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

SETDA Says

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.

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

SETDA Says

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

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.

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

SETDA Says

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

Digital learning futures

Learning with 'e's

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.

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.

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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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

Perched in lime green desk chairs, dozens of employees of OpenStax work here to transform physics, calculus and psychology materials into digital textbooks that students can study at no cost. And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. The network runs the Open Textbook Library , a digital resource that contains links to nearly 700 openly licensed textbooks.

#DLNchat: The Skills Gap-Fact or Fantasy?

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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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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. Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAwards) from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) last November. The awards recognize educators’ and institutions’ innovative use of digital courseware to improve outcomes for students, especially underrepresented ones.

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.

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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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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The Learning Counsel launches digital curriculum survey

eSchool News

Created to assist executives and curriculum and technology directors in guiding the transition to digital curriculum and content, the survey also offers schools the chance win national awards. The Learning Counsel’s 2016 Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey and Assessment Tool is now available online. Educators can log in at TheLearningCounsel.com to start their assessment and help their school or district understand where they stand in digital transition. “As

EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. NGDLE – Next-generation Digital Learning Environment. PBL – Project Based Learning ( click here for my guide ).

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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.

Join the edWeb Team at ISTE 2015

edWeb.net

At ISTE 2015, Common Sense Education will provide a sneak preview of the latest version of Graphite, designed to help educators learn fundamental edtech teaching skills. Learn more here about their Marriott Lightning Sessions and raffle and follow @commonsenseedu & @graphite on Twitter. Visit CDW*G at Booth #2200 to explore solutions to better prepare for digital learning. dreambox learning. Scratch your way to great prizes with Learning Bird at ISTE.

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Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

EdTech Magazine

As K–12 institutions digitally progress, slow data sharing between parents, teachers and administrators is leaving all players increasingly frustrated as they are forced to wait for important information sent through what is quickly becoming an outdated system. Previously signed into law , Utah’s school system now requires all students be assigned “ digital backpacks ,” which contain a history of student data, including everything from science projects to test results. .

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. In the absence of the weekly news round-ups, I took the time away to do some further writing and analysis: Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches , which details the ham-handed way in which the Texas Association of School Boards has communicated about their breach of personal information about Texas educators.

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

The overall purpose of this program is to increase the capacity of states, districts, schools, and local communities to…”improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.” making instructional resources widely available via open educational resources (OER), which may include supporting school districts in using OER. Digital learning advocates, cue Sally Fields !)

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

While teachers may understand the need to collect the information, they resent inputting the same data over and over again in every learning management system, educational application, and state and federal accountability report. Furthermore, the members developed use cases for the new standards, such as student transfer information, personalized learning, and learning object repository. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

We Got It from Here.Thank You 4 Your Service (keynote): Combining insights from his own book and rap group A Tribe Called Quest’s latest album, Dr. Chistopher Edmin (Associate Professor at Teachers College Columbia University) uses history, practice and theory to explore education’s most pressing issues: a lack of diversity among teachers, challenges faced by educators of color, and absence of student voice in the learning design process. It’s that time of year again.

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Digital Courseware or ePUB – Which is the Future of Higher Education?

Kitaboo on EdTech

Higher education is going through a massive transformation thanks to the adoption of new technologies like mobile learning , gamification and digital courseware. Around 82% of the respondents of the survey also feel that digital is the future. The Emergence of Digital Courseware.

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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.

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.” Can Electrical Stimulation Help Us Learn?” “ Social-Emotional Learning Is the Rage in K–12.

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

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). The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep.

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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Learnosity, Learning.com partner for personalized learning, assessment

eSchool News

Companies join forces to deliver flexible instruction to enhance digital curriculum for school districts. Learnosity , a provider of business-to-business SaaS education technology, and Learning.com , a provider of K-12 digital solutions, announce a new strategic partnership that will leverage Learnosity’s expertise to add robust assessment building functionality to Learning.com’s Curriculum Foundry digital curriculum management solution.