Open Courseware?

As the US has an increasing amount of courseware freely available online, what does that mean for universities? Will they go the same way as the music industries, and how do we adapt to what IS happening… Ever since the open courseware movement was launched in the US almost 10 years ago, traditional universities have deployed a powerful weapon to prevent students from using it to earn degrees. That so many universities now make their Continue Reading →

Hey, you, get off of my cloud: are scholars too selfish to share IT?

Academics must change to get the best from technology, Jisc hears. Hannah Fearn reports Academics are failing to make the most of universities’ cloud computing services because of their lack of technical expertise and their reluctance to share resources, a conference has heard. Speaking in Liverpool last week at Jisc’s annual conference, Paul Watson, professor of computer science at Newcastle University, said that universities must change to realise the huge benefits of the technology. They Continue Reading →

Using and creating sustainable learning and teaching resources (21st February 2011)

The course below looks fascinating, but I’m teaching: Summary It is increasingly tempting, when creating teaching and learning resources, to ‘borrow’ images and other teaching and learning resources from the internet and elsewhere. ‘Open educational resources’ is a term for original resources which are shared under licence. Aims This workshop will cover the dos and donts of ‘borrowing’ other people’s stuff (especially if you are planning to upload the results to a virtual learning or Continue Reading →

Humbox (Open Educational Resource)

A couple of days ago I went to a talk at the University of Winchester (where I work) about Humbox. Mick Jardine, one of our Arts lecturers is a partner in Humbox, and had invited the central project team to come and show us what it can do, before it goes live on 26th February 2010. Missed the first 20 minutes of a talk, as had to come from another meeting, but what I heard Continue Reading →