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AI, Instructional Design, and OER

Iterating Toward Openness

The potential partnership between OpenAI (the makers of ChatGPT) and Microsoft may even present the first substantive challenge to Google’s search monopoly we’ve ever seen – and that’s saying something. And, because you’ve got to play the hits, let’s look at what their impact will be on OER as well.

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A New Model for OER Sustainability and Continuous Improvement

Iterating Toward Openness

I’ve been interested in sustainability models for OER for decades. And for just as long, I’ve believed that there are useful lessons for us to learn on this topic from open source software – OER’s far more popular and influential sibling. What does “bug” mean in the context of OER?

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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. This is still a very real risk for OER. ” you might ask.

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Unlocking AI’s Potential: Live Blog #ISTELive

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This post will be a live post of the Microsoft “mini keynote” about Unlocking AI's potential. Link to Session This blog post is sponsored by Microsoft, all opinions are my own. Lydia Smyers, lead for US for Education for Microsoft.

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Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

Iterating Toward Openness

They understood the outsized influence that billion dollar behemoths like Microsoft would continue to have, and knew that the only way the open source model could “win” would be if proprietary software companies adopted it. Why Commercial Publishers Should Switch to an OER Model. However, they differ dramatically in what comes next.

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How to develop K-12 open educational resources


Have you ever considered creating your own open educational resources (OER)? Because these resources are open to use, when you share an OER, other educators across the globe can access it and use it in their classrooms. Types of OER you can develop for K-12. Why you should develop OER for K-12.

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Launching Real “Reading Progress”: A Game Changer from Microsoft Education


Microsoft Education’s new (and free) Reading Progress application promises to be a game changer and I would get ready to introduce it to your faculty early in the school year. Microsoft Education shares selected research suggesting connections between reading fluency and growth in reading comprehension. How does it work?