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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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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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. This issue is especially important for schools that have implemented educational technology game changers I’ve highlighted in previous blog posts: one-to-one computing , Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning management systems (LMS). In the end, however, without reliable Internet access at home, students’ limitations remain for meaningful online work.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ It’s also vital that school leaders take a hard look at access once students leave the school doors, as five million of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband while at home according to a Pew Research Center report. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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Four game changers

Learning with 'e's

He wanted to clarify a few points, including a response to the critique of the One Laptop Per Child projects. OLPC is premised on the basis of one child interacting with one free laptop, in many ways a counter to social forms of learning witnessed in communal contexts such as Mitra's Hole in the Wall project. To help achieve this vision, Mackintosh is setting up the OER University and is evangelistic in his elucidation of this concept. OER computer games social media OLPC

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


After three years of utilizing a BYOD (bring your own device) policy with my classes at Nassau Community College, I have seen how tools like tablets and laptops can lead to better academic engagement. It’s why mobile access has been one of the most important means of connecting students to their academic resources. Access to connectivity is vital to a successful classroom BYOD policy, so these issues are largely taken care of by an institution.

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How to Boost Classroom Engagement With the Tech Tool That 'Always Works'


The teachers who have access to Vivi-enabled classrooms have been using more interactive tools to engage their students, so it's made them feel more confident in being able to quickly connect, share, show something, get feedback from students. One of the great things with Vivi is that it works with laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, Android tablets. Wrangling technology can be maddening even in optimally designed classrooms.

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: August 17, 2017 Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program | Peoria Public Radio → After a decade and a half, and at a cost of about $12 million annually (around one percent of the state's education budget), Maine has yet to see any measurable increases on statewide standardized test scores. A paper and pencil version of the SAT will continue to be available in order to make the test as accessible as possible to all students.

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The Future of Digital Learning in Tennessee and Beyond

Fractus Learning

With the widespread introduction of laptops and tablets into the classroom, the digitization of primary education is rapidly expanding across the United States, making access to quality education materials easier and more flexible than ever before. Under Director of Schools, Gary Lilly, the Bristol Tennessee City Schools district recently completed a major rollout of Dell laptops which put a personal computer in the hands of each of its students, grades 4-12.

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With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More


We also replaced the $150 textbook we were using with open education resources (OER). We’ve had issues with some students not being able to access all of the lessons. As a community college, we serve a population of students that often face challenges accessing technological resources. As a community college, we serve a population of students that often face challenges accessing technological resources.

Challenging Openness & Innovation – Takeaways from #OER16 & #OLCInnovate


someone mentioned openness in the pre-internet age), from the response on Twitter to the session on Self as OER ( abstract & slides ) I co-presented with Suzan Koseoglu, and from the keynote by Catherine Cronin followed by the Virtually Connecting session with Catherine Cronin and Jim Groom. Jim talked about how sometimes focusing on OER as textbooks could be detrimental when it reduces funding for public education ( link to his keynote ).

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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. market is the trend toward open and free educational resources, or OER. Similarly, the trend toward OER and greater competition among vendors is also expected to negatively impact the LMS market.

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.”. Developers Resource Page – a resource page for app developers to access best practices and policies. You will also find information about the app’s data policy, privacy policy, accessibility, and terms and conditions.

Digital Courseware or ePUB – Which is the Future of Higher Education?

Kitaboo on EdTech

Many publishers have already started converting their physical textbooks to electronic formats which can be accessed on a desktop or mobile. ePubs come in electronic formats and can be easily accessed from mobile devices or computers.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

…This is key to its advantage over traditional business models when it comes to data, since a platform positions itself (1) between users, and (2) as the ground upon which their activities occur, which thus gives it privileged access to record them. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.) Apple’s share of the market – which includes its sales of both iPads and Mac laptops – fell to 19% – down from about a quarter of the market.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join Neverware and The Learning Revolution to learn how CloudReady does exactly that on up to 8 year old laptops or desktops, extending their life along with making them run faster to help preserve budget. In this focused conversation, we will address the roles and responsibilities of libraries regarding the protections of intellectual freedom, privacy, free speech, information access, and freedom of the press. Some great upcoming (and all free) Learning Revolution events are below.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

million laptops to all public primary schools. ” Spoiler alert: not enough access to data. Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week. Among the education highlights: Republican VP candidate Mike Pence made up a name for the university hosting the event. Actually, I think that was the only education highlight.

Looking backward and forward

Kathy Schrock

They became a bit more powerful and speedier, their screens became easier to use for extended periods of time, the touchscreen Chromebooks allowed additional ways to input information (a big help for those that needed accessibility options), and the newest Chromebooks even began to run apps from the Google Play Store (the apps that run on the Android phones). I recommend a mix of devices in a school setting so students and teachers have access to the best tool for the job!

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

Doug Levin

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 Tagged on: March 10, 2017 As new technology is paramount, Robertson County gives students laptops | WKRN News 2 → "As new technology is paramount," Robertson County gives students laptops - funded through a special resolution (and not the regular budget).

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. News’ ” “Who Gets Access to Data About D.C.’s Via Inside Higher Ed : “New study shows that splitting attention between lecture and cellphone or laptop use hinders long-term retention, and those in class suffer from others’ use of devices.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. “ Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers,” The New York Times writes about the online retailer’s forays into “ OER.” Education Politics.


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Apple and Maine education officials are allowing school districts to trade in iPads for laptops after teachers and students say the computers are better for schoolwork,” according to The Sun Journal. “ OpenStax , Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER.” Elsevier has acquired SSRN , an online open access repository. Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

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. At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy. Ban Laptops" Op-Eds.