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

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Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

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

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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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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. 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. As Jim notes above, for some period of time talking about the cost savings associated with OER was an effective way to advocate for OER adoption, helping us get a step closer to the end goal.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

The end of my #opened15 presentation used an example about OER from the perspective of art museums to solidify my thesis. I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. million resources as OER for use and repurpose. Promotion is access.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

The end of my #opened15 presentation used an example about OER from the perspective of art museums to solidify my thesis. I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. million resources as OER for use and repurpose. Promotion is access.

Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

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“Developers and [K-12] consumers are now very tuned in,” said Cynthia Curry, the director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning , more commonly known as the AEM Center. Making Computer Science Accessible for All.

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Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

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There was a lot of discussion at OpenEd17 about the relationship between OER and value-added services like platforms. Lumen provides for-fee, value-added hosting, integration, assessment, messaging, and other services around openly licensed content.

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The Cost Trap, Part 3

iterating toward openness

In my recent post I asked us each to consider what “what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?” ” Stephen answers that his goal is access for all, and takes me to task for wanting more. In my post I wrote, My ultimate goal is this: I want to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners, and (2) radically improve access to education. Stephen’s goal is access for all. Access for all means access for all.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Chalkbeat : NYC schools Chancellor Richard “Carranza unveils capital plan with $750 million in fixes for disability access.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The governor of Virginia has approved a bill requiring all public higher education institutions in the state to take steps to adopt open educational resources – freely accessible and openly copyrighted educational materials.” “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Karla Pobke Coordinator Personalised Learning Born Accessible STEM: Making Sure Accessibility is Not Just an Afterthought - Anh Bui Director of Product Strategy for Global Literacy Project-Based Learning: You''re almost doing it already!

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “For-profit Ashford University , facing loss of access to GI Bill benefits by month’s end, needs approval from a state to stop thousands of student veterans from losing aid.” Microsoft has released an early access version of its Minecraft : Education Edition. That doesn’t seem like much money if you’re selling access to your students as a “case study” for a tech company. Education Politics.

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