Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I promised I would write a few posts about reducing friction with regard to OER. In last week’s post I talked about how we’re making it ridiculously easy for students, faculty, and others to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of OER.

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Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

Recently I’ve been doing both more thinking and more roll-up-your-sleeves working on continuous improvement of OER. Improvement in post secondary education will require converting teaching from a solo sport to a community-based research activity. Lower Use of OER.

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On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

Iterating Toward Openness

UNESCO later decided to refer to open content intended to support research, teaching, and learning as “open educational resources.” This choice rotated licensing into a secondary priority. Other schools have OER policies and OER degree programs.

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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?” How do we deliver better learning experiences to more students? OER often shine in their variety and ability to deepen resources for niche topics.

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Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

The tl;dr: Supporting effective OER adoption at scale has its problems. If OER adoption were to become widespread among the majority of faculty, it became clear that someone would need to do something more than create OER, post it on a website, and give conference talks about it.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

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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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. Observation 1: We Need Dramatically More OER, and Current Approaches Won’t Get Us There.

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. How would you learn about them? The Departments of Education and Labor announce large, long-term grants to support the creation of OER.

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. described two undergraduates’ experiences with OER. How would you learn about them? future of education OER OERSummit

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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. For example, I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the future of learning materials writ large. In this vision of the world, OER replace traditionally copyrighted, expensive textbooks for all primary, secondary, and post-secondary courses. Now, make no mistake – OER is a means, not an end.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resources

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The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web. P2PU defines itself as “a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements.

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Transition to Digital: Improving Access, Affordability and Achievement in Higher Education

EmergingEdTech

With the increasing cost of a post-secondary education, many students opt to delay or completely forego purchase of required. Original Image Source … and important steps to help you get there!

It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

In early 2017, organizations that have focused on digital learning came together to better leverage their strengths and capacities for a common goal: improving student success.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Advocating for CC BY

Iterating Toward Openness

We each use this license with the OER that we create and advocate for others to do the same. The BY license best reflects our values of eliminating friction, maximizing interoperability, and promoting unanticipated and innovative uses of OER. It’s free advertising for my OER.

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The Cost Trap, Concluding Thoughts

Iterating Toward Openness

Stephen has posted Four Conclusions on OERs he has drawn from our conversation. One of the things I’ve learned through this discussion is that some might benefit from the inclusion of a brief disclaimer somewhere on my writing. My long term goals in advocating for OER are to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners and (2) radically improve access to education worldwide. Let me start with “the goal” of the OER movement.

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Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

Edsurge

And of course there are other vendors, like Elsevier and Wiley (like Jones Soda and RC) and openly-licensed resources known as OER, or open education resources (which are something like a Sodastream homebrew). If you make it too expensive, colleges are going to look harder at OER,” she said.

The Cost Trap, Part 3

Iterating Toward Openness

In my recent post I asked us each to consider what “what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?” And I want to do it worldwide… Personally, my goal is not to provide less expensive access to the same teaching and learning experience to more people – access and affordability have never been my end game. Ismael tweeted: My own take: these are two complementary approaches to #OER that should enrich each other, not exclude (or even blame) each other.

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Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’

Edsurge

And focusing on digital makes the secondary textbook market even less attractive, since students have to buy access directly from Pearson to get course materials. The goal, she says, is to “make our tools more versatile in terms of how we help students learn.”

Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

But these are secondary causes. Now post-secondary tuition fee provides more revenue than public appropriations. Apart from rental services, these publishers can earn revenue through banner ads, and also by offering additional learning resources. 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.

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Is open a means to an end, or is open its own end?

Iterating Toward Openness

In this relationship, open is a set of values and (legal, intellectual, pedagogical, and other) tools that can be employed in the service of improving teaching and learning. In this relationship, improving education is secondary to the goal of being more open. In other words, when open is its own end, more openness is always the right answer regardless of the impact it may have on teaching and learning. Is open a means to an end, or is open its own end?

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The Pin that Popped the Textbook Bubble: Open (Notes for my 2015 #sxswedu talk)

Iterating Toward Openness

The time and effort spent by students trying to find ways to get the learning resources they need to succeed is a huge waste. It’s time they’re spending on school, but time they’re not spending learning. Not only are commercial textbooks impossibly expensive, there is almost no evidence in the peer-reviewed, scholarly literature about their effectiveness or impact on learning. See Efficacy, the Golden Ratio, and the OER Impact Factor.).

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

In the new device-agnostic classroom, educators are taking the opportunity to ensure they are focused on purposeful applications first, with a secondary emphasis on the device itself. How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students?

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Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

The Christensen Institute

It houses a library of K-5 math open education resources (OERs)—including activities, lesson plans, and supporting materials—from organizations such as EngageNY , the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , CPALMS , and UnboundEd. And according to IBM, since Teacher Advisor uses AI, it will continue to learn and improve with use from teachers and other education experts.

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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. Learning objects are meant to be aggregated into a wide range of larger instructional structures. Wow, there’s been some great writing lately.

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

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.

Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

That makes the donations ‘nice to have’—but sadly limits the impact that they have on students and learning.” According to the fact sheet that the White House recently released, here’s what we know: Adobe has delivered creativity and e-learning software to over 950,000 students and teachers at more than 1,450 schools and launched more than 20 district-wide Adobe & ConnectED programs.

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Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

While teachers may understand the need to collect the information, they resent inputting the same data over and over again in every learning management system, educational application, and state and federal accountability report. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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

edWeb.net

Select schools in Orange County are part of LaunchED, an immersive, connected, and collaborative learning experience providing students with access to world-class digital tools and resources.

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The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

MCP Instructional Learning Experience Designer and Mindfulness Educator Global Information Literacy Panel , Steve Hargadon, Co-Chair, Global Education Conference Global Outlook - STEAM up the STEM skills for Global Collaboration , Kavita Sanghvi, Principal, C.N.M.

‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Writer and Activist Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators

Edsurge

So, if you are a student whose school is completely reliant on surveillance tools to stop you from seeing genitals or whatever it is they're worried about, then anything you do to learn about how that system works and how to stop it ends running against the school's own core defense mechanism. But on the other hand, it means that a lot of the things that we hope that they'll learn to moderate on their own instead gets moderated by extrinsic motivations.

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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.

Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

A Pearson business motto is “content plus assessment, powered by technology, equalizes effective learning at scale,” Fallon said, and after years of striving for that goal, “we only feel that it’s really now starting to come together.”.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

In 2012, Pearson, Cengage Learning, and Macmillan Higher Education sued Boundless Learning, claiming that the open education textbook startup had “stolen the creative expression of their authors and editors, violating their intellectual-property rights.”