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  • @mpascoe Thanks for pointing that out, here’s the link #
  • Tech-savvy doctoral students increasingly look to open web technologies (prev tweet has broken link) #
  • @mpascoe wrt students and lecture capture, study was done by a company selling devices for lecture capture…have to wonder about results #
  • One year on « The Thesis Whisperer Interesting comments on what research students came looking for #
  • @sportsdoc_chris Thanks for the FF #
  • @simtho001 Who’s giving the course? What you covering? Would love to know what you thought of it when you’re done #
  • @romieh Great question. On looking further, it seems that the paper was released by a company specialising in lecture capture! #skeptical #
  • BioMed Central Blog : Exploiting the advances of multimedia technology in medical publishing #
  • BioMed Central Blog : Bringing open access to Africa: BioMed Central announces far-reaching program #
  • Cultivate your Personal Learning Network #
  • Who Really Owns Your Photos in Social Media? #
  • Students Rank Lecture Capture ‘Most Important’ Blended Learning Resource #
  • Tech-savvy doctoral students increasingly look to open web technologies #
  • Why Augmented Reality Is Poised To Change Marketing #
  • Periodic Table welcomes two new, ultraheavy elements, jury still out on the names #
  • United Nations Proclaims Internet Access a Human Right #
  • Daily Papert Many do not appreciate fully the ways in which digital media can augment intellectual productivity #
  • @RonaldArendse need something to do while waiting for kettle to boil 🙂 #
  • Pic du Midi de Bigorre cloudy Wikimedia Commons.jpg [POTD for June 08 from] #
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  • Scottish university to introduce comic studies degree #
  • Wikipedia Is “Making the Grade” With More & More Academics #
  • A few improvements to discussions in Google Docs #
  • UCT open educational resource wins 2011 Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence #
  • Introducing: Zotpress Pulling Zotero libraries into WordPress blogs #
  • Daily Papert Children’s thinking “has its own kind of order and its own kind of logic” #
  • Technology in Schools: Local fix or Global Transformation? : The Daily Papert #
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Health OER Africa

Yesterday I attended the morning of a workshop around a Health OER Network for Africa that’s currently in development. It’s a project that’s sponsored by the South African Institute of Distance Education (SAIDE) and includes participants from all over the continent. The objectives of the workshop were to share lessons from the first phase of implementation, introduce new institutions to the project, identify future partnerships and discuss the principles upon which the network should be based.

Unfortunately, I was only able to attend one morning of a three day workshop, but based on what I saw, I’m excited at the prospect of what this project could bring to health education in Africa. After a few presentations, we broke into groups to discuss how to operationalise the network, looking at the following questions (taken from the programme):

  • What principles should underpind the Health OER Network? What should be non-negotiable?
  • How will the network connect to broader issues of curriculum planning, adult learning and assessment theory?
  • What activities should the network not engage in? Why?
  • What policy implications will participation in the network have for institutions / faculties (drawing on experiences of participating institutions)?
  • What should the conditions for participation in the network be, if any?

I enjoyed the discussion and regret not being able to participate in the rest of the workshop. I’m hoping that this idea of open content and open educational resources grows within our institutions of higher learning. Unfortunately, there’s still a focus on protecting intellectual property using extreme copyright and many academics have a hard time imagining that there is academic integrity and value in opening up intellectual property.