In Search of OER’s Future and Edtech’s Missing Evidence at SXSW EDU

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Here’s more of what we heard and saw on Monday at SXSW EDU: A Sustainable Future for OER Monday marked day one of Open Education Week, and speakers at a panel used the opportunity to discuss the potential for open educational resources as an alternative to increasingly unaffordable textbooks—as well as the challenges and misconceptions that the open movement still faces. Still, sustainable ways to fund OER into the future remains an open question.

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

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Districts having success in this area have comprehensive refresh plans, work with high quality partners, build relationships with local businesses, work diligently to receive grants, and leverage a variety of open educational resources (OERs). Blog Access edtech Equity future ready Osmo Osobot planning Policy Privacy professional learning Samsung Social Media Sustainability

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

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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Where Edtech and Its Investors Miss the Mark

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In three years as an investor at Reach Capital, an edtech venture fund, I’ve watched public, private and philanthropic dollars pour into school operations, adaptive software, data analytics, teacher development, and teacher tools in worthy attempts to improve education. I wish you wouldn’t pin all hope on OER or content marketplaces or playlists as curriculum solutions. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

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The Big Picture on the 2019-20 PreK-12 Market

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In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. Simba Information is widely recognized as the leading authority for market intelligence in the media and publishing industry. edWeb Blog instructional materials oer research Technology

Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

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Along the way, a need for more teachers with more specialties, either directly associated with schools or acting as market free agents, will potentially change the whole industry. Digital Learning Featured Technology EdTech LeiLani CauthenBy LeiLani Cauthen.

Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies.

Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

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Alta at a Glance With Alta, Knewton aims to combine third-party open educational resources (OER) with assessments and the adaptive-learning technology created by the company to inform how students progress through the content. The company licenses content from OER providers including FlatWorld, a for-profit offering low-cost course materials, and OpenStax, a nonprofit housed at Rice University. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

The 2018 ‘Horizon Report’ Is Late. But It Almost Never Emerged.

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Open educational resources (OER) have been included as key trends since 2013, for example. With OER, the report notes, “initial advances in the authoring platform or curation method of open resources is now overshadowed by campuswide OER initiatives and sophisticated publishing options that blend adaptive elements into an OER text.” These days, OER quality frameworks have emerged and the technology is more commonplace on campuses.

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Self-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report Finds

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According to the document, “the recent steep declines in the e-learning industry essentially mean that the e-learning era is effectively over. market is the trend toward open and free educational resources, or OER. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

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A big shout out to EdTech Magazine for recognizing this blog on its 2017 Honor Roll. 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.

Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

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While in Big Soda the main players are Coke and Pepsi, their equivalent in the publishing industry are Pearson and Cengage (which has announced that plans to merge with McGraw-Hill). There’s a surprising amount of momentum behind it,” said Phil Hill, a longtime edtech consultant.

Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

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SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Schools can use tools such as Learning Registry to collaborate on open educational resources (OERs), pulling content created by educators around the district, purchased, or taken from outside sources. Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications. eli.zimmerman_9856. Mon, 06/25/2018 - 12:40.

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This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

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This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs. In an interview with EdSurge at the conference, General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz said he was excited to continue to lead the operation, which will retain the brand and operate as a division of Adecco, and gain better connection to industry partners through the new parent company. Morning yoga, evening karaoke. No, it’s not a spa vacation.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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Now in its seventh year, the annual gathering brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, educators and industry experts from around the world for four days stacked with panel discussions , workshops , an expo hall , meetups , film screenings —plus plenty of after-hours shindigs. DeSchryver and Cavanagh will look at how ESSA is guiding the work of edtech companies now and in the future. How to Best Serve ELLs with Edtech : As the number of English Language Learners (ELL) in the U.S.

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We Need a Strategy—Not a Silver Bullet—for Student Success

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Despite frequent attempts by politicians, regulators, educators and edtech to improve degree attainment for lower middle and lowest SES groups; nothing has changed. The industry of higher education suffers under multiple inefficiencies to create a conducive environment for innovation. Actions like lowering textbook costs through the use of open educational resources (OER) or digital courseware is a great start.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” 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. ProPublica looks at age discrimination at IBM , worth considering I think as part of a larger industry worship of youth and “ innovation ”: “Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM.” Techcrunch says that “ EdTech is having a renaissance , powered by the emerging world.”

Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

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This week, many of the education industry’s bigwigs are planning their annual pilgrimage to the next “ tech mecca ” of America. Luminaries in the edtech industry, including Richard Culatta (ISTE CEO and former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. godfather” of OER and Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning), trace their roots here. edtech deals. She adds: “If you don’t tie learning to talent, you miss the point of edtech.”.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Again and again, the media told stories — wildly popular stories , apparently — about how technology industry executives refuse to allow their own children to use the very products they were selling to the rest of us. Among its revelations, Jobs’s plans to transform the textbook industry.

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Meanwhile on Campus… “ Here’s How Higher Education Dies – A futurist says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. ” The head of the OECD ’s education division, Andreas Schleicher, writes in The Hill about “Educating students for the fourth industrial revolution.” “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein.

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” From the Bloomberg Editorial Board : “A Raw Deal From Betsy DeVos ” – “ Rolling back regulations on the for-profit college industry will cause the public pain.” I’m not including these in my calculations of ed-tech funding, but it is worth noting how much attention (and money) the private loan industry is attracting at the moment. And there’s more on regulating the industry (or ya know, not) in the national politics section above.

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” There’s more on Department of Education efforts to help the for-profit higher ed industry in the for-profit higher ed section below. Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” ” It’s boom times for the “regret industry.”

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Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and Eddie Watson introduce The CARE Framework for OER. Edtech Digest’s Victor Rivero interviews Tory Patteron , a partner at Owl Ventures on how the firm is “Betting 185 Million Dollars on EdTech.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Also by me : “The Ivanka Trump Ed-Tech Industry Network.” Edsurge on the Injini ed-tech accelerator in South Africa : “Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator.” ” Elsewhere in proprietary OER , via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cengage will offer open educational resources, curated and adapted to include proprietary assessment tools, from $25 per student for general education courses.” (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Value of Education Industry Sector Transactions Nosedives in 2016.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough. Via Education Week ): “ Hillary Clinton Campaign Releases $500 Million Anti-Bullying Plan.”

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The NAACP endorses OER. Edsurge’s Jeff Young and Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill both asked industry analyst Trace Urdan for his take. I’m waiting for Tressie McMillan Cottom’s response, as she’s certainly unlikely to hype the industry angle and will surely raise the important issues surrounding equity, “lower ed,” and justice. IHE ed-tech blogger Joshua Kim wonders “Who Exactly Holds This Neoliberal EdTech Ideology ?”

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Ref Rodriguez, like most of the current members of the LAUSD school board, has strong financial backing from the charter school industry. IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. “Great EdTech Success Story Turns Into The Biggest Philanthropic Story of the Year,” Getting Smart argues , pointing to Curriculum Associates ’ donation of its stock to the Iowa State University Foundation.

Hack Education Weekly News

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But you’re full of fallacy yourself if you think that’s going to stop me from making critiques about this industry. This week: “ OpenStax Partners with panOpen to Expand OER Access.” Its Crunchbase description is great : “TX-based edtech company.” Via Edsurge : “Edtech’s Next Significant Impact: Health and Wellness.” Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Edsurge : “ Office of Edtech Wants Help Making Sense of All Those Higher Ed Providers.” Edsurge on the business of OER. Edsurge on ”Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse Edtech Company." Everything about our lives has moved beyond the industrial era. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Via The San Francisco Chronicle : “ Dev Bootcamp couldn’t tough out industry shakeout.” Edsurge on “Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry.” Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla insists that “Venture capital has less sexual harassment than other industries.” His wife is the co-founder of OER organization CK–12.). Via Edsurge : “How Much Do Educators Care About Edtech Efficacy ?

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” The tech industry is still bullish on the business of tech training nonetheless. The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. Part 3 of EdTech Strategies’ Doug Levin’s look at schools’ data collection and data security: “ Ad Tracking & Surveillance.” “ The Edtech Edifice Complex ” by The World Bank’s Michael Trucano. (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. “ Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers,” The New York Times writes about the online retailer’s forays into “ OER.” edtech https://t.co/DOo11lof2f

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.” Via Edsurge : “Chasing China ’s Edtech Unicorns: A Cautionary Tale.” ” From Lumen Learning’s David Wiley : “Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption.”

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” Via Politico : “ Stanley Buchesky , formerly a managing partner at the venture capital firm The EdTech Fund , will work [at the Department of Education] on budget and finance issues.” ” Among The EdTech Fund’s investments : Teachboost and Citelighter. “ VR is gaining ground in the academic world and the 3D industry,” says Techcrunch , so it must be true.