Reducing Friction in OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

Last week I promised I would write a few posts about reducing friction with regard to OER. In last week’s post I talked about how we’re making it ridiculously easy for students, faculty, and others to contribute to the maintenance and improvement of OER.

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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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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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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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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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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!

How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Technology in the classroom is nothing new; most of today’s educators have embraced the ability to draw upon an increasingly diverse array of digital tools and programs to enrich their lessons.

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It’s 2020: Have Digital Learning Innovations Trends Changed?

Edsurge

The primary trends identified by the team were: adaptive learning, open education resources (OER), gamification and game-based learning, MOOCs, LMS and interoperability, mobile devices, and design.

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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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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. A bundle that includes access to its other online tools, including MyLab and Mastering, costs about $79.

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

Iterating Toward Openness

In this relationship, open is a set of values and (legal, intellectual, pedagogical, and other) tools that can be employed in the service of improving teaching and learning. 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.

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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. Students can access more than 20,000 course materials— courseware, eBooks, online homework and study tools, across more than 70 disciplines and 675 courses. 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.

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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. While Teacher Advisor and other products leveraging AI have the potential to transform the lesson planning process, tools like this will need to prove their practical worth to teachers in order to gain widespread adoption.

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

Edsurge

Top Hat got its start in the “clicker” business, offering a web-based and mobile classroom response tool that lets instructors gauge whether students understood the lesson (or paid attention).

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

edWeb.net

In Florida, only the Major Tool Materials, in other words the core curricular products, are evaluated for adoption. While the tools may have print components, companies must submit them digitally, and only the digital materials are reviewed.

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

Bryan Alexander

I kicked things off with a survey of major technological developments in a very top level way, then dived into specific, currently used digital tools (the LMS, ePortfolios, video, robotics, big data, social media, 3d printing, etc.).

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S.

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

Edsurge

So, if you are a student whose school is completely reliant on surveillance tools to stop you from seeing genitals or whatever it is they're worried about, then anything you do to learn about how that system works and how to stop it ends running against the school's own core defense mechanism. I wanted to ask you about OERs. And then, ask them about their circumvention methods because the other thing we know is that these tools don't work.

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

Marketplace K-12

Technology is not a panacea, it’s just a tool, and its primary value is in enhancing the power of teaching to reach more people. Secondary, they will enable what most people in the education world want to see happen.”.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

More often than not, these platforms also come with a series of tools that enable their users to build their own products, services, and marketplaces. ” (Amazon Inspire is the company’s OER platform.)

Week of February 7th, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join ANVILL Project Coordinator Jeff Magoto for a lively discussion of ANILL''s newest tools for setting up and managing language lessons (and courses). tools to use? With Greek secondary education teachers, we are going to talk about evolution teaching, didactics issues concerning this problematic subject for many science teachers. Steve Hargadon interviews Wayne Mackintosh about WikiEducator and the formation of an OER University.

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STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Don Buckley - Co-Founder, Tools at Schools - "Is it Possible to Innovate in Education?" Candidate Advanced math for the young, the very young, and the young at heart - Dr. Maria Droujkova Affinity Spaces as Learning Tools - Lindsey Tropf, M.Ed.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” IPEDS is the government’s database tracking post-secondary education statistics, including enrollments and graduations. “ Can VR be a tool for inspiring empathy in higher ed? ” 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.

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The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Affluent students get to digital tools for creative exploration; poor students get to use theirs for test prep. At the time, David Wiley expressed his concern that the lawsuit could jeopardize the larger OER movement, if nothing else, by associating open educational materials with piracy.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via The Washington Post : “ Education Department relaxes financial aid process in the absence of IRS tool.” 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. Via Edsurge : “ Khan Academy ’s New ‘Teacher Aid’ Tool Goes for a Test Drive in Southern California.” Education Politics.