OER as a participatory activity

Yesterday, the Creative Commons blog posted on Active OER: Beyond open licensing policies This post is right up our open education alley, so we’re recommending it and have pulled a few juicy bits to quote below. After some treatment of “free” vs. “open” and “libre” vs. “gratis”, the author (Alek Tarkowski) gets to some issues even […]

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Join our live office hours on Wednesday, part of celebrating Open Education Week 2016

Please join us for our Open Office Hours this Wednesday, March 9th at 3:00 PM EST! Our topic will be Open Courses for College Credit — we have chosen to highlight credit opportunities for open online learning in order to inform and inspire not just our current student community, but a wider community of parents, […]

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Learn how to re-use open educational resources in four short weeks

If you have been with Saylor Academy long enough (or have just poked around our site enough), you will know that open educational resources (OER) have been at the heart of our courses from the very beginning. We use OER for our learning materials as much as feasible and our courses themselves can be remixed […]

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How Bay College borrowed, improved, and reshared Saylor Academy OER

Open Educational Resources (OER) are at the core of what we do, so we are always happy to learn of ways that others are able to adapt and reuse our materials. Open learning materials can be edited, translated, localized, and generally improved upon by anyone, which effectively extends the usefulness of resources while distributing the […]

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Journal article on OER and college credit co-authored by Saylor Academy staff

With lead author John Hilton III of Brigham Young University, our staff members Lindsay Murphy and Devon Ritter have written and had published the article “From Open Educational Resources to College Credit: The Approaches of Saylor Academy” in open-access journal Open Praxis [Vol 6, No 4 (2014)]. The article considers the Saylor Academy’s history, philosophy, […]

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This poster explains Creative Commons for the rest of us

Visit Amit Agarwal’s Twitter profile as of today, and you will be greeted by a banner that reads, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” A lot of digital ink has been spilled over explaining Creative Commons licenses; based on the rule quoted shared by Agarwal, clearly many of us do […]

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Resource: Homeschool Commons

If you’re looking for free and open resources to use in homeschooling, Home School Commons might just have you covered. The materials skew heavily toward being openly-licensed and public domain, are organized by grade level (pre-school to college prep), license, and subject. Newcomers to the world of open educational resources will find especially useful the […]

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We Love Resources: New Features in CK-12

Our friends over at CK-12 have made some sleek, blogworthy improvements to their platform. In addition to giving visitors the ability to create and remix open textbooks online (oh, is that all?), now teachers and students can keep materials and discussions in a newly-improved dashboard. What’s included in this dashboard? Like Kirk in his captain’s chair, teachers can pilot […]

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OER Textbook replacement courses launched on Net Texts

Net Texts has launched their free “OER Textbook Replacement Courses” collection for Science, Social Studies, Math, and English. Each of the “40 ready-to-use courses…can act as a complete textbook replacement or as a framework that teachers can supplement with their own curriculum materials” and is ideal for “1:1 computing programs, blended learning environments, flipped classrooms, […]

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