When is an OER an OER?

iterating toward openness

tl ;dr – If a resource is licensed in a way that grants you permission to engage in the 5R activities, and grants you those permissions for free, it’s an open educational resource (OER) – no matter where you find it or how it’s being used. For several years I have used a shorthand definition of OER as “free access plus permission to engage in the 5R activities.” Consider the following scenarios: A person downloads an OER to their laptop.

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

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Earlier this week I read an op-ed – sponsored by Pearson – titled “If OER is the answer, what is the question?” ” The article poses three questions and answers them. Below I share some thoughts prompted by the article.

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

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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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In Search of OER’s Future and Edtech’s Missing Evidence at SXSW EDU

Edsurge

Here’s more of what we heard and saw on Monday at SXSW EDU: A Sustainable Future for OER Monday marked day one of Open Education Week, and speakers at a panel used the opportunity to discuss the potential for open educational resources as an alternative to increasingly unaffordable textbooks—as well as the challenges and misconceptions that the open movement still faces. Still, sustainable ways to fund OER into the future remains an open question.

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OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

I said my piece in the updated article that spurred my original comment (including that the service the company in question provides looks “interesting and valuable,” especially in the context of the K-12 assessment market). The Pro-OER Elephant Test.

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The Best E-Book Yet: 40Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools

Kleinspiration

Tools in Education Series created by our friend Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi , as we have been publishing articles about his different works for over a year. Edutools: A Quick Guide provides insight into large tools such as Twitter and Facebook to smaller new companies like Educreations.

From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

iterating toward openness

Think for a minute about all the people and companies that have created really amazing commercial offerings based on Linux, Apache, MYSQL, PHP, Ruby, Node, React, or WordPress. Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub.

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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

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. Second, OER provide hitherto unknown pedagogical freedom for faculty.

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The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

Edsurge

After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. case studies and articles I had purchased over the years). In 2013, Inside Higher Ed wrote an article about double-spending at universities. In addition to better collaboration and communication throughout the university, there are a number of edtech companies out there that synthesize the process for you. Engage faculty members in the learning process of “what is OER?”

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

iterating toward openness

Confusion over the meaning of the word “free” (e.g., ‘if my company uses programs licensed as free software, does that mean I can’t charge customers?’) ’) was the original fear, uncertainty, and doubt that kept companies from engaging in this work. In 1996 we closed the company and I went to work for Marshall University, where I was completing my undergraduate degree in music, as its first webmaster.

Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content.

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

Edsurge

For instance, Union County College, in New Jersey, recently forged a deal with Cengage to give the campus a steep discount on the company’s Cengage Unlimited subscription if they buy in bulk. If you make it too expensive, colleges are going to look harder at OER,” she said.

McGraw-Hill Education Latest to Adopt Knovation Open Ed. Curated Content

Marketplace K-12

The move follows news earlier this year that Amazon Education is working on Inspire , a platform on which schools will be able to upload, manage, share, and discover such resources, known as OER. The digital resources in the Knovation repository—including videos, games, podcasts and articles—have been selected, evaluated, tagged and aligned to academic standards. “I don’t see OER as a threat,” said Willig.

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The Consensus Around “Open”

iterating toward openness

The article makes a strong argument for the importance of interoperability among learning platforms, tools, and content. ” Unfortunately, the article seems to be as much an attempt to redefine open (by equating it with interoperability) as it is an attempt to argue for interoperability. While I think this is more accidental than malicious, as I’ll explain below, the article needs a clear response. This article seems to fall into the first category.

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

Hack Education

Remember in 2012 when Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller said in her TED Talk that her company’s goal was to “take the best courses from the best instructors at the best universities and provide it to everyone around the world for free”? Google)’s biotech company, Calico. And today most MOOC companies have pivoted away from that to offer corporate training , professional development , and job placement services instead. of courses use OER.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.” And there’s a blog post on Medium , because I guess someone thinks it’s a good idea for the Office of Ed Tech to outsource its website to a for-profit company. See the top of this article for why that matters.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” Re-reading that article now makes me cringe. I was inspired, I think, to select that topic because talk of “platforms” was incredibly popular in Silicon Valley – it had been for a while – as companies strove to become “the next Facebook.”

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

" Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Shaping a digital marketplace that puts consumers first | Ford Foundation → The 'Digital Standard' aims to help consumers understand how a range of digital products measure up when it comes to security and privacy, so they can make educated choices about what to buy and use—and to help guide companies in building and designing products that take consumer privacy and security seriously.

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Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

As EdSurge reported, to be part of the initiative, companies “had to commit to providing goods or services worth at least $100 million.” But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Did companies fully deliver on their ConnectED promises?

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Hack Education Weekly News

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet.

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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

This article was modified and published by EdScoop. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” Via Marketwatch : “One company will now handle close to half of all student-loan payments.”

How Teacher-Created Free Online Resources Are Changing the Classroom

MindShift

The Liberty Public Schools district sees Langhorst and his colleague as front-runners in an important shift toward open educational resources (OER). Instead, lesson plans are often mashups of articles, videos, photos and other media.

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Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

NeverEndingSearch

Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). Companies are investing in immersive technologies. Coming in the next post: OER, OA and openness.

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? Companies that provide subscription-based services, offer monthly, quarterly, yearly, two-yearly subscriptions.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Contracts with publishing companies ensure equal availability and pricing for Idaho’s large population of rural schools. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Thank God we spent the last 20 years paying a dozen middle-aged white men to rehash the same articles on how political correctness on campus is the true threat to free speech [link] — Dara Very Rude Elevator Screamers Kaye (@DaraKaye) October 29, 2018. Really looking forward to this new testing company though! Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. opens door for student loan companies to ignore state authority.” ” Via Wired : “Tech Companies Try to Retrain the Workers They’re Displacing.”

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

While the tools may have print components, companies must submit them digitally, and only the digital materials are reviewed. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Via ABC News : “ A defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over the magazine’s debunked article about a University of Virginia gang rape was tossed out by a judge Tuesday. Steve Dembo recently announced that he’s leaving the company after 10+ years. One company not using Amazon to run its computing infrastructure: Blackboard.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. ” There’s more on legal battles involving student loan companies in the business of financial aid section below. The student loan company has raised $803.6 Admissions company INTCAS has raised $2.8

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “Frustrated with the slow resolution of loan forgiveness claims at the Department of Education, two borrowers have filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and loan servicing company Navient in federal court.” Perhaps I need to start a new section in this article where I look at these sorts of b t predictions and proclamations and cliches. Testing, Testing… Via Chalkbeat : “Fired testing company seeks $25.3

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.). ” (This reminds me that I need to write something about the history of Montessori and why all sorts of companies have appropriated the brand.). ” (Among those education companies in Binary Capital’s investment portfolio : Educents.). Behavioral management company Hero K12 has raised $150 million from BV Investment Partners.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Edsurge on teachers leaving the classroom to join tech companies. Edsurge on the business of OER. “ Edsurge on the ethics of ed-tech companies paying teachers. The company has raised $3.3

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” That is, the daycare company Bright Horizons will pay for its employees to get their degrees at four institutions – three of which are for-profits (including Ashford University and Walden University, which have been targets of lawsuits claiming they misled students). to For-Profit Company Tackling School Schedules.” ” The company: Abl Schools.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

And this prompted me to update my list of education / technology companies that are ALEC members.). His rather disastrous business history in ed-tech includes SoftKey and The Learning Company. The Department of Justice , 21 states, and the District of Columbia have reached a $864 million settlement with Moody’s Investors Service over the company’s role in faulty credit ratings that led to the financial crisis of 2008. The company has raised $14.75

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Denny Sanford, whose company – checks notes – sells social emotional learning curriculum to schools. The company has raised $15.7 ” Via The Washington Post : “ Unproven facial-recognition companies target schools , promising an end to shootings.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Solocron Education LLC , a company whose entire ‘education’ business is filing lawsuits, owns U.S. ” Via the AP : “ Remington Arms and the families of some victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have agreed that any dispute over the release of company documents in a lawsuit brought by the families and a surviving teacher will be decided by a judge.” The company has raised $57 million total. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? ” (Note: there’s a response to this article by Georgia Tech professor Ashok Goel, who builds teaching chat-bots, in the “robots” section below. Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above.