OER Impact Map

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We aggregate and filter data that relates to our research hypotheses.To see some of the evidence we have gathered visit our OER Impact Map. There you will find up to date reporting on each of our hypotheses as well as summaries … Continue reading

Reflections on the #oerrhub agile approach to evaluation

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Originally posted on howsheilaseesIT:
Dull but worthy . . . (image: http://pixabay.com/en/notes-office-pages-papers-print-150587/) I’ve already posted some reflections on the agile approach that the OER Research Hub has been developing. In this post I’m going to try and share some of…

Super September: Monthly Review

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It’s been a super September at the OER Research Hub: here’s an overview of what we’ve been up to over the past month: Open Research Course  We had 139 people sign-up for our School of Open course Open Research! This four-week community … Continue reading

Writing for Change: Pre-Course Survey

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This post was originally published on Peer 2 Peer University’s blog on 29 September 2014.  Are you participating in Peer to Peer University’s (P2PU) Writing for Change course? Did you recently complete a pre-course survey? Curious as to what the survey was … Continue reading

Where Sheila’s been this week – revisiting #OERRHub and the researcher as an API analogy

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Originally posted on howsheilaseesIT:
I spent the early part of this week in Milton Keynes with the OER Research Hub team as part of the second phase of the project evaluation. When I worked with the team last year one…

OER research and rapid commissioning

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Originally posted on patrinalaw:
There are several unique aspects to researching the behaviour and motivations of informal learners. Examining informal learning data can allow researchers to respond more quickly and at a greater scale, than to data gathered through formal…

liveblog – Catherine Cronin keynote at #altc #altc2014

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Originally posted on openmind.ed:
For one day only I’m at The University of Warwick for the ALT-c conference where I’m speaking on OER Impact Map.   (You can access my slides for today here.) Catherine Cronin (National University of Ireland, Galway)…

OER Research Hub: August Review

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As September beckons, here’s a quick round-up of what’s been happening at the Hub over the past month: Join us to explore Open Research As you might be aware, we’ve been working on our School of Open Open Research course over the … Continue reading

CoPILOT and OER Research Hub: A year of reflection and activities

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Originally posted on Eleni's First Steps:
The summer time is the ideal period for all Academic Librarians to recharge their batteries in anticipation of the new term. My recharging time includes a lot of pausing to reflect on my…

Cleaning our way to a monster dataset

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In February of 2013 the newly put together OERRH team completed the humongous task of creating a bank of survey questions which would be one of the main research instruments to collect data around the project’s eleven hypotheses. Bear one … Continue reading

Announcing the OERRH/MERLOT collaboration

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I’m pleased to announce that our collaborative research with the MERLOT network is being launched today.  Based at California State University, MERLOT is a free and open peer reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services contributed and … Continue reading

OER Research Hub: July Round-Up

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What’s been happening at the Hub in July? It’s time for our monthly news round-up! Open Textbook Bonanza July kicked off with the release of a range of our research on open textbooks during the aptly named Open Textbook Research week. With … Continue reading

Listen to Barbara Illowsky on the Journey of Collaborative Statistics! (Part Two)

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This is the second part of an interview with Barbara Illowsky, OCWC Educator ACE Award winner, Professor of Math and Statistics at De Anza College and co-author of the OpenStax College open textbook Introductory Statistics (previously Collaborative Statistics). Read the first part of this interview to find out … Continue reading

Listen to Barbara Illowsky on the Journey of Collaborative Statistics! (Part One)

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Earlier in the year I posted transcribed excerpts from an interview with OCWC Educator ACE Award winner, Professor of Math and Statistics at De Anza College and co-author of the OpenStax College open textbook Introductory Statistics (previously Collaborative Statistics) Barbara Illowsky. You can find my original post on … Continue reading

Open Knowledge Festival 2014

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Earlier this week I was lucky enough to head to Berlin with colleagues Rob Farrow and Martin Weller to participate in the Open Knowledge Festival (#okfest14) Open Minds to Open Action at the amazing Kulturbrauerei… Thank to everyone we spoke to … Continue reading

The Role of OER in a New World of MOOC

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Recently I attended a mini conference dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER). I found it to be quite interesting as there aren’t many events completely dedicated to OER these days. In fact, the organizers made it quite clear that the … Continue reading

Elise Adamson on OpenStax College Textbooks

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Earlier in the week we heard from Paul Shaber on his experiences of using OpenStax College (OSC) textbooks. Today we’re going to hear from two more educators, who I was fortunate enough to speak with earlier in the year: Elise Adamson and … Continue reading

Adrienne Williams on OpenStax College Textbooks

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Earlier in the week we heard from Paul Shaber on his experiences of using OpenStax College (OSC) textbooks. Today we’re going to hear from two more educators, who I was fortunate enough to speak with earlier in the year: Elise Adamson and … Continue reading

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: Impact of Using Siyavula (Part IV)

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This is the final part of a four-part series of blog posts co-authored by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula). You can read our posts on the Siyavula educator sample and background to the study here, … Continue reading

OpenStax College Student Survey Results (Part II)

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Welcome to part two of the OpenStax College (OSC) student survey findings. In this post we look more closely at some of the findings relating to the use and impact of OSC open textbooks.  You can check back to Part I … Continue reading

Siyavula Educator Survey Results: OER Behaviours and Attitudes (Part III)

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This is the penultimate post of our four-part series of co-authored posts by Beck Pitt (OER Research Hub researcher) and Megan Beckett (Siyavula) on the Siyavula educator survey findings. Previous posts focused on the Siyavula educator sample and educational contexts in South Africa. The final post will … Continue reading