Big History Project released for K12

Big History Project: ” Yesterday the Bill Gates supported Big History Project opened the free  online class for K12 education. It’s an attempt to tell a compressed history of the world since the Big Bang through what historian David Christian calls Thresholds,  major transition in the universe (e.g., creation of stars) and on earth (e.g,, appearance of agriculture). It’s unique in it’s approach to history in that it breaks the eurocentric humancentric traditional approaches. Christian endeavors to bring history to science. It is symptomatic of a society trying to find ways to continually condense the huge amount of knowledge that are being generated and communicated on a daily basis (See Big Data ).”

Why Some Elite Colleges Give Away Courses Online – Technology – The Chronicle

Why Some Elite Colleges Give Away Courses Online – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education: “This week a new book, Unlocking the Gates (Princeton University Press), takes stock of that movement by focusing on some of its most high-profile players and their online successes and failures.”

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Open textbook adoption and use: implications for teachers and learners – Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning

Open textbook adoption and use: implications for teachers and learners – Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning: “The Community College Open Textbook Project (CCOTP) was developed to support the use of textbooks that are freely available and accessible online, and that can be adapted by teachers and learners to meet their unique needs and contexts. This article presents the findings of a research study conducted by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management of Education (ISKME) on CCOTP. The study examined the adoption and use patterns of teachers and learners as end users of open textbooks, finding that important initial drivers of use included reduced cost, dependable quality and ease of use, and that teachers and learners use open textbooks in ways that reflect their existing teaching and learning practices. The study also showed the potential for new teaching and learning behaviours aligned to the use of open textbooks, including increased teacher collaboration on curriculum development and the interactivity of open materials as an enhancement of student learning. In addition, the study identified challenges for the sustainability of the open textbook model, including teacher technological efficacy and professional development that supports open textbook use. “