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

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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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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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

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Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. The most recent example occurred this week, when OER company Lumen Learning announced a partnership with one of the country’s largest textbook distributors, Follet Corporation. based company’s $3.75 David Wiley [CEO at Lumen] is the godfather of OER, and he has really been driving the textbook affordability challenge for years,” says McFarlane.

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Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. The nonprofit edtech company Gooru provides a telling example of the importance of cohesive OER curricula.

Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say

Edsurge

In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). The trend has won admirers in the upper echelon of the education system as well.

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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.

Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Intelligent learning engines inside immersive courseware will give future teachers the ability to leverage the best in software development and systems. This cry for trials proving rigor has prompted a response from industry in the form of multiple companies doing evaluations of products.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees. Learning Management System (LMS). During the last ten years, many corporate giants and schools have started using Learning Management System to train employees, students or customers. Open Education Resources (OER). A good example of this would be the usage of OERs by Sky Customer Service to train their employees.

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Amazon’s Education Hub, Amazon Inspire, Has Quietly Restored ‘Sharing’ Function

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As a report in The New York Times noted, Amazon appeared to have opened the site without a system in place to review whether users were violating copyright when they uploaded materials—systems that are standard on other collections of user-generated content. But this time the company disabled the “share” feature—a key component of the service. The company ended up restoring the sharing feature at the end of the summer. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

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The company that set the bar for hyping adaptive-learning technology has had to adapt to new leadership and a new business model. The rest comes from company’s existing investors, including Accel, Atomico, Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, First Round Capital, Founders Fund and Sofina. After a decade and $137 million in total funding (which the company has raised across six equity rounds and two debt financings), it’s rare to see investors pitch in new money.

Michelson Runway Announces 5 Higher-Ed Startups in Inaugural Cohort

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Michelson Runway , a San Francisco-based accelerator, announced the handful of companies that will be in its inaugural cohort. Around 200 companies applied for the five spots in the 2016 cohort. Michelson Runway has invested a total of $225,000 in the companies, with each receiving a minimum of $25,000 and some getting more. Here are the five companies in the 2016 cohort: Lrnr : An adaptive-learning platform that uses open educational resources (OER).

What Happened to Amazon Inspire, the Tech Giant’s Education Marketplace?

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Some wonder when it will be open to the wider education community (and what the company’s broader education strategy is). As a story in The New York Times noted at the time, Amazon Inspire appeared to have opened without a system in place to review whether users were violating copyright when they uploaded materials—systems that are standard on YouTube and other collections of user-generated content. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech Business

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The Primary Problem with Educational Technology

iterating toward openness

There is much that’s wrong with the educational technology (“edtech”) market. However, I’m positive that in the updated version of the EdTech Bible, Corinthians 13:13 ends “the greatest of these is charity scale.”

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.

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. Knewton technology is also used enVisionMATH2.0 , a Pearson offering for grades K-8, but neither company offered specific details on the status of this agreement.) “Our It has already scaled back support for its learning management system tools.

Self-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

The report defines self-paced courseware as being accessed on a desktop or laptop and spanning the K-12, higher education, corporate training, and privately marketed software (such as that produced by language-learning company Rosetta Stone) sectors. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

Join the edWeb Team at ISTE 2015

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At ISTE 2015, Common Sense Education will provide a sneak preview of the latest version of Graphite, designed to help educators learn fundamental edtech teaching skills. Share your vision for the future of edtech using #EnvisionEdu.

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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. There’s a surprising amount of momentum behind it,” said Phil Hill, a longtime edtech consultant.

The 2018 ‘Horizon Report’ Is Late. But It Almost Never Emerged.

Edsurge

Open educational resources (OER) have been included as key trends since 2013, for example. With OER, the report notes, “initial advances in the authoring platform or curation method of open resources is now overshadowed by campuswide OER initiatives and sophisticated publishing options that blend adaptive elements into an OER text.” These days, OER quality frameworks have emerged and the technology is more commonplace on campuses.

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Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

Another surprise was a turn in public perception of giant technology companies, especially Facebook and Google, as well as Twitter and Amazon. Related to this development was the rise of what I think of as Social Justice Edtech. These edtech approaches received both buzz and practice over the past decade, but no longer seem to win attention in media and at conferences. Decisions about pedagogies and systems, data and platforms may well become more challenging.

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

Edsurge

This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs. 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.

Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

Edsurge

The region boasts an unusual concentration of highly-valued tech startups—Domo, Qualtrics and Inside Sales are among them—along with big education companies, including Instructure, the developer of the Canvas learning management system. Luminaries in the edtech industry, including Richard Culatta (ISTE CEO and former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here.

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

The Hechinger Report

In the absence of answers to this question, it is too easy for teachers and administrators to become unwitting brand ambassadors for companies seeking to integrate their products into the classroom, regardless of impact on student learning and success.

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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

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Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. ” São Paulo has approved a bill that would allow companies to manufacture school uniforms and sell branding and sponsorship opportunities on the clothing. McRaven is stepping down as chancellor of the University of Texas System. ” “ Systems thinking ,” I guess, is the new entrepreneurial “mindset.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” But because the head of Code.org sits on the board of directors of the company that makes TASER, Axon.

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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.” Coddy Johnson , hired last year as the COO of AltSchool , is back at the video game company Activision. Via Education Week : “Questions Linger Over Companies’ $300 Million Computer Science Pledge.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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opens door for student loan companies to ignore state authority.” This isn’t really financial aid per se, but it’s part of the larger suite of financial products that schools (and the companies they partner with) push.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Alternet : “ Gavin Grimm Wants To Fix The Education System That Failed Him.” ” When you hear someone invoke New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina as a model, do remember what happened to all the Black teachers … Via the AP : “ Philadelphia moves to retake control of city school system.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ DeVry Parent Company Makes Pledges to Students.” From tech companies, I guess? The company has raised $44.5

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The British government releases the results … of its new three-tiered rating system of teaching quality at universities.” Via Buzzfeed : “ Betsy DeVos Picked A Student Loan CEO To Run The Student Loan System.” ” (This reminds me that I need to write something about the history of Montessori and why all sorts of companies have appropriated the brand.). (National) Education Politics.

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” 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. ” Via Edsurge : “ Sir Ken Robinson ’s Next Act: You Are the System and You Can Change Education.” The student loan company has raised $803.6

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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.” ” “Film company behind Love Actually to open school in London,” The Guardian reports. Testing, Testing… Via Chalkbeat : “Fired testing company seeks $25.3 (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Steve Dembo recently announced that he’s leaving the company after 10+ years. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. One company not using Amazon to run its computing infrastructure: Blackboard. edtech https://t.co/DOo11lof2f

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Solocron Education LLC , a company whose entire ‘education’ business is filing lawsuits, owns U.S. 6,263,439, titled ‘Verification system for non-traditional learning operations.’ ’ What kind of ‘verification system’ does Solocron claim to have invented? The University System of Maryland joins edX. The company has raised $57 million total. The company has raised $61 million total. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Edsurge : “ Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers.” Paul School System.” Now the company is betting big on both,” says Inside Higher Ed. “ University of California president Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday that she wants the system to explore ways to guarantee admission to academically eligible students in the state’s community colleges ,” says Inside Higher Ed.

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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 Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” The company has raised $120.5

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Department of Education Announces Requirements for New Federal Loan Servicing System.” Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” The company said that it would keep the Vine website online, but you should probably download anything you’ve got there. But despite all these cuts, big companies rolled out New Products this week that were perhaps Very Exciting if you’re into New Products. Presidential Campaign Politics.