Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

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.

OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges


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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?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER


As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report —are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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Improving the OpenEd Conference – Survey and Interview Highlights and Data

Iterating Toward Openness

Two months ago I invited people to respond to a survey regarding the Open Education Conference and how it can be improved. 139 people responded to the survey, meaning the response rate was (at most) 6.2%. 120 of those respondents chose to license their survey responses cc0 and you can grab their responses here to read, analyze, and blog about. I promised to share with the community what I learned from the surveys and interviews.


eSchool News

It is the first curriculum made openly available by Open Up Resources, which was founded to develop new high-quality alternatives to curricula offered by traditional publishers, and to increase equity in education by distributing these materials freely, as OER. Every student deserves access to excellent curriculum, no matter the resources of their school district,” says Larry Singer, Open Up Resources CEO.

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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.

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open-Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them


Larsen says this is a common criticism of OER textbooks, particularly among the conventional textbook industry, and he argues that errors in conventional textbooks are also reasonably high—and after all, he adds, the errors in conventional textbooks were the reason he started LibreText in the first place. But at UC Davis, “administrators could do a lot more in order to facilitate the adoption of OER projects,” Larsen says.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


Back in 2014, our interviews and surveys led us to a taxonomy of digital curation. Curating OER. It often refers to the gathering and contextualizing of OER to replace expensive traditional texts and to include them in learning management systems. OER Portals Pearltrees.

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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Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say


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). With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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Open Educational Resources: High-Quality, Empowering and Free

Leadership Lounge

Next I'll look at open educational resources (OER), because once all students have digital devices, they can access digital OER. From what we’ve learned so far from school districts using OER resources, the outcomes are promising.

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Why American higher education faculty tend to resist digital materials: new study

Bryan Alexander

“[One] tenth (11 percent) were using OER materials and 4 percent were currently using OER in their classes and also making their own course materials available as OER.”

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Where Are All the Faculty in the Open Education Movement?


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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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).

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Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

Wired Campus

According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years. That was just one of the many findings in the survey, perhaps the largest annual sampling of the views of campus IT officials. This year’s survey includes responses from IT leaders at 417 two- and four-year institutions.

More College Students Are Downloading Course Materials for Free—Or Skipping Them Entirely


That figure includes texts procured legally, like open educational resources (known as OER), and illegally, such as pirated files shared through torrent websites. The survey includes responses from nearly 20,000 college students at 41 four-year and two-year institutions across 20 U.S.

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The Power of Open and Honest Conversation: League Leaders Convene in Ohio

Digital Promise

How do we ensure equitable access to excellent learning opportunities? The district is also a leader in the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, championing teacher-created content and sharing resources widely. Digital Promise shared the League’s first impact report , which analyzes the results of a League-wide survey that offers a look at the network’s strengths and areas for improvement.

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Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

As per the latest annual survey of state spending by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), state spending per student has declined at public colleges and universities by around 8%. 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. Although rentals are a good option approved by educational institutes, OER is yet to be widely accepted by educational institutes.

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Web 2.0 Research Tools: A Quick Guide


Whether it is surveying a group on a certain subject, jotting down ideas for further exploration at a later date, or simply taking notes for somebody that was unavailable at a meeting, there is something for everybody. If you''d like quick access to his Web 2.0 Web 2.0

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Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.


Now something similar may be happening with textbooks, as publishing giants start to broker campuswide deals with colleges that give students unlimited access to a publisher’s digital textbooks at cut-rate prices. Inclusive access has already gotten up to acronym status,” he said. “It’s

Part 4: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Math

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Illuminations – Illuminations works to serve you by increasing access to quality standards-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, including interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers.

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The Consensus Around “Open”

Iterating Toward Openness

The idea of “open” intersects with education and educational technology in many places – open content, open educational resources, open access, open data, open knowledge, open source, and open standards. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. Open Access. faculty are completely unaware of OER.

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Efficacy vs Effectiveness

Iterating Toward Openness

Florida Student Textbook Survey , p. This is exactly what we’re trying to do when we aggregate, align, and use OER in accordance with principles of effective instructional design – increase both the efficacy and affordability of educational materials at the same time.

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With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More


I spoke with biology instructor Kathy Watkins and Associate Dean of STEM Bruce Johnson about how CPCC is hoping to transform a biology survey class using adaptive technology. 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.

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

" The sustainability of these courses – including the persistence of students’ own work – is precarious at best, as Coursera students discovered when the company informed them it would remove hundreds of old courses, along with their access to their coursework, from its site. The Cato Institute’s Neal McCluskey argued in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that we should restrict access to student loans to those deemed “college ready.”


Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

Another persistent trend is challenges caused by growing user numbers and activites, including both generating and demanding more data, online behavior abuses, security threats, and challenges about accessibility. Another problem less well discussed is the challenge of accessibility.

CUNY Community Colleges Prepare for Gov. Cuomo’s Free Tuition Plan With Tech Overhaul


CUNY 2016 Student Experience Survey , 21 percent of the system’s community college students were not able to take required courses, most citing “lack of seat availability” as the reason. However, the tool has some permission restrictions making it difficult for students to access and use—something Otte says he hopes to change soon. There are plans to add web-based registration, orientation, attendance services, and a more expansive OER library before 2020.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.” ” Data and “Research” Via The Next Web : “Survey shows millennials fall for cyber scams more often than seniors.”

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

” Via Edsurge : “From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education.” The Chronicle of Higher Education on the latest report from the Babson Survey Research Group on OER adoption: “Use of Free Textbooks Is Rising, but Barriers Remain.” (National) Education Politics. The GOP passed their tax plan.

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

Bryan Alexander

I kicked things off with a survey of major technological developments in a very top level way, then dived into specific, currently used digital tools (the LMS, ePortfolios, video, robotics, big data, social media, 3d printing, etc.). The other spoke of access, public financing, inequalities.

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.” “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Click here to register to attend the conference live or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards. Click here to register to attend the conference live or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Chalkbeat : NYC schools Chancellor Richard “Carranza unveils capital plan with $750 million in fixes for disability access.” There’s more “research” (or at least a write-up of a survey) on student loan debt in “the business of financial aid” section above. Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.”