Saturday, 27 September 2014

Here Are 10 Open Education Resources You Should Know

The movement to make university-level content freely and openly available online has reached massive heights with more and more people openly embracing the same. The movement envisages that everyone has something to learn, and everyone has something to teach and that learning could take place outside of institutional walls too. Here are 10 Open education resources you should know.

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1.P2PU

Peer 2 Peer University is a grassroots open education project that organises learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the internet and educational materials openly available online, P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities.

2.OpenStudy

OpenStudy is study help 2.0. Everyone needs study help but it has to be just right—online, immediate, even late at night. Connect with other students studying the same things. Get help and give help. Stay and enjoy the conversation. And level up! OpenStudy has been supported by the smartest institutions: National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Georgia Research Alliance, Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and Learn Capital.

3.NIXTY

NIXTY combines powerful technology with open education to meet the audacious goal of empowering education for everyone! NIXTY provides an educational platform that students, educators, and institutions harness to meet their learning goals. Primary products include ePortfolios, courses, and continuing education courses.

4.OER Glue

OER Glue is a uniquely open approach to online learning that lets content be used where it already resides rather than requiring it to be copied into a new system. OER Glue can be used to efficiently assemble courses and teach online by “glueing together” open education resources (OERs) and integrating with popular online services including Google Documents, Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and discussion and assessment tools. OER Glue’s web browser add-on approach allows it to wrap context and navigation tools around online content and to integrate content and services from multiple sources in a coherent manner.

5.iUniv

iUniv is a service and platform that formulates social learning by using visual and auditory content provided online by institutions such as universities and other organizations. Self-learners can enjoy these contents (video and audio) and use the Fusen (foo-sen) to study and share with their fellow users.

6.OCW Search

OCW Search is a search engine dedicated to helping you find the best free university courses online. Several universities publish their course materials for free online, under the OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative. OCW Search is an independent search engine that indexes all these courses so you can find these courses faster.

7.Smarthistory

Smarthistory at Khan Academy is the leading open educational resource for art history. Smarthistory is a platform for the discipline where art historians contribute in their areas of expertise and learners come from across the globe.

8.CK-12

CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit that creates and aggregates high quality curated STEM content.

9.Flat World Knowledge

Flat World provides high-quality, affordable college textbooks and an online platform that allows instructors and institutions to personalise content in new ways to help students succeed. The company revolutionised the creation of higher education textbooks, using digital technology to more efficiently and affordably deliver quality content to more than 1 million students, 13,000 faculty, and 2,500 institutions worldwide.

10.Connextions

OpenStax CNX believes that everyone has something to learn, and everyone has something to teach. Frustrated by the limitations of traditional textbooks and courses, Dr Richard Baraniuk founded OpenStax (then Connexions) in 1999 at Rice University to provide authors and learners with an open space where they can share and freely adapt educational materials such as courses, books, and reports.
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