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    Gauguin, Art and Open Educational Resources

    Published by: - 5 de December de 2011, 12:27 pm

    Written by: Nadia Mireles*

    Recently, Yale University announced open access to its cultural collection of more than 250,000 images. Works by Picasso, Renoir and Gauguin, among many others, can be now found electronically. However, what does art—and the great artists of past centuries—have to do with Open Educational Resources (OER), technology and education?

    The “open access” movement and the use of OER are becoming increasingly more prevalent in the discourse of the international educational community. More and more, the potential impact and benefits of open access and open educational resources on the field of education are being documented. The benefits of this movement include, among others, encouraging self-taught learning and collaborative learning at the same time, providing incentives for creativity in teaching and improving the quality of educational resources.

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    Still Thinking About It? Open Education: From Fear to Curiosity, from Rejection to Urgency

    Published by: - 2 de October de 2012, 9:43 am

    By Nadia Mireles

    The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement began over 10 years ago. In 2007, the (OECD) warned that educational institutions should consider the risk to ignore OER. In 2012, only a few years later, the movement has gain its great momentum. Just a few recent advances proves it:

    • July 18th, MIT and Harvard announce the project edX, where around 150 thousand students enroll in one class, and 7 thousand students obtain a certificate.
    • April 17thHarvard denounces that the outrageous cost of major periodical subscriptions cannot be sustained.
    • April 24th, Thousands of researchers in the UK signed a petition to show their support to publishing on open access journals and boycott some of the biggest editors.
    • May 2nd and July 18th, meanwhile, more professors and institutions continue to announce the opening of their courses to the world. Lea más…

    Sharing educational content: Why is it important?

    Published by: - 26 de June de 2012, 8:31 am

    By Nadia Mireles

    A few years ago, a professor taught a climate change course, reaching about one hundred students per semester. One day, he thought: “If I could upload this course online, then not only would my 100 students have access to it, but others as well.” So he did. And this is what happened… Lea más…

    Let’s all learn from Einstein

    Published by: - 18 de April de 2012, 3:19 pm

    Written by Nadia Mireles*

    The knowledge of one of the greatest geniuses of this planet and the winner of the Nobel Prize is now within reach for everyone. Recently, the Hebrew University opened access to 2000 of Einstein’s manuscripts (although access will continue to grow over the coming months).

    The news spread rapidly throughout the world, published in newspapers (El Universal, The Economist), magazines (Time, The Chronicle, Business Week), and blogs (Inside Higher Ed) of all types, not just within the education world. This evidence of access to the legacy of one of history’s geniuses confirms that knowledge should be free and accessible for everyone.

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