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. So, if these are the actions of someone who is an OER fan, what stops me short of claiming fanboy status? Blog OER

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OER and you. The curation mandate

NeverEndingSearch

At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. But it was clear to our little group, that to the larger majority of the participants, we were not even on the OER radar. Some OER background: Launched in October, GoOpen is a U.S.

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Trending Sources

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

K-12 education system by open educational resources (OER) since 2009, although my first exposure to the ideas and leaders of the movement stretch back to the launch of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. This is where context matters most for the OER movement.

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A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER

The Journal

Finally, OER is coming of age

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OER in 2015 – The Future has Never Looked Brighter

EmergingEdTech

Awareness has Been Slow to Evolve, but OER Appears to be Well Positioned for Growth Thanks to Numerous Encouraging Developments. Have you heard of OER … Open Educational Resources?

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3 challenges to OER implementation

eSchool News

Open educational resources (OER) have made their presence known in education, with teachers and administrators voicing their excitement over free resources that are easily shared and adapted. Next page: Three challenges to OER use.

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Self as OER

ProfHacker

When we look at common definitions of Open Educational Resources or OERs (e.g., But what if we adopt a different perspective, a broader understanding of OERs, which includes the processes and products of open scholarship as valuable, and viable, resources too?

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Beyond Textbooks and OER: reflecting on #OpenEd15

ProfHacker

So if free textbooks or OER offer learners free access to good quality knowledge (even if it’s static), it can make a difference. Profession Teaching #OpenEd15 OER Open Textbooks

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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. Stigmergy is the watchword for the next decade of OER.

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Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER

iterating toward openness

I believe we’re seeing this same effect across OER adoptions, and have labeled it the Remix Hypothesis. That’s a fight I know OER can win. It’s also why OER effectiveness research needs to be putting its very best foot forward.

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. There’s certainly no one funding next gen OER. Much has been written about 2012 being “the year of OER.” ” Let’s hope it’s not the year OER peaks.

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OER-Enabled Pedagogy

iterating toward openness

At the Hewlett OER Meeting last week over a dozen people spent another hour talking about the issue during the unconference time. Some definitions are centered on OER. What teaching and learning practices are possible (or practical) in the context of OER that aren’t possible when you don’t have permission to engage in the 5R activities? You may find the idea of OER-enabled pedagogy utterly uninteresting.

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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. And obviously, both inclusive access and OER are about solving the cost problem.

Teachers Creating and Curating OER-Based Curricula: An Example from Tullahoma City Schools

The Journal

Expanding the conversation around "Reinventing Curriculum": In this week’s blog post, Superintendent Dan Lawson explains how his district is creating OER curricula. Dan's post is a thought-provoking response to our earlier blog post about the challenges teachers face in creating OER material

Report: Which districts show a higher OER adoption-and why?

eSchool News

Only one-third of school districts said they are aware of both the term “open educational resources” (OER) and its licensing, according to a report from the Babson Survey Research Group. Next page: Which districts show a higher OER adoption?).

Of OER and Free Riders

iterating toward openness

Heather’s post is reacting to this quote from an article she read recently: “There is one additional requirement for widespread OER adoption. whether they are contributors to OER or users of OER).

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How OER Can Help Low-Income School Districts

Kajeet Extracurricular

That’s the hope for OER, or open educational resources, which can allow school districts – especially ones struggling to keep pace with changing state and federal standards in education – to bridge the wide gap in 21st-century education.

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[Guest Post] OER 101: Building the Future of Education Beyond Brick-and-Mortar

Education Elements

That’s where OER come into play. Enter: OER. Back in my day, all schools were brick-and-mortar. Back in my grandfather’s day, they were brick-and-mortar with everyone in one classroom, regardless of grade level. Back in my grandfather’s grandfather’s day… well, who knows? The point is: Education is evolving and changing as it responds to the needs of students and the opportunities around us.

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CommonLit: OER Curation and Creation

NeverEndingSearch

CommonLit is a fine example of OER curation and OER creation that belongs in every librarian’s toolkit. CommonLit literacy literature OER reading technology commonlit

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From One to Many: OER-based Degree Programs

iterating toward openness

Several years ago I was speaking about OER at a conference in Virginia. There was a great feeling in the room, and though I hadn’t planned to speak about the topic, I felt prompted to end my remarks by stating that enough OER now existed that an entire degree program could be run on OER.

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The Real Threat of OER

iterating toward openness

He writes, “While to an OER advocate faculty are mere pawns to their agenda, to publishers, faculty are critical partners in academic success.” ” The overwhelming majority of OER advocates are faculty, and they have become OER advocates for two reasons.

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Considering OER? Here’s what you need to know

eSchool News

Open educational resources (OER) are becoming more widespread in classrooms, but many educators and administrators aren’t sure how to make the leap from talking about them to actually using them. OER are teaching and learning resources that are free to use and share.

OER-based Degrees: Momentum

iterating toward openness

Creating and sharing OER did not harm their ability to succeed in accomplishing their core missions – the education of their students. And there are many reasons to believe that their efforts in creating and sharing OER actually advanced their core missions.

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Memo to OER Purveyors: Teachers Don’t Want Content, Teachers Want Curriculum!

The Journal

While OER marketplaces tend to tout the amount and types of content on offer, we must remind ourselves that content is not curriculum — and it is curriculum that teachers actually want.

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How to Utilize Survey & Polling Tools with Web 2.0 OER!

Kleinspiration

OER the user''s manual to everything web 2.0.!!! OER (Open Educational Resources) , initiated by Dr. Amin , is dedicated to providing an easy-to-follow guide and just-in-time training on various Web 2.0 OER is a contributing sponsor of Kleinspiration. Getting stuck on a web 2.0

OER: How to Find, Use and Share Free Teaching Tools and Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

Open education resources (OERs) can help busy teachers everywhere! Today’s guest, Sue Jones, has created a helpful guide to OERs and is using them in her highered classroom. How OER resources can save teachers lots of time. Why teachers are so excited about OER resources.

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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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What the Heck Is OER?

Edutopia

Photo credit: E Livermore via flickr (CC BY 2.0) Heather Wolpert-Gawron Curriculum Planning If you don't already, get to know the sheer volume of free online resources out there available to teachers

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Open Educational Practice: Unleashing the Potential of OER

Edsurge

It’s been a good year for open educational resources (OER). made commitments this year to establish entire degree programs based solely on OER. Governor Jerry Brown set aside $5 million for OER degree programs in California community colleges. And scores of school districts throughout the United States committed to adopting OER, thanks in large part to the #GoOpen campaign spearheaded by the U.S. But “free” is not the only important characteristic of OER.

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38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program

Edsurge

And that’s been the driver behind nonprofit Achieving the Dream ’s (ATD) OER Degree Initiative , where 38 U.S. community colleges are creating full degree programs that utilize open educational resources (OER) from start to finish. The program, which kicked off in 2016 , shared its first set of findings today about what faculty are learning it takes to create an OER degree.

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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. If OER adoption were to become widespread among the majority of faculty, it became clear that someone would need to do something more than create OER, post it on a website, and give conference talks about it.

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10 sources of free interactive content for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Ed Tech blended learning edtech educational technology oers online learning open educational resourcesYears ago, textbooks served a different purpose. Information was at a premium, and textbooks filled the void. They were chock full of it — a one-stop shop for the curious student.

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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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OPEN UP RESOURCES RELEASES ITS FIRST FREE OER CURRICULUM

eSchool News

It is the first curriculum made openly available by Open Up Resources, which was founded to develop new high-quality alternatives to curricula offered by traditional publishers, and to increase equity in education by distributing these materials freely, as OER. Formerly the K–12 OER Collaborative, Open Up Resources partners with the country’s foremost materials experts to create superb instructional materials, then equips districts with the support they need to implement with fidelity.

SABIER Makes OER Work in K–12 Classrooms: A Conversation with Dan McGuire

The Journal

In this week’s blogpost we explore the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum, a group of Minnesota educators dedicated to creating and disseminating quality, OER-based curriculum.

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OER Pioneer David Wiley Predicts All Community Colleges Will Dump Traditional Textbooks By 2024

Edsurge

David Wiley, a pioneer of open education resources who co-founded Lumen Learning , a for-profit company that supports OER efforts, sees one place where textbooks could actually be vanquished by openly licensed alternatives: community colleges. And there’s so many nonprofits in the OER space already, and there are only a couple of big funders in the space. I can understand why people are surprised that you’re for-profit because OER seems so anti-commercial in its whole conception.

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Personalization in Lumen’s “Next Gen” OER Courseware Pilot

iterating toward openness

For almost three years Lumen Learning has been helping faculty, departments, and entire degree programs adopt OER in place of expensive commercial textbooks.

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The OER Adoption Impact Explorer

iterating toward openness

I’m very excited to announce the launch of the OER Adoption Impact Explorer. This interactive tool lets users adjust a range of Institutional Settings to match their local context and estimate what the impact of adopting OER would be on their students and campus.

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On the Relationship Between OER Adoption Initiatives and Libraries

iterating toward openness

And as the copyright holders we are free to openly license our explanations, thereby creating OER alternatives to the All Rights Reserved explanations published and controlled by commercial publishers. Why Use OER at All – Why Not Just Use Library Resources? The Object of Study.

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An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

iterating toward openness

I now have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of general education courses and some specific degree programs will transition entirely to OER in US higher ed. Observation 1: We Need Dramatically More OER, and Current Approaches Won’t Get Us There.

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