"We’re Hiring: Rebus Reader Product Manager" https://rebus.foundation/2018/05/22/were-hiring-rebus-reader-product-manager/
It's a great job with a great bunch of people (if I say so myself 🙂)
I'm facilitating a track on open educational practices for a 2-day professional development workshop in North Carolina end of May. And it's taking me a *really* long time to prepare because I want to read all the literature beforehand and make sure we do a bunch of cool interactive stuff and I'm creating a small website for it on my domain... . I'll finish on time but wish I had another month!
Here's the splash page about it: https://digitallearning.davidson.edu/ctl-two-day-workshop/
Will share the website when it's ready.
Free posters on the do's and don'ts of designing for accessibility https://accessibility.blog.gov.uk/2016/09/02/dos-and-donts-on-designing-for-accessibility/ #accessibility #a11y #oer #onlinelearning See also https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/accessibility/blog/2018/05/08/how-to-fix-and-prevent-accessibility-issues-in-your-canvas-course
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.
New York Governor announces $8 million for Open Educational Resources at State University of NY and City University of NY: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-8-million-open-educational-resources-initiative-suny-and-cuny-cut-high#
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..."
Free reality show name: PAYWALL'D
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 fine...it’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: https://about.rebus.community/2018/04/rebus-community-projects-beta-invitation/
THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF RESEARCH LIBRARIES RELEASED THEIR JOURNAL SUBSCRIPTION COSTS 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘 🤘
46% of 80 million Canadian dollars go to Elsevier. F*cking A.
Link to article & data: http://www.carl-abrc.ca/news/carl-members-release-journal-subscription-cost-data/
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... https://researchremix.wordpress.com/2018/05/06/wheres-waldo-with-public-access-links/