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OERu launches input evaluation survey to inform design decisions for future success

Posted by OER Foundation on 10 August 2015

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Today, the OERu network launched a comprehensive input evaluation survey to inform design decisions for implementing our global open education initiative aimed at widening access to more affordable education.

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OERu community source model receives major boost

Posted by OER Foundation on 22 June 2015

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To boost capacity for the OERu's community source model, the OER Foundation today announced the appointment of Dave Lane as its new Open Source Technologist. Mr Lane is currently the President of the New Zealand Open Source Society and brings 21 years of open source development and leadership experience to the OERu network.

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NOUN leads open education in Nigeria by joining the OERu family

Posted by NOUN on 19 June 2015

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Today, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) announced their decision to join the OERu network and claims the accolade of becoming the first West African university to join this international innovation partnership.  

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OERu at Open Education Global 2015

Posted by Wayne Mackintosh on 4 May 2015

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The Open Education Global Conference 2015 (OEGlobal) was hosted by OERu partner, Athabasca University in beautiful Banff, Alberta, Canada from 22-24 April, 2015. A number of OERu projects were featured on the conference agenda in addition to the meeting of the UNESCO OER Chairs. 

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OU joining OERu

Posted by The Open University on 16 February 2015

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The Open University is increasing access to Open University (OU) Open Educational Resources (OER) by joining the OERu (OER universitas). This is to coincide with the launch of The OU’s first Badged Open Courses (BOCs) on OpenLearn, the OU’s home of free online learning. The OERu provides members with options to host their open courses on the OERu platform or point to free courses on institution-hosted channels. The OERu platform, which reports access to 217,000 unique monthly visitors from around the world, will now link to the new Open University (OU) BOCs and open courses on OpenLearn over the coming months.

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NZ National Commission for UNESCO supports OER mOOCs for capability development at OERF

Posted by Wayne Mackintosh on 15 December 2014

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The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO has called on the Open Education Resource Foundation (OERF) to use their tested micro Open Online Course (mOOC) technique to deepen the understanding of open educational practices among educators in New Zealand and around the globe. Open educational resources (OER) and practices (OEP) encourage the rediscovery, reuse, and recontextualization of the world’s best teaching materials. Just as Open Source has revolutionized the software industry, open educational practices are providing exciting, classroom-refined options for teaching at all levels.

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A little piece of the OERu credentialing puzzle

Posted by Irwin DeVries on 14 March 2014

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Having been engaged with the Open Educational Resource universitas (OERu) since its early days, I was pretty happy to see a small but important piece of the credentialing puzzle snap into place at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) this week. 

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On the road to KPU open

Posted by Diane J. Salter on 12 March 2014

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Canada kicked off Open Education Week 2014 with a lively morning on Monday 10 March, 2014 where over fifty members of the KPU community shared ideas about open learning, Open Educational Resources (OER) and open textbooks.  Organized by KPU's INstitute for INnovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (INSTL), under the leadership of Dr. Diane Salter, KPU's Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning, the goal of the event was to raise awareness of current initiatives at KPU as well as spark interest in future possibilities for both developing and using open resources including courses for OERu, and the use and development of open textbooks.  

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USQ helps OERu to improve course design using CIPP

Posted by Tim McCallum on 12 March 2014

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My name is Tim McCallum [1]. I work closely with Professor Jim Taylor [2] designing and building OER course offerings at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) using the Context, Input, Process and Product (CIPP) evaluation model. The OERu context evaluation study conducted by the Australian Digital Futures Institute at USQ was based on the CIPP model to inform the planning for the prototype phase of our collaborative initiative. 

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Gearing up for scalable OERu operations

Posted by Wayne Mackintosh on 6 March 2014

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The OERu is entering the next phase of its development to gear up for scalable operations building on our experiences from the prototype phase during 2012 and 2013. Preparing for this growth requires the development of a number of infrastructure components identified during the second meeting of OERu anchor partners to facilitate smooth planning for OERu operations and delivering on our top priority of developing product for the OERu programme of study.  The OERu favours incremental design where development activities are small enough to fail but when aggregated they inform decision-making for a scalable and adaptive system. For this reason, the OERu continues to incorporate demonstrator projects to inform ongoing development.

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