When we talk about things that textbooks could become,
Quite like this value proposition. Could be a model to be modified for us.
OER initiatives can build capacity in African education by providing educators free or low-cost access to tools, content and communities of practice. These in turn can support them to develop and/or adapt educational materials and integrate them into high quality courses and programmes. Through such processes, both educators and learners will benefit from improved and collaborative delivery of education.
Although OER means different things to different people, we believe that it can make some of the following key contributions to African education:
Increase the availability of relevant, need-targeted learning materials and support more productive learners and educators;
Reduce the cost of access to educational materials by removing copying restrictions;
Encourage educator participation in relevant course design through adapting or developing materials for learning programmes that are pertinent to African contexts and learners;
Encourage educator and learner participation in relevant course delivery through use of appropriate technologies and acquisition of the skills necessary to move away from lecture-based teaching; and
Build capacity for learning through collaborative partnerships and communities of practice, both within and across educational systems and organisations.
Collection of over 22,000 freely available digital materials for health sciences education.
History of textbooks. Some of the first textbooks used in America (circa early 1800')
Open Educational Resources (OER) offer higher education governance leaders a cost-efficient method of improving the quality of teaching and learning while at the same time reducing costs imposed on students related to the purchase of expensive commercial textbooks and learning materials. Leading scholars around the world are already participating in the OER movement even without support from most higher education institutions, including community colleges. Higher education governance officials, particularly boards of trustees and senior academic governance leaders, have a tremendous opportunity to harness the advantages of OER for their institutions.
Example of a networked learning opportunity. This event is part of 1st year Social Psych curriculum and here is opportuntiy to react with a person who was part of that event
It's one of the largest WordPress multi-site installs we know of in the UK, but few have ever heard of it. Scotland's Glow was the world's first national intranet for education, and features WordPress as one of several components offered to pupils and teachers.
Listen to UK station Absolute Radio’s online stream, and you’ll be given personalised radio advertising based on your Facebook profile. Ads for men’s razors only get played to men; ads for cat food target cat owners; nappy manufacturers just reach parents with young children.
People do NOT remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they see, 30% of what they hear, etc. That information, and similar pronouncements are fraudulent. Moreover, general statements on the effectiveness of learning methods are not credible---learning results depend on too many variables to enable such precision. Unfortunately, this bogus information has been floating around our field for decades, crafted by many different authors and presented in many different configurations, including bastardizations of Dale's Cone.
“For many younger companies, the focus has been more on building the product out and less on guaranteeing a level of comprehensive privacy and security protection commensurate with the sensitive information associated with education,” said Jonathan Mayer, a lawyer and computer science graduate student at Stanford University. “It seems to be a recurring theme.”
The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project. It includes the summative findings of the Blended Synchronous Learning case studies, a Blended Synchronous Learning Design Framework, and a range of other resources and information to support blended synchronous learning design research and practice.