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The theme of the 2014 Conference of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is "Open Education for a Multicultural World". The conference will explore the international dimensions of open education, its diverse projects, new research, policy dimensions and impacts on teaching and learning.
The conference will take place in scenic Ljubljana, Slovenia from 23-25 April 2014. Early registration has started today.
I would also like the recommend the pre-workshop Getting started with Open Education: Everything you need to know to begin open education projects at your institution. The workshop is organised by the team of OpenCourseWare Europe:
This one-day interactive workshop will introduce you to principles, tools and techniques that will allow you to get started with open education at your institution or organization. Participants will gain practical knowledge of the benefits and potential pitfalls in starting projects, convincing faculty and administrators, and integrating open education into institutional practice through examples from institutions around the world.
The first two MOOCs of DelftX are about to finish. This is a good moment to publish our MOOC Journeys we have created in the past months to help teachers and course designers with the development of their moocs.
Last monday my 'bosses' Anka Mulder and Timo Kos have presented this journey as a poster presentation at the EdX Consortium meeting in Boston.
The journey is based on the processes of DelftX. We call this a "talking picture". You can download the image here as PDF. Off course the image is CC-licensed. If you have any remarks, please comment below.
The graphics are all created by Mark van Huystee.
Today, US Senators Durbin and Franken introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act for consideration by the US Senate. This act specifically supports the use of OER and open textbooks. From the press release:
Textbook costs are one of the most overlooked costs of going to college, but they can be substantial and can be a barrier to attaining a college education. According to College Board, the average student budget for college books and supplies during the 2012-2013 academic year was $1,200.
“Students can’t afford to pay $250 for a single textbook. In fact, U.S. PIRG found that seven of ten current college students have skipped buying a textbook because it was too expensive. It’s clear that the current big-publisher system isn’t working for students, and needs to change,” said U.S. PIRG Higher Education Associate Ethan Senack. “For students, the cost-saving potential of open textbooks is massive - around 80-100% compared to published textbooks. We thank Senators Durbin and Franken for championing this innovative solution to the high cost of textbooks.”
Specifically, the Affordable College Textbook Act:
- Creates a grant program to support pilot programs at colleges and universities to create and expand the use of open textbooks with priority for those programs that will achieve the highest savings for students;
- Ensures that any open textbooks or educational materials created using program funds will be freely and easily accessible to the public;
- Requires entities who receive funds to complete a report on the effectiveness of the program in achieving savings for students;
- Improves existing requirements for publishers to make all textbooks and other educational materials available for sale individually rather than as a bundle; and
- Requires the Government Accountability Office to report to Congress by 2017 with an update on the price trends of college textbooks.
Among the supoorting organisations are Creative Commons and the OpenCourseWare Consortium.
This act is very good news. It brings very high level attention to OER.
- The guest lecture
- The reading
- The textbook
- The distributed flip
Below is his presentation:
Other interesting studies about using MOOCs in the classroom:
Aanstaande dinsdag en woensdag zijn de onderwijsdagen. Dit jaar is dinsdag gericht op het hoger onderwijs en woensdag op po, vo en mbo. Recent ging ik het programma bekijken en zag ik dat de TU Delft wel erg goed vertegenwoordigd bij de sessies. Totaal zijn er 9 sessies waarbij de TU Delft een van de sprekers levert. Dat is voor mij niet verbazend, want wij doen op dit moment veel leuke dingen, waar we graag over vertellen. Hier dus de lijst met Delftse sessies. Helaas staan er een heel aantal parallel geprogrammeerd, dus je kan ze niet allemaal volgen.
On the third day of the conference I had to do my own presentation. The title 'Pushing EdX to be Open' I submitted half a year ago, still did the job, the room was filled.
The slides of my presentation are below. As soon as the video is available I will embed the video as well.
NB. The picture of the first slide I haven taken on Tuesday morning in Bryce Canyon National Park.
What did people say?
Here I have embedded some tweets about my presentation:
This morning David Kernohan did an a-typical keynote. He started of that he couldn't do it and ran away. On the screen we saw him running and that was already part of his documentary. His documentary The Avalanche that Hasn’t Happened gives a critical evaluation of the testing/evaluation narrative in education.
Everyone who is involved with education should watch this video
Resources and citations for the video are available here.
The only critic to it is, that David should know that students don't watch videos that long ;-)
The first keynote of the OpenEd Conference this year was supposed to be delivered by Daphne Koller of Coursera. Because some reason I don't know, we ended up with the other founder of Coursera Andrew Ng via a skype connection. He did a presentation based on the standard slide deck many of us have heard before. Anya Kamenetz did a very good job in writing a report of the keynote. You should definitely check it out.
For me the most important part was that Coursera is not interested in Open Education. In his answer to a question of UNESCO chair Rory McGreal he made it sound that Coursera owns the content and not the universities.
I'm interested to hear what public universities will say about this. Within the Open Education family we have always said that publicly funded education/research should be available to the public. Coursera thinks differently about this.
I'm very glad that my university has decided to join EdX and not Coursera. Let's see what the Dutch Universities of Leiden, Amsterdam and Eindhoven have to say about this next week at the Onderwijsdagen.
At the OpenEd Conference Kathi Fletcher presented a new open-source editor for creating textbooks that are immediately available on the web, in epub format and pdf. This project is done with the OERPUB project.
With the development they kept as close to their principles as possible:
- as much like word/gdocs as possible
- support attribution
- born accessible (Images, tables, mathematics)
- Mathematics editing support
- drag and drop examples, exercises, notes
- Support collaboration
The presentation was really good and it certainly has attracted my attention. Let see if we can start a project at TU Delft with it.
More information in her slides:
The 10th annual OpenCourseWare Consortium Global Conference will be held in Europe. From April 23-25, 2014 Ljubljana in Slovenia is place to be.
The OpenCourseWare Consortium and the Knowledge for All Foundation are jointly organizing the event whose special theme is Open Education for a Multicultural World.
The 2014 conference will be organized around four tracks:
- Research and Technology. In this track, we expect to explore new technologies allowing scaling and sharing of Open Educational Resources in a faster or more economical way, to index the multimodal and multilingual material, or to navigate and remix available material. Researchers and developers are encouraged to present on-going research as well as running prototypes.
- Open Educational Policies in which policy issues and their impact on open educational practice will be discussed. Licensing issues, alternative business models, cooperative efforts and governmental funding can all be discussed in this track. The focus of such sessions should be on lessons learned rather than a recounting of steps taken.
- Pedagogical Impact will allow users to present novel uses of Open Educational Resources and their impact on education. We welcome analysis of the impact of Open Educational Resources on the learning process itself, as well as deployment of OERs in MOOCs, flipped classrooms, hybrid educational approaches and online education.
- Finally, a project dissemination track will allow actors (teams, projects, companies) currently involved in open education projects in Europe to present the results of their work.
The call for papers is out and you have until December 1st to submit a paper.
The conference will also be the place where we will officially launch the European branch of the OpenCourseWare Consortium.