Category Archives: OER

OER: Saylor Foundation’s New Bookshelf

Saylor Foundation The Saylor Foundation is making spirits bright and starting the New Year right by ensuring that openly licensed, free textbooks remain freely available to students. You may have seen their press release. Their “Bookshelf” page is already up … Continue reading

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Open Textbooks: Community and Sustainability

Redwood Majesty (Photo: MizzD) In our discussions with faculty and administrators about free, openly licensed textbooks, I still get questions about “sustainability.” Those questions really boil down to “who is going to pay for all of that work?” Often the … Continue reading

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Creative Commons Turns 10!

Cable Green (Photo: DTKindler Photo)  This note just in from the ubiquitous Cable Green: As I’m sure you know, this year is Creative Commons’ 10th Birthday! Starting this Friday, we’ll be launching into a 10-day frenzy of celebrations leading up … Continue reading

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Inclusive Learning Design Handbook

I am reviewing the “Floe” website today. I am particularly interested in their “Inclusive Learning Handbook.” What is Floe? According to their website: “Learners learn best when the experience is personalized to individual needs. OER is an ideal learning environment … Continue reading

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OER: DE 101 Self-paced version

This is the stand-alone version of DE 101,  the curriculum we developed for our student orientation. It is released to the public with a Creative Commons license. Distance Education 101 is a two-week orientation on how to take an online … Continue reading

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Kaleidoscope Grant Research Findings

College of the Redwoods is a participant in the Kaleidoscope grant. This grant helped faculty partner with other colleges to develop free, openly licensed textbooks to help students save a significant amount of money. The Community College Consortium for Open … Continue reading

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WritingCommons.Org and Community-Based OER Models

Kicking the OERs old school. I read a great posting at Writing Commons this morning entitled “Flat World Knowledge, Textbook Affordability, and a Call for More Collaborative Efforts” that really echoes my thinking on this. Since Flat World Knowledge is … Continue reading

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A World Map of Open Educational Resources Initiatives

Open Educational Resources (Wikipedia) A world map of Open Educational Resources initiatives: Can the global OER community design and build it together?  First, an International discussion 12 – 30 November 2012 * Next, local discussions – organized locally An international … Continue reading

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Premium Free Range OER

Free Range Poultry and Shed, near Seisdon, Staffordshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I don’t want Flat World Knowledge to corner the market in charging students for free textbooks. I am announcing here that CainCo EduProducts will also be offering premium free … Continue reading

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Flat World Knowledge Falls Flat

For use to open – free- education resources. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I am very disappointed in Flat World Knowledge‘s decision to end free access to students as reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education. I was always very suspect of this company … Continue reading

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