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A SURVEY AND REPOSITORY OF OER RESEARCH
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 2759 published records by 4632 authors from 967 sources, with 1647 file archives.

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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.

Click here for the report's Cloud record and downloadable Code of Best Practices.


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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Efficiency of Outsourcing and Outstaffing Mechanisms Based on MOOCs in the Market of Entrepreneurial Education Services
Zuo, La; Shestak, Viktor; Vlasova, Svetlana; Islamov, Artem
The purpose of this article is to analyze, based on new experimental data, the ef-fectiveness of entrepreneurship education using outsourcing and outstaffing (O&O) mechanisms based on the implementation of a massive ...
Posted June 9, 2021

MOOC As an Enabler for Achieving Professional Competence: Problem-Solving Aspect
Berestova, Anna; Kondratenko, Larisa; Lobuteva, Liudmila; Lobuteva, Alisa; Berechikidze, Iza
The prerequisites for this research included the rapid development and constant modernization of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and their dissemination in higher education, in particular, in the preparation of ...
Posted June 9, 2021

Open educational resources (OER) in the Spanish universities
Santos-Hermosa, Gema; Estupinyà, Eva; Nonó-Rius, Brigit; París-Folch, Lidón; Prats-Prat, Jordi
Open educational resources (OERs) have become a key element in the development of quality education within the 2030 Agenda. This article discusses the current situation of OER in Spanish universities, analysing their ...
Posted June 9, 2021

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources
Jacob, Meredith; Jaszi, Peter; Adler, Prudence S.; Cross, William
Fair use enables the creation of new and different OER - resilient materials that give educators the control and flexibility to meet the needs of their students and the pedagogical goals of their courses. In competition ...
Posted April 7, 2021

Towards Understanding the Students’ Acceptance of MOOCs: A Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT)
Altalhi, Maryam Muti
Massive Open student's courses (MOOC) have stimulated the efforts made for improving the learning techniques and enhancing it the spectrum for students learning. Unfortunately, the acceptance of MOOC as a learning ...
Posted March 31, 2021

Breaking Barriers: Understanding and Removing Barriers to OER Use
Carson, Brandon
While there are many benefits to the use of OER, such as cost savings for students, increased access to resources, and the ability for faculty to adapt the resources to meet their specific needs, new and experienced ...
Posted March 31, 2021

OA Diamond Journals Study
Bosman, Jeroen; Frantsvåg, Jan Erik; Kramer, Bianca; Langlais, Pierre-Carl; Proudman, Vanessa
Context 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 ...
Posted March 30, 2021