Posts Tagged ‘Open Course Ware’

Groups Team Up to Turn Free Online Courses Into Cheap College Credit

The Saylor Foundation has been building an online catalog of free, self-paced college courses since 2010. But students who completed those courses could not typically earn credit toward a degree, since the nonprofit group is not an accredited institution. Saylor’s new partnership with the online course-provider StraighterLine seeks to change that, giving students an inexpensive […]

Harvard and MIT Put $60-Million Into New Platform for Free Online Courses

The group of elite universities offering free online courses just got bigger. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced a partnership that will host online courses from both institutions free of charge. The platform, its creators say, has the potential to improve face-to-face classes on the home campuses while giving students around […]

MITx: What the students think

What’s it like taking a course with 120,000 other students? That is one of the questions raised this spring by the debut of MITx, the Institute’s new online educational initiative. The first offering — a course dubbed 6.002x, or “Circuits and Electronics” — is running from March 5 through June 8, modeled after one of […]

Download Special Edition– Opening Learning Horizons: Discovering the Potential of Co-Creation, Games and Open Learning

eLearning Papers is an initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Its aim is to promote the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for lifelong learning. The current Special Special Edition offers the following informative articles on a range of timely topics: Diffusion and Adoption of OER Virtual Mobility: The Value […]

Disruptive innovation — in education

For Anant Agarwal, MITx, the Institute’s new online-learning initiative, isn’t just a means of democratizing education. It’s a way to reinvent it.MITFull Article

The MITx Factor

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology ended 2011 with a grand announcement: It would broadcast massive, open online courses — equal in rigor to its on-campus offerings — to tens of thousands of non-enrolled, non-paying learners around the world. Eventually, the university would offer these students a pathway to some sort of credential. The project, called […]

Groups expand access to open educational resources

As educators push for more and better access to open educational resources (OER), or content that is available free of charge online, new efforts are helping classroom teachers find and use these resources as quickly and efficiently as possible.eSchool NewsFull Article

Panel Ponders Future of Open-Education Resources

Washington – Open-education efforts like the free lecture materials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and producing free online textbooks are relatively new, and advocates face questions about how to pay for such projects and how to maintain their quality.Wired CampusFull Article

Massive Courses, Sans Stanford

For students looking to learn skills and land jobs, might the good word of a highly regarded instructor count as much as the imprimatur of a highly regarded institution?Inside Higher Ed Full Article

Canadian Faculty Union Warns That Student Postings of Lectures Could Violate Copyright Law

The faculty union at the University of Manitoba, in Canada, sent an e-mail message to its members this month alerting them to a popular Web site where students are sharing course materials, including what the union calls professors’ “intellectual property.”SOURCE: Wired CampusRead the Full Article