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    Archive for October, 2012

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

    By - 2 Oct 2012

    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. Read more…