August 29, 2011
Taking OER beyond the OER Community
Commonwealth of Learning, August 25, 2011.
From the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) on WSIS (no link, because it requires one of those ridiculous logins): "Within the framework of a UNESCO - COL initiative: Taking OER beyond the OER Community, UNESCO and COL will be launching a new OER publication: UNESCO-COL Guidelines for Open Educational Resources in Higher Education (draft). The Guidelines are intended to help key stakeholder groups (governments, higher education institutions, teaching staff, student bodies, quality assurance/accreditation bodies and academic recognition bodies) as they assess the implications of OER for their future policies and actions. UNESCO and COL will be hosting an open online discussion on the publication in the OER Community during the week beginning Monday 19 September." There's a WSIS discussion opening, with the usual disincentives to participation.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Open Educational Resources, UNESCO, Quality, Discussion Lists, Academia]
Using WordPress as a Syllabus Database
Disparate, August 25, 2011.
This is pretty smart. WordPress, like most blogging systems, is at heart a content management system. So using it to manage some sort of content, like a syllabus archive, is a good idea. So here, writes Alexandre Enkerli, is "a preliminary version of a syllabus database that I’ve been meaning to build for an academic association with which I’m working." Here are more screenshots and a self-contained version with theme files.
[Link] [Comment][Tags: Web Logs, Content Management Systems, Academia]
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