“OpenStax at Rice University is excited to announce the next round of applications for our Open Educational Resource (OER) Institutional Partnership Program.” Provide advice and guidance to greatly increase the use of #OER on your campus.https://t.co/MvEHTupoFl
— Russell Poulin (@RussPoulin) March 29, 2019
MEPs approve sweeping changes to copyright law
European copyright directive passed despite campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activists
Alex Hern Tue 26 Mar 2019 08.53 EDT
A controversial directive introducing sweeping changes to copyright enforcement across Europe has been approved by the European parliament, despite ferocious campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activists.
referred to as the “link tax” and “upload filter”
the “link tax”, includes new requirements aimed at making companies like Google pay licensing fees to publications such as newspapers whose work gets aggregated in services like Google News.
Publishers and artists have pushed for the clauses, arguing that they would put an end to widespread infringement on sites such as YouTube and Instagram, while companies including Google and Amazon have attacked the measure as unworkable in practice, and overbearing to the extent that it may force them to close services in Europe.
Popular YouTubers including Philip DeFranco and FBE have run videos attacking the directive, as have Twitch streamers. The Amazon subsidiary even put together a livestream featuring European legislators playing Mario Kart as they talked about the harm the legislation could do.
The campaigning reached such a level that many younger social media users ended up believing the internet would be deleted in Europe the day the legislation passed
Catherine Stihler, the chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which pushes for open data, said the vote was “a massive blow for every internet user in Europe. MEPs have rejected pleas from millions of EU citizens to save the internet, and chose instead to restrict freedom of speech and expression online.
archived recording from the session available here: https://webmeeting.minnstate.edu/recordings/join/pknjnj37guor
Tues Mar 26, 2 pm – 3 pm: First Steps to OER: Creating a Wikipedia Entry: MC 205 (2nd floor of the University Library)
Wikipedia—perhaps the biggest OER in the world! How do students and faculty use Wikipedia for educational purposes? How can you use Wikipedia in your classroom?
Rachel Wexelbaum will present and facilitate a discussion about Wikipedia as a teaching resource, an online community, and a center for activism.
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Please contact Rachel Wexelbaum, Collection Management Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Plamen Miltenoff, InforMedia Services Professor, at email@example.com for more information.
- Simply adopting a new textbook, even if it’s in line with the Common Core State Standards, does not result in an increase in student achievement, according to a study released Monday by the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.
Experts have encouraged educators to take more active roles in reviewing, evaluating, adapting and even designing curricula. And previous research has shown that a strong curriculum can have a positive effect on student achievement.
The Minnesota State System Office unleashed Opendora, a repository for Minnesota state faculty to upload and share CC licensed OERs. Faculty will be able to search for these OERs by subject, institution, and other facets. Opendora is open source, supports any file format, allows for searchable content, and has easy to use data entry forms to load and manage OER materials. Check it out here: https://opendora.minnstate.edu/.
St. Cloud State University folx may be wondering–what’s the difference between Opendora and the Repository?
This is a GREAT question, which we will address in more detail in our
upcoming OER workshop “Should I Publish in Open Repositories?” on
Wed April 10, 3 pm – 4 pm, in MC 205.
Recorded meeting: please use this link https://webmeeting.minnstate.edu/recordings/join/p64q5salrbnn
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Tuesday March 12,
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Today’s OER workshop will focus on locating and crediting free, Creative Commons, and public domain licensed images and media.