Saylor Foundation has selected three college textbooks to be added to its lineup of free online courses through the Open Textbook Challenge. Each author will receive $20,000, and the textbooks are available through a creative commons license.
Questia, an online research tool for students, has launched a new version of its free Questia Library app to make it compatible with the iPad.
Udemy has launched the Faculty Project, a new Web site designed to offer free college-level learning to people from around the world.
Social-networking tools and learning analytics can help educators evaluate OERs.
Five universities will be test driving digital textbooks this spring using eText Pilot Trial Pack from Internet2, McGraw-Hill, and Courseload.
In May 2011, WCET announced the receipt of funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to begin work on the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework. Now, a federated dataset has been created and PAR researchers have already begun to analyze the data, looking for variables affecting student performance and success. Here, WCET Executive Director Ellen Wagner comments on this milestone for the PAR Framework and on plans to expand the database to increase opportunities for sharing predictive analytics more widely.
A reference service that provides technical information has added a new subject area specifically covering computer hardware engineering.
The institution that led the call for freely available lectures, videos, and exams created by its instructors and shared with the world will now do the same with online learning.
Virtually everyone who works at an academic institution has experienced the complexity, uncertainty, and sometimes turmoil that has resulted from the collision of the new and evolving digital media world with a system of copyright that was originally created for more traditional media. Ray Uzwyshyn, director of online libraries for the American Public University System--with 104,000 all-online students--sees these challenges often and suggests that it’s time to rethink digital copyright assumptions.
The University of California, Irvine's OpenCourseWare program has won the 2011 Award for Institutions in this year's OPAL Awards.