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Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

iterating toward openness

Because I can’t stop thinking about open, I’ve been pondering the relationship between solar power and OER. ”, “How can you sell OER if they’re free?”, ”, and “If OER are free, why would anyone pay you?”

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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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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 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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How an OER Rookie Dove Deep Into a Zero-Cost Textbook Degree Program

Edsurge

But it wasn’t until her current gig, serving as an instructor for a course on water supply and demand in California, that she got her feet wet with open educational resources. Today, Anagnoson’s online course is embedded into a Water Systems Technology zero-cost textbook degree program, or Z-degree. The initiative intends to create degree pathways with courses that only use open educational resources, known as OER, so students don’t have to spend money on class materials.

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Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door

Edsurge

Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. Advocates praise their accessible low-prices and ability to meet students on digital devices. But skeptics hold that the quality of digital course materials don’t stand up to that of the Pearson’s and McGraw Hill’s of the world. based company’s $3.75 On its own, the OER company partners with nearly 150 campuses.

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New Partnership Between EBSCO Information Services and Intellus Learning Announced

techlearning

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Intellus Learning , an educational platform as a service company, have partnered to provide academic libraries with a content curation, assignment, recommendation and analytics tool.

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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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Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

Meeting this increase in demand presents a critical opportunity for disruptive innovation in higher education. The same company does not need to design and make the light bulb, the lamp, the wall sockets, and the electricity generation and distribution systems.).

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Edsurge

Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. While these online courses have seen massive enrollment, perspectives on their impact have been decidedly mixed. And an undercurrent has run just below the surface, questioning how accurate it is to call these courses "open.". Who else do you imagine taking this course?

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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. These contingent faculty likely teach four or five courses a term – or teach a different class at three different institutions each semester.

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

iterating toward openness

The major publishers are publicly traded companies with growth and earnings expectations they have to meet. And when the number of units you sell is dropping, the only way to meet revenue goals is to raise prices on the few units you do sell. 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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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 early 1998, a group of advocates got together for a strategy meeting to discuss how they could advance the cause of free software. Companies are starting to ‘get it’!”

Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

Edsurge

The publisher co-led the New York City-based company’s $33 million Series D round in October 2011, hailed at the time as a strategic investment and a major vote of confidence in Knewton’s potential. Among the Pearson products that will phase out Knewton’s technology include those in the MyLab and Mastering suite , which cover a wide range of higher-ed courses in math, economics, English, sciences and engineering.

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

Doug Levin

"This sort of pie-in-the-sky belief that simply getting more computers in kids' hands and more app-development elective courses in schools will make the future bright is an oversimplification of a complex issue." " 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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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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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”? ” edX’s “Introduction to Philosophy” course began in September, with a $300 fee in order to have an MIT grad student grade one’s work. Google)’s biotech company, Calico.

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The Consensus Around “Open”

iterating toward openness

The most frequently cited definition of OER is the Hewlett Foundation definition : OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. The Open Source Initiative defines open source as software licensed in a way that meets ten criteria. faculty are completely unaware of OER.

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Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Edsurge

Peak Performance Mathematics Bridge Program —a six-week summer course for students who place below the first math class in their chosen field of study. While students were going through the math remediation courseware, they were also meeting with their peer mentor on a weekly basis using video conferencing.”. So he struck up a partnership with Cengage Learning, a Boston-based education technology and information company. Success, of course, breeds success.

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? It offers unlimited access to digital textbooks and course materials for $119.99

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The Learning Counsel launches digital curriculum survey

eSchool News

Without understanding the needs, interests, and objectives of our current state, we would not be able to provide the vision and resources that effectively meet the needs of our district. OER versus paying for fully complete publisher products.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The move comes after criticism from government watchdogs who warned of financial entanglements with private companies vying for millions in GI Bill tuition.” Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” This story from Buzzfeed’s Molly Hensley-Clancy is… something : “Meet The ‘Young Saints’ Of Bethel Who Go To College To Perform Miracles.” ” Sham courses.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

During this 60 minute session, AdmitHub CEO Andrew Magliozzi will reveal insights from his company’s 2016 trial with Georgia State University, where a chatbot exchanged 185,000 messages with more than 3,100 students. Companies like Microsoft, Facebook and Google are all dipping their toes into virtual and augmented reality. DeSchryver and Cavanagh will look at how ESSA is guiding the work of edtech companies now and in the future. It’s that time of year again.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Who’s Meeting With DeVos ? Via Inside Higher Ed : “Appeals court ruling continues decade-long legal battle between Georgia State University and three publishers over what constitutes ” fair use “ of course materials.” News from the most well-funded ed-tech company, student loan provider SoFi : SoFi settles w/ FTC over allegations it misrepresented how much borrowers save by refinancing.

‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Writer and Activist Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators

Edsurge

It affects higher education institutions as a subset of the way it affects all of our lives because, of course, the internet is like the nervous system that binds together everything we do in the 21st century. Allowing cable operators and phone companies to act as gatekeepers means that all the things that we rely on pluralism or competition to promote, are endangered. I wanted to ask you about OERs. I always meet students. Present it at the board meeting.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Of course, Dick DeVos also works for Trump in a way – or at least, he’s now on an FAA civilian panel. Via Inside Higher Ed : “ DeVry Parent Company Makes Pledges to Students.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Chalkbeat investigates the Indiana Virtual School : “As students signed up, online school hired barely any teachers – but founder’s company charged it millions.” ” Of course he did.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Breaking with longstanding tradition – through Democratic and Republican administrations – President Trump will not host a meeting with this year’s American Nobel laureates.” 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.”

PanOpen Launches Platform as ‘Open’ Education Market Evolves

Marketplace K-12

The company’s founder, Brian Jacobs, said in an interview that his organization has been fielding requests from potential pre-college clients and is likely to begin moving into that market “within the next year or two.” He mentioned Lumen Learning and OER Commons as just two examples. The value of panOpen, Jacobs argues, is its ability to reshape and supercharge open resources into forms that meet student and faculty needs.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

the Virginia company at the heart of the operation.” Here’s the EdWeek headline: “ Company Exec. for Ed-Tech Company Testifies in Ala. ” The details: “Michael Humphrey, executive vice president at Edgenuity , testified in the ethics trial of state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is accused in a 23-count indictment of using his clout to attract business for companies he leads. The video learning company has previously raised $1.57

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Of course, some education reform proponents want to frame DeVos as “ mainstream ,” but she’s far from it. ( And this prompted me to update my list of education / technology companies that are ALEC members.). Via the Arizona Capitol Times : “ Arizona bill to ban school ‘ social justice ’ courses dies quickly.” His rather disastrous business history in ed-tech includes SoftKey and The Learning Company. The company has raised $14.75

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Coursera and other purveyors of massive open online courses supposedly signaled the end of traditional credentials and, as some told it, universities. 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 skills identification company has raised $76.2

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Protestors were outside the meeting in force. ” The Kenyan Ministry of Education says that the Bridge International Academies are not complying with the country’s laws, and the company, which runs chains of schools across the developing world, has not received approval for its curriculum. This coding bootcamp was acquired by the University of Phoenix’s parent company, Apollo Education Group , in 2015. The gaming company has raised $26.5

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” ” The Trump Administration is calling it “ restoring Internet freedom ,” because of f **g course. The NAACP endorses OER. ” Via Newsweek : “ Rand Paul to Teach ‘Dystopian Visions’ Course at George Washington University.” ” That’s to the ed-tech company Bridge International Academies.

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