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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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.

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 open source movement emerged, with an emphasis on efficiency, and on the rights to use and modify software and tools.

An Index Of Online Courses For Teachers: Summer 2015

TeachThought - Learn better.

Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools. TESS101x: Enhancing Teacher Education Through OER. Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success. 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.

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

Edsurge

Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? 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. Even when tuition is free, attending college can be expensive.

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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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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

CMS – Content Management System (a tool to build websites and apps). 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.

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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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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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Online Classes Get a Missing Piece: Teamwork

Edsurge

This fall, students taking introductory statistics courses at six colleges will pilot using a tool to complete lab exercises in teams, working in sync with partners who are miles away. 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.

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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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Avoiding the Mediocre Middle

Improving Education Environments

More and more I reject the notion of education as emancipatory, as an appendage of social justice, as a tool of democratization and globalization. Yes, Wiley is correct that there is a mediocre middle for OER that tries to be all things to all men, but I disagree with the escape hatch he sees in open licenses…in part our interest in solutionism continues to push us towards these negotiations rather than embracing the discord that truly exists.

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Avoiding the Mediocre Middle

Improving Education Environments

More and more I reject the notion of education as emancipatory, as an appendage of social justice, as a tool of democratization and globalization. Yes, Wiley is correct that there is a mediocre middle for OER that tries to be all things to all men, but I disagree with the escape hatch he sees in open licenses…in part our interest in solutionism continues to push us towards these negotiations rather than embracing the discord that truly exists.

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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. Casey sees it not as a tool for learning, nor much of an administrative tool, but a content dissemination platform, “like a supermarket scanner” (cites Cat Finnegan’s research in the Virginia community college system). The LMS market is mature, although the tools are immature. For example, MOOCs are still weak on completion and learning, but evolving.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Opinionated Products : There’s a word for the kinds of tools and products—like say, Google search results—which adapt to a user’s behavior: opinionated. Making Smart Decisions in a Crowded Edtech Market : EdSurge’s very own Leonard Medlock (Director, Concierge) will pry open some examples of districts working with Concierge and discuss strategies around how to articulate challenges, find and choose technology and successfully pilot selected tools. It’s that time of year again.

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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.). I hoped to move on from there to what I called “approaches”, ways of using tech that didn’t depend on a specific platform – i.e., gaming and gamification, blended learning, distance learning, MOOCs, mobile, and digital literacy.

Education Technology and the Promise of 'Free' and 'Open'

Hack Education

The Rebranding of MOOCs. Remember 2012 , “ The Year of the MOOC? Remember in 2012 when the media wrote about MOOCs with such frenzy, parroting all these marketing claims and more and predicting that MOOCs were poised to “ end the era of expensive higher education ”? Along the way, most of the predictions and promises have been broken: Attending a MOOC now often costs money ; receiving a certificate certainly costs money. of courses use OER.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) More often than not, these platforms also come with a series of tools that enable their users to build their own products, services, and marketplaces. ” MOOCs looked – for a short while, at least – like they were going to pivot to become LMSes. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). ” Via Edsurge : “5 Ways MOOC -Based Degrees Are Different From Other Online Degrees.” ” Not listed: other online degrees simply aren’t hyped the way MOOCs are. “ FutureLearn Looking To Raise £40m, Announces a MOOC-based BA,” says Class Central. ” Via The Verge : “ Amazon reportedly scraps internal AI recruiting tool that was biased against women.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOCMOOCs are dead , according to Udacity ’s VP. ” Never one to let a good MOOC story pass them by, Edsurge repeats the story. “MOOCs Are ”Dead.“ Also via Edsurge : “ MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners.” “ Can VR be a tool for inspiring empathy in higher ed? million in crowdfunding for its MOOC platform.

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STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Don Buckley - Co-Founder, Tools at Schools - "Is it Possible to Innovate in Education?" Candidate Advanced math for the young, the very young, and the young at heart - Dr. Maria Droujkova Affinity Spaces as Learning Tools - Lindsey Tropf, M.Ed. Smith, Director of Programs Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for STEM - Revolutionary or Evolutionary?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs are back in the headlines again. Via Edsurge : “The Second Wave of MOOC Hype Is Here, and It’s Online Degrees.” ” Also from the Google blog : “More tools for homeschoolers.” ” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “ Top Hat ’s OER Announcement: Doubling down on faculty engagement.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). MOOCs for credit ! FutureLearn announced that two UK universities – the University of Leeds and the Open University – will offer MOOCs that will be accepted for college credit. For more on MOOCs for credit, see the “MOOCs” section above. e.g. “ Supporting English Language Learners with Next-Gen Tools.” Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “Are You Getting a Pay Bump For Student Completion? ” “Whatever Happened To MOOCs ?” ” I think many historians of ed-tech would note that this has long been the argument for teaching Microsoft productivity tools in lieu of computer science. Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley. (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via Inside Higher Ed : “The IRS data retrieval tool that let financial aid applicants automatically import income information into the FAFSA won’t be restored for the current aid cycle, said James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, in written testimony to Congress Wednesday.” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Brown University joins edX. Not sure why this is called a MOOC.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products.” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” ” Creative Commons released a “Termination of Transfer Tool” to help manage authors’ copyrights. Presidential Campaign Politics. November 8 cannot come soon enough.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via E-Literate : “ Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses.” ” And later in the week, an update : “Hawai’i Senate OER Bill Update: Amended language saves the day.” Online Education (and the Once and Future “MOOC”). Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Big HR news about Coursera in the HR section below. Here’s the headline from Inside Higher Ed : “For-Credit MOOC: Best of Both Worlds at MIT ?” ” But if you look closer, it’s not a MOOC; it’s just an online class at MIT. ” Via Edsurge : “Education Technology Tools for Adult Learners Get Mixed Results From SRI Study.” (National) Education Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “ Coursera ’s New Strategy Takes Inspiration From Netflix – and LinkedIn.” ” There’s more MOOC-related research in the research section below. ” “Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via The Post and Courier : “ South Carolina ’s online charter schools: A $350 million investment with disappointing returns.” Stanford University’s Larry Cuban continues his analysis of behavioral management tool ClassDojo. (National) Education Politics. Via Pacific Standard : “Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” The NAACP endorses OER. Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Online education pioneer Tony Bates asks “ What is online learning ?” ” From the press release : “ MOOCs and books initiative launched by Springer and Federica Weblearning.” Education Politics.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). ” “Starting this month, the wealthiest athletic departments have a new tool to help them attract and retain the best athletes – the ability to cover the full cost of summer school for students who are on any form of athletic aid,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. In other news culled from the Google blog: “ Introducing Spaces , a tool for small group sharing.”