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The Open University is advertising six Leverhulme doctoral scholarships in open world learning with a closing date for applications of Monday 9 March 2015. These are full-time, fully funded studentships, leading to a PhD.
http://www.open.ac.uk/creet/main/news/leverhulme-doctoral-scholarships
One of the named topics is ‘Educator roles in open online courses‘ and the description is:
“What roles do educators play in massive open online courses (MOOCs)? How can they be most effective in supporting learners to achieve their learning goals? In these open online settings, teaching is carried out by a team of educators, including academic lead, course presenter, moderator, facilitator and the learners themselves. These roles are still being developed, and there is a pressing need to identify evidence-based good practice. The successful candidate will use data from a range of MOOCs to answer the questions above, and will have opportunities to work with the FutureLearn Academic Network, an international team of MOOC researchers.”
If you are interested in applying, you need to provide a short research proposal explaining how this area fits the overall theme of Open World Learning and how you intend to conduct research on the topic selected. See the website for more specific details about applying.
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The 2014 ed. of the OU's Innovating Pedagogy is out (by @IETatOU) http://go.alt.ac.uk/1xR2DU3 #altc via @sebschmoller
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Call for papers for the Second International Workshop on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics #dcla14. Join us in Indianapolis at #LAK14 in March. Spread the word. http://dcla14.wordpress.com
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Out today – the second in a series of reports from The Open University that provide a straightforward introduction to innovations in education and look at the implications of these innovations for the theory and practice of teaching, learning and assessment.
This second report, 'Innovating Pedagogy 2013', revisits four subjects covered in last year’s report – MOOCs, badges to accredit learning, learning analytics and seamless learning – and highlights six new pedagogies.
- Crowd learning harnesses the local knowledge of many people to answer questions or address immediate problems.
- Digital scholarship enhances scholarly practice through networked technologies.
- Geo-learning uses the location detection of smartphones to provide context-based learning materials.
- Learning from gaming exploits the power of digital games for education.
- Maker culture describes the informal networks of people who share practical learning, motivated by fun and self-fulfilment.
- Citizen inquiry fuses the creative knowledge building of inquiry-based learning with the mass civic engagement of volunteer activism.
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Apple iBooks Author limits Authors autonomy

Yesterday, Apple launched Apple iBooks Author, an easy way for authors to create digital editions of their books. But you should think twice, before you start to use the tool. According to ZDNet author Ed Bott, there are several traps in the EULA, the legal conditions to use the software: If you want to sell your digital publication created with Apple iBooks author, you have to do it via Apple's iBook store and Apple might refuse anytime to list your publication without any liability.
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