Introducing the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

Doug Levin

In a post of nearly two years ago (“ OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test “), I argued that the OER community lacked a reliable way to assess new entrants to the OER field, especially for-profit organizations, in terms of their support for openness and OER community values. It is for that reason that I am pleased today to introduce the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship. “The Care Framework for OER Stewardship.”

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On the Relationship Between OER Adoption Initiatives and Libraries

iterating toward openness

And as the copyright holders we are free to openly license our explanations, thereby creating OER alternatives to the All Rights Reserved explanations published and controlled by commercial publishers. Asking this question can lead directly to a fruitful collaboration with your campus library.

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On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

iterating toward openness

As the movement grew and more people began advocating for the adoption of OER in place of traditionally copyrighted materials in classes, some advocates chose to make cost the primary focus of their advocacy. Other schools have OER policies and OER degree programs.

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Today's Newsletter: Curation Tools Are Key to Managing OER

techlearning

Good repositories of Open Education Resources (OER) are starting to flourish at all levels. MERLOT is the de facto search engine for finding curated OER resources. George Mason University’s Masons OER Metafinder (MOM) is probably my current favorite.

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A new framework to guide OER curation

NeverEndingSearch

And what does it look like when the librarian, armed with a rich OER toolkit, regularly curates urgently needed, high-quality, flexible, no- or low-cost digital tools and content across the curriculum, expertly modeling that practice for the entire learning community?

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As Campuses Move to Embrace OER, College Libraries Become Key Players

Edsurge

But who makes the pitch for free or low-cost alternatives to textbooks known as OER, or open educational resources? Increasingly, the answer is the campus library. One project she led this year involved creating a series of videos promoting “Textbook Heroes,”professors who have replaced commercial textbooks in their courses with OER. She also tracks how well OER is working in the courses that use them, and tallies up how much money the efforts are saving students.

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Everything Old is New Again: Textbooks, The Printing Press, The Internet, and OER

iterating toward openness

Leonhardt explains: In many cases, several different [modern] libraries conserve copies of the same printed text, whereby the handwritten notes found in each copy are literally identical or very nearly so (p. But – particularly when it comes to OER – we aren’t.

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Showing #OpenGratitude for: ISKME and OER Commons

iterating toward openness

Today I’m going to focus on ISKME and OER Commons. From their website: ISKME’s OER initiatives aim to grow a sustainable culture of sharing and continuous improvement among educators at all levels. In 2007, ISKME launched OER Commons, its digital public library and collaboration platform, informed by the organization’s pioneering efforts in knowledge management and educational innovation.

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Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER

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When students who can’t afford their textbooks have to borrow them from friends or check them out from the library, they’re likely receiving an insufficient dose or duration of use. I believe we’re seeing this same effect across OER adoptions, and have labeled it the Remix Hypothesis.

A Good Public Digital Library of Open Educational Resources.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Open Education Resources (OER) Commons is a platform that provides open access to a wide variety of open educational resources that are either in the public domain or are licensed under Creative.read more

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Oasis: An integrated worldwide search for OER

NeverEndingSearch

The goal of the Openly Available Sources Integrated Search is to facilitate the discovery of OER. Meet OASIS.

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OER and you. The curation mandate

NeverEndingSearch

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. I was proud to be there to share along with some serious library power: AASL President Leslie Preddy, Mark Ray (WA) Washington, Jennifer Boudrye (D.C.) What are OER?

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OER is Growing at Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges

Edsurge

Communications librarian Kristen Hoffman oversees much of the OER work at Seattle Pacific University, a Christian university in Washington. She and her colleague John Robertson, a digital education librarian, sought advice on how faculty at a religious college could add religious components to an existing OER textbook and then share that back with the OER community, without having it perceived as ulteriorly motivated.

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Edsurge

But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality. So OER advocates are realizing they need to change their pitch. This week on the EdSurge On Air podcast, we're diving into how the OER movement is changing, and we'll check in with a couple of people on the front lines of the movement to hear from them.

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CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

NeverEndingSearch

The CommonLit library of more than 440 readings may be browsed or searched by keyword and filtered by such criteria as: recent additions, Lexile, grade, theme, genre, literary device demonstrated, and Common Core Reading: Literature standards.

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5 steps to implement OER in your LMS

eSchool News

As open educational resources (OER) become a more viable option for K-12 school districts that want to adopt new resources, curating these “free” and “open” educational assets has become increasingly difficult. Here are five steps districts can use to implement OER in their LMSs: 1.

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Open Library gets even more open

NeverEndingSearch

Created in 2006 by a team led by Aaron Swartz and Brewster Kahle, Open Library is an Internet Archive project developed to present one web page for every book ever published. In Open Library, browse by genre or subject or search to select a title.

The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle

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By definition, open educational resources (OER) are licensed in a manner that gives you permission to change, update, and improve them. Learning analytics, on the other hand, can provide great insight into where course materials – including OER – are not effectively supporting student learning. In this open access article we outlined a method for automating the identification of the OER in a course that are most in need of improvement.

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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. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ?

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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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. Panel director Steve Carson, Director of Communication for MIT OpenCourseWare, expertly steered the panel through such topics as: What is the attraction of OER for you?

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Open Educational Resources

CUE

Open Educational Resources, or OER, are educational resources that are legally available for public use. The OER and OER Commons hope to change that by providing an online public library where educators can create, discover, […].

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.

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The Digital Library’s Best-Kept Secret

Edsurge

It wasn’t until three semesters into my degree, after spending $1,000 dollars merely renting my textbooks that I discovered my University’s ebook library. After learning about open educational resources (OER) at the HEeD Think Tank last spring (now. UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative ), I spent hours doing my own personal research on my university’s open access policy and scouring the library website. Engage faculty members in the learning process of “what is OER?”

#DLNchat: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation?

Edsurge

Will we wander through VR stacks in the library of the future? Will the library’s computer lab become a makerspace? Those were just a couple of the questions raised on Tuesday, February 27 when the #DLNchat community got together to discuss: What Is the Role of Libraries in Digital Learning Innovation? His work has shown him that “it will definitely be a more sustainable initiative if it is collaborative—-whether it's OER, open access journals, etc.if

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

Edsurge

The students at Algonquin Regional High School helped their local towns with tech support nights at local libraries. High Hope #4: Cleanly Curated Open Education Resources In order for high quality OERs to be combined with high quality instructional design, teachers need tools that allow them to curate the resources. Office of Education Technology launched GoOpen last year, OERs have gotten a big boost. Not ready to dig through all OERs and curate on your own?

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Announcing Library 2.019: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design" - Registration and CFP Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce our first Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

March 13th Library 2.0 Mini-Conference "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We hope you'll consider joining our first Library 2.019 mini-conference: "Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, March 13th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). (We

Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

Edsurge

And students have complained that moving to digital textbooks removes the option of borrowing from the library or a friend and avoid paying for course materials. Education Technology Open Educational Resources (OER) Higher Education

Announcing Speakers Plus Bonus Downloads for "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Register now for our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th, and we'll send you the information on how to either attend the live sessions or watch the recordings afterwards. Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 public libraries.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th! Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 Steve Hargadon Library 2.0

Final Schedule + Speakers Posted - Join Us for "Library as Classroom" Mini Conference This Wednesday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: " Library as Classroom ," is this Wednesday, June 15th! Be sure to also join the Library 2.0 There are notable examples of academic, public, and K-12 library spaces that have become creative classrooms.

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Challenges in Curation: Successfully Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Digital Promise

That is until about five minutes into the session, when a hand in the audience went up asking, “Can you define what you mean by OERs?”. Define OERs. So I explained to my class that Open Educational Resources (OER) could be most easily defined as “free stuff on the Web.” And how can OERs supplement the print and digital resources already purchased by the school? Taking on that task can be daunting, especially if OERs are new to your acronym vocabulary.

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Amazon Inspire’s relaunch

NeverEndingSearch

Following a year of retooling, the Amazon Inspire digital library reopened in public Beta this week. Offering a familiar, filtered Amazon search/shopping interface, Inspire allows educators to discover, download, curate and share Open Educational Resources (OER).

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. In school libraries, digital curation represents a workflow strategy for student inquiry. Curating OER. Clearly, curation is not only about OER.