While not all of our friends are using the same calendar as we are, and many are a few hours ahead of us in time, the year begins anew for us on the eastern coast of the U.S. in just a few hours. The start of a whole new year!
But we will not be sharing any resolutions this year, at least not today. They are too many to name, and the proof is in the pudding, as they say. But happy new year to one and all! To celebrate, we are going to shamelessly share some readings on open education and open access that came to us in the Open Education Consortium* newsletter. Okay. Well, we resolve to try to read all of these, plus whatever other great stuff we have been putting off.
- Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory (Martin Weller, Ubiquity Press)
- An Open Education Reader (David Wiley, editor)
- Open Education Handbook 2014 (LinkedUp Project; Open Knowledge Foundation et al.)
- OER Evidence Report (OER Research Hub; The Open University UK)
If you want to hear from the OEC, sign up for their newsletter just like we did here: http://www.oeconsortium.org/news/newsletter/
We look forward to a 2015 rich in learning…2012 may have been the “year of the MOOC”, but that was just a conspicuous bright spot. Access to learning online has been around nearly as long as the Web itself (well, longer actually, but not for regular folks like us) and it’s getting better all the time.
Happy New Year!
*If you are not familiar with the Open Education Consortium, you can resolve today to get to know them. Formerly known as the Open Courseware Consortium, they have teamed with MERLOT to provide a catalog of free learning materials from around the world. When someone writes us looking for a course we do not have, the OEC is usually our first stop in finding something great to suggest.