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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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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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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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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Kibby also criticized Ferreira’s highly abstract and “complex” public statements about Knewton’s technology (referencing one NPR interview in which the former CEO called Knewton “ a robot tutor in the sky ”). Knewton’s pitch is that its mix of OER and an adaptive-learning system will set it apart. OER will commoditize education content.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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In his 2017 book Platform Capitalism , Nick Srnicek posits that platforms are poised to become the fundamental business model of our digital world – key to the new economy, clearly, but also key to political and social systems (and what these will become under the control of these powerful technology companies). More often than not, these platforms also come with a series of tools that enable their users to build their own products, services, and marketplaces.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” “ OER , Capability, and Opportunity” by David Wiley. Via Edsurge : “ OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool.” ” “OER is about to become for course planning what LMS is for grading,” which frankly sounds awful. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics. “Where is Trump’s Cabinet ?” ” asks Politico.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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In fiscal 2017, the office was funded to employ 569 staff members, according to the department’s budget request from earlier this year.” link] — Chris Lehmann (@lehmannchris) November 16, 2017. Here's the job I want: the white man job where you can be wrong with your predictions CONSTANTLY AND PEOPLE STILL PAY YOU FOR PREDICTIONS [link] — Tressie Mc (@tressiemcphd) November 16, 2017. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” ” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” The NAACP endorses OER. It’s 2017, and Wired still promotes a narrative that “ hackers ” are all young men. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. percent from 2017 to 2021.” Education Politics.

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Stanford University’s Larry Cuban continues his analysis of behavioral management tool ClassDojo. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Edsurge : “Why a Robot-Filled Education Future May Not Be as Scary as You Think.” ” (Yes, I’m tracking on this sort of thing as part of my 2017 “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” (National) Education Politics.

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The IRS data retrieval tool that let financial aid applicants automatically import income information into the FAFSA won’t be restored for the current aid cycle, said James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, in written testimony to Congress Wednesday.” ” Nope, robots will not be doing this job of content moderation , as Facebook recently boasted at its developer conference. Education Politics.

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon , written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat , illustrated by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner. “Can robotics teach problem solving to students?” ” “Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like

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The Global Medieval Sourcebook at Stanford University is bringing an expansive, OER mentality to the medieval canon, making reliable texts available for classroom use. It adds some 11,000 books every week, and fielded a million reference requests in 2017. ODH funded a transcription tool called Scribe that the Labs uses.) We laid the groundwork for projects that became tools and community hubs,” Kirschenbaum said.

Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

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Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). It’s hard to imagine not fully realizing the potential for our mobile devices as learning tools. building AR/VR: students can their own 360-degree, interactive, immersive stories with augmented and virtual reality creation tools. Among the tools: Google Expeditions :” immersive education app that allows teachers and students to explore the world through over 1000 virtual-reality (VR) and 100 augmented-reality (AR) tours.

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” Christian school @BetsyDeVosED is visiting in her #trumpbudget ad doesn't accept special education students [link] pic.twitter.com/OYN49iCgrK — Jennifer Berkshire (@BisforBerkshire) May 23, 2017. Also related: Facebook’s auto-caption function is… not great pic.twitter.com/U23TkkCuYG — Mike Murphy (@mcwm) May 25, 2017. Now, four months later, it says it’s shutting down its Concierge service to focus on building an “online diagnostic tool.”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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You can read the series here: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019. Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep.