The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. After all, I’ve advocated for federal support for the development, use, and adaptation of OER (see, e.g. , the May 5 Education Week story by Sean Cavanagh, “ ‘Open Educational Resources’ Promoted in U.S. So, if these are the actions of someone who is an OER fan, what stops me short of claiming fanboy status?

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Self as OER

ProfHacker

When we look at common definitions of Open Educational Resources or OERs (e.g., OER Commons , The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation ) it is clear that there is tendency to equate open educational resources to open educational materials and tools , such as course materials in text, audio, or video format, open textbooks, and educational software. Profession #oer16 OER open scholarship openness self as OER vulnerability

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

Iterating Toward Openness

The inclusive access model’s goal of reducing the cost of textbooks apparently reminded the article’s author of OER, because she includes some discussion of OER toward the end of the article. However, like many others outside the immediate OER community, this author seems unaware that there is anything more to OER than “free textbooks” that – just like the inclusive access model – make education more affordable.

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MOOCs: The Prestige Factor (2012)

hem.digital

Buried in the public responses to the news about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and OER initiatives from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and others is a deceptively important assumption. The excitement about MOOCs from Princeton and others is that it gives the public access to materials that are otherwise available to a privileged few. However, the “authenticity” of MOOC’s may actually conflict with the broader social and educational objectives that MOOCs serve.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Edsurge

Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. The six-week long MOOC will touch on topics including open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy and practice, open knowledge and open research. I spoke with Siemens and Wiley about their upcoming course to get a few answers before the MOOC launches. Ekowo: Why this MOOC? It’s because they’re MOOCs.

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

A Principal's Reflections

I recently had the honor of traveling to the MIT campus in Boston and participating in a panel discussion on Open Education Resources (OER) at The Sixth Conference of MIT''s Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) with three illustrious advocates of these open resources: Nicole Allen, Philipp Schmidt, and panel moderator Steve Carson. Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web.

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Open all hours #EDEN15

Learning with 'e's

The synopsis reads: With the success of open access publishing, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and open education practices, the open approach to education has moved from the periphery to the mainstream. As with the green movement, openness now has a market value and is subject to new tensions, such as venture capitalists funding MOOC companies. The dominant narrative now is that MOOCs are the technological solution and education is ripe for disruption.

One classic open education source to stop

Bryan Alexander

Berkeley’s still making MOOCs. education and technology OER openwebcast.berkeley.edu , an open education resource dating back a while, will no longer make new content. Financial pressures. Berkeley will keep on doing lecture capture, just not for the rest of us : We will no longer make recorded lecture videos available to the public. We will make recorded lecture videos available to enrolled students via CalCentral and bCourses.

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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.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

TESS101x: Enhancing Teacher Education Through OER. Locating, Creating, Licensing and Utilizing OERs. IOC Athlete MOOC via Independent. College Readiness Math MOOC. iTDI Summer School MOOC For English Teachers. eLearning Higher Ed moocs pdAn Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015. by Class Central. EDUCATION & TEACHING (29). Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools. University of Houston System via Coursera.

On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

I gave a presentation at #dlrn15 that was critical of the OER movement message, which my research and scholarship identifies as an attempt to be inclusive while pragmatic. But that does not make an escape hatch or an OER chart measuring more free and less free/OER and not OER …these are not concepts above reproach. There is a lot of MOOC research at #elearnconf, which was shocking to me to be honest.

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Recent & Upcoming Conversations on Open & Networked Learning

ProfHacker

The #OpenLearning17 MOOC has just ended, but the resources and blogposts live on , and the Creative Commons Global Summit is just starting. Critiques of OER and Open Education. How is OER learning from, and contributing to other open activities, e.g. open science, open source, open data, open access etc? Profession OEP OER open education open educational practices open pedagogy

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On Research – a #dLRN15 (and beyond) reflection

Improving Education Environments

I gave a presentation at #dlrn15 that was critical of the OER movement message, which my research and scholarship identifies as an attempt to be inclusive while pragmatic. But that does not make an escape hatch or an OER chart measuring more free and less free/OER and not OER …these are not concepts above reproach. There is a lot of MOOC research at #elearnconf, which was shocking to me to be honest.

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Innovation In E-learning In The Last 10 Years

EdTech4Beginners

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). MOOC is not a new concept in the e-learning industry. Many prestigious universities such as Harvard offers MOOC at minimal or no cost. MOOC also offers group collaboration and feedback through online evaluation. Open Education Resources (OER). A good example of this would be the usage of OERs by Sky Customer Service to train their employees. E-learning has seen a broad positive shift in the last couple of years.

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology

Edsurge

MOOCs. OER and open books. Three types of edtech joined the “filmstrip” category in this decade: Learning Management Systems , MOOC s, and digital badges. Two that shine are OER/open books and learning analytics.

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Contribute a Short Video for #OpenEdMOOC

Iterating Toward Openness

As you may have heard, my fellow rabble-rouser George Siemens and I are doing a MOOC on open education that launches later this month on edX. Yes, this MOOC actually is open – all the content will be viewable outside the edX platform and downloadable under open licenses so as to be fully 5R-able, yes, you can fully participate in the course for free, and. Week 4: Creating, Finding and Using OERs. Week 5: Research on OER Impact and Effectiveness.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

MOOC – Massively Open Online Course (an online course which has video lectures, problem solving activities, texts and an online community of fellow learners). 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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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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Unlocking stackable global credentials

The Christensen Institute

As the demand for higher education dramatically accelerates, so also the supply of modular educational resources is increasing through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) like Coursera and EdX, open educational resources (OER) like Khan Academy, and massive adaptive apps like Duolingo. In particular, there is a need for interoperability between these alternative educational providers like MOOCs and the traditional educational system.

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Do it yourself education

Learning with 'e's

There is no mention for example of the New Zealand based OER University (or its founder Wayne McIntosh) and the ground breaking work they are doing to transform open educational practices in higher education. What Kamenetz does do well however, is to highlight the significance of Massively Online Open Courses (MOOCs), suggesting that they may yet play a part in breaking the hold of the traditional, ivy league universities on mass higher education.

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How to Crowdsource Quality Resources for Adult Learners

Digital Promise

We at Designers for Learning responded to this call by inviting instructional designers, developers, and adult educators to join a crowdsourcing effort to develop free open educational resources (OER) for adults with low math and literacy skills. We conceived of this crowdsourced design project as part of a massive open online course (MOOC) on Canvas Network and sought out an all volunteer team of designers, facilitators, and subject matter experts to help us. The Need.

Production Value in Online Higher Education

hem.digital

University brass was not typically aware of these OER practices, despite its potential significance. Soon after, MOOCs (a la Coursera and Udacity) arrived and took the potential impact of freely distributed instructional content on reputation to a whole new level, quickly establishing these online courses as a very public platform for inter-institutional competition. Son of MOOC.

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

Edsurge

The primary trends identified by the team were: adaptive learning, open education resources (OER), gamification and game-based learning, MOOCs, LMS and interoperability, mobile devices, and design.

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10Q: Martin Weller - the battle for open

Learning with 'e's

blogs, social media, learning objects, OERs, MOOCs, etc in this period. I think many MOOCs (and MOOC providers) will struggle to find a sustainable financial model in their current guise. We will see them adapted and modified, but what the MOOC interest has done is raise the profile of open education and elearning in general, so increasingly universities and governments will look to this as a model. 5) What is your response to the criticism of MOOCs (e.g.

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Art, Science, and the Role of Data in Education

Iterating Toward Openness

One of these days, after I’ve retired, I’m going to write a radically restructured, OER-based freshman music theory course, based on research I did early in my career and what I’ve learned about good teaching since then. A course that implements the relevant learning science but is completely missing a relationship with a caring faculty member (looking at you, MOOCs) is going to fall short of its potential. I was a music major as an undergraduate.

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Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork

Edsurge

Often in online courses students disappear and drop,” says Barbara Illowsky, dean of basic skills and online educational resources (OER) and a professor of mathematics and statistics at De Anza College in Cupertino, California. “I’m MOOCs get social. Carolyn Rosé, an assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, has been exploring ways to add social engagement to MOOCs since 2013.

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The design and future of open education: Curtis Bonk on Future Trends Forum

Bryan Alexander

Curt began by describing the use of MOOCs for faculty and staff development, with examples such as a University of London effort. In fact, open MOOCs can work for any population, esp. I asked how open learning works for non-professionals, citing research showing many MOOC users are already professionals and/or academics. However, most people remain unaware of OER. Bonk mentions more MOOC research he did, available at this site.

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Network technology, disruptive innovation and the future of higher education

Mark Smithers

I considered issues around MOOCs and then other disruptors which may, in fact, have more impact such as OER, open badges and social professional reputation. Network technology, disruptive innovation and the future from Mark Smithers. This is the invited presentation that I gave at the launch of the SAFFIRE project at the University of Canberra on Monday 18 March, 2013. I was asked by @JonPowles to be provocative and I think I was suitably so.

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Avoiding the Mediocre Middle

Improving Education Environments

These presentations are somewhat all over the board: a panel discussion of theoretical lenses to engage digital education/edtech research, a paper presentation critiquing the pragmatic space of OER, two workshops on empowering faculty through WordPress, more MOOC as a sociocultural phenomenon hullabaloo, and an ignite talk where I bring up Kenny Loggins and Wilson Rawls’ Where the Red Fern Grows.

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Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

Edsurge

Faculty and administrators at #DLNchat repeatedly shared about successfully saving students money through the use of OER. Morrison estimated that American Public University has saved its undergraduates as much as $5,000 per student over the course of their degree by utilizing OER. Jill Buban put it this way, “Schools using prior learning assessment models can have a big opportunity to reduce money with MOOCs and other alternative credits.”

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New Resource on Open Access, Pedagogy, Learning

ProfHacker

There are chapters that argue for the quality of OER resources, for the utility of Open Pedagogy, and for the transformational potential of these approaches and resources. Sponsored by the AAC&U , it is “a connectivist MOOC” around open learning. The concept of “Open,” particularly when it comes to Open Access, is something that we’ve written a lot about here at Profhacker.

Avoiding the Mediocre Middle

Improving Education Environments

These presentations are somewhat all over the board: a panel discussion of theoretical lenses to engage digital education/edtech research, a paper presentation critiquing the pragmatic space of OER, two workshops on empowering faculty through WordPress, more MOOC as a sociocultural phenomenon hullabaloo, and an ignite talk where I bring up Kenny Loggins and Wilson Rawls’ Where the Red Fern Grows.

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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).

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We Are Rockstar Educators

Improving Education Environments

The MOOC phenomenon has led to media pundits and platform developers and their mouthpieces to view teaching from a popularity lens; those at the front of these MOOCs are purported to be regal and powerful by way of their MOOC, the performance on-camera as The Important.

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Technology and Casey Green on campus: Future Trends Forum #3, notes and full recording

Bryan Alexander

Community colleges are much more interested in OER than other sectors. For example, MOOCs are still weak on completion and learning, but evolving. On February 25th Casey Green and I met online for the third Future Trends Forum. We explored campus technology and faculty attitudes towards digital materials. Here is the full recording and my notes.