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[News] Education in the US is Embracing Open/Free Access

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MIT OpenCourseWare: Teaching the world for free

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| By any measure, MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative, which seeks to "open source" 
| education by making course ware from premier institutions available online to 
| all for free, is a success.  


U. of Manitoba Researchers Publish Open-Source Handbook on Educational

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| Technology is changing the way students learn. Is it changing the way 
| colleges teach? 
| Not enough, says George Siemens, associate director of research and 
| development at the University of Manitoba’s Learning Technologies Centre. 
| While colleges and universities have been “fairly aggressive” in adapting 
| their curricula to the changing world, Mr. Siemens told The Chronicle, “What 
| we haven’t done very well in the last few decades is altering our pedagogy.”  


Foster plan for open source education

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| The bill, H.R. 1164, is now before the House Education and Labor Committee, 
| chaired by California Democrat George Miller. Its full name is The Learning 
| Opportunities with Creation of Open Source Textbooks Act of 2009.  



John Conyers and Open Access

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| The "open access movement" was born to create an alternative to this. Even if
| restrictive copyright was a necessary evil in the days of dead-tree-based
| publishing, it was still an evil. High costs restrict access. The business
| model of the scientist is to spread his or her knowledge as widely as
| possible. Open access journals, such as, for example, those created by the
| Public Library of Science, have adopted a different publishing model, to
| guarantee that all all research is freely accessible online (under the freest
| Creative Commons license) immediately, to anyone around the world. This
| guarantee of access, however, is not purchased by any compromise in academic
| standards. There is still a peer-review process. There is still even a
| paper-based publication.

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