ECM #149 OER: Teaching Without Traditional Textbooks

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Award Winning Science Teacher Amy Pace Shares How She Uses OER Textbooks Amy Pace is a Presidential Award winning science teacher. She is using “free” OER textbooks for all her courses. OER stands for Open Education Resources which are often curated by experts via grants and other means. Visionary states, districts, and schools might find a money-saving resource with OERs. The Utah Open Textbook project teams up top teachers to curate and create OER textbooks.

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When is an OER an OER?

Iterating Toward Openness

tl ;dr – If a resource is licensed in a way that grants you permission to engage in the 5R activities, and grants you those permissions for free, it’s an open educational resource (OER) – no matter where you find it or how it’s being used. For several years I have used a shorthand definition of OER as “free access plus permission to engage in the 5R activities.” Consider the following scenarios: A person downloads an OER to their laptop.

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Schrodinger’s OER

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” Stephen’s fears of conversion are possible in part because his definition of OER begins with access: Access is most frequently left off the definition of OERs, and yet is the most important. It appears that he means that any copy of an OER placed outside your reach ceases to be OER (constituting the “change in the conditions related to the resource” mentioned above). It is available for download from [link].

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How to find, curate, and assess OER

eSchool News

As schools and districts try to reduce textbook costs and digitize instructional resources, one of the struggles many teachers have is finding good repositories of open education resources (OER). The first step is to know how to access OER resources. Accessing OER. Department of Education has its #GoOpen District Launch Packet , and Open Learning has a free online course (about 15 hours) on how to develop OER content. How to find OER.

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OER Cost Savings and Adoption Rates: New Methodologies, New Data, and New Results

Iterating Toward Openness

At the OpenEd Conference in 2013, Nicole Allen and I challenged the OER community to save students one billion dollars. SPARC have made the data available under the CC0 dedication and you can download them here. Then, working from a pool of 20 courses for which adoptable OER exist, they randomly selected five courses to examine at each institution and collected pricing information for all available formats from each campus’ online bookstore. The adoption rate of OER is 6.3%.

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More College Students Are Downloading Course Materials for Free—Or Skipping Them Entirely

Edsurge

Use of free course materials among college students is up, with 22 percent downloading at least one such resource during the spring 2019 semester, according to research published Wednesday by the National Association of College Stores. That's an all-time high, and a big increase since the fall of 2015, when only 3 percent of students reported downloading free course materials. The percent of students who reported downloading free materials has increased each semester since.

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OER and you. The curation mandate

NeverEndingSearch

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. But it was clear to our little group, that to the larger majority of the participants, we were not even on the OER radar. Some OER background: Launched in October, GoOpen is a U.S. What are OER? According to the OER Commons : Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Edsurge

This material was created by David Wiley and you can download, edit and share it for free under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Five years ago, in an essay called “ 2017: RIP OER? ” I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.” Let’s hope it’s not the year OER peaks. Much of the OER movement has a bad attitude about platforms.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

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. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resourcesTeachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. By and large, it’s working.

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?OER Researchers Don’t Disaggregate Data on Diverse Students. Here’s Why They Should

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With course materials averaging around $1,200 per year , many colleges over the past decade have adopted open educational resources (OER) to cut costs for students. Since then, a number of studies across many institution types have found that OER—freely available educational materials that can be downloaded, edited and shared— save money and show that students learn just as much using OER as with commercial textbooks.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

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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Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. Remember OER resources provide curriculum that: Makes learning more authentic by giving the teacher the ability to localize learning. A Listing Of 25 OER (Open Education Resource Sites).

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Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?

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New and traditional publishers are trying to offer alternatives such as open educational resources (OER), or freely downloadable and adaptable learning materials. But some providers of OER still ask for fees in return, and that has advocates concerned. One company, Top Hat, is trying to shift away from that by opening up its marketplace of mostly OER materials to users for free.

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The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

I recently had the honor of traveling to the MIT campus in Boston and participating in a panel discussion on Open Education Resources (OER) at The Sixth Conference of MIT''s Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) with three illustrious advocates of these open resources: Nicole Allen, Philipp Schmidt, and panel moderator Steve Carson. Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web.

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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 That means OER courseware is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of learning engineering, Wiley argues. “It’s

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Confused about what ‘Open’ Means in Education? Inconceivable!

Doug Levin

I’ve established that I am a fan of open educational resources (OER) and think that K-12 educators and policymakers would benefit from thinking more deeply about the ownership of instructional materials. I’ve even offered up ideas on issues the K-12 OER movement needs to confront and work through in the coming years as it struggles with the success of greater adoption. How does OER help educators and students? Are all OER digital?

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Where we become a commercial publisher (to take commercial publishing down?)

K12 Open Ed

Much of my research to date on the adoption and implementation of K-12 OER core curriculum in ELA and math has led me to the realization that, to schools, price is not a significant factor in adoption. At the same time, OER developers and publishers face the challenge that to complete in state and district adoptions, they need to include many components that add significant cost. Do OER providers in this scenario become just another commercial publishing operation?

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Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

PLUS we'll immediately send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 10 websites, 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future. Register now for our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th, and we'll send you the information on how to either attend the live sessions or watch the recordings afterwards.

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The Best E-Book Yet: 40Must-know Web 2.0 Edutools

Kleinspiration

You can view it online for free, download it for a cost, and even print a copy to organize in a binder (Scribd members). Edutools click here to download the e-book Each chapter is dedicated to a different tool, and thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references. You can download the document or embed it onto another platform. OER web 2.0

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

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Sliwerski says the actual numbers may be higher since the materials are openly licensed and are downloaded for free from its website. Open Up Resources traces its history to 2013, when 13 states banded together to form the K-12 OER Collaborative to build low-cost, high-quality and openly-licensed instructional materials. Education Technology Startups Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbooks and Course Materials Nonprofits

Web 2.0 e-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

e-Publishing Tools click here to download the free e-book Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi (a brilliant mind) has been developing an educational series of web 2.0 You can view it online for free, download it for a cost, and even print a copy to organize in a binder (Scribd members). You can download the document or embed it onto another platform. OER on Scoop.it} Disclaimer: Web 2.0 OER is a sponsor of this site. OER web 2.0 Web 2.0

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Web 2.0 Annotation and Bookmarking Tools: A Quick Guide

Kleinspiration

Annotation and Bookmarking Tools click here to download the free e-book Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi (a brilliant mind) has been developing an educational series of web 2.0 You can view it online for free, download it for a cost, and even print a copy to organize in a binder (Scribd members). You can download the document or embed it onto another platform. OER on Scoop.it} Disclaimer: Web 2.0 OER is a sponsor of this site. OER web 2.0 Web 2.0

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. EdTech News News news OER

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Ben’s Guide relaunches

NeverEndingSearch

A Games section offers downloadable crosswords and a tetris-like Branch-O-Mania game. Libraries can download and add a handy Ben’s Guide badge to their websites. government publications GPO OER primary sources Ben's Guide to Government government documentsIn collaboration with our own AASL, the Government Printing Office just updated and redesigned its Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government.

Amazon Inspire’s relaunch

NeverEndingSearch

Offering a familiar, filtered Amazon search/shopping interface, Inspire allows educators to discover, download, curate and share Open Educational Resources (OER). The promised Resource Upload feature will allow educators, administrators, OER providers, institutions, and publishers and others with high-quality, relevant K12 resources to upload and share and to help grow the library. For more ways to access and use OER content, check out: Pearltrees on OER Portals.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

The end of my #opened15 presentation used an example about OER from the perspective of art museums to solidify my thesis. My presentation, entitled The Sale of Open Content, was a critical look at the OER subculture and its attitudes toward other subcultures as well as mainstream cultures. million resources as OER for use and repurpose. The Smithsonian owns or holds copyright on many of their artifacts, and these are available as OER.

Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

The end of my #opened15 presentation used an example about OER from the perspective of art museums to solidify my thesis. My presentation, entitled The Sale of Open Content, was a critical look at the OER subculture and its attitudes toward other subcultures as well as mainstream cultures. million resources as OER for use and repurpose. The Smithsonian owns or holds copyright on many of their artifacts, and these are available as OER.

The CARE Framework

Iterating Toward Openness

As the title of the document makes explicit, the framework aims to contribute to the conversation about the sustainability of OER: “Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship” It’s a valuable contribution to that conversation. Issues of sustainability are absolutely critical to the future of OER and education more broadly, and we spend far too little time talking about them. OER, on the other hand, are non-rivalrous resources.

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Advocating for CC BY

Iterating Toward Openness

We each use this license with the OER that we create and advocate for others to do the same. The BY license best reflects our values of eliminating friction, maximizing interoperability, and promoting unanticipated and innovative uses of OER. Personally, for the OER that I create, I want every learner in the world to use them – regardless of which major resource (commercial or open textbook) their faculty have decided to adopt. It’s free advertising for my OER.

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Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

We are now at the stage where at least 50% of academics have published in open access journals (Stats from Wiley), an there is a growth in Open Educational Resources including OER Commons , with many universities now providing free content. Several of Martin Weller's slidesets are available for free download here. eden15 education learning Martin Weller MOOCs OER open learning Openness Technology

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

Digital learning futures

Learning with 'e's

I'm immensely gratified to think that so many more people outside the auditorium at Learning Technologies are now downloading and viewing these ideas. OER social media Learning Technologies Conference mobile learning touch screens Games based learningDigital 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.

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Iterating Toward Openness

Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. Because of their close alignment with the core values of education, adopting OER in place of traditionally copyrighted educational resources provides unique opportunities and benefits to faculty and students. download, duplicate, store, and manage your own copy).

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Are K-12 Curriculum Tools a Smart Investment? What Investors and Our Data Say

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In conversations with edtech investors, some reported that the K-12 market has seen an influx of instructional content, particularly in the form of open educational resources (OERs). The increasing availability, accessibility and quality of OER materials offer districts the opportunity to move away from textbook publishers and develop their own curriculum. With OERs, educators can become curriculum makers. “Curriculum is becoming commoditized.”

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