Tag Archives: OER

Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

There was quite a bit of [activity](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/interent2-net-services/) [recently](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/09/oer-panel-gathers-to-assess-state/) over the announcement by Apple of [iBooks Author](http://chronicle.com/article/Apples-New-E-Textbook/130399/). Now two other platforms are gaining some profile regarding their offerings. To me, it just shows à al [Christensen](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2012/02/10/current-books-on-how-education-needs-to-change/), how ripe the market is for some disruption to displace the dominant and stagnant leaders who are incumbents of sustaining the status quo. Continue reading Two new platforms to rival Apple ebook platform recently announced

OER Panel gathers to assess state

There have been many attempts at [OER](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/?s=eresource) over the years, and technologies have always played a part in forming the basis for innovation and breakaway from currently dominant models. The Center for American Progress hosted a [panel](http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/02/oer.html) that looked at the current state and where things are going. Continue reading OER Panel gathers to assess state

Fair Use Principles

A [useful article](http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2011/08/02/essay_calls_on_academics_to_use_their_fair_use_rights) which gives some basic education for *fair use* in academic and commercial settings. Academics potentially enjoy some of the greatest benefits of U.S. copyright law’s doctrine of fair use — which lets them use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. Continue reading Fair Use Principles

British University Libraries tooling up for publishing evaluation

I wrote about some [British Universities](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/25/british-libraries-are-prepared-to-forgo-elsevier-and-wiley-big-deal-subs-if-terms-not-right/) taking a stand against two of the big deals from academic publishers and how their proposed hikes in rates were breaking the system. Now the group has developed and released [a tool](http://www.rluk.ac.uk/content/press-release-rluk-develops-journal-subscription-analysis-tool) that will evaluate the cost / benefit ratio of the deals offered vs. a return to title-by-title access to these documents. Continue reading British University Libraries tooling up for publishing evaluation

Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells

I [first wrote](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/20/mit-cracker-arrested-trying-to-download-millions-of-jstor-articles/) about Aaron Schwartz when it went public about what he was alleged to have done, and [again](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/22/sympathy-protests-for-aaron-swartz-against-jstor/) with protests against his arrest and Aaron’s own writings about his cause. Now more information is coming out and it seems that there is more strong support forming for the cause. The [Chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Rogue-Downloaders-Arrest/128439/) has a very good article on the subject, with quotes from different sides. What seems apparent is that all of the sides, save JSTOR and the administration, but including the faculty at MIT, as regarding the inclusion of the US Secret Service as rather heavy handed, especially when this is a clearly a case of activism and information that is all out of copyright. Continue reading Aaron Schwartz rough handedness from Feds at behest of MIT raising alarm bells

MOOCs still growing – Natural evolution of Open Courseware?

The first [MOOC](http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/connectivism/?p=53) was created by Dave Comier and Bryan Alexander in 2008. Now there is a new MOOC coming from the University of Illinois – Springfield on the future of education that should be interesting to anyone interested in the modern educational institution. Continue reading MOOCs still growing – Natural evolution of Open Courseware?

Chinese Apologise to Yale over misuse of eresources

I wrote [earlier](http://bit.ly/k5zjVt) about how a Chinese University had taken five Open Yale Courses translated into Mandarin, and pushed them out as a physical textbook. It was causing quite a bit of upset at Yale, anyway. Well, the Chinese publisher has now apologised. Continue reading Chinese Apologise to Yale over misuse of eresources

University study finds 75% of students ready to use iPad rather than textbooks

Dian Schaffhauser [writes](http://bit.ly/jwEMVJ) on how Abilene Christian University just ran a three week experiment with iPads to gauge student receptivity to using them in lieu of paper based textbooks. 75% said they would switch, but only if at least half of their reading material was available. Continue reading University study finds 75% of students ready to use iPad rather than textbooks

More OER controversy

The eresources topic has been high on the agenda much of late, but [here](http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/yale-u-complains-that-chinese-university-press-plagiarized-free-course-materials/31609?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en) is a different twist. A Chinese University has taken Yale OERs and published them in print form. Yale is less than pleased. Continue reading More OER controversy