On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

iterating toward openness

As the movement grew and more people began advocating for the adoption of OER in place of traditionally copyrighted materials in classes, some advocates chose to make cost the primary focus of their advocacy. This choice rotated licensing into a secondary priority.

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Thoughts on Continuous Improvement and OER

iterating toward openness

Recently I’ve been doing both more thinking and more roll-up-your-sleeves working on continuous improvement of OER. Improvement in post secondary education will require converting teaching from a solo sport to a community-based research activity. Lower Use of OER.

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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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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. SPARC started with a stratified sample of 120 US post-secondary institutions. The overall average price for all OER (both OER Only and OER Hybrid) is $17.32.

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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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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.

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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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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. 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. This major government push is for both OER and open scholarship.

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From here to there: Musings about the path to having good OER for every course on campus

iterating toward openness

I spend most of my time doing fairly tactical thinking and working focused on moving OER adoption forward in the US higher education space. I made what was probably the clearest statement of my vision for the future of learning materials in my Shuttleworth Fellowship application several years ago: My long-term goal is to create a world where OER are used pervasively throughout primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools. My end goal isn’t to increase OER adoption.

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The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

eSchool News

Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resourcesTeachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. By and large, it’s working.

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The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web. Panel director Steve Carson, Director of Communication for MIT OpenCourseWare, expertly steered the panel through such topics as: What is the attraction of OER for you?

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Transition to Digital: Improving Access, Affordability and Achievement in Higher Education

EmergingEdTech

With the increasing cost of a post-secondary education, many students opt to delay or completely forego purchase of required. Original Image Source … and important steps to help you get there!

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries.

Advocating for CC BY

iterating toward openness

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. It’s free advertising for my OER.

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The Cost Trap, Concluding Thoughts

iterating toward openness

Stephen has posted Four Conclusions on OERs he has drawn from our conversation. My long term goals in advocating for OER are to (1) radically improve the quality of education as judged by learners and (2) radically improve access to education worldwide. Please be aware that if your current goals with regard to OER differ from mine, one or more of the following statements may be either nonsensical or untrue in the context of your goals.

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

Edsurge

And focusing on digital makes the secondary textbook market even less attractive, since students have to buy access directly from Pearson to get course materials.

Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

But these are secondary causes. Now post-secondary tuition fee provides more revenue than public appropriations. 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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The Cost Trap, Part 3

iterating toward openness

In my recent post I asked us each to consider what “what is the real goal of our OER advocacy?” Ismael tweeted: My own take: these are two complementary approaches to #OER that should enrich each other, not exclude (or even blame) each other. As someone concerned with equality, I like #OER as a way to make teaching cheaper. As an educator, I like #OER as a tool for transforming learning. I settled on OER-enabled pedagogy.

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Musings on the Economics of Commercial and Open Educational Resources

iterating toward openness

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.

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Is open a means to an end, or is open its own end?

iterating toward openness

In this relationship, improving education is secondary to the goal of being more open. While that might seem like a win for increasing openness (“all courses now use OER exclusively!”), Is open a means to an end, or is open its own end? This is a question worth thinking long and hard about. I’ve done some writing as I’ve been thinking about it, so I figured I may as well post it. Think about the phrase “open education.”

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The Pin that Popped the Textbook Bubble: Open (Notes for my 2015 #sxswedu talk)

iterating toward openness

First generation students, financially at-risk students, and other traditionally underserved students – those least able to afford to purchase textbooks – are left with very limited choices: go to class unprepared, take fewer classes, indenture themselves by taking on student loans to pay full-ticket for textbooks, or try to make their way in the world without post-secondary education. See Efficacy, the Golden Ratio, and the OER Impact Factor.).

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How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

In the new device-agnostic classroom, educators are taking the opportunity to ensure they are focused on purposeful applications first, with a secondary emphasis on the device itself.

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Innovations for Educators: IBM’s Teacher Advisor

The Christensen Institute

It houses a library of K-5 math open education resources (OERs)—including activities, lesson plans, and supporting materials—from organizations such as EngageNY , the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education , CPALMS , and UnboundEd. Welcome to the first entry in our “Innovations for Educators” series, spotlighting interesting technologies that have the potential to amplify and complement the work done by educators.

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

iterating toward openness

OER make it possible for us to contextualize our resources and customize our pedagogies to support more effective learning, but they don’t do the work for us. Wow, there’s been some great writing lately.

Access State-Reviewed Instructional Materials with SETDA’s Dashboard

edWeb.net

A pilot program of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has made 12 states’ reviews of secondary math and language arts materials available, with a wide range of K-12 resources from these and other states to follow.

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

Edsurge

And of course there are other vendors, like Elsevier and Wiley (like Jones Soda and RC) and openly-licensed resources known as OER, or open education resources (which are something like a Sodastream homebrew). If you make it too expensive, colleges are going to look harder at OER,” she said.

Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

Angela Baker is a digital content manager who works for the Georgia Department of Education to promote the use of OER content in classrooms by providing evaluated and aligned OER content through Georgia’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System or SLDS applications. Teacher.

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For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

Alison is an experienced secondary school English teacher, a Florida native and a graduate of the Florida State University.

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Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?

Edsurge

Autodesk provided more than 335,000 students and educators from secondary schools with professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home. Over the past few years, the government has made several moves in other edtech spaces, mostly related to open educational resources (OERs) and evangelizing innovation from the top-down. And to provide more digital content beyond OERs, the government launched the Open eBooks app back in February 2016.

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

Bryan Alexander

Discussion went in some interesting angles, such as secondary education. One person thought shifting tertiary school content down to secondary could help reduce adjunctification, by (I think) reducing teaching hours in colleges.

‘Prohibition Will Get You Nowhere’: Writer and Activist Cory Doctorow’s Message to Schools and Educators

Edsurge

I wanted to ask you about OERs. When I go and do young adult tours, and I go to secondary schools, I meet students who've read Little Brother, and they're like, "How do I hack my school's censorware?" It’s not unheard of for an instructor to tee up a YouTube video for a lesson, only to have the content blocked by the school or district’s censorware.

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Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

Secondary, they will enable what most people in the education world want to see happen.”.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” IPEDS is the government’s database tracking post-secondary education statistics, including enrollments and graduations. ” 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.” (National) Education Politics. “What Ivanka Trump Knows about Ed-Tech” by me.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.) million devices shipped to primary and secondary schools in the US last year – that’s up from 50% in 2015.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The NAACP endorses OER. For what it’s worth, according to the latest data from the NCES , the number of post-secondary institutions in the US has increased since 2011. Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control.” ” “ What does Trump’s executive order on education do? Not much,” says The LA Times’ Joy Resmovits.