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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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

Although they would eventually change their model to focus on traditionally copyrighted textbooks, FWK’s over 100 openly licensed textbooks can still be found archived around the web in places like the Open Textbook Library and the Saylor Foundation’s website. Preface.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

Today, OpenStax—part tech startup, part publishing house, part cognitive science research lab—has a library of three dozen titles. Yet the nonprofit is also developing its own software designed to undercut the courseware industry, charging just $10 per student.

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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Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet.

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Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

Edsurge

Industry data show that there has been a significant decline in student spending on course materials over the last decade,” said a spokesperson for Cengage and McGraw-Hill, in a statement Wednesday. Education Technology Open Educational Resources (OER) Higher Education

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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Challenges in Curation: Successfully Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Digital Promise

As the moderator of a SXSWedu panel covering the Challenges of Curation in K-12 Schools, I held several brainstorm calls with the panelists, sent them thought-starter questions, solicited feedback from teacher and librarian contacts in the industry, and thought I was as ready as I could be. That is until about five minutes into the session, when a hand in the audience went up asking, “Can you define what you mean by OERs?”. Define OERs. Start the Facebook live broadcast.

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

Edsurge

In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies.

Open education’s long revolution: Cable Green on Future Trends Forum #11

Bryan Alexander

He also identified several key themes: Structuring open education through linked data to resources, which could yield real time feedback and better linkage to OER. The mood was positive, especially as OER adoption seems to be rising, reaching <>15% of adoption in some cases.

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Open education’s long revolution: Cable Green on Future Trends Forum #11

Bryan Alexander

He also identified several key themes: Structuring open education through linked data to resources, which could yield real time feedback and better linkage to OER. The mood was positive, especially as OER adoption seems to be rising, reaching <>15% of adoption in some cases.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

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. Second, OER provide hitherto unknown pedagogical freedom for faculty.

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Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

Publishers resorted to this move with the sole ambition of survival in the publishing industry. Related: Can the US Higher Education Publishing Industry Leverage A Subscription Model. If educational institutes start adopting OERs in classrooms, students will be able to save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on purchasing textbooks and rental subscriptions. The teachers can customize an OER and include modules that they feel would benefit the students.

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Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

Edsurge

Should the Nelson deal pass, Top Hat will boast more than 1,000 titles in its library. Top Hat is “partially becoming a publisher—the thing that they’ve long wanted to compete with,” observes Phil Hill, an education industry analyst and consultant. “It’s

More College Students Are Downloading Course Materials for Free—Or Skipping Them Entirely

Edsurge

That figure includes texts procured legally, like open educational resources (known as OER), and illegally, such as pirated files shared through torrent websites. Its findings are of special interest in light of recent shifts in the textbook industry.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. Open Education Resources – Talk about big, this network brings together 44,129 OER tools for sharing curriculum.

Where Edtech and Its Investors Miss the Mark

Edsurge

I wish you wouldn’t pin all hope on OER or content marketplaces or playlists as curriculum solutions. To be sure, there are gold nugget lessons within the vast OER and marketplace libraries, but finding them is difficult and time-consuming. It was fueled by primary source documents and photos about the horrors of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and the rise of industrialism.

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Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

Edsurge

While in Big Soda the main players are Coke and Pepsi, their equivalent in the publishing industry are Pearson and Cengage (which has announced that plans to merge with McGraw-Hill). If you make it too expensive, colleges are going to look harder at OER,” she said.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

But how do they compete with resources like MOOCs and OERs that have made high quality course content from respected university professors available for free? Publishers must incorporate content libraries from the international market to increase their digital subscriber list.

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PanOpen Launches Platform as ‘Open’ Education Market Evolves

Marketplace K-12

He mentioned Lumen Learning and OER Commons as just two examples. ” So far, many of panOpen’s clients are academic departments within colleges, and individual faculty who are seeking to create their own customized libraries of open content, generally defined as materials created on a license that allows for resources to be freely distributed and shared, and reshaped as users see fit.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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. For example, this story from the School Library Journal : “ Charter Schools , Segregation , and School Library Access.” ” “ OER , CARE , Stewardship, and the Commons” by “Econproph” Jim Luke.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

Computing platforms have different abstraction levels, including a computer architecture, an OS, or runtime libraries. I’m not sure it was, but then again, understanding the LMS industry is really their thing and not mine (something for which I am eternally grateful).

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

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. The End of Library" Stories (and the Software that Seems to Support That).

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

This is the confluence of trends – from this year and onward: the privatization of the student loan market, the continued pressure by employers for employees to have some sort of credential or certification, the ongoing expansion of for-profit higher education into coding bootcamps and other short-term certification programs, the potential for a more deregulated for-profit industry under Trump. There have also been efforts to expand college degree programs that rely entirely on OER.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Meanwhile on Campus… “ Here’s How Higher Education Dies – A futurist says the industry may have nowhere to go but down. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ UVa Library’s Plan to Cut Stacks by Half Sparks Faculty Concerns.” ” The head of the OECD ’s education division, Andreas Schleicher, writes in The Hill about “Educating students for the fourth industrial revolution.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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.” ” It’s boom times for the “regret industry.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” In other MIT news : “MIT task force releases preliminary ‘Future of Libraries ’ report.” Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” ” Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Value of Education Industry Sector Transactions Nosedives in 2016.” Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. The NMC Horizon Report 2017 – the Library Edition. Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

But you’re full of fallacy yourself if you think that’s going to stop me from making critiques about this industry. “In the Leeds offering, for example, each course certificate will cost £59 and there are five taught courses; the sixth assessment course, which leads to 10 credits, is priced at £250 – making a total cost of £545 – which will also cover access to online library content,” The Guardian reports. (It’ll Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

This is really similar to the work I do mapping the relationships – financial and otherwise – among various players in the ed-tech industry. said he was fired after five years of leading the for-profit institution after allowing a homeless student to sleep overnight in the college’s library to escape cold weather.” Via eCampus News : “ Cengage launches MindTap ACE, an OER-based solution for higher ed.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The Digital Public Library of America has a new head : John S. ” The tech industry is still bullish on the business of tech training nonetheless. The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. (National) Education Politics. “The Education of Betsy DeVos ” – a profile of the Secretary of Education in Politico Magazine.

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

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The American Library Association announced its youth media awards. “ VR is gaining ground in the academic world and the 3D industry,” says Techcrunch , so it must be true. ” “Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley.