Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Effective Advocacy. This has been the core of the open source software advocacy strategy – not appeals to altruism, and certainly not moralizing grandstanding – but a rational, self-interested explanation of why a business would benefit from adopting the open source model.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

Students can access learning materials outside of school. One of the most straightforward ways that technology contributes to equity in schools is ensuring that every student has access to learning materials, even outside of the classroom. Here are some examples.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Yesterday IHE published an article about the “ inclusive access ” programs offered by most major textbook publishers. ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

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Digital Equity: It’s More Than Just Student Access

techlearning

It’s an economic concern, as schools consider how they can ensure equal access for all. DEFINING EQUITY: EMPATHY, AUTHENTICITY, AND ACCESS Sean Wybrant, Digital Media Studies Teacher, William J. Wybrant cites the North Dakota Access Pipeline as an example.

The Challenges of Broadband Access in Rural Schools

edWeb.net

Rural school districts face many unique trials, and access to educational technology is no different. But in order to take advantage of edtech, they first need broadband access. Even when broadband is available, many students don’t have access at home.

When Colleges Sign ‘Inclusive Access’ Textbook Deals, Can Students and Professors Opt Out?

Edsurge

Yet the contract terms for these subscription arrangements—which some publishers call “inclusive access” programs—raise questions about whether publishers and colleges pressure students into participating.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. For example, in 2015 I wrote that “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. Ask a publisher why inclusive access is good for students and the list of reasons they will provide sounds like it came straight off a 2013 OER advocacy slide.

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CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. Under her guidance and with access to connectivity, the students were able to meet virtually with the polar scientists to guide their research efforts.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

NeverEndingSearch

Our students are granted the opportunity to flourish with access to knowledge, resources, the world of literature and the creation of school community. Students, particularly those from homes where books are not readily available, need access to books in every room of the school.

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

The Hechinger Report

Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group. Her sisters “were an example and I wanted to be like them,” Alvarado said.

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Congress gets a proposal to spend $400 million on creating more apprenticeships

The Hechinger Report

Apprenticeships can help fill workforce demands while students earn a living wage, said Katie Spiker, director of government relations for the National Skills Coalition, an advocacy group for improved skills training. WASHINGTON, D.C.

Colleges provide misleading information about their costs

The Hechinger Report

The Trump administration is pushing to make college costs, outcomes and other information more accessible as an alternative to regulating institutions with high costs and poor results. Offers of financial aid, for example, are notoriously confusing.

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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. Promotion is access. Considering this kind of necessity 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. Promotion is access. Considering this kind of necessity is access.

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach

CUE

We characterize the standards as “smooth curves” in recognition that not every ten year old, for example, is going to be achieving at a fourth grade math level. We recognize that our idea works best when every child has full-time access to a computer.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

The Hechinger Report

To counteract these realities, Román-Lagunas said her staff members have been analyzing Latinx students’ data — majors, feeder high schools and retention rates, for example — to see where they can make a difference. Ortiz knew she had Pell Grant aid coming in, but didn’t know how to access it.

Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it

The Hechinger Report

When these programs were designed, it was an acknowledgment that there were low-income students who had need, and of the importance of going to college,” said Carrie Warick, director of policy and advocacy at the nonpartisan National College Access Network.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones.

Is California saving higher education?

The Hechinger Report

It’s one example of the many ways that California is taking on seemingly intractable problems that are plaguing higher education nationwide. Jaelyn Deas at her work-study job at San Jose State University.

What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?

The Hechinger Report

That perspective bothers Kellie O’Quinn, director of the Center for Social Measurement and Research at Children at Risk, a children’s advocacy organization in Houston. “I

As jobs grow hard to fill, businesses join the drive to push rural residents toward college

The Hechinger Report

It’s that fewer than one in five of adults in the entire surrounding Humphreys County have at least an associate degree, according to census data analyzed by the nonprofit advocacy organization Complete Tennessee. Bradley County’s rolling landscape is dotted with examples of the new economy.

From foster care to college

The Hechinger Report

Jennifer Pokempner, director of child welfare policy at Juvenile Law Center, a legal advocacy group in Philadelphia, said the Seita program is “seen as a model.” DHHS staff work from the Seita office to help students access state grants and to provide other support.

Scrutiny of colleges that get billions in GI Bill money remains mired in bureaucracy

The Hechinger Report

As an example, she pointed to the Accelerated Learning Program, or ALP, which she spearheaded in her role as a senior VA advisor under the Obama administration. Higher Ed News for-profit education Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

edWeb.net

All students need to have the same access to WiFi, and thus the ability to use the device, whether they are at school or not. Equitable access should be a part of a larger discussion about how the schools are serving their students’ needs.

Bring an Author to Your School

Reading By Example

This is the preferred approach, as you get full access to the author for at least a day. For example, it is smart to consider the attention spans of younger vs. older students when scheduling classroom visits.

Billions in federal financial aid is going to students who aren’t graduating

The Hechinger Report

Jessica Thompson, policy and research director, The Institute for College Access and Success. Arkansas Baptist, for example, has suffered an enrollment slide and budget problems that have forced it to impose staff pay cuts.

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

The Hechinger Report

Only about one in five of 2016 graduates got full-time jobs in legal offices, the advocacy organization Law School Transparency reported. Still, a study by the Children’s Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law found, they could do much more than they are now. “We

Many state flagship universities leave black and Latino students behind

The Hechinger Report

The Latino flagship freshmen-high school graduates gap in 2015 at the University of Texas at Austin, for example, was more than four times the size of the gap at UNM. Higher Ed News Higher education access Race

5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America

The CoolCatTeacher

Additionally, only 55% of rural America has broadband access versus 94% of urban America. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: Promoting more broadband access. The need for more rural education advocacy.

Transfer students start getting more of the credits they’ve already earned

The Hechinger Report

Higher Ed News community college Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion SolutionsGage Ramirez transferred twice in his college career. The first time, he lost almost all of his credits.

OPINION — Did applying for financial aid just get harder?

The Hechinger Report

For example, while nearly two-thirds of a sample of high school seniors in urban Boston public schools said they intended to enroll in a two- or four-year college the next year, less than a quarter actually did so. Higher Ed Opinion Higher education access Higher education affordability

Civic Responsibility

Reading By Example

Schools are being called to action to reverse the trend of Americans not participating in civic duties, for example a decline in people voting. You can access Rebell’s article at this URL: [link] ). For example, are the “3 R’s” – reading, writing, ‘rithmetic – mutually exclusive from social studies? For example, students interviewed Mineral Point city officials about the governing process.

Eligible for job and college aid, half of Tennesseans with disabilities get nothing

The Hechinger Report

It’s disheartening to families, and it fosters the ‘check mentality,’ ” said Carrie Guiden, executive director of The Arc of Tennessee, a nonprofit disability advocacy group, referring to government checks. More advocacy.”.

Silicon Valley aims its tech at helping low-income kids get beyond high school

The Hechinger Report

“There’s a really tremendous gulf,” said Katie Berger, senior policy analyst for higher education at the nonprofit advocacy organization The Education Trust. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Solutions