Thursday, November 28, 2013

FREE > MOOCs, Badges and OER: Online Conference 2013 Programme

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December 3-5 2013

> Tuesday 3rd December <

10:00 - 11:00  How to ruin a MOOC: Lessons from the (not ruined!) OLDS MOOC

Yishay Mor, Open University @YishayM

11:30 - 12:30  Using Open Badges to credential knowledge and skills in your organisation

Doug Belshaw, Mozilla Foundation @dajbelshaw @OpenBadges

13:30 - 14:30  Stories from UKOER and beyond

Alex Fenlon, Higher Education Academy @afenoer

15:00 - 16:00  Cyberfeminists talk back to MOOCs: Feminist Pedagogy, Learning and Distribution of Knowledge in the DOCC model

Radhika Gajjala and C.L. Cole, Bowling Green State University and University Illinois Urbana Champaign, USA

> Wednesday 4th December <

10:00 - 11:00  Lessons learned from the ACTOER

Anna Gruszczynska, Sheffield Hallam University @AKGruszczynska

11:30 - 12:30  Making Connections: Sharing the Experiences of the Open Badges in Scottish Education Group

Grainne Hamilton, Jisc RSC Scotland @grainnehamilton

13:30 - 14:30  Implementing an Open Badge strategy – practical considerations to ensure success

Dave Waller and Steve Sidaway, MyKnowledgeMap Ltd

15:00 - 16:00  Challenges with designing and implementing a Language Learning MOOC

Apostolos Koutropoulos, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA @koutropoulos

> Thursday 5th December <

10:00 - 11:00  Open Badges: Using 'Lightweight' Rewards and Credentials to Increase Motivation and Participation

Ian Glover, Sheffield Hallam University @irglover

11:30 - 12:30  Open Educational Resources: Impact, Evidence and Narrative

Rob Farrow, Open University

13:30 - 14:30  Using Synchronous Online Platforms for Learning

Kathy Boyer and Theresa Beattie, Jisc RSC YH @KathyMBoyer

15:00 - 16:00  Open Education - Taking a student partnership approach to developing more accessible Open Educational resources and practice through the disciplines

Terry McAndrew, Advisor (Jisc TechDis) and Academic Lead (Higher Education Academy) @terrymc

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Open Education Week > March 10-15 2014

Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that give everyone permission to reuse and modify educational resources.  Free and open sharing increases access to education and knowledge for anyone, anywhere, anytime.  It allows people to make changes to materials or to combine resources in new ways to build something new.  Open Education incorporates free and open learning communities, educational networks, teaching and learning materials, open textbooks, open data, open scholarship, open source educational tools and on and on. Open Education gives people access to knowledge, provides platforms for sharing, enables innovation, and connects communities of learners and educators around the world.

The idea of free and open sharing in education is not new.  In fact, sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built.  Open Education seeks to scale up educational opportunities by taking advantage of the power of the internet, allowing rapid and essentially free dissemination, and enabling people around the world to access knowledge, connect and collaborate. Open is key; open allows not just access, but the ability to modify and use materials, information and networks so education can be personalized to individual users or woven together in new ways for diverse audiences, large and small.


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Education Freedom Day > Celebration of Open Educational Resources > January 18 2014

Education Freedom Day is a worldwide celebration of Open Educational Resources. Initiated by 2013 by the same organization behind Software Freedom Day it aims at educating the worldwide public about the benefits of using Free Software and Open Educational Resources in education. It also provides an international day to serve as a platform to raise awareness to existing projects and communities around the world as well a encourage participation in local free software and open educational resources initiatives. The non-profit organization Digital Freedom Foundation coordinates EFD at a global level, providing support, giveaways and a point of collaboration, but volunteer teams around the world organize the local EFD events to impact their own communities.

Education Freedom Day will be hosted annually starting ... Saturday, January 18th, 2014. Registration is now open and we will try to provide as much information as possible regarding OER projects worldwide. Of course there is a global map of all the events as we usually do for SFD, HFD and CFD and a wiki with all related resources.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Solvonauts > The Open Search Engine

We’re about Open Education, Open Data, Open Source – basically trying to be as open as possible in as many ways as possible.

We’re working towards creating an open source open educational resource repository any one can install and run. The goal is that people anywhere can curate and maintain a list of open resources and then share them with the world, allowing different communities and organisations to be express how they want to use open content. We’ve aimed to take the spirit of openness in this sense, and try to extend it to everything we do.            

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Webinar Recording and Slides: _The Role of the Librarian in an Open Access World_

SAGE-sponsored ACRL/Choice October 23 2013 > Webinar 

The program featured presentations by:

  • Charles Eckman, University Librarian and Dean of Library Services at Simon Fraser University
  • Dave Ross, Executive Publisher of OA at SAGE
  • Michael S. Mott,The University of Mississippi, Advanced Education Center

Thanks to Gary Price !