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16 December 2009

Open educational resources (OER) pervade an increasing number of areas in higher education and will continue to do so as technology advances. Emerging as a leader in this arena is Foothill-De Anza Community College District in California’s Silicon Valley. Whether it’s open textbooks, learning objects, online lectures, open courseware, or searchable articles, Foothill-De Anza is among the first to offer such options to its 44,000 students.

Foothill-De Anza has a commitment to provide easy access to quality online education to its students. Last year, it combined forces with the League for Innovation, and stakeholders from more than 20 educational institutions to establish the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) at a July 2007 meeting. more...

8 December 2009

The landscape of technology that can be used to support project-based collaborative learning is vast and varied. Educators can benefit from a more detailed and disaggregated view of what tools are available, and how they can be used most effectively in support of specific teaching and learning goals. > Read Whitepaper (pdf)

30 November 2009

For almost 40 years, the southwest Calgary high school has embraced self-directed learning by allowing its students to individually decide how they'll tackle their high school studies. "We were truly amazed at what is happening at Bishop Carroll and astonished that a system could work so well with so much flexibility and be so aware of being tailored to student needs," said Brian Brennan, senior education officer with a Catholic school diocese in the Australian state of Victoria. Bishop Carroll High School is one of six schools across the country that make up the Canadian Coalition of Self-Directed Learning.

Fortunately producing OERs does not have the same limitations. There is no school board to appease over controversial topics. On the down side of working with OERs, other people, as well as ourselves, are not restricted in what they can or can not write. Then we are also sure to see some topics presented in ways to which we strongly object. We can practice tolerance, or look for a new vocation.

This absence of a relationship between education and 2 [YouTube and Wikipedia] of the top 10 most used information sources is worrying but not-at-all surprising. There has been a long and barren relationship between education and popular culture for over a century now. Education has been absent from reality for as long as I've been a part of it and today is no different - even when Social Media has direct associations to the rhetoric of educational practice.

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