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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

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The problem with the main earlier label, “free software,” was not its political connotations, but that—to newcomers—its seeming focus on price is distracting. Christine and others who advocated for the new phrase “open source software” were prescient in doing so. Preface.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

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Let’s take a look at the some of the innovation in E-learning industry in the last 10 years: The Usage of Smartphones. However, it has taken the e-learning industry by storm. According to a Google report , almost 80% people don’t exit their homes sans smartphones. This is the level of vitality of smartphones which makes it necessary for the e-learning industry to introduce mLearning, i.e., mobile learning on a large scale. Open Education Resources (OER).

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?

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For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. From my experience, the answers usually are: OER resources are in silos.

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The 2018 ‘Horizon Report’ Is Late. But It Almost Never Emerged.

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And the group will continue to use the software developed by NMC to coordinate the research, which was among the assets purchased by Educause. Open educational resources (OER) have been included as key trends since 2013, for example. With OER, the report notes, “initial advances in the authoring platform or curation method of open resources is now overshadowed by campuswide OER initiatives and sophisticated publishing options that blend adaptive elements into an OER text.”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Again and again, the media told stories — wildly popular stories , apparently — about how technology industry executives refuse to allow their own children to use the very products they were selling to the rest of us.

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

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Technology companies—in all industries—make users anxious when they describe their work with the vagueness of a magician. Black-box software, as OER pioneer and Lumen Learning’s Chief Academic Officer, David Wiley writes, “reduce all the richness and complexity of deciding what a learner should be doing to—sometimes literally— a ‘Next’ button.”. It took a lawsuit to get Google to stop scanning students’ emails.

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This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Via The New York Times : “How Google Protected Andy Rubin , the ‘Father of Android ’ ” “Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way out.

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” There’s more on Department of Education efforts to help the for-profit higher ed industry in the for-profit higher ed section below. Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” Via Fast Company : “How Software Is Taking On School Shootings.”

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Google announced it was cutting jobs in its Google Fiber division. And Google has put plans to expand Fiber to more cities on hold. And Google is getting into the whiteboard business. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Blackboard has acquired Fronteer , a software company that helps make course materials accessible. Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

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Also by me : “The Ivanka Trump Ed-Tech Industry Network.” Via The New York Times : “ Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge.” ” Elsewhere in proprietary OER , via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cengage will offer open educational resources, curated and adapted to include proprietary assessment tools, from $25 per student for general education courses.” million in Series B funding from Google Ventures.

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But you’re full of fallacy yourself if you think that’s going to stop me from making critiques about this industry. And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. The Common Core aligned reading software maker had raised $1.8 Education Politics.

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The NAACP endorses OER. Edsurge’s Jeff Young and Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill both asked industry analyst Trace Urdan for his take. I’m waiting for Tressie McMillan Cottom’s response, as she’s certainly unlikely to hype the industry angle and will surely raise the important issues surrounding equity, “lower ed,” and justice. There have been several stories recently calling the Google Books project a failure.

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This is so important to consider, as Tufekci noted on Twitter, in light of Google’s domination of the K–12 computing market.). Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and Eddie Watson introduce The CARE Framework for OER.

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Via The Washington Post : “There’s a well-funded campus industry behind the Ann Coulter incident.” CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.” “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. ” Elsewhere in algorithms… Via The New York Times : “Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms.” Education Politics.

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. “ Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers,” The New York Times writes about the online retailer’s forays into “ OER.” Education Politics.

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” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.” “ Apple , Microsoft , Amazon and Google Are Fighting a War for the Classroom,” says Edutechnica , with a look at how many colleges have adopted their competing pseudo-LMSes.

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