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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6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)

Wisewire

Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean. With a wide array of OER materials at our fingertips, the trick now is not so much in finding OER, but on identifying high quality OER that can be used and transformed for our classroom needs. Content curation sites like Khan Academy , Wisewire, and YouTube EDU have done the work for us. Have more suggestions for how to identify high quality OER?

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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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From Static to Interactive and From Open to Free: Consequences Both Intended and Unintended

Iterating Toward Openness

The most recent issue of IRRODL included an article titled Effectiveness of OER Use in First-Year Higher Education Students’ Mathematical Course Performance: A Case Study , by Juan I. Quoting from the article: The main aims of this research were to examine the effect of OER use among higher education students and to analyze teacher and student views on OER use in order to better understand how these resources are used and valued.

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Of Progress, Problems, and Partnerships

Iterating Toward Openness

In 2012 Kim Thanos and I founded Lumen Learning because, through our Gates-funded work on the Kaleidoscope Project, we had seen first-hand how hard it was for faculty to replace publisher materials with OER. MIT OCW, Wikipedia, Khan Academy), but in 2010 it was difficult to find a faculty member who had made the switch. It seemed like lots of people wanted to publish and share their own OER, but no one wanted to use anyone else’s.

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Coda on The Content Paradox (or Why We Should Celebrate Open Access to Art)

Improving Education Environments

The end of my #opened15 presentation used an example about OER from the perspective of art museums to solidify my thesis. My presentation, entitled The Sale of Open Content, was a critical look at the OER subculture and its attitudes toward other subcultures as well as mainstream cultures. million resources as OER for use and repurpose. The Smithsonian owns or holds copyright on many of their artifacts, and these are available as OER.

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

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

Chromebook Idea Spark #3: Building Proportion Dolls Using G Suite, Khan Academy and Screencastify. Teachers can flip their classroom by using Google Forms to learn about ratios and proportions using Khan Academy videos and exercises. The platform gives teachers and administrators the flexibility to mix and match content from a growing number of open educational resources (OER), to digitize existing content, or to build their own. Khan Academy Kids.

Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

As the demand for higher education dramatically accelerates, so also the supply of modular educational resources is increasing through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) like Coursera and EdX, open educational resources (OER) like Khan Academy, and massive adaptive apps like Duolingo. It took 912 years from the founding of the first university in Bologna in 1088 for the global higher education system to grow to serve 100 million students annually by the year 2000.

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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.

Part 4: Over 150 STEM Resources for PBL and Authentic Learning… Math

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Khan Academy – Help every student succeed with personalized practice. Curriki Algebra – This is an Open Education Resource (OER) Algebra course that consists of five units aligned to the Common Core. OER Commons Math – This is a large collection of online resources that are part of the open education resource field. Welcome to number four in a series of four posts bringing you over 150 amazing resources for STEM education.

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When an Edutechie's mind won't shut down.

Tech Helpful

Try accessing OER options like www.ck12.org, khan academy, youtube, https://www.gutenberg.org and SAS Curriculum Pathways. Can being a connected educator be a bad thing? Hear me out. Every year at this time of year I find myself in an edufunk. What's an edufunk? It's that moment when you realize that some of the goals you had for the school year are not going to come to fruition. It's when you feel like you have been swimming upstream and you are just weary.

On building learning playlists

NeverEndingSearch

YouTube playlists might be a good way to gather material from Khan Academy or Crash Course or Flocabulary and mix them with locally grown instruction and a few provocative questions. OER and you: The curation mandate. OER: Issues, Possibilities and the Promise of Curation (with Brenda Boyer). We create them on Spotify and YouTube and iTunes. Before music went digital, some of us made CD or cassette mixtapes and shared them as gifts.

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).

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the Golden Age of Education that never was

Improving Education Environments

I framed this in the context of edutainment, which took me down a whirlwind of Disney history, resulting in scholarship on the relationship between the learning objects/resources of the OER movement, edutainment, and the ‘free-as-in-beer’ resources one finds in Coursera/edX/curiosity.com. Republished from edutechnicalities.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

It’s always fascinating to look at ed-tech companies’ job postings – this one is from Khan Academy. A report from Education International : “Schooling the Poor Profitably: The Innovations and Deprivations of Bridge International Academies in Uganda.” Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Education Dive profiles Khan Academy’s Khan Lab School. (It It will be interesting to compare the success or failure of Khan Lab School with the failure of AltSchool. The business of OER. (National) Education Politics. “ The Republican War on College ,” by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. “ Tax bill reflects rift between many Republicans and higher education,” The Washington Post reports.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Khan Academy is launching a new series on US history and civics. *Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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

Hack Education

So when a publication writes a headline like this – “ Could Computer Coding Academies Ease the Student Loan Crisis? There have also been efforts to expand college degree programs that rely entirely on OER. “As a result of this program,” Lumen Learning’s David Wiley wrote , “by fall of 2017 somewhere between 3% and 4% of all community colleges in the US will have at least one all-OER degree program.” of courses use OER.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via IRRODL : “ Khan Academy as Supplemental Instruction: A Controlled Study of a Computer-Based Mathematics Intervention.” ” Via Inside Higher Ed : “Last year Achieving the Dream began a $9.8-million project to use open educational resources (OER) to create degree programs at 38 community colleges. (National) Education Politics. Via Pacific Standard : “Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The NAACP endorses OER. Via Edsurge : “ Khan Academy ’s New ‘Teacher Aid’ Tool Goes for a Test Drive in Southern California.” ” That’s to the ed-tech company Bridge International Academies. Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” “ What does Trump’s executive order on education do?

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Khan Academy launches free Official LSAT Prep ,” says the Khan Academy blog. “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics.

OER will evolve to address the problems we hire it to solve

The Christensen Institute

Today, open educational resources (OER) are an increasingly common feature in the K–12 education ecosystem. As one example, consider the popularity of Khan Academy , whose library of practice activities and videos are accessed each month by over 10 million users around the world and in many schools across the United States. Department of Education (DOE) has a project, called the Learning Registry , which helps make OER content easier for teachers to find.

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