Toward Renewable Assessments

Iterating Toward Openness

For some time now I’ve been critical of “disposable assessments.” ” An assessment can be characterized as “disposable” if everyone understands that its ultimate destiny is the garbage can. This example assumes physical paper, but the principles are exactly the same in the context of assessments submitted, graded, and returned electronically.). ” Research on Renewable Assessments. Renewable Assessments and Open.

From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

I spend most of my time doing fairly tactical thinking and working focused on moving OER adoption forward in the US higher education space. I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. Now, make no mistake – OER is a means, not an end.

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

NeverEndingSearch

Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. These assessments might be used to engage learners in discussion before an inquiry. Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

It’s a Long Game After All

Iterating Toward Openness

OER advocacy, like most work, is filled alternately with advances and setbacks. But other responses called the discussion of practice unimaginative and accused me of underestimating the pedagogical change that OER is capable of catalyzing. There’s a lot of ground to cover between where we are today and a sector-wide, radical re-imagining of pedagogy based on the affordances of OER. And why aren’t they using OER in their classes?

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Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

The end of my #opened15 presentation used an example about OER from the perspective of art museums to solidify my thesis. I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. million resources as OER for use and repurpose.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

The end of my #opened15 presentation used an example about OER from the perspective of art museums to solidify my thesis. I challenged the audience to recognize the history of the groups we sometimes chastise as guilty of openwashing, to consider their histories and spaces, to approach advocacy by encouraging these groups to further stretch their definitions of open rather than demanding they adhere to ours. million resources as OER for use and repurpose.

A letter of support

NeverEndingSearch

With our classroom teacher partners, we build instruction; we build projects and assessments that focus on creativity and knowledge building using the information tools and strategies of our time. These new collections support new literacies and leverage the new bounty of open educational resources (OER) supported by the White House’s #GoOpen initiative, as well as streamed media, and software for creating and sharing powerful, effectively, ethically produced digital stories.

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. One of LPS’s lead math teachers, Mike Fauteux, wanted to improve student engagement and address his students’ individual learning gaps, so he began experimenting with new instructional practices that used Google Sheets and OER to provide students with self-guided learning experiences.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

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. ” For reasons I have outlined countless times (relating to the pedagogical innovation only possible in the context of permission to engage in the 5R activities), I believe OER adoption is a critically important means to achieving this end. I fear it is OER wanting it both ways.

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Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

There was a lot of discussion at OpenEd17 about the relationship between OER and value-added services like platforms. Lumen provides for-fee, value-added hosting, integration, assessment, messaging, and other services around openly licensed content. Most faculty don’t have the technical expertise, the time, or the institutional support to manage their own WordPress installation or do anything more with OER than adopt a free PDF in place of their textbook.

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The Cost Trap, Part 3

Iterating Toward Openness

In my recent post I asked us each to consider what “what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?” Ismael tweeted: My own take: these are two complementary approaches to #OER that should enrich each other, not exclude (or even blame) each other. As someone concerned with equality, I like #OER as a way to make teaching cheaper. As an educator, I like #OER as a tool for transforming learning. I settled on OER-enabled pedagogy.

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The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Open Source and OER ? Testing and Assessment ? Alice Keeler : Interview Amany Kheriba : OER: A way out through pandemics and beyond Amna Manzoor : Veni, vidi and vici: Ingenious, Making the Most Out of the Pandemic! Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning officially started last week. We have several sessions each day, with (lots) more coming ( and that could include you! ). A current list is below.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” ” My most favorite lines simply must be these: “One of the early adopters of Imbellus was McKinsey & Company , the management consulting firm, which uses the scenario assessments to find job candidates. Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.”

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Issues with MOOCs That Prevent Them From Truly Disrupting the Status Quo - Stan Bogdanov - Instructional Multimedia Specialist www.STEMcollection.com : STEM technology + resources - Carles Aguiló Collado Informal Library Youth Programs - Jennifer Hopwood, Training Coordinator at the Southern Maryland Regional Library Association InkSurvey: A Free Graphical Polling Tool for Formative Assessment - Frank Kowalski, Physics Prof.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ 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. “Over 20 advocacy groups complain to FTC that YouTube is violating children’s privacy law ,” Techcrunch reports. ” From the press release : “ Facebook Launches New Initiative to Help Scholars Assess Social Media’s Impact on Elections.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Amplify Slims Down and Spins Off Assessment Content Provider, Fluence ,” says Edsurge. ” Via Education Week : “New federal data show a continuing deep gulf between the educational experiences of traditionally disadvantaged student groups and their peers on a broad range of indicators, findings that follow years of efforts by government and advocacy groups to level the playing field in U.S. Education Politics.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy.