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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 2776 published records by 4667 authors from 973 sources, with 1658 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.

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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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Implication on Perceived Usefulness of Open Educational Resources After a Rapid Switch to Online Learning Mode
Cheung, Simon K. S.
Evolved as open courseware, open online courses and tutorials, open access e-books and open source learning tools, open educational resources or OER are generally perceived as useful resources by university students. ...
Posted October 21, 2021

A Hidden Dream: Open Educational Resources
Affouneh, Saida; Khlaif, Zuheir N.
Open-source materials are being used for education in a variety of contexts, and educators can reuse them to achieve different objectives in both higher education and public education. Educators in Palestine are using ...
Posted October 21, 2021

Advancement of Open Learning through MOOCs in Academic Libraries: Impact and Challenges
Sahu, Srikanta; Rana, Chakradhar
Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs have been accepted as an authentic source of learning, which have drastically changed the higher education system such as distance learning, online learning, e-learning, open ...
Posted October 21, 2021

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Sub-Saharan African Higher Education Landscape: A Bibliometric Review
Yunusa, Abdullahi Abubakar; Umar, Irfan Naufal; Bervell, Brandford
In this study, we examined articles focused on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) implemented in the sub-Saharan African (SSA) Higher Education context that describes the different models of MOOCs enacted as an ...
Posted October 21, 2021

Student Perceptions of Textbooks: Prior Behaviors and Beliefs Can Influence Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Adoption Impact
Pfannenstiel, AmberNicole; Redcay, Alex; Albert, Daniel
Many Open Educational Resource (OER) and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) studies explore cost savings, impact on learning outcomes, and student perceptions of the materials. While OER/ZTC research reports positive student ...
Posted October 21, 2021

Impact of OER in Teacher Education
Cummings-Clay, Denise
The purpose of this research study, which employed a quantitative research design, was to determine if there was a difference in the grades achieved by students who were enrolled in an entry-level Foundations of ...
Posted October 21, 2021

What About Reuse? A Study on the Use of Open Educational Resources in Dutch Higher Education
Baas, Marjon; Schuwer, Robert
Extensive research has taken place over the years to examine the barriers of OER adoption, but little empirical studies has been undertaken to map the amount of OER reuse. The discussion around the actual use of OER, ...
Posted October 21, 2021