Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I promised I would write a few posts about reducing friction with regard to OER. In last week’s post I talked about how we’re making it ridiculously easy for students, faculty, and others to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of OER.

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Lumen Learning, a Proponent of OER, Makes First Acquisition to Offer Faculty Coaching

Edsurge

Lumen Learning, a company that sells low-cost OER textbooks and courseware, plans to start offering professional development services for faculty that can be bundled with its titles. based company, which did not disclose details of the deal.

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Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

Iterating Toward Openness

The benefits of adding them were immediate and obvious – the very first month they were on the roof our electric bill dropped to $9 (the fee required to stay connected to the grid) and we generated more power than we used, pushing the excess back out to the grid.

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons. How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students?

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

Kleinspiration

Dr. Amin has created some great guides to using Web 2.0 technology and I''ve received a lot of positive feedback on how these tools have helped many in the classroom. Today I am happy to very happy to present his landmark new piece, 40 Must-know Web 2.0 how to 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. But from time to time I still step back and worry about field-level issues. In this vision of the world, OER replace traditionally copyrighted, expensive textbooks for all primary, secondary, and post-secondary courses. Now, make no mistake – OER is a means, not an end. My end goal isn’t to increase OER adoption.

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

Edsurge

Looking at those two girls making out in the doorway again, I thought, why can’t I be as confident as they clearly are,” Tim Manley, a former New York City high school teacher, said in an opening keynote session, to lots of laughs, as he recounted his humbling, trying first-year teaching experience. Panelists started by drawing attention to Austin Community College, where students are advised to budget at least $1,200—about a third of tuition costs—for textbooks.

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

Edsurge

But at the K-8 River Grove School outside Chicago, the distance between the teacher’s desk and the projection screen in some rooms is so vast that one frustrated teacher tried to bridge the divide by buying a 50-foot HDMI cable. the distance between the teacher’s desk and the projection screen in some rooms is so vast that one frustrated teacher tried to bridge the divide by buying a 50-foot HDMI cable. EdSurge: How has Vivi affected teacher mobility? Heading to ISTE?

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OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

Doug Levin

I said my piece in the updated article that spurred my original comment (including that the service the company in question provides looks “interesting and valuable,” especially in the context of the K-12 assessment market). The Pro-OER Elephant Test.

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Five Top Technology Trends In Special Education

Wisewire

(TNS) — Fueled by technological advances, changing state policies, and a continued push from advocates, ed-tech companies and researchers are crafting new tools and strategies to better serve students with disabilities. ” Still, there’s plenty to be hopeful about.

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

Edsurge

While some publishers are stuck in the more traditional print publishing lifecycle, others are innovating—welcoming new tools and organizational changes into their workflows and cutting their time-to-market in half. With digital content’s popularity on the rise and older, used editions of print texts still haunting college bookstores, innovative publishers are turning to a new model of content creation—digital first. It's a daunting task, the movement to digital first.

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Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

Edsurge

The term comes from the physical devices that other companies used to sell, where students literally pressed buttons to respond to multiple-choice questions. The Toronto-based company once relied on textbook publishers to distribute its technology.

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Iterating Toward Openness

I’ll be writing a range of essays this year reflecting on two decades of work toward opening the core intellectual infrastructure of education (textbooks and other educational materials, assessments, and outcomes / objectives / competency statements) in order to increase access to and improve the effectiveness of education. This post, written as part of my agreement to keynote #OER18 later this spring, provides some historical context for the emergence of open content.

Consolidation, collaboration or closure? How colleges stay alive in 2018

The Christensen Institute

And oh yeah—the federal government decided to tax wealthy college endowments. Here’s what Paul Freedman, Terah Crews, Jeff Selingo, and Mike Berlin had to say. New pricing models will emerge and there will be much more focus on cost reduction as colleges are unable to raise prices enough to net out the right amount of income they need to operate. Terah Crews: The long predicted market consolidation appears to be in its early days.

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

Edsurge

Amazon has quietly re-opened a previously-controversial sharing feature that allows allow anyone to add to its directory of online educational materials, a platform called Amazon Inspire. Inspire was launched with great fanfare in 2016, touted as a hub for educators to exchange lesson plans and other open education resources. But this time the company disabled the “share” feature—a key component of the service. But some states have decided to stick with Amazon Inspire.

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Join the edWeb Team at ISTE 2015

edWeb.net

We’ll be talking about new and exciting things coming soon to edWeb.net. Find an edWeb team member to get a discount promo pass for our new premium service – edWeb.TV. Follow @edwebnet on Twitter to find us at the conference.

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Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

From giving kids problems with the right level of difficulty to solving problems with students, learn how to take any math student to the next level. You’ll also learn about the open source resource, Expii invented by Po-Shen Loh and how you can use it.

?Open Up Resources Announces First Full Math Curriculum—And Its Plans for Profitability

Edsurge

Open-licensed learning materials have generally been slower to carve out a spot in the K-12 market they have in higher education, where companies like Lumen Learning have found target demographics. Yet Open Up Resources , a nonprofit providing open educational resources for the K-12 space, wants to buck the trend. It is also compliant with Common Cartridge standards, which allows the materials to be integrated with most learning management systems used in schools.

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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

To “ungate” in software is to allow a user to proceed to the next level or into a new section. In some software, gating is a way for teachers to lever up or hold back individual students so that they can surge forward if they are high achievers or remain with a group.

Consolidation, Collaboration or Closure? How Colleges Stay Alive in 2018

Edsurge

And oh yeah—the federal government decided to tax wealthy college endowments. Here’s what Paul Freedman, Terah Crews, Jeff Selingo, and Mike Berlin had to say. New pricing models will emerge and there will be much more focus on cost reduction as colleges are unable to raise prices enough to net out the right amount of income they need to operate. Terah Crews: The long predicted market consolidation appears to be in its early days.

How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

With big changes to federal funding models, pressing bandwidth needs (on campus and at home), and the everlasting conversation between IT and instruction departments, there’s a lot on their plates. I think we are starting now to take pretty good advantage of it. Talk to teachers.

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

Edsurge

Every year, it seems increasingly difficult to predict what tomorrow’s workplace will look like. Maintaining engagement becomes simultaneously more crucial and difficult as classrooms try to keep up with today’s fast-paced world. If we’re going to make school relevant to today’s students, we must learn to leverage play in new ways. Kids play to explore and act freely, which speaks to their need for autonomy. We can’t afford not to.

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

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. Required reading: Data breach disclosure 101: How to succeed after you’ve failed via Troy Hunt.).

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Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

Click here to link to the full recording, or watch and listen to the embed below: We began by looking at the implications of the Campus Computing Project , which began wayyyy back in the pre-Web year of 1990. Community colleges are much more interested in OER than other sectors.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

We’re breaking out our barbeque bibs, pulling out our reporter’s notebooks and heading down to Austin for SXSWedu. Here’s a sneak peek at our calendars for next week, including all the sessions and happenings that you (and we) don’t want to miss. to 11:00 p.m. Opinionated Products : There’s a word for the kinds of tools and products—like say, Google search results—which adapt to a user’s behavior: opinionated. But will VR and AR live up to its hype?

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

Edsurge

It’s not unheard of for an instructor to tee up a YouTube video for a lesson, only to have the content blocked by the school or district’s censorware. And while administrators might have good intentions when they decide to use censorware, censorship is often only effective for those who play by the rules. It’s one reason why writer and activist Cory Doctorow thinks schools and educators should rethink their approach to surveillance and censorship.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Various education-related updates – via The New York Times : “How the Republican Tax Plan Uses School Savings to Hurt States.” ” Via Edsurge : “From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education.” ” Via The Indiana Gazette : “Directors vote to scale back Summit Learning program.” Ten Years Later, Efforts to Help Affected Students Fall Short.”

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Register now for our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th, and we'll send you the information on how to either attend the live sessions or watch the recordings afterwards. Be sure to also join the Library 2.0

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Soon to be The Atlantic’s Adam Harris. ” 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. Government Will Travel to Latin America.” ” To Peru and Colombia , specifically. Now Oklahoma Teachers Could Be the Next to Walk.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.” Via ThinkProgress : “ Bolsonaro ‘s party launches campaign against ’ indoctrinator teachers ’ ” That’s all you lovers of Paolo Freire , to be sure. Only one reason to do that: ED's going to reopen and expand the experiment.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Click here to register to attend the conference live or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards. Currently accepted regular sessions with links to their descriptions are immediately below. Go to [link] 4. Prior to her assignment in the U.S.,

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

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition). Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This He anticipates needing to purchase around 2,000 to meet that goal.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. They want to choose a school.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Oh my god, it’s almost time to start working on that year-end project.). Now the office wants to hire an outside contractor to help figure out why.” A mail bomb campaign targeted opponents of President Trump this week, but remember: the biggest threat to democracy and free speech are liberal students’ protests on elite college campuses.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ESPN turns to a real expert here : “Shaquille O’Neal says more cops is answer to school shootings.” opens door for student loan companies to ignore state authority.”

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