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I've been helping my library research #OER, and it's exciting to see how far we've come in a few months. 3 professors are looking to replace a first year textbook going up to over $100 next year with texts I found (woot! woot!) and we're having a meeting today of those interested in reviewing open resources this summer.

The Open Education Research Group is accepting applications for their next round of Research Fellows:

You can apply here:

Deadline: June 1

I held this fellowship a couple of years ago and it was great!

Great news on the Open Educational Resources front from Brazil. The Brazilian Ministry of Edu says that "any educational resources paid for by the Ministry, which is to be used for basic education (K-12) should be open educational resources..."

In this day and age it should be much easier to import/export course content from LMS to LMS. I mean, we have standards for a reason but nooooooo #VendorLock-in #BusinessStrategy

But I gotta say, things got back up and running pretty quickly. Not sure who did what but a big thanks to them!

Apparently all the stuff was working’s just that there was a problem with authentication so we couldn’t get *into* them.

WiFi and email (and numerous other things) were unavailable at my uni all morning today. And it was refreshing because there wasn’t anything I *had* to do with those. So nice to not have email coming in for a few hours.

But if I were teaching or taking a summer course and couldn’t access the course website system I think I may have been more stressed if I didn’t know how long it would be down!

Do you have a project in mind for an open textbook or other open educational resources? The Rebus Community is inviting new projects for its beta rollout of its new platform for project organization, recruiting of collaborators, and more. Particularly looking for projects from outside of N. America and that include marginalized voices. I have a project w/Rebus and they're great!

See here for more info and how to apply:


46% of 80 million Canadian dollars go to Elsevier. F*cking A.

Link to article & data:

State of the Commons report just published in time for #LiDA103 Timely resource for our course.

This is a really great blog post about
a problem with publishing which libraries and others struggle with. Publishers are actively hostile to users getting content which is either OA or even available through the library’s subscription (eg they’ll leave a “buy this” button when the user has the rights to just download it for free). This post uncovers even more...

Does anyone have any suggestions for public domain books that I should print out and hand-bind? I'm really into bookbinding at the moment and I WANT to bind an actual book, but I have no idea what book to try binding.

RT [#zotero] Adios Mendeley, un outil pour migrer de Mendeley vers Zotero en conservant ses notes, dossiers et annotations dans les PDFs :-)


Open online course on open education, copyright, open licenses starts tomorrow:

A mini-MOOC on intro to open education & Open Edu Resources starts June 1. Organized by folks from Canada I know and respect.

Useful for those new to open edu.

Oh hey I am on track to actually FINISHING a MOOC. Signed up for a 4 week basics course on learning analytics on EdX and I have done most of what is needed for each of the first three weeks. Just one more week to go.

Have learned a lot about using R through Swirl lessons, though I have to say that the ones we were using were pretty complicated overall and not that intuitive always. Seemed to jump around & assume knowledge I didn't have from one lesson to another.

Has anyone in our professions written about how libraries are intensely consortial/cooperative enterprises when we talk about cross-institutional work, but it contrasts with how deeply hierarchical most are governed internally? Who should I be reading on this?

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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