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  • Report on the UNESCO/COL World Congress on Open Educational Resources Rory McGreal UNESCO/COL Chair in OER June 22, 2012  The highlight of the World Congress was the 2012 Paris OER Declaration, which was passed by the participating...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Paris OER Declaration 2012 June 22, 2012 - 3:53am
    The highlight of the World Congress was the 2012 Paris OER Declaration, which was passed by the participating countries, encouraging and supporting the OER movement. See:...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Notes from the World Congress on OER June 21, 2012 - 7:49am
    The World Congress on OER, sponsored by UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning, highlighted the rapid progress being made in other countries in support of Open Educational Resources. John Daniel, the former CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning lead...
  • Rory McGreal commented on the blog self-paced learning system model enhancements May 23, 2012 - 5:12pm
     My view is that we should stick to our bread and butter - self-paced courses and improve them online to the point where most  students should be able to master the content and the skill requirements with minimal tiutoring...
  • Thanks Amanda, An excellent post! We really need students to rally around this. Are there any national student initiatives (protests) being planned. What is the national student consensus? Rory
  • I have submitted this response to the UA article. See:   This agreement could have been made with no effort on the part of AUCC, ...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Course Packs, copyright collectives and us April 12, 2012 - 7:57am
    Micheal Geist has posted a link to a cartoon by McGill students that helps to explain course packs, copyright collectives and their role in universities.  It refers to the Quebec collectives but the same issues arise with Access...
  • You can fill out a simple form to JUST SAY NO! From Open Media: Dear Parliament: Say no to the Internet Lockdown Internet law expert Michael Geist recently revealed that behind-the-scenes, Big...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Open Education - Are you ready to commit??? March 7, 2012 - 1:04pm
    The Open University UK's Support Centre for Open Resources in Education has put out a "commitment" form online: Education has the power to transform lives but too often access is restricted.  Among those excluded are those who lack the right...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Athabasca University: "A crown jewel!" March 7, 2012 - 12:56pm
    See this Tech Talk: TECH TALK: Embrace technology and enhance your education The crown jewel of distance education options is Athabasca University in Alberta, which offers a wide variety of learning options online.
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Boycott Elsevier publications February 4, 2012 - 8:57am
    I have just joined the boycott Elsevier protest that has been organized by a leading Math scholar. You can find out more information about it at The reasons for the boycott: They charge exorbitantly high...
    • Does that mean something needs to replace Elsevier? Is it practical for one or two universities per country with publishing capacity to divide up the job of replacing them?

      Eric von Stackelberg February 6, 2012 - 10:57am

  • Rory McGreal published a blog post How to search for open images in google images: Simple! January 18, 2012 - 3:11pm
    Google recently updated the Google Image site and removed the "Advanced Search" button. I could not search for open resources without clicking on the "reuse" button. Finally, with the help of Cable Green, we found it! Is it simple or what? You have...
    • Since Google took away the "Advance Search" link on the front page, I always want to find a way to get it back. Thanks for the post and instructions, I'm glad that it is still possible to go advanced. A simple way is to bookmark and use the links: 

      (for advance image search, which can filter result by license/commercial/modify usage rights.

      (which I really miss, for language specific search, etc.)


      Here's how to make the default search page in Chrome going to the Advance search mode, for either web search or image search. 

      in Chrome (not Firefox)

      1. click on the wrench icon at top right, a popup menu appears, select 'Preferences'
      2. Under the Preferences -> Basics page, there's the 'Search' option. Click on the button 'Manage Search Engines...'
      3. A long list of Search Engines shows up. At the bottom, there are three fields for you to 'Add a new search engine.'
      4. In the 1st field, enter "Google Advance" or "Google Image Advanced" or any name, in the 3rd field, enter
        for google advance image search
        for google advance web search 
      5. The 2nd field Keyword is tricky. As '' is already being used, we need to use a different 'Keyword.' I tried to add a slash to the to differentiate it from Keywords already being used. If there are a couple of site you wanna add, try adding multiple slashes to differentiate it from others (e.g.
      6. If there is no duplication of name or keyword or URL, the field won't turn red. And you can click anywhere other than the three fields to register this new search engine.
      7. Scroll back to the long list of all available search engines, find the one you just created. Mouse over it and a 'Make Default"  button will show up. Clicking on that to make the search default. And from now on, whatever non-url things you enter in a Chrome URL bar will get directed to that default search engine you just set.

      Note: The advance search won't be as 'instant' as the original default, meaning you have to explicitly click on the Advanced Search button instead of seeing the search result instantly. This is mainly due to you are asking for all these options to filter the search research. 

      Anyone can make it work for Firefox??

      Billy Cheung January 19, 2012 - 11:34am

    • Great Instruction. I manage a Canadian e-Learning company Scholarix e-Learning Solutions and as a business owner, anyone pulling images from Google should be really careful on how we intend to use them as some of them might be restricted even for educational use.


      - Adam

      an unauthenticated user of the Landing April 3, 2012 - 7:19pm

  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Exchange on OER list on the Research Works Act in the US January 11, 2012 - 5:53pm
    Jacky I support free enterprise and competition, but that is not what we have. No other company can compete against those companies that get exclusive rights to the FREE government data and FREE scholarly support for reviews. More free enterprise is...
    • Personally I like to see more movement to support peer reviewed open access journals as both the research and peer review process is supported by public funds. If a private enterprise is able to add value to the FREE data then it makes sense to offer that product,and get compensated for the additional value add they are supplying (not the case with FREE data and peer review). If the organization can't compete because public or non-profit organization offers the product or service perhaps the for profit organization should pay more attention to the market and move into something more lucative. They are after all in existance to generate a profit from the product or service they offer. 

      I was under the understanding that some taxpayer funding has been used to support car races (Edmonton Indy), Hockey Arenas and could be used for specific types of tournaments (eg. bowling, waterpolo etc.). So while I personally would prefer investment in sustainable Social Entrepreneurship venutres rather than continued tax dollar support for most of these things there does seem to be a bit of an addiction for everyone to use public funds.

      Can you elaborate on who the "slaves" are?

      Eric von Stackelberg January 12, 2012 - 1:40am

  • Michael Geist is recommending that people and educators in particular should participate in the public consultation to ensure that copyright restrictions are not further extended by these negotiations. I wrote the email below...
  • Rory McGreal published a blog post Economics of OER January 2, 2012 - 6:46pm
    Deanna Douglas found this article: Here is my response. This article misses the point. If many faculty are releasing many open access etexts then each...