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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. . Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning. Sometimes, they consult curation sites that have evaluated these materials; sometimes they just consult other teachers on what they use.

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OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they did this despite concerns about the quality of materials. Our nine districts have been considering free or low-cost open educational resources alongside traditional options. In addition, materials from traditional providers are often less flexible.

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Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

Wired Campus

College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years.

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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OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

. When technology is offered to schools free of charge, it always comes with the promise of improving teaching and learning. Commercials, shown alongside educational programming, entered one of the last ad-free spaces in children’s lives. It’s not just a question of exposure to advertising and commercial branding, but of the ethics of public education in an increasingly digital world. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. Secretary of Education John B. Board of Education.” ” Via The Atlantic: “ The Challenge of Educational Inequality.” Education Department said this week it will make Pell Grants available to 10,000 high school students who are enrolled in courses at 44 colleges.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ UNC Tuition for $500? Education in the Courts. ” asks Education Week.