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LAUNCH OF THE CODE OF BEST PRACTICES IN FAIR USE FOR OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Rory McGreal · April 07, 2021

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the American University Washington College of Law has released its Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources. This document is intended to support authors, teachers, professors, librarians, and all open educators in evaluating when and how they can incorporate third party copyright materials into Open Educational Resources to meet their pedagogical goals.

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2020-21 OA DIAMOND JOURNALS STUDY RELEASED
Rory McGreal · March 30, 2021

From June 2020 to February 2021, a consortium of 10 organisations undertook a large-scale study on open access journals across the world that are free for readers and authors, usually referred to as "OA diamond journals". This study was commissioned by cOAlition S in order to gain a better understanding of the OA diamond landscape.

The study undertook a statistical analysis of several bibliographic databases, surveyed 1,619 journals, collected 7,019 free text submissions and other data from 94 questions, and organised three focus groups with 11 journals and 10 interviews with hosting platforms. It collected 163 references in the academic literature, and inventoried 1048 journals not listed in DOAJ.

The key findings of the study are: a wide archipelago of relatively small journals is serving diverse communities; OA diamond journals are on the road to full compliance with Plan S; a mix of scientific strengths and operational challenges; and an economy that largely depends on volunteers, universities and government.

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OPENSTAX SURPASSES $1 BILLION IN TEXTBOOK SAVINGS, WITH WIDE-RANGING IMPACT ON TEACHING, LEARNING AND STUDENT SUCCESS
Rory McGreal · September 11, 2020

"Less than a decade after publishing its first free, openly licensed textbook, OpenStax - Rice University’s educational technology initiative - has saved students $1.2 billion.

"Driven by the belief that everyone should have access to knowledge, OpenStax has published 42 titles for college and high school courses across science, math, social sciences, business and the humanities disciplines since 2012.


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Inequitable Impacts of Textbook Costs at a Small, Private College: Results from a Textbook Survey at Gettysburg College
Appedu, Sarah; Elmquist, Mary; Wertzberger, Janelle; Birch, Sharon
Recognizing that higher education settings vary considerably, librarians at Gettysburg College sought to better understand textbook spending behaviors and the effects of costs on our students. We adapted the Florida ...
Posted July 20, 2021

Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world
OE Global
Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world (LiDA103) is one of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital age course. In this micro-course you will learn how to harness the potential of open ...
Posted July 20, 2021

Digital Texts in the Time of COVID
Seaman, Julia E.; Seaman, Jeff
The Fall 2020 term served as a litmus test of how well the evolving course material distribution and selection process works for U.S. higher education. More faculty than ever before had to select and adapt their course ...
Posted July 2, 2021

Rethinking A Framework for Contextualising and Collaborating in MOOCs by Higher Education Institutions in Africa
Erkkie, Haipinge; Kadhila, Ngepathimo
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online courses that are open to anyone with Internet access. Pioneered in North America, they were developed for contexts with broader access to technology and wider access to the ...
Posted June 30, 2021

Addressing the K-12 Open Educational Resources Awareness Niche: A Virtual Conference Response
Blomgren, Constance; Henderson, Serena
Since the 2002 UNESCO forum, raising awareness of the benefits and challenges to Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education have been integral to the broader Open Education (OE) movement. In the K-12 sector, ...
Posted June 30, 2021

Using Open Educational Resources at Viterbo University: Faculty and Student Feedback
Oelfke, Alissa L.; Sadowski, Jennifer A.; Mathwig Ramseier, Cari; Iremonger, Christopher; Volkert, Katrina; Dykman, Emily; Kuhl, Lynne; Baumann, Annie
This study evaluated a coordinated and collaborative pilot implementation of open educational resources (OER) across multiple disciplines including nursing, accounting, environmental science, religious studies, and ...
Posted June 30, 2021

Identifying the Key Factors of the Success of MOOC Courses: Synthesis Research Based on the Roberts Model
Gholampour, Meysam; Rostami Nejad, Mohammad Ali; Pourshafei, Hadi
The goal of present research is identifying the critical success factorsof MOOCs success and presenting a model for itr. The approach of present research is qualitative and its method is research synthesis. The research ...
Posted June 30, 2021