Starting today: free open content licensing course for educators organized by the OER university

Open Matters

This OCL4Ed micro Open Online Course (mOOC) will be facilitated by the UNESCO OER Chair network in support of capability development for the UNESCO 2012 Paris OER Declaration (See video on course site from Abel Caine, Programme Specialist for OER at UNESCO.). The OCL4Ed 14.02 course is sponsored by the OER Foundation, the Commonwealth of Learning and College of Liberal Arts, University of Mississippi.

Otago Polytechnic will provide optional credentialing services for this mOOC which will carry credit towards the Open Education Practice elective of the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education.

(Via @Ignatia Webs)

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The NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition

Open Matters

New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) recently released  the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition at a special session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2014. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. They’ve also released this nifty video summary:

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Innovation, Access, and Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER

Open Matters

Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, is the best in the business at making the policy case for Open Educational Resources. Here he is in action (via OLDaily and Jason Rhode):

Innovation, Access, and Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER

February 6, 2014 By Jason Rhode@jrhode

UPCEA has made freely available the recording of Cable Green’s general session presentation titled, “Innovation, Access, and Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER” at the recent Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy. While the slides are available here, the recording is now available here.

General Session Presentation by Cable Green

To view the rest of the Summit For Online Leadership and Strategy‘s program you can purchase the Online Pass.

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Five Elements that Promote Learner Collaboration and Group Work in Online Courses

Online Learning Insights

woman teaching “Foundational elements” iStock

This is the first article in a three-part series featuring strategies and skill development for instructors wanting to create, facilitate and encourage collaboration among students working in groups. The strategies discussed in this series are specific to closed, small, online, for-credit courses, though the principles discussed regarding student needs’ and barriers to group work online are universal to almost all formats of online learning experiences.

“Successful group processes include the ability to problem-solve, work effectively with others, communicate orally and in writing, and manage resources including time and responsibility to project outcomes. Implementation of group work in online classrooms may be stymied by faculty members who struggle with effective implementation of group work…”  Facilitation of Online Group Projects: Insights from Experienced Faculty Members (2012)

This series is in response to the need that exists for professional development for online instructors, specifically for the skills…

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Designing and Building a Mooc

I’ve bought a WordPress site and have so far designed it around Commons in a Box, however, I’m finding problems witht his so will change it and base it around the MesoColumn theme, as this works well on mobile and I am familiar with the design through building the North West OER site. What design aspects do I need?




The course is free but I need to control access to the group and build membership, this is so members have a secure space to develop groups and develop communities around the materials. I also need ways of promoting the course and invites.

Fear of the Mooc

What is it about Moocs that creates fear, is it the lack of understanding, the rationale to give things away for free, the unknown elements of open access, the fear that our flwas will be screened to the public, that we will be in some way responsible to the public. Shouldn’t we be responsible to the public and in some way developing social engagement to better not only our students but the public well being, how can we work together and how does IP become an issue?

I need to devise different ways to create extended communities between campus and open access to develop courses, maybe not using the word Mooc but as is suggested extended engagement. How can these courses help to strengthen our public profile and access to those in the local area, for support and development, to increase the profile of the university and get students and members of the public to work and contribute to each other in the development of teaching and learning?