OER and you. The curation mandate

NeverEndingSearch

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. But it was clear to our little group, that to the larger majority of the participants, we were not even on the OER radar. Some OER background: Launched in October, GoOpen is a U.S.

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VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

Edsurge

In 2014, I wrote about strategies for edtech success in the new school year , and in 2015, I wrote about edtech teaching trends for the new school year. High Hope #4: Cleanly Curated Open Education Resources In order for high quality OERs to be combined with high quality instructional design, teachers need tools that allow them to curate the resources. Office of Education Technology launched GoOpen last year, OERs have gotten a big boost.

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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. Is free curriculum content like a free beer or a free puppy?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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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. On its own, the OER company partners with nearly 150 campuses.

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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.

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OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

What I do want to comment on (in greater than 140 characters) is the practice of ‘openwashing:’ what it is, why I believe not being able to go beyond a pro-OER elephant test for organizations and service providers is untenable in practice, and some thoughts on what we can do about it.

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Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

OER remains a recent invention and the relatively large technology investments required to successfully implement a digital content strategy in schools just hadn’t been made in very many places. appeared first on Doug Levin | EdTech Strategies.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition). Couldn't an immutable database with access privileges do the trick?

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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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This Government Websites | ITIF → The public relies on federal websites to access information and services from the U.S. Blog EdTech News News news

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The EdTech Trends You Might Be Missing (Redux)

Doug Levin

As compared to others, I am more likely to tag local/regional and state-specific news stories, in-depth policy analysis, open resources (OER, open source software tools, open data, open access, etc.), About a year and a half ago , I launched a ‘reading list’ feature on this site in an effort to expand folks’ perspectives on technology in education.

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How Will the Presidential Election Results Influence Education Technology in Schools?

Doug Levin

Doug Levin, president of the consulting firm EdTech Strategies, is worried. Federal support, affiliation with ConnectEd , Future Ready , Go Open , and the threat of [Office of Civil Rights] action for unequal access , the convenings, speeches, reports and toolkits – all of it , including the personnel – it could get halted, shifted or eliminated on the first day of a Trump administration,” he wrote in a series of Twitter posts. appeared first on EdTech Strategies.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

Now, Title IV is a complex, layered program and marks a significant departure in structure and operation from past federal edtech investments. Be explicit with districts about expectations for access to technology in schools and classrooms. The glasses have been raised.

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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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

OER Commons provides a database of free learning materials commonly used by teachers nationwide. Not all schools are built equally, but the coming years will see the rise of “digital classrooms” according to EdTech.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

It offers a large number of students access to study high-quality courses online through video streaming. Anyone can access these courses and there is no minimum qualification to take them. The Google Glass offers features such as Head-Up Display (HUD) which gives users the opportunity to access high-quality content from the comfort of your home. Open Education Resources (OER). education edtech innovation teaching

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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Those students, fueled on basics but allowed instant access to all other human knowledge without normalizing , could flourish and become the future leaders we so desperately need. Digital Learning Featured Technology EdTech LeiLani CauthenBy LeiLani Cauthen.

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. Leveled readings —Each of the articles in the course is provided at multiple reading levels to ensure that all students can access and understand the material, enabling them to participate in the class. Working across so many disparate texts, it would be nearly impossible for a teacher to create anything like this when using OER.

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100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

The App Hub is dedicated to bringing transparency to developers’ data and accessibility policies, and to help decision-makers find information about apps to meet the unique learning goals and policies of their school districts.”.

Amazon Launches 'Inspire,' a Free Education Resource Search Platform for Educators

Edsurge

Back in February, an EdWeek Market brief reported that Amazon Education was starting to beta-test a new platform with educators, helping teachers navigate the jungles of open educational resources (or OERs, for short). A free, mostly-OER platform (see below for why it’s “mostly OER”), Amazon Inspire works like a search engine for educational videos, lesson plans and games. At the moment, the platform is free but requires an access code.

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Amazon’s Education Hub, Amazon Inspire, Has Quietly Restored ‘Sharing’ Function

Edsurge

Amazon officials took down the offending content and pledged to quickly put a review system in place, but in the meantime they restricted access to the service to a select group of beta testers and the site fell off the radar for about a year. Peters says that some states ended up deciding to pick other platforms, like OER Commons , in their efforts to organize and review open materials created or used by their teachers. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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Thinking about open practice

K12 Open Ed

To be clear, I am not talking about open educational resources (OER), but rather open learning practices. (Is Transparency and open access. EdTech Update Uncategorized open openeducationweek openeducationwk Credit: opensource.com.

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Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

Edsurge

Alta at a Glance With Alta, Knewton aims to combine third-party open educational resources (OER) with assessments and the adaptive-learning technology created by the company to inform how students progress through the content. The company says its materials are compliant with web accessibility standards, and shareable through a noncommercial Creative Commons license ( CC-BY-NC-ND ). Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?

Edsurge

Open educational resources (OER) are gaining increasing popularity. To answer this question, I have to examine my own experience with OER and its advocates. Therefore, I had the simple mission of writing an openly-licensed textbook that not only addressed my students’ learning needs, but would be accessible to anyone. To me, using OER felt like a no-brainer. We know that many educators today are using OER. I am not referring to OER usage in the classroom.

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Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

At this stage of the edtech revolution, most educators are focused on using tech to enhance lessons rather than on the tech itself. Grace believes it is the teacher’s job is to inspire them, educate them, give them access and help them use technology safely.

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

Edsurge

Founded in 2008, Knewton blazed its way into the edtech industry with bold proclamations about its adaptive-learning technology, which it then licensed to digital curriculum providers. Knewton’s Alta, by contrast, is tapping into openly-licensed, or OER, materials.

What Happened to Amazon Inspire, the Tech Giant’s Education Marketplace?

Edsurge

Though users can give each item a star rating, the vast majority of resources in the collection have no ratings, since only a limited audience has access to the beta site. Administrators, she says, “notice that for new teachers the quality of their lesson plans are better because they have access to so many more resources, and it’s easier to get resources,” she adds. My sense of publishers is that they’re in this mode of dismissing OER entirely, and it’s a crazy mistake,” he adds.

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The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

Edsurge

After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative ), I spent hours doing my own personal research on my university’s open access policy and scouring the library website. The collaboration allowed the bookstore access to the library’s online catalog to see which materials in faculty’s course packs were readily available in library journals.

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

Edsurge

We’re focusing on higher-ed access and completion and transition into the workforce,” says Michelson 20MM Foundation President Phil Kim. “We Here are the five companies in the 2016 cohort: Lrnr : An adaptive-learning platform that uses open educational resources (OER). Education Technology Entrepreneurship Edtech BusinessFive higher-ed technology startups are soaring this week.

Self-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

The report defines self-paced courseware as being accessed on a desktop or laptop and spanning the K-12, higher education, corporate training, and privately marketed software (such as that produced by language-learning company Rosetta Stone) sectors. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

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

Edsurge

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

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

I would take this one step further — the dominant paradigm of EdTech keynotes is not either dystopian or utopian , but giving the audience the utopia or dystopia they desire. To play into the musical tropes of EdTech blogging, we give the people what they want.

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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

Edsurge

The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Michael Feldstein, the edtech consultant who called the company’s previous pitch snake oil, said that “after years of absurd hype from their former CEO, it’s a relief to hear them promote a value proposition that at least makes sense.” One notable feature of Knewton’s approach is the price: Each online textbook costs $44 for two years of access, or $9.95 OER will commoditize education content.