Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Highlights of 2011 year in Open Education

The highlights of 2011 year in Open Education from Paul Stacey

  • Governments in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the US have all adopted Creative Commons licenses
  • Its not just publications, research, theses and other content that is going open, 2011 was the year that open pedagogies including Massively Open Online Courses (MOOC) 
  • Museums and libraries are going open. Check out the Commons on Flickr to see how libraries and museums are openly sharing what have been hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives,
  • I think of open textbooks as low hanging fruit. One of the most compelling open education initiatives to undertake. Open textbooks have a clear value proposition for students, parents, educators and public funders. 
  • While I’m interested in the full range of ways in which open principles are being used I’m particularly interested in how they apply to education. Governments could establish policy that requires public funds for education to result in education resources openly accessible to the public.
  • People who tweet and use social networks appreciate openly engaging others in solving problems or providing advice..... As might be expected there are a growing number of practices and technologies emerging to support this kind of open engagement
  • Idea Scale is another interesting example. The recently launched US initiative Digital Promise is using Idea Scale to generate and tackle “grand challenges
  • Wayne Mackintosh and the Open Educational Resource Foundation (OERF) in New Zealand have been doing just an amazing job of bringing to life the OER university (OERu)The OER university is a virtual collaboration of like-minded institutions committed to creating flexible pathways for OER learners to gain formal academic credit.
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