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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Robots Won’t Replace Instructors, 2 Penn State Educators Argue. Instead, They’ll Help Them Be ‘More Human.’

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Jennifer Sparrow, the university’s senior director of teaching and learning with technology, thinks the fears that some faculty have about artificial intelligence taking their jobs echos the concern some had 20 years ago when higher education was first “branching out into online learning.” BBookX uses artificial intelligence to create OER texts for professors to use in their courses instead of traditional textbooks. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

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Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career. Not only do they need the skills to navigate and utilize technology, but they need to understand how technology can connect them with people, places, and resources that were previously unreachable. Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career. Not ready to dig through all OERs and curate on your own?

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

Are any education technologies, for that matter? Andreessen’s definition does begin to get at some of the reasons why platforms have been so appealing to investors – ideologically as much as technologically. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

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

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Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. But in the past few years the company has suffered several setbacks—along with mounting criticism that its founding CEO, Jose Ferreira, overhyped its technology. The secret to its swift entry into publishing was OER (open education resources). OER will commoditize education content.

The 2018 Horizon Report has appeared, thanks to EDUCAUSE

Bryan Alexander

Campus Technology offers a nice intro , so I’ll focus here on my very quick responses. ” OER is definitely rising, and this timeline might actually be precise (cf my post from yesterday ). Further along (4-5 years) are mixed reality and robotics.

Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

Emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, open education resources (OER), coding, and adaptive learning tools are moving more into the mainstream in some schools. Automation and robotics are already disrupting the world of work, as we know it.

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Inspiring Students: Bringing Awe Back to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

In order to drive innovation there has to be a focus on changing learner needs, evolving technologies, changing the learning environment, and bold ideas. They are reflective of the real world, leverage the outdoors, and capitalize on mobile technology.

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 Rosé and her colleagues found that when students talk to each other, they tend to stick around and show up for their next class more than peers who chose not to complete the activity or those who only talk to the robot.

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What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like

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The Global Medieval Sourcebook at Stanford University is bringing an expansive, OER mentality to the medieval canon, making reliable texts available for classroom use. There’s LC for Robots , which shows users how to do bulk downloads of bibliographic data from the collections, and serves up APIs for those who want to play around with essential digitized holdings such as Chronicling America and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.

Forgetting Our History: From the Reusability Paradox to the Remix Hypothesis

iterating toward openness

And Audrey Watters’ ongoing work on the history of educational technology is vastly more important than anyone seems to realize. It should be absolutely mandatory reading for every student in a graduate program on educational technology or learning sciences, period.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more.

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“Best Online Classes for Job Skills ,” according to MIT Technology Review. ” “ OER , Capability, and Opportunity” by David Wiley. Via Edsurge : “ OER Had Its Breakthrough in 2017. ” “OER is about to become for course planning what LMS is for grading,” which frankly sounds awful. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics. “Where is Trump’s Cabinet ?”

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Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

NeverEndingSearch

Next time around, I’ll share my notes on OER.). Companies are investing in immersive technologies. What are immersive technologies? We can inspire our communities to use affordable emerging technologies to create communication products and stories using AR/VR/MR.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. 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.” ” There are many departments at many universities where the ethics of technology is not just an add-on to an existing program.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. Via Campus Technology : “Recipients of 2018 McGraw Prize in Education Revealed.” Because technology imperialism. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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*Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. This Edsurge article – “ OER is Growing at Religious Colleges , But Raises Unique Challenges” – strikes me as a little weird, considering the long relationship between open education (the conference, at the very least) and former BYU professor David Wiley. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Perhaps it should go in the “robots” section. “ Artificial Intelligence: Could emerging technologies ‘humanize’ teaching & learning?

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Via Education Week : “ Minecraft Party to Raise Money for Technology in Philly Schools.” ” Campus Technology rewrites the press release that Examity will be used for identify verification and proctoring in edX classes. “ Credly Receives Open Badges Certification ,” Campus Technology reports. Via NPR : “Students Compete In First-Ever International High School Robotics Competition.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “Some Thoughts on OER ” by Mindwires Consulting’s Michael Feldstein. ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Bedoya, the former chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, on data as “A License to Discriminate.”

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The company is co-founded by Nick Ducoff, formerly of the OER textbook startup Boundless. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” The $1700 robot dog also requires a subscription plan. Robot stories are also Betteridge’s Law of Headlines stories, wouldn’t you know it? The robotics company, formerly known as play-i, has raised $78.34 Kano Computing has raised $28 million for its learn-to-code robotics kits. (National) Education Politics.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” asks Campus Technology. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via The New York Times : “Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology and Ethics of A.I. Via Edsurge : “ Robots Won’t Replace Instructors , 2 Penn State Educators Argue. Via Edsurge : “Campus Support for OER is Growing, Survey Finds.”

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via MIT Technology Review : “ DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one.” ” Via Campus Technology : “ NYC Data Science Academy Launches Online Bootcamp.” “ Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free – and Be Financially Sustainable? ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ Coursera More than Doubles Number of Degrees on Its Platform,” says Campus Technology. ” Perhaps protest Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab ? Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “In a Fight Against Depression , UCLA Relies on Technology.” Edsurge on the business of OER. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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technologizing” the government. Here’s a sponsored article , paid for by the Gates Foundation and published by Edsurge promoting the school and its technology.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Edsurge : “Why a Robot-Filled Education Future May Not Be as Scary as You Think.” The list of which education technology companies have raised the most money is more so. (National) Education Politics.

Storms over liberal education: notes on the 2016 AAC&U conference

Bryan Alexander

I helped start the conference with a half-day workshop on “How Technology Can Enhance Liberal Education: The State of the Art in 2016.” Several participants pointed out limitations on faculty time which block creation and even adoption of OER.

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Via the MIT Technology Review : “For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid.” “Can robotics teach problem solving to students?” “Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. “The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning ,” according to KQED’s Mindshift. Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. IBM wants us to believe that Watson is incredibly powerful – powerful enough, even, to search 1000 OER. ” Via TeacherCast : “Why Teachers Will Never Be Replaced By Robots.” ” Inside Higher Ed on Robot-Proof : “Northeastern president discusses his new book on how higher education can train students for careers where technology cannot make them redundant.” (National) Education Politics.

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” Elsewhere in proprietary OER , via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cengage will offer open educational resources, curated and adapted to include proprietary assessment tools, from $25 per student for general education courses.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via Techcrunch : “ Mattel releases biologically inspired foldable robot bugs.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Historians Blame Lack of Support for Slow Technology Uptake.”

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” For those keeping track of how great social media is for the future of education and knowledge and civics and such: “Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries ,” says the MIT Technology Review. The New York Times lists mind control as one of the “Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World.” Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley.

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Apple , as always, helps us see how criticism-free technology journalism can be. Via eCampus News : “ Barnes & Noble Education announces advanced OER courseware.” Via Campus Technology : “ Learning Objects Debuts Competency-Based Education Platform.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “When the Teaching Assistant Is a Robot.” " Inside Higher Ed on its 2016 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Columbia U Opens Research Center Devoted to Blockchain Tech.” “The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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But DeVos “believes that technology has a role to play in the classroom,” Edsurge writes in response to the confirmation , which I guess means ed-tech can overlook all of her horrible beliefs that further educational inequalities as long as it means more people buy digital things and hire Edsurge to facilitate that process. Meanwhile, Campus Technology offers “7 Tips for Listing MOOCs on Your Résumé.” “Does Open Pedagogy require OER ?”

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The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. “ Robots won’t replace teachers because they can’t inspire us.” Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” ISTE will start charging money to license its technology standards , the NETS , which it first released back in 1998.

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“ Y Combinator MOOC for Tech Startups Attracts Thousands of Views,” says Campus Technology. ” Nope, robots will not be doing this job of content moderation , as Facebook recently boasted at its developer conference. “ OER-Enabled Pedagogy ” by Lumen Learning’s David Wiley. Techcrunch lists 11 technologies that “want to hack your brain.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Education Politics.

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The NAACP endorses OER. Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson Expands Textbook Rental Program.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” Via CNBC : “Google exec, Mark Cuban agree that these college majors are the most robot-resistant.” ” Learn-to-code toy Ozobots is launching Spiderman and Guardians of the Galaxy branded robots. million from Morningside Technology Ventures, University Ventures, and Silicon Valley Bank.

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And this prompted me to update my list of education / technology companies that are ALEC members.). “Equipping people to stay ahead of technological change ,” according to The Economist. ” Via Campus Technology : “ Pearson to Lower Cost of E-Books, Textbooks.” Via eCampus News : “ Cengage launches MindTap ACE, an OER-based solution for higher ed.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF.

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Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. ” Speaking of predictions about the “future of work,” Campus Technology says that “ Skills Deficit Will Imperil U.S. ” Via Mindwires Consulting’s Phil Hill : “ Top Hat ’s OER Announcement: Doubling down on faculty engagement.” ” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

School Psychology Doctoral Candidate and Intern, CEO STEMx: Stemulating Teaching with Emerging Technology Methodologies - Simulation vs. Virtual Learning Environments - Dr. Nicole Simon, Assistant Professor Engineering/Physics/Technology Dept.

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Via The MIT Technology Review : “Finally, a Useful Application for VR: Training Employees.” ” “ Coding Boot Camps Are in Trouble, but New York City Has a Plan to Shape Them Up,” says MIT Technology Review. (“The Plan” is really more of “ a report.”). The business of OER. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. The company, which makes educational and entertainment robots, has raised $520 million total.