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. Department of Education making a clear push for OER via its #GoOpen campaign, where districts take on the challenge of replacing at least one textbook with OER, the need for reliable vetting and selection tools has grown exponentially.

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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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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?” OER are a lot like sunlight. Are you trying to replace commercial materials with OER across an entire degree program or in just a single course? Which OER should you use, and where do you find them?

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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?” OER often shine in their variety and ability to deepen resources for niche topics. While it’s possible to build a complete course from OER, the finished product often lacks the scaffolding found in courseware authored by single author/editorial/product teams. What does the Drake Equation have to do with OER production and enhancement?

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Reducing Friction and Expanding Participation in the Continuous Improvement of OER

Iterating Toward Openness

I’m going to write a post or three about some of the friction that exists around using OER. I’ve been writing about continuous improvement in the context of OER for a few years now. A Framework for the Continuous Improvement of OER.

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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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Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

The tl;dr: Supporting effective OER adoption at scale has its problems. Upon reflection several years ago, I came to see that despite all my efforts I was making the classic Field of Dreams mistake (“if we build it, they will come”) by assuming that “if OER exist in a faculty’s discipline and research shows them to be effective in supporting learning, faculty will adopt.” Everything is trapped inside the LMS.

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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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Leaving the LMS to Make Course Remixing Possible

ProfHacker

This week, Adam Croom combined these topics, showing how to use Jekyll as an LMS replacement. And it’s not totally LMS-free: there are still quizzes and a gradebook, both of which are linked to an LMS. But he was able to make the homepage of his LMS the Jekyll page, which is pretty cool.). Software Teaching jekyll lms OER open educational resources

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OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. Next Year, It Will Become an Essential Teaching Tool

Edsurge

Open educational resources (OER) have long been touted as “the next big thing” in higher education, but the drawn-out hype has led many educators and administrators to wonder if it would ever live up to its expectations. Those days are over: 2017 was OER’s breakthrough year. To bring OER to more students and instructors, whole institutions needed to jump on board and plan for the widespread implementation. OER needs bells and whistles.

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Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

They indicate the richness of today’s unfolding LMS discussion, and help illuminate where things might be headed. Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall. Text question from Josh: Anti-LMS – How do you respond to the anti-LMS pedagogy voices, even those who might object to an open-source tool like Moodle?

?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER

Edsurge

As momentum for digital learning builds, some districts—80 percent according to the 2017 Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) K12 IT Leadership Survey Report —are using open educational resources (OER), which the U.S. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Edsurge

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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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. Remember OER resources provide curriculum that: Makes learning more authentic by giving the teacher the ability to localize learning. A Listing Of 25 OER (Open Education Resource Sites).

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itslearning, Gooru enhance LMS platform with open content

eSchool News

LMS provider itslearning and Gooru , a nonprofit organization which provides a free online learning navigator for educators of the same name, announced a strategic partnership to enhance itslearning’s platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. Partnership supports educators’ access to open educator-curated content.

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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. 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. David Wiley [CEO at Lumen] is the godfather of OER, and he has really been driving the textbook affordability challenge for years,” says McFarlane.

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Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

I’ve been able to see firsthand how school leaders are implementing exciting innovations that are accelerating high quality teaching and learning—things such as Open Education Resources (OER) , repurposing their spaces , completely overhauling how they assess a child’s growth by shifting to a competency-based learning model , among other things. Blog Alma Competency-Based Data Learning Spaces LMS Maslow Open Education Resources Privacy

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

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. EdTech News News news OER

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The Sleight of Hand of “Free” vs “Affordable”

Iterating Toward Openness

In a recent webinar about OER, organized by one of the major textbook publishers, there was a lot of conversation about whether OER are “free” or “affordable.” Before I begin though, just to be clear, allow me to reaffirm that OER are free, plain and simple, full stop, period. That is literally part of the definition of OER. OER = free + permissions.

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The Content Paradox

Improving Education Environments

The reusability paradox states that the context of an OER content ( at the time known as learning objects ) positively correlates to its educational efficacy (the more/better the context the more/better the efficacy), but at the same time has an inverse correlation to scalability (the more/better the context the less/worse the reuse). Reflections content David Wiley Kierkegaard MOOC OER Open postmodernism Reusability Paradox

ISTE Highlights: Tips for Effective Blended Learning

Teacher Reboot Camp

The panelists discussed current models of blended learning and provided visual examples of what these models looked like in various schools, classroom structure, open education resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), creating flipped videos, flipped instruction , workflow, and challenges. This morning, I attended the Blended Learning Panel moderated by Vicki Davis with panelists- Thomas Arnett , Jonathan Bergmann , Mike Gwaltney , Aaron Sams , and Stephanie Sandifer.

The Game-Changing Potential of Learning Management Systems

Leadership Lounge

So far I’ve written about one-to-one computer programs and Open Educational Resources (OER). To address these needs, districts are widely adopting learning management systems (LMS) as the digital hub for their classrooms. An LMS is a full instructional platform that can be used for online or blended learning courses, and also to augment traditional classroom instruction. Top-selling LMS vendors include Blackboard, Canvas and Schoology.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). OER – Open Educational Resource (this can be any online materials that are free to use). The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. In fact, this list will be up to date for a few hours and then more acronyms and terms will come along!

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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). The key to creating and curating great OER that will survive the choppy waters of policy changes is to maintain education standards that can operate independently from Common Core, or any state or federally mandated standards. The Value of Common Standards in OER.

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We Should Pause and Ask the Question

Iterating Toward Openness

It started out as a question about OER, but has moved on to a conversation about the purposes of open more generally. If you start with my github repo, you can build an LMS, a web site, an online teaching system, and even a camera ready textbook ready for printing using 100% free software.

More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to frame the cost-savings argument around open textbooks to build broader interest for OERs. ” For reasons I have outlined countless times (relating to the pedagogical innovation only possible in the context of permission to engage in the 5R activities), I believe OER adoption is a critically important means to achieving this end. I fear it is OER wanting it both ways.

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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. Most faculty don’t have the technical expertise, the time, or the institutional support to manage their own WordPress installation or do anything more with OER than adopt a free PDF in place of their textbook. They do not have the technical expertise, the time, or the institutional support to engage meaningfully with OER.

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Another Response to Stephen

Iterating Toward Openness

Both of these products wrap significant additional functionality around OER. It wraps pre-assessments, in situ formative assessments, and summative assessments around OER. Like Waymaker, OHM wraps these and other features around OER. Courses offered in Waymaker and OHM have public-facing “master” versions where all the OER are freely and publicly available, openly licensed, with detailed attributions.

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Six trajectories for education and technology

Bryan Alexander

Malcolm draws on those to illuminate the titular six: device ownership and mobile-first; the textbook and open educational resources (OER); adaptive learning technology; learning spaces; the next-generation learning management system (LMS); and learning analytics and integrated planning and advising services (IPAS). The director of EDUCAUSE ELI describes six major trends (he calls them “trajectories”) for technology and education.

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Part 3: Over 35 Formative Assessment Tools To Enhance Formative Learning Opportunities

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

OER Possibilities. LMS Integration. This capability provides teachers the ability to use a multitude of OER (Open Education Resources) and web applications that are bountiful on the internet. While an LMS (Learning Management System) can provide some of these capabilities, many of the below tools can be integrated with an LMS. Provide links to your students or embed the lesson into the district LMS (Learning Management System). LMS Integration.

Ambassador Launches Revolutionary Course Materials Platform, Easing the Entire Process for Students, Schools and Publishers

eSchool News

Some schools rely on their LMS and publishers to carry the burden, but a lot more than access is at stake. Schools need an easy and efficient way to bridge the gap between their systems and the capabilities of an LMS and publisher platforms,” said Hercules Bontzolakes, CTO of Ambassador.