Composing free and open online educational resources 2011

Free and open educational resources have become one of the most discussed topics in the field of education. Projects such as MIT Open courseware, Open Access, Wikipedia, Wikibooks and Wikimedia Commons have challenged traditional methods of delivering education resources and also the methods of creating them.

The free software movements idea of developing free, libre and open source software, as well as the Creative Commons search for alternatives to traditional copyright, have had an everlasting effect on the ways we think about education and educational resources.

The course readings and the assignments in this course will familiarize participants with the main concepts related to open education resources and to the historical and philosophical ideas behind them. The participants will also do their own projects where they will learn to create and participate in projects producing free and open educational resources.

Enrollment for this course ended on December 31, 2010.
In case of questions, please contact the facilitator.

Blog posts


June 10, 2011

Children learning by themselves and progressive inquiry

10.06.2011 1:29 by Teemu Leinonen
A couple of weeks ago — actually it was the May Day — I gave a talk in a conference in Ankara Turkey. Here are the slides from my talk: One reason to acc
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June 3, 2011

A Tweet a day makes the project go a long way

03.06.2011 16:32 by Anna Gruszczynska
Yesterday was quite an exciting day in the life of the cascade project. Given that we are such a distributed team, it is a rare occasion that we actually have a chance to see each other in person. Such meetings are quite special and provide the vi
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May 24, 2011

2011 OER or Year Zero?

24.05.2011 12:45 by Anna Gruszczynska
The OER 2011 conference got off to a provoking start with the opening keynote, Towards the Triumph of the Commons, considering higher education’s potential to mirror th
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May 10, 2011

Good things happen when people talk about OERs

10.05.2011 17:13 by Anna Gruszczynska
Inspired by recent conversations we had about the technical aspects of the cascade project with John Robertson from CETIS, the cascade team for a one-off development workshop on the 6th
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April 15, 2011

We’ve got the power? Casting a critical social sciences perspective on OERs

15.04.2011 17:32 by Anna Gruszczynska
We have recently participated in the Elluminate session “OERs Across Sectors” on April 12th 2011, led by Lou McGill from the UKOER Evaluation and Synthesis project (the recording of
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April 2, 2011

Brand new New Media tool for school classes: TeamUp

02.04.2011 20:18 by Teemu Leinonen
We are working on a new tool for school classes, teachers and pupils. We call the prototype TeamUp. The idea is simple: it is a tool for creating great teams for classroom team work. You may try the prototype over here:
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March 25, 2011

Have spare time, will create OERs

25.03.2011 14:16 by Anna Gruszczynska
What can you accomplish within 33 hours? You could certainly try and go beyond the minutiae of just getting on with your week and perhaps have a go at breaking some records, as did recently a bunch of
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March 17, 2011

Education in Shanghai (and Finland): Open Tracks and Diversity

17.03.2011 16:17 by Teemu Leinonen
I was last week in Shanghai visiting universities, schools and educational authorities. Shanghai is an interesting places because of various reasons. The area is in a middle of a huge changes in many sectors: from economy to urbanization to educat
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March 3, 2011

Parlez-vous OER? Open Educational Resources in multilingual contexts

03.03.2011 15:12 by Anna Gruszczynska
As mentioned earlier in a series of posts on project progress, our cascade partners are busy creating/repurposing their OERs, with the process bringing up quite interesting issues
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February 22, 2011

La Pedagogía es como la ropa, una te queda mejor que otra - Pedagogy is like clothing, some of it suit you better than another

22.02.2011 18:09 by Andres Chiappe
Hace unos días, en la clase de Concepciones Pedagógicas y Tendencias Actuales en la Maestría en Informática Educativa de la Universidad de La Sabana, tuve la oportunidad de presentar algunas reflexiones desde lo pedagógico, acerca de las
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June 12, 2011

Teemu Leinonen

12.06.2011 0:32
I am commenting my own post, because Stephen Downes wrote a critical note about the post and his site do not allow comments without registration. Stephen Downes
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May 11, 2011

Ruth Vilmi to

11.05.2011 1:34
Teemu, thank you for telling me about I’d not heard of this site before. It does look good as a language teaching site – and has very reputable companies su

May 7, 2011

Mohammed Habib to

07.05.2011 8:31
I’d appreciate it if you could let me know when and where the wiki will be available – it will definitely be worth a read !

Mohammed Habib to

07.05.2011 8:29
Your point on research is spot on – I’ve found that I can run around reading and looking at papers for ages before finding what I want and its normally a paper I read at the beginnning

April 19, 2011

LottaN to Teemu Leinonen

19.04.2011 15:39
Hm, shows promise! Can this then be connected to a web portfolio or the like? Will you through the tool be able to assign tasks and possibly submit your results?
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April 15, 2011

Anna Gruszczynska

15.04.2011 17:40
Alejandro, thanks for the comment, fixed that!
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March 30, 2011

Alejandro Garza to Anna Gruszczynska

30.03.2011 0:01
Just wanted to clarify that Temoa is an initiative of Tecnológico de Monterrey System, not “University of Monterrey” As you mention, o
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March 25, 2011

dkernohan to Anna Gruszczynska

25.03.2011 14:26
Love it! I’ve heard numerous people talking about this idea of connecting OER and related literacies to the idea of scholarship and exploration, rather than thinking about the
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March 4, 2011

Pat to Anna Gruszczynska

04.03.2011 16:37
I spoke about colonialism in OER ages and ages ago (though I am no sociologist and no one listened). Although OCW/OER does represent the West and North at present – the largest OCW movement
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Stian Håklev to

04.03.2011 4:35
It would be nice if you could update this page – it seems like a very interesting project, but it’s hard to get an overview when just coming to your blog from a search engine or a link.