The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

and I am merely a fan – not a fanboy – of open educational resources (OER).** Others surely see me as some sort of OER fanatic. After all, I’ve advocated for federal support for the development, use, and adaptation of OER (see, e.g. , the May 5 Education Week story by Sean Cavanagh, “ ‘Open Educational Resources’ Promoted in U.S. So, if these are the actions of someone who is an OER fan, what stops me short of claiming fanboy status?

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A philosophical supplement to the OER movement: Thoughts on #et4online presentation

Improving Education Environments

Reposted from edutechnicalities : On Thursday, I had the opportunity to present on my OER/Edutainment/Postmodernism/Branded Digital Content research at the OLC Conference on Emerging Technologies (colloquially known as #et4online). The presentation was an extension of my recent publication on OER as Online Edutainment Resources at Learning, Media & Technology ; I look at scholarship as fluid and transitory, so this was an opportunity to illuminate and further the conversation.

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Curation and the School Librarian

NeverEndingSearch

A little while back I had the opportunity to create a video on school librarians and social media curation with our Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information’s Social Media and Society Cluster. School Librarians as Social Media Curators shares my personal vision of what curation might look like for the school librarian and how we might engage and model the practice for our learners. OER and you: The curation mandate.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Districts having success in this area have comprehensive refresh plans, work with high quality partners, build relationships with local businesses, work diligently to receive grants, and leverage a variety of open educational resources (OERs). Commit to Leveraging Social Media and Telling Your Great Story! Blog Access edtech Equity future ready Osmo Osobot planning Policy Privacy professional learning Samsung Social Media Sustainability

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

NeverEndingSearch

Claims on Social Media : Students consider the sources of a tweet and the information contained in it in order to describe what makes it both a useful and not useful source of information. Social Media Video : Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses. Social studies teachers will adore these!

Digital learning futures

Learning with 'e's

I touched on personal learning networks, mobile technologies, games and gamification, the use of social media in learning, the role of user generated content, the phenomenon of ubiquitous connection, and technological convergence. The latter in particular is a trend that is allowing us to use web-enabled television, dual view screens, and in the near future will enable a merging between e-mail and social media.

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

Doug Levin

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. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. Blog EdTech News News news OER

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

Doug Levin

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. I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. EdTech News News news OER

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Collections by Destiny

NeverEndingSearch

Collections are themed curated resources– digital scrapbooks –gathering a variety of media types to meet the needs of targeted groups of users. You can search for Open Educational Resources (OER) within Destiny Discover and immediately add them to your collections. In social media style, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. curation Follett OER open source technology

These Colleges Are Betting That Culturally Relevant Textbooks Will Improve Student Outcomes

Edsurge

The funds will cover financial support and mentorship for faculty who create new open educational resources (OER for short) or adapt existing open textbooks. Filling the Gaps Subjects like English and lower-level math are well-covered in the OER ecosystem.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. Along the way they experience collateral benefits of developing learning agility, building social capital and demonstrating creativity. Social media curation efforts can help us fuel participatory culture as we build and connect communities. Curating OER. Clearly, curation is not only about OER. OER Portals Pearltrees.

Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

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. I see it as similar to the Canvas Commons for resources with a social media component? Text question from Sonja Strahl: Community question – Will the community you were discussing be available for only those with Moodle as their LMS (for both creation of OER and use of OER)?

Do it yourself education

Learning with 'e's

There is no mention for example of the New Zealand based OER University (or its founder Wayne McIntosh) and the ground breaking work they are doing to transform open educational practices in higher education. Those of us who are residents in the land of social media already know the truth of this, but it's nice to see it opined on the pages of a mainstream publication. OER Edupunk Anya Kamenetz blogging Edupreneurs

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Toward Renewable Assessments

Iterating Toward Openness

My colleagues in the Open Education Group and I like to say that when you’re considering the outcomes of research on OER adoption, there are “two ways to win.” ” First, think about three possible outcomes of OER adoption in terms of change in cost and change in learning: Students save money and learn less. When OER is adopted in place of commercial resources, students save a substantial amount of money.

Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

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. I see it as similar to the Canvas Commons for resources with a social media component? Text question from Sonja Strahl: Community question – Will the community you were discussing be available for only those with Moodle as their LMS (for both creation of OER and use of OER)?

Today's Newsletter - Curriculum & IT: Can This Marriage Be Saved?

techlearning

Social Media. The world of learning has evolved rapidly in the past decade. Mobile devices. Data Privacy. All of these can cause curriculum and IT departments to spiral into a Kayne-vs-Taylor-Swift-type feud. In a recent report by Innovative Educator Lisa Nielsen, she writes, “Successful adoption of technology into the curriculum requires a happy marriage between curriculum and technology.

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#CUE17- The Game

CUE

My role has been to monitor social media, contribute to virtual conversations, and share ideas and resources with the #notatcue folks who are participating from a distance. CUE Media Festival. OER Playground (New!). Fire up your Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram accounts and start sharing the pending excitement over social media with #CUE17.

Creating your virtual library (quickly) using Slides and Bitmojis)

NeverEndingSearch

Whether or not we are planning for a virtual experience in September, it is clear that we need to translate our practice. We need strategies for personalizing and enriching the remote learning experience. And it is clear that the library must be the center of that experience.

MAD about Mattering: A New Global Collaborative App Project #steam

The CoolCatTeacher

A toolkit for teachers will be made available at the end of the 2015-2016 school year as an OER (open education resources), allowing other teachers across the world to follow this method of quad engineering. “So You can also follow the movement on social media with the hashtag #appsthatmatter. Media Contact: Kathryn Brannen. The Next Step in Global Collaboration From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Once Reviled in Education, Wikipedia Now Embraced By Many Professors

Edsurge

I hear more often these days about teaching with free online materials instead of traditional textbooks (known as OER). The OER conversation is very energized right now, and it's a complex conversation. I tend to focus on aspects of OER depending on the audience. When I talk with faculty about OER, I tend to talk about how OER is just a better teaching-and-learning resource—a better teaching-and-learning experience.

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Here’s how districts stand out from the crowd

eSchool News

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads. are stepping up digital citizenship and vigilance to combat social media bullying. Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week. Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week.

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The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit Has Started! #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Open Source and OER ? Social and Emotional Learning ? Today is the first day in a daily, two-month free online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning. Whether by circumstance or choice, learning at home is now the reality for more students than ever.

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Districts move to single sign-on solution

eSchool News

SchoolMessenger Passport allows districts to provide teachers, staff, parents and students with quick and secure access to online learning applications, open educational resources (OER), and a variety of school management and administration software programs using a single sign-on. In addition, SchoolMessenger Passport supports access to student information systems, family portals, school social media tools and more.

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Online Learning Book Recommendations: And Why I Read so Few Books on the Topic

Edsurge

Tim Carson, Skilled Trades and OER Advocate First, allow me to tell you why I don’t typically read books about online learning. In fact, he welcomes us to share what we are learning by using the class hashtag across a variety of social media.

New Teaching Resource for Digital Literacy

ProfHacker

Now Mike has published an OER textbook, Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers. While both these activities are valuable, neither addresses a set of real problems students confront daily: evaluating the information that reaches them through their social media streams. I’ve already shared the work Mike Caulfield is doing with the Digital Polarization Initiative , as well as the analysis he has done (and continues to do ) on his blog.

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Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

Edsurge

Already, the Sydney, Australia-based company has pulled back on its social media presence. Department of Education to improve access to open-licensed educational materials, or OER.

Dreaming bigger for Iowa education

Dangerously Irrelevant

like some states and districts, we created open access textbooks and taught teachers how to curate open educational resources (OER), thus freeing up textbook monies for other purposes? we did a much better job of raising the (inter)national visibility of Iowa’s amazing educational initiatives through better utilization of social media channels, online communities, and digital branding and marketing strategies?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

In addition to the long-standing goal of providing brand exposure, marketing through education technology now routinely engages students in activities that facilitate the collection of valuable personal data and that socialize students to accept relentless monitoring and surveillance as normal. This includes legislation and regulations relating to open educational resources (OER), textbook costs, and digital course materials across all levels of education.

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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

EdNews Daily

These future teachers will be able to program starting points and requirements, and masterfully inject social collaboration along the way. Confusion about quality and actual rigor are added by the OER preferential language of both the federal government and the states. In the education social media platform Knowstory, little light bulbs are used as the ratings symbol. By LeiLani Cauthen.

What Is Creative Commons and Why Does It Matter?

Graphite Blog

Not only are you trying to find resources to aid your teaching, but you're also on the lookout for resources that your students can use -- legally, technically, and socially. With so much out there, it can be difficult to figure out what is and isn't suitable for classroom use -- not to mention what will interest students long enough to tear them away from what’s trending on social media.

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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! Liv and her mother shared their personal experiences and journey through harnessing the power of social media for empowering students to claim and share their stories. ISTE both thrills and overwhelms me.

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Write a report.

NeverEndingSearch

This is a good time to document the value of our digital resources –ebooks, audiobooks, streaming media, research databases–whether they are state, regional or local investments. How have you led in curating and integrating OER?

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"Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference - Registrations and Call for Proposals Open

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #librariesascommunityanchors on their social media posts about the event. Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021.

Meet Some Heroes at This Week's Connected Educator Cafe Sessions

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Esther Wojcicki : Educator, journalist, IT & OER consultant. Wednesday, October 23 "Innovating STEM and Literacy" Yovel Badash : Author of No Child Held Back Jim Vanides : Global Social Innovation Program Manager @hp; #edtech blogger [link] , #STEM advocate, educator, technologist, & avid photographer. This week we continue our evening Connected Cafe sessions nightly from 7:30 to 8:30 PM US-Eastern Daylight Time.

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Call for Proposals Now Open - "Libraries as Community Anchors" Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #librariesascommunityanchors on their social media posts about the event. Our third Library 2.021 mini-conference: " Libraries as Community Anchors ," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, October 21st, 2021.