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. 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.

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. 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

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. Cengage recently introduced a new subscription model that gives students access to all of the company’s digital course materials for a semester or an year. Students can access more than 20,000 course materials— courseware, eBooks, online homework and study tools, across more than 70 disciplines and 675 courses. Provide Access to K-12 Libraries.

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

Edsurge

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 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. Couldn't an immutable database with access privileges do the trick?

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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. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

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

ProfHacker

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.

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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.

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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.”.

With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

Edsurge

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.

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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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.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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Looking backward and forward

Kathy Schrock

I recommend a mix of devices in a school setting so students and teachers have access to the best tool for the job!

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.

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.

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.

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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.