This article was originally published on the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, Volume 14, Issue, 1.
Remix is touted as one of the most important practices within the field of open educational resources (OER). But remixing is still not mainstream practice in education and the barriers and limitations to remix are not well known. In this article we discuss the design and development of a print and web-based booklet created to introduce the topic of OER to schoolteachers. The guide, the first of its kind available in Portuguese, was created through the remix and translation of existing resources available in English. Choosing design-as-remix raised a series of concerns related to licensing, attribution, context, and technical standards. In this article we review the concerns related to culture and inequity within the OER movement, followed by the design choices and procedures, and finally the implications of these issues for the open educational resources movement.
unX is the first Ibero-American community that offers collaborative and open learning to digital entrepreneurs. Through unX, entrepreneurs can access MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) relevant to their career needs.
ScratchEd is an online community for those who work with Scratch—a programming language tailored specifically for young people to create their own interactive stories, games, music, and art.
weSPOT promotes employing scientific inquiry in the classroom, by connecting scientific concepts to personal curiosity, experiences, and reasoning.
weSPOT focuses on inquiry-based learning, in which the learner takes the role of a self-motivated explorer, and provides support for building these skills. The project is aimed at students from ages 12 to 25, and links everyday world experiences to the classroom. Its main objectives are: (a) defining a reference model for inquiry-based learning skills, (b) creating a diagnostic instrument for measuring inquiry skills, and (c) implementing a working environment that allows the easy linking of inquiry activities with school curricula and legacy systems.
The Interactive Environments and Emerging Technologies for eLearning (IEETeL 2013) workshop and conference will be held 5-8th of June in Utrecht, The Netherlands. It represents an opportunity for researchers, eductors, and technology experts to discuss solutions, trends, and implementation of new technologies in eLearning environments.
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The 4th International workshop on Interactive Environments and Emerging Technologies for eLearning (IEETeL 2013) has extended its call for papers until the 1st of April.
The conference, to be held in the Netherlands from 5-8th of June, will cover a variety of topics, including: 3D virtual learning environments, educational mashups, the semantic web, and augmented reality implementation.
Read on for a full list of paper topics.
Ma Voie Économique offers online career counseling for high school students interested in studying economics, science and technology management, and social sciences.
Lumen provides institutional leaders and faculty with consulting support, training, and resources so that they can successfully adopt Open Educational Resources as a way to improve their curriculum and cut costs.
Lumen helps faculty find quality content and tailor it to their course design by funneling apt resources into Open Course Frameworks that align them with general education and specific degree requirements. These open course frameworks are later available for free download and use by any individual or institution.
Lumen also serves as an advisor, aiding institutional leaders in planning for OER use, and deciding how and where to introduce OER courses and degrees. Other services provided include training and support for faculty, and analytics and other support to improve student outcomes.
ECEL 2013 will take place near Nice, France, at the end of October.
The 12th edition of the European Conference on eLearning, ECEL 2013, has “Beyond Space and Time: Learning in a Global Context” as its theme. The conference will touch on the following topics: mobile learning, active e-learning, cutting edge design, large scale experiments, worldwide courses, evaluation 2.0, and generation gaps. The deadline for abstract submissions is 10 April 2013.
Log On, Learn provides an easy way for people of all ages to learn how to use computers.
The programme, based in Ireland, pairs up a transition-year student with an older person from their local community so that they can share skills with each other. The course spread out over eight modules, during which one-to-one training allows for personalized assessment of the learners' initial level, learning pace, interests, and goals. The website allows users to search for current programmes all over Ireland.