Does OER Actually Improve Learning?


Regardless of where you stand on the debate over open educational resources, you’re probably wondering: Does OER actually improve learning outcomes? This question came up in a handful of discussions this week at the OpenEd conference in Niagara Falls, NY. At least, that was one of the main takeaways from a short session led by Phillip Grimaldi, director of research at OpenStax, a nonprofit OER initiative out of Rice University.

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Self as OER


This post is based on a presentation Suzan and Maha gave this year at the OER16 conference in Edinburgh. When we look at common definitions of Open Educational Resources or OERs (e.g., OER Commons , The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation ) it is clear that there is tendency to equate open educational resources to open educational materials and tools , such as course materials in text, audio, or video format, open textbooks, and educational software.

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OER Cost Savings and Adoption Rates: New Methodologies, New Data, and New Results

Iterating Toward Openness

At the OpenEd Conference in 2013, Nicole Allen and I challenged the OER community to save students one billion dollars. Then, working from a pool of 20 courses for which adoptable OER exist, they randomly selected five courses to examine at each institution and collected pricing information for all available formats from each campus’ online bookstore. The overall average price for all OER (both OER Only and OER Hybrid) is $17.32. OER Only.

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Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

The tl;dr: Supporting effective OER adoption at scale has its problems. Upon reflection several years ago, I came to see that despite all my efforts I was making the classic Field of Dreams mistake (“if we build it, they will come”) by assuming that “if OER exist in a faculty’s discipline and research shows them to be effective in supporting learning, faculty will adopt.” OER are freely available and come with 5R permissions.

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OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges


Communications librarian Kristen Hoffman oversees much of the OER work at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university in Washington. Hoffman recently brought her question to the gathering of open education resource users and advocates at the OpenEd conference in Niagara Falls, NY earlier this month. Is there anything out there that faith-based institutions can have a place in this OER ecosystem to contribute to those kinds of resources?”

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From One to Many: OER-based Degree Programs

Iterating Toward Openness

Several years ago I was speaking about OER at a conference in Virginia. There was a great feeling in the room, and though I hadn’t planned to speak about the topic, I felt prompted to end my remarks by stating that enough OER now existed that an entire degree program could be run on OER. A fully OER-based pathway through two degrees at Northern Virginia Community College soon followed.

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent. There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact,” said Rebecca Kockler, assistant superintendent of academic instruction for the state of Louisiana, at the annual SXSWedu conference last week in Austin, Texas. “We There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact. Using OER wasn’t our goal,” Kockler said.

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OER: Free Like a Beer, or Free Like a Puppy?


I heard this question six years ago after it was raised at a major publishing conference. Those in the puppy camp argued, with good reason, that free curricula and OER content were hardly free once the related costs and risks were factored in. So the discovery, vetting, and alignment costs inflicted upon the teachers and districts that would try to embrace free and OER content would remain high. Is free curriculum content like a free beer or a free puppy?

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Is Open Content Enough? Where OER Advocates Say the Movement Must Go Next


In response, open educational materials, or OER, have emerged as an alternative to expensive textbooks that disproportionately affect low-income students. OER have been around for more than a decade, and the sheer number of these materials—in the form of textbooks, courses, videos, software and other public-domain resources—are increasingly available online. But despite the excitement, there are obstacles to using OER.

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Beyond Textbooks and OER: reflecting on #OpenEd15


There has been no shortage of critiques of the open textbook focus at The Open Education Conference #OpenEd15 – I wasn’t at the conference but I followed the Twitter stream and participated in three virtually connecting sessions in which I met both pairs of keynote speakers. So if free textbooks or OER offer learners free access to good quality knowledge (even if it’s static), it can make a difference. Profession Teaching #OpenEd15 OER Open Textbooks

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Open Educational Resources


Open Educational Resources, or OER, are educational resources that are legally available for public use. The OER and OER Commons hope to change that by providing an online public library where educators can create, discover, […]. Learn Blended Learning collaboration Copyright CUE Conference CUE Spark GoOpen OER podcastAs educators, it can be difficult to find good, usable content that is free and not protected by copyright laws.

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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The Role of Instructional Materials in the Classroom


For the past three years, I’ve been leading work around Open Educational Resources (OER) and the role that instructional materials play in teaching and learning. Learn conference cue bold Featured Speaker instructional materials OERIn order to support districts, I start by asking bold questions. Sometimes I receive bold answers and sometimes I don’t. Some district leaders have never considered how traditional materials like […].

Beyond Free Materials: OER Advocates Push For Inclusiveness in Teaching Practices


Jess Mitchell, senior manager of research and design at the Inclusive Design Research Centre , posed the question on Wednesday to a group of around 850 educators, librarians and other open-access enthusiasts at Lumen Learning’s OpenEd conference in Niagara Falls, NY. But Mitchell urged those attending the conference to open up and get vulnerable, saying “we should talk about the discomfort.” What is your tolerance for failure in education?

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


Speakers at this week’s SXSW EDU conference in Austin wasted no time before diving into taboo topics. Austin, Texas outside of the SXSW EDU conference And that was just the start. While OER was presented as one way to ease course material costs, other challenges remain, starting with understanding and awareness of what the term means. Still, sustainable ways to fund OER into the future remains an open question.

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Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet.

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The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

I recently had the honor of traveling to the MIT campus in Boston and participating in a panel discussion on Open Education Resources (OER) at The Sixth Conference of MIT''s Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) with three illustrious advocates of these open resources: Nicole Allen, Philipp Schmidt, and panel moderator Steve Carson. Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web.

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Demand, district adoption, and silver bullets

K12 Open Ed

A few us have been pondering the question “ How can we best advance the adoption of OER in K-12? ” both online in this document and f2f at the Open Ed 14 conference. There is currently a good amount of high quality, standards-aligned OER in K-12 with lots more coming online. With regards to OER, many states have approved, recommended, and/or endorsed the use of OER. This is nearly impossible for OER to do.

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Underappreciated No More: A Free Edtech Platform Shines as Schools Go Remote


As countless educators around the world have scrambled to figure out how to deliver lessons remotely with whisker-thin budgets, many turned to open education resources (OER). CK-12 is at the forefront of OER by doing adaptive and personalized learning.

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Improving the OpenEd Conference – Survey and Interview Highlights and Data

Iterating Toward Openness

Two months ago I invited people to respond to a survey regarding the Open Education Conference and how it can be improved. The conference is expensive. Streaming some or all of the conference keynotes and sessions would enable more people to participate. There are not nearly enough students, adjuncts, K12 teachers, or people of color at the conference. Don’t gear the conference exclusively toward those that have been in the field for several years.

A philosophical supplement to the OER movement: Thoughts on #et4online presentation

Improving Education Environments

Reposted from edutechnicalities : On Thursday, I had the opportunity to present on my OER/Edutainment/Postmodernism/Branded Digital Content research at the OLC Conference on Emerging Technologies (colloquially known as #et4online). The presentation was an extension of my recent publication on OER as Online Edutainment Resources at Learning, Media & Technology ; I look at scholarship as fluid and transitory, so this was an opportunity to illuminate and further the conversation.

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Next Week's "Sustainability in Libraries" Mini-Conference and Schedule #library20 #sustainabilityinlibraries

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce the schedule for our third Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Sustainability in Libraries ," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 14th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

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#CUE17- The Game


For the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working on CUE conferences, mostly from afar at my homebase outside of Chicago, Illinois. I’m excited to say that I will physically (rather than digitally) be in attendance at this year’s CUE 2017 National Conference and will be helping out wherever needed. I can’t wait to attend this conference and experience its energy in person! OER Playground (New!).

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

Last week I participated in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2016 conference. I was there for a few reasons, starting with having the fine opportunity to lead a pre conference workshop, followed by presenting on two panels, helping out with a Twitter component, and reconnecting with dozens of friends and colleagues. Let me share some materials here, along with reflections on the conference. Reflections on the conference.

Next Week! Details for the "Civic Engagement in Action" Online Conference (bilingual) | Library 2.0 and Seguimos Creando Enlaces

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The first Library 2.021 | Seguimos Creando Enlaces conference, " Civic Engagement in Action, " takes place next Thursday and Friday, March 25th and 26th. Virtual Conference Series, and the iSchool at San Jose State University. This conference is supported in whole or in part by the U.S.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The ninth annual Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday! The conference is being held Monday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (November 21 in some time zones). The entire virtual conference is held online. Click here to register to attend the conference live or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards. The hidden treasure of the Global Education Conference is volunteering--you will love it!

"Sustainability in Libraries" - Accepted Sessions Announced for Library 2.0 Mini-Conference #library20 #sustainabilityinlibraries

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce the full list of accepted sessions for our third Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Sustainability in Libraries ," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 14th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

Final Call - Wednesday's "Sustainability in Libraries" Mini-Conference and Schedule #library20 #sustainabilityinlibraries

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to be holding our third Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Sustainability in Libraries ," online (and for free) this Wednesday, October 14th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

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Open Educational Resources Are ‘Moving Up the Adoption Ladder’ Around the World


OER was one of six “emerging technologies and practices” the panelists highlighted as most likely to significantly influence postsecondary teaching and learning in the future. “It These are the kinds of efforts the report describes as helping OER spread in the U.S.

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2017 Global Education Conference - 39 Live Sessions on Tuesday, Day Two!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Tuesday, November 14th, is day two of the eighth annual Global Education Conference. IMPORTANT NOTES: Check out our new guide to attending the conference. link] Recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page, usually within a few minutes after a session has ended. It's a ton of fun, you'll be doing some good, and you'll have the undying gratitude of the conference organizers!

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Recent & Upcoming Conversations on Open & Networked Learning


Thankfully, there have been a lot of spaces for us to discuss these questions together, such as the #OER17 conference which took place in London with the theme “The Politics of Open”. The conference may be over, but there have been several virtual events continuing the conversation, such as the Virtually Connecting Missed Conversation Towards Openness , led by Christian Friedrich and Kate Green and an OpenEdSIG follow-up webinar organized by Teresa MacKinnon.


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. PLUS we'll immediately send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 10 websites, 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th! Join the 4,000 others who have already registered to participate or watch the recordings now and we'll also send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, 10 websites, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future.

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Ask the experts: Crowdsourced solutions to 4 problems of blended-learning practice

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, the Christensen Institute, Highlander Institute , and The Learning Accelerator welcomed over 100 advanced blended- and personalized-learning practitioners to Providence, Rhode Island as part of a two-day meeting-of-the-minds leading up to the 2018 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference. Curating open educational resources (OER). Assess outcomes with OER and provide proof of effectiveness [metrics can range from engagement to actual outcomes].