With the launch of OER university (OERu) there is a new institution to provide a route to formal accreditation through study of free and really open educational resources in the form of free courses and materials developed by accredited universities. OERu is in competition to the University of the People a free service which tries to develop a parallel learning universe to add value to traditional delivery systems in post-secondary education.
Coordinated by the Open Education Resource Foundation (OERF), founded and headquartered at Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, the OERu is an independent, not-for-profit network will offer free online university courses for students worldwide. The implementation of the OERu is a designated project of the UNESCO-Commonwealth of Learning OER Chair network. This is a nice idea and interessting approach, however it will depend on the (financial) sustainability of that learning scenario, the acceptance of the and the demand by students if this will be an alternative way of learning. However it is definitely worth trying…
On then 26 September the European Commission launched the web portal project ‘Open Education Europa‘.
The portal is a gateway for information and research on Open Education Resources and MOOCs.
The project is part of a wider programme of digital up-skilling in schools and universities across Europe called Opening up Education.
You can also follow the project on Twitter @OpenEduEU
In Media Res, a project by ‘The Institute for the Future of the Book‘ put out a call for curators (here: academics, journalists, critics, media professionals and fans) to contribute to Everyday Archives. It’s due 2nd of September.
About In Media Res:
“In Media Res is dedicated to experimenting with collaborative, multi-modal forms of online scholarship. Our goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst scholars and the public about contemporary approaches to studying media. In Media Res provides a forum for more immediate critical engagement with media at a pace closer to how we experience mediated texts.
Each weekday, a different scholar curates a 30-second to 3-minute video clip/visual image slideshow accompanied by a 300-350-word impressionistic response. We use the title “curator” because, like a curator in a museum, you are repurposing a media object that already exists and providing context through your commentary, which frames the object in a particular way. The clip/comment combination are intended both to introduce the curator’s work to the larger community of scholars (as well as non-academics who frequent the site) and, hopefully, encourage feedback/discussion from that community.”
This project re-imagines established roles in creative production such as ‘the curator’ which allows to appropriate these roles and apply them to other disciplines (see Joseph Vogel on Rhizomes). And in a more applied sense it reminds me of projects such as clipkino.