OER Digest – June 15th, 2017

From Brady Yano (SPARC) | Volume 33 | June 15, 2017


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

ONTARIO’S OT LIBRARY: Last week, eCampusOntario announced the launch of a new virtual Open Textbook Library established to offer students a repository of resources which are licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. The library will host 180 faculty reviewed OER, sourced from the BCcampus collection. The Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development also announced $1 million which will be put towards developing new OER.

NE OER SUMMIT RECAP: Earlier this week, the University of Massachusetts Amherst hosted the first Northeast Regional OER Summit. The main event brought together over 260 attendees from across the Northeast region (and beyond!) for a day focused on strategies and best practices for implementing OER on campus. Many of these attendees also attended an OER Leadership Day the day before. David Wiley of Lumen Learning and Marilyn Billings of UMass Amherst’s Open Education Initiative keynoted the event. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #NEOERsummit17.

DMAPS UPDATE: The Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS,) an online database, initially launched by SETDA, has recently been updated. The online database that details states’ policies for digital instruction, shows state-by-state comparisons, which now includes filtering options such as “Open Educational Resources – Recommended/Endorsed by the State” and “Open Education Resources Materials Developed by State”. Read more>>

OER FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has announced a new call for applications to establish and operate a center that will “design, develop, and disseminate digital open educational tools and resources to build the capacity of educators to use practices supported by evidence and improve results for students with disabilities.”

SAVINGS AT TCC: Tacoma Community College has officially saved students $2 million since to adoption of their Z-Degree Program in 2011! Congratulations to the team at TCC!

OPEN ED ADVISORS: The Open Education team at BCcampus has just announced the addition of two new Open Education Advisers, Lucas Wright and Rajiv Jhangiani! As Open Education Advisors, they will support open education projects, including the new Zed Cred degrees, OER grants, advocate for open education in B.C., and work with all B.C. post-secondary institutions to advance open education initiatives. Congratulations to Lucas and Rajiv!

FINALIST ONCE MORE: For the second year in a row, Curriki, has been named a 2017 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Digital Aggregation & Sharing Solution category. Curriki which hosts a free library of 265,000+ educator-vetted OER spanning all K-12 subject areas. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries. Curriki has been honored as one of 160 finalists across the 34 education technology categories.

THANK YOU TJ BLISS: On behalf of the OER Digest team, we would like to take a moment to recognize TJ Bliss who as of yesterday has officially concluded his time at the Hewlett Foundation. Thank you for your support in making projects like the OER Digest possible, and for your insight shared during your time at Hewlett. We look forward to working with you in your new capacity at the Wiki Education Foundation!


Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

EVENT: Cengage will be hosting a webcast entitled the Journey to OER on June 28th at 3 EDT. Click here to register.

EVENT: Registration for #OpenEd17 is now OPEN! The conference will be taking place Oct 11-13 in Anaheim, CA. Click here to register.

JOB: Open Up Resources is looking for a new Associate to join their team, based out of New York or Seattle. Click here to view the posting.

OPPORTUNITY: The Hewlett Foundation is looking for your feedback on its OER Metrics and Targets. All feedback is welcome here.

OPPORTUNITY: The Commonwealth of Learning is looking for your feedback on its Regional Consultations on Open Educational Resources: Stakeholder Survey. Click here to get started.

RESOURCE: Recordings of the keynotes from the University System of New Hampshire ATI 2017 have been made available here.


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

FROM IOWA: “Perhaps to you can relate to the struggle in finding the ‘right’ textbook for your course.  My office bookshelf is littered with my attempts. The ongoing search for a better book left me frustrated,” says Kirkwood Community College, Assistant Professor, Emily S. Logan. “The more frequently I taught the courses, the more I brought in ‘supplemental’ readings, outside of the required textbook.  From these experiences, I wondered if relying solely on open educational resources, as well as other non-copyrighted sources, would be a better alternative.” Read more>>

FROM UTAH: “Mower, who is an advocate of free open educational resources (OER), said there was a movement on campus led by librarians to get faculty to implement OER in their courses, but that many instructors were skeptical and balked at the idea. “If it hasn’t come through the publishing industry, it lacks peer review,” Archer recalled some Utah faculty members saying about OER. Read more>>


TJ Bliss‏ @tjbliss

Well…I just approved my last grant as a #Hewlett Program Officer (you’re welcome, @lpetrides @ISKME). It’s been a great ride, ya’ll. #OER


Interesting Reads Relating to Education and Open

Challenges in Curation: Successfully Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom | Digital Promise


From Open to Action: Open Textbook Summit 2017 | BCcampus


OER Researchers Don’t Disaggregate Data on Diverse Students. Here’s Why They Should | EdSurge


Open Educational Resources Fill Gap for Underserved Students | EdWeek


Opening the Framework: Connecting Open Education Practices and Information Literacy | Open Oregon


Supporting the Full Life-Cycle for OER-Based Lessons is Critically Important | THE Journal


UC Irvine Secures Global Partnership with IEEE Computer Society | MarketWired



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