CAUL Advisory Committees

Realising the innovative potential of digital research methods: a call from the research community.

As announced at the LIBER Conference in Riga, LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, along with 17 other International library and research organisations, have issued an open letter to Elsevier.

The letter requests that Elsevier withdraw its TDM policy because it places unfair restrictions on how researchers can mine content to which they have legal access to and how they disseminate the results of their research.

The letter is available here:

It is open to further signatories, so please disseminate amongst your networks! Individuals or organisations wishing to sign the letter should forward their details and logo on to me:


Filed under: Electronic Information Resources, eTexts, General, Open Education, Research

Open Educational Resource university launched

Free, credit-bearing online learning has become accessible for students worldwide. The Open Educational Resource university – a project of the UNESCO-Commonwealth of Learning OER Chair network – was unveiled on 1 November, promising to “revolutionise tertiary learning”.

Filed under: Open Education, ,

New Architecture (IT) for Learning

A New Architecture for Learning, by Rob Abel, Malcolm Brown and John Seuss. Educause Review Online, 7 Oct 2013: . “If we are to support students and faculty as connected learners and instructors, we must rethink our approach to academic technology architecture”.

Filed under: Learning & Teaching, Open Education

Coursera under fire in MOOCs licensing row

Megan Clement from The Conversation blog reports on recent criticisms of Coursera for not making its course materials available via Creative Commons licensing, contrary to notion of “open” as an underpinning of MOOCs.

Full article:

Filed under: MOOCs, Open Education