OER 3.0: K-12 Teachers in Michigan Are Creating and Using Deeply-Digital, OER Curricula

The Journal

OER – Open Education Resources — will play an increasingly important role as schools move to 1-to-1. In this week’s blog post, we describe OER 1.0, OER 2.0 and OER 3.0. Examples of OER 3.0,

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Some Thoughts about OER Research

Iterating Toward Openness

Student: I’ll study whether students learn better with OER than with traditional course materials! This conversation was a wonderful jumping off point to discuss the characteristics of an educational resource that actually function to support student learning.

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A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER

The Journal

Finally, OER is coming of age

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Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

There’s great news out of the recent UNESCO meeting in Paris, where member states unanimously adopted the draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). This dramatically simplifies understanding what is and isn’t OER. The opposite of OER is TCM.

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ECM #149 OER: Teaching Without Traditional Textbooks

The CoolCatTeacher

Award Winning Science Teacher Amy Pace Shares How She Uses OER Textbooks Amy Pace is a Presidential Award winning science teacher. She is using “free” OER textbooks for all her courses. Visionary states, districts, and schools might find a money-saving resource with OERs.

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6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)

Wisewire

Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean. These credible sites offer a wealth of vetted, high quality OER resources, categorized and sorted for easy navigation. Have more suggestions for how to identify high quality OER?

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Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I promised I would write a few posts about reducing friction with regard to OER. In last week’s post I talked about how we’re making it ridiculously easy for students, faculty, and others to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of OER.

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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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Gooru.org: Making it Easier to Use OER

The Journal

Gooru.org is an OER marketplace with 5,000,000+ open education resources. But, most excitingly, they are posting "just" 35 full courses that teachers can "copy and customize." We applaud gooru.org for taking this major step in providing support for teachers who are trying to #GoOpen

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When is an OER an OER?

Iterating Toward Openness

tl ;dr – If a resource is licensed in a way that grants you permission to engage in the 5R activities, and grants you those permissions for free, it’s an open educational resource (OER) – no matter where you find it or how it’s being used. It manifest first with learning objects in the late 1990s, and then with open content and open educational resources (aka, learning objects with an open license) in the early 2000s.

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Exploring the Nexus of OER and Educational Technology

Doug Levin

While increased access to the internet and computing devices has been instrumental to the growth and institutionalization of the global movement toward open educational resources (OER), technology choices (often made by educational institutions – and their vendors – on behalf of students) can serve to amplify and/or mute key features of openness. Blog OER infrastructure The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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OER: How to Find, Use and Share Free Teaching Tools and Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

Open education resources (OERs) can help busy teachers everywhere! Today’s guest, Sue Jones, has created a helpful guide to OERs and is using them in her highered classroom. How OER resources can save teachers lots of time. Educator Resources.

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Enhancing OER to Improve Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

One of the defining features of open educational resources is permission to engage in revise and remix activities with regard to OER.

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SABIER Makes OER Work in K–12 Classrooms: A Conversation with Dan McGuire

The Journal

In this week’s blogpost we explore the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum, a group of Minnesota educators dedicated to creating and disseminating quality, OER-based curriculum.

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Some Very Bad News about the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

I recently wrote a brief essay about the wonderful new UNESCO OER Recommendation. For those of you who don’t want to read the full analysis below, here’s the key takeaway: Imagine what would happen if making copies of OER was illegal. The tl;dr.

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Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

Recently I’ve been doing both more thinking and more roll-up-your-sleeves working on continuous improvement of OER. Improvement in post secondary education will require converting teaching from a solo sport to a community-based research activity. Lower Use of OER.

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OER in 2015 – The Future has Never Looked Brighter

EmergingEdTech

Awareness has Been Slow to Evolve, but OER Appears to be Well Positioned for Growth Thanks to Numerous Encouraging Developments. Have you heard of OER … Open Educational Resources?

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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.

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The Real Threat of OER

Iterating Toward Openness

There is much to respond to in a comment left by David Anderson (Executive Director for Higher Education at the Association of American Publishers) on Nicole Allen’s recent HuffPo article College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For , but I’ll focus on one claim.

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5 Reasons to have OER and Open Up Resources on Your Radar

Teacher Tech

Have OER and Open Up Resources on Your Radar Guest Blog post by Shaelynn Farnsworth OER or Open Education Resources has been around for over 20 years. Previously, OER was more prominent in higher-ed, but awareness of OER continues to grow across the nation in PreK-12 settings. The post 5 Reasons to have OER and Open Up Resources on Your Radar appeared first on Teacher Tech. Guest Post OER

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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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Schrodinger’s OER

Iterating Toward Openness

In the link in that quote, Stephen writes “The ‘conversion’ of an open educational resource is a modification of the resource, or conditions related to the resource, such that it is in some way transformed from being an open educational resource to something that is not an open educational resource.” I think that Stephen and I both agree that the copy of the textbook available at the download link above is an OER.

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Beyond OER: K-12 Needs An Open Standard for 'Deeply Digital Lessons'

The Journal

OER – open education resources are a boon to K-12. But OER is a start, not an end.

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Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

Keys to the OER shift: – Community buy-in: The community wasn’t satisfied with the achievement levels and graduation rates. – Vetted OER materials: For every subject, K-12 teachers have a stockbook of vetted OER lessons.

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Maha, the Path to OER-Enabled Pedagogy, and Technological Determinism

Iterating Toward Openness

Among other things, the post discusses her role in my decision to abandon the phrase “open pedagogy” and adopt the phrase “OER-enabled pedagogy.” Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter (2016) in which I complain for the nth time about why definitions matter and we should all strive to be more precise. the open web, open educational resources, etc.). OER-enabled pedagogy does nothing of the sort. oer-enabled-pedagog

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On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

Iterating Toward Openness

For the first decade of the modern open education movement (1998 – 2007), the distinguishing feature of our work – the thing we cared most about and talked most about – was the open licensing we applied to educational materials.

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OER-based Degrees: Momentum

Iterating Toward Openness

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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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

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.). Why Commercial Publishers Should Switch to an OER Model. Preface.

“ZTC Thinking” and the Hybrid OER Sustainability Model

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. In the second installment yesterday, I described how it appears that many in the OER community have taken their eye off the ball of student learning.

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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. Stigmergy is the watchword for the next decade of OER.

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Getting to Know Knovation – Curated, Contextualized, Managed OER for K-12

EmergingEdTech

Knovation Makes Open Educational Resources More Manageable and More Efficient Many schools are looking to lower costs by transitioning away from text books to Open Education Resources.

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The OER Adoption Impact Explorer

Iterating Toward Openness

(Cross-posted from the Open Education Group blog). I’m very excited to announce the launch of the OER Adoption Impact Explorer.

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Does OER Actually Improve Learning?

Edsurge

Regardless of where you stand on the debate over open educational resources, you’re probably wondering: Does OER actually improve learning outcomes? At least, that was one of the main takeaways from a short session led by Phillip Grimaldi, director of research at OpenStax, a nonprofit OER initiative out of Rice University. The problem is, the research today treats OER like any other intervention and we expect it to impact all students,” he said.

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OER-Enabled Pedagogy

Iterating Toward Openness

Over the last several weeks there has been an incredible amount of writing about open pedagogy and open educational practices (samples collected here by Maha). At the Hewlett OER Meeting last week over a dozen people spent another hour talking about the issue during the unconference time. Some definitions are centered on OER. After brainstorming, gathering some feedback, and running some Google searches, I’ve decided on the term “OER-enabled pedagogy.”

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Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work with OER?

Iterating Toward Openness

At OpenEd18 I gave a presentation titled “Questioning the OER Orthodoxy: Is the Commons the Right Metaphor for our Work?” After this brief discussion, I asked “what if the commons is the wrong metaphor for our work with OER?” Primary among the reasons we might ask the question is this – much of what is central to the idea of a commons is exactly the opposite in the context OER. OER cannot be overused or overconsumed.

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