The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. After all, I’ve advocated for federal support for the development, use, and adaptation of OER (see, e.g. , the May 5 Education Week story by Sean Cavanagh, “ ‘Open Educational Resources’ Promoted in U.S. So, if these are the actions of someone who is an OER fan, what stops me short of claiming fanboy status?

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

Iterating Toward Openness

These are purchasing programs in which “institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, rather than purchasing individually.” While everyone wants educational materials to be less expensive, lower costs are the least interesting thing about digital, networked learning. And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

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MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

hem.digital

Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. The assumption goes something like this: the open digital educational materials made available through these initiatives are of value because they are the product of these prestigious, highly selective institutions. digital learning materials).

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How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

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 conceived of this crowdsourced design project as part of a massive open online course (MOOC) on Canvas Network and sought out an all volunteer team of designers, facilitators, and subject matter experts to help us. The Need.

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. Son of MOOC. The course materials are predictably beautiful.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). “ OpenStax , Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER.” The company, which provides public radio and related instructional materials to classrooms, has raised $1.55 Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.” ” Via The Atlantic: “ The Challenge of Educational Inequality.”