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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

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They understood the outsized influence that billion dollar behemoths like Microsoft would continue to have, and knew that the only way the open source model could “win” would be if proprietary software companies adopted it. contributions per hour over the 400 days covered by the report.

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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The Big Picture on the 2019-20 PreK-12 Market

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Report highlights. In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. This article was modified and published by EdScoop. She joined Simba in 2000 after many years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers, where her focus was education.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

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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

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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?”

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

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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.

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

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

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Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. " Tagged on: March 10, 2017 Drop it like it's bot: Brands have cooled on chatbots | Digiday → Many companies have begun dropping their bots, saying that they don't do what they were supposed to: “I would call it overpromising."

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

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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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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Perhaps the disappearance (and reported murder) of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi doesn’t seem like an education technology story. “Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.” ” Navitas is a for-profit education company that runs courses in Australia (and elsewhere).

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” 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.”

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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In a recent edWebinar , Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, offered highlights from the report, and Ryan Kocsondy, Director of Connecticut Education Network (CEN), gave an inside look at why Connecticut schools don’t worry about running out of bandwidth.

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via The Hechinger Report : “Documenting Maine ’s failure to implement proficiency-based education.” The suit charged the university with failing to prevent sexual abuse by George Tyndall , formerly a gynecologist in the university’s health center, and for failing to take action as reports of the abuse surfaced.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Learning styles” in the White House: President Trump doesn’t read his daily intelligence briefings, gets oral briefings on “select” issues instead, because reading isn’t “his style of learning,” the @washingtonpost reports [link] — Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 9, 2018. Via Marketwatch : “One company will now handle close to half of all student-loan payments.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The Department of Education’s Chief Privacy Officer Kathleen Styles has been “reassigned,” Education Week reports. Perhaps this should go in the “reports” section.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” 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.

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” Education Week reports that , in front of a room full of CEOs, Secretary of Education Betsy "DeVos argued that 65 percent of today’s kindergartners will end up in jobs that haven’t even been created yet." ” “ Google Is Being Investigated By Missouri Attorney General,” Fortune reports. Oh and look at this: “Google Critic [Peter] Thiel Gave Money to Official Probing Search Giant,” Bloomberg reports.

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. ” “ Kansas lawmakers, trying to head off a court shutdown of the state’s public schools, have increased aid to poor districts by $38 million,” NPR reports. ” (Related, via the US News & World Report : “Women Losing Out on Career and Technical Education.”). Education Politics.

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

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Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). Companies are investing in immersive technologies. Library Technology Reports , 54 (6). Library Technology Reports (vol. Coming in the next post: OER, OA and openness.

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” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. ” asks WaPo’s Valerie Strauss, before reprinting an article by UVA professor Dan Willingham.). The NAACP endorses OER. Testing, Testing… “Nation’s Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Education Politics.

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Via The LA School Report : “ LAUSD approves $7.5 ” “ Louisiana Becomes First State to Ban the Box,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” “Students’ Rising Expectations Pose Challenge to Online Programs ,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.). (National) Education Politics.

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Solocron Education LLC , a company whose entire ‘education’ business is filing lawsuits, owns U.S. ” “The University of Michigan has agreed to pay $165,000 to settle what was left of a lawsuit over a graduate student’s dismissal from an engineering program in 2011,” the AP reports. ” “ Carthage Goes Test Optional on Admissions,” Inside Higher Ed reports. “ Pepperdine Drops Its Title IX Exemption,” IHE reports.

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the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Nikki Haley of South Carolina has signed into law a measure that requires the state’s public colleges and universities to publish reports of conduct violations involving alcohol, drugs, sexual assault, and hazing at fraternities and sororities.” ” Here are some reading suggestions from ProPublica : “The Absolute Best, Most Terrific Reporting on Trump University.” Education Politics.

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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. Via The Hechinger Report : “Most immigrants outpace Americans when it comes to education – with one big exception.” The student loan company has raised $803.6

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Publishers Wiley , Cengage , Pearson and McGraw-Hill Education have won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a seller of fake textbooks ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” Just remember: “interpretations” of “the nation’s report card” are often “confirmations” of people’s education politics.

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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. ” “The Trump administration just failed to stop a climate lawsuit brought by 21 kids,” The Chicago Tribune reports. Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. Edsurge on teachers leaving the classroom to join tech companies.

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” “Trump team prepares dramatic cuts,” The Hill reports , suggesting the incoming administration’s plans to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities and to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 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.

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University of Texas at Austin , related to features unique to that university,“ Inside Higher Ed reports. ” As Vox reports, “The Court announced Thursday that it was unable to reach a decision in the case United States v. ” Testing, Testing… Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “These days, everyone’s talking about ‘equity,’ and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. The company has raised $2.15

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Elsewhere in North Carolina , Dana Goldstein reports for The NYT on “What Budget Cuts Mean for Third Graders in a Rural School.” An update from LA School Report on Tuesday’s primary elections in California : “California primary results: Newsom and Cox advance to November’s gubernatorial race; Tuck leads Thurmond in battle for state superintendent.”

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Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” ” “Betsy DeVos Won’t Shed Stake in Biofeedback Company , Filings Show,” The New York Times reports. Via The Guardian : “ Trump bans agencies from ‘providing updates on social media or to reporters’ ” This ban has been targeted at scientists at the EPA and USDA in particular. ” asks The Hechinger Report.

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” ” “Just months after a major gaffe by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about the origins of historically black colleges and universities, a Florida HBCU is taking heat for inviting her to speak at its spring commencement ceremony next week,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Education Politics.

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But the struggling sector’s political giving is down since peaking in 2012,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Testing, Testing… Via the Hechinger Report : “On a classroom-based test for new teachers , black teachers score lower.” ” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.”

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Here are some reports from her travels: Via Chalkbeat : “What is Betsy DeVos ’s ‘rethink school’ initiative all about? ” Via the AP : “School at Cook County Jail reported phony attendance numbers.” SoFi : a student loan company and one of the most well-funded ed-tech companies out there sure seems swell. ” “ Birmingham-Southern Cuts Tuition in Half,” Inside Higher Ed reports.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ Conservative High Schoolers Want to ‘Own the Libs’,” The Atlantic’s Adam Harris reports from the Turning Point USA ’s conference. ” Coleman University will close, IHE reports. ” “ IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were ‘Unsafe and Incorrect’,” says Gizmodo.