Open education programmes are solving many of the problems faced by those who are considering embarking on a programme of study. A related problem often faced by students who do decide to study, and which may be particularly acute for distance-learners who do not have access to a university library, is the availability and expense of books. Although many open programmes supply the required study material, there is always room for supplementing learning through broader reading. Students who are unable to buy or access library books are likely to look for resources, materials and information of all kinds which are now available online for free. Some of this material is not legal, for instance, scanned copies of copyrighted books. However, […]
The Sixth Pan Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF6) will take place from 24-28 November 2010 at Le-Meridien, Cochin Resort & Convention Centre (Kochi, Kerala), India. The theme of PCF6 is: Access and Success in Learning: Global Development Perspectives. PCF6 is an international conference that will explore the contribution of open and distance learning to international development goals by opening up access to learning at every level. The Forum brings together practitioners, researchers, planners and policy makers in the fields of open and distance learning and development from over 70 countries. It provides opportunities to share experience and expertise and to contribute to future policy and provision. Participants will represent the main Commonwealth, Asia and international institutions and agencies active […]
2010 Horizon Report. From the Executive Summary: In each edition of the Horizon Report, six emerging technologies or practices are described that are likely to enter mainstream use on campuses within three adoption horizons spread over the next one to five years. Each report also presents critical trends and challenges that will affect teaching and learning over the same time frame. In the seven years that the Horizon Project has been underway, more than 400 leaders in the fields of business, industry, technology, and education have contributed to this long-running primary research effort. The report’s format is consistent from year to year, opening with a discussion of the trends and challenges identified by the Advisory Board as most critical for […]
What a wonderful initiative! Canergie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative: Using intelligent tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback, the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) builds courses that are intended to enact instruction – or, more precisely, to enact the kind of dynamic, flexible, and responsive instruction that fosters learning. The open and free courses available at this moment are: Engineering Statics, Statistics, Causal and Statistical Reasoning, Modern Biology, Chemistry, Economics, French, Logic & Proofs, Physics, Empirical Research Methods, Computational Discrete Mathematics and Visual Communication Design.
The Open Research and Open Knowledge Society (ORS Acronym) is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based on Athens Greece and is operating all over the world. It is not depending on any government, political party, political or religious organization or entities representing financial interests. Given the significance of the knowledge society as a new context of our era, four significant objectives formulate the justification of the Open Research and Open Knowledge Society: The need to provide a sustainable worldwide knowledge society vision based on collaboration, knowledge and learning for all and especially for people in need. The need to investigate the “soft” and “hard” aspects of the knowledge society, with the aim of providing organizational and cultural frameworks as well […]