Month: March 2017

Regular Edition

OER Digest – March 23rd, 2017

From Katie Steen (USPIRG) and Brady Yano (SPARC) | Volume 27 | March 23rd, 2017

With help from Erika Aparaka (CCSSO)

THE OER DIGEST

Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and reminders

HAPPY EARLY OPEN ED WEEK: On behalf of the OER Digest team, we wish everyone a happy 5th Open Education Week! Congratulations to everyone on their successes from this past year and we look forward to celebrating the week with you both online and in person. Follow all the events by searching #OpenEducationWk on Twitter.

ACRL OER PRECONFERNCE: Yesterday SPARC’s Nicole Allen and Open Textbook Network’s Sarah Cohen hosted an ACRL Preconference entitled “Running Effective OER and Open Textbook Initiatives in Your Academic Library.” The event had more than 70 participants in attendance who left the day long workshop ready to take action on their campuses! Check out the highlights on Twitter by searching #LibOER.

RECAP OF OE GLOBAL: OEGlobal 2017 featured over 111 sessions including 80 presentations, 14 action labs, 7 panel discussions, 1 flipped presentation and 9 poster presentations. The conference had a global reach with attendees from 38 countries. Presentations from the event are available here.

CANADIAN COLLABORATION: Recognizing the many benefits of collaboration in this space, Canadian organizations BCcampus and eCampusOntario are coming together to better support faculty and by extension students in the province of Ontario. Read more>>

STATE LEGISLATION UPDATE: A number of bills are moving through state legislatures across the country related to OER. A bill in Virginia was sent to the Governor that creates the Online Virginia Network Authority and requires the reduction of program costs through open access. Another bill was recently introduced in New Jersey requiring institutions of higher education to offer open textbooks.

OPEN CONNECTIONS

Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

EVENT: In recognition of Open Education Week, SPARC is hosting a special webcast entitled “Successful OER Adoption Models: Academic Libraries Leading the Way” on March 29th from 2-3 EDT. https://sparcopen.org/event/successful-oer-adoption-models-academic-libraries-leading-way/

EVENT: BCcampus’ webinar series Open Education Stories from across B.C. continues with its third event, on March 29th, from 10-11 PST. https://open.bccampus.ca/2017/02/28/webinar-series-open-education-stories-from-across-b-c-unbc/

EVENT: Join Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute’s virtual conference NOVA Opens Up, March 27 – 31, 2017. https://www.openeducationweek.org/events/nova-opens-up

EVENT: Registration for #OER17: The Politics of Open closes soon! The conference will take place April 5-6 in London, UK https://oer17.oerconf.org/#gref

JOB: BCcampus is seeking an energetic and collaborative Open Education Advisor. Deadline to apply is March 29th. https://bccampus.ca/advisor-open-education/

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

A brief snapshot of those making change on the ground level, and those most impacted

FROM DC: “The costs of textbooks are unreal,” said Sydney Eskin. “GW is already interested in this, but it is our responsibility as student leaders to push it further. A lot of people don’t realize it’s an option.” Eskin added that while it may take some time to adjust, professors will be able to adapt and review textbooks for their students. Read more>>

FROM OKLAHOMA: “This is something I’ve had interest in recently,” SGA President Johnson said. “People at the library are interested in making this happen too, so hopefully a pilot program will be happening next year.” Johnson encouraged senators to contact him if they want to be involved in his meetings at the library because he will graduate before the program becomes a reality. “This really is a great cause, so I don’t just want to see it die when I graduate,” Johnson said. Read more>>

FROM IDAHO: “Advocating for our students is a natural role for librarians,” says Gaines. “In many cases, faculty members are unaware of just how expensive the books they select are…or how much of an impact a $200 book can have on an average student. Open educational resources…[n]ot only alleviate the financial burden on students but…provide flexibility and freedom for faculty.” Gaines’s passion for OER combines her belief in open access (OA) and her commitment to making education more affordable for all. Read more>>

TWEET OF THE WEEK

delonger @delonger  Mar 21

Textbook petting zoo today @NMC_library to show how $$$ books cost.  Using #OER NMC faculty have saved student 481K so far! @OpenStax

SYLLABUS

Interesting Reads on Education and Open

Campaign Spotlights Global Open Education Movement | Campus Technology

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/03/22/campaign-spotlights-global-open-education-movement.aspx?admgarea=new

Considering OER? Here’s What You Need To Know | eSchool News http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/03/10/oer-6-things-know/

Lessons learned in accessibility through the BC Open Textbook Project | BCcampus

https://open.bccampus.ca/2017/03/08/lessons-learned-in-accessibility-through-the-bc-open-textbook-project/

Open Educational Resources and School Librarians – The Right Fit! | Journal of the American Association of School Librarians

http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/open-educational-resources-school-librarians-right-fit/

Open Source Textbooks Could Save Students a Bundle | Southern Maryland Online

http://somd.com/news/headlines/2017/21753.php

Student Senate: Body will discuss opposing proposed textbook initiative | The Post

http://www.thepostathens.com/article/2017/03/student-senate-propsed-textbook-initiative

Textbooks Could Be History As Schools Switch To Free Online Learning | philly.com

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/History-books-could-soon-be-history-as-schools-switch-to-free-online-learning.html

What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed | The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://www.chronicle.com/article/What-Trump-s-Budget-Outline/239511

USG’s textbook resolution passes in University Senate | thelantern

http://thelantern.com/2017/03/usgs-textbook-resolution-passes-in-university-senate/

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Regular Edition

OER Digest – March 9th, 2017

From Brady Yano (SPARC) | Volume 26 | March 9th, 2017

THE OER DIGEST

Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and reminders

OE GLOBAL 2017: The OE Global Conference is currently underway in Cape Town, South Africa. Each year the conference brings together leaders in open education from across the world and is organized by the Open Education Consortium. Tonight, the winners of the Open Education Awards for Excellence were also announced. Prior to this year’s event, there was also a workshop marking the 10-year anniversary of the Cape Town Declaration. Follow the conference on Twitter using the #OEglobal.

OER + IR: A new article titled Open Educational Resources and Institutional Repositories by Christine L Ferguson explores the ways in which libraries create and store open educational resources (OER) in institutional repositories (IR). The article addresses issues such as  preservation and versioning of OER content, copyright and licensing, funding, and staffing and features interviews and literature from institutions such as the University of Minnesota, the University of Kansas, and Grand Valley State University.

MOTION DISMISSED: In the litigation of Great Minds and FedEx Office, the court has issued an order granting FedEx Office’s motion to dismiss. This litigation centered around the interpretation of the CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license, known as BY-NC-SA. In this case, Great Minds claims that FedEx Office violated the terms of the BY-NC-SA license Great Minds applied to educational materials when FedEx Office copied material at the direction of school districts for non commercial use in classrooms. Read more>>

NEW OPINION PIECE: A new article written by nine school district superintendents from nine states explores some common misunderstandings about OER. Published in The Hechinger Report, the article features experiences from #GoOpen districts. Read more>>

IWD 2017: In recognition of International Women’s Day, the OER Digest team congratulates and thanks all of the amazing female OER leaders we are so fortunate to have in this movement. Kudos to you all for your continued dedication in championing open education initiatives around the world!

 

OPEN CONNECTIONS

Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

EVENT: Open Oregon Educational Resources is hosting a webinar on effective strategies for OER initiatives, featuring Openstax’s Nicole Finkbeiner on March 13th from 12-1pm PST. http://openoregon.org/events/event/effectively-encouraging-the-use-of-oer-on-your-campus/

EVENT: BCcampus is hosting a one-hour Pressbooks Training Webinar on March 14th from 10-11am PST. https://bccampus.ca/event/one-hour-pressbooks-training-march/

EVENT: OpenStax and OER Commons will be hosting a webinar on Additional Faculty OER Resources on March 16th from 3-4 CDT. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2184505684117689345

EVENT: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference will be taking place from October 11-13th.The call for proposals closes March 31st. https://openedconference.org/2017/call/

EVENT: In celebration of Open Education Week, SPARC will be hosting a webcast titled Successful OER Adoption Models: Academic Libraries Leading the Way on March 29, 2-3 EDT. RSVP to attend! https://sparcopen.org/event/successful-oer-adoption-models-academic-libraries-leading-way/

EVENT: Registration for #OER17: The Politics of Open closes soon! The conference will take place April 5-6 in London, UK. https://oer17.oerconf.org/#gref

JOB: Yale University Library is looking for a Digital Scholarship Project Manager. https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWebHost/jobdetails.aspx?jobId=1006023&partnerid=25053&siteid=5248

JOB: BCcampus is seeking an energetic and collaborative Open Education Advisor. Deadline to apply is March 23rd. https://bccampus.ca/advisor-open-education/

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

A brief snapshot of those making change on the ground level, and those most impacted

FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA: Undergraduate students in Dr. Wyeth Wasserman’s cancer genetics class had a unique assignment: to write their own e-textbook for their course. “Textbooks cost too much and students should have high quality, free materials,” says Dr. Wasserman, who led the project. He is executive director of BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia and a senior scientist with the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics. Read more>>

FROM GEORGIA: The college’s faculty have been working since fall 2015 to expand Open Education Resources courses each semester. Almost half a million dollars’ worth of student savings was yielded the first semester alone. To date, GHC has saved students $3.8 million in textbook costs. OER course conversions are aided by the University System of Georgia’s Affordable Learning Georgia initiative, which promotes student success by providing cost-free alternatives to expensive textbooks. Read more>>

TWEET OF THE WEEK

James GlapaGrossklag‏ @JGlapaGrossklag

Students perceive profs who use #OER as more kind, creative & encouraging. @johnhiltoniii #oeglobal 1/2

SYLLABUS

Interesting Reads on Education and Open

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open-Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them | EdSurge

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-02-08-a-growing-but-controversial-idea-in-open-access-textbooks-let-students-help-write-them

Cashing In On Textbook Rentals | Barron’s Next

http://www.barrons.com/articles/cashing-in-on-textbook-rentals-1488410596

Districts ‘Go Open’ For Instructional Resources | The Dispatch

http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=56503

Education Publisher Pearson Reports Biggest Loss In Its History | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/24/education-publisher-pearson-loss-us-penguin-random-house

Franklin U Expands Digital Textbook Project | Campus Technology

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/02/23/franklin-u-expands-digital-textbook-project.aspx

Free Psychology Textbook Available For Students | Campus Current

http://www.thecampuscurrent.com/3549/showcase/online-textbooks-resourceful-to-students/

Ministers, Experts Urge Inclusive Access And Quality Education Through Open Educational Resources | UNESCO

http://en.unesco.org/news/ministers-experts-urge-inclusive-access-and-quality-education-through-open-educational

New Solutions—Not Just New Winners—In the Curriculum Marketplace | New America

https://www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/new-solutionsnot-just-new-winners-curriculum-marketplace/

Opinion: Textbooks Are Criminally Overpriced | The Sentinel

http://ksusentinel.com/2017/02/27/opinion-textbooks-are-criminally-overpriced/

Rutgers, NJPIRG Helping to Reduce Textbook Costs | Daily Record

http://www.dailyrecord.com/story/news/2017/02/27/rutgers-njpirg-helping-reduce-textbook-costs/98474304/

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