A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER

The Journal

In 2016, OER (Open Education Resources) are undergoing a major transformation: rather than educators needing to struggle with searching OER repositories containing millions of OER objects and then trying to stitch together those OER objects into coherent lessons, organizations such as Open Up Resources are producing curriculum-scale, OER-based courses. Finally, OER is coming of age

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6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)

Wisewire

Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean. With a wide array of OER materials at our fingertips, the trick now is not so much in finding OER, but on identifying high quality OER that can be used and transformed for our classroom needs. These credible sites offer a wealth of vetted, high quality OER resources, categorized and sorted for easy navigation.

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Memo to OER Purveyors: Teachers Don’t Want Content, Teachers Want Curriculum!

The Journal

While OER marketplaces tend to tout the amount and types of content on offer, we must remind ourselves that content is not curriculum — and it is curriculum that teachers actually want. We go on to describe the life-cycle of a digital lesson — and argue that support for all the life cycle phases is only just beginning to be provided

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OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool

Edsurge

Open educational resources (OER) have long been touted as “the next big thing” in higher education, but the drawn-out hype has led many educators and administrators to wonder if it would ever live up to its expectations. Those days are over: 2017 was OER’s breakthrough year. To bring OER to more students and instructors, whole institutions needed to jump on board and plan for the widespread implementation. That happened in 2017. OER needs bells and whistles.

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Supporting the Full Life-Cycle for OER-Based Lessons is Critically Important

The Journal

In this week’s blog post, we argue that in the "new" world of OER-based lessons, teachers again must be supported in managing the full life-cycle of a lesson In the "old" paper world, teachers had evolved a comfortable process for managing the life-cycle of a lesson; developing, distributing, enacting, assessing, reflecting, sharing.

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OER-Enabled Pedagogy

Iterating Toward Openness

At the Hewlett OER Meeting last week over a dozen people spent another hour talking about the issue during the unconference time. Some definitions are centered on OER. What teaching and learning practices are possible (or practical) in the context of OER that aren’t possible when you don’t have permission to engage in the 5R activities? You may find the idea of OER-enabled pedagogy utterly uninteresting.

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OER, Capability, and Opportunity

Iterating Toward Openness

That is, by creating, sharing, and improving OER. And unfortunately, as long as basic needs problems persist, those whose basic needs are not being met will be essentially incapable of taking advantage of the opportunities created by OER, while those whose basic needs are being met will be capable of taking advantage of those opportunities. Consequently, while basic needs issues persist, OER will likely expand some of the gaps we intend for it to shrink. .

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Information Underload and OER Leverage

Iterating Toward Openness

Is this why OER repositories (and the learning object repositories that came before them) typically fail – because the resource you find is frequently no better than the resource you could have made yourself if you had just spent the time creating instead of searching? But there’s some basic math around how we use time in relation to OER. Spending 15 minutes searching and finding an OER that would have taken you 100 hours to create = very useful.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Iterating Toward Openness

Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER? , I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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Maha, the Path to OER-Enabled Pedagogy, and Technological Determinism

Iterating Toward Openness

Among other things, the post discusses her role in my decision to abandon the phrase “open pedagogy” and adopt the phrase “OER-enabled pedagogy.” Quick Thoughts on Open Pedagogy (2017) in which I respond to Clint Lalonde and make my first attempts at explicitly connecting open pedagogy with Papert’s constructionism. 2017) in which I go on about definitions again and how “words should mean something.” oer-enabled-pedagogy

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5 questions to answer about OER use

eSchool News

As open educational resources (OER) grow in popularity, school leaders are tasked with identifying the best way to find, organize and use these resources. During a CoSN webinar focused on using effective OER use, a panel of educators shared their experiences and offered insight on OER’s impact on education. Here, we’ve gathered their responses to critical questions on OER use and implementation. Next page: Four more important OER questions).

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?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER

Edsurge

As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report —are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Edsurge

Five years ago, in an essay called “ 2017: RIP OER? ” I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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Can OER improve learning outcomes?

IT Bill

The June issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) is dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER). Several of the studies focus specifically on OER and student learning outcomes. For the semester using OER, Chiorescu estimates students collectively saved over $13,500 – spending approximately 75% less than students using the commercial text and software.

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Report: Which districts show a higher OER adoption-and why?

eSchool News

Only one-third of school districts said they are aware of both the term “open educational resources” (OER) and its licensing, according to a report from the Babson Survey Research Group. What We Teach: K-12 School District Curriculum Adoption Process examines the degree to which K-12 districts are aware of and have adopted OER, as well as the process districts use to select and adopt full-course curricula materials.

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?OER Researchers Don’t Disaggregate Data on Diverse Students. Here’s Why They Should

Edsurge

With course materials averaging around $1,200 per year , many colleges over the past decade have adopted open educational resources (OER) to cut costs for students. Since then, a number of studies across many institution types have found that OER—freely available educational materials that can be downloaded, edited and shared— save money and show that students learn just as much using OER as with commercial textbooks.

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38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program

Edsurge

And that’s been the driver behind nonprofit Achieving the Dream ’s (ATD) OER Degree Initiative , where 38 U.S. community colleges are creating full degree programs that utilize open educational resources (OER) from start to finish. The program, which kicked off in 2016 , shared its first set of findings today about what faculty are learning it takes to create an OER degree.

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Using Open Educational Resources (OER) to Differentiate for the 21st Century Learner

Battelle for Kids

Finding quality resources is a challenge. Finding quality resources that are free and can be customized without copyright concerns is the dream. When it comes to financial support of education, not all schools are equal. There are many reasons for this that can be explored, yet one fundamental truth remains for schools lacking sufficient support: resources for students are still needed. P21 Blog

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Considering OER? Here’s what you need to know

eSchool News

Open educational resources (OER) are becoming more widespread in classrooms, but many educators and administrators aren’t sure how to make the leap from talking about them to actually using them. OER are teaching and learning resources that are free to use and share. Repositories such as The Orange Grove , the Utah Education Network , and OER Commons help educators locate and learn how to incorporate the resources into their instruction.

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OPEN UP RESOURCES RELEASES ITS FIRST FREE OER CURRICULUM

eSchool News

MENLO PARK, CA [August 24, 2017] — Open Up Resources, the nonprofit provider of openly licensed curriculum for K–12 schools, has released its first openly licensed core program, the Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math curriculum. Formerly the K–12 OER Collaborative, Open Up Resources partners with the country’s foremost materials experts to create superb instructional materials, then equips districts with the support they need to implement with fidelity.

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OER Pioneer David Wiley Predicts All Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024

Edsurge

David Wiley, a pioneer of open education resources who co-founded Lumen Learning , a for-profit company that supports OER efforts, sees one place where textbooks could actually be vanquished by openly licensed alternatives: community colleges. And there’s so many nonprofits in the OER space already, and there are only a couple of big funders in the space. I can understand why people are surprised that you’re for-profit because OER seems so anti-commercial in its whole conception.

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Marginal Syllabus as OER and OEP

Educator Innovator

Remi Kalir, one of the organizers of the open annotation project Marginal Syllabus , explains how the project is an example of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP), and its potential for ongoing teacher education. annotation marginal syllabus oep OER professional communities

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning , which offers my sense of what those interested in K-12 educational technology can and should take away from this annual polling about schools. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition). Tagged on: August 18, 2017 Excelsior Springs High starts scanning student’s fingers | Fox4kc.com → Students returning to Excelsior Springs High School Thursday will be met with biometric scanners.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Tagged on: April 24, 2017 Uber’s C.E.O.

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Tailor-ED Raises $1.6 Million to Bring Differentiated OER to More Students

Edsurge

The startup’s origins trace back to Stanford University, where Yavne and Yael Haramaty, Tailor-ED's co-founder and chief technology officer, met as students in spring 2017. Education Technology Financing Open Educational Resources (OER Samantha Rouse had a routine. After she put her three sons to bed, the Kinston, N.C., teacher would next go online to search for word problems and reading samples to use in her K-5 classes.

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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. 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. David Wiley [CEO at Lumen] is the godfather of OER, and he has really been driving the textbook affordability challenge for years,” says McFarlane.

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OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges

Edsurge

Communications librarian Kristen Hoffman oversees much of the OER work at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university in Washington. She and her colleague John Robertson, a digital education librarian, sought advice on how faculty at a religious college could add religious components to an existing OER textbook and then share that back with the OER community, without having it perceived as ulteriorly motivated.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Tagged on: April 24, 2017 Uber’s C.E.O.

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Coming to Your Child’s School, Very, Very Soon: A Christensen-Style Disruption!

The Journal

Materials (1-to-1, OER-based textbooks) are changing dramatically, but teachers and teaching is about to be disrupted in the Christensen-sense. Teachers, materials, students — the big 3 of K–12. Machine learning will drive personalized learning into America’s schools. On that you can rely

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Open Education Week

K12 Open Ed

Uncategorized OER openeducationwkOpen Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. There is a big slate of resources and events happening this week. And check out our curated list of K-12 open education resources here.

From One to Many: OER-based Degree Programs

Iterating Toward Openness

Several years ago I was speaking about OER at a conference in Virginia. There was a great feeling in the room, and though I hadn’t planned to speak about the topic, I felt prompted to end my remarks by stating that enough OER now existed that an entire degree program could be run on OER. A fully OER-based pathway through two degrees at Northern Virginia Community College soon followed.

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent. There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact,” said Rebecca Kockler, assistant superintendent of academic instruction for the state of Louisiana, at the annual SXSWedu conference last week in Austin, Texas. “We There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact. Using OER wasn’t our goal,” Kockler said.

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On discoverability

K12 Open Ed

There is a lot of talk in OER circles about discoverability. Uncategorized OER open textbook permaculture sustainable agricultureMuch of it deals with metadata schemes and other technical details that may seem arcane to some. Here’s a real-world story of discoverability. Over the past couple weeks, I have been looking open materials on sustainable agriculture, permaculture, and food systems. I looked in the usual repositories and found a few things, but not much.

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#CUE17- The Game

CUE

I’m excited to say that I will physically (rather than digitally) be in attendance at this year’s CUE 2017 National Conference and will be helping out wherever needed. Attendees shouldn’t miss out on the special features and events at the CUE 2017 National Conference: CUE Student-Powered Showcase. OER Playground (New!). Before the CUE 2017 National Conference starts, take time to go through the conference program and select sessions that may be of interest. .

Challenges in Curation: Successfully Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Digital Promise

That is until about five minutes into the session, when a hand in the audience went up asking, “Can you define what you mean by OERs?”. Define OERs. So I explained to my class that Open Educational Resources (OER) could be most easily defined as “free stuff on the Web.” And how can OERs supplement the print and digital resources already purchased by the school? Taking on that task can be daunting, especially if OERs are new to your acronym vocabulary.

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