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

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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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Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

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Recently I’ve been doing both more thinking and more roll-up-your-sleeves working on continuous improvement of OER. Improvement in post secondary education will require converting teaching from a solo sport to a community-based research activity. Lower Use of OER.

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

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Earlier this week I read an op-ed – sponsored by Pearson – titled “If OER is the answer, what is the question?” OER often shine in their variety and ability to deepen resources for niche topics. Stigmergy is the watchword for the next decade of OER.

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Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

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The tl;dr: Supporting effective OER adoption at scale has its problems. If OER adoption were to become widespread among the majority of faculty, it became clear that someone would need to do something more than create OER, post it on a website, and give conference talks about it.

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Transition to Digital: Improving Access, Affordability and Achievement in Higher Education

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With the increasing cost of a post-secondary education, many students opt to delay or completely forego purchase of required. Original Image Source … and important steps to help you get there!

The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

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Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web. I work in K-12 education, Nicole with college students, and Philipp primarily with adult learners. The Bottom Line OER in all its forms.

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

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Today I traveled to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to participate in the University of Mary Washington ‘s Open Education Resources Summit , organized by the excellent Steven Greenlaw. I’m also presenting, on the future of open education. future of education OER OERSummit

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

Today I traveled to Fredericksburg, Virginia, to participate in the University of Mary Washington ‘s Open Education Resources Summit , organized by the excellent Steven Greenlaw. A student panel (and why aren’t these mandatory for every education event?)

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

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For students at Central Valley middle and high schools, accessing classroom lessons rarely involves opening a book. Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge.

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

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

Musings on the Economics of Commercial and Open Educational Resources

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I have a chapter about open educational resources that will be appearing in a book on trends and issues in instructional design and technology later this year. So here it is (with some links added to improve readability): Education is sharing.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” Are any education technologies, for that matter?

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Education Politics. ” Via The Chicago Sun Times : “A private foundation started by the late Walmart mogul Sam Walton and his wife has contributed heavily to the Illinois State Charter School Commission and to two charter operators whose schools the state agency has blocked the Chicago Board of Education from closing over poor student performance , records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Gov.

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The Cost Trap, Concluding Thoughts

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Stephen has posted Four Conclusions on OERs he has drawn from our conversation. My long term goals in advocating for OER are to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners and (2) radically improve access to education worldwide. Please be aware that if your current goals with regard to OER differ from mine, one or more of the following statements may be either nonsensical or untrue in the context of your goals.

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‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Writer and Activist Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators

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It’s one reason why writer and activist Cory Doctorow thinks schools and educators should rethink their approach to surveillance and censorship. In science fiction novels like “Little Brother,” he has explored the implications of mass surveillance, and on the popular blog Boing Boing , he has written on topics such as net neutrality, open access and user privacy. Whenever we talk about education, we struggle with intrinsic and extrinsic motivations.

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Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

It was a powerful gathering of campus leaders and practitioners, organized around a common focus on liberal education. I helped start the conference with a half-day workshop on “How Technology Can Enhance Liberal Education: The State of the Art in 2016.”

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. My goal is to facilitate radical improvements in education for everyone in the world.

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The Pin that Popped the Textbook Bubble: Open (Notes for my 2015 #sxswedu talk)

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Before the Internet, educational materials were printed, making them scarce resources. Scarcity was a defining attribute of educational resources. Since the Internet, educational materials have become digital, making them abundant resources. But rather than adapting their business models to the new truth of their product, publishers have invested significantly in technologies that attempt to make educational materials artificially scarce.

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

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Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. Easier access to performance data across multiple learning solutions?

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Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

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But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Autodesk provided more than 335,000 students and educators from secondary schools with professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home. Esri has granted 200,000 students access to its professional online GIS mapping software for doing projects.

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Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

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This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. Key characteristics include real-time updates, quality data in and out, educator and school control of the data, and flexibility in reporting. Teacher. Classroom facilitator.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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Then, they submit their findings to the state department of education for review, where the process starts again. André DeLeón is an education programs professional for the Nevada Department of Education. Christine’s background includes experience in education and consulting.

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STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

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The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. Don Buckley - Co-Founder, Tools at Schools - "Is it Possible to Innovate in Education?"

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