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

Edsurge

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. College of the Canyons’ history with OER starts before Anagnonson’s dabble, however. Using OER in those courses, she added, “really started out of necessity.” Anagnoson says she considered using OER before her course was lumped into the Z-degree.

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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. 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

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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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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. They do not have the technical expertise, the time, or the institutional support to engage meaningfully with OER. Concluding Thoughts and the Future of OER.

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

Edsurge

George Siemens, professor and education technology researcher at the University of Texas at Arlington, and David Wiley, co-founder and chief academic officer at OER company Lumen Learning, will lead the free course that aims to introduce graduate students (though anyone with internet access can take the classes) to open education, and how the field has evolved. Siemens: We’ll discuss the OER and licensing dynamics. How could you talk about OER without talking about equity?

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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’!”

Join the edWeb Team at ISTE 2015

edWeb.net

Come and meet up with the edWeb team at ISTE in Philadelphia next week. Learning Bird is an edtech company that gives great teachers a platform to make a difference to students all over the country. Learn about how to use open educational resources (OER) in your classroom!

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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 Over the last few years Pearson has been simplifying and streamlining every part of the company.

How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Once these questions have been asked and high-level goals are identified and established, it’s easier to work toward them and identify the right digital platforms and applications that can help you meet those goals.

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Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

Edsurge

Personalized learning, in its broadest application, suggests tailoring instruction to meet the needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Technology companies—in all industries—make users anxious when they describe their work with the vagueness of a magician. Rather than answering the question, lazy entrepreneurs too frequently offer vacuous references to companies like Amazon and Netflix. Why does personalized learning, ironically, feel so impersonal?

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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How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

eSchool News

Fortunately, districts appear to be meeting these challenges head-on, as evidenced by a recent panel discussion for administrators and tech directors in Dallas, hosted by the IT products vendor PCMG , called “Preparing the Next Generation of Personalized Learners in the Digital Age.”

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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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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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Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

The report notes that navigating the procurement process is cited as one of the primary challenges for states and districts, and one that proves even more challenging to the companies that want to sell digital instructional materials to them.

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. of courses use OER.

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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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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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New Open Ed. Group Vows to Battle Commercial Publishers for K-12 Contracts

Marketplace K-12

Open Up Resources, a nonprofit that until recently was called the K-12 OER Collaborative, says it will offer openly licensed materials to school districts, and predicts it will achieve savings from what those systems would normally pay for commercial materials. The company is accused of making a profit by copying schools’ resources without compensating the creator of the materials.).

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

They collaborate to make sure the technology and services are meeting their current and future needs. In 2018, ENA joined forces with a company who share ENA’s same vision and passion for delivering excellence—CatchOn.

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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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? Companies that provide subscription-based services, offer monthly, quarterly, yearly, two-yearly subscriptions.

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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.

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

Edsurge

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. For boosting student retention and success and reducing costs by embracing online OER textbooks Northern Arizona University. Mary Fulé could do the math, and she didn’t like what the numbers told her.

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

Edsurge

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. When I go and do young adult tours, and I go to secondary schools, I meet students who've read Little Brother, and they're like, "How do I hack my school's censorware?" Present it at the board meeting.

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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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “Who’s Meeting With DeVos ? 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. ” My most favorite lines simply must be these: “One of the early adopters of Imbellus was McKinsey & Company , the management consulting firm, which uses the scenario assessments to find job candidates.