The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.
There's good reason to step back--even when things are ticking along smoothly--and examine where we really stand in the world of broadband technologies. As comfortable as we might be when things seem to be working, there are visionary leaders who are reminding us that we could do better.
In a world where knowledge is available with a few clicks of the mouse, colleges and universities must find new ways to give students the skills to succeed.
Cost is the main reason why colleges and universities are shifting from paper to electronic textbooks, according to a new report from the Educause Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR). Other motivating factors behind e-textbook adoption include availability, portability, functionality, and innovation.
The conversion from printed instructional content to digital content is inevitable. Just as the music industry progressed from vinyl to tape to CD and now to digital formats, so progresses the instructional content industry. With any change comes some level of resistance, doubt, and barriers to progress. The conversion from printed to digital content is no exception. Here, we'll propose initiatives to overcome these barriers.
A site for accessing freely available education materials from public agencies has just been revamped for the third time in its lengthy history to include a cleaner interface and many more listings. The Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (FREE) helps educators, students, and others find digital teaching and learning resources maintained by the federal government.
PBS and its member stations are adding a new premium tier to the PBS LearningMedia service.
Educational technology company Pearson has launched its OpenClass Exchange for instructors. Out of the gate, the new open education resource (OER) catalog will include links to 680,000 instructional and learning items.
"MOOCs represent the logical outcome of the move toward learner-initiated learning," says Trent Batson, "If the vast majority of learners in the global connected culture are not enrolled in college, education has to extend to those new learners." Here, Batson takes another look at the phenomenon known as massive open online courses--what MOOCs are, and what they aren't.