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

Edsurge

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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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.

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The current state of online learning: the Babson report

Bryan Alexander

What’s the current state of online learning? A new report from Babson, Pearson, the Online Learning Consortium et al, Grade Level ( pdf ), offers some intriguing observations about campus strategy and leadership. One is that a huge gap yawns open between chief academic officers (academic deans, provosts, vice presidents) and their faculty on digital learning. The deans are pushing hard for online learning, generally, while professors are not.

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Teachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. The district provides a personal iPad for every teacher, middle and high school student, and teachers’ lessons include a mix of purchased and free online resources. Central Valley is one of several Beaver County school districts finding ways to supplement or completely replace paper textbooks with online materials such as eBooks, downloadable apps and openly licensed educational resources.

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5 Questions to Evaluate Open Educational Resources

Where Learning Clicks

Open educational resources (OERs) can be a valuable asset for educators, but there are some things to consider before jumping on the bandwagon. The post 5 Questions to Evaluate Open Educational Resources appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Inside the Classroom Blended Learning Common Core digital learning evaluate open educational resources OER Online learning customization Teacher Resources

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

Edsurge

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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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. But edtech innovations hold real promise for improving student learning outcomes if education leaders use them to redesign classroom and school models in ways that transform teachers’ instructional practices. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

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

Edsurge

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

Edsurge

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. But today, edtech is commonly understood to mean digital technology. OER and open books. Digital badges.

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Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content. Digital Learning and Tools News

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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.

itslearning, Gooru enhance LMS platform with open content

eSchool News

LMS provider itslearning and Gooru , a nonprofit organization which provides a free online learning navigator for educators of the same name, announced a strategic partnership to enhance itslearning’s platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. The alliance will initially give teachers an avenue to find, remix and share collections and courses of open content designed for future-ready learning.

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New Report Sheds Light on Higher Ed’s Innovation Challenges

Edsurge

A new report surveying academic administrators released Wednesday by the Online Learning Consortium and Learning House sheds some insight on innovation challenges at higher education institutions. Now, she says, the use of technology in learning has created more of a need to put money behind innovation. For some schools, changing times means putting a greater emphasis on online learning. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

To that end, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a cross-section of state board of education members from across the nation – working together under the umbrella of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) – on the opportunities and challenges that ESSA provides with respect to digital learning and technology for states. Consider also digital and online learning opportunities afforded students and teachers in which the state has invested.

Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

Edsurge

Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? On Tuesday, June 12 the #DLNchat community got together to dive into how improving digital learning could help institutions pass along savings to students, and how technology might also help reduce indirect costs for college attendance. Now, what can be provided online, is. A few #DLNchat -ters made the case that going online can be cost efficient no matter the size of the effort.

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#DLNchat: The Skills Gap-Fact or Fantasy?

Edsurge

Institutions need to focus on this and not just on measuring” student learning outcomes. We decided to come back to the topic in a future #DLNchat ,but not before discussing some of the nuances surrounding salary gains based on higher ed degrees as well as the need for more learning options. Join the Digital Learning Network to stay up to date on all events and the latest news for higher ed digital learning leaders!

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PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s.

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Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Edsurge

The awards recognize educators’ and institutions’ innovative use of digital courseware to improve outcomes for students, especially underrepresented ones. So Fulé and her colleagues devised a program—free, voluntary, and entirely online—that has helped hundreds of students roll through remediation coursework and ace their math placement tests while measurably boosting their confidence about success in both math and college.

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. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. platforms are digital infrastructures that enable two or more groups to interact. Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. See you online! Lori Trent, STEM Coordinator - Innovator of Inspiration and Magic RADIO SOLIDARIA AMIGA, ONLINE, UNA HERRAMIENTA INNOVADORA - Mª Magdalena Galiana Lloret. Sueann Galt, STEM Coordinator Does the use of ‘Learning Menus’ increase students’ intrinsic motivation?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.” “Is there an elegant way to administer exams in online courses ?” Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” The LA Times asks , “ In this digital self-help age, just how effective are MasterClass ’s A-list celebrity workshops?” Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um, Online Grade Portals.

OER will evolve to address the problems we hire it to solve

The Christensen Institute

Today, open educational resources (OER) are an increasingly common feature in the K–12 education ecosystem. As a mark of the expected value of OER, a number of major philanthropic organizations, including the Hewlett Foundation , Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) , and the CK-12 Foundation , are investing in the creation and development of OER content and OER curation tools; and the U.S.

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