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OpenCourseWare Consortium Meeting – Santander, Spain

Sorry for the lull – getting back on track. Writing from the OCW Consortium meeting in Santander and amazed at the number of new groups sitting here with over 100 participants. Universities from Venezuela, Iran, Korea, Vietnam, Cambridge U., Arizona State, Tulane U, Turkey, Finland are all around the table. Seems like the uptake is at a new level and the challenges equally as strong. The clear gap is the dearth of institutions from the developing world. We need the exchange of knowledge in all directions.

Learning about copyright

Jamie Boyle’s comic book, Bound by Law, is a good primer on copyright issues. Reply if you know of other good resources.  Also, Creative Commons recently announced CC Learn, its new focus on promoting OER. The executive director search is on. Pass it on.

Open Access Success Stories

Please post your open access or OER success stories here.

Grantees Brainstorm #3: How do we build these key components and connect them?

Grantees Brainstorm #3: How do we build these key components and connect them?

Grantees Brainstorm #2: What are the key components needed to effect this transformation?

Grantees Brainstorm #2: What are the key components needed to effect this transformation?

Grantees Brainstorm #1: What does transformed teaching and learning look like?

Grantees Brainstorm #1: What does transformed teaching and learning look like?

A Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement

Hewlett Foundation Open Educational Resources Report - pdf version.

For Hewlett OER Report – doc version, click here.

 A comprehensive review and facing forward look of the OER field from:

  • Dan Atkins, Director of Cyberinfrastructure at NSF;
  • John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist of Xerox, Director of PARC, and
  • Allen Hammond, World Resources Institute.

Just released, A Review of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: Achievement, Challenges and New Opportunities. Please distribute, read, digest and discuss here at OERderves. This report examines The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s past investments in Open Educational Resources, the emerging impact and explores future opportunities.

Central to the report is the idea of “The Brewing Perfect Storm” and the creation of an Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure.

We welcome your thoughts, creativity and expertise!

Must Read – Open Educational Practices and Resources

The Open eLearning Content Observatory Services (OLCOS) has just released its final version of its report on Open Educational Practices and Resouces - Roadmap 2012. The report was funded by the European Commission under the eLearning Programme and involved six project partners. The OLCOS engages in activities that foster the creation, sharing and re-use of OER in Europe and across the globe.

 The report includes a thorough examination of OER challenges in the years ahead to encourage further uptake. A clear distinction is made regarding the the production of OER vis-a-vis the their application in educational practices. The report argues for a intentional focus on innovative OER practices in the teaching and learning process if we are to transform teaching and learning. While the transformative nature of OER is what the movement is all about – we now need to move proactively to this stage. This report is a must read for anyone in the OER community.

Community portal

Educators in over 23 developing countries are using the WikiEducator to create and share open educational resources. Apparently the content created on the site flows directly into any learning management system to encourage localization. According to Paul West at the Commonwealth of Learning, we should leave the monumental task of indexing open educational resources to search engines like Google and nurture community portals like this one that focus on offering tools for collaboration. What do you think?

Open Educational Resources in the Wall Street Journal

Today’s Wall Street Journal published a terrific article on OpenCourseWare institutions and the movement by universities to open content to all. As we think about the growth of the number of universities freely sharing content over the past five years – it is truly amazing – institutions of higher education have made a significant cultural shift, whereas previously they hoarded knowledge they now support a culture of sharing. So how do we ratchet our collective work to the next level? How does OCW become so cost efficient and integrated into the fabric of a university that it doesn’t make sense not to participate?