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Developing a Sustainable Financial Model in Higher Education for Open Educational Resources

Financial issues regarding the sustainable production, dissemination, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education are reviewed and proposed solutions critiqued. Use of OER produce demonstrable cost savings for students. Yet OER development continues to rely almost completely on government and philanthropic funding. This indicates that a mismatch exists between the financial interests of students and those of higher education institutions.

Foundations for OER Strategy Development

The purpose of this document is to provide a concise analysis of where the global OER movement currently stands: what the common threads are, where the greatest opportunities and challenges lie, and how we can more effectively work together as a community. The first draft was born from a meeting of 26 OER leaders in February 2015.

OER Issues: Apples, Orchards and Infrastructure

This blog by Kenneth Green reflects on the 12th Annual Open Educational Resources conference held in Vancouver in late 2015.

Understanding Open Educational Resources

These three lessons provide an introduction to open educational resources (OERs).  The interactive course is also available in the Commonwealth of Learning's Technology-enabled Learning Lounge. The course is accessible logging in as a guest.

Real Threat of OERs

In this blog post David Wiley responds to a comment by David Anderson, Executive Director for Higher Education at the Association of American Publishers on an article by Nicole Allen in the Huffinton Post entitledCollege Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Developing Curriculum and Learning Resources: Guidelines for Effective Practice

This document outlines a process for curriculum and learning resource development for effective mixed mode provision. It suggests three core stages of curriculum design, course design and learning resource development which are inter-related. These guidelines have been adapted by the Nigerian National Commission for Colleges of Education and Teacher Development Programme from a similar OER Developing ODL curriculua and learning resources: guidelines for effective practice developed by SCERT in Bihar, India.

Opening learning at Africa Nazarene University: A Case Study

This case study explores progress made, lessons learned and possibilities for the future in harnessing Open Educational Resources (OER) in support of the vision and mission of Africa Nazarene University to open learning opportunities in higher education. We begin by providing a context for the work that has been undertaken to date.

New student guide to preventing plagiarism

This is an open-access, expert-driven guide to understanding and avoiding plagiarism. You can see the new guide here: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/preventing-plagiarism/This guidebook has been developed to help students better understand the different types of plagiarism, the consequences they carry, and, most importantly, how to avoid plagiarism entirely.

Working in Classrooms: Teaching, Time and Space. Learning Guide - Section Five - Making learning time and space for large classes

Section Five builds on concepts developed throughout the module and on the idea that how teachers solve problems relating to space and time depends on what their teaching purpose is and on who the learners are.

Working in Classrooms: Teaching, Time and Space. Learning Guide - Section Four - Classroom time and space

Section Four focuses on internal arrangements of time and space and how these affect teaching and learning.