When is an OER an OER?

Iterating Toward Openness

tl ;dr – If a resource is licensed in a way that grants you permission to engage in the 5R activities, and grants you those permissions for free, it’s an open educational resource (OER) – no matter where you find it or how it’s being used. For several years I have used a shorthand definition of OER as “free access plus permission to engage in the 5R activities.” Consider the following scenarios: A person downloads an OER to their laptop.

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From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

Iterating Toward Openness

I spend most of my time doing fairly tactical thinking and working focused on moving OER adoption forward in the US higher education space. I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. Now, make no mistake – OER is a means, not an end.

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Digital natives still clamor for print materials

eSchool News

Early afternoon at the California State University, Sacramento, student union, and noses are buried in screens big and small – laptops, tablets and smartphones, all glowing and demanding attention. He’s using it to prop up his laptop, open to an electronic text he’s perusing.

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Four game changers

Learning with 'e's

He wanted to clarify a few points, including a response to the critique of the One Laptop Per Child projects. To help achieve this vision, Mackintosh is setting up the OER University and is evangelistic in his elucidation of this concept. OER computer games social media OLPC

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. 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. Although rentals are a good option approved by educational institutes, OER is yet to be widely accepted by educational institutes.

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?Scaling Mobile Technology for Community College Students: 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs


After three years of utilizing a BYOD (bring your own device) policy with my classes at Nassau Community College, I have seen how tools like tablets and laptops can lead to better academic engagement. Many of my students find themselves composing essays across a variety of devices, phones, personal laptops or campus desktops. Most importantly, OER need to be compatible with both the campus LMS and as independent resources that can be shared through a mobile message.

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Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

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).

How to Boost Classroom Engagement With the Tech Tool That 'Always Works'


One of the great things with Vivi is that it works with laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, Android tablets. Wrangling technology can be maddening even in optimally designed classrooms. But at the K-8 River Grove School outside Chicago, the distance between the teacher’s desk and the projection screen in some rooms is so vast that one frustrated teacher tried to bridge the divide by buying a 50-foot HDMI cable.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: August 17, 2017 Do Laptops Help Learning? This includes legislation and regulations relating to open educational resources (OER), textbook costs, and digital course materials across all levels of education.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Districts having success in this area have comprehensive refresh plans, work with high quality partners, build relationships with local businesses, work diligently to receive grants, and leverage a variety of open educational resources (OERs). Districts looking for long term sustainability by purchasing high quality devices at an affordable cost should take a hard look at both laptops and tablets for solutions. This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom: Putting the Arts in STEM


OER Commons – Take a look at these results from a search I did for STEAM based activities. Since it is OER (Open Education Resources) it is free. It actually is quite obvious that the Arts should be included in STEM education.

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Self-Paced E-Learning Market Evaporating, Report Finds

Marketplace K-12

The report defines self-paced courseware as being accessed on a desktop or laptop and spanning the K-12, higher education, corporate training, and privately marketed software (such as that produced by language-learning company Rosetta Stone) sectors. By guest blogger Leo Doran.

Challenging Openness & Innovation – Takeaways from #OER16 & #OLCInnovate


someone mentioned openness in the pre-internet age), from the response on Twitter to the session on Self as OER ( abstract & slides ) I co-presented with Suzan Koseoglu, and from the keynote by Catherine Cronin followed by the Virtually Connecting session with Catherine Cronin and Jim Groom.

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The Future of Digital Learning in Tennessee and Beyond

Fractus Learning

With the widespread introduction of laptops and tablets into the classroom, the digitization of primary education is rapidly expanding across the United States, making access to quality education materials easier and more flexible than ever before.

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

Shake Up Learning

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.

With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More


We also replaced the $150 textbook we were using with open education resources (OER). In addition, our libraries operate a laptop loan program that allows students to “check out” computers. Community colleges are known for innovating to meet the challenges of educating some of the nation’s most disadvantaged students: low-income, first-generation, minority, and adult learners. One new category of tool schools are experimenting with is. adaptive technology.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 10, 2017 As new technology is paramount, Robertson County gives students laptops | WKRN News 2 → "As new technology is paramount," Robertson County gives students laptops - funded through a special resolution (and not the regular budget). " Tagged on: March 6, 2017 Three misunderstandings about open resources | The Hechinger Report → Nine superintendents jointly write an article to discuss OER approaches and materials that work.

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Newsletter: Privacy Con, OZeLive, GlobalEd.TV, Homeschooling, Making Chromebooks, Student Inquiry, & More

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.) Apple’s share of the market – which includes its sales of both iPads and Mac laptops – fell to 19% – down from about a quarter of the market. The Chromebooks are not fully-functioning laptops.

Looking backward and forward

Kathy Schrock

LOOKING FORWARD I could go on and on with the trends that I have become excited about in 2016– coding , sketchnoting , Open Education Resources (OER) , and design thinking are others that come to mind.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

million laptops to all public primary schools. Via Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill : “About That Cengage OER Survey.” US Presidential Campaign Politics. There was a Vice Presidential debate this week. Among the education highlights: Republican VP candidate Mike Pence made up a name for the university hosting the event. Actually, I think that was the only education highlight.

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. Ban Laptops" Op-Eds. A “ban laptops” op-ed may be the greatest piece of ed-tech clickbait ever devised.

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Hack Education

Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and Eddie Watson introduce The CARE Framework for OER. ” The Wall Street Journal weighs in on laptop bans. Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Via Inside Higher Ed : “New study shows that splitting attention between lecture and cellphone or laptop use hinders long-term retention, and those in class suffer from others’ use of devices.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. Lots of press releases were issued this week to coincide with the ISTE conference in Denver – Amazon’s new OER platform, for example. “ Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers,” The New York Times writes about the online retailer’s forays into “ OER.” Education Politics.


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Apple and Maine education officials are allowing school districts to trade in iPads for laptops after teachers and students say the computers are better for schoolwork,” according to The Sun Journal. “ OpenStax , Knewton introduce adaptive learning into OER.” Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.”