Introducing the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

Doug Levin

In a post of nearly two years ago (“ OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test “), I argued that the OER community lacked a reliable way to assess new entrants to the OER field, especially for-profit organizations, in terms of their support for openness and OER community values. It is for that reason that I am pleased today to introduce the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship. “The Care Framework for OER Stewardship.”

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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

I coined the phrase “open content” a few months later in 1998 (rather than “free content”, which free software advocates lobbied me to use) to describe the textbooks and lecture notes and journal articles and syllabi and other materials that would be published under a new open source-style license designed for educational materials and other creative works (this is four years before the CC licenses). Why Commercial Publishers Should Switch to an OER Model. Preface.

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Football, Commons, and the Long-term Sustainability of OER

Iterating Toward Openness

We have a similar problem in the open educational resources (OER) space. Many people are in the habit of referring to OER as a commons. However, beyond some superficial similarities (groups of people trying to sustain access to usable resources), the worlds of OER and the commons traditional studied by economists are completely different games. OER are not like the shared resources at the center of traditional commons. However, OER are not CPRs.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

HOUSTON — On the third floor of a bank building near Rice University, the future of higher education is being written. 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. Some of these controversial platforms are actually built around OpenStax materials, since the nonprofit has licensed its content to publishers that build systems around OER components.

OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool

Edsurge

Open educational resources (OER) have long been touted as “the next big thing” in higher education, but the drawn-out hype has led many educators and administrators to wonder if it would ever live up to its expectations. Those days are over: 2017 was OER’s breakthrough year. To bring OER to more students and instructors, whole institutions needed to jump on board and plan for the widespread implementation. OER needs bells and whistles.

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Edsurge

Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving. But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. So OER advocates are realizing they need to change their pitch.

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How an OER Rookie Dove Deep Into a Zero-Cost Textbook Degree Program

Edsurge

But it wasn’t until her current gig, serving as an instructor for a course on water supply and demand in California, that she got her feet wet with open educational resources. Coming from educational publishing, there was a strict division between writing and editing and graphic-design work,” says Anagnoson. The initiative intends to create degree pathways with courses that only use open educational resources, known as OER, so students don’t have to spend money on class materials.

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

Edsurge

Overall, the opening day of the 8,000-person education event struck a more modest tone, starting with a trio of educators recounting their stories of interacting with students in schools—and spurring a host of emotions from the crowd including laughter and tears. While OER was presented as one way to ease course material costs, other challenges remain, starting with understanding and awareness of what the term means. Education Technology

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Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

Edsurge

Department of Justice opposing the proposed merger of two of the world’s largest textbook publishers, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. The 49-page brief argues that the merger would hurt competition, limit innovation and could lead to an eventual “platform monopoly” in education, just as Facebook dominates social networking. Cengage and McGraw-Hill’s proposed merger is a step toward forming a monopoly over higher education data." —The

Challenges in Curation: Successfully Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Digital Promise

As the moderator of a SXSWedu panel covering the Challenges of Curation in K-12 Schools, I held several brainstorm calls with the panelists, sent them thought-starter questions, solicited feedback from teacher and librarian contacts in the industry, and thought I was as ready as I could be. That is until about five minutes into the session, when a hand in the audience went up asking, “Can you define what you mean by OERs?”. Define OERs. Blog Educators

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

Iterating Toward Openness

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education. New York, NY: Pearson Education. Education is sharing. Copyright law places artificial limits on our ability to use technology to share educational materials. Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). Education is Sharing.

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Dreaming bigger for Iowa education

Dangerously Irrelevant

What if… every Urban Education Network of Iowa district had an ‘alternative’ high school for low-achieving students that focused on creative inquiry, collaborative problem-solving, and community contribution instead of worksheet packets and self-paced online courses? each regional Area Education Agency had the capacity to help its districts create project-based learning ‘incubators?’ Lately I’ve been trying to dream a little bigger about Iowa schools.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

Edsurge

For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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

edWeb.net

Adoptions, non-adoptions, civics, SEL, career-ready education, and the possible recession. In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. While not necessarily high volume, there are some other instructional areas gaining ground: STEAM, civics, career and technical education,and social-emotional learning (SEL). She joined Simba in 2000 after many years as a reporter and editor at weekly and daily newspapers, where her focus was education.

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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Robots Won’t Replace Instructors, 2 Penn State Educators Argue. Instead, They’ll Help Them Be ‘More Human.’

Edsurge

It’s a question that some higher education instructors have asked before, and one that two Penn State University educators sought to answer on Wednesday at this year’s EDUCAUSE conference in Denver. An instructor can type in a concept or idea, such as “industrial design,” into the tool his team built, called Eureka!, Once the tool generates results, the instructor can identify which ones are most like what he means by “industrial design” or whichever term he used.

Open education’s long revolution: Cable Green on Future Trends Forum #11

Bryan Alexander

Where does open education stand in 2016? We touched on the just-concluded Open Education Global Conference in Krakow, which Cable found to be very higher education focused. He also identified several key themes: Structuring open education through linked data to resources, which could yield real time feedback and better linkage to OER. European educators are placing a strong emphasis on open educational praxis, open pedagogy.

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Open education’s long revolution: Cable Green on Future Trends Forum #11

Bryan Alexander

Where does open education stand in 2016? We touched on the just-concluded Open Education Global Conference in Krakow, which Cable found to be very higher education focused. He also identified several key themes: Structuring open education through linked data to resources, which could yield real time feedback and better linkage to OER. European educators are placing a strong emphasis on open educational praxis, open pedagogy.

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The Content Paradox

Improving Education Environments

The reusability paradox states that the context of an OER content ( at the time known as learning objects ) positively correlates to its educational efficacy (the more/better the context the more/better the efficacy), but at the same time has an inverse correlation to scalability (the more/better the context the less/worse the reuse). Reflections content David Wiley Kierkegaard MOOC OER Open postmodernism Reusability Paradox

Slow or Sophisticated? Squandered or Sustainable?

Iterating Toward Openness

The story includes some quotes from David Anderson, executive director for higher education at the Association of American Publishers. It boggles my mind that someone whose industry faces an existential threat from open educational resources (OER) still doesn’t know what open means. The amount of free information online dwarfs the amount of information available as OER. OER are not a threat to publishers simply because they’re free.

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

Let’s take a look at the some of the innovation in E-learning industry in the last 10 years: The Usage of Smartphones. Using mobile for educational purposes is a slightly new concept. However, it has taken the e-learning industry by storm. This is the level of vitality of smartphones which makes it necessary for the e-learning industry to introduce mLearning, i.e., mobile learning on a large scale. MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry.

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McGraw-Hill Education Latest to Adopt Knovation Open Ed. Curated Content

Marketplace K-12

McGraw-Hill Education’s recent selection of Knovation’s curated open education content is a signal that publishers and ed-tech providers are jockeying to find ways to take advantage of open education resources. The move follows news earlier this year that Amazon Education is working on Inspire , a platform on which schools will be able to upload, manage, share, and discover such resources, known as OER.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was on Capitol Hill this week, making the case for her department’s budget. ( State and Local) Education Politics. Education in the Courts. ” asks Education Dive.

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

Edsurge

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. In that context, that non-disclosure may be revealing for how far Knewton, which has been one of the most well-funded education technology companies, has fallen short of financial expectations.

The League of Innovative Schools’ 12 Days of Innovation

Digital Promise

2018 was an incredible year for the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters). We saw a of myriad new and exciting programs—like centers where high school students apply industry skills, collaborative spaces for students across multiple grade levels, and physical environment extensions for blind students. 10 Education Conferences. 7 Education Innovation Clusters Resources. Blog Educators League of Innovative Schools

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

Edsurge

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), one of the 12 partner organizations of Every Learner Everywhere, was charged with identifying and understanding innovations in the digital education landscape. Education Technology Technology Trends Instructional Trends Student Success

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Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

Education is changing, things are in flux, and there is uncertainty. In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). When OER curation was in its infancy, there were few common standards in place for vetting and cataloging this content. helps smooth out the variability in how OER is selected for curation.

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MAD about Mattering: A New Global Collaborative App Project #steam

The CoolCatTeacher

A toolkit for teachers will be made available at the end of the 2015-2016 school year as an OER (open education resources), allowing other teachers across the world to follow this method of quad engineering. “So We’re eager to create a network where students can not only create amazing apps that help our world, but also get access to mentors, industry experts, and investment to help take their ideas to the next level. Education Flat Classroom News & Trends STEM

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

This is part four of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Way back in 2012, I chose “ The Platforming of Education ” as one of my “Top Ed-Tech Trends.” At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms.

Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

Edsurge

Last week, Pearson announced it paid $25 million to acquire Smart Sparrow’s technology, in a move that the publisher says will bolster the digital infrastructure that will soon support all its future higher-education offerings. higher education courseware business.

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

Edsurge

The story behind the latest Horizon Report —which ranks tech trends in higher education—is easily more dramatic than the document’s actual conclusions. Barajas-Murphy says that Educause is already starting the planning for the 2019 Horizon Report for higher education, which is scheduled for release in February, at the group’s ELI conference. Open educational resources (OER) have been included as key trends since 2013, for example.

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Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’

Edsurge

The biggest education company in the world is moving away from a production model that has been one of the main drivers in the rising cost of textbooks. For Pearson, which has shed well-known print brands , K-12 assets and thousands of jobs this decade, this latest move marks another major step on its transition into a fully-digital education business. higher education courseware sales in 2015. Education Technology Enterprises

the Golden Age of Education that never was

Improving Education Environments

The history of edutainment, a mid-20th Century portmanteau used to describe the mix of broadcast contents with an educational context, is a fascinating field, and Audrey Watters’ Story of The Learning Channel is an important addition to a critical reader on the relationship of broadcast media, ownership rights and the education superstructure. What do we mean by “educational content”? How has education become increasingly commercialized?

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

The overall cost of higher education has been continuously increasing, as is evident by the rise in the textbook prices. Educational publishers, who till now had a steady stream of income compared to non-educational book publishers, due to the recurring need for textbooks every year by students, are now gradually shifting towards digital publishing. It is for this reason that education publishers are now trying out the subscription model.

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