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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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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OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool


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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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry


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.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. In this second post you will discover how careful examination of the nouns in a standard can help you find resources to assist in proper technology integration. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Is often amplified by technology.

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost


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


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. Education Technology

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Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

Smartphones, tablets, and laptops had become a permanent requirement along with using technology in the classrooms by this time. Publishers resorted to this move with the sole ambition of survival in the publishing industry. Thus, replacing expensive textbooks with technology in the classroom is the right thing to do in the current scenario. Here’s how you can replace these expensive textbooks with technology in the classroom: Adopt a Subscription Model.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. They include; One-Half Day PBL Splash, Full Day PBL Starter; and a One-Half Day Technology Workshop dedicated to amplifying standards and process using Technology. Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards. “We

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


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.

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

In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise. Of course, states are investing in technology devices and infrastructure, but also in data-driven learning. EdFocus: The Edtech Industry Community is a free professional learning community on that will help you connect with colleagues in the education industry to share information and resources, raise questions, and get advice.

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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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I’ll look in more details at the insecurity of education data in the next article in the series – but recognize, this is one of the grave problems with digital technologies currently, whether they’re platforms or not: they rely on data as the central element of their business model – extracting data, controlling data, selling data… and far too often losing data during security breaches. Are any education technologies, for that matter?

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


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


The first goal was to create an environmental scan of the digital learning environment in higher education with a focus on adaptive technology. To successfully apply any of these technologies, considerations need to be made in terms of organizational implementation and culture.

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


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. In that context, that non-disclosure may be revealing for how far Knewton, which has been one of the most well-funded education technology companies, has fallen short of financial expectations.

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


Last week, Pearson announced it paid $25 million to acquire Smart Sparrow’s technology, in a move that the publisher says will bolster the digital infrastructure that will soon support all its future higher-education offerings.

Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years


The new E-learning technologies keep on evolving, and a lot of companies are investing in it to yield efficient employees. 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.

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


Jennifer Sparrow, the university’s senior director of teaching and learning with technology, thinks the fears that some faculty have about artificial intelligence taking their jobs echos the concern some had 20 years ago when higher education was first “branching out into online learning.” An instructor can type in a concept or idea, such as “industrial design,” into the tool his team built, called Eureka!, Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

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


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

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


What’s In This Year’s Edition The Horizon Report aims to identify themes and challenges in higher education and technology, and predict which trends may materialize in the near future. Open educational resources (OER) have been included as key trends since 2013, for example. David Thomas, director of academic technology at the University of Colorado at Denver, says that even repeated trends change over time. Every industry should have some sort of community focal point.”

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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

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. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.). Copyright law places artificial limits on our ability to use technology to share educational materials. Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER).

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


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. Education Technology Higher Education

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


The Toronto-based company once relied on textbook publishers to distribute its technology. From bundling its clicker technology with course materials from other publishers, the company now offers a marketplace and authoring tools for people to build their own courses on the platform.

Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

Leveraging Technology without Gating. First, student learning, which is restricted by our present system, may gain a freedom heretofore unseen, networked through technology for access to unprecedented amounts of both knowledge and community. Along the way, a need for more teachers with more specialties, either directly associated with schools or acting as market free agents, will potentially change the whole industry. By LeiLani Cauthen.

5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs


With the advent of each new technology—like AI, automation, VR/AR, and nanotechnology—comes economic shifts that demand different skills from employees and creates new challenges for both employers and educators. You may gasp, but gaming is a multi-billion-dollar industry for a reason. We can’t walk away from technology use—not when it’s a mainstay of students’ daily lives and futures.

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Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.


The company that set the bar for hyping adaptive-learning technology has had to adapt to new leadership and a new business model. Brian Kibby, CEO of Knewton Getting into the courseware business marks a major pivot for the New York City-based company, which originally licensed its adaptive learning technology to publishers. Its past proclamations about the omnipotence of its technology attracted plenty of ire. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

Where Edtech and Its Investors Miss the Mark


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. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

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A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open-Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them


Larsen says this is a common criticism of OER textbooks, particularly among the conventional textbook industry, and he argues that errors in conventional textbooks are also reasonably high—and after all, he adds, the errors in conventional textbooks were the reason he started LibreText in the first place. But at UC Davis, “administrators could do a lot more in order to facilitate the adoption of OER projects,” Larsen says.

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

Hack Education

Or, with its penchant for amnesia , has education technology already forgotten? MOOCs were, for a year or two at least, able to dominate conversations about the future of education and the future of education technology, often invoking the words “free” and “open” as a rallying cry against institutions and practices that were, in contrast, “expensive” and “closed.” of courses use OER.


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’ve seen students around the country do amazing things in their classrooms when they are given the ability and access to create technology in a simple fashion”, says Crescerance co-founder, Alefiya Bhatia.

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


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). And of course there are other vendors, like Elsevier and Wiley (like Jones Soda and RC) and openly-licensed resources known as OER, or open education resources (which are something like a Sodastream homebrew). If you make it too expensive, colleges are going to look harder at OER,” she said.

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal


Great teachers already do that everyday—with or without technology. Yet there is clearly a gap between how educators and entrepreneurs perceive “personalized learning” and many other technology-infused terms in education. Kids see enough technology in their day without adding to it at school. Few education entrepreneurs today would suggest that technology should or will replace the teacher. (In Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies