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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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. The availability of these data enable truly objective, head-to-head comparisons of OER and commercial products, and set the stage for conversations about students’ academic return on investment in course materials. That’s a fight I know OER can win.

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

Edsurge

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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OPEN UP RESOURCES RELEASES ITS FIRST FREE OER CURRICULUM

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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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.

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.

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.

Adopting Open Educational Resources Can Help Students. But It Takes Time, Money and Effort.

Edsurge

Students who took multiple community college courses that used only free or low-cost OER materials earned more credits over time than their peers who took classes that used traditional course materials such as textbooks, according to a new study. OER has eliminated that issue.”

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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. 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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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

Back in 2014, our interviews and surveys led us to a taxonomy of digital curation. 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. OER Portals Pearltrees.

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. Additionally, OER proponents highlight these benefits: • Equity – All students can have access to high-quality learning materials. • Save money – OER content is free.

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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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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.

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

Bryan Alexander

When professors select analog instead of digital content, it’s largely because of perceived quality and impact on learning: “Faculty are not convinced that digital offers higher quality, provides real added-value content, or improves learning outcomes” When asked “Why might you decide to select OER materials for your classes?”, We’ll discuss this study, and the latest Campus Computing Survey data, with an eye to what they tell us about the future.

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

Edsurge

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. A third may be the growth of so-called inclusive-access programs.

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Web 2.0 Research Tools: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

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. Each of the platforms described in the quick guide has a specific function in my world - some for surveys, some for notes, and some to collaborate. He has also made it really easy to access this resource along with many others on his Scoop.it Web 2.0

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

Edsurge

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. And of course there are other vendors, like Elsevier and Wiley (like Jones Soda and RC) and openly-licensed resources known as OER, or open education resources (which are something like a Sodastream homebrew). has become a test case for this new model of inclusive access.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Take a look at my last post on surveys for educators, students, and parents. Teachers should also be surveyed. Coronavirus eLearning Series… Ideas To Think About Now… Before Next Year: Idea 2…Feedback and Surveys.

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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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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. It is a free platform giving access to high-quality teaching resources. Curriki Algebra – This is an Open Education Resource (OER) Algebra course that consists of five units aligned to the Common Core.

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Efficacy vs Effectiveness

Iterating Toward Openness

” The problem with talking about efficacy – in the FDA sense – is that it completely misses the fact that so many students go without access to textbooks, online homework systems, and other educational materials because of their cost: More than half (64%) [of students] reported not having purchased the required textbook because of the high cost, and almost one-fourth reported doing without frequently (23%). Florida Student Textbook Survey , p.

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With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

Edsurge

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.

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. ” Casey’s response: we have more information and expanded access to educational materials, but no increase in faculty productivity and no decrease in costs. Another problem less well discussed is the challenge of accessibility.

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

Edsurge

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 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.). That meant open source software, open education resources, and open access in scholarly publication. Several participants pointed out limitations on faculty time which block creation and even adoption of OER.

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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Spoiler alert: not enough access to data. ” “ Deloitte Publishes 2016 Digital Education Survey,” says Edsurge. Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” ” There are some interesting insights here on how those surveyed view continuing education – 54% say it’s essential. US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week.

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. Ozelle Stephen, Rev/Director of Education, Miridians Elementary School, Centre of Enabling Support Foundation, Uganda Access to Quality education Opportunities, Good Health + Well-being for all. Click here to register to attend the conference live or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards.