Open Educational Resources Showcase
Descriptions of OER projects around the world
Cloud created by:
13 February 2009
Comment 1 by Ahrash Bissell
4:14am 24 February 2009
DiscoverEd -- Search and Discovery for OER
We will be making a call for participation in the planned launch of the new OER search and discovery tool by Creative Commons, called DiscoverEd. We are happy to demonstrate the tool to any interested persons, and we hope to have a white paper available at the conference that describes the logic and construction of the tool in greater detail. The launch is planned for later in March, and we would like as many OER projects as possible to be part of it!
Comment 2 by Judy Baker
4:15am 24 February 2009
Comment 3 by David Wiley
5:24pm 26 February 2009
I'll be sharing a brief presentation about the Open High School of Utah, describinginnovations we've made in curriculum, organizational structure, and technology. I'll also be giving away OHSU stickers - they're the conference's must-have fashion accessory, you know...
Comment 4 by Tiffiniy Cheng
11:00pm 26 February 2009
OPEN U: PCF is launching a new initiative called "Open U", an
open source and free distribution platform that will help distribute open
courseware materials from universities and colleges to people around the world, while also making possible internal
communication on campuses and in classes. Open U is based on the
principle that free, accessible software should allow people in less
wired countries to have full access to the world's openly available
educational knowledge without economic constraint, and technology can
adapt to the changing needs of students and faculty.
The main components of Open U are:
1. A central web directory of courseware and university web directories that give universities control
2. A standard protocol for open courseware publishing and distribution
3. A university version of Miro with the Open U guide as its home directory
4. An ability for Open U content to sync with mobile devices
We are currently seeking professors and Universities who are interested in playing a role in defining what Open U can do. We hope that Universities will be able to contribute code and be a part of the governance of this initiative.
Comment 5 by Patrick McAndrew
7:49am 2 March 2009
OLnet is the Open Learning network - an open approach to finding out what the research issues are in OER, developing guidance that helps and sharing and refining ideas. We offer a site to support the network, events to bring out idea, projects to look for answers and fellowships to help people join in. We are working with the conference organisers and using cloudworks to gather ideas during and after the event.
More information at http://olnet.org and http://cloudworks.ac.uk/node/561
Comment 6 by Richard K Belew
Richard K Belew
10:36pm 2 March 2009
There exists many potentially high-impact computer science curricula, in the form of existing TeX and LaTeX manuscripts. Tools are available that make import of these resources seem possible. I'm interested in bringin existing TeX textbook manuscripts into the CNX and OpenCommons frameworks. Issues of particular interest:
- questions and exercises related to modules/topics;
- assessing students, esp. exercises related to computer programming;
- mechanisms for sharing revisions and alternative expositions;
- security considerations around answer keys for exercises;
Comment 7 by Roberta Johnson
12:22pm 3 March 2009
I will be discussing the my work to transition the Windows to the Universe project (website at http://www.windows.ucar.edu and professional development program) to a sustainable OER. In a sense, this project is a case-study for OER, as the Windows to the Universe website has successfully built a large audience of ~20 million users per year over the 14 years since project inception. My efforts center around negotiating a Creative Commons license for the website, studying options for the best organizational framework for the project to continue in as a sustainable OER, and to develop a business plan for transitioning the website. I'm very interested in talking to meeting participants who have experience in some or all of these areas! Windows to the Universe also may provide a vehicle for raising the profile of OER by driving traffic to other OER resources and programs.
Dr. Roberta Johnson
Director of Education and Outreach, UCAR
Research Scientist, High Altitude Observatory, NCAR
Executive Direction, National Earth Science Teachers Association
PI, Windows to the Universe
Comment 8 by Lesley-Anne Cull
7:00pm 3 March 2009
Health Education and Training (HEAT) Programme in AfricaHEAT is an innovative approach to addressing the human resources for health challenges in sub-Saharan
Collaboration will underpin the success of HEAT. Distance learning experts from the Open University will work with partners in
Supported by funding from the Ferguson Trust, HEAT is beginning its first phase of development in
Further information from Lesley-Anne Cull, on firstname.lastname@example.org (the HEAT website is under construction)
Comment 9 by Mary Y. Lee
Mary Y. Lee
7:18pm 3 March 2009
I will be presenting the variety of OER Initiatives undertaken at Tufts University. Our OER projects come from across all disciplines and emphasize our focus on three major learning areas: Institutional Learning, Individual Learning, and with the development of our systems for cell phones, smart phones, and PDAs Mobile Learning. I will be highlighting our partnerships with universities both in the United States and around the world to allow them to utilize our systems and customize them to fit their institution's needs. Additionally, I will highlight how our partnerships and the expansion of our OER resources can be used to improve the sharing of knowledge and the overall health of populations and institutions in the developing world.
Below are the resources I will be presenting in the showcase:
- Listing of Tufts OER Resources
- My poster and information regarding articles I have published regarding our OER resources
- An interactive map of Tufts OER Resources (requires the VUE mapping program to view)
Mary Y. Lee, MD
Comment 10 by Ahrash Bissell
9:57pm 3 March 2009
OpenEd -- Building Community for OER
ccLearn is hosting a community site for all of the OER movement, called OpenEd. This site is not intended to supercede the existing and vibrant communities within the OER movment, but rather to provide a generalized portal to the movement as a whole, as well as a networking and collaboration site for OER projects and organizations to connect together. We will be launching OpenEd this March, and we welcome ideas and partners in this effort. Come talk to us!
Comment 11 by Peter B Kaufman
Peter B Kaufman
12:35am 4 March 2009
Intelligent Television produces innovative films, television, and online video; conducts research in the future of media; and provides strategic planning and consulting services, all in close association with leading cultural and educational institutions and renowned directors and cinematographers — and all to make educational and cultural material more widely accessible worldwide.
Intelligent Television has begun to establish a new Open Education Video Studio to cost-effectively produce more video resources for the open education and open content movement. The objectives of the Studio—based in New York but networking educational production facilities across the United States and abroad—are threefold:
* to evaluate the use of video in teaching and learning;
* to catalyze video production for education, including public education; and
* to build new tools—editing, annotation, search—for more cost-efficient video production and distribution.
For more information:
Comment 12 by Howard Lurie
12:38am 4 March 2009
Teachers' Domain is a free digital serivce created and managed by WGBH Boston.
We currently have more than 2000 digital assets, including streaming video, Flash interatives, images, audio files, etc. harvested from
WGBH broadcast shows such as NOVA, American Experience and Frontline. Additionally, we have content relationships with a wide variety
of public media partners such as KQED, WNET, Vegas PTV and others. Through support from Hewlett, we're enhancing our backend CMS to allow other public partners to upload their OER resources for distribution through Teachers' Domain
We also offer a series of professional development courses based on our digital collections.
Come visit us online!
Comment 13 by Riina Vuorikari
1:05am 4 March 2009
Content connecting people across borders? The LRE creates underlying links between resources, users, tags, repositories in a new way through social tagging http://www.slideshare.net/vuorikari/learning-resource-exchange-oer-hewlett-mongerey
Comment 14 by Riina Vuorikari
1:08am 4 March 2009
Comment 15 by Neeru Paharia
5:03pm 4 March 2009
AcaWiki is a "Wikipedia for academic research" designed to collect summaries and long-abstracts of peer-reviewed academic research, and make them available to the general public under Creative Commons Attribution licenses.
1. Cutting-edge research is occurring at breakneck speeds; however
dissemination of this research is stunted. Though much of this research
is publicly funded, the contents are not made accessible to the general
public. Even many universities, especially those in developing
countries, cannot afford the subscription fees to access standard
2. Most academic papers are written for other academics and
often contain jargon that most people from outside a discipline may not
AcaWiki presents a workable solution to both of these problems by
making use of social software combined with a community of graduate
students, academics, and citizens, to collect summaries and long
abstracts of academic papers. In short, contributors write two-to-three
paragraph magazine-like summaries of academic papers and contribute
them to the AcaWiki pool. Because there is no copyright in ideas, this
is permissible. Entries on the site are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license
so they are free for international distribution via the Internet or
hard copy. Other contributors can annotate, comment, or append
information to the original entry, adding greater nuance or clarity.
Comment 16 by Tim Olson
5:16pm 4 March 2009
KQED Quest - New Media and OER STEM
Training educators to use new media tools (e.g. Google Earth) and media (e.g. digital storytelling make a science video).
Comment 17 by Tim Olson
5:37pm 4 March 2009
Road Trip Nation
PBS series, and education movement. Puts students on the road doing interviews.
Comment 18 by Amee Godwin
7:07pm 5 March 2009
Please get in touch to discuss how to do this, about how we might be able to harvest your metadata and point to your items, and feature and include you in the network!
Comment 19 by Amee Godwin
7:16pm 5 March 2009
Comment 20 by Mara Hancock
7:26pm 5 March 2009
What is the Opencast Community?
The Opencast community is a collaboration of higher education institutions working together to explore, define, and document podcasting best practices and technologies. Through the listserv and Best Practice Guidelines wiki, the community offers guidance and information to help others choose the best approach for delivering rich media online.
This project has been going on for a year and a half and has now generated a number of new projects. One proposal that is of particular importance to the OER community is the Opencast Matterhorn project.
What is the Opencast Matterhorn Project?
Deriving from planning activities that have taken place throughout this past year, a group of institutions from the Opencast community have come together and made a commitment around an Opencast build project. These partners have developed a proposal to build an enterprise-level, easy-to-install open source podcast and rich media capture, processing and delivery system. This system has been named Opencast Matterhorn.
If you are interested in learning more, feel free to contact me, email@example.com, or visit http://opencastproject.org to get involved in the community.
Comment 21 by Karen Vignare
4:14pm 10 March 2009
Our planning grant is for Phase I of a global initiative, in collaboration with the food industry, to create an Open Educational Resources network of people and resources that will enable a new industry-led global qualification for food safety professionals. The Global Food Knowledge Network will create high-quality low-cost and open training and education in developing countries to enable rapid deployment of this critical new level of individual accountability in the world’s food system. Michigan State University, in collaboration with the global food industry, will facilitate the development of more food safety professionals, particularly in developing countries where the need is critical. The new global qualification and assessments will follow a model similar to Certified Public Accountants, yet it will be built in conjunction with a network of experts, practitioners and resources to create an open, competitive marketplace for training, education and exam preparation, including no-cost access to learning resources.
This is a unique opportunity to demonstrate that OER’s can have a direct impact on economic development in a critical industry in developing countries by enabling a new professional qualification. The project will bridge the education and government world of OER with a critical new movement in a major global industry.
In June 2008, CIES "The Food Business Forum" through its Global Food Safety Initiative subsidiary, officially partnered with MSU and in February 2009 launched the initiative at its annual forum. MSU and the GFSI technical working group are currently developing competencies and a training toolkit that includes OERs.
We welcome any comments, Karen Vignare