A new issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly has just been released that focuses on "Anticipating the Future of Higher Education". The issue includes an article written by Patrick McAndrew, Eileen Scanlon and Doug Clow who all work with the OLnet team at The Open University that draws on a range of project work at the OU, including OpenLearn and OLnet. The lessons to take away are summarised as:
The OER conference in Stockholm (8&9 February 2010) addressed the scope for OER in Sweden. In many ways it could be ideal for adopting OER; there is a push towards distance learning that suits the geography and perhaps the personality and collaborative feel of the nation.
The OpenSE project is about setting up a new service for open and participatory learning for Software Engineering (SE). The focus on SE (a related project OpenEd is looking a other subjects than Software Engineering) enables openSE to take a different approach to open learning by linking up to the already active open source community. This allows the learners to take part as genuine members of the developer community – not necessarily developing code as there are other activities such as writing documentation and testing the software.
Open Access week started today (19-23 October). It is the fifth annual event to celebrate and promote an open approach to publishing and disseminating. This includes the open Educational Resources. There are several different events taking place (see http://openaccessweek.org/ for details). I am taking part by giving an elluminate talk on Open Access Research within the series of talks organised by Athabasca University (http://openaccess.athabasca.ca/).
The book chapter "OLnet: a new approach to supporting the design and use of Open Educational Resources" mentioned by Grainne Conole in an earlier post has now been accepted for publication in "Looking toward the future of technology enhanced education: ubiquitous learning and the digital nature", M.Ebner and M.Schiefner(Eds). Final pre-print version is attached to this message.