Exploring the Nexus of OER and Educational Technology

Doug Levin

While increased access to the internet and computing devices has been instrumental to the growth and institutionalization of the global movement toward open educational resources (OER), technology choices (often made by educational institutions – and their vendors – on behalf of students) can serve to amplify and/or mute key features of openness. Blog OER infrastructure The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

iterating toward openness

Earlier this week I read an op-ed – sponsored by Pearson – titled “If OER is the answer, what is the question?” OER often shine in their variety and ability to deepen resources for niche topics. Stigmergy is the watchword for the next decade of OER.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

iterating toward openness

Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER? , I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.” ” Let’s hope it’s not the year OER peaks.

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


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download.

How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent. There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact,” said Rebecca Kockler, assistant superintendent of academic instruction for the state of Louisiana, at the annual SXSWedu conference last week in Austin, Texas. “We

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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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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later


Five years ago, in an essay called “ 2017: RIP OER? ” I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet.

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. Curating OER. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. For one thing, not all OER are created equally good and not all commercial products are at all bad.

The Remix Hypothesis

iterating toward openness

For several years my colleagues and I have been conducting and reviewing empirical research on the impact on student outcomes when OER are adopted in place of commercial materials. Some studies of OER adoption show essentially no change in student outcomes.

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Open Educational Resources haven’t upended the way that K-12 schools get course materials – yet

The Hechinger Report

Digital OER are free. Photo: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report. In K-12 schools, however, where open educational resources have been hailed as an opportunity to democratize high-quality curriculum and break the publishing oligopoly, OER has had a slower uptake.

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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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How to Become the Netflix of Textbooks—and Make a Digital-First Transformation


This new approach is fueled by trends that have impacted academic publishing over the past decade, including: The Rental Market: Companies like Wiley report textbook rental as the major cause for their recent 27% revenue decline in their Q3 (compared to 2016). Content, assessment, and multimedia must all be carefully composed and have a specific learning design purpose. Disruptive forces in academic publishing have turned traditional models on their heads.

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Survey: Educators, Parents Agree Soft Skills, Academics Equally Important


Parents, teachers, and school administrators are in agreement about the importance of measuring students’ soft skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork, according to a new report commissioned by NWEA , provider of K-12 education assessment, and conducted by Gallup.

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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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. It is a software application that helps you create, track, and report training programme or educational courses anywhere using any device. E-learning automation helps to automatically create online content and assessments for a course. Open Education Resources (OER). A good example of this would be the usage of OERs by Sky Customer Service to train their employees.

The Power of Open and Honest Conversation: League Leaders Convene in Ohio

Digital Promise

The district is also a leader in the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement, championing teacher-created content and sharing resources widely. Participants engaged in working groups around topics like assessment, competency-based education, and data interoperability, making plans to share their stories and lessons learned with the broader education community (stay tuned!).

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The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

The fourth annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report , released during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., Major IT findings emerged from the survey and are outlined in the report: 1.

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Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

There’s quite a bit of evidence on topics such as brain-based learning that offer new insights into replacing traditional instruction and grading with proficiency-based learning and reporting.

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The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

Go easy on the inspirational, aspirational statements; go deep on data to support the needs assessments and recommendations. The glasses have been raised. The speeches made, and press releases issued.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. Open Education Resources – Talk about big, this network brings together 44,129 OER tools for sharing curriculum.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

In the following sections, I describe how the educational technology program will operate – including the roles for actors at the district, state, and federal levels – and my assessment of what the program says of the federal view of and role for technology in education.

The Game-Changing Potential of Learning Management Systems

Leadership Lounge

So far I’ve written about one-to-one computer programs and Open Educational Resources (OER). • Assessments. In recent blog posts, I’ve been focusing on educational technology initiatives that I consider game changers for K-12 schools.

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Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

EdTech Magazine

It also helps schools reach goals like higher student success, better data analysis, more robust cybersecurity and easier access to education technology, the report’s authors explain. A Digital Learning Now report highlights digital backpacks as a solution for teachers who, without these tools, “have little visibility into the past performance of their students, what other teachers noted, or each learner’s strengths, weaknesses, and individual needs.”.

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Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat


A report titled “Making Digital Learning Work” by Arizona State University found that online courses saved institutions up to 50 percent on average credit hour costs, but the study only looked at large-scale efforts. Faculty and administrators at #DLNchat repeatedly shared about successfully saving students money through the use of OER. Riggs shared more about the effort at OSU reduce attrition to reduce costs, reporting success through initial pilots with adaptive courseware.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

additions to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map , including a couple of new TV news reports of the same. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why.

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Happy Holidays & a Look Back on the Best of 2012 from @KleinErin at Kleinspiration


Students can retell main parts of a book, report on a historical event, or explain steps in a math problem. OER ( click here ) Open Educational Resources on Web 2.0 Thank you all for helping to make 2012 very merry!

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OPINION: Teaching social and emotional skills is easy when students already have them — what about those who don’t?

The Hechinger Report

Photo: Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report. We now know that formative or “real-time” assessment can support student learning better than traditional evaluations. Related: How to sort the good from the bad in OER. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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

Doug Levin

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 8, 2017 New Solutions—Not Just New Winners—In the Curriculum Marketplace | New America → Innovative uses of OER offer an entirely new way of answering the question of how we solve for inefficiencies in the curriculum marketplace, rather than just advocating for new winners.

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Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning


Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more. Instead of traditional report cards, though, students assemble digital portfolios to show their progress.

itslearning, Gooru enhance LMS platform with open content

eSchool News

As a student-centered learning environment, itslearning gives teachers, students and parents access, as appropriate, to course materials, assignments, communities for collaboration, professional development tools and student progress reports.

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The Future of Digital Learning in Tennessee and Beyond

Fractus Learning

To do this, Lilly turned to the CK-12 Foundation to help develop a suite of Open Educational Resources (OER) that would help them meet the school’s budgetary and educational needs.

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

For example, many of the nation’s largest school systems use Google’s free suite of education tools, which allows teachers to develop their lessons, create assignments and administer assessments online. appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

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HyperDocs and the teacher librarian


Desired outcome (explore, apply, assess)? #2: They can also incorporate such content-rich resources as library databases, ebooks, videos, and the growing array of available OERs. TEMPLATE: Explore, Explain, Apply SAMPLE: ThingLink Animal Reports.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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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Hack Education

Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” ” Then, “A Day Later, Football Coach Out at Maryland,” Inside Higher Ed reported. “ Board Chairman Resigns in Fallout Over a Maryland Football Player’s Death,” The New York Times reported on Thursday. Research, “Research,” and Reports. Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Publishers Wiley , Cengage , Pearson and McGraw-Hill Education have won a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a seller of fake textbooks ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. “ Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons this week announced that it would eliminate student loans with scholarships for all students who qualify for financial aid,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Research, “Research,” and Reports.

Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

Real ti me feedback from students for formative assessment. Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use. They are listed by category with some explanations.

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

Pearson CEO John Fallon recently met with a group of reporters at Education Week’ s offices and spoke about his company’s business strategies and record, and offered a defense against some of its detractors’ claims. We would say that an assessment should be only one measure of progress.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

“New Facebook features intended for developers could, if expanded, turn the social networking site into an online learning platform,” Inside Higher Ed reported in June. “Now Any Organization Can Create Content for LinkedIn Learning,” Edsurge reported in June.