Thoughts on Amazon Inspire

Earlier this week EdWeek Market Brief reported that Amazon is developing a platform to “allow schools to upload, manage, share, and discover open education resources”.  Amazon Inspire, which appears to be aimed squarely at the US K-12 education sector / market (you decide) will enable users to “to add ratings and reviews, and to receive recommendations based on […]

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Growing open educational practice in Scotland: Open Scotland and the Scottish Open Education Declaration

Towards the end of last year I was interviewed by the OEPS Project as part of their series of case studies on open education practice in Scotland.  During the interview I spoke about the Open Scotland initiative, the Scottish Open Education Declaration, OER16, open education initiatives at the University of Edinburgh and the continued need to raise […]

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Open.Ed launches

Last week the University of Edinburgh’s Information Services launched  Open.Ed http://open.ed.ac.uk, a website devoted to showcasing open educational resources  at the university. The website and the University’s accompanying OER Vision have three strands: For the Common Good Teaching and learning materials exchange to enrich the University and the sector. Support frameworks to enable any member of University of […]

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US Federal Government Support for Open Education

Last week the US Federal Government announced that it is “supporting the use of open educational resources to provide equitable access to quality education.” Building on a recent International Open Education Workshop that examined existing open education initiatives and identified opportunities for future collaboration, the U.S. Government aims to continue expanding and accelerating the use and availability of openly licensed educational materials […]

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Wikimedia opportunities and events at the University of Edinburgh

[Cross posted from Open Scotland] The University of Edinburgh recently became the first Higher Education institution in Scotland to advertise for a Wikimedian in Residence.  The post will be based within Information Services where the successful candidate will work alongside learning technologists, archivists, librarians and information literacy teams to help establish a network of Wikimedians on campus and […]

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