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6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)

Wisewire

Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean. These credible sites offer a wealth of vetted, high quality OER resources, categorized and sorted for easy navigation. Have more suggestions for how to identify high quality OER?

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From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

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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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Google Apps and Chromebooks Web App Recommendations - a whole lot!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps and Chromebooks App Recommendations and Substitutions Here is a list of Google Apps and Web Apps to use. Suggestions for extensions/apps to be preloaded on Chromebooks Edmodo Google Keep - notes and lists Evernote Web Adblock Plus Evernote Web Clipper WeVideo - Video Editor and Maker GeoGebra math app Read&Write - reading support EasyBib Desmos Graphing Calculator A to Z of Google Services https://docs.google.com/viewer?srcid=0B6dF7rWxc-5aMGMyanRsMW5DbzQ&pid=explorer&efh=false&a=v&chrome=false&embedded=true

EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

GAFE – Google Apps For Education (include Google Docs, Google Sites etc). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). OER – Open Educational Resource (this can be any online materials that are free to use).

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

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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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

Furthermore, universities and school are also inclined towards diversifying their facilities through online courses. According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). It offers a large number of students access to study high-quality courses online through video streaming. However, some courses are chargeable. Personalized E-Learning Courses. Open Education Resources (OER).

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Another Response to Stephen

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A quick search via Google shows that Stephen Downes is mentioned over 500 times on the pages of Iterating Toward Openness. Both of these products wrap significant additional functionality around OER. It wraps pre-assessments, in situ formative assessments, and summative assessments around OER. Waymaker provides each student a data-driven study plan that helps them understand where they are in their mastery of course concepts and how to best allocate their study time.

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The Game-Changing Potential of Learning Management Systems

Leadership Lounge

So far I’ve written about one-to-one computer programs and Open Educational Resources (OER). An LMS is a full instructional platform that can be used for online or blended learning courses, and also to augment traditional classroom instruction.

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Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

Then, of course, what we understand is we have to give them more basic questions that they have a better chance on. This means that you can write your own textbooks, share them, or use them as you would any other OER or open education resource.

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

Doug Levin

"This sort of pie-in-the-sky belief that simply getting more computers in kids' hands and more app-development elective courses in schools will make the future bright is an oversimplification of a complex issue." But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected?

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“Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter

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In many contexts – like open content, open educational resources, open source software, open access, and open data – “open” means “free plus permissions.” The answer, of course, depends on when and where you are. The tl;dr.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

If you look for a definition of “platform” online, you’re likely to get something along the lines of Wikipedia’s – fairly straightforward, although quite technical: A computing platform is the environment in which a piece of software is executed.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “Appeals court ruling continues decade-long legal battle between Georgia State University and three publishers over what constitutes ” fair use “ of course materials.” ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Faces Internal Backlash Over Handling of Sexual Harassment.” ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Employees Stage Worldwide Walkout.”

We Are Rockstar Educators

Improving Education Environments

Education is viewed by many as a delivery service, which is why people say the system needs to change because we can now Google everything.

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And of course current Undersecretary of Education, Ted Mitchell, is a former VC.) “ How Not to Study Donald Trump ” – “To make sense of Trumpism, and to put Trump in his historical context, The Chronicle of Higher Education asked a mostly white group of scholars to suggest readings for a syllabus for a mock course in Trump Studies. From the Coursera blog : “Coursera pilots a new course format.” Education Politics.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “The National Collegiate Athletic Association will not punish the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after it created fake courses in which students were given credit despite never attending classes, and no faculty members ever taught them.” ” Sham courses. Via The New York Times : “ Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge.” And of course, there’s an app for that.

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You’ll remember Gove, of course, from his role as the former education secretary and as special friend of News Corp's Joel Klein. The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. ” Code.org introduces Frozen and Star Wars-themed courses,“ says Techcrunch.

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Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” There are, of course, many departments at many universities where it is.) ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ Princeton Professor Cancels Course After His Use of a Racial Slur Angered Students.”

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Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Presidential Campaign Politics.

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For those keeping score at home, here are Peter Thiel’s ed-tech investments (in addition to his “I’ll pay you to drop out of college” fellowship program, of course): Clever, Lore, Thinkful, Declara, and SoFi. And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. ” (That giant: Pearson , of course.). The Common Core aligned reading software maker had raised $1.8

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” Via Education Week : “ Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit.” ” University of Colorado Denver students can earn college credit by taking courses at the coding bootcamp Galvanize. ” There’s more from Slate in its series on online credit recovery programs : “Why Bad Online Courses Are Still Taught in Schools.” Via MinnPost : “Almost 50 years ago, Oregon Trail revolutionized educational software.

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It’s not really “free Internet,” of course – it’s Facebook as Internet. Google had a big press event this week too, unveiling shiny stuff to a cheering crowd of stenographers. VR headsets (well, it’s really just a mask that holds your Google phone up to your face). Google has also rebranded Google Apps for Education as G Suite for Education. Of course. US Presidential Campaign Politics.

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” From the Google blog : “ Google Science Fair 2018 : Resources for educators to get ideas flowing.” ” Also from the Google blog : “More tools for homeschoolers.” Via Gizmodo : “ Google Removes ‘ Don’t Be Evil ’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct.” Of course, much like the myth about “20% time,” I am sure educators will consider to cite this as a reason why schools should be more like Google.

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This is so important to consider, as Tufekci noted on Twitter, in light of Google’s domination of the K–12 computing market.). Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and Eddie Watson introduce The CARE Framework for OER.

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“Is there an elegant way to administer exams in online courses ?” Once upon a time, I’d have put Udacity in the MOOC section above, but I’m sticking this profile by RealClear Education here in the job training section: “Online Educator Udacity Adapts Courses to Changing Labor Market.” CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.” Education Politics.

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” The Trump Administration is calling it “ restoring Internet freedom ,” because of f **g course. The NAACP endorses OER. ” Via Newsweek : “ Rand Paul to Teach ‘Dystopian Visions’ Course at George Washington University.” ” I’m more interested in hearing about segregation and state laws in Mississippi than the adaptive learning software a school is using. Education Politics.

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Via Raw Story : “BUSTED: Trump Treasury pick took 4-week course on Dartmouth campus and called it a degree.” “ Google Drive will soon back up your entire computer,” says The Verge. I wonder how many schools and districts that use the software have done this? For top students, taking an online course didn’t definitively have a negative effect on a student’s grade point average. (National) Education Politics.

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Humphrey testified that he hired Hubbard on a $7,500-per-month consulting contract to connect him to legislative leaders in other states, as Edgenuity tried to sell digital courses.” Here’s The Chronicle headline from then : “Professor Leaves a MOOC in Mid-Course in Dispute Over Teaching.”) “Should Your Online Course Sound Like ‘Serial’?” Education Politics. “ Spending Bill Could Revive Year-Round Pell Grants.”

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