As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

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For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving. But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. So OER advocates are realizing they need to change their pitch. But OER advocates like Allen say the definitions should be simple.

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With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

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adaptive technology. These digital tools help students master course learning goals by using data generated from students’ interactions with the adaptive software to predict what students should view or do next online. By adopting the adaptive tool, we were able to completely integrate the lab and lecture during the class meeting times. Manuela Ekowo: What made CPCC begin using adaptive technology? Are you using adaptive tools in other courses?

Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies.

Showing #OpenGratitude for: OpenStax

iterating toward openness

Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library since scaled to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Our adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country. It’s difficult to find an OER initiative that doesn’t make use of their materials.

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Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

The Christensen Institute

It houses a library of K-5 math open education resources (OERs)—including activities, lesson plans, and supporting materials—from organizations such as EngageNY , the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , CPALMS , and UnboundEd. And according to IBM, since Teacher Advisor uses AI, it will continue to learn and improve with use from teachers and other education experts.

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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

Edsurge

Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. And even before the management change, the company had quietly started building a huge library of courses bolted to its adaptive engine. The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). There are downsides to the adaptive approach, however.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

But how do they compete with resources like MOOCs and OERs that have made high quality course content from respected university professors available for free? Develop Adaptive Learning Platforms. The learning platform must be responsive and intuitive.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” “Schools, Libraries Miss Out on Millions in E-Rate Funds,” according to EdTech Magazine – some $245 million for the 2014 fiscal year. The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Adam Bellow Becomes CEO of Breakout EDU to Spread Gamified Learning.” Education Politics.

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Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). ” Via Cleveland.com : “National e-school figure to test new approach to online learning here in Ohio.” “The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

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” Via PBS Newshour : “GOP reinstates usage of ‘ illegal alien ’ in Library of Congress ’ records.” Via KNN : “‘ aisectmoocs.com ’ launched as India ’s largest free online open learning platform.” Via Campus Technology : “ Udacity has announced a partnership with a ride-sharing service in China to host a $100,000 prize competition to find the best machine learning strategy to improve customer experience.”

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The NAACP endorses OER. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.” ” (It’ll run on LinkedIn Learning , formerly Lynda.com , which means it’ll cost you $24.99 Jeff Fernandez, the co-founder of the online learning company Grovo , has resigned.

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” Via EdSource : “New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies.” ” The Linked Learning Alliance is a voluntary certification program for California’s high school career academies. ” PrecisionHawk is a drone surveillance company, which I’m sure has nothing in common with the learning management system. The American Library Association announced its youth media awards.