Why This Professor Believes OER Can Make STEM More Inclusive and Affordable

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For some folks in higher ed, the very idea of using open educational resources (OER) sparks dread. The right OER provides professors opportunities to teach the latest research and even make areas like math and science more inclusive.

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Big step forward for the K-12 OER Collaborative

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The K-12 OER Collaborative has taken a great step forward as Karl Nelson has agreed to join the organization full-time as of later this month. Karl has been the Director of Digital Learning for Washington state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for five years and prior to that worked with Puget Sound ESD. He is a creative thinker about digital learning and a skilled manager. EdTech Update Uncategorized K-12 OER Collaborative OER

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How to develop K-12 open educational resources

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Have you ever considered creating your own open educational resources (OER)? When you build your own, you can differentiate instruction and support every student with the specific learning content they need. Types of OER you can develop for K-12. OER development tools.

Lumen Learning, a Proponent of OER, Makes First Acquisition to Offer Faculty Coaching

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Lumen Learning, a company that sells low-cost OER textbooks and courseware, plans to start offering professional development services for faculty that can be bundled with its titles. But its pricing structure “did not scale well,” said Kim Thanos, CEO of Lumen Learning.

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5 steps to implement OER in your LMS

eSchool News

As open educational resources (OER) become a more viable option for K-12 school districts that want to adopt new resources, curating these “free” and “open” educational assets has become increasingly difficult. Department of Education making a clear push for OER via its #GoOpen campaign, where districts take on the challenge of replacing at least one textbook with OER, the need for reliable vetting and selection tools has grown exponentially.

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3 challenges to OER implementation

eSchool News

Open educational resources (OER) have made their presence known in education, with teachers and administrators voicing their excitement over free resources that are easily shared and adapted. Districts know all children learn differently, and this means they need the right mix of content to help teachers differentiate their instruction and resources for students, said Randy Wilhelm, CEO and co-founder of Knovation , which collects and organizes free digital content for educators.

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

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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.

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SETDA publishes OER case studies from 3 states

eSchool News

Online case studies highlight OER implementation in schools. SETDA has published a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. The online resource, OER in Action: Implementation Highlights , examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.

5 ways to expand federal educational OER

eSchool News

In a letter sent earlier this month, a group of ed-tech stakeholders urged the Obama administration to make federally-funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). Creating OER, which are free to use, share, and edit, would help increase educators’ access to educational, training, and instructional materials, according to the more than 85 stakeholder organizations that signed the letter. Next page: Five core principles for OER policies.

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Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

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Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapThrough the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. read more.

Today's Newsletter: Where to Find & Curate OER Resources

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Guest post by Steve Baule, Educational Leadership Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Superior: As the school year begins, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of Open Education Resources (OER). The two biggest challenges to using OER sources seem to be finding them and having the time to curate those appropriate for one’s courses. The OER Commons is a core site with resources from pre-school through adult education.

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Considering OER? Here’s what you need to know

eSchool News

Open educational resources (OER) are becoming more widespread in classrooms, but many educators and administrators aren’t sure how to make the leap from talking about them to actually using them. OER are teaching and learning resources that are free to use and share. Repositories such as The Orange Grove , the Utah Education Network , and OER Commons help educators locate and learn how to incorporate the resources into their instruction.

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Report: Which districts show a higher OER adoption-and why?

eSchool News

Only one-third of school districts said they are aware of both the term “open educational resources” (OER) and its licensing, according to a report from the Babson Survey Research Group. What We Teach: K-12 School District Curriculum Adoption Process examines the degree to which K-12 districts are aware of and have adopted OER, as well as the process districts use to select and adopt full-course curricula materials. Digital Learning and Tools News

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OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges

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One popular draw to open educational resources is that these openly-licensed learning materials can—and are often encouraged to—be tailored for a particular professor or course. Communications librarian Kristen Hoffman oversees much of the OER work at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university in Washington. 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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A day in the life with Student Dashboard Digital Backpack

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para Student Dashboard Digital Backpack. . One of Mrs. Perkins’s learners uses assistive technology , a screen reader, to read and can also access the digital materials. This alignment allows every student the opportunity to engage with digital content successfully.

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State Examplars: How are states demonstrating leadership in digital learning ?

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SETDA and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University College of Education recently co-released the national report, State Digital Learning Exemplars: read more. 1to1 Best Practices Digital Content OER Personalized Learning Policy Privacy Professional Learning Research State boards

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Teachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resourcesBy and large, it’s working.

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#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed

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Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? That was the question at the heart of our #DLNchat on January 9, which centered around OER in Higher Education. Our special guest, Lisa Petrides, creator of OER Commons, kicked things off by defining the topic at hand: “OER are teaching & learning materials freely available for anyone to use. Chatters agreed OER should be available for adaptation and redistribution.

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Need Digital Learning Resources? Leverage SETDA’s Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

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Successful digital learning implementation can meet a broad range of goals, including supporting the academic needs of students to ensure that they are college. Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy Professional Learning read more.

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

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Adoption of digital learning resources is taking hold in schools and districts across the United States. Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students and spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content, according to Education Week. 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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Teachers gain access to OER math curriculum

eSchool News

EdCaliber and Mathematics Vision Project integrate OER math curriculum and support materials into Lessoneer teacher empowerment platform. By integrating MVP Teacher Notes and Support Ancillaries such as the Ready Set Go Answer Keys, Lessoneer is providing everything a teacher needs to successfully facilitate student learning.”. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM Top News

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'Better Every Semester': How Faculty Use Open Educational Resources to Improve Courses

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They worked nights and weekends to develop the resource, which can be used digitally through a WordPress website or downloaded as a PDF. But OER advocates think open access course materials hold another kind of promise for students, too. They can with OER materials. “I’ve

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Seven advantages of using digital textbooks in schools

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While schools have traditionally used printed textbooks, choosing digital textbooks impacts learning in positive ways. By adopting e-books in your school or district, you can expand learning opportunities. Why else are digital textbooks worth it for K-12? Learn more.

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#DLNchat: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation?

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Those were just a couple of the questions raised on Tuesday, February 27 when the #DLNchat community got together to discuss: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation? The conversation was guided by special guest Steven Bell , Associate Librarian at Temple University Libraries, where he works with colleagues on a number of digital learning initiatives. But why stop with faculty and digital media experts?

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Digital learning futures

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Digital Learning Futures View more presentations from Steve Wheeler As I write this blog post, the above slideshow has received almost 18,000 views in just 48 hours since it was posted up onto Slideshare. These slides accompanied my presentation during the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition held at London's Olympia on 25-26 January. Here's to all the possible futures of learning! Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight. The district is also a Digital Citizenship Certified District.

SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers

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Always working to engage state leaders, affiliates members, private sector partners, and partner organizations-SETDA developed tools and resources to support national, state, district and school leaders in the implementation of the digital teaching and learning. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning

SETDA Applauds the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act

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Digital Learning Equity of Access Legislation OER PolicyLast week, Senator Hatch (UT) and Senator Bennet (UT) introduced the Innovation for Tomorrow’s Workforce Act of 2016 which would amend current law to. read more.

Adopting Open Educational Resources Can Help Students. But It Takes Time, Money and Effort.

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Students who took multiple community college courses that used only free or low-cost OER materials earned more credits over time than their peers who took classes that used traditional course materials such as textbooks, according to a new study. OER has eliminated that issue.”

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Shifting to digital – what is the story ?

SETDA Says

Since SETDA’s seminal 2012 resource, Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in the Digital Age, traditionalists take comfort in the fact that in spite. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning Interoperability OER Policy digital content digital learning leadership open educational resources policy procurement

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Transition to Digital: Improving Access, Affordability and Achievement in Higher Education

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Future of Education Technology Making the case for Education Technologies Mobile Learning Resources Open Educational Resources OER _ Miscellaneous Tools and Topics digital textbook best practices making transition to digital textbooks successful transition to etexts tips for transition to digital learning materialsOriginal Image Source … and important steps to help you get there!

Digital natives still clamor for print materials

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Is the digital revolution more of a slow evolution? He’s got a thick hard-cover “Adobe Digital Desktop” textbook. Creating a Digital Learning Environment Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy News Top News books digital digital materials ipads mcclatchy OER print

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

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Open educational resources have gone global and may help make learning more accessible, equitable and inclusive around the world. It is moving up the adoption ladder,” says Susan Grajek, vice president of communities and research for Educause, of OER. “It

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Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

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Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

The Future of Digital Learning in Tennessee and Beyond

Fractus Learning

With the widespread introduction of laptops and tablets into the classroom, the digitization of primary education is rapidly expanding across the United States, making access to quality education materials easier and more flexible than ever before. But the switch to digital can come at a relatively high cost. With a full suite of concept based learning content that’s enriched by multiple modalities (text, video, lesson plans, activities etc.)

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#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning ED instructional materials OERIn October 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s, Office of Education Technology (OET) launched the #GoOpen Initiative via a White House briefing. Since that. read more.

Student Voices Heard in Washington DC – Operation Bee “Abuzz”

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Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning OER Student voiceIt is time for the 2018 SETDA’s Student Voice Award Nominations. SETDA Members have the opportunity to nominate a school or district for the change to win a trip to Washington, DC and participate in SETDA’s annual Leadership Summit. If you know of a fantastic school or district that is well deserving of this award for […].

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VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

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Well, I’ve spotted some tools and strategies that have amazing potential to empower students and teachers to engage and learn more with the world beyond their school. Another student could find photographs of places or inventions he wants to study and then create augmented reality-triggered videos of himself explaining what he’s learned. A couple of years ago, my high school students created their own scavenger hunt with QR codes , and loved learning from one another that way.

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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Cleon Franklin, a great innovator and former Director of Virtual Schools and Online Learning at Shelby County Schools, said a very interesting thing about what happens when you ungate students. When you let them learn forward and go outside of their age group, it is like moving up to a new game level inside video games, and some kids find the opportunity inspiring. Now imagine that it is possible via custom software and virtual world learning environments. By LeiLani Cauthen.

New tools emerge to support schools’ digital transition

eSchool News

Knovation’s icurio delivers open educational resources (OER) and instructional tools to support personalized and engaging digital learning. School districts across the country are replacing print textbooks with free open educational resources (OER); however, many are finding it difficult to evaluate the quality and relevancy of these unlimited online resources. One such solution comes from Knovation’s icurio suite of personalized learning solutions.

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