26 juin 2018

Open Content - Open Learning

Open Content - Open Learning
Set of web pages with links for my presentation at WEM yesterday... given my health (or lack of same) it wasn't the best presentation I've ever done... after 16 hours sleep (beginning yesterday afternoon) I feel a bit better but I'm still struggling with less than perfect health, computer problems and a general malaise, the sort of ill-will you feel toward the world when your mouse dies and everything takes longer than it should and the sites won't connect and your email program won't delete the mountain of spam that is clogging your inbox... today I worked the trade show floor. More...

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Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals
From the press release: Lund University Libraries today launches the Directory of Open Access Journals, supported by the Information Program of the Open Society Institute along with SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). More...

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16 juin 2018

Open-Access Best Sellers

HomeBy Lindsay McKenzie. Last week University College London Press, Britain’s first fully open-access university press, celebrated a milestone -- one million downloads of its free academic books. More...

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A Journal Implodes

HomeBy Colleen Flaherty. Open-access devotees in anthropology had high hopes for HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory upon its launch in 2011. The idea behind HAU -- named after the concept of "hau" described in Marcel Mauss's The Gift -- wasn't just to shake up academic publishing's subscription model but also to elevate ethnography within the field. More...

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Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

Screenshot-2018-4-19 Techno-News BlogTechno-News Blog. Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. And as an active member in what advocates define as the “open education movement,” I frequently hear about the growing dissatisfaction of textbook costs and pedagogical concerns among faculty about outdated course materials. More...

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15 juin 2018

The Uncertain Future of OER

The Uncertain Future of OER
Tom Berger, Edutopia, 2018/06/04
I think that the answer to the question of "why open educational resources (OER) haven't caught on" is in the last paragraph of this article: "will we ever get to a Wikipedia-type model of teaching resources, with teachers freely giving and taking textbooks, lesson plans, and tests, refining and improving them, and sharing their improvements?" My thinking here is that so long as you think of OERs as teaching resources, they're never going to work. More...

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05 juin 2018

Defense Agency Pulls OpenBSD Funding

Defense Agency Pulls OpenBSD Funding
Hard to explain this one as DARPA pulls the remaining funding from the OpenBSD project. Much of the money went to improve the system's security, but a week-long 'Hackathon' scheduled to be held in Canada next week may be in jeopardy. More...

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Open-Education.Org

Open-Education.Org
After much agony with the domain name - which was lost there for a while - open-education.org is now up and running. More...

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Will Patents Pillage Open Source?

Will Patents Pillage Open Source?
After SCO launched a lawsuit against IBM, alleging that the corporation had infringed on its patents via its contributions to the open source community, the fear has been raised that patent legislation could undermine, and ultimately ruin, the open source movement. More...

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Open-Access Best Sellers

Open-Access Best Sellers
Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed, 2018/06/01
I don't keep close track of how often my eBooks have been downloaded, but I do know it's in the tens of thousands. Maybe more; who knows? But this number, whatever it is, is a compelling argument for offering them for free, as compared to the press run of 300 copies the typical monograph might warrant. More...

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