Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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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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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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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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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

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”, you declare, “the overwhelming majority of OER in the world are licensed in ways that permit commercial use, so what’s the problem?” Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub. They are developing additional tools to support personalized learning with OER with funding from a major foundation. Pearson doesn’t share under open licenses – not content, not metadata, not source code.

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The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

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Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Pearson agreed. New York, NY: Pearson Education. Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. Adopting OER is a completely different experience.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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” In his book, Srnicek identifies five kinds of platforms: advertising platforms (like Google and Facebook), cloud platforms (like Salesforce and Amazon Web Services), industrial platforms (like GE and Siemens), product platforms (like Spotify), and lean platforms (like Uber and AirBnB). To believe that would require, of course, that we overlook the role that the major technology platforms – Google, Facebook, and Amazon – play in education.

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” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Faces Internal Backlash Over Handling of Sexual Harassment.” ” Also via The New York Times : “ Google Employees Stage Worldwide Walkout.” ” The “guru” is Brendan Kealey , formerly with Pearson. ” Speaking of ethics, “ Google offers money to universities to use artificial intelligence to scale up research,” The Washington Post reports.

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And it’s “announced plans to create an ‘unsafe space’ to discuss texts including Mein Kampf and topics such as the infamous memo by ex-Google employee James Damore, who claimed there are ‘biological causes’ that prevent more women from getting jobs in tech.” ” “ Pearson , WTF? Via the Google blog : “Investing £1 million in training for computing teachers in the U.K. The business of OER.

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Google ’s chairman Eric Schmidt praises Trump. ” The publishers in question are Cengage , McGraw-Hill , and Pearson. Testing, Testing… Via Chalkbeat : “Calculator mix-up could force some students to retake ISTEP, and Pearson is partially to blame.” ” The testing firm in question: Pearson. ” Via The Verge : “ Google Glass gets its first update in nearly three years.” The History of Pearson.

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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.” IBM partners with Pearson. OpenEd partners with Pearson. ” Via the Pacific Standard : “ Google ’s Broken Privacy Promise.”

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” “ Google Is Being Investigated By Missouri Attorney General,” Fortune reports. Oh and look at this: “Google Critic [Peter] Thiel Gave Money to Official Probing Search Giant,” Bloomberg reports. ” Via Essense : “Being Black In Tech: A Black Female Engineer Says Google CEO Mistook Her For An Assistant.” ” Mindset marketing from Pearson : “3 steps to upgrade your GRIT in education.”

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.” Pearson PARCC "Spies" on Students.

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And The Next Web headline makes for… something: “ Facebook and Google could be allowed to award university degrees.” accuse Google of failing to gain their consent before scanning their emails via its Apps For Education suite for advertising purposes,” says Education Dive. “ Hail and Farewell to The Google Books Case ” by James Grimmelmann. “ Pearson gets emergency test scoring contract from Tennessee ,” Chalkbeat reports.

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” Testing, Testing… Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Pearson is fighting to halt a decision by the state of Iowa to award a $31 million testing contract to the American Institutes for Research , arguing that the scoring of bids was riddled with ‘preferential treatment and bias.’” Via The New York Times : “ Google Unveils Job Training Initiative With $1 Billion Pledge.” million in Series B funding from Google Ventures.

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “A former IT employee for the American College of Education , a for-profit college based in Indianapolis, locked thousands of students out of email and course materials by changing the password of a Google account after he was fired, according to a lawsuit filed by the institution.” ” Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson to Lower Cost of E-Books, Textbooks.”

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billion it agreed to pay Apple/Pearson for iPads, but what do I know). Via the Providence Journal : “Three teachers have resigned from Blackstone Valley Prep after the charter school confirmed allegations that they posted hurtful messages about some of their students” into a Google Doc shared with the entire school. ” Google announces “Google Cloud Platform Education Grants for computer science.” Education Politics.

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” Via Bloomberg : “Inside Google ’s Shadow Workforce.” ” Just make a note of this for the next time you hear someone tout how great the hiring process and work environment are at Google. “The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Via the Google blog : “What’s happening next for G Suite Enterprise for Education.”

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Via The New York Times : “ Google , in Post-Obama Era, Aggressively Woos Republicans ” – so enjoy that Google Certification, educators. Via Education Week : “ Mississippi Attorney General Sues Google Over Student-Data Privacy.” ” “ Cengage , McGraw-Hill , and Pearson have started a new round of lawsuits against textbook sellers,” The Digital Reader reports , this time targeting those who sell through Amazon’s marketplace.

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His wife is also the founder of the OER organization CK12. Via Adweek : “ Google Is Collecting Your Data – Even When Your Phone Isn’t in Use.” ” Education Week on a Pearson poll : “Generation Z Prefers Learning From YouTube, Not Books.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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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. ” (That giant: Pearson , of course.). This week: “ OpenStax Partners with panOpen to Expand OER Access.” 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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The NAACP endorses OER. There have been several stories recently calling the Google Books project a failure. ” Google announces more updates to its pseudo-LMS, Google Classroom. Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.” ” Via CNBC : “Google exec, Mark Cuban agree that these college majors are the most robot-resistant.” A report via Google Research : “ Unconscious Bias in the Classroom.”

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CNN tries to explain “Why Google , Apple and Microsoft are battling for education.” “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Pearson released its quarterly report today and announced a “strategic review” of its K–12 courseware business, particularly with regards to print. “Someone Hit the Internet with a Massive Google Doc Phishing Attack ,” Motherboard Vice reports. Education Politics.

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” Contrasting community college takes: a Pearson op-ed in Edsurge versus pretty much anything “ Dean Dad ” writes. “ 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. ” From Lumen Learning’s David Wiley : “Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption.” Education Politics.

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