Some Thoughts about OER Research

Iterating Toward Openness

In the mid-late aughts and early teens, when I was still serving as chair for doctoral students, I often had conversations like this: Student (bursting into my office): I have an exciting idea for my dissertation research! Student: I’ll study whether students learn better with OER than with traditional course materials! Student: (ponders briefly) I guess not? You’ve likely crossed over into the realm of OER-enabled pedagogy.).

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Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

In addition, Dr. Michael Nelson, Director of Curriculum and Assessments for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools (ID), explained in the presentation, “ Navigating the Digital Shift: Leveraging Quality Instructional Materials for Learning,” how his schools are shifting to an OER (open educational resources) environment as part of their overall plan to improve individual student achievement. This allows students to delve deeper into concepts and their individual interests.

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OPEN UP RESOURCES RELEASES ITS FIRST FREE OER CURRICULUM

eSchool News

Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math is a problem-based curriculum that fosters discussion-filled classrooms and encourages students to show their mathematical thinking in multiple ways. It is the first curriculum made openly available by Open Up Resources, which was founded to develop new high-quality alternatives to curricula offered by traditional publishers, and to increase equity in education by distributing these materials freely, as OER.

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How to Boost Classroom Engagement With the Tech Tool That 'Always Works'

Edsurge

Teachers now can actually sit with their students for instruction.” Where they used to sit in the back corner and just kind of talk at their students, now they can sit with their students. Teachers and students are now completely interacting through the instruction. There was a small group at a table where the teacher was working on one piece of the lesson, but other students were working on other lesson pieces at their own table groups.

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Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

Given the rise of OER (of which I am a fan ), an increasing array of business models, questions about the degree of alignment to state standards and assessments, claims of effectiveness, and interoperability concerns, the instructional materials procurement decisions facing school districts have never been more complicated. There also was only one dominant business model in the market: districts purchased one textbook per subject per grade per student from approved publishers.

Taking Our Eye Off the Ball

Iterating Toward Openness

I posted the first installment yesterday, explaining how a fundamental failure to understand copyright makes the definition of OER in the new UNESCO recommendation nonsensical. In this second installment, I want to describe how it appears that many in the OER community have taken their eye off the ball. It seems like much of the OER community has all but forgotten about student learning. Success rates among students seeking four year degrees are unacceptably low.

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Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. But when education leaders use these technologies merely as replacements for textbooks, gradebooks, and worksheets, they risk complicating teachers’ jobs with only marginal gains for students. It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies.

Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap. By structuring learning experiences that use technology to promote high levels of collaboration and connectivity, teachers can help students build the skills needed for future success. Guide students through Collaborative Problem Solving.

How to navigate the new device-agnostic classroom

eSchool News

Ultimately, it helps to begin by asking three questions: Why am I exploring a digital learning ecosystem for my students? How can I ensure my digital learning ecosystem will support my students? Why am I exploring a digital learning ecosystem for my students?”. Increased student engagement? Increased student agency and achievement? Ultimately, these systems help students take ownership of their own learning, inside the classroom and out.

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New Posted Resources 10/11/2011

The Web20Classroom

How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement tags: twitter favorite Cyberbullying: An International Perspective | DMLcentral tags: cyberbullying favorite Tony Vincent''s Learning in Hand - Project Based Learning tags: pbl projectbasedlearning mobilelearning mlearning favorite What Does "Technology Integration" Mean?

5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs

Edsurge

Working in tech and media for the past 20 years, I’ve seen some of these changes firsthand, and one thing has proven consistently true: Engagement is critical when learning new information and mastering new skills. We know that dips in student engagement have dramatic effects on the metrics we care about: academic performance, social emotional learning (SEL), school climate, and attendance. These are critical skills our students need to thrive long-term.

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Part 5…Beyond the Shine : Supporting Technology with the SAMR Model plus Ten Great Resource Sites

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. Link: Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources. Transforming technology into a blended learning experience has become a necessity for those educators wanting to engage student centered learning in the 21st century classroom.

With Adaptive Tech, Students Are Saving Money and Learning More

Edsurge

Community colleges are known for innovating to meet the challenges of educating some of the nation’s most disadvantaged students: low-income, first-generation, minority, and adult learners. These digital tools help students master course learning goals by using data generated from students’ interactions with the adaptive software to predict what students should view or do next online. Now, students now only pay $25 per semester.

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Sign up now: [link] Whether by circumstance or choice, learning at home is now the reality for more students than ever. We have asked our speakers to answer this question in their presentations: "What do you know about learning that could dramatically help or change the lives of students, parents, teachers, librarians, or others at this moment?" Engagement ? Open Source and OER ? Practical Student Tools (Email / Calendars / Organizers) ? Student 2.0 ?

The Learning Counsel launches digital curriculum survey

eSchool News

This also provided a great opportunity to engage current staff members in the planning and implementation process.”. This was followed by: 2) increased student engagement; 3) project-based learning for student instruction; 4) personalized learning; and 5) intervention for struggling students. OER versus paying for fully complete publisher products.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning. They are now in their fifth year of 1:1 with iPads for grades K-12, and have designed learning environments to create student engagement.

Can US Higher Education Publishers Leverage a Subscription Model

Kitaboo on EdTech

Educational publishers, who till now had a steady stream of income compared to non-educational book publishers, due to the recurring need for textbooks every year by students, are now gradually shifting towards digital publishing. This change is the result of overpriced textbooks which drove students towards less expensive sources like eBooks, used textbooks, rental books etc. A similar choice can be offered to higher education students. Students seek value for money.

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Digital Courseware or ePUB – Which is the Future of Higher Education?

Kitaboo on EdTech

According to Pearson Education, 84% teachers , administrators and students think that shifting to digital can solve the challenges of education. At the other end of the spectrum lies digital courseware, which is built from scratch to suit the learning needs of the students.

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Final Schedule + Speakers Posted - Join Us for "Library as Classroom" Mini Conference This Wednesday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Libraries of all kinds serve as formal and informal creative classrooms, supporting learners by employing emerging strategies in learning and engagement. The second of our three free Library 2.016 online mini-conferences: " Library as Classroom ," is this Wednesday, June 15th! There is still time to register to join us from 12:00 - 3:00pm US-Pacific Time ( click for your own time zone), or to be able to watch the recordings at your convenience. The full schedule is below.

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

Marketplace K-12

It’s important to speak in specific rather than general terms…It’s not always the case, but it’s fair to say there’s a disproportionate number of students in virtual schooling who are there because physical schools have failed them in some form or another. “We see technology as the means by which I can apply the benefits of teaching to far more people, and you can help free teachers up to spend more time with students, engaging students, learning from each other.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Content and Curriculum Creator, Project Explorer Creating OER-s and Interactive STEM Applications in Mathematics Higher Education , Lucie Mingla Math Educator, New York City College of Technology, CUNY Cross-cultural alignments, fertilization, differentiation: Bridging the gaps through technology , Melda N.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Sueann Galt, STEM Coordinator Does the use of ‘Learning Menus’ increase students’ intrinsic motivation? Build a Bridge: Transitioning to STEM TPBL - Beth Witte, Program Coordinator Creating Citizen Scientists in the Classroom - Matthew Rudisi – Science Faculty (Biology) Re-awakening Students’ Curiosity - Frank Kowalski, Physics Prof. Carmona, Lead Contract English Instructor Student-Generated Apps for Mobile Devices – can they enhance higher levels of understanding?

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Purdue Global Demands Students Waive Right to Sue.” His wife is also the founder of the OER organization CK12. Via NPR : “ Student Loan Watchdog Quits , Says Trump Administration ‘Turned Its Back’ On Borrowers.” Via The New York Times : “The Student Debt Problem Is Worse Than We Imagined.” Via The New York Times : “Feeling Suicidal , Students Turned to Their College.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

It works well, that is, if you disregard student data privacy and security. 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. Students don’t pay attention to lectures, they would argue. Students would be required to pay.