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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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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OER, Capability, and Opportunity

Iterating Toward Openness

Many of us believe that education is an incredibly powerful tool in the fight to increase equity, and this is a primary motivation for our participation in the open education movement. That is, by creating, sharing, and improving OER. Consequently, while basic needs issues persist, OER will likely expand some of the gaps we intend for it to shrink. . Stephen makes a great point in today’s OLDaily that I want to amplify and expand briefly here.

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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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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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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. Digital Learning and Tools News

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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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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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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. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition). Tagged on: August 12, 2017.

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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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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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OER had its breakthrough in 2017. In 2018, it will become an essential teaching tool

FETC Converge

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.

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Using Digital Tools to Transform English Language Learning

Digital Promise

They are now working on offering I-DEA as a free open education resource (OER) across the nation and even the world. Their goal is to release the modules on Canvas Commons and other OER repositories by 2018. We here at the Digital Promise Adult Learning initiative will be proud to let our network know that the I-DEA OER modules are ready for everyone to use with their adult learners.

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Free Higher Ed Update for 2018: 5 of the Best Free College Course Resources

EmergingEdTech

Free Tools & Resources Open Educational Resources OEROne of the best things to come out of the web when it comes to education is the offering of free courses, and even free degrees (if your grades earn them), available to anyone, anywhere, from leading. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

This means that you can write your own textbooks, share them, or use them as you would any other OER or open education resource. The Mathematical Association of America is convening its # Maathfest starting yesterday, July 26, 2017. Gifted Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Higher Education Math Teachers Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) STEM Teachers Thought Leader Thursday Web Tools

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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Sharing a Great Resource and Techniques for Web Content Fact Checking

EmergingEdTech

Book Reviews Free Tools & Resources Open Educational Resources OER _ Miscellaneous Tools and TopicsIf we Don't Teach Students how to Confirm the Validity of Information They Find on the Internet, Who Will? In yesterday's post, we were introduced to Michael Caulfield's free, Creative Commons. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!].

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

I spend most of my time doing fairly tactical thinking and working focused on moving OER adoption forward in the US higher education space. I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. Now, make no mistake – OER is a means, not an end.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Opinionated Products : There’s a word for the kinds of tools and products—like say, Google search results—which adapt to a user’s behavior: opinionated. Making Smart Decisions in a Crowded Edtech Market : EdSurge’s very own Leonard Medlock (Director, Concierge) will pry open some examples of districts working with Concierge and discuss strategies around how to articulate challenges, find and choose technology and successfully pilot selected tools. It’s that time of year again.

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Of Progress, Problems, and Partnerships

Iterating Toward Openness

In 2012 Kim Thanos and I founded Lumen Learning because, through our Gates-funded work on the Kaleidoscope Project, we had seen first-hand how hard it was for faculty to replace publisher materials with OER. It seemed like lots of people wanted to publish and share their own OER, but no one wanted to use anyone else’s. Actually, plenty of faculty wanted to use OER – they just didn’t want to use them badly enough to fight through all the obstacles that involved.

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Open Source Tools for Learning Data Analysis, Continuous Improvement, and Machine Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

to do continuous improvement in education, you need OER (permission to change) plus analytics (info about what to change). If you don’t know these, R is open source software for statistical computing and visualization, and RStudio is an IDE that makes R easier to use and includes a code editor, as well as debugging and visualization tools. And this is where two new (to me) open source tools have proven to be really powerful and interesting.

EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

CMS – Content Management System (a tool to build websites and apps). OER – Open Educational Resource (this can be any online materials that are free to use). The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. In fact, this list will be up to date for a few hours and then more acronyms and terms will come along!

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Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?

Edsurge

New and traditional publishers are trying to offer alternatives such as open educational resources (OER), or freely downloadable and adaptable learning materials. But some providers of OER still ask for fees in return, and that has advocates concerned. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free. In 2017, Top Hat nabbed $7.5

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. When school districts build interoperable, device-agnostic learning ecosystems, they offer students access to a wider range of digital learning tools and curricula, as well as provide more effective ways for schools to manage their digital programs.

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The Sleight of Hand of “Free” vs “Affordable”

Iterating Toward Openness

In a recent webinar about OER, organized by one of the major textbook publishers, there was a lot of conversation about whether OER are “free” or “affordable.” Before I begin though, just to be clear, allow me to reaffirm that OER are free, plain and simple, full stop, period. That is literally part of the definition of OER. OER = free + permissions.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

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

Edsurge

Winners will be notified in early September and announced at OLC Accelerate 2017 , which takes place in Orlando, November 15–17.) Peak Mathematics uses Pearson’s MyMathTest, an online homework tool that has adaptive technology that personalizes the content and pacing for each student. Wallinga adopted Enhanced WebAssign (EWA), an online homework support tool that gives students instant detailed feedback.

Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall. Text question from Sonja Strahl: Community question – Will the community you were discussing be available for only those with Moodle as their LMS (for both creation of OER and use of OER)? — Mark Corbett Wilson (@MCorbettWilson) July 13, 2017.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Iterating Toward Openness

2017). Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. Because of their close alignment with the core values of education, adopting OER in place of traditionally copyrighted educational resources provides unique opportunities and benefits to faculty and students. Adopting OER is a completely different experience.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to frame the cost-savings argument around open textbooks to build broader interest for OERs. ” For reasons I have outlined countless times (relating to the pedagogical innovation only possible in the context of permission to engage in the 5R activities), I believe OER adoption is a critically important means to achieving this end. I fear it is OER wanting it both ways.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

A big shout out to EdTech Magazine for recognizing this blog on its 2017 Honor Roll. That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. Finding the right tool to match the verb can take a bit of research. It is also important to gauge students’ age and ability while aligning it with the district AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) and the each tool’s Terms of Use.

Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

I’ve been able to see firsthand how school leaders are implementing exciting innovations that are accelerating high quality teaching and learning—things such as Open Education Resources (OER) , repurposing their spaces , completely overhauling how they assess a child’s growth by shifting to a competency-based learning model , among other things. There is a similar dynamic in the technological tools leaders choose for their district.

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?Teachers Can Now Use IBM’s Watson to Search for Free Lesson Plans

Edsurge

Today marks the first time the new tool, called Teacher Advisor With Watson 1.0 , is open to the public after a lengthy beta testing period that sought input from state education commissioners, teachers unions, school board associations and more than 1,000 teachers. “We From that focus group they narrowed the list of potential applications to professional development tools and, eventually, settled on a searchable database exclusively for elementary school math.

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Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

Edsurge

Using OER is hard. Over sandwiches and iced tea, we talked about the challenges of OER. Working across so many disparate texts, it would be nearly impossible for a teacher to create anything like this when using OER. Tools like TextGenome create new opportunities for OER to resemble more traditional textbooks without placing more demands on the teacher. The challenge of using OER in the classroom is not just finding good content, but instilling good practices.

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Once Reviled in Education, Wikipedia Now Embraced By Many Professors

Edsurge

Today, a growing number of professors have embraced Wikipedia as a teaching tool. I hear more often these days about teaching with free online materials instead of traditional textbooks (known as OER). The OER conversation is very energized right now, and it's a complex conversation. I tend to focus on aspects of OER depending on the audience. Do you think teaching with OER or Wikipedia changes the way you teach?

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