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Open Education Portal

What is Open Education? 

Open Education describes the people, places, and resources making learning opportunities available for anyone, anytime.

What is the Open Education Portal?

The Open Education Portal is a gateway to the best Open Educational Resources (OER) and services from around the world.

What are Open Educational Resources?

OER are digitized materials offered freely and openly for educators, students and self-learners to use and re-use for teaching, learning and research.

What is the OWL Institute?

The Open Education Portal is underwritten by the Open World Learning Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the research and development of open education.  

What does the OWL Institute do?

• Support communities' use and development of open education • Establish self-sustaining, community-based open education centers • Provide digital literacy programming and community outreach • Research best practices in open education • Perform scientifically-based research of learning technologies, products and services • Develop open source educational tools • Produce standards-compliant open education courses and resources • Conduct research and advocacy in the area of digital and educational law and regulation

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    ProTech Media Centre’s 2nd Location Launches By Gloria Elayadathusseril, Canadian Immigrant 8/13/09 Zarana Bavishi, 15, is excited about playing with computer graphics and... More »

  • Our Courts Featured Article Our Courts Our Courts

    Our Courts is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Our Courts is the vision of Justice... More »

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    Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world class education. As more and more high quality educational content becomes... More »

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Our Courts Last Updated on 2009-09-16 08:53:40 Our Courts is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Our Courts is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support. Current resources on the site include: quality online lesson plans and links to teaching resources and each branch of government in your state. These resources, written and compiled by classroom teachers, are practical solutions to classroom needs. For students, we have interactive features like Civics in Action, and Talk to the Justice, where students can tell each other and Justice O’Connor about their opinions and their civic participation. Also includes online civics games: Do I Have A Right? and Supreme Decision. More »
Virtual Museum of Minerals of Minerals and Molecules Last Updated on 2009-08-26 22:51:53   The Virtual Museum of Minerals and Molecules™ is a web-based focal point and resource for 3-D visualizations of molecules and minerals. The visualizations utilize the Jmol applet in a web browser, which allows them to be interactively zoomed and rotated so they can be viewed from all angles, much as with a real molecule. They can also be programmed with highlighting features that allow identification of specific atoms, structural sub-components, and mineralogical planes. The 3-D visualizations are incorporated into stand-alone HTML (WWW) instructional modules that combine text, graphics, molecular formulae, highlighting features, electron micrographs, and other appropriate instructional aids and materials. Site: http://virtual-museum.soils.wisc.edu/displays.html More »
CANADA: Free Technology Access for Youth Last Updated on 2009-08-26 00:00:00 ProTech Media Centre’s 2nd Location Launches By Gloria Elayadathusseril, Canadian Immigrant 8/13/09 Zarana Bavishi, 15, is excited about playing with computer graphics and digital arts while learning technology skills — and she's especially excited at the thought of new media as a career prospect. The grade 10 student who came to Canada from Mumbai, India in 2007 is among the hundreds of immigrant youth in her neighbourhood (Kennedy East-Kennedy Park in the east end of Toronto, Ontario) who will now have free access to state-of-the-art technology through the ProTech Media Centre. More »
Academic Earth Last Updated on 2009-08-25 22:34:27 Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world class education. As more and more high quality educational content becomes available online for free, we ask ourselves, what are the real barriers to achieving a world class education? At Academic Earth, we are working to identify these barriers and find innovative ways to use technology to increase the ease of learning. We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars. Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment in which that content is remarkably easy to use and where user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable. We invite those who share our passion... More »
US: IHA Offers Free American History Textbook Online Last Updated on 2008-11-05 12:36:42 Independence Hall Association Launches Free, Online American History Textbook By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal 10/08 The Independence Hall Association (IHA) in Philadelphia has released a free digital American history textbook for middle- and high-school students, which will evolve to include interactive displays, video streaming, simulations or dynamic versions of the text, and opportunities for collaboration by students and teachers. The site, a highly trafficked online repository of American history, is owned and operated by IHA, a non-profit that founded and helps oversee management of Independence National Historical Park. In releasing this new digital textbook, the IHA's mission is to encourage students and challenge them "to probe, dispute, dig deeper inquire" about historical events. More »