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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Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds

Edsurge

The number of colleges running efforts to help professors shift from published textbooks to low-cost online materials known as OER is growing rapidly. Nearly two thirds of colleges in the survey—64 percent—reported campus programs to “encourage faculty to use OER content for their courses.” This is no longer an intellectual argument on the part of the [OER] evangelists.” As Green put it: “There’s a huge set of concerns about quality of OER by faculty.”

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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. They’ll answer these questions themselves, then report out. This major government push is for both OER and open scholarship.

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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. They’ll answer these questions themselves, then report out.

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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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38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program

Edsurge

And that’s been the driver behind nonprofit Achieving the Dream ’s (ATD) OER Degree Initiative , where 38 U.S. community colleges are creating full degree programs that utilize open educational resources (OER) from start to finish. The program, which kicked off in 2016 , shared its first set of findings today about what faculty are learning it takes to create an OER degree.

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

Edsurge

The story behind the latest Horizon Report —which ranks tech trends in higher education—is easily more dramatic than the document’s actual conclusions. A panel of 71 experts convened by the New Media Consortium worked for months to dig through research and make recommendations for this year’s report, following a process that had been honed over several years. It was really important to us that it have not just the look, but that it also read and felt like a Horizon Report.”

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Self-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

Future revenue in the $33 billion e-learning market is expected to fall precipitously in the United States and internationally, but sales of other types of digital learning products are predicted to rise, according to a market research report released recently. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

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

eSchool News

A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. The report also outlines next steps for strategic support of the transition: 1.

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

Doug Levin

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. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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

Doug Levin

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. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. EdTech News News news OER

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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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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). With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

Edsurge

Publicly-traded companies like Wiley generally share the price of their acquisitions, unless the financial impact is considered immaterial to the buyer’s bottom line. The New York City-based company has raised more than $180 million in investment capital.

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. The average price for a Pearson digital textbook subscription for a semester is $40, according to the company.

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

iterating toward openness

Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. Second, OER provide hitherto unknown pedagogical freedom for faculty.

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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. article reported that students of universities such as Stanford are spending over $100,000 collectively each semester on course materials that are already freely available to them on the thousands of library databases they don’t know they have access to. OER awareness (or lack thereof) stems from misunderstanding of how OERs work, and the complete ignorance of its very existence.

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. According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. It is a software application that helps you create, track, and report training programme or educational courses anywhere using any device. Open Education Resources (OER). E-learning has seen a broad positive shift in the last couple of years.

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

The Christensen Institute

Some of our clients now report being approached with acquisition opportunities weekly. Paul Freedman: The innovation for 2018 will be “partnerships,” including partnerships between institutions (like the University Innovation Alliance or the active learning consortium) and partnerships between higher education institutions and for-profit companies (like Lyft and Guild Education). The last year certainly turned in its share of surprises.

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

Edsurge

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.

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The Primary Problem with Educational Technology

iterating toward openness

But let it be reported that without a sales tax the hospital facilities of Massachusetts will deteriorate and cause a barely perceptible increase in preventable deaths—not many will drop a tear or reach for their checkbooks.

Efficacy vs Effectiveness

iterating toward openness

Consider the following fictitious scenario: A pharmaceutical company is developing a drug to cure a rare form cancer. The company takes the drug to market as a pill to be taken once daily for six months, with a six-month supply costing $100,000.

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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.

?Scaling Mobile Technology for Community College Students: 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Edsurge

In 2013, PC Magazine reported that people between the ages of 18 to 24 are 16 percent more likely than any other demographic to have a cracked screen. But companies might not be attuned enough to how the user experience shifts from one device to another. Enhance OER access It has been well documented that students are reluctant to pay for textbooks and that the price of textbooks is particularly crippling for community college students.

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

Edsurge

Some of our clients now report being approached with acquisition opportunities weekly. Paul Freedman: The innovation for 2018 will be “partnerships,” including partnerships between institutions (like the University Innovation Alliance or the active learning consortium) and partnerships between higher education institutions and for-profit companies (like Lyft and Guild Education). The last year certainly turned in its share of surprises.

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

Doug Levin

Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. " 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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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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Perhaps the disappearance (and reported murder) of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi doesn’t seem like an education technology story. “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.

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

Doug Levin

additions to the K-12 Cyber Incident Map , including a couple of new TV news reports of the same. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why.

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Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

Edsurge

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. They assume that parents, educators and yes, reporters will give learning technologies the same benefit of the doubt that we afford to movie or online shopping recommendation engines.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar , Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, offered highlights from the report, and Ryan Kocsondy, Director of Connecticut Education Network (CEN), gave an inside look at why Connecticut schools don’t worry about running out of bandwidth.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” “ OER , Capability, and Opportunity” by David Wiley. Via Edsurge : “ OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. ” “OER is about to become for course planning what LMS is for grading,” which frankly sounds awful. The peer feedback company has raised $1.89 Research, “Research,” and Reports. (National) Education Politics. “Where is Trump’s Cabinet ?” ” asks Politico.

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Heard, Overheard and Announced at ISTE 2016

Edsurge

It brings together K-12 educators, companies, reporters, university professors, and students to talk about product announcements, implementation strategies and edtech trends. The company didn’t announce anything in tandem with ISTE, but did push the Swift coding app— Swift Playgrounds —for middle and high school students that got announced two weeks ago. The ISTE conference isn’t the biggest edtech conference in the world by sheer luck.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

This issue is especially important for schools that have implemented educational technology game changers I’ve highlighted in previous blog posts: one-to-one computing , Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning management systems (LMS).