Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

While plenty of folks are touting the affordances of digital textbooks and instructional content and prognosticating about how fast K-12 schools make the switch to digital – including me and Arne Duncan among many others, etc., OER remains a recent invention and the relatively large technology investments required to successfully implement a digital content strategy in schools just hadn’t been made in very many places.

The Role of Instructional Materials in the Classroom

CUE

For the past three years, I’ve been leading work around Open Educational Resources (OER) and the role that instructional materials play in teaching and learning. Some district leaders have never considered how traditional materials like […]. The post The Role of Instructional Materials in the Classroom appeared first on OnCUE. Learn conference cue bold Featured Speaker instructional materials OER

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Adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials – final report

K12 Open Ed

As many of you know, I’ve spent much of this year working on a project to explore the adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials and to explore business models for the successful and sustainable publishing of such open educational resource (OER) materials. Uncategorized curriculum K-12 K-12 OER Collaborative k12oer2015 OER

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow.

#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials

SETDA Says

Department of Education’s, Office of Education Technology (OET) launched the #GoOpen Initiative via a White House briefing. Digital Content Digital Learning ED instructional materials OERIn October 2015, the U.S. Since that. read more.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information. Keys to the OER shift: – Community buy-in: The community wasn’t satisfied with the achievement levels and graduation rates.

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K-12 OER Collaborative enters next phase

K12 Open Ed

Last week, the K-12 OER Collaborative entered the next phase of their project, awarding contracts for rapid prototypes to the following developers: edCount LLC. Odell Education. As a refresher, the K-12 OER Collaborative is a project to create comprehensive CCSS-aligned curriculum for grades K-12 math and English Language Arts that is open licensed under a CC BY license. EdTech Update curriculum K-12 OER Collaborative OER

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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. However, access itself isn’t enough and the sheer volume of materials can be overwhelming. The second challenge is knowing how to curate or organize the materials you find into useful groups. Accessing OER.

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OER-based Degrees: Momentum

Iterating Toward Openness

Above all else, this groundbreaking project demonstrated that an institution can openly share it’s core instructional resources without materially harming itself. Creating and sharing OER did not harm their ability to succeed in accomplishing their core missions – the education of their students. And there are many reasons to believe that their efforts in creating and sharing OER actually advanced their core missions.

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

Iterating Toward Openness

Earlier this week I read an op-ed – sponsored by Pearson – titled “If OER is the answer, what is the question?” OER often shine in their variety and ability to deepen resources for niche topics. While it’s possible to build a complete course from OER, the finished product often lacks the scaffolding found in courseware authored by single author/editorial/product teams. What does the Drake Equation have to do with OER production and enhancement?

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David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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

SETDA Says

Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning2019 was an action packed year for SETDA.

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

These are purchasing programs in which “institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, rather than purchasing individually.” While everyone wants educational materials to be less expensive, lower costs are the least interesting thing about digital, networked learning. And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

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5 ways to expand federal educational OER

eSchool News

Ed-tech groups rally in support of federally-funded, open educational resources. In a letter sent earlier this month, a group of ed-tech stakeholders urged the Obama administration to make federally-funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). Next page: Five core principles for OER policies.

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An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

Iterating Toward Openness

I now have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of general education courses and some specific degree programs will transition entirely to OER in US higher ed. I spent most of my thinking time last week wondering about obstacles in the way of the ubiquitous adoption of OER in US higher education and how we might overcome them. Observation 1: We Need Dramatically More OER, and Current Approaches Won’t Get Us There.

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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?

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . Higher Education. Leave this field empty if you're human: Teachers often spend many hours at night or on weekends searching the internet for good instructional materials – or just good ideas about how to meld online learning into their classrooms.

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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. According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. In her recent presentation “ K-12 Instructional Materials: What’s New in 2019,” she previewed results from Simba’s Publishing for the PreK-12 Market, 2019-2020 , and talked about how digital is changing—and not changing—the landscape.

Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

edWeb.net

Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era. But with the rise of OER, growing use of supplemental resources over core textbooks, and the increasing flexibility of state funding, more purchasing decisions have moved to the school and district level. Thus, there is the potential for more disparity in the quality of materials from school to school. In addition, there is a separate section on vetting OER.

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OPEN UP RESOURCES RELEASES ITS FIRST FREE OER CURRICULUM

eSchool News

Developed by Illustrative Mathematics, the nonprofit founded by standards author Bill McCallum to improve mathematics instruction in U.S. The curriculum, which has been published as an Open Educational Resource under Creative Commons license CC BY, is available in both digital and print formats at im.openupresources.org. Daily teacher feedback was used by the Illustrative Mathematics authoring team in the refinement of the materials.

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks. Now, though, some states are going back to the beginning and rethinking how they review instructional materials and allocate funds to ensure that they are focused on the realities of the 21st century classroom.

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States Are Playing a Bigger Role in Digital Instruction, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) found that more states are providing guidance to help districts select and implement digital instructional materials. The post States Are Playing a Bigger Role in Digital Instruction, Survey Finds appeared first on Market Brief.

Granularity

K12 Open Ed

I am often prompted to reflect on why people don’t borrow and remix high quality, open licensed educational content more often than they do. The reasons for this are many — ranging from the culture of some schools that holds instructional materials as sacrosanct to the lack of time and/or expertise to do this work. However, I think another key element is the very nature of instructional materials. Uncategorized creative commons OER open remix

How our district is making math relevant

eSchool News

As in many other districts, our efforts to improve student achievement were hindered by curriculum materials that were not tightly aligned with the new standards and often lacked the tasks, norms, and routines needed to create problem-solving classrooms. While it may not seem like a big stretch to move to a problem-based curriculum since problems are a fundamental part of math instruction, many teachers (including me) were not taught in the way that the standards now require us to teach.

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog (which Education Next then reposted on its blog) arguing that “[a]dvocates of OER and personalized learning … tend to underestimate the breadth of knowledge necessary for true comprehension,” thereby leaving students with “a narrow and haphazard base of knowledge.”

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

Edsurge

To some surprise, most of the sales and adoption of its openly licensed materials have come so far from schools that ask for printed versions. Kiddom , a startup based in San Francisco, will offer core curriculum materials from the nonprofit publisher on its curriculum management system. But this will be the first time that Kiddom offers a core curriculum, and the platform will automatically align the scope and sequence of Open Up’s materials to any district’s standards.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson Education. Education is sharing.

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

It’s about saving teachers instructional time. And it’s also about instruction and modeling for learners what it looks like to organize content and tools to manage our digital lives as information citizens. Curating OER. It often refers to the gathering and contextualizing of OER to replace expensive traditional texts and to include them in learning management systems. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. Builds Instructional Partnerships.

From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

Iterating Toward Openness

The most recent issue of IRRODL included an article titled Effectiveness of OER Use in First-Year Higher Education Students’ Mathematical Course Performance: A Case Study , by Juan I. Quoting from the article: The main aims of this research were to examine the effect of OER use among higher education students and to analyze teacher and student views on OER use in order to better understand how these resources are used and valued.

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The Remix Hypothesis

Iterating Toward Openness

For several years my colleagues and I have been conducting and reviewing empirical research on the impact on student outcomes when OER are adopted in place of commercial materials. Some studies of OER adoption show essentially no change in student outcomes. Based on these studies, we can say that sometimes OER save students significant amounts of money while obeying the “do no harm” rule in terms of student outcomes.

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Production Value in Online Higher Education

hem.digital

In 2012, during a rare moment of clarity, I wondered aloud about the possible impact on the institutional reputation of academics choosing to post their instructional materials online, including lecture videos, for all the world to see. University brass was not typically aware of these OER practices, despite its potential significance. The ability of individuals to learn when and how they want independently of educational institutions continues to grow.

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The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. The education community should know what is top of mind for school IT leaders so we can better support their leadership capacity and advance learning outcomes empowered through technology.”. Districts are turning to digital learning materials.

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How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

But our adult basic education programs can only serve roughly four million of those adults. This gap between the need and available educational services has prompted calls for innovative ways to improve access to quality educational resources. While participants indicated that they joined the course to get instructional design experience, the majority said that they also joined because of the social cause and need it was supporting. Adult Learning Blog Educators