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Key questions to explore the future of higher education #EDEN16

Last 14-17 June 2016 in Budapest, Hungary the European Distance and E-Learning Network celebrated its 25th Anniversary. As a closing event, Michael G. Moore, Steve Wheeler,  Tony Bates and myself participated in a very engaging debate, here the video. Although it was announced as a “a confrontation between two perspectives and theoretical approaches on this… Read More »

Disrupting the learning landscape

I had the privilege to join the official opening of the Coventry University’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL) which coincided with Open Education Week 2015, a five-day initiative to promote the global open education movement which, in its turn, promotes the free and open sharing of learning resources. We were joined over the two days by educators, technologists… Read More »

5 questions to explore the rhetoric about #OpenAccess

11 November 2014 0

Gold OA “operate under a reversed business model to the traditional subscription-based publishing model. Instead of charging users a fee to read the content, they charge an open access fee at the beginning of the publication process and this enables all the content to be made freely available” [if the author can afford it]. Source: Springer… Read More »

Flexible models for funding open access in journal publishing

One of the main challenges that the Open Access movement faces is to explore (more) economically sustainable models to embrace and support an inclusive openness (not only for a few). In this post we present a work-in-progress including nine remarkable cases that pursue OA and flexible funding models. An overview of this benchmark comparing these… Read More »

The opposite of open isn’t closed but broken

Wiley (publishing) conducted a survey on ‘sharing data’ inviting 90,000 researchers across a wide array of disciplines. They received more than 2,250 responses from individuals engaged in active research programs. Here an excerpt of the results recently published. Source. Although the advocates of Creative Commons seems to be more than those who challenge this licenses, there… Read More »

Hacking Open Access: Sustainable publication for Humanities

Open Access in Humanities and Social Sciences, from Eelco Ferwerda provides a remarkable compilation of this discussion.   Although the open access movement has been going strong for over 10 years in the areas of natural sciences and medical sciences, the humanities and social sciences have lagged behind. However, OA is not only an exclusive STEM approach anymore,… Read More »

Collaborative Commons: Why cheap e-books won’t beat copyleft publications

20 October 2014 0

In this series of post we have explored to what extent can we rethink the licensing instruments (perhaps beyond Creative Commons); alternative forms of economic sustainability (freemium); as well as new incentives mechanisms (non-traditional knowledge currencies) into the Open Access movement. Here we will add some arguments to the two first aspects. Alternative forms of economic sustainability: On its recently published book,… Read More »

Criticism to Creative Commons: Why open access is not enough?

Q – What has Open Access in common with Creative Commons, U2 or Radiohead? A– All contents (either academic or artistic) are affected by CopyRight laws obsolete in the digital world. At least within the academic world (as in many others probably) to embrace the principles promoted by Creative Commons it is something increasingly accepted, which just to be… Read More »