President Obama: Everyone Should Be Able to Afford Higher Education

This week’s address from President Obama is all about education: the importance of higher education, its rising cost, and the administration’s plans to work with universities to lower costs to families and increase graduation rates.

This school year, we hope you’ll use OCW to supplement and continue your education. Keep thinking hard and getting smarter!

11th Annual Open Education Conference call for proposals now open

opened2014-logoIt’s that time of year – planning is underway for the 11th annual family reunion of the Open Education family, and we hope that you’re planning for it, too.

Call for Proposals is Now Open!

The CFP submission process calls for tweet-sized abstracts and brief descriptions of 500 or fewer words. Learn more about the conference themes and then submit a proposal! Connect your content, research, tools, methods, advocacy, badges, policies, and other work with the rest of the field.

Copyright meets Internet (The Harvard Gazette)

The Harvard Gazette recently published an excellent write-up on the complicated issues surrounding copyright and fair use in the MOOC environment.  Here’s a taste of the piece:

…the Copyright Act and its accompanying legal guidelines has long provided those in higher education with a right of exception, letting educators reproduce copyrighted works as long as the material does not exceed fair use and is, in recent decisions, “transformative to the educational experience.”

“The concept of ‘transformative fair use’ allows the use of copyrighted material in a manner, or for a purpose, that differs from the original use in such a way that the expression, meaning, or message is essentially new,” Courtney said.

Yet with drag-and-drop technologies and the ability to cut and paste entire books or images, there are an increasing number of caveats. Faculty members are not just grappling with the fair-use question by reinterpreting “transformative use” in their lectures, they are also pioneering new kinds of collaborations with publishers for their traditional syllabus materials. Moreover, the explosion of online learning, experimental by nature, has proven a natural breeding ground for such test cases.  Read more.

These are issues that were confronted a number of years ago in the OpenCourseWare community, and—through the leadership of MIT OpenCourseWare’s Intellectual Property Manager Lindsey Weeramuni and otherscode_large_7_july_11—resulted in the development of a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare, which has served the community well as a standard of shared practice in this domain.  The code is one of a number developed by the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University.

Learning with MOOCs: A Practitioner’s Workshop – Call for Papers

lwmooc-header-bMOOCs have gone from a distant idea to a global phenomenon in less than five years. During this period MOOCs have innovated at a dazzling speed in content creation, delivery, feedback, testing and other aspects of the knowledge delivery process. The excitement of MOOCs has been the promise of learning at scale. As a result, the primary focus of the design of MOOCs to date has been on “scale”. We believe it is now time to focus our attention on the design for learning.

This workshop plans to bring together the educators, technologists, researchers, learning scientists, entrepreneurs, and funders of MOOCs to share their innovations, discuss the impact on education and to answer questions such as: How to best support students to learn in an online environment? How can MOOCs be successfully integrated with the traditional classroom experience? For which students and in what contexts are these courses most effective? What can we learn from the rich data streams generated by these platforms? How do we structure the learning activities to produce data streams that better support research?

Topics include, but are not restricted to:

· Creating and teaching with MOOCs
. Open content /open licensing and MOOCs
. Novel pedagogical processes with MOOCs
. Tools for collaboration, feedback, testing and content delivery
· Best practices in MOOCs
· Learning from experiments with MOOCs (including both successes and failures)
· Metrics of success for learners and instructors of MOOCs
· On campus use of MOOCs
· Evaluation of MOOCs
· Learning analytics and MOOCs
· Interactive activities in MOOCs
· Challenges facing MOOCs
· Expanding the learner community with MOOCs
· Learning research based on MOOCs
· Key research challenges

We invite practitioners interested in coming together to discuss these issues to submit a one page description of work they have done in a MOOC including something interesting that they have learned through their work that they believe would be valuable to share with others and/or a question or challenges that they confronted that they would like to have others discuss.

Key Dates:
Monday, March 31, 2014: Submission deadline (midnight, PST)
Monday, April 21, 2014: Acceptance notification
Thursday, May 1, 2014: Preregistration opens
Tuesday-Wednesday, August 12-13, 2014: Conference

The submissions procedure will be available soon at http://www.moocworkshop.org/call-for-papers/.

Innovation, Access, and Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER

Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, is the best in the business at making the policy case for Open Educational Resources. Here he is in action (via OLDaily and Jason Rhode):

Innovation, Access, and Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER

February 6, 2014 By Jason Rhode @jrhode

UPCEA has made freely available the recording of Cable Green’s general session presentation titled, “Innovation, Access, and Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER” at the recent Summit for Online Leadership and Strategy. While the slides are available here, the recording is now available here.

General Session Presentation by Cable Green

To view the rest of the Summit For Online Leadership and Strategy‘s program you can purchase the Online Pass.

– See more at: http://www.jasonrhode.com/innovation-access-and-open-education-the-business-policy-case-for-oer#sthash.J9UhECIE.dpuf

Starting today: free open content licensing course for educators organized by the OER university

This OCL4Ed micro Open Online Course (mOOC) will be facilitated by the UNESCO OER Chair network in support of capability development for the UNESCO 2012 Paris OER Declaration (See video on course site from Abel Caine, Programme Specialist for OER at UNESCO.). The OCL4Ed 14.02 course is sponsored by the OER Foundation, the Commonwealth of Learning and College of Liberal Arts, University of Mississippi.

Otago Polytechnic will provide optional credentialing services for this mOOC which will carry credit towards the Open Education Practice elective of the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education.

(Via @Ignatia Webs)

Open Education Week 10-15 March 2014: Call for Participation (OCW Consortium)

Open Education Week 10-15 March 2014: Call for Participation

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.

The Open Education Week Organizing Committee invites your contributions to and participation in the third annual Open Education Week, featuring online and in-person events around the world.

Ways to Contribute:

There are many ways you can contribute to Open Education Week: upload an informational or inspirational video, host an event in your community, send us links to resources about open education, hold a webinar, and promote open education week in your social media networks. To contribute a video or resource, or to have your event or webinar featured on the Open Education Week Events calendar, please use the submission form at www.openeducationweek.org. To get the website ready, we need your submissions by 28 February 2014.

You are welcome to submit multiple resources or events.

Please visit www.openeducationweek.org for more information, ideas and FAQ, follow us on Twitter and Facebook @openeducationwk, or contact us at info@openeducationweek.org.

The full call for participation is available here. Help us spread the word and make this year’s open education week a huge success!