Report on Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used languages
The study “Open Educational Resources (OER) in less used languages: a state of the art report” is the first public output of the LangOER network, an ambitious project with highly motivated partners adressing the role of OER in less used European languages which run the risk of being linguistically and culturally marginalized in a fast developing digital world.
The LangOER network, consisting of nine European partners, is a three-year project (January 2014 - December 2016) co-funded by the European Commission (Lifelong Learning Programme, KA2 action).
The Report and the annex to the study are both available for download
National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR)
The NDLR mission is "to promote and support Higher Education sector staff in the collaboration development and sharing of learning resources and associated teaching practices".
A key impact of the NDLR service is to support greater collaboration in developing and sharing of digital teaching resources and associated teaching experience across all subject disciplines and communities of academics and to promote good practice use and re-use of existing resources.
The aims and objectives of the NDLR service:
• To support individual, group and community HE sector staff in the collaboration and sharing of digital learning resources and associated teaching practices across all subject disciplines in all Irish HE Institutions
• Provide a repository platform for storage, search and retrieval facilities for shared resources
• Provide a Community Portal to showcase and support communication and collaboration across subject areas and institutions
• Support coordination of collaboration within and across different subject communities through the SMART CoPs and partner institutions
• Promote usage and sharing of digital resources and associated teaching expertise through national programme of training and events
• Support open access digital rights management of teaching resources
Spanish court clears YouTube of copyright liability for uploaded videos
The main legal issues for UK Further and Higher education establishments tend to focus on data protection and legal hosting liability for content published on their site. This can include liability for content that breaches third party copyright. Based on recent case law, as long as establishments have a clear ‘take down’ policy for dealing with inappropriate or illegal content swiftly as soon as it is made aware of this, this appears defensible. The recent YouTube case in Spain demonstrates this.
Complementary material regarding a UK High Court case:
OER IPR Support Project website
Information, advice and resources created by JISCLegal to help anyone creating OERs deal with the IPR and licensing issues associated with OER.
The homepage includes a video by Naomi Korn of the UK OER Support Project, setting out how to navigate the IPR issues around developing OERs.
A practical starter pack aims to help OER projects:
• Understand the thirty party rights associated with any content that you wish to make accessible and usable as OER and therefore help you to realise your rights clearance obligations
• Get to grips with Creative Commons Licences and select the most appropriate for your uses
• Develop a process for rights identification and clearance
• Adapt and use template rights clearance letters and model consent forms
• Understand where you might look to trace rights holders
• Develop a better understanding of the level of risk associated with content for which you might not be able to trace the rights holders or the rights holders are unknown
• Look for further information about IPR and licensing issues
Including a starter pack and diagnostic tools
Open for use? Steeve Wheeler on OERs and user-generated content
Steve Wheeler's keynote 'Open for Use?' at the 6th EDEN research workshop in Budapest (October 25th – 27th 2010) included food for thought regarding the implications of open educational resources / user generated content for copyright
OER IPR Support Project - Resources and FAQ
JISC OER Support Project resources database, including articles, Frequently Asked Questions, links to the JISC Legal helpdesk and related news.
Jorum is the JISC-sponsored national online repository of learning materials for UK education and research developed and managed jointly by EDINA and Mimas, the two JISC national academic data centres.
LeMill calls itself a web community for finding, authoring and sharing learning resources: LeMill is a web community of (in 2008) 3178 teachers and other learning content creators. At the moment LeMill has 1468 reusable learning content resources, 300 descriptions of teaching and learning methods, and 480 descriptions of teaching and learning tools.
The site is divided in the categories Content, Methods, Tools, Community.
Open TCD on iTunes U
"Trinity Colllege Dublin (TCD) on iTunes U contains interesting public lectures, sample course content and a range of podcasts from the TCD community."
Free Science Videos and Lectures Free Education Online is Possible!
Collection of free scientifical videos for educational purposes.
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