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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

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Although they would eventually change their model to focus on traditionally copyrighted textbooks, FWK’s over 100 openly licensed textbooks can still be found archived around the web in places like the Open Textbook Library and the Saylor Foundation’s website. Effective Advocacy.

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

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And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience. But, first, a little background: I’ve been playing around with building virtual school libraries for a very long time. 2011) Evolving the Virtual School Library, Part 1: Deconstructing My Own Interface.

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Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

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An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. But they argue that their new business models—subscription options and inclusive access plans—benefit students and colleges and reduce the cost of course materials thanks to economies of scale.

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

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SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ?

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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A letter of support

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It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In other areas, library programs are being cut because some tight budgets favor more pressing priorities. As this year’s School Library Month draws to an end, I thought it might help similar efforts if I shared this recent letter. We provide access. Without this access, students ignore thousands of dollars of content their parents’ tax dollars support.

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The Cost Trap, Part 3

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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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?Scaling Mobile Technology for Community College Students: 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs

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It’s why mobile access has been one of the most important means of connecting students to their academic resources. Ideally professors need a way to synch attendance with an automatic mobile alert for students and have the option to quickly choose retention strategies differentiated for each learner’s specific on-campus needs (ex: a list of today’s available tutoring sessions, or upcoming MLA Citation workshops at the library).

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Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

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Now something similar may be happening with textbooks, as publishing giants start to broker campuswide deals with colleges that give students unlimited access to a publisher’s digital textbooks at cut-rate prices. Inclusive access has already gotten up to acronym status,” he said. “It’s

Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, There are, of course, vast inequalities in access to technology — in school and at home and otherwise — and in how these technologies get used.

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” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.”