Some Thoughts on the UNESCO OER Recommendation

Iterating Toward Openness

There’s great news out of the recent UNESCO meeting in Paris, where member states unanimously adopted the draft Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). I want to highlight some of the parts of the Recommendation that caught my eye, reading both from a personal perspective as well as my Lumen perspective. This dramatically simplifies understanding what is and isn’t OER. Resources in the public domain or released under an open license are OER.

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Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog (which Education Next then reposted on its blog) arguing that “[a]dvocates of OER and personalized learning … tend to underestimate the breadth of knowledge necessary for true comprehension,” thereby leaving students with “a narrow and haphazard base of knowledge.”

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Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

Edsurge

Why does personalized learning, ironically, feel so impersonal? Personalized learning, in its broadest application, suggests tailoring instruction to meet the needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Yet there is clearly a gap between how educators and entrepreneurs perceive “personalized learning” and many other technology-infused terms in education. One of the more measured posts reads: There is NOTHING “personal” about personalized learning!

#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed

Edsurge

Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? That was the question at the heart of our #DLNchat on January 9, which centered around OER in Higher Education. Our special guest, Lisa Petrides, creator of OER Commons, kicked things off by defining the topic at hand: “OER are teaching & learning materials freely available for anyone to use. Chatters agreed OER should be available for adaptation and redistribution.

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent. There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact.

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OER Cost Savings and Adoption Rates: New Methodologies, New Data, and New Results

Iterating Toward Openness

At the OpenEd Conference in 2013, Nicole Allen and I challenged the OER community to save students one billion dollars. Then, working from a pool of 20 courses for which adoptable OER exist, they randomly selected five courses to examine at each institution and collected pricing information for all available formats from each campus’ online bookstore. The overall average price for all OER (both OER Only and OER Hybrid) is $17.32. OER Only. OER Hybrid.

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SETDA publishes OER case studies from 3 states

eSchool News

Online case studies highlight OER implementation in schools. SETDA has published a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. The online resource, OER in Action: Implementation Highlights , examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.

As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Edsurge

For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving. But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality.

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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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OER: Free Like a Beer, or Free Like a Puppy?

Edsurge

Those in the puppy camp argued, with good reason, that free curricula and OER content were hardly free once the related costs and risks were factored in. So the discovery, vetting, and alignment costs inflicted upon the teachers and districts that would try to embrace free and OER content would remain high. And it turns out that a great deal of free and OER content is actually free like a free beer—in fact, like a really good craft beer.

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SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers

SETDA Says

Always working to engage state leaders, affiliates members, private sector partners, and partner organizations-SETDA developed tools and resources to support national, state, district and school leaders in the implementation of the digital teaching and learning. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. Be on the look out for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Contains formative learning and assessment opportunities.

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Underappreciated No More: A Free Edtech Platform Shines as Schools Go Remote

Edsurge

As countless educators around the world have scrambled to figure out how to deliver lessons remotely with whisker-thin budgets, many turned to open education resources (OER). Add it up, and CK-12 estimates that it has delivered more than 20 million hours of learning.

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Looking for the Best Sources of Content for Ed Tech ?

SETDA Says

1to1 Digital Content E-Rate EETT Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Online Assessment Personalized Learning Professional LearningEd Tech Update has the answer… SETDA is excited to share Ed Tech Update. This site and newsletter brings together the largest set of industry. read more.

State Examplars: How are states demonstrating leadership in digital learning ?

SETDA Says

SETDA and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University College of Education recently co-released the national report, State Digital Learning Exemplars: read more. 1to1 Best Practices Digital Content OER Personalized Learning Policy Privacy Professional Learning Research State boards

Digital Learning: A Retrospective of SETDA’s Best Resources in 2016

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapThrough the continued leadership of the Board of Directors and the dedication of our members and staff, during 2016 SETDA celebrated 15 years of. read more.

Wow, What a Year! Top SETDA Resources 2015

SETDA Says

Digital Content Digital Learning E-Rate Equity of Access OER Policy 2015 digital content digital learning leadership personalized learning policy procurement roadmapAs the year winds down, we reflect on our accomplishments from 2015. Needless to say, SETDA had a busy year! Through the continued leadership. read more.

Coming to Your Child’s School, Very, Very Soon: A Christensen-Style Disruption!

The Journal

Materials (1-to-1, OER-based textbooks) are changing dramatically, but teachers and teaching is about to be disrupted in the Christensen-sense. Machine learning will drive personalized learning into America’s schools. Teachers, materials, students — the big 3 of K–12. On that you can rely

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SETDA in the News: January 2015 Round Up

SETDA Says

Best Practices Digital Content E-Rate ED Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Personalized Learning Policy January 2015 brought lots of renewed energy and excitement to SETDA. At the beginning of the month, the Board of Director’s announced a new. read more.

Ask the experts: Crowdsourced solutions to 4 problems of blended-learning practice

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, the Christensen Institute, Highlander Institute , and The Learning Accelerator welcomed over 100 advanced blended- and personalized-learning practitioners to Providence, Rhode Island as part of a two-day meeting-of-the-minds leading up to the 2018 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference. Cultivate teacher conversations as they talk and work through challenges of implementing culturally responsive teaching and learning together.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Edsurge

Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAwards) from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) last November. The mission of the OLC DLIAwards is to discover student-centered active learning solutions that advance the world of digital learning for all students,” says Kathleen Ives, the CEO and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. Fulé and her colleague Don Carter, the university’s director of e-learning, launched the.

#DLNchat: The Skills Gap-Fact or Fantasy?

Edsurge

Institutions need to focus on this and not just on measuring” student learning outcomes. We decided to come back to the topic in a future #DLNchat ,but not before discussing some of the nuances surrounding salary gains based on higher ed degrees as well as the need for more learning options. Join the Digital Learning Network to stay up to date on all events and the latest news for higher ed digital learning leaders!

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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How Will the Presidential Election Results Influence Education Technology in Schools?

Doug Levin

Will schools continue to accelerate the pace of blended learning – which incorporates technology into classes along with in-person instruction? Will states enable schools to pursue personalized learning strategies, which make use of technology to create custom-fit lessons for students? Blog News OER Policy Donald Trump Office of Educational Technology U.S. As quoted in: Dobo, Nichole. “

New tools emerge to support schools’ digital transition

eSchool News

Knovation’s icurio delivers open educational resources (OER) and instructional tools to support personalized and engaging digital learning. School districts across the country are replacing print textbooks with free open educational resources (OER); however, many are finding it difficult to evaluate the quality and relevancy of these unlimited online resources. One such solution comes from Knovation’s icurio suite of personalized learning solutions.

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Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Last week Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, joined our Future Trends Forum to discuss the future of that technology. Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall.

Digital learning futures

Learning with 'e's

Digital Learning Futures View more presentations from Steve Wheeler As I write this blog post, the above slideshow has received almost 18,000 views in just 48 hours since it was posted up onto Slideshare. These slides accompanied my presentation during the Learning Technologies conference and exhibition held at London's Olympia on 25-26 January. I also discussed pedagogical issues such as deep and surface learning, creative thinking and the transformation of knowledge consumption.

Thinking About Impact

Iterating Toward Openness

In the spirit of iterating toward openness, I’ve recently had the opportunity to revisit some of my earlier thinking about how to measure the impact of OER-related work. I have previously written about metrics I call the educational golden ratio and the OER impact factor. These are ways of thinking about the learning-related return on investment students get from their purchases of learning materials.

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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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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. NGDLE – Next-generation Digital Learning Environment. PBL – Project Based Learning ( click here for my guide ).

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Another Response to Stephen

Iterating Toward Openness

Both of these products wrap significant additional functionality around OER. Waymaker is Lumen’s platform for personalized learning. It wraps pre-assessments, in situ formative assessments, and summative assessments around OER. Like Waymaker, OHM wraps these and other features around OER. No one is ever denied access to the OER in Lumen courses for any reason.

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. But edtech innovations hold real promise for improving student learning outcomes if education leaders use them to redesign classroom and school models in ways that transform teachers’ instructional practices. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.

Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

”, 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.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. Some economists say OpenStax and other OER producers helped to halt the decades-long rise of textbook prices , which now set the average undergraduate back between $1,200 and $1,440 each school year, according to the College Board. Some professors have aesthetic objections to OER materials.