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Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

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Because I can’t stop thinking about open, I’ve been pondering the relationship between solar power and OER. ”, “How can you sell OER if they’re free?”, ”, and “If OER are free, why would anyone pay you?”

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David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

Doug Levin (@douglevin) May 3, 2016. I said my piece in the updated article that spurred my original comment (including that the service the company in question provides looks “interesting and valuable,” especially in the context of the K-12 assessment market).

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How an OER Rookie Dove Deep Into a Zero-Cost Textbook Degree Program

Edsurge

The initiative intends to create degree pathways with courses that only use open educational resources, known as OER, so students don’t have to spend money on class materials. College of the Canyons’ history with OER starts before Anagnonson’s dabble, however. Those professors’ individual efforts got a boost in 2016, when Gov. Using OER in those courses, she added, “really started out of necessity.” For years, Stephanie Anagnoson worked in academic publishing.

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Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door

Edsurge

Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. Advocates praise their accessible low-prices and ability to meet students on digital devices. The most recent example occurred this week, when OER company Lumen Learning announced a partnership with one of the country’s largest textbook distributors, Follet Corporation. based company’s $3.75

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Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

Meeting this increase in demand presents a critical opportunity for disruptive innovation in higher education. The same company does not need to design and make the light bulb, the lamp, the wall sockets, and the electricity generation and distribution systems.).

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The Consensus Around “Open”

iterating toward openness

The most frequently cited definition of OER is the Hewlett Foundation definition : OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. The Open Source Initiative defines open source as software licensed in a way that meets ten criteria. faculty are completely unaware of OER.

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Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises? In 2016, Mary Jo was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in education.

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Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

Remember in 2012 when Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller said in her TED Talk that her company’s goal was to “take the best courses from the best instructors at the best universities and provide it to everyone around the world for free”? Google)’s biotech company, Calico. And today most MOOC companies have pivoted away from that to offer corporate training , professional development , and job placement services instead. of courses use OER.

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New Open Ed. Group Vows to Battle Commercial Publishers for K-12 Contracts

Marketplace K-12

Open Up Resources, a nonprofit that until recently was called the K-12 OER Collaborative, says it will offer openly licensed materials to school districts, and predicts it will achieve savings from what those systems would normally pay for commercial materials. The company is accused of making a profit by copying schools’ resources without compensating the creator of the materials.).

The Learning Counsel launches digital curriculum survey

eSchool News

The Learning Counsel’s 2016 Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey and Assessment Tool is now available online. In its third year, the assessment tool and survey was inspired by the Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Strategy Discussion Meetings, held in 54 cities across the U.S.

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In fall 2016, Susan will begin a two-year appointment as the inaugural Gates-funded Professor of Practice under the University of Washington Information School’s (iSchool) “Future of Libraries” Initiative, where she will teach, engage with curriculum innovation and complete a research project.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In fall 2016, Susan will begin a two-year appointment as the inaugural Gates-funded Professor of Practice under the University of Washington Information School’s (iSchool) “Future of Libraries” Initiative, where she will teach, engage with curriculum innovation and complete a research project.

Hack Education Weekly News

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the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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PanOpen Launches Platform as ‘Open’ Education Market Evolves

Marketplace K-12

The company’s founder, Brian Jacobs, said in an interview that his organization has been fielding requests from potential pre-college clients and is likely to begin moving into that market “within the next year or two.” He mentioned Lumen Learning and OER Commons as just two examples. The value of panOpen, Jacobs argues, is its ability to reshape and supercharge open resources into forms that meet student and faculty needs.

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Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

Edsurge

The publisher co-led the New York City-based company’s $33 million Series D round in October 2011, hailed at the time as a strategic investment and a major vote of confidence in Knewton’s potential. Knewton technology is also used enVisionMATH2.0 , a Pearson offering for grades K-8, but neither company offered specific details on the status of this agreement.) “Our Ferreira left Knewton in December 2016 but remains on its board of directors.

Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Edsurge

While students were going through the math remediation courseware, they were also meeting with their peer mentor on a weekly basis using video conferencing.”. So he struck up a partnership with Cengage Learning, a Boston-based education technology and information company. 2016 Institutional Awards. For boosting student retention and success and reducing costs by embracing online OER textbooks Northern Arizona University. 2016 Faculty-Led Team Awards.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

During this 60 minute session, AdmitHub CEO Andrew Magliozzi will reveal insights from his company’s 2016 trial with Georgia State University, where a chatbot exchanged 185,000 messages with more than 3,100 students. Companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are all dipping their toes into virtual and augmented reality. DeSchryver and Cavanagh will look at how ESSA is guiding the work of edtech companies now and in the future. It’s that time of year again.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Lots of details this week as tech executives testified in front of Congress about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Via Inside Higher Ed : “ DeVry Parent Company Makes Pledges to Students.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Chalkbeat investigates the Indiana Virtual School : “As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers – but founder’s company charged it millions.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Breaking with longstanding tradition – through Democratic and Republican administrations – President Trump will not host a meeting with this year’s American Nobel laureates.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Frustrated with the slow resolution of loan forgiveness claims at the Department of Education, two borrowers have filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and loan servicing company Navient in federal court.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

And this prompted me to update my list of education / technology companies that are ALEC members.). His rather disastrous business history in ed-tech includes SoftKey and The Learning Company. The Department of Justice , 21 states, and the District of Columbia have reached a $864 million settlement with Moody’s Investors Service over the company’s role in faulty credit ratings that led to the financial crisis of 2008. The company has raised $14.75

Hack Education Weekly News

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Mostly tutoring companies.). “ ICE officials have invited tech companies, including Microsoft , to develop algorithms that will track visa holders’ social media activity ,” ProPublica reports. Via Inside Higher Ed : “After a special meeting of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, the university announced late Tuesday that it would permit – if certain conditions are met – the white supremacist Richard Spencer to appear on campus.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Politico : “A complex legal battle involving dozens of debt collection companies fighting over contracts with the Education Department has essentially suspended the government’s ability to collect defaulted student loans , the Trump administration disclosed in a court filing on Monday night.” “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. ” Edsurge gets the company’s take on criticisms of its business model.

OER will evolve to address the problems we hire it to solve

The Christensen Institute

Today, open educational resources (OER) are an increasingly common feature in the K–12 education ecosystem. Department of Education (DOE) has a project, called the Learning Registry , which helps make OER content easier for teachers to find.

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