Category Archives: Open Educational Resource

Open Textbooks in the Humboldt State Library

The library at Humboldt State University provides online research guides for students in nearly all disciplines (seriously, it even includes Kinesiology). Our new Library Dean and open textbook¬†guru, Cyril Oberlander set Tim Miller and Sarah Fay Philips to work on … Continue reading

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Opening Up Assessment: Open tools and item banks

“One of the defining characteristics of Open Education has been the widespread sharing of course materials from OpenCourseWare to Open Textbooks to more generally open educational resources (OERs). Unfortunately many OERs are primarily content or course materials and do not … Continue reading

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Assessment and Accreditation of Learners using OER

Photo of Athabasca University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rory McGreal of Athabasca University presents on assessment of OER and OER University. “This paper examines existing and potential scalable approaches to formal assessment and accreditation to digital learning, comparing and contrasting such … Continue reading

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Global Open Textbook Projects: Pathways to Adoption

Open Textbook bill (Photo credit: opensourceway) “Mary Burgess of the BC Open Textbook Project will discuss how she and her team are working to produce 40 Open Textbooks on a restricted budget and tight timeline. She will describe their work … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: Emancipating Learning: a Journey to MOOCs and Beyond

“Some may think that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a fad, but they are raising some interesting questions about the scalability, accessibility and quality of online learning, as well as new thoughts about the higher education landscape. While a … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: OERs Rule, MOOCs Drool: MOOCs and DistRibuted Open Online Learning

Michael Caulfield discussed how MOOCs are being used.  “The “wrapped MOOC” has gained attention over the past year as a way to integrate MOOCs into traditional education. This presentation will present results of interviews with practitioners of this method to … 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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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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Keeping Open Education Resources Open

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What does the “open” in “open education resources” mean? What it should mean is free to reuse, remix and share. If your open education resources are locked up with a proprietary platform, they are no longer open. … Continue reading

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