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.’

Edsurge

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

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

Edsurge

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

I’ll look in more details at the insecurity of education data in the next article in the series – but recognize, this is one of the grave problems with digital technologies currently, whether they’re platforms or not: they rely on data as the central element of their business model – extracting data, controlling data, selling data… and far too often losing data during security breaches. Are any education technologies, for that matter?

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

Edsurge

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. ” Depending on how you count instances of the former, I’m seeing that all over the place now, driven partly by excitement over technological possibility and also by growing anxiety over the higher education crisis. ” OER is definitely rising, and this timeline might actually be precise (cf my post from yesterday ). education and technology future of education

What Next-Gen Digital Humanities Looks Like

Edsurge

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.

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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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. They lack what Giant Robot Dinosaur calls a Minimum Viable Personality. Wow, there’s been some great writing lately.

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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. ” Depending on how you count instances of the former, I’m seeing that all over the place now, driven partly by excitement over technological possibility and also by growing anxiety over the higher education crisis. ” OER is definitely rising, and this timeline might actually be precise (cf my post from yesterday ).

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

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. While students miss class for open lab, the teachers recognize the benefits of letting students explore technology to help them achieve both personal and educational goals.

ISTE Librarians’ Takeaways (Crowdsourced)

NeverEndingSearch

I was honored to join several esteemed colleagues to present on the panel: Leading the Charge: Leveraging Librarian Leadership to Support the OER Journey. And here is the sketchnote Margaret Sisler created during the session: #oer and teacher librarians! Technological Darwinism. I have a million other things to take away, from STEM integration, mental wellness for students and staff, adaptive technologies, robotics, programming, staff development/coaching, and more.

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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. Let’s look quickly at these drivers in a bit more detail: Evolving TechnologiesTechnology continues to change at a rapid pace, which presents education with some exciting opportunities to awe learners. They are reflective of the real world, leverage the outdoors, and capitalize on mobile technology.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

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. 2018) Learning Transported , International Society for Technology in Education. Contemporary Issues In Technology & Teacher Education , 8 (3), 278-282. Library Technology Reports (vol.

Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education

Edsurge

If we look back on 2017 in educational technology, some of the biggest surprises were political and cultural. Another surprise was a turn in public perception of giant technology companies, especially Facebook and Google, as well as Twitter and Amazon. This movement asks us to rethink technology to address social problems in education and society. They argue that putatively equitable technologies actually reinstate social inequalities.

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.” ” Around 35 professors, deans, provosts, program directors, presidents from several nations (mostly the US) and a variety of institutional types came together, some with very different levels of technological experience. Several participants pointed out limitations on faculty time which block creation and even adoption of OER.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

*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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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? “ Will these four technology trends change education in India? Lisa Petrides, Douglas Levin, and Eddie Watson introduce The CARE Framework for OER. Robots and Other Education Science Fiction.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” 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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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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