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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On the Relationship Between OER Adoption Initiatives and Libraries

Iterating Toward Openness

As we work to move entire degree programs from commercial textbooks to open educational resources, we must answer this critical question – can all commercial materials be replaced with open educational resources? And as the copyright holders we are free to openly license our explanations, thereby creating OER alternatives to the All Rights Reserved explanations published and controlled by commercial publishers. The Object of Study.

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Actually, the UNESCO Recommendation Makes Most OER Impossible

Iterating Toward Openness

This week on the blog I’m serializing a talk I gave for CSU Channel Islands last week as part of their Open Education Week festivities. Accessing an educational resource. If traditional copyright protection prohibited no-cost access, libraries could not exist.

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Lumen Learning, a Proponent of OER, Makes First Acquisition to Offer Faculty Coaching

Edsurge

Lumen Learning, a company that sells low-cost OER textbooks and courseware, plans to start offering professional development services for faculty that can be bundled with its titles. In other words, some of its textbooks are now sold with coaching on how to teach with OER more effectively.

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As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players

Edsurge

But who makes the pitch for free or low-cost alternatives to textbooks known as OER, or open educational resources? Increasingly, the answer is the campus library. Take the University of Texas at Arlington, which has a full-time Open Education Librarian, Michelle Reed. One project she led this year involved creating a series of videos promoting “Textbook Heroes,”professors who have replaced commercial textbooks in their courses with OER.

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5 steps to implement OER in your LMS

eSchool News

As open educational resources (OER) become a more viable option for K-12 school districts that want to adopt new resources, curating these “free” and “open” educational assets has become increasingly difficult. Department of Education making a clear push for OER via its #GoOpen campaign, where districts take on the challenge of replacing at least one textbook with OER, the need for reliable vetting and selection tools has grown exponentially.

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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Although they would eventually change their model to focus on traditionally copyrighted textbooks, FWK’s over 100 openly licensed textbooks can still be found archived around the web in places like the Open Textbook Library and the Saylor Foundation’s website. In 2002, UNESCO followed those leads choosing to name the subset of open content that was useful for teaching and learning “open educational resources,” instead of a name with “free” in the title.). Preface.

Showing #OpenGratitude for: ISKME and OER Commons

Iterating Toward Openness

This is another post in my series of posts showing gratitude and appreciation for members of the open education community. Today I’m going to focus on ISKME and OER Commons. From their website: ISKME’s OER initiatives aim to grow a sustainable culture of sharing and continuous improvement among educators at all levels. In addition to their widely used OER search and discovery service, ISKME provides a range of other services.

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Nationwide OER Degree Program Launches Today

Iterating Toward Openness

In case you didn’t see it elsewhere, I’m republishing the press release from Achieving the Dream about the incredibly exciting OER Degrees work that launched today. Achieving the Dream Launches Major National Initiative to Help 38 Community Colleges in 13 States Develop New Degree Programs Using Open Educational Resources. The effort is intended to spark more rapid adoption of OER within higher education, beginning with community colleges.

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Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

NeverEndingSearch

And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience. But, first, a little background: I’ve been playing around with building virtual school libraries for a very long time. 2011) Evolving the Virtual School Library, Part 1: Deconstructing My Own Interface.

Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

Our typical conversations about the efficacy of educational materials completely miss this critical distinction. Just as there are many sick people experiencing an “insufficient dose or duration of use” because they can’t afford their medicine, there are many students who experience an “insufficient dose or duration of use” of educational materials because they can’t afford them. It certainly would not be accepted in a Tier 1 education journal.

Tailor-ED Raises $1.6 Million to Bring Differentiated OER to More Students

Edsurge

Then she came across Tailor-ED , a San Francisco-based provider of a platform of open educational resources for math subjects that allows educators to group and assign work to students based on indicators like proficiency. BrainPOP founder Dr. Avraham Kadar, Elevate Education, Emerge Education, FreshFund, Y Combinator and other angel investors also participated. Educators can pay $9 a month for unlimited student grouping and unlimited lessons.

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A new framework to guide OER curation

NeverEndingSearch

And what does it look like when the librarian, armed with a rich OER toolkit, regularly curates urgently needed, high-quality, flexible, no- or low-cost digital tools and content across the curriculum, expertly modeling that practice for the entire learning community? Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the advisory board of the IMLS study, Exploring OER Curation And The Role of School Librarians. Support OER Learning Opportunities.

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Today's Newsletter: Curation Tools Are Key to Managing OER

techlearning

Good repositories of Open Education Resources (OER) are starting to flourish at all levels. MERLOT is the de facto search engine for finding curated OER resources. George Mason University’s Masons OER Metafinder (MOM) is probably my current favorite. The Orange Grove is the Florida’s OER Depository. More exhaustive listings can be found at the UW-Superior library and the Fort Hays State University library

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OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges

Edsurge

One popular draw to open educational resources is that these openly-licensed learning materials can—and are often encouraged to—be tailored for a particular professor or course. Communications librarian Kristen Hoffman oversees much of the OER work at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university in Washington. Hoffman recently brought her question to the gathering of open education resource users and advocates at the OpenEd conference in Niagara Falls, NY earlier this month.

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Everything Old is New Again: Textbooks, The Printing Press, The Internet, and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

Sadly, as Audrey Watters has frequently noted, it might be impossible to find a field of endeavor outside educational technology where more of the participants are so utterly ignorant of its history. (I How could the things we learned about educational radio possibly inform our work with education television? Over the last two to three decades, the internet has completed transformed the administration and logistics of higher education (e.g.,

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Open Educational Resources

CUE

Open Educational Resources, or OER, are educational resources that are legally available for public use. As educators, it can be difficult to find good, usable content that is free and not protected by copyright laws. The OER and OER Commons hope to change that by providing an online public library where educators can create, discover, […]. The post Open Educational Resources appeared first on OnCUE.

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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The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle

Iterating Toward Openness

By definition, open educational resources (OER) are licensed in a manner that gives you permission to change, update, and improve them. Learning analytics, on the other hand, can provide great insight into where course materials – including OER – are not effectively supporting student learning. In this open access article we outlined a method for automating the identification of the OER in a course that are most in need of improvement.

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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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OER and you. The curation mandate

NeverEndingSearch

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. Hosted at the beautiful Skywalker Ranch, Friday’s #GoOpen Exchange engaged major players in education from the White House and the DOE, as well as state officials, leaders of non-profits and learning institutions, the biggest names in e-commerce and technology, developers, vendors, publishers, state officials, administrators, leading folks in edtech, and educational thinkers and practitioners.

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CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

NeverEndingSearch

She began developing the concept for CommonLit while studying education policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The CommonLit library of more than 440 readings may be browsed or searched by keyword and filtered by such criteria as: recent additions, Lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device demonstrated, and Common Core Reading: Literature standards. CommonLit is a fine example of OER curation and OER creation that belongs in every librarian’s toolkit.

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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

Be on the look out for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. Standards make up the general knowledge of what educators want students to know. It can also help educators determine what digital resources may work best to help support learning.

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A Good Public Digital Library of Open Educational Resources.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Open Education Resources (OER) Commons is a platform that provides open access to a wide variety of open educational resources that are either in the public domain or are licensed under Creative.read more

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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. My end goal isn’t to increase OER adoption.

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The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

Edsurge

It wasn’t until three semesters into my degree, after spending $1,000 dollars merely renting my textbooks that I discovered my University’s ebook library. After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative ), I spent hours doing my own personal research on my university’s open access policy and scouring the library website. Perhaps awareness is a buzzword, what we really need to do is educate.

#DLNchat: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation?

Edsurge

Will we wander through VR stacks in the library of the future? Will the library’s computer lab become a makerspace? Those were just a couple of the questions raised on Tuesday, February 27 when the #DLNchat community got together to discuss: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation? His work has shown him that “it will definitely be a more sustainable initiative if it is collaborative—-whether it's OER, open access journals, etc.if

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Underappreciated No More: A Free Edtech Platform Shines as Schools Go Remote

Edsurge

As countless educators around the world have scrambled to figure out how to deliver lessons remotely with whisker-thin budgets, many turned to open education resources (OER). CK-12 is at the forefront of OER by doing adaptive and personalized learning.

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ?

Open Educational Resources Are ‘Moving Up the Adoption Ladder’ Around the World

Edsurge

Open educational resources have gone global and may help make learning more accessible, equitable and inclusive around the world. So says the new Educause Horizon report , which identifies technologies and trends that are changing higher education.

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"Sustainability in Libraries" - Accepted Sessions Announced for Library 2.0 Mini-Conference #library20 #sustainabilityinlibraries

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce the full list of accepted sessions for our third Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Sustainability in Libraries ," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 14th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

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

Digital Promise

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. So I explained to my class that Open Educational Resources (OER) could be most easily defined as “free stuff on the Web.” And how can OERs supplement the print and digital resources already purchased by the school? Taking on that task can be daunting, especially if OERs are new to your acronym vocabulary.

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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

Free At-Home Learning Content During Crisis

eSchool News

As we all navigate through these unprecedented times, we want educators and parents to know they’re not alone,” said Patrick Connolly, President and CEO of Follett Corporation. Follett Higher Education Group (FHEG). Free access to OER courseware.

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Next Week's "Sustainability in Libraries" Mini-Conference and Schedule #library20 #sustainabilityinlibraries

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce the schedule for our third Library 2.020 mini-conference: " Sustainability in Libraries ," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 14th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). and at the Library 2.0

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