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

Today, this is the new normal – open sharing and collaboration within what is otherwise an absolutely cutthroat industry. There would be huge benefits to the OER ecosystem if we made similar arguments with commercial publishers, helping them understand why switching to an OER model would be good for their business. Why Commercial Publishers Should Switch to an OER Model. And a switch to OER would help publishers solve both of them. Preface.

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Football, Commons, and the Long-term Sustainability of OER

Iterating Toward Openness

We have a similar problem in the open educational resources (OER) space. Many people are in the habit of referring to OER as a commons. However, beyond some superficial similarities (groups of people trying to sustain access to usable resources), the worlds of OER and the commons traditional studied by economists are completely different games. OER are not like the shared resources at the center of traditional commons. However, OER are not CPRs.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. Some economists say OpenStax and other OER producers helped to halt the decades-long rise of textbook prices , which now set the average undergraduate back between $1,200 and $1,440 each school year, according to the College Board. Some professors have aesthetic objections to OER materials.

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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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. Remember OER resources provide curriculum that: Makes learning more authentic by giving the teacher the ability to localize learning. A Listing Of 25 OER (Open Education Resource Sites).

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In Search of OER’s Future and Edtech’s Missing Evidence at SXSW EDU

Edsurge

Here’s more of what we heard and saw on Monday at SXSW EDU: A Sustainable Future for OER Monday marked day one of Open Education Week, and speakers at a panel used the opportunity to discuss the potential for open educational resources as an alternative to increasingly unaffordable textbooks—as well as the challenges and misconceptions that the open movement still faces. Still, sustainable ways to fund OER into the future remains an open question.

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Looking for the Best Sources of Content for Ed Tech ?

SETDA Says

This site and newsletter brings together the largest set of industry. 1to1 Digital Content E-Rate EETT Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Online Assessment Personalized Learning Professional LearningEd Tech Update has the answer… SETDA is excited to share Ed Tech Update. read more.

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 EducationAn open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. Department of Justice opposing the proposed merger of two of the world’s largest textbook publishers, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education.

The Big Picture on the 2019-20 PreK-12 Market

edWeb.net

In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. EdFocus: The Edtech Industry Community is a free professional learning community on edWeb.net that will help you connect with colleagues in the education industry to share information and resources, raise questions, and get advice. Simba Information is widely recognized as the leading authority for market intelligence in the media and publishing industry.

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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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. EdTech News News news OER

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The Content Paradox

Improving Education Environments

The reusability paradox states that the context of an OER content ( at the time known as learning objects ) positively correlates to its educational efficacy (the more/better the context the more/better the efficacy), but at the same time has an inverse correlation to scalability (the more/better the context the less/worse the reuse). Reflections content David Wiley Kierkegaard MOOC OER Open postmodernism Reusability Paradox

Slow or Sophisticated? Squandered or Sustainable?

Iterating Toward Openness

It boggles my mind that someone whose industry faces an existential threat from open educational resources (OER) still doesn’t know what open means. In describing the industry’s response to OER, the article states: David Anderson, executive director for higher education at the Association of American Publishers, said the industry is already shifting from print to digital in a change that will bring down student costs.

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

Edsurge

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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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

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. 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. MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. Many industries are embracing the online video learning platform for e-learning.

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Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). The key to creating and curating great OER that will survive the choppy waters of policy changes is to maintain education standards that can operate independently from Common Core, or any state or federally mandated standards. The Value of Common Standards in OER.

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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. For example, Oregon announced grants to fund OER creation. Related: more government policies to remove barriers to producing OER – through small grants, for example.

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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. For example, Oregon announced grants to fund OER creation. Related: more government policies to remove barriers to producing OER – through small grants, for example.

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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. No industry analyst we spoke with believes the sale price was anywhere near what Knewton had raised. Knewton’s Alta, by contrast, is tapping into openly-licensed, or OER, materials.

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. Because of their close alignment with the core values of education, adopting OER in place of traditionally copyrighted educational resources provides unique opportunities and benefits to faculty and students. Second, OER provide hitherto unknown pedagogical freedom for faculty.

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No, Really – Stop Saying “High Quality”

Iterating Toward Openness

By (1) equating “high quality” with process rather than results, and then (2) creating extremely complex authoring processes they proclaim to be “the industry standard,” publishers are attempting to create a barrier to entry for other would-be creators of educational resources (like many OER authors). It’s a blatant attempt by publishers at keeping fresh competition – including OER – at bay.

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

Edsurge

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.” These days, OER quality frameworks have emerged and the technology is more commonplace on campuses.

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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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The League of Innovative Schools’ 12 Days of Innovation

Digital Promise

We saw a of myriad new and exciting programs—like centers where high school students apply industry skills, collaborative spaces for students across multiple grade levels, and physical environment extensions for blind students. This rockstar panel of @DigitalPromise #DPLIS members and partners is about to talk about tackling OER’s biggest challenges at #iNACOL18 pic.twitter.com/LWTl5OxQJp.

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MAD about Mattering: A New Global Collaborative App Project #steam

The CoolCatTeacher

A toolkit for teachers will be made available at the end of the 2015-2016 school year as an OER (open education resources), allowing other teachers across the world to follow this method of quad engineering. “So We’re eager to create a network where students can not only create amazing apps that help our world, but also get access to mentors, industry experts, and investment to help take their ideas to the next level.

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Robots Won’t Replace Instructors, 2 Penn State Educators Argue. Instead, They’ll Help Them Be ‘More Human.’

Edsurge

An instructor can type in a concept or idea, such as “industrial design,” into the tool his team built, called Eureka!, Once the tool generates results, the instructor can identify which ones are most like what he means by “industrial design” or whichever term he used. BBookX uses artificial intelligence to create OER texts for professors to use in their courses instead of traditional textbooks. How will artificial intelligence and machine learning change teaching?

Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’

Edsurge

Even though Pearson is not cutting out print completely, its digital-first update strategy may still alienate some faculty, says Wiley, who is currently the chief academic officer of Lumen Learning, a company that provides digital OER courseware to colleges and universities. “It higher ed courseware (both print and digital) could fall by as much as 5 percent from 2018, attributing the decline to projected lower student enrollments and growing adoption of OER materials. “A

Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

Society is now in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution , which was in its infancy as I began writing this book. Emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, open education resources (OER), coding, and adaptive learning tools are moving more into the mainstream in some schools.

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Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Iterating Toward Openness

The second obstacle standing in the way of the broad adoption of free software was the word “free” Many free software advocates understood that without adoption and use by business and industry, free software would never live up to its transformative potential. ” When a commercial publisher switches from using proprietary content to using OER in some of their products, the community’s reaction is largely, “What’s wrong with them?

Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

Edsurge

The deal marks the latest in a series of acquisitions involving digital courseware, the industry parlance for online products that leverage data and technology to personalize the course instruction and feedback that each student receives. Its accounts on Facebook and Twitter are no longer active, as an education industry analyst noticed. That approach caught the attention of one of the biggest funders in the education technology industry.

It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

Joosten and her team collected data from the combination of a three-year review of Online Learning Consortium’s Digital Learning Innovation (DLI) Award submissions, plus a review of documents produced by industry leaders, national organizations advancing technology in learning, journals and peer-reviewed research, news and media sources, and prominent research centers, with a focus on post-secondary education within the US over the past 18 months.

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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. While the nouns can help locate the important content that can be supported with OER (Open Education Resources) , it is the verbs that will take your students into Bloom’s higher order while conquering the 4C’s. Open Education Resources – Talk about big, this network brings together 44,129 OER tools for sharing curriculum.