Pearson, Efficacy, Credibility, and OER

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I’ve written about Pearson’s efficacy work in the past, and Ray Henderson’s twitter post this morning has prompted me to ponder and write a bit more. Just-in: @Pearson has just pubd white paper on their #Revel platform, as CEO @johnfallon committed. Let me start by applauding Pearson for following through on their commitment to focus more on efficacy. 5): What Pearson Means by Efficacy and Effectiveness. That’s a fight I know OER can win.

OER: Some Questions and Answers

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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. T = the fraction of those people with Time available to work on OER.

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

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Here’s a VP from Pearson: Tim Peyton, vice president of strategic partnerships at Pearson, said it was no secret that publishers like Pearson had made textbooks too expensive and had seen sales drop as a result. 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.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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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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Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’

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Today, Pearson announced it will adopt a “digital first” approach to updating its higher ed course materials, meaning that any revisions or changes to textbook content will happen first in the digital version. This new development process goes into effect next year, when “we will have a substantial number of titles that we will apply this new model to,” says Pearson CEO John Fallon. He did not rule out the possibility that Pearson may still issue new print editions. “If

Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

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Last week, Pearson announced it paid $25 million to acquire Smart Sparrow’s technology, in a move that the publisher says will bolster the digital infrastructure that will soon support all its future higher-education offerings. As part of the deal, most of its staff will join Pearson.

Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. The Departments of Education and Labor announce large, long-term grants to support the creation of OER. This major government push is for both OER and open scholarship. MAJOR BUSINESS SHIFT In major business news, publishers Elsevier and Pearson appear to be entering bankruptcy. future of education OER OERSummit

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Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

For example, community college adoption of OER depends on the behavior of institutions that most of their students transfer to. described two undergraduates’ experiences with OER. The Departments of Education and Labor announce large, long-term grants to support the creation of OER. This major government push is for both OER and open scholarship. MAJOR BUSINESS SHIFT In major business news, publishers Elsevier and Pearson appear to be entering bankruptcy.

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Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

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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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Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

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Now one of its most high-profile content partners and investors, Pearson , is pulling back. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. The retrenchment delivers a setback to Knewton, for whom Pearson was the first—and most visible—partner. Knewton technology is also used enVisionMATH2.0 , a Pearson offering for grades K-8, but neither company offered specific details on the status of this agreement.) “Our

Educators Like Their Curricula More When the Training Is Good, Survey Finds

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Even the top three publishers—Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—together occupy less than half of curriculum adoptions. It considered all adoption types, from traditional publishers, to local curriculum creation, to open educational resources (OER).

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Lumen Scores $3.75M — and OER Gets a Foot in the Traditional Publishing Door

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Open Educational Resources (OER) have yet to cozy up with the more orthodox academics and pushy print publishers of the world. But skeptics hold that the quality of digital course materials don’t stand up to that of the Pearson’s and McGraw Hill’s 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.

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Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education

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This week’s filing was made by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, or SPARC, and it says that in the short run, allowing the marriage of the companies would create a duopoly in the textbook market, with the new combined publisher rivaled in size only by Pearson. Education Technology Open Educational Resources (OER) Higher EducationAn open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S.

The current state of online learning: the Babson report

Bryan Alexander

A new report from Babson, Pearson, the Online Learning Consortium et al, Grade Level ( pdf ), offers some intriguing observations about campus strategy and leadership. think open education resources are a good thing, faculty don’t know enough to judge, as “a bit more than one-third [of instructors] claimed to have some level of awareness” of OER (emphasis added). education and technology future of education OER

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). Learning objects were intended to provide an opportunity to scale teaching in a way the paid curriculum of Pearson or Disney could not do.

The CARE Framework

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As the title of the document makes explicit, the framework aims to contribute to the conversation about the sustainability of OER: “Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship” It’s a valuable contribution to that conversation. Issues of sustainability are absolutely critical to the future of OER and education more broadly, and we spend far too little time talking about them. OER, on the other hand, are non-rivalrous resources.

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Advocating for CC BY

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We each use this license with the OER that we create and advocate for others to do the same. The BY license best reflects our values of eliminating friction, maximizing interoperability, and promoting unanticipated and innovative uses of OER. This is why you don’t see Pearson, McGraw, or other major publishers reselling copies of CC BY textbooks. It’s free advertising for my OER.

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How do we talk about “open” in the context of courseware?

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In another article , he includes examples of “courseware” ranging from Cengage MindTap and Pearson CourseConnect to Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative and Lumen’s Waymaker. When we ask whether or not content is open, we mean is it openly licensed (is it OER)? from Pearson) in an open source platform (e.g., Moodle) does not convert it to OER – the content continues to be All Rights Reserved. Likewise, putting OER (e.g.,

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

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”, you declare, “the overwhelming majority of OER in the world are licensed in ways that permit commercial use, so what’s the problem?” Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub. They are developing additional tools to support personalized learning with OER with funding from a major foundation. Pearson doesn’t share under open licenses – not content, not metadata, not source code.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

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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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The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

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Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology , to be published by Pearson. Pearson agreed. New York, NY: Pearson Education. Educational materials published under an open license are called open educational resources (OER). When digital educational materials become OER, they are converted back into public goods. Adopting OER is a completely different experience.

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No, Really – Stop Saying “High Quality”

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By (1) equating “high quality” with process rather than results, and then (2) creating extremely complex authoring processes they proclaim to be “the industry standard,” publishers are attempting to create a barrier to entry for other would-be creators of educational resources (like many OER authors). It’s a blatant attempt by publishers at keeping fresh competition – including OER – at bay.

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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And around 2017, publishers including Pearson that once used Knewton began to pull back. Knewton’s Alta, by contrast, is tapping into openly-licensed, or OER, materials. Should Knewton and Wiley continue to rely on OER to expand its general-ed courseware library, Freedman says, it could present an attractive and possibly more-affordable alternative.

Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

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Alta at a Glance With Alta, Knewton aims to combine third-party open educational resources (OER) with assessments and the adaptive-learning technology created by the company to inform how students progress through the content. The company licenses content from OER providers including FlatWorld, a for-profit offering low-cost course materials, and OpenStax, a nonprofit housed at Rice University.

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

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Twenty years ago, proprietary software companies like Microsoft were equivalent to the devil himself for many in the open source community, much as commercial publishers like Pearson are demonized by many in the open education movement today. ” When a commercial publisher switches from using proprietary content to using OER in some of their products, the community’s reaction is largely, “What’s wrong with them?

Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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Earlier this year Ferreira stepped aside as CEO, replaced by Brian Kibby , a veteran of major textbook companies including Pearson and McGraw-Hill. The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). Early on, Pearson had embraced Knewton’s technology and even invested in the company, but this year that publisher decided to pull back on the use of Knewton’s platform. OER will commoditize education content.

Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.

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Even if they love Pearson [textbooks], some faculty, when they saw some of the Cengage options, said, ‘This is pretty comparable, that’s fine,’” said Bernard Polnariev, assistant vice president for academic affairs at Union County College. “If If they felt that Cengage is not as strong and Pearson is better, they kept with the Pearson.” There’s always going to be skeptics when you go to a new model,” said Malek, the Pearson executive. “It’s

Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

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Similarly, Pearson has made some of its textbooks available for rent through Chegg. If educational institutes start adopting OERs in classrooms, students will be able to save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on purchasing textbooks and rental subscriptions. Although rentals are a good option approved by educational institutes, OER is yet to be widely accepted by educational institutes. Increase in Textbook Prices Over the Years.

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More College Students Are Downloading Course Materials for Free—Or Skipping Them Entirely

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That figure includes texts procured legally, like open educational resources (known as OER), and illegally, such as pirated files shared through torrent websites. For example, in mid-July, publishing giant Pearson announced it will adopt a “digital first” strategy for updating college course materials.

?Open Up Resources Announces First Full Math Curriculum—And Its Plans for Profitability

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But the move to OER and digital curriculum hasn’t been completely smooth for everyone, Williams adds. Singer projects it will reach $40 million in revenue in 2018 from print sales (which cover basic bulk printing costs of the OER materials) and “implementation services” such as the professional development sessions that Williams has set up for her district.

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Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

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It has even tried partnering with publishers like Pearson to digitize their print materials, according to Silagadze.

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). Learning objects were intended to provide an opportunity to scale teaching in a way the paid curriculum of Pearson or Disney could not do.

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New Open Ed. Group Vows to Battle Commercial Publishers for K-12 Contracts

Marketplace K-12

Open Up Resources, a nonprofit that until recently was called the K-12 OER Collaborative, says it will offer openly licensed materials to school districts, and predicts it will achieve savings from what those systems would normally pay for commercial materials. Open Up Resources is led by CEO Larry Singer , the former managing director for Pearson’s K-12 North American sales.

Textbooks, Curricula Failing to Align with Common Core

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Of the first 20 digital and print K-8 math materials from publishers like Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and others, 17 failed to meet the publishers’ claims that they were aligned with Common Core. In the meantime, OER, or open educational resources, are continuing to appear, allowing teachers and states to use curriculum available for free or for sale online.

With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

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Johnson : We use McGraw-Hill Education’s ALEKS in a precalculus course, Pearson’s MyLab Math in a developmental math course, and EdReady —a personalized platform that assess students’ math readiness. We also replaced the $150 textbook we were using with open education resources (OER). Community colleges are known for innovating to meet the challenges of educating some of the nation’s most disadvantaged students: low-income, first-generation, minority, and adult learners.