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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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Meet Michelle Aragon - OERu's first graduate

Posted by Lindsey Norris on 8 December 2014

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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) student, Michelle Aragon had a study abroad experience without ever leaving home— and made history to boot, becoming the first student to receive academic credit for completing a course through the OERu.

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Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand joins forces with the OER Foundation

Posted by Matt McGregor on 28 July 2014

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As of the first of July, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand (CCANZ) is now hosted by the Open Education Resource Foundation.

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OER Foundation joins the Open Policy Network

Posted by Wayne Mackintosh on 20 May 2014

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The OER Foundation joins forces with the Open Policy Network to foster the adoption and implementation of open policy. Ensuring open access to publicly funded resources is well aligned with the mission of the OER Foundation and is a significant lever for building a sustainable and scalable OER ecosystem.

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OERu partner Unisa approves OER strategy

Posted by on 15 May 2014

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It's official! After considerable deliberation, the University of South Africa (Unisa) has approved an Open Educational Resource (OER) Strategy.

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Peer Evaluation and GSoC

Posted by Jim Tittsler on 12 May 2014

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Peer evaluation is a component that can improve the scalability of the OERu course delivery model. There have been discussions on the mailing list about how this might work, but nobody has built the tools so that we can test the ideas in one of the course offerings.

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OERu launches strategic planning consultation

Posted by Wayne Mackintosh on 11 May 2014

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Today the OERu international consortium of universities, polytechnics, colleges and agencies launches our first open strategic planning consultation to answer three questions: Where are we now?, Where are we going?, and How do we get there? We invite OERu partners and the open education community to help us plan more affordable, sustainable and scalable education futures for all students worldwide. 

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Are micro-MOOCs the future of OERu offerings?

Posted by Tori Klassen on 5 May 2014

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Last November, OERu launched in partnership with institutions worldwide, and the promise of an open higher education accessible to all. But how will it actually work?

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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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