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

Iterating Toward Openness

A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is. Would these arguments actually inspire someone to want to use the internet? If you’re already familiar with the internet, the whole line of argument seems to miss the point. ” What problem does the inclusive access model purport to solve? When we focus on cost, we put inclusive access and OER on equal footing.

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How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

This gap between the need and available educational services has prompted calls for innovative ways to improve access to quality educational resources. We at Designers for Learning responded to this call by inviting instructional designers, developers, and adult educators to join a crowdsourcing effort to develop free open educational resources (OER) for adults with low math and literacy skills. We developed a Design Guide for students to follow.

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An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Go To Class | Next Session : 3rd May, 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 4th May, 2015. A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study. Go To Class | ★★★★★ ( 3 ratings ) | Next Session : 4th May, 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 4th May, 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 4th May, 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 11th May, 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 11th May, 2015. Go To Class | Next Session : 11th May, 2015.

Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork

Edsurge

Students lack the ability to strike up an impromptu conversation about last week’s homework or compare notes with whoever’s sitting next to them in class. Instead their interactions are relegated to stale chat forums, where questions go unanswered or where few students regularly visit. Sure, there are sophisticated online lectures where learners can see one another on screen and break out into small groups to chat via video. MOOCs get social.

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Production Value in Online Higher Education

hem.digital

In 2012, during a rare moment of clarity, I wondered aloud about the possible impact on the institutional reputation of academics choosing to post their instructional materials online, including lecture videos, for all the world to see. University brass was not typically aware of these OER practices, despite its potential significance. Consequently, most institutions have been unable to truly leverage the possibilities of the medium. Son of MOOC.

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New Resource on Open Access, Pedagogy, Learning

ProfHacker

The concept of “Open,” particularly when it comes to Open Access, is something that we’ve written a lot about here at Profhacker. That isn’t to say there isn’t a great deal of critical and important work that has been done and written about. But, like any subject, knowing where to start can be a challenge. I’ve been remiss, as well, not to have mentioned earlier OpenLearning ’17 , which has been taking place since January.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

We’re breaking out our barbeque bibs, pulling out our reporter’s notebooks and heading down to Austin for SXSWedu. Here’s a sneak peek at our calendars for next week, including all the sessions and happenings that you (and we) don’t want to miss. to 11:00 p.m. Opinionated Products : There’s a word for the kinds of tools and products—like say, Google search results—which adapt to a user’s behavior: opinionated. But will VR and AR live up to its hype?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Various education-related updates – via The New York Times : “How the Republican Tax Plan Uses School Savings to Hurt States.” ” Via Edsurge : “From Neutrality to Inequality: Why the FCC Is Dismantling Equal Access and What It Could Mean for Education.” ” Via The Indiana Gazette : “Directors vote to scale back Summit Learning program.” Ten Years Later, Efforts to Help Affected Students Fall Short.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Soon to be The Atlantic’s Adam Harris. ” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. Government Will Travel to Latin America.” ” To Peru and Colombia , specifically. Now Oklahoma Teachers Could Be the Next to Walk.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Vox : “Brazilian media report that police are entering university classrooms to interrogate professors.” Via ThinkProgress : “ Bolsonaro ‘s party launches campaign against ’ indoctrinator teachers ’ ” That’s all you lovers of Paolo Freire , to be sure. Only one reason to do that: ED's going to reopen and expand the experiment.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas! To get times for the keynotes or sessions, go to the conference " attending and schedule " page, which will also have the schedule in customized time zones starting early next week.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Oh my god, it’s almost time to start working on that year-end project.). Now the office wants to hire an outside contractor to help figure out why.” A mail bomb campaign targeted opponents of President Trump this week, but remember: the biggest threat to democracy and free speech are liberal students’ protests on elite college campuses.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the House Education and the Workforce Committee.” Department of Education Announces Opportunity for Federal Student Loan Borrowers to be Reconsidered for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.” Via NPR : “ Education Department Launches ‘Top-To-Bottom’ Review Of Teachers’ Grant Program.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The changes are due to the replacement of one education acronym (NCLB) with another ( ESSA ). “Dean Dad” Matt Reed responds to Senator Alexander’s proposal to limit student loans. ” “ The Left’s drive to push conservatives out of education reform ” by The Fordham Institute’s Robert Pondiscio. And a response from Marilyn Anderson Rhames: “ An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Also speaking volumes, the publications that framed the educational fallout from last week’s referendum on EU membership in terms of how it might possibly hurt the business of British ed-tech. The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. From the Department of Education press release : “Secretary King Calls for Charter Schools to Lead on Rethinking Student Discipline.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ESPN turns to a real expert here : “Shaquille O’Neal says more cops is answer to school shootings.” ” WaPo’s Valerie Strauss asks , “ What legal rights do students really have to protest during the school day?” Via NPR : “ Trump’s Plan To Secure Schools Calls For Arming Teachers , Improving Background Checks.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” School districts rely on Medicaid, the federal health care program for the poor, to provide costly services to millions of students with disabilities across the country. For nearly 30 years, Medicaid has helped school systems cover costs for special education services and equipment, from physical therapists to feeding tubes. The money is also used to provide preventive care, such as vision and hearing screenings, for other Medicaid-eligible children.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I plan to be offline tomorrow, January 20, so as to avoid any news about the Trump Inauguration. Trump is illegitimate because he refuses to divest from his business interests and as such will be in violation of the Constitution the minute he takes the oath of office. So I can’t watch or listen to the news tomorrow, as it’s a dark day for democracy – one of the darkest in my lifetime and perhaps even in this nation’s history.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

To Understand Betsy DeVos ’s Educational Views, View Her Education,” says The New York Times. ” “More than 150 House and Senate Democrats sent Education Secretary Betsy DeVos a letter Monday that objected to her department’s recently announced shift in how it chooses the contractors that service federal student loans ,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Via Buzzfeed : “How Betsy DeVos Could Break Up The Charter School Coalition.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” In other Department of Education bureaucratic nightmares, “Dozens of Colleges’ Upward Bound Applications Are Denied for Failing to Dot Every I,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. ” Via Education Week : “ FCC Chairman Announces Plan to Roll Back Key Net Neutrality Rules.” The NAACP endorses OER.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations.” ” Via The New York Times : “ Trump Move on Job Training Brings ‘ Skills Gap ’ Debate to the Fore.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Summer Pell Grants will be available to students beginning July 1, the Department of Education announced Monday.” Tech CEOs visited the White House to talk about “modernizing” a.k.a.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ DeVos Falsely Suggests That Student Loans Were Federalized to Pay for Obamacare.” ” Via Education Week : “Trump Moves to Fill Key Civil Rights Post.” Politico runs the number on the steps Trump has taken to fill openings at the Department of Education.). Via The Washington Post : “ DeVos offers buyouts to shrink Education Department workforce.” (National) Education Politics.

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The 2017 Global Education Conference (Online) Starts Today! Join Us!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please register HERE to get instant access to the conference AND to receive all the recording links after the conferences. The GEC features thought leaders from the world of education and beyond, is completely free to attend and takes place online in live webinar format. We invite you to join the 25,600 GEC community members (from 170+ countries) and actively participate in dozens of sessions focused on international education topics.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. I thought for a good long while about how best to summarize this decade, and inspired by the folks at The Verge , who published a list of “ The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech ,” I decided to do something similar: chronicle for you a decade of ed-tech failures and f**k-ups and flawed ideas.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The LA Times : “ Betsy DeVos ’ visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prompts complaints from some students.” “Why DeVos’s Parkland Visit Failed,” according to The Atlantic. ” And I am not even linking to the National Review article promoting this racist crap. ” “ DACA Lives, but for How Long? Look to Japan.”