ROER4D weekly update – 14 July 2017

Acknowledgement and thanks for outgoing Executive Director of OEC
The Open Education Consortium (OEC) recently announced Mary Lou Forward’s departure as Executive Director of OEC and commenced a search for a new Executive Director. Members of the ROER4D network have had the pleasure of close interaction with Mary Lou over the past years through participation in the Open Courseware Consortium Conferences in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and the OE Global conferences of 2015, 2016 and 2017. ROER4D had its first international debut at the Open Courseware Consortium Conference in Slovenia in 2014 and was able to bring almost all the ROER4D researchers to both the OE Global 2016 Conference in Banff and the OE Global 2017 Conference in Cape Town this year. The ROER4D project acknowledges Mary-Lou’s immense contribution and dedication to the Open Education movement, her generosity of spirit and her drive for inclusivity. We wish her well in her new endeavours.

OpenStax builds online personalized learning system
The news that open textbook publisher OpenStax has launched an online learning platform was carried by a number of educational news outlets. An article in Inside Higher Education and another in Campus Technology shared the news of the launch of OpenStaxBeta while EdSurge saw the initiative as a move ‘beyond OER’. Rice University’s news release gives more background to the development of the initiative to provide students with a “low-cost, personalized learning system”. The development reflects recent moves and changes in both the open education and textbook provider arenas.

Creative Commons files amicus brief explaining NC licences
Creative Commons has published a blog post detailing a recent action to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York for permission to file an amicus brief in litigation involving the operation of the BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence. An impetus for this is to educate and ensure judges and courts understand how Creative Commons licences operate.

Survey on OER in TVET
UNESCO has commissioned a study on the role of OER in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET). This study is currently being conducted by Robert Schuwer and Ben Janssen from Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. Participants in the TVET sector are invited to complete a survey that aims to collect relevant data for this study which will feed into a report to be delivered at end of October 2017. The survey is open until 7 August.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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