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., Profession #oer16 OER open scholarship openness self as OER vulnerability

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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. The overall average price for “OER Only” (Open Educational Resources in all formats, including new print, used print, rental, loose-leaf, and digital) is $10.69.

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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. If OER adoption were to become widespread among the majority of faculty, it became clear that someone would need to do something more than create OER, post it on a website, and give conference talks about it.

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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

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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. A fully OER-based pathway through two degrees at Northern Virginia Community College soon followed.

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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, […].

?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER


As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report —are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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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.

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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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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 OER

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

A Principal's Reflections

Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web. My LINC Conference Panel: Perspectives from IOCS, PIRC, and P2PU Our panel was wonderfully (and serendipitously) poised to cover a wide array of circumstances.

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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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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? A Listing Of 25 OER (Open Education Resource Sites).

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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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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. With regards to OER, many states have approved, recommended, and/or endorsed the use of OER.

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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).

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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.

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.

#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 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. Let me share some materials here, along with reflections on the conference. That broke down many different forms Twitter takes in supporting a conference.

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. 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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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.

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”. Also a good conference location for families. Just sayin’ :) Conference sub-themes include.


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.

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!

March 13th Library 2.0 Mini-Conference "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We hope you'll consider joining our first Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). (We

Digital learning futures

Learning with 'e's

These slides accompanied my presentation during the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition held at London's Olympia on 25-26 January. OER social media Learning Technologies Conference mobile learning touch screens Games based learning

Final Schedule + Speakers Posted - Join Us for "Library as Classroom" Mini Conference This Wednesday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: " Library as Classroom ," is this Wednesday, June 15th! Additional information will be sent with the final conference information after registration.

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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].

Amazon Education to Launch New Website for Open Education Resources

Marketplace K-12

School administrators learned about the site, to be called Amazon Inspire, during a “Transitioning to OER” session Friday as part of the National Conference on Education of the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, held here. ” Vodicka displayed a slide showing how his district shares the OER it has discovered or that educators have created, which mirrored the description of district-created folders or documents in Google. Phoenix.

The Sleight of Hand of “Free” vs “Affordable”

Iterating Toward Openness

In a recent webinar about OER, organized by one of the major textbook publishers, there was a lot of conversation about whether OER are “free” or “affordable.” Before I begin though, just to be clear, allow me to reaffirm that OER are free, plain and simple, full stop, period. That is literally part of the definition of OER. OER = free + permissions.

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