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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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

They understood the outsized influence that billion dollar behemoths like Microsoft would continue to have, and knew that the only way the open source model could “win” would be if proprietary software companies adopted it. This was an extremely contentious position to take in the late 1990s, when many “free software” advocates described Microsoft as “the Great Satan” and felt similarly about all companies who produced proprietary software.). A switch to OER makes that happen.

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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. What are OER? According to the OER Commons : Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost.

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

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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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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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

It’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about recently, particularly with yesterday’s revelation that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. ”, you declare, “the overwhelming majority of OER in the world are licensed in ways that permit commercial use, so what’s the problem?” They provide free and open access to all their content online. Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. Some economists say OpenStax and other OER producers helped to halt the decades-long rise of textbook prices , which now set the average undergraduate back between $1,200 and $1,440 each school year, according to the College Board. Some professors have aesthetic objections to OER materials.

Districts move to single sign-on solution

eSchool News

Schools extend access to multiple web resources with a single sign-on system using one user ID and password. SchoolMessenger Passport allows districts to provide teachers, staff, parents and students with quick and secure access to online learning applications, open educational resources (OER), and a variety of school management and administration software programs using a single sign-on.

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Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

Edsurge

Back in February, an EdWeek brief reported that Amazon Education was beta-testing a new platform with educators, helping teachers navigate the jungles of open educational resources (OER). That platform—Amazon Inspire—has officially launched in tandem with ISTE conference, offering a way for educators to both upload and access resources like lesson plans, videos and games. The ISTE conference isn’t the biggest edtech conference in the world by sheer luck.

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Iterating Toward Openness

I’ll be writing a range of essays this year reflecting on two decades of work toward opening the core intellectual infrastructure of education (textbooks and other educational materials, assessments, and outcomes / objectives / competency statements) in order to increase access to and improve the effectiveness of education. Over the last twenty years every major software company (and new entrants during that period), including Microsoft, has become a major contributor to open source.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. While the nouns can help locate the important content that can be supported with OER (Open Education Resources) , it is the verbs that will take your students into Bloom’s higher order while conquering the 4C’s. Open Education Resources – Talk about big, this network brings together 44,129 OER tools for sharing curriculum.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

It is back to school time 2020 for many of us in the United States and beyond. For educators that may mean working with students in a face to face, elearning, or a blended environment.

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

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Esri has granted 200,000 students access to its professional online GIS mapping software for doing projects. Microsoft 1) provided over 3 million students with free access to Office 365 in K-12 schools across the U.S., In October 2016, Sprint also announced its 1 Million Project , providing up to 1 million lines of free broadband service and a free device over a four-year period to low-income high school students who lack internet access at home.

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Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

NeverEndingSearch

Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). In terms of young people, immersive realities have the potential to address the characteristics of i nteractivity, connectivity, access identified in Eliza Dresang’s Radical Change Theory as critical in enhancing agency among digital youth. Microsoft Translator , offer real-time translation, improving our ability to support and communicate more effectively with our community–students, parents and new immigrant populations.

Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

hl=en Geogebra - [link] (free software, Google Chrome web app) Desmos graphing calculator - [link] Scientific Calculator - [link] Google as a Graphing Calculator [link] Wolfram - [link] Microsoft Mathematics - math help and a graphing calculator [link] Google Geometry Calculator - Google has an interactive search widget that solves geometry problems. Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are all dipping their toes into virtual and augmented reality. Digital Courseware 101: Edtech for Student Success : Rahim Rajan (Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) will share solutions and findings from the foundation’s Next Generation Courseware Challenge, and how open digital courseware innovators are working to address issues around access and equality in higher education.

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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. As such these companies – Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, and the like – are the most significant education companies. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency. Prior to joining the School as Director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard and Microsoft.

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Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in education: a NERCOMP workshop

Bryan Alexander

One looming challenge: accessibility. Korkin turned to Microsoft Hololens, in part for its built-in gaze, voice, and gesture recognition, and partly because of the chance to get pre-commercial tech. Questions of accessibility. Meanwhile, on Twitter Steve Covello shared this resource : Here is my OER chapter on AR/VR/MR for my class: [link] Includes supp. rsrc for Capstone OER e-book produced by student on AR/VR + Marketing [link].

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Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

This work has focused on policy and innovations to foster universal broadband access and adoption, digital and media literacy, local journalism and information hubs, public service media, civic engagement, and government transparency. Prior to joining the School as Director, she worked in the Silicon Valley for more than a decade at major technology companies: Hewlett Packard and Microsoft.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. For example, this story from the School Library Journal : “ Charter Schools , Segregation , and School Library Access.” ” “ OER , CARE , Stewardship, and the Commons” by “Econproph” Jim Luke.

Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality in education: a NERCOMP workshop

Bryan Alexander

One looming challenge: accessibility. Korkin turned to Microsoft Hololens, in part for its built-in gaze, voice, and gesture recognition, and partly because of the chance to get pre-commercial tech. Questions of accessibility. Meanwhile, on Twitter Steve Covello shared this resource : Here is my OER chapter on AR/VR/MR for my class: [link] Includes supp. rsrc for Capstone OER e-book produced by student on AR/VR + Marketing [link].

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Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

Edsurge

godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here. 10:00AM: Tech Titans Battle for Market Share: How Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft are Reshaping the K-12 Landscape with Kevin Bushweller (Education Week), Chris Curran (Tyton Partners), Holly Yettick (Education Week Research Center), Keith Bockwoldt (Township High School District 214) and Tom Ryan (Sante Fe Public Schools & CoSN). Polish the dress shoes. Stiffen those shirt collars.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Department of Education at a convening here yesterday awarded recognition to 10 educational technology projects aiming to expand access to education and pipelines to the work force,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via Techcrunch : “ Upskill launches support for Microsoft HoloLens.” Edsurge covers OpenEd : “Beyond Free Materials: OER Advocates Push For Inclusiveness in Teaching Practices.” “ Does OER Actually Improve Learning?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “The governor of Virginia has approved a bill requiring all public higher education institutions in the state to take steps to adopt open educational resources – freely accessible and openly copyrighted educational materials.” “ Apple and Microsoft Now Offer $100 Styluses. “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable?

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” I think many historians of ed-tech would note that this has long been the argument for teaching Microsoft productivity tools in lieu of computer science. Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley. “More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access” by David Wiley. “If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER” by Stephen Downes. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Microsoft is doing a desktop PC thing. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Via the MIT Technology Review : “ AT&T Is Selling Law Enforcement Access to Its Customers’ Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Microsoft had a media event this week. Via The New York Times : “Microsoft Looks to Regain Lost Ground in the Classroom.” ” “Microsoft’s new education push plays to its strengths, the cheap and familiar,” says Techcrunch. Here is the Microsoft blog post announcing its new products. CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.” Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” Emmersion Learning has raised $600,000 from Zylun Global and Access to Education. Microsoft has acquired Chalkup. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Also via NPR : “‘I Hope This Will Set A Precedent,’ Says Trans Teen Who Won Case Over Bathroom Access.” ” IHE blogger Joshua Kim offers “25 Million Reasons Why LinkedIn / Microsoft Will Buy Coursera.” ” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “ Top Hat ’s OER Announcement: Doubling down on faculty engagement.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “For-profit Ashford University , facing loss of access to GI Bill benefits by month’s end, needs approval from a state to stop thousands of student veterans from losing aid.” Microsoft has released an early access version of its Minecraft : Education Edition. ” In other Microsoft/Minecraft news , the company will donate $10,000 to the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics to build a Minecraft Lab at a local school.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via the BBC : “ Accenture and Microsoft plan digital IDs for millions of refugees.” Via Nature : “One of the world’s largest science publishers, Elsevier , won a default legal judgement on 21 June against websites that provide illicit access to tens of millions of research papers and books. (National) Education Politics. Via Pacific Standard : “Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Every Generation Gets the Beach Villain It Deserves” – The NYT’s Nellie Bowles on tech billionaire Vinod Khosla ’s attempts to restrict access to the California coastline near his mansion. His wife is also the founder of the OER organization CK12. ” Edsurge on a YouGov/Microsoft poll of parents: “Survey Says: Parents Think Tech Companies Should Help Build Kids’ Digital Skills.”