Open Education Week 2015

Open Education Week 2015

It is Open Education Week 2015 this week! In light of our focus on globalization and open courses, this is the perfect time to celebrate and learn more about open education. Join us as we engage in discussion and participate in various events that are taking place across the world.

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Great Tools That We Use: The MERLOT Teacher Education Editorial Board

The Sloan Consortium’s 7th Annual International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning provided those in attendance an opportunity to share ideas and gain exposure to technology that can be useful in the online classroom. One of the last sessions of the symposium, hosted by MERLOT’s Teacher Education editorial board, was called “Great Tools That We Use,” and it provided those in attendance with a list of easy-to-use applications that can be integrated into the classroom right away.

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A Guide to Quality in Post-Traditional Online Higher Education

In 2013, Academic Partnerships published A Guide to Quality in Online Learning. Neil Butcher and Merridy Wilson-Strydom co-authored the text, and we served as editors. That document focused on formal online courses and programmed leading to certification. Reaction to the guide from around the world was very positive, but, because it appeared at a time of intense press coverage of massive open online courses (MOOCs), some readers asked if we could prepare another document that would explore quality issues in less formal types of online learning.

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Open Educational Resources Manual

We have been hard at work building a comprehensive manual for locating and using Open Educational Resources.

You may be asking yourself, “What are Open Educational Resources?” Open Educational Resources (OER) is a term used to describe educational materials that are free to use, re-use, and share.

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Open Education Week 2014

It is Open Education Week 2014 this week! In light of our focus on globalization and open courses, this is the perfect time to celebrate and learn more about open education. Join us as we engage in discussion and participate in various events that are taking place across the world.

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Access Open Educational Resources at CosmoLearning

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Finding free resources for your course can be tough, especially if you’re unsure where to look. Even if you do have sources in mind, you may have difficulty finding the right content—many of these sites ……

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A Must-Read! DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education

“This book is all about the power of sharing ideas freely, ” says Anya Kamenetz, author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education.
Actually, the book is mostly about sharing ideas ……

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3 Ways to Reduce Textbook Costs for Students

Textbooks earn publishers about $8 billion because students can spend over $1,000 for one semester’s required readings (source: Forbes).
As a faculty member, you have the power to influence student costs by merely considering your teaching ……

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The different faces of open education and my contributions

The Open Education movement has been considered inclusive by eliminating barriers that limit access to traditional education. Before the development of computers and the invention of the internet open education exists with the correspondence schools. Correspondence schools deliver courses to participants through mail. These participants have to read, study the courses and do the assignments that they have to send back to the schools for evaluation. Open Education in its informal aspect was and it is still delivered through live radio and television broadcasting.…

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Examining Open Education

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We Participate, Therefore We Are. ~ Brown & Adler

This past week, I had the chance to delve deeper into the idea of open education and open education resources (OER) thanks to both #ETMOOC and the #MediaLabCourse.

Before this week, I hadn’t spent much time considering the differences between “open” and “free” and the power they can bring to people around the world when they are combined together.…

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