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Building On Digital Libraries’ Growing Momentum in Africa

Gracian Chimwaza, Blessing Chataira and Chipo Msengezi | University World News | June 20, 2014

Digital libraries – collections of documents organised in an electronic form – encompass learning tools that could potentially enable huge strides in research, teaching and learning in African academic and research institutions...

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Degrees Of Disruption

Carl Straumsheim | Inside Higher Ed | October 24, 2013

Supporters of open-access journals and massive open online courses have been quick to label their initiatives disruptive, but a recent analysis by a York University professor suggests only one of them has the potential to spark considerable change, while the other is likely to remain an alternative alongside traditional offerings. Read More »

Department of Education Seeks Comments on Open Licensing Requirements

One of the more effective ways to advance an agenda is to attach requirements to grant funding. The U.S. Department of Education has an interest in broadening the impact of its grants, so it announced a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) on October 29. The proposed rule would require intellectual property created with Department of Education grant funding to be openly licensed to the public. This includes both software and instructional materials...

Doctors Use Social Media For Continuous Medical Education

David F. Carr | Information Week | September 18, 2013

By rebranding what they do on blogs and Twitter, advocates of Free Open Access Medical Education, or #FOAMed, seek to accelerate medical knowledge sharing.

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Education Technology Trends – Part I – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Janet Wagner | ProgrammableWeb | August 22, 2013

This is the first post of a three-part series covering recent trends and developments in education technology. Read More »

For Disruption, MOOCs Beat Open-Access Journals, Scholar Says

Megan O'Neill | The Chronicle of Higher Education | October 23, 2013

MOOCs are more disruptive to higher education than open-access megajournals are, in part because of structural protections in the scholarly-publishing world and because some policy makers are pushing massive open online courses as a means to increase productivity, a professor argues in a new article on open-access alternatives in higher education. Read More »

GSB Pushes For Online Education

David Furlonger | Financial Mail | July 18, 2013

Even by the usual standard of acronyms, Mooc is particularly clumsy. But is this new buzzword the future of education? Read More »

How Are Open Access And MOOCS Disrupting The Academic Community In Different Ways?

Press Release | SAGE Open | October 23, 2013

New article in SAGE Open compares and contrasts the disruptive tensions of open-access publishing with MOOCs Read More »

Library, Higher Education Organizations File Net Neutrality Comments With FCC

Krista Cox | Association of Research Libraries | July 18, 2014

Today, July 18, 2014, ARL, together with 10 other library and higher education groups, filed comments with the FCC on net neutrality (PDF). These comments largely expand on the points made in the Net Neutrality Principles jointly filed by library and higher education groups on July 10, going into greater detail and making specific suggestions to strengthen the proposals made in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...

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My MOOC Improves My Classroom

Buck Goldstein | The Huffington Post | July 7, 2013

Amidst all the angst within academia generated by the new MOOCs (massive open online courses) and online education in general, actually working on a MOOC for the last six months has convinced me of one thing: MOOCs will make the classroom better. Read More »

Open Educational Resource University Is Launched

Peta Lee | University World News | November 1, 2013

Free, credit-bearing online learning has become accessible for students worldwide. The Open Educational Resource university, or OERu – a project of the UNESCO-Commonwealth of Learning OER Chair network – was unveiled on 1 November, promising to “revolutionise tertiary learning”. Read More »

Report: MOOCs Top Open Access For Disruptive Potential

Joshua Bolkan | Campus Technology | October 23, 2013

A new report, Open Access, Megajournals, and MOOCs: On the Political Economy of Academic Unbundling, in Sage Open compares the disruptive potential of open access (OA) for academic articles and massive open online courses (MOOCs) and finds that MOOCs are more likely to change the course of higher education. Read More »

Top Chinese Universities Join FutureLearn To Provide Free Online Courses

Press Release | FutureLearn | June 17, 2014

FutureLearn, the UK-based social learning platform owned by The Open University, has announced it is to partner with its first Chinese universities. At a signing ceremony in London attended by the leaders of each country, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Fudan University joined the list of FutureLearn partners to create high quality educational experiences for learners in China, and across the world, through free online courses.

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Udacity Announces Open Education Alliance To Prepare Students For Tech Jobs

Blair Hanley Frank | GeekWire | September 9, 2013

If you want to land a job at Google, a new industry alliance, not a fresh B.S. in Computer Science, may be the key to your future. Read More »