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. Few have formal training in teaching or learning. But even he realized that we can’t expect individual faculty to stay at the cutting edges of their discipline, teaching and learning practice, educational research, and the ever-changing technologies that can be used in the service of learning. Learning Design and Continuous Improvement.

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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?” Of course, I could have stopped everything else in my life for a few months and learned most of what I needed to know to answer these questions myself. OER are a lot like sunlight. Sunlight and OER are free.

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The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle

Iterating Toward Openness

By definition, open educational resources (OER) are licensed in a manner that gives you permission to change, update, and improve them. Learning analytics, on the other hand, can provide great insight into where course materials – including OER – are not effectively supporting student learning. In this open access article we outlined a method for automating the identification of the OER in a course that are most in need of improvement.

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Open Source Tools for Learning Data Analysis, Continuous Improvement, and Machine Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

And now for something completely different… I’m taking a pause from talking directly about open for a moment to share some resources I’ve recently found that have made my data life much more efficient and enjoyable. I spend a lot of my time working in the data generated by use of Lumen’s open courseware. “learning analytics” give you information about what needs improving in your course but doesn’t give you permission to make the changes. ?

The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

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Marie Cini is the president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. So with these guidelines in mind, I’ve chosen six areas where edtech has made an impact this decade: Learning Management Systems. OER and open books. Learning analytics. Adaptive learning systems. The real power of digital technology to increase learning remains untapped.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success. The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), one of the 12 partner organizations of Every Learner Everywhere, was charged with identifying and understanding innovations in the digital education landscape.

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10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

blogs, social media, learning objects, OERs, MOOCs, etc in this period. large scale dropouts, superficial learning)? It''s nearly always a good thing to have people engaged with learning - it''s better than having a population sitting around watching reality TV for instance. 6) There has been at least 20 years of research into online learning, and over 40 years of research into distance education. Analytics - good and bad uses of this.

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Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

A Pearson business motto is “content plus assessment, powered by technology, equalizes effective learning at scale,” Fallon said, and after years of striving for that goal, “we only feel that it’s really now starting to come together.”. The weight of the activity will be in blended learning, and how you combine the benefits of face-to-face with purely online approaches.”.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 Ramona Pierson , the founder of Declara , is now the head of learning products at Amazon ( according to LinkedIn , at least). “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students?

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. It’s a cycle, Srnicek argues, that then encourages more usage, which in turn generates more data.

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Mozilla announced it is handing the Open Badges initiative to the IMS Global Learning Consortium. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” Data, Privacy, and Surveillance. Via The New York Times : “ Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data.” Presidential Campaign Politics.

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

Doug Levin

This from the school district that is still reeling from a major student data privacy breach. Tagged on: March 10, 2017 The Scary Thing You Don’t Know About 'Free' Scholarship Searches | Money → Dozens of companies are using the lure of scholarships to gather a wealth of valuable personal data from unsophisticated high school students. " Hopefully, not shades of future conversations about learning analytics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“In the Era of Microcredentials , Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning,” says Edsurge. Tell me more about how the blockchain is going to “verify learning.” ” “Education is not where it’s all at in the learning market. Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics.” ” Inside Higher Ed also looks at how data is being talked about at the higher ed ed-tech event.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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From IMS Global : “ Competency-Based Education and Extended Transcripts: IMS Global Learning Consortium Enabling Better Digital Credentialing.” ” Trends to watch: investors’ interest in English language learning (software). This week: “ OpenStax Partners with panOpen to Expand OER Access.” Accelerate Learning has raised $10 million from Owl Ventures. VIF International Education has acquired Participate Learning.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The federal government is set to release data reports designed to help measure the performance of accrediting agencies , with metrics such as the graduation rates, debt, earnings and loan repayment rates of students who attended the colleges the accreditors oversee.”

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” I tweeted that the DACA database is one of the most important issues in ed-tech right now, and if you’re an ed-tech entrepreneur who says “nobody in ed-tech tracks immigration data,” you need to GTFO. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.” ” Via EdSource : “New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies.”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm). It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security. Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. You can learn anything online, Siegler argued.