Readings on Open Access

Access to high-quality education for all, and the role of open content in providing such access.


Open Access Course: Social Media & Open Education (Fall 2009) (example of an open course)
Alec Corous
I will be facilitating an open access graduate course this Fall titled EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education. I expect about 15-20 registered (for credit) students, but I am opening up the experience to all other interested not-for-credit participants. This will be the third time I have run the course, and it has been quite successful in the past. I have rethought a few pieces, and I am hoping that this offering will be the best yet.
http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/1673


The Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)
is an online community of open study groups for short university-level courses. Think of it as online book clubs for open educational resources. The P2PU helps you navigate the wealth of open education materials that are out there, creates small groups of motivated learners, and supports the design and facilitation of courses. Students and tutors get recognition for their work, and we are building pathways to formal credit as well.
http://p2pu.org/


OpenPhD (blog)
Lisa Chamberlin, M.Ed
I am going to create my own Ph.D. program via open education using open courseware. My degree will be in Educational Technology with an emphasis in (what else?) Open Education as the Great Equalizer. As the tagline to my blog states: it will be all the learning, with none of the “doc”-uments. (Or none of the “cred”-entials). But I will have the knowledge; and, in the end, isn’t that the most important thing? (Oh, and I will still have my $45,000).
http://openphd.wordpress.com/


Draft Open Access and Licensing Framework released (New Zealand report)
Today the State Services Commission is releasing the draft New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing framework this document provides guidance for State Services agencies on:

  • open access to non-copyright information; and
  • open licensing of copyright works,

in both cases with a view to allowing their re-use by others. The draft NZGOAL sets out a series of policy principles which embrace, among other things, the notions of open access, open licensing, creativity, authenticity, non-discrimination and open formats. It describes the drivers behind this work, the departmental consultation process that has taken place, the Creative Commons New Zealand law licences and sets out a review and release process which agencies can use to determine the basis on which information and copyright works may be released.
http://blog.e.govt.nz/index.php/2009/08/27/draft-open-access-and-licensing-framework-released/


An Open Letter to the Learners of This Planet, A Postscript to The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education
Bonk, C. J. (in press, for October 2009). An Open Letter to the Learners of This Planet, A Postscript to The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education. In T. A. Kamali (Ed.), Higher Colleges of Technology 22nd Anniversary Anthology. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: HCT Press.
http://worldisopen.com/postscript.pdf

Wiki Educator
http://wikieducator.org
Wiki Educator aims to provide open educational resources for teachers around the world, covering all areas of the curriculum.

Open Chemistry
The purpose of OpenChemistry is to make chemistry learning content free, open and available to the world with the aim of creating a community of educators, students and lifetime learners who are interested in producing and consuming original content in chemistry
http://openchemistry.co.uk/