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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Some Very Bad News about the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

I recently wrote a brief essay about the wonderful new UNESCO OER Recommendation. For those of you who don’t want to read the full analysis below, here’s the key takeaway: Imagine what would happen if making copies of OER was illegal. The tl;dr.

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Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen

Iterating Toward Openness

Because I can’t stop thinking about open, I’ve been pondering the relationship between solar power and OER. ”, “How can you sell OER if they’re free?”, ”, and “If OER are free, why would anyone pay you?”

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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.

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Oasis: An integrated worldwide search for OER

NeverEndingSearch

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

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Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door

Edsurge

Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. Advocates praise their accessible low-prices and ability to meet students on digital devices. The most recent example occurred this week, when OER company Lumen Learning announced a partnership with one of the country’s largest textbook distributors, Follet Corporation. On its own, the OER company partners with nearly 150 campuses.

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Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

As districts move to a more personalized approach for students, leaders will need access to yet another level deeper – the learning management systems (LMS). Every district needs a solid foundation and system that meets their needs today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

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Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

There was a lot of discussion at OpenEd17 about the relationship between OER and value-added services like platforms. They do not have the technical expertise, the time, or the institutional support to engage meaningfully with OER. Concluding Thoughts and the Future of OER.

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Making the case for common K-12 standards

eSchool News

In this ever-dynamic landscape, “common” standards for education seemingly get a bad rap, but they’re useful, particularly for the development and distribution of open education resources (OER). helps smooth out the variability in how OER is selected for curation.

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Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

As a member of Alan’s Team all year, it is a lot of fun to meet so many people from around the world at his summer conference in Boston. 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.

Part 3… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Verbs and Blended Learning Possiblities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Link: Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. Technology allows the 21 st century classroom to use this awareness of the nouns to connect with free resources on the internet known as OER (Open Education Resources).

Digital Higher Ed Content & The Long Tail (2012)

hem.digital

Digital content is where people, culture, technology, organizations and markets meet. 2012 is offering us OER (as well as OER with credentials), new authoring platforms, content-friendly devices (e.g.

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Part 5…Beyond the Shine : Supporting Technology with the SAMR Model plus Ten Great Resource Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Link: Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. It must be remembered that amplification will have an effect on great educational pedagogy, but will also do the same for instruction that may not meet the goal.

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

Bryan Alexander

I kicked things off with a survey of major technological developments in a very top level way, then dived into specific, currently used digital tools (the LMS, ePortfolios, video, robotics, big data, social media, 3d printing, etc.).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “After a special meeting of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, the university announced late Tuesday that it would permit – if certain conditions are met – the white supremacist Richard Spencer to appear on campus.” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “Big Changes at Unizin : CEO and COO resign after board meeting.” The business of OER. (National) Education Politics.

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. Teachers Are Moonlighting As Instagram Influencers To Make Ends Meet,” Buzzfeed reported in 2018.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Protestors were outside the meeting in force. His wife is the co-founder of OER organization CK–12.). It’s 2017, and ed-tech is so “disruptive” that we’re still debating the LMS , a technology that is at least 30 years old (and that’s just if you date it to the founding of Blackboard. It’s about 50 years old if you recognize some of PLATO’s functionality is LMS-like.) From WCET : “ In Defense of the LMS.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via WaPo’s Valerie Strauss : “ Trump ’s rather weird meeting with the 2017 Teachers of the Year.” The NAACP endorses OER. ” Google announces more updates to its pseudo-LMS, Google Classroom. Inside Higher Ed examines the challenges facing LMS provider Blackboard. Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.”

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Via Inside Higher Ed : “ University of Oregon officials offer to pardon students who drowned out the president’s speech last month if they meet with administrators.” ” That is, some schools are having “ scrum meetings ,” or something. ” Also via The Chronicle : “At Educause Meeting, IT Professionals Discuss Misconceptions on Campuses.” (National) Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via eCampus News : “ Cengage launches MindTap ACE, an OER-based solution for higher ed.” ” The LMS as gateway to a job application. Via The Hechinger Report : “Most students go to a school that meets federal standards for internet speed.” I’m publishing this week’s Hack Education Weekly News a little early this week. I plan to be offline tomorrow, January 20, so as to avoid any news about the Trump Inauguration.

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Hack Education

” From the story: “Online education company Udacity plans to branch out of its core technology market to meet growing demand for digitally-skilled workers in areas such as banking and the car industry, its co-founder told Reuters as the company launched in Germany.” PowerSchool has acquired the LMS Haiku Learning for an undisclosed sum. ” From Lumen Learning’s David Wiley : “Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption.”

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