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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Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work with OER?

iterating toward openness

At OpenEd18 I gave a presentation titled “Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work?” After this brief discussion, I asked “what if the commons is the wrong metaphor for our work with OER?” Primary among the reasons we might ask the question is this – much of what is central to the idea of a commons is exactly the opposite in the context OER. OER cannot be overused or overconsumed.

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Edsurge

But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality. So OER advocates are realizing they need to change their pitch. This week on the EdSurge On Air podcast, we're diving into how the OER movement is changing, and we'll check in with a couple of people on the front lines of the movement to hear from them.

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. described two undergraduates’ experiences with OER. This major government push is for both OER and open scholarship.

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

Kleinspiration

Edutools: A Quick Guide Upon viewing this e-book for the fist time, I was nearly blown away at the incredible size and scope of the project Dr. Amin took on in the creation of this guide. Edutools: A Quick Guide isn''t a list as much as it is an actual book. OER web 2.0 Web 2.0

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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As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor

Edsurge

If I feel that one book will save my life this semester, I’ll break down and buy it,” she says. “I’m One crucial part of the decision is out of the students’ hands, of course, since it is the professor who decides what textbook or material to assign—or whether to skip commercial textbooks altogether and assign a free or low-cost open educational resource, or OER. Additionally, she turns to a Facebook page for people who attend her university where students sell their books.

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

edWeb.net

Rather than a single book or set of books, most basal programs now include a number of materials to facilitate learning. In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research Technology

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

Edsurge

This week’s filing was made by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, or SPARC, and it says that in the short run, allowing the marriage of the companies would create a duopoly in the textbook market, with the new combined publisher rivaled in size only by Pearson.

Amazon Education to Launch New Website for Open Education Resources

Marketplace K-12

School administrators learned about the site, to be called Amazon Inspire, during a “Transitioning to OER” session Friday as part of the National Conference on Education of the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, held here. ” Asked by one superintendent about the company’s financial interest in the effort, Joseph said, “Amazon is a big commercial entity and we have to make this sustainable over time. Marketplace K-12 amazon curation OER

Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

His latest book , also entitled 'The battle for open' carries the strapline 'how openness has won and why it doesn't feel like a victory'. As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies.

Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’

Edsurge

The biggest education company in the world is moving away from a production model that has been one of the main drivers in the rising cost of textbooks. Today, college students on average spend more than $1,200 on books and materials, according to The College Board.

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

iterating toward openness

I agreed on the conditions that I would retain copyright in the chapter and that it would appear in the book under a Creative Commons license. Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER).

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Companies do a great job showing off the improved bells and whistles of their shiny new products. Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software.

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. Pressbooks (Book Oven Inc. They do not have the technical expertise, the time, or the institutional support to engage meaningfully with OER.

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Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

By leveraging the digital medium, textbook publishers decided to fight the monopoly and try to provide reasonably priced books. This decrease in state funds have compelled educational institutes to prescribe high priced books, so that they can earn from their bookstore contracts. Education loans are easily available, and hence assuming that students can anyway pay for the books with their loan funds, publishers refuse to bring down the textbook prices.

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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

Edsurge

Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. Now the company has pivoted, and it is poised to formally announce its own online courseware that will compete head-to-head with those publishing giants. But in the past few years the company has suffered several setbacks—along with mounting criticism that its founding CEO, Jose Ferreira, overhyped its technology.

Showing #OpenGratitude for: OpenStax

iterating toward openness

Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library since scaled to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, OpenStax is breaking down the most common barriers to learning and empowering students and instructors to succeed.

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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. 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. Babson’s recent report on OER adoption , awareness of OER is slowly but surely gaining traction at universities and colleges across the country. 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.

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.

The Pin that Popped the Textbook Bubble: Open (Notes for my 2015 #sxswedu talk)

iterating toward openness

They’ve also brought this war into the physical realm with lawsuits to deprive students of their first sale rights in printed books). The major publishers are publicly traded companies with growth and earnings expectations they have to meet. However, should it turn out that some of this company’s products are effective (or more effective than their competitors’ offerings), what do you suppose will happen to pricing?

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How to Boost Classroom Engagement With the Tech Tool That 'Always Works'

Edsurge

She tried several options before jumping on a free trial of the wireless video streaming and screen mirroring technology by Vivi, an education-focused company founded in Australia. Briana’s Favorite Teaching Resources Books Learning First, Technology Second: The Educator’s Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons Shift This!: Wrangling technology can be maddening even in optimally designed classrooms.

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Join the edWeb Team at ISTE 2015

edWeb.net

Learning Bird is an edtech company that gives great teachers a platform to make a difference to students all over the country. Register here , at Booth #2454 or Tweet to #MackinLeeBooks for a chance to win a full classroom set of 30 books!

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Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

The answer I give is maybe a little bit disappointing for people who are looking for a recipe of, just do this problem or just do these problems or just read this book. Episode 114 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

NeverEndingSearch

I was honored to join several esteemed colleagues to present on the panel: Leading the Charge: Leveraging Librarian Leadership to Support the OER Journey. And here is the sketchnote Margaret Sisler created during the session: #oer and teacher librarians!

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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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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. Read her new book.)

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5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs

Edsurge

Learn more about gaming while at ISTE—and beyond: Book a meeting at ISTE 2018 to learn about Classcraft’s Engagement Management System for schools and districts, and the Quests Marketplace featuring partners like Google Education, Discovery Educator Network, Newsela, LRNG, Breakout EDU and OER Commons. Games Make Us More Social Companies like Google are finding that SEL skills are more important to students’ success than the mastery of STEM subjects alone.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“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. ” Navitas is a for-profit education company that runs courses in Australia (and elsewhere). “ Does OER Actually Improve Learning?

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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). Lastly, the DOE recognizes that for many K-12 educators the OER space is new and a little daunting.

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Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

Educational publishers, who till now had a steady stream of income compared to non-educational book publishers, due to the recurring need for textbooks every year by students, are now gradually shifting towards digital publishing.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. I’ve got Joshua Hunt’s new book The University of Nike sitting here on my desk. Doesn’t look like the company has anyone to take his place yet.

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This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

Edsurge

Women entrepreneurs made up more than a third of the presenting companies. In an interview with EdSurge at the conference, General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz said he was excited to continue to lead the operation, which will retain the brand and operate as a division of Adecco, and gain better connection to industry partners through the new parent company. One of its investments announced this week is in Aula , a London-based company that just closed a $4.2

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.