Month: July 2017

Regular Edition

OER Digest – July 28th, 2017

From Brady Yano and Katie Steen (SPARC) | Volume 36 | July 28th, 2017

With an update from Lisa Petrides

THE OER DIGEST

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

#NAACP108: This week, over 10,000 people gathered in Baltimore, MD for the NAACP’s 108th Annual Convention. OER advocates organized by ISKME, including, OpenStax, SPARC, Creative Commons-USA., and Foresight Law & Policy, staffed a booth for the entirety of the conference discussing how equity and inclusion can be achieved through OER with NAACP state chapter members. ISKME is working to connect the larger OER community and NAACP state education chairs to help put into practice the resolution that was passed in 2016 that urged NAACP members to support the use and adoption of OER in their states and districts.

AMAZON INSPIRE: Amazon recently opened the beta version of Amazon Inspire, a repository of K-12 learning materials, after nearly a year of invitation-only access. However, the controversial share feature has not yet been made available. All materials submitted to the platform hold either a Amazon Inspire Custom License or Creative Commons license. Read more here.

GROWING COLLECTION: BCcampus announced last week the addition of five new open textbooks to their collection. The new textbooks cover the disciplines of film studies, financial accounting, history and academic success.

OPEN OREGON UPDATE: The Open Oregon Educational Resources 2016-17 OER grant projects are complete – congratulations grantees! 8,370 students at 21 institutions have saved over $1,000,000 to date. Check out more of the details here.

ALG GOES CC BY: Affordable Learning Georgia has just opened their RFP process for this year’s Textbook Transformation Grants. The changes accompanying this grant cycle include the licensing of all newly-created grant resources as CC BY, emphasis on core curriculum courses to maximize impact, as well as grant funding for OER revision and ancillary resource creation.

OPEN CONNECTIONS

Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

EVENT: Less than one week left to apply to attend OpenCon Nov 11-13 in Berlin, Germany! Click here to apply now!

EVENT: The Rebus Community and Open Textbook Network is hosting their August Office Hours on Wednesday August 30th at 2pm EDT. The topic is Metadata and Open Textbooks. Click here to RSVP.

JOB: The Open Education Consortium is looking for a new Executive Director. Check out the job description here.

SUBSCRIBE: If you haven’t already – subscribe to the OER Digest here.

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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


FROM GEORGIA: “I have the fortune to work with faculty who are very progressive and not afraid of change,” said Vargas, who has been teaching college-level math for 13 years. “Once they heard the narrative behind all this — ‘Are we going to help students to be able to stop paying $250 or $350 for textbooks?’ — they were all on board.” Read more>>

FROM MICHIGAN: Prystowsky and Kelland say Lansing’s initiative is moving forward quickly because of Gong’s tenacity. “The barrier is that faculty say they don’t have time to look for OER,” Gong said. “Since I am managing it … I can help them. I can find five [open] books for them to review. I can’t mandate, but I can say that this is a good candidate for a replacement,” she added. “That’s the most effective approach.” Read more>>

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Daniel Williamson‏ @new_edu

Just read initial report showing that the presence of #OER decreased Drop Fail Withdrawal rate by 25.1% compared to non-OER courses.

SYLLABUS

Interesting Reads Relating to Education and Open

Campus launches new research support website | The Daily Californian

http://www.dailycal.org/2017/07/21/campus-launches-new-research-support-website/

CCC to Offer New Online Degree Program | Press Republican

http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/ccc-to-offer-new-online-degree-program/article_5186427b-1da4-5cf3-8066-e5d4840132e0.html

Language Open Education Brings Teachers Around the Country to UT | The Daily Texan

http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/07/25/language-open-education-brings-teachers-around-the-country-to-ut-0

Open Ed. Provider Appealing Decision in Closely Watched Lawsuit | EdWeek

https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/open-ed-provider-appealing-decision-in-closely-watched-lawsuit/

‘Precision Education’ Hopes to Apply Big Data to Lift Diverse Student Groups | EdSurge

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-07-19-precision-education-hopes-to-apply-big-data-to-lift-diverse-student-groups

Report: K-12 educators more confident about technology use | EdScoop

http://edscoop.com/report-educators-more-confident-about-technology-use

What About the Bookstore? | College & Research Libraries News

http://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/16700/18183

Have suggestions for the next edition? Let us know at oerdigest@gmail.com, or tweet us @OERdigest.

The OER Digest is a public newsletter distributed to a broad group of stakeholders across the higher education community. You can join the open Google Group or check out the distribution list here.
Regular Edition

OER Digest – July 13th, 2017

From Katie Steen and Brady Yano (SPARC) | Volume 35 | July 13th, 2017

With updates from Ethan Senack and Amanda Coolidge

THE OER DIGEST

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

STATE LEG UPDATE: Recently, two bills related to OER were signed into law and a third is waiting to be signed.

  • In California, the legislature passed the budget for FY18 that appropriates an additional $5M over last year’s appropriation for community colleges to implement student equity plans. Services for high-need students can include development of OER and zero-textbook-cost degrees.

  • A bill in Connecticut signed by the governor was originally introduced to encourage the use of digital discounts in the state. The final bill language encourages institutions to establish guidelines that reduce the costs of textbook and educational resources.

  • In Oregon, HB 2729 establishes the “Oregon’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Program” and will require the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to regularly convene faculty, staff and librarians from public universities and colleges to coordinate OER efforts.

  • Correction: the vetoed Florida legislation referenced in the last Digest would have changed statute around community college management but would not have altered the state’s existing open textbook policy language.

OPENCON REPORT ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION: This week the OpenCon team released a new report entitled Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Learnings and Next Steps. The report includes relevant lessons learned in organizing the first three OpenCon global conferences, a conference planning checklist based on those learnings, and a self-assessment of OpenCon’s global meetings to date. In addition to the release of the report, the OpenCon team welcomes community feedback on the report through GitHub, where they have created an online version of the site. You can find the online version of the report here and details on contributing here.

CC FILES AMICUS BRIEF: Last week, Creative Commons asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for permission to file an amicus brief in litigation involving the BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.

OER, CANADA: BCcampus announced its most recent set of open education grant recipients – including one for the first “zed creds” or zero-textbook cost degree programs in Canada. Three institutions have won funding to create their own Zed Cred programs, and all materials created through the grant will be licensed CC-BY.

OPEN SUNY HITS 20: Open SUNY Textbooks has just added their 19th and 20th open textbooks to their collection. You can check out their new titles here.

OPENSTAX PLATFORM: On Monday, OpenStax launched an online learning platform, OpenStax Tutor Beta. OpenStax Tutor will be available for 3 courses — Sociology, Biology, and College Physics — for Fall. Eventually, OpenStax plans to make Tutor Beta available in all subject areas where it publishes content. The new platform will cost $10 per student, combining existing OER with personalized assessment. OpenStax is working to integrate the new platform into learning management systems by Fall 2018.

OPEN CONNECTIONS

Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

EVENT: Inside Higher Ed is hosting a webinar, sponsored by Cengage, on “The OER Moment” on July 18th at 2pm EDT. Click here to register.

EVENT: The Open Textbook Network and Rebus Community is hosting their July Office Hours on Wednesday July 26th, at 2pm EDT. The topic of the call is “Keeping Open Textbooks Up to Date”. Click here to RSVP.

EVENT: Apply now to attend OpenCon Nov 11-13 in Berlin, Germany. Travel scholarships are available. OpenCon is the conference to empower the next generation to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

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

JOB: The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) is looking for a Director of Digital Services and Open Educational Resources. Click here to learn more.

OPPORTUNITY: Creative Commons USA is looking for resources around open licensing – open education, data, access, culture, and more. CC-USA will be hosting a “Partner Resources” page on their website and are looking for reports, fact sheets, tools, studies, data sets, search engines, etc to direct traffic to.

OPPORTUNITY: SPARC is working with a team of librarians to develop an OER Mythbusting Resource catered to a higher education faculty audience. Click here to provide your feedback on which myths are worth investigating!

SUBSCRIBE: If you haven’t already – subscribe to the OER Digest here.

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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

FROM ILLINOIS: “The camp was an excellent opportunity for faculty to improve the quality of their courses by incorporating new technologies, digital resources and their own expert materials into courses,” said Julie Freelove, co-chairwoman of MCC’s textbook ad hoc committee. “These changes will not only improve course quality but reduce the cost of textbooks for MCC students.” Read more>>

FROM KANSAS: “No one will wait for their loans to buy the book or not buy the book and take academic risks in doing that or take fewer courses if their textbook is free,” said Josh Bolick, a scholarly communications librarian who has spearheaded the effort. Read more>>

TWEET OF THE WEEK

Amanda Coolidge‏ @acoolidge

BCcampus is pleased to announce the 2017 Open Education Grant recipients https://bccampus.ca/2017/07/13/bccampus-is-pleased-to-announce-the-2017-open-education-grant-recipients/ … via @bccampus #oer #zedcred

SYLLABUS

Interesting Reads Relating to Education and Open

A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER | THE Journal

https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/11/a-thumbs-up-to-open-up.aspx

Follett Introduces New Tool to Bridge Gap Between OERs, Content and Technology | Campus Technology

https://campustechnology.com/articles/2017/07/03/follett-unveils-new-tool-to-bridge-gap-between-oers-content-and-technology.aspx?admgarea=news

Free Foundations: Empowering Open Advocates at the HLLR Open Educational Resources (OER) Day | Open Shelf

http://www.open-shelf.ca/170701-ocula-free-foundations-open-educational-resources/

KU Partners with Open Textbook Program to Increase Affordability | The University Daily Kansan

http://www.kansan.com/news/ku-partners-with-open-textbook-program-to-increase-affordability/article_1f47cab0-6007-11e7-9198-278ab4390448.html

National Study Shows Open Education Resources Enjoys Strong Faculty Support | The Suburban Times

http://thesubtimes.com/2017/07/04/national-study-shows-open-education-resources-enjoys-strong-faculty-support/

New Pilot Project Encourages Faculty Members to Go Beyond the Textbook | U Today

https://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2017-07-05/new-pilot-project-encourages-faculty-members-go-beyond-textbook

2017 OER State Legislation Roundup | SPARC

https://sparcopen.org/news/2017/2017-oer-state-legislation-roundup/

Have suggestions for the next edition? Let us know at oerdigest@gmail.com, or tweet us @OERdigest.

The OER Digest is a public newsletter distributed to a broad group of stakeholders across the higher education community. You can join the open Google Group or check out the distribution list here.
css.php