Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Iterating Toward Openness

Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER? , I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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Five years ago, in an essay called “ 2017: RIP OER? ” I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. To the best of my knowledge there is no one really working on next gen OEROER that are interactive, simulative, really rich with multimedia AND combined with OAR [open assessment resources] that drive diagnosis, remediation, and adaptation. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.”

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

Edsurge

How will artificial intelligence and machine learning change teaching? 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.” Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

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Well, I’ve spotted some tools and strategies that have amazing potential to empower students and teachers to engage and learn more with the world beyond their school. Another student could find photographs of places or inventions he wants to study and then create augmented reality-triggered videos of himself explaining what he’s learned. A couple of years ago, my high school students created their own scavenger hunt with QR codes , and loved learning from one another that way.

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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. Developing digital portfolios and personalized learning plans: Every student at St. Albans belongs to a learning community, which covers two grade bands, and works on a stewardship project for the whole school year. They had a bee robot that they learned to program to better understand bee behaviors.

Inspiring Students: Bringing Awe Back to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Awe is a driving force for learning that will not just benefit our students now, but also well into their future. However, traditional views and functions of school deprive many students from experiencing the joy and power of awe as a catalyst for meaningful learning. We have a responsibility to awe and students need us to bring this element into their daily learning experiences, such as those aligned to Quad D of the Rigor Relevance Framework.

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Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

Personalized and blended learning pathways were proclaimed to be the future of education. Emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, open education resources (OER), coding, and adaptive learning tools are moving more into the mainstream in some schools. Automation and robotics are already disrupting the world of work, as we know it.

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Forgetting Our History: From the Reusability Paradox to the Remix Hypothesis

Iterating Toward Openness

It should be absolutely mandatory reading for every student in a graduate program on educational technology or learning sciences, period. Audrey’s constant refrain that “no one seems to remember our history” was made for her again this week when McGraw-Hill and Microsoft announced a new project based around – I kid you not – learning objects. Learning objects are meant to be aggregated into a wide range of larger instructional structures.

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#CUE17- The Game

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I’ve also had the opportunity to work on using digital badging as a way to document professional learning at CUE events. OER Playground (New!). CUE is pleased to partner with ChromeWarrior to offer a Gamified PD #CUE17 Online Game similar to the one CUE member Cate Tolnai introduced to 2016 Fall CUE attendees to gamify their learning environment. Activities in this category all revolve around sharing what you’ve learned at this year’s conference.

Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork

Edsurge

Often in online courses students disappear and drop,” says Barbara Illowsky, dean of basic skills and online educational resources (OER) and a professor of mathematics and statistics at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. “I’m After students complete a lesson, they can choose to enter an online chat group where they discuss and apply what they learned. As students are learning about regression, they’ll collect pieces of data to analyze and plot on a graph, Ilowsky says.

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What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like

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The Global Medieval Sourcebook at Stanford University is bringing an expansive, OER mentality to the medieval canon, making reliable texts available for classroom use. There’s LC for Robots , which shows users how to do bulk downloads of bibliographic data from the collections, and serves up APIs for those who want to play around with essential digitized holdings such as Chronicling America and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

The 2018 Horizon Report has appeared, thanks to EDUCAUSE

Bryan Alexander

OER is definitely rising, and this timeline might actually be precise (cf my post from yesterday ). “Short-Term Trends: (one to two years)” leads off with “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning.” ” That’s certainly growing, not without resistance. “Redesigning Learning Spaces” is an ongoing trend. Further along (4-5 years) are mixed reality and robotics.

The 2018 Horizon Report has appeared, thanks to EDUCAUSE

Bryan Alexander

OER is definitely rising, and this timeline might actually be precise (cf my post from yesterday ). “Short-Term Trends: (one to two years)” leads off with “Growing Focus on Measuring Learning.” ” That’s certainly growing, not without resistance. “Redesigning Learning Spaces” is an ongoing trend. Further along (4-5 years) are mixed reality and robotics.

ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

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For instance, Kasey Bell generously shared her own resource-packed presentations on her Shake Up Learning Blog prior to the conference. I was honored to join several esteemed colleagues to present on the panel: Leading the Charge: Leveraging Librarian Leadership to Support the OER Journey. And here is the sketchnote Margaret Sisler created during the session: #oer and teacher librarians! We learned at ALA that next year, the two lists will be combined as digital tools.).

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Two school districts in two states are scaling back their use of the Facebook -built Summit Public Schools ’ learning management system. Via Edsurge : “ Connecticut School District Suspends Use of Summit Learning Platform.” ” Via The Indiana Gazette : “Directors vote to scale back Summit Learning program.” Blockchain , Bitcoin and the Tokenization of Learning.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 Ramona Pierson , the founder of Declara , is now the head of learning products at Amazon ( according to LinkedIn , at least). “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students?

Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

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Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). It’s hard to imagine not fully realizing the potential for our mobile devices as learning tools. enhancing every-day learning experiences–media-rich annotations of historic places, libraries (shelves, books?), Enjoy the experience – look, listen, explore – and never worry that you’ll miss anything.” ( AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning 2018).

Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

Looking ahead to 2018, here are three predictions: First, we will probably see more work on the many ways automation (AI, robotics, etc.) Second, expect more development of the effort to build a new virtual learning environment ecosystem to rethink the LMS, through a project called Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE). Lastly, I forecast continued incremental growth of open educational resources (OER) and open access in scholarly publication.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

A quick round of introductions revealed some interesting trends: a growing number of liberal arts institutions are launched or growing online learning programs; many sought to find the distinct ways liberal arts institutions, and campuses pursuing liberal education, can use technology. Several participants pointed out limitations on faculty time which block creation and even adoption of OER. Online learning is on the rise.

Hack Education Weekly News

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“Life Is Complicated: Distance Learning Helps,” says The New York Times. ” Social emotional learning ! Via Getting Smart : “Extending Social Emotional Learning into the Home.” ” Stop acting like “ self-directed learning ” is a new thing. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Edsurge : “ Robots Won’t Replace Instructors , 2 Penn State Educators Argue. IXL Learning has acquired ABCya.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Wired UK : “ UK’s Nudge Unit tests machine learning to rate schools and GPs.” Via Education Week : “Two Districts Roll Back Summit Personalized Learning Program.” Except everyone in education who keeps insisting that it’s gonna “tokenize learning” or “revolutionize grades” or something. ” “ OER , Capability, and Opportunity” by David Wiley. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” “ Learning to code will eventually be as useful as learning Ancient Greek,” Quartz claims. Via Education Week : “Why Neuroscience Should Drive Personalized Learning ” – because of “the propagation of myths and misinformation.” The business of OER. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “How Real-World Learning Could Help People Compete With Machines.”

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system. Would there even be “learning analytics” without the LMS, I wonder?).

Hack Education Weekly News

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Learning styles” in the White House: President Trump doesn’t read his daily intelligence briefings, gets oral briefings on “select” issues instead, because reading isn’t “his style of learning,” the @washingtonpost reports [link] — Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 9, 2018. Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Futurism.com : “Here Are the States Where a Robot Is Most Likely to Steal Your Job.” The learn-to-code company has raised $4.6

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? ” (Note: there’s a response to this article by Georgia Tech professor Ashok Goel, who builds teaching chat-bots, in the “robots” section below. Edsurge’s coverage of Top Hat’s OER news is also in the Betteridge’s Law section above. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. The Atlantic versus " learning styles."

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” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. The accreditor: the Higher Learning Commission. Via The CBC : “Toronto man ‘angry’ after learning his $8,100 master’s degree that required no exams or academic work is fake.” ” According to WCET , “Developing Effective Courses Using Adaptive Learning Begins with Proper Alignment.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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“In the Era of Microcredentials , Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning,” says Edsurge. Tell me more about how the blockchain is going to “verify learning.” ” “Education is not where it’s all at in the learning market. Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics.” “Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School,” according to Edsurge.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Edsurge : “ Betsy DeVos Visits Bay Area Public School for a Lesson in Personalized Learning.” ” Elsewhere in proprietary OER , via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cengage will offer open educational resources, curated and adapted to include proprietary assessment tools, from $25 per student for general education courses.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Techcrunch : “ Mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Perhaps it should go in the “robots” section. “ Artificial Intelligence: Could emerging technologies ‘humanize’ teaching & learning? “ Personalized learning ” – it’s simply the best idea that money can buy (that isn’t already being paid for by Salesforce, I guess). Via Edsurge : “ VR Could Bring a New Era of Immersive Learning. You can now learn Klingon on Duolingo , Techcrunch reports.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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It’s good to shake up your “everyone should learn to code” messaging sometimes, I guess. Here’s Coursera arguing “Why Everyone Should Learn Sales.” ” This is a particularly hilarious sentence: “It is probably fair to say that the social good of having every high school student in America learn Salesforce might outstrip other trendier agendas in tech.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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” The charter school, which is closing it doors, is the Merit Preparatory Charter School , run by “personalized learning” charter chain Matchbook Learning. Via The 74 : “ Montessori Was the Original Personalized Learning. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has hired Bror Saxberg to handle its “learning engineering” efforts. Via Education Week : “Teachers’ Union Faces Backlash Over Publication on Personalized Learning.”

Hack Education Weekly News

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Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. Edsurge on “Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry.” Via NPR : “Students Compete In First-Ever International High School Robotics Competition.” ” The New York Times reports that “ Burundi Robotics Team Vanishes After U.S.

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Via Chalkbeat : “Just like their parents, Chicago students will soon have to learn cursive.” ” (Juul is an e-cigarette that markets its product to teens and peddles social emotional learning content.). ” Via Cleveland.com : “National e-school figure to test new approach to online learning here in Ohio.” “The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley.