Teachers Creating and Curating OER-Based Curricula: An Example from Tullahoma City Schools

The Journal

Expanding the conversation around "Reinventing Curriculum": In this week’s blog post, Superintendent Dan Lawson explains how his district is creating OER curricula. Dan's post is a thought-provoking response to our earlier blog post about the challenges teachers face in creating OER material

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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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. For several years I have used a shorthand definition of OER as “free access plus permission to engage in the 5R activities.” Consider the following scenarios: A person downloads an OER to their laptop.

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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. Once we’ve identified that content, we invite faculty to Shine by contributing their expertise to the improvement of OER. Analyzing the Effectiveness of OER.

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On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

iterating toward openness

As the movement grew and more people began advocating for the adoption of OER in place of traditionally copyrighted materials in classes, some advocates chose to make cost the primary focus of their advocacy. For example, some schools have ZTC policies and ZTC degree programs.

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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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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.” Toward Renewable Assignments (2016) in which I offer renewable assignments as the quintessential example of open pedagogy, and make a first attempt at articulating a related research agenda. OER-enabled pedagogy does nothing of the sort. oer-enabled-pedagogy

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Schrodinger’s OER

iterating toward openness

” Stephen’s fears of conversion are possible in part because his definition of OER begins with access: Access is most frequently left off the definition of OERs, and yet is the most important. It appears that he means that any copy of an OER placed outside your reach ceases to be OER (constituting the “change in the conditions related to the resource” mentioned above). Let me give a concrete example.

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OER-based Degrees: Momentum

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Inspired by MIT’s example, hundreds of other institutions around the world began openly publishing the resources they created in support of their courses. And there are many reasons to believe that their efforts in creating and sharing OER actually advanced their core missions.

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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?

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Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

iterating toward openness

Because I can’t stop thinking about open, I’ve been pondering the relationship between solar power and OER. ”, “How can you sell OER if they’re free?”, ”, and “If OER are free, why would anyone pay you?”

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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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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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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. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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Self as OER

ProfHacker

When we look at common definitions of Open Educational Resources or OERs (e.g., But what if we adopt a different perspective, a broader understanding of OERs, which includes the processes and products of open scholarship as valuable, and viable, resources too?

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

iterating toward openness

Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER? , I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.” ” Let’s hope it’s not the year OER peaks.

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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. There is also a significant body of OER in computer science.

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

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The inclusive access model’s goal of reducing the cost of textbooks apparently reminded the article’s author of OER, because she includes some discussion of OER toward the end of the article. And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

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

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For example, Grafton describes the suboptimal manner in which a metaphysics textbook was written in 1598: . As I have more time I hope to continue this line of “side research” and find additional examples. But – particularly when it comes to OER – we aren’t.

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Big step forward for the K-12 OER Collaborative

K12 Open Ed

The K-12 OER Collaborative has taken a great step forward as Karl Nelson has agreed to join the organization full-time as of later this month. For those unfamiliar, the K-12 OER Collaborative is a state-led initiative involving 12 states and other organizations working to develop core, free, openly-licensed K-12 math and ELA curriculum aligned with state college ready standards. EdTech Update Uncategorized K-12 OER Collaborative OER

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Information Underload and OER Leverage

iterating toward openness

Is this why OER repositories (and the learning object repositories that came before them) typically fail – because the resource you find is frequently no better than the resource you could have made yourself if you had just spent the time creating instead of searching? But there’s some basic math around how we use time in relation to OER. Spending 15 minutes searching and finding an OER that would have taken you 100 hours to create = very useful.

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Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

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The tl;dr: Supporting effective OER adoption at scale has its problems. If OER adoption were to become widespread among the majority of faculty, it became clear that someone would need to do something more than create OER, post it on a website, and give conference talks about it.

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Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER

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For example, Amazon lists the electronic Pearson Psychology textbook as costing $135 to buy, and the aligned REVEL supplement as costing $71, meaning REVEL increases the cost of Introductory Psychology from $135 to $206. That’s a fight I know OER can win.

CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

NeverEndingSearch

CommonLit is a fine example of OER curation and OER creation that belongs in every librarian’s toolkit. CommonLit literacy literature OER reading technology commonlit

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

Edsurge

But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality. So OER advocates are realizing they need to change their pitch. This week on the EdSurge On Air podcast, we're diving into how the OER movement is changing, and we'll check in with a couple of people on the front lines of the movement to hear from them.

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

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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. Observation 1: We Need Dramatically More OER, and Current Approaches Won’t Get Us There.

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?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER

Edsurge

As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report —are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed

Edsurge

Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? That was the question at the heart of our #DLNchat on January 9, which centered around OER in Higher Education. Our special guest, Lisa Petrides, creator of OER Commons, kicked things off by defining the topic at hand: “OER are teaching & learning materials freely available for anyone to use. Chatters agreed OER should be available for adaptation and redistribution.

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. The Departments of Education and Labor announce large, long-term grants to support the creation of OER. future of education OER OERSummit

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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? 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. She also tracks how well OER is working in the courses that use them, and tallies up how much money the efforts are saving students.

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. described two undergraduates’ experiences with OER. This major government push is for both OER and open scholarship.

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How to Utilize Survey & Polling Tools with Web 2.0 OER!

Kleinspiration

OER the user''s manual to everything web 2.0.!!! OER (Open Educational Resources) , initiated by Dr. Amin , is dedicated to providing an easy-to-follow guide and just-in-time training on various Web 2.0 OER is a contributing sponsor of Kleinspiration. Getting stuck on a web 2.0

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Edsurge

Five years ago, in an essay called “ 2017: RIP OER? ” I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

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I spend most of my time doing fairly tactical thinking and working focused on moving OER adoption forward in the US higher education space. For example, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the future of learning materials writ large. In this vision of the world, OER replace traditionally copyrighted, expensive textbooks for all primary, secondary, and post-secondary courses. Now, make no mistake – OER is a means, not an end.

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