Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

Edsurge

An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. Education Technology Open Educational Resources (OER) Higher EducationDepartment of Justice opposing the proposed merger of two of the world’s largest textbook publishers, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education.

On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

iterating toward openness

They were relatively easy to tell apart from one another and advocacy was rather straight forward. Materials that were openly licensed and free were the OER we had spent the last decade advocating for. Other schools have OER policies and OER degree programs.

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The OER Adoption Impact Explorer

iterating toward openness

I’m very excited to announce the launch of the OER Adoption Impact Explorer. This interactive tool lets users adjust a range of Institutional Settings to match their local context and estimate what the impact of adopting OER would be on their students and campus.

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David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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Self as OER

ProfHacker

When we look at common definitions of Open Educational Resources or OERs (e.g., But what if we adopt a different perspective, a broader understanding of OERs, which includes the processes and products of open scholarship as valuable, and viable, resources too?

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

The inclusive access model’s goal of reducing the cost of textbooks apparently reminded the article’s author of OER, because she includes some discussion of OER toward the end of the article. And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

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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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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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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.

From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

iterating toward openness

The most recent issue of IRRODL included an article titled Effectiveness of OER Use in First-Year Higher Education Students’ Mathematical Course Performance: A Case Study , by Juan I. This was justified by the fact that there is a lack of empirical evidence to support expanding the use of OER.

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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.

The Cost Trap, Concluding Thoughts

iterating toward openness

Stephen has posted Four Conclusions on OERs he has drawn from our conversation. My long term goals in advocating for OER are to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners and (2) radically improve access to education worldwide. Please be aware that if your current goals with regard to OER differ from mine, one or more of the following statements may be either nonsensical or untrue in the context of your goals. ” Our advocacy.

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Showing #OpenGratitude for: BCcampus OpenEd

iterating toward openness

They do unique and valuable work in the Trades and OER. They publish an Open Education Accessibility Toolkit as well as other student and faculty advocacy toolkits. They publish numerous Guides , including guides to OER adaption, using Pressbooks, self-publishing, print-on-demand, and OER authoring. This is another post in my series of posts showing gratitude and appreciation for members of the open education community. Today I’m going to focus on BCcampus OpenEd.

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Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

More than 100 companies, universities, and nonprofit and advocacy organizations have signed a new “ accessibility pledge ” intended to make K-12 computer science education more inclusive.

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The CARE Framework

iterating toward openness

As the title of the document makes explicit, the framework aims to contribute to the conversation about the sustainability of OER: “Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship” It’s a valuable contribution to that conversation. Issues of sustainability are absolutely critical to the future of OER and education more broadly, and we spend far too little time talking about them. OER, on the other hand, are non-rivalrous resources.

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Evolution vs Revolution

iterating toward openness

I love everything Rajiv is saying in his recent, excellent essay Pragmatism vs. Idealism and the Identity Crisis of OER Advocacy and I’m really looking forward to the discussion we’ll have when he presents this paper early next month. Fireflies and Star Trails No.

A letter of support

NeverEndingSearch

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. advocacy school librarians school librariesIt’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries.

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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. It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies.

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.

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. They do not have the technical expertise, the time, or the institutional support to engage meaningfully with OER. Concluding Thoughts and the Future of OER.

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Toward Renewable Assessments

iterating toward openness

My colleagues in the Open Education Group and I like to say that when you’re considering the outcomes of research on OER adoption, there are “two ways to win.” When OER is adopted in place of commercial resources, students save a substantial amount of money.

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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On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

Some research, some advocacy, some activism, some reflection, some public policy, some VC partners? I gave a presentation at #dlrn15 that was critical of the OER movement message, which my research and scholarship identifies as an attempt to be inclusive while pragmatic.

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?Scaling Mobile Technology for Community College Students: 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Edsurge

Students need to have an option to reply where they can briefly indicate why they were absent and, if they are in crisis, be automatically redirected to on-campus (ex: counselling center) and neighborhood assistance (immigration advocacy). Enhance OER access It has been well documented that students are reluctant to pay for textbooks and that the price of textbooks is particularly crippling for community college students.

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

Edsurge

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). If you make it too expensive, colleges are going to look harder at OER,” she said.

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

Some research, some advocacy, some activism, some reflection, some public policy, some VC partners? I gave a presentation at #dlrn15 that was critical of the OER movement message, which my research and scholarship identifies as an attempt to be inclusive while pragmatic.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Jahliel Thurman (Vice President of Uplift Entertainment) and Shalon Bell (Director of Strategic Alliances at the Atlanta Voice)—will discuss how despite limited monetary capital, these institutions continue to boost students’ potential in graduate education, entrepreneurship and advocacy through human capital. A Debate on “Open” Educational Resources : Can free and open educational resources (OER) save students money without compromising their content or value?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via the Education Law Center : “Several New Jersey civil rights and parent advocacy organizations have filed a legal challenge to new high school graduation regulations recently adopted by the State Board of Education. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

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. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Economic Boom Isn’t Helping Some Student-Loan Debtors , Advocacy Group Says.” Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Patrick Farenga is a leading and unique authority on homeschooling, bringing more than 30 years of fieldwork, advocacy, and personal experience (he and his wife homeschooled their three daughters) to help parents and children learn in their own ways.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

iNACOL has released a report on advocacy for competency-based education. Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week. Among the education highlights: Republican VP candidate Mike Pence made up a name for the university hosting the event. Actually, I think that was the only education highlight.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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. ” From Lumen Learning’s David Wiley : “Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption.” Education Politics.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas! We have an absolutely terrific lineup of keynote speakers.

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