Some Thoughts about OER Research

Iterating Toward Openness

I read an article back in June (reference below) that prompted some memories and catalyzed some additional thoughts. Student: I’ll study whether students learn better with OER than with traditional course materials! And if you’re thinking, “just increasing access to course materials will make a significant difference in student learning!”, You’ve likely crossed over into the realm of OER-enabled pedagogy.).

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Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

There’s great news out of the recent UNESCO meeting in Paris, where member states unanimously adopted the draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). Regardless of what other individuals, institutions, or organizations may think or say, UNESCO is the creator of the term “open educational resources” and, as its creator, UNESCO’s definition of OER is the canonical definition. This dramatically simplifies understanding what is and isn’t OER.

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Some Very Bad News about the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

I recently wrote a brief essay about the wonderful new UNESCO OER Recommendation. For those of you who don’t want to read the full analysis below, here’s the key takeaway: Imagine what would happen if making copies of OER was illegal. “Access” is Nowhere Near Sufficient.

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Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work with OER?

Iterating Toward Openness

At OpenEd18 I gave a presentation titled “Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work?” After this brief discussion, I asked “what if the commons is the wrong metaphor for our work with OER?” Primary among the reasons we might ask the question is this – much of what is central to the idea of a commons is exactly the opposite in the context OER. OER cannot be overused or overconsumed.

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Actually, the UNESCO Recommendation Makes Most OER Impossible

Iterating Toward Openness

In this first bite-sized installment I’m going to address the major flaw in the OER definition provided as part of the recent UNESCO OER Recommendation. tl;dr – The UNESCO definition of OER requires something impossible – a copyright license that grants permission to engage in an activity that isn’t regulated by copyright law. No-cost access. “Access” is not an activity that is regulated by copyright.

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Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

As I wrote last month: Efficacy refers to whether a drug demonstrates a health benefit over a placebo or other intervention when tested in an ideal situation, such as a tightly controlled clinical trial. And they need to purchase the open access option for these articles so we can all read them.) I believe we’re seeing this same effect across OER adoptions, and have labeled it the Remix Hypothesis. That’s a fight I know OER can win.

Can OER improve learning outcomes?

IT Bill

The June issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) is dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER). Several of the studies focus specifically on OER and student learning outcomes. For the semester using OER, Chiorescu estimates students collectively saved over $13,500 – spending approximately 75% less than students using the commercial text and software. References: College Algebra, 3 rd edition by Stitz C.

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OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges

Edsurge

Communications librarian Kristen Hoffman oversees much of the OER work at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university in Washington. She and her colleague John Robertson, a digital education librarian, sought advice on how faculty at a religious college could add religious components to an existing OER textbook and then share that back with the OER community, without having it perceived as ulteriorly motivated.

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How an OER Rookie Dove Deep Into a Zero-Cost Textbook Degree Program

Edsurge

The initiative intends to create degree pathways with courses that only use open educational resources, known as OER, so students don’t have to spend money on class materials. College of the Canyons’ history with OER starts before Anagnonson’s dabble, however. Using OER in those courses, she added, “really started out of necessity.” Anagnoson says she considered using OER before her course was lumped into the Z-degree.

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Equity, inclusion and the use of Open Educational Resources (OER)

IT Bill

A recent study at the University of Georgia, Athens (UGA) looked at outcomes for students taking courses using traditional commercial textbooks versus open educational resources (OER). These results hold promise that OER may help to level the playing field for many underrepresented students.

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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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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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My recent post about the cost trap and inclusive access prompted responses by Jim Groom and Stephen Downes. Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to frame the cost-savings argument around open textbooks to build broader interest for OERs. As Jim notes above, for some period of time talking about the cost savings associated with OER was an effective way to advocate for OER adoption, helping us get a step closer to the end goal.

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Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. For this reason I will refer to it as finding the technology in the standard. 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. Remember OER resources provide curriculum that: Makes learning more authentic by giving the teacher the ability to localize learning.

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

A Principal's Reflections

I recently had the honor of traveling to the MIT campus in Boston and participating in a panel discussion on Open Education Resources (OER) at The Sixth Conference of MIT''s Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) with three illustrious advocates of these open resources: Nicole Allen, Philipp Schmidt, and panel moderator Steve Carson. Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web.

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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.

OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

My reaction to a news story about an education company acquisition seems to have set off a debate in my twitter feed about the intersection of open educational resources (OER) and the role of the private, for-profit sector in the K-12 content/curriculum market: For the love of all things good and holy, can we not keep confounding ‘open’ with ‘free’? The Pro-OER Elephant Test. Like greenwashing, I think openwashing is a problem in the burgeoning OER movement.

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The Best E-Book Yet: 40Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools

Kleinspiration

Edutools click here to download the e-book Each chapter is dedicated to a different tool, and thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. Edutools by ProfDrAmin He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his Scoop.it If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 OER on Scoop.it} Disclaimer: Web 2.0

Web 2.0 Annotation and Bookmarking Tools: A Quick Guide

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Pinterest is a platform that is easily accessible and many feel comfortable with. Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. Annotation and Bookmarking Tools: A Quick Guide He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his Scoop.it If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 OER web 2.0

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Web 2.0 e-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. e-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide by ProfDrAmin He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his Scoop.it If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 OER on Scoop.it} Disclaimer: Web 2.0 OER is a sponsor of this site. OER web 2.0

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The Dance of the Not Commons

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the internet, knowledge, OER) is a commons. They looked at ease of access to digital forms of knowledge and easy new ways to store, access and share knowledge as a common. The world needs much more OER.

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Writing Our Civic Futures (May): Civic Engagement with Project-Based Learning in All Content Areas

Educator Innovator

Refer to the syllabus for information on all the annotatable readings and related events hosted by CLTV and others. You can also refer back to previous annotated articles at the Educator Innovator blog to access additional resources and connect conversations in this series. Marginal Syllabus #marginalsyllabus civic action civic engagement OER project-based learning

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

Curating OER. Lately I’ve been asked to speak about the librarian’s role in supporting OER (open educational resources) implementation through curation and I realize that in the K12 setting, curating and leveraging OER means very different things to district-level administrators, to principals, to department chairs, to teachers and to librarians. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. Ensures Equitable Digital Access. OER Portals Pearltrees.

The Remix Hypothesis

Iterating Toward Openness

For several years my colleagues and I have been conducting and reviewing empirical research on the impact on student outcomes when OER are adopted in place of commercial materials. Some studies of OER adoption show essentially no change in student outcomes. Based on these studies, we can say that sometimes OER save students significant amounts of money while obeying the “do no harm” rule in terms of student outcomes. This is what I refer to as open pedagogy.)

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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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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). The increasing availability, accessibility and quality of OER materials offer districts the opportunity to move away from textbook publishers and develop their own curriculum. With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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Reflections on Open Education and the Path Forward

Iterating Toward Openness

The recently published OER strategy document , as informative as it is, reads more like a list of issues and opportunities than what Michael Feldstein describes as “ rungs on a ladder of ambition.” 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. I believe that is our best chance for enabling the true breakthroughs in pedagogy and access that are my end goal.

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The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Iterating Toward Openness

Now that the book is appearing in print, I’m publishing the full-text chapter here so that there will be an easier-to-access open access version of the chapter available online. Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. In other words, you can only access club goods if you’ve paid to be part of the club.

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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.

Web 2.0 Social Networking Tools: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

now, Pinterest is one of my top referring sites for this blog. Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his Scoop.it If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 OER on Scoop.it} Disclaimer: Web 2.0 OER is a sponsor of this site.

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Web 2.0 Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

Tools in Education Series Mindmapping and Brainstorming Tools: A Quick Guide A mind map is a visual representation in which a person or group is able to share, store, and reference their thinking. Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 OER on Scoop.it} Disclaimer: Web 2.0

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Web 2.0 Sharing Tools: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

Google Docs is a platform that is easily accessible and many feel comfortable with. Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. Sharing Tools: A Quick Guide He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his Scoop.it If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 OER is a sponsor of this site.

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“Open” Through the Lens of Negative and Positive Liberty

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As I understand it, negative liberty refers to the absence of external obstacles, barriers, roadblocks, hinderances, or constraints that interfere with my ability to accomplish my desires. Say, for example, that I want all my students to have access to the learning materials for my course, forever. Say, for example, that I have adopted OER instead of a commercial textbook for my class. I want all my students to have access to the learning materials for the course, forever.

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Online Learning Book Recommendations: And Why I Read so Few Books on the Topic

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Tim Carson, Skilled Trades and OER Advocate First, allow me to tell you why I don’t typically read books about online learning. We don’t have to be enrolled in his class to access it. The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column.

Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

Google seems to be a platform that everybody in the world has access to, and I am very comfortable using Google Docs. Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his Scoop.it If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 Web 2.0

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Web 2.0 Content Creation: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his Scoop.it If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 OER on Scoop.it} Disclaimer: Web 2.0 OER is a sponsor of this site. Web 2.0