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POLICIES AND SAFETY
Data Policy

As researchers in online learning and collaboration, we are very interested in your use of and participation in this site. Some of this data may be aggregated and/or used for research purposes, including (but not limited to) readership and download statistics, user comments and collaboration patterns, and member demographics. This data, with appropriate levels of aggregation and anonymization to preserve your privacy, may later appear in research publications or shared as open data to support the broader research community. Your data will never be sold.

For the most part, you are welcome to browse this site anonymously. To preserve accurate statistics on readership and prevent double-counting, we will place a cookie on your browser, and in the case of downloads, record your IP address. Your IP address will never be shared, and we will never track you outside this site.

To participate fully in the site, including posting comments or other material, you will be asked to register as a member, providing your name, email address, professional affiliation, and a small amount of additional identifying information, as well as optional information that you may add to your membership profile. Other than your email address and password, this information is public and visible to all site visitors. It, and any contributions or comments you make to the site may also be mined by search engines. By registering and by posting, you consent to the public display of your membership information and contributions to the site.

Although this site is developed through the support of Athabasca University, IRRODL, and other partners, these institutions and organizations are not responsible for the use or potential misuse of any data included or provided to this site. For more information, contact the site administrator.

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Data Records for European Members

For a complete record of your user data, send us an email from the address you used to create your account. (These records are prepared manually. Due to our limited resources, this option is currently available to our EU members only, as required by the GDPR.)

ZIP Files

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RECENT RECORDS

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

An Examination of Presage, Process and Product Dimensions in Massive Open Online Courses
Çelik, Berkan
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have made a great progress around the world in the recent years. Bilgeİş Online Learning Portal (bilgeis.net) is one of the most comprehensive MOOC portals providing pdMOOCs ...
Posted March 29, 2021

Educational Resources Developers' Copyright Protection: Civil and Labour Law Issues
Kasyanenko, Tatyana; Rodina, Maria
Digital technologies development, expansion of distance learning forms application have given rise to the necessity of creating and placing substantial content both on open educational resources and those infrastructure ...
Posted March 29, 2021

Learning objects lost in the network
Wojcik, Joanna; Rataj, Malgorzata
Most leading universities are using various elements of distance learning. Preparation of high-quality educational materials for the needs of studies, courses and training still consumes the majority of financial ...
Posted March 21, 2021

Leveraging digital technology to bridge the global knowledge divide: The promise of MOOCs revisited
Mughal, Abdul Ghaffar; Sait, Sadiq M.; Roychoudhury, Jitendra; Ayadi, Rym
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) can be critical in bridging the global knowledge divide. However, the promise of MOOCs has remained largely unfulfilled, mainly because of the global digital divide. The closure of ...
Posted March 21, 2021

An Assessment of Open Educational Resources by students in selected Academic Institutions in Southwest, Nigeria
Miracle, Njeze
This paper examined assessment of Open Educational Resources (OER) by students in selected Academic Institutions in Southwest Nigeria. A descriptive research design was used for this study and the instrument used for ...
Posted February 12, 2021

Evaluation Report on Three Regional Centres Established by the Commonwealth of Learning
McGreal, Rory
This evaluation report reflects on the activities of three Regional Centres (RCs) established by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and regional partners. Regional Centres engage in capacity building and expansion of ...
Posted February 12, 2021