...