Category Archives: Open education resources

OER: SALSA – an open source syllabus builder

The open source, web-based SALSA (Styled & Accessible Learning Service Agreements) is a syllabus authoring tool from Utah State University’s Center for Innovative Design & Instruction. It is based on the design of the PDF Syllabus Builder. No registration of … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: A Red Hat for OER: Lumen’s Journey

Kim Thanos and David Wiley talk about their business, Lumen Learning. “After a decade and $100M US in foundation funding, an incredible amount of high quality open educational resources exist which are only rarely used in formal settings. The situation … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: Using Open Badges adn an Open Course to Enhance & Extend Learning

 Daniel Randall, Buck Harrison, Dr. Richard West, and Garrett R. Hickman from Brigham Young University. “We will present our design for an open badge system currently in use in an undergraduate technology course for education majors. Our design is an … Continue reading

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Open Textbooks and the Student Debt Crisis

Loans (Photo credit: zingbot) Daniel De Vise at The Washington Post reported that student loan debt is now at “$870 billion nationally, surpassing the nation’s outstanding balance on auto loans ($730 billion) and credit cards ($693 billion).” This is according … Continue reading

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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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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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16 Resources for Free Images for Educators

Abraham Lincoln with Allan Pinkerton and Major General John Alexander McClernand at the Battle of Antietam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The search for quality images continues… We have faculty who are creating course materials and in some cases, replacing Fair Use … Continue reading

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