Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

If technology doesn’t disrupt the very notion of the textbook first, its future is surely digital. While plenty of folks are touting the affordances of digital textbooks and instructional content and prognosticating about how fast K-12 schools make the switch to digital – including me and Arne Duncan among many others, etc., Update the examples and sample questions to improve student engagement or the quality of instruction?

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

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Now education decision makers across America can see detailed reviews compiled in multiple states, to facilitate the evaluation and purchase of print and digital materials for students and teachers. A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow.

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#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials

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Department of Education’s, Office of Education Technology (OET) launched the #GoOpen Initiative via a White House briefing. Digital Content Digital Learning ED instructional materials OERIn October 2015, the U.S. Since that. read more.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

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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Navigating the Shift to OER

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During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information. Keys to the OER shift: – Community buy-in: The community wasn’t satisfied with the achievement levels and graduation rates.

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OER-based Degrees: Momentum

Iterating Toward Openness

Above all else, this groundbreaking project demonstrated that an institution can openly share it’s core instructional resources without materially harming itself. Creating and sharing OER did not harm their ability to succeed in accomplishing their core missions – the education of their students. And there are many reasons to believe that their efforts in creating and sharing OER actually advanced their core missions.

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

Iterating Toward Openness

Earlier this week I read an op-ed – sponsored by Pearson – titled “If OER is the answer, what is the question?” OER often shine in their variety and ability to deepen resources for niche topics. While it’s possible to build a complete course from OER, the finished product often lacks the scaffolding found in courseware authored by single author/editorial/product teams. What does the Drake Equation have to do with OER production and enhancement?

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David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. I’m deeply grateful for the support and collegiality of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation over this time, including for allowing me to attend this year’s annual OER meeting. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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5 ways to expand federal educational OER

eSchool News

In a letter sent earlier this month, a group of ed-tech stakeholders urged the Obama administration to make federally-funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). Creating OER, which are free to use, share, and edit, would help increase educators’ access to educational, training, and instructional materials, according to the more than 85 stakeholder organizations that signed the letter.

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

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According to Kathy Mickey, Senior Analyst of Simba Information, all of these could impact the instructional materials marker. In her recent presentation “ K-12 Instructional Materials: What’s New in 2019,” she previewed results from Simba’s Publishing for the PreK-12 Market, 2019-2020 , and talked about how digital is changing—and not changing—the landscape. In addition, the number of schools and districts using OER continues to rise.

An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

Iterating Toward Openness

I now have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of general education courses and some specific degree programs will transition entirely to OER in US higher ed. I spent most of my thinking time last week wondering about obstacles in the way of the ubiquitous adoption of OER in US higher education and how we might overcome them. Observation 1: We Need Dramatically More OER, and Current Approaches Won’t Get Us There.

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

Leave this field empty if you're human: Teachers often spend many hours at night or on weekends searching the internet for good instructional materials – or just good ideas about how to meld online learning into their classrooms. Sometimes, they consult curation sites that have evaluated these materials; sometimes they just consult other teachers on what they use. The need for reliable evaluation has become more urgent with the flood of new, often free, online materials.

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Guide to Quality Instructional Resources Focuses on the Process, not the Purchase

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Questioning the quality of instructional materials isn’t new to the digital education era. But with the rise of OER, growing use of supplemental resources over core textbooks, and the increasing flexibility of state funding, more purchasing decisions have moved to the school and district level. Thus, there is the potential for more disparity in the quality of materials from school to school. In addition, there is a separate section on vetting OER.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

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Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks. Now, though, some states are going back to the beginning and rethinking how they review instructional materials and allocate funds to ensure that they are focused on the realities of the 21st century classroom.

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek , Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials.

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States Are Playing a Bigger Role in Digital Instruction, Survey Finds

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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) found that more states are providing guidance to help districts select and implement digital instructional materials. The post States Are Playing a Bigger Role in Digital Instruction, Survey Finds appeared first on Market Brief.

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog (which Education Next then reposted on its blog) arguing that “[a]dvocates of OER and personalized learning … tend to underestimate the breadth of knowledge necessary for true comprehension,” thereby leaving students with “a narrow and haphazard base of knowledge.”

Open Up Resources Takes A Digital Leap Through Kiddom Partnership

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To some surprise, most of the sales and adoption of its openly licensed materials have come so far from schools that ask for printed versions. Kiddom , a startup based in San Francisco, will offer core curriculum materials from the nonprofit publisher on its curriculum management system. But this will be the first time that Kiddom offers a core curriculum, and the platform will automatically align the scope and sequence of Open Up’s materials to any district’s standards.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. It’s about saving teachers instructional time. And it’s also about instruction and modeling for learners what it looks like to organize content and tools to manage our digital lives as information citizens. Curating OER. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. Builds Instructional Partnerships. OER Portals Pearltrees.

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. Broadband and network capacity is school technology leaders’ top priority, according to the results of an annual IT leadership survey from CoSN. The education community should know what is top of mind for school IT leaders so we can better support their leadership capacity and advance learning outcomes empowered through technology.”.

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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. The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology (4th ed.). Over 1 billion openly licensed materials are published online.

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OPINION: Three misunderstandings about open resources

The Hechinger Report

public school districts spend a combined $8 billion on instructional materials while trying to ensure that schools receive the maximum value for their money. Because there aren’t many alternatives, they did this despite concerns about the quality of materials. When league districts convene a few times each year, we share experiences with instructional approaches and materials with our peers, and we’ve all been encouraged by the success stories emerging from this work.

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. While participants indicated that they joined the course to get instructional design experience, the majority said that they also joined because of the social cause and need it was supporting. The Need.

Comments on the US DoEd Proposed Rule – Open Textbook Pilot Program

Iterating Toward Openness

I hold a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University. The proposed definition of “open textbook” reads, in part: “An open textbook may also include a variety of open educational resources or materials used by instructors in the development of a course and those learning activities necessary for successful completion of a course by students. These include any learning exercises, technology-enabled experiences (e.g.,

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

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Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. In a recent edWebinar , presenters from Idaho and Pennsylvania discussed how state and district leadership support digital learning opportunities and implement digital materials. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. This issue is especially important for schools that have implemented educational technology game changers I’ve highlighted in previous blog posts: one-to-one computing , Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning management systems (LMS).

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology. They collaborate to make sure the technology and services are meeting their current and future needs. By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide.

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

. When technology is offered to schools free of charge, it always comes with the promise of improving teaching and learning. Today, the tradeoffs that school leaders and teachers face about technology — whether free or for a fee — are more complex and troubling. Related: Students’ worry: education technology might predict failure before they have a chance to succeed. Given that school technology adoption is unlikely to slow, the time has come for transparency.

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Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more. While students miss class for open lab, the teachers recognize the benefits of letting students explore technology to help them achieve both personal and educational goals.

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

Wired Campus

College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years. “The OER movement is still young.”

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

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Typically, at the beginning of the school year, teachers have limited information about their students; they have to build a profile of their students over time, which wastes instructional hours when the they could be developing more targeted lessons and growth plans. In addition, districts had unequal access to state systems depending on size, and despite the money spent on technology, there was inequity across the districts. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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Digital Higher Ed Content & The Long Tail (2012)

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The focus of digital higher education during the previous decade was overwhelmingly on the technology itself - learning management systems, bandwidth, faculty literacy with technology, student technology support, and so forth. Digital content is where people, culture, technology, organizations and markets meet. 2012 is offering us OER (as well as OER with credentials), new authoring platforms, content-friendly devices (e.g.

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Ed-Tech Software Group Objects to Messages in Feds’ #GoOpen Campaign

Marketplace K-12

The Software and Information Industry Association, in a recent online post , said the campaign—which encourages states and districts to consider open options—wrongly suggests that open resources are invariably linked with districts’ shifts to adopting digital materials, whereas commercial materials are stuck in the print world. Supporters of OER also point out that for resources to meet this definition, it’s not enough that resources branded as “open” be free.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Also via Chalkbeat : “Black and white students score far apart on a new test of technology skills.” ” Here’s the WaPo headline : “Girls outscore boys on inaugural national test of technology, engineering skills.” Via Campus Technology : “ Udacity has announced a partnership with a ride-sharing service in China to host a $100,000 prize competition to find the best machine learning strategy to improve customer experience.”