University of Lund teaches on academic writing, in english

There is an incredible amount of guides on how to write scientifically in various forms, both as printed books, such as on a shelf 001.42, 400 or 808 at the library. But also online. University Libraries usually have their own guides and also collect other online.

Now Lund University released its guide that has previously only been available to their students and staff. It’s called AWELU, Academic Writing in English and addressed to the writer of academic English. This resource is now an Open Educational Resource, OER, which means that it’s freely available for anyone to use.

This guide is very comprehensive and, although it is slightly adapted to Lund library resources it’s also most useful to others. So take the opportunity to take advantage of this and improve or learn how to write academic texts.

First published in Biblioteksbloggen 2013-02-11

By: Lisa Carlson

Open access + Open Educational Resouces

Open access and open education resources (OER) are the core in making knowledge freely available.

OER is defined by UNESCO as “technology-enabled, open provision of educational resources for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes” (2002). These resources are made available online and their main users are teachers and schools but they may be used directly by the students.

OER basically aims to make educational resources freely available and is a logical continuation of open access movement. Open access concentrates its effort on researchers, publishers and journals, OER is working to make courses, course material, text books, videos, tests, software and other tools, material and techniques which are important in learning environments freely available

A lot of OER is licensed under CC-BY. This means that the material is free to distribute, remix, change and build your own work on. This means also that the resources may be commercially used as long as the original work is referred to.

OER as well as open access benefits students, teachers, self-studies and the society. One problem with OER is that there is some uncertainty when it comes to copyright between the teacher and school and also because producing OER might result to loss on income. Researchers who publish rarely receive any kind of economical compensation for either the articles or the work they do for publishers when reviewing other researchers’ articles. However, teachers who produce textbook will most often receive economical compensation. Neither is there any kind of infrastructure in place to help publish textbooks or other educational aids, nor are there political demands to publish textbooks open access. There are some big sites gathering these types of material and making them searchable. OER is also more changeable and complex than scientific publications.

Here are two good sites with extensive OER collections:

OER Africa – an initiative from South Africa which aims to drive the development and use of OER across all education sectors on the African continent.

KhanAcademy – provides free educational resources within different subject areas, such as Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics and Humanities.

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First published in Biblioteksbloggen 2012-10-25

By: Pieta Eklund & Lisa Carlson