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Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

There’s great news out of the recent UNESCO meeting in Paris, where member states unanimously adopted the draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). This dramatically simplifies understanding what is and isn’t OER. The opposite of OER is TCM.

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Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I promised I would write a few posts about reducing friction with regard to OER. In last week’s post I talked about how we’re making it ridiculously easy for students, faculty, and others to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of OER.

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Introducing the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

Doug Levin

In a post of nearly two years ago (“ OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test “), I argued that the OER community lacked a reliable way to assess new entrants to the OER field, especially for-profit organizations, in terms of their support for openness and OER community values. It is for that reason that I am pleased today to introduce the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship. “The Care Framework for OER Stewardship.”

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When is an OER an OER?

Iterating Toward Openness

tl ;dr – If a resource is licensed in a way that grants you permission to engage in the 5R activities, and grants you those permissions for free, it’s an open educational resource (OER) – no matter where you find it or how it’s being used. For several years I have used a shorthand definition of OER as “free access plus permission to engage in the 5R activities.” Consider the following scenarios: A person downloads an OER to their laptop.

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Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

Recently I’ve been doing both more thinking and more roll-up-your-sleeves working on continuous improvement of OER. Once we’ve identified that content, we invite faculty to Shine by contributing their expertise to the improvement of OER. However, we’re just one company.

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Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

Iterating Toward Openness

Because I can’t stop thinking about open, I’ve been pondering the relationship between solar power and OER. ”, “How can you sell OER if they’re free?”, ”, and “If OER are free, why would anyone pay you?”

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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. The company is also banking on authors and adopters to check for quality themselves.

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Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. As a technology lover who is blind, Luis F.

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OER: Free Like a Beer, or Free Like a Puppy?

Edsurge

Those in the puppy camp argued, with good reason, that free curricula and OER content were hardly free once the related costs and risks were factored in. There were other sound arguments critical of open source and open access content, as well as doubts that creators of free curriculum would be able to secure the talent and resources required for sustained, quality production and delivery at scale. Education Technology Language Arts Technology in School

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. The Departments of Education and Labor announce large, long-term grants to support the creation of OER. future of education OER OERSummit

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. described two undergraduates’ experiences with OER. Which were very positive, including love for low cost, easy access, simulation games (for one class).

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How an OER Rookie Dove Deep Into a Zero-Cost Textbook Degree Program

Edsurge

Today, Anagnoson’s online course is embedded into a Water Systems Technology zero-cost textbook degree program, or Z-degree. The initiative intends to create degree pathways with courses that only use open educational resources, known as OER, so students don’t have to spend money on class materials. College of the Canyons’ history with OER starts before Anagnonson’s dabble, however. Using OER in those courses, she added, “really started out of necessity.”

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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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OER Pioneer David Wiley Predicts All Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024

Edsurge

David Wiley, a pioneer of open education resources who co-founded Lumen Learning , a for-profit company that supports OER efforts, sees one place where textbooks could actually be vanquished by openly licensed alternatives: community colleges. Eventually you wound up co-founding your own company, Lumen Learning, and you gave up a tenured professor job at Brigham Young University to do it. Why create a for-profit to push for things to be open and accessible?

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

If the workday of an adult typically requires seamless broadband access, then it’s reasonable that today’s students need the same access during their school day. After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology.

Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door

Edsurge

Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. Advocates praise their accessible low-prices and ability to meet students on digital devices. The most recent example occurred this week, when OER company Lumen Learning announced a partnership with one of the country’s largest textbook distributors, Follet Corporation. based company’s $3.75

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As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor

Edsurge

Besides just new and used print options from the campus bookstore, students might have their pick between print and digital, buying or renting, and in some cases, buying a subscription from a publisher that gives them access to multiple titles by that provider. Caleb Hylton, a senior majoring in information systems technology at Seminole State College of Florida, says his assigned reading is “a lot more digital.” Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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. 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.

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Words Matter: Let’s Talk About Learning, Not Technology

Digital Promise

Their work is stored online, so they can access it from anywhere.” I called it “No Excuses: Anytime, Anywhere Access to Student Work (For You & Them!)” Technology was only a tool to make what they were trying to do more efficient and more effective.

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

Edsurge

An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. Leaders of the two companies have, in fact, publicly stated that they plan to create an unlimited subscription service that would combine all of both company’s digital titles if the merger is allowed to proceed.

OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

I said my piece in the updated article that spurred my original comment (including that the service the company in question provides looks “interesting and valuable,” especially in the context of the K-12 assessment market). The Pro-OER Elephant Test.

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Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

Edsurge

Founded in 2013, the company has raised $21.5 The technologies are often purchased separately as well. She’s enthusiastic about accessing Open Up Resources’ materials on the Kiddom platform. “By

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. The nonprofit edtech company Gooru provides a telling example of the importance of cohesive OER curricula.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. Schools have tried to identify adequate solutions to this problem at a critical moment when all students in school should have reliable home Internet access.

Higher Ed’s Biggest Pressure Cookers in 2019

Edsurge

We talked about financial challenges facing schools, mergers and closures, cutting-edge technology, personalization and more. The question is when we will see large universities become active buyers in states like Texas and California to gain better access to growing markets. You also see partnerships between institutions and companies. A number of companies, including, Walmart, Lowes and Disney, have announced partnerships with universities.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content.

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Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

Smartphones, tablets, and laptops had become a permanent requirement along with using technology in the classrooms by this time. Thus, replacing expensive textbooks with technology in the classroom is the right thing to do in the current scenario. Here’s how you can replace these expensive textbooks with technology in the classroom: Adopt a Subscription Model. The teachers can customize an OER and include modules that they feel would benefit the students.

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The Best E-Book Yet: 40Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools

Kleinspiration

technology and I''ve received a lot of positive feedback on how these tools have helped many in the classroom. Edutools: A Quick Guide provides insight into large tools such as Twitter and Facebook to smaller new companies like Educreations. If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0

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

Edsurge

It’s why mobile access has been one of the most important means of connecting students to their academic resources. Many professors are still skeptical about utilizing smart phones in the classroom, but I believe we could get more professors on-board if entrepreneurs better understood the challenges and resistance faculty face to use mobile technologies. But companies might not be attuned enough to how the user experience shifts from one device to another.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

Remember in 2012 when Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller said in her TED Talk that her company’s goal was to “take the best courses from the best instructors at the best universities and provide it to everyone around the world for free”? Or, with its penchant for amnesia , has education technology already forgotten? Google)’s biotech company, Calico. Investment data for private loan companies can be found on funding.hackeducation.com.

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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. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say

Edsurge

In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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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. EdTech News News news OER

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

Edsurge

In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies.