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The OER Knowledge Cloud is a curated database and repository to identify, collect, preserve and disseminate documents related to open educational resources. There are currently 2713 published records by 4502 authors from 949 sources, with 1613 file archives.

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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.


COMMENT ON FIVE ALTERNATIVES TO EXPENSIVE TEXTBOOKS
Rory McGreal · September 09, 2020
In 2011, the Globe and Mail newspaper ran an article presenting "Five Alternatives to Expensive Textbooks," by Ritika Puri. While the article is no longer available, the following comment has been preserved.

Richart the Lionhearted comment on "Five Alternatives to Expensive Textbooks":
I recently purchased the 8th Edition of Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook for $15 and was very disappointed about the PDF View only option. In addition, the e-book is only an abridged version of the large hard copy of the CEHB. You can by a CD for PCs version for $150 that has the complete contents and full PDF view and copy formats. Plus, if the student underground is working properly, the whole class of 45 students can share the CD, illegally of course, but no different than lending out your hard copy.

"Very disappointed in this purchase. I needed this book as a reference and cannot even read most of the charts in it. The charts fill the entire screen of my Kindle but are too light and washed out to read. I also tried reading it on my Kindle for PC with the same problem. The rest of the text is dark and clear, but having unreadable charts makes this book worthless. Buy the hard copy!"

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT, FAIR USE, AND CREATIVE COMMONS FOR EDUCATORS
Rory McGreal · July 06, 2020
This Edublogger resource, prepared by Kathleen Morris, Sue Waters, and Ronnie Burt, provides a comprehensive yet reader-friendly overview of copyright for educators:

"Copyright is important for all teachers, students, and bloggers to know about. And it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. We’re here to break down the basics of copyright and other related topics like fair use, public domain, and Creative Commons."

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Gamification: a new key for enhancing engagement in MOOCs on energy?
Rincón-Flores, Elvira G.; Mena, Juanjo; Ramírez Montoya, María Soledad
Gamification is an innovative educational strategy that uses elements of games for educational purposes, including the completion of appealing challenges to increase student levels of engagement and learning. The ...
Posted January 19, 2021

Use of Hybrid Classroom and Open Educational Resources: Experience gained from a university in Hong Kong
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Open Educational Resources in Canada 2020
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Posted January 14, 2021

Challenges and Opportunities for MOOCs in Indian Higher Education
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Posted January 14, 2021

Are Universities Ready to Recognize Open Online Learning?
Tereseviciene, Margarita; Trepule, Elena; Dauksiene, Estela; Tamoliune, Giedre; Costa, Nilza
Fast development of technologies, changing needs of digital learners and other aspects of the digital era have had a major impact on universities and their learning management procedures. Access to information online, ...
Posted January 14, 2021

Preliminary Report on the Draft Recommendation Concerning Open Educational Resources (OER)
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1. This document is prepared further to 39C/Resolution 44 of the UNESCO General Conference, and a follow-up to ‘the Study on International Collaboration on Open Educational Resources (OER) (201 EX/Decision 9), which ...
Posted January 14, 2021