Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

iterating toward openness

Recently I’ve been doing both more thinking and more roll-up-your-sleeves working on continuous improvement of OER. Once we’ve identified that content, we invite faculty to Shine by contributing their expertise to the improvement of OER. However, we’re just one company.

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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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Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work with OER?

iterating toward openness

At OpenEd18 I gave a presentation titled “Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work?” After this brief discussion, I asked “what if the commons is the wrong metaphor for our work with OER?” Primary among the reasons we might ask the question is this – much of what is central to the idea of a commons is exactly the opposite in the context OER. OER cannot be overused or overconsumed.

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

Edsurge

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. 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.”

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

Edsurge

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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As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor

Edsurge

One crucial part of the decision is out of the students’ hands, of course, since it is the professor who decides what textbook or material to assign—or whether to skip commercial textbooks altogether and assign a free or low-cost open educational resource, or OER. Caleb Hylton, a senior majoring in information systems technology at Seminole State College of Florida, says his assigned reading is “a lot more digital.”

Why Open Education Resources Matter #GoOpen

The Web20Classroom

It's representatives from the cake batter company. We rarely have anyone knocking on our doors but the fact is there is a lot of money in a closed system of education resources. This closed system of educational resources only hurts students. OER Open Education Resources Samsun

Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

Edsurge

This week’s filing was made by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, or SPARC, and it says that in the short run, allowing the marriage of the companies would create a duopoly in the textbook market, with the new combined publisher rivaled in size only by Pearson.

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.

Higher Ed’s Biggest Pressure Cookers in 2019

Edsurge

3) California Community College’s new online community college will successfully launch and serve as a model for system-level innovation in other states. You also see partnerships between institutions and companies. A number of companies, including, Walmart, Lowes and Disney, have announced partnerships with universities. In 2019, interoperability for open education resources (OER) is going to be the big technological opportunity.

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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. By 2021, most of the student body should be in the system."

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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. By 2021, most of the student body should be in the system."

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Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

It took 912 years from the founding of the first university in Bologna in 1088 for the global higher education system to grow to serve 100 million students annually by the year 2000. This small-scale experiment lends a hint at what a truly interoperable system might look like down the line.

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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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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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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.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to frame the cost-savings argument around open textbooks to build broader interest for OERs. ” For reasons I have outlined countless times (relating to the pedagogical innovation only possible in the context of permission to engage in the 5R activities), I believe OER adoption is a critically important means to achieving this end. I fear it is OER wanting it both ways.

Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

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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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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.

Words Matter: Let’s Talk About Learning, Not Technology

Digital Promise

When the marketing head of a company started connecting with others through LinkedIn, he didn’t say he was “building a PLN.” When the car mechanic wanted to learn a new system, she didn’t say she was “exploring OERs through a blended, flipped approach.”

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

Edsurge

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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).

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.

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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The Primary Problem with Educational Technology

iterating toward openness

Edtech companies are primarily focused on what we might call “statistical students.” Why must we replace opportunities to interact with teachers and tutors with artificial intelligence and adaptive systems?

McGraw-Hill Education Latest to Adopt Knovation Open Ed. Curated Content

Marketplace K-12

The move follows news earlier this year that Amazon Education is working on Inspire , a platform on which schools will be able to upload, manage, share, and discover such resources, known as OER. This partnership is the latest in what Knovation CEO Randy Wilhelm calls his company’s pivot from selling curated products directly to districts, to making half of its revenues from business partnerships in which the content is integrated into products developed by other companies.

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Join the edWeb Team at ISTE 2015

edWeb.net

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! Net Texts is a two part system designed to make finding and using OER easier.

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?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. It is also compliant with Common Cartridge standards, which allows the materials to be integrated with most learning management systems used in schools. But the move to OER and digital curriculum hasn’t been completely smooth for everyone, Williams adds.

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

When considering these questions, it’s also critical to think about interoperability and how different digital systems can be fully integrated and work together, even if they are built by different companies.

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

Edsurge

These mobile messages keep students connected to course material and let students know we care about them, but the system is still too one-size-fits-all. 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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