Month: February 2018

Regular Edition

OER Digest – February 22, 2018

From Ethan Senack, Creative Commons USA | Volume 51 | February 22nd, 2018

With updates from Nicole Allen

THE OER DIGEST

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

FROM THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Education’s open licensing requirement for educational resources produced through competitive grants is now in full swing. Language is now being included in new grant programs specifying the requirement for prospective grantees. Check it out in the recent call for applications to the Native American Career and Technical Education Program.

IN THE STATES: A bill in Virginia directing public higher education institutions to adopt guidelines for OER has passed the House and is up for a hearing this afternoon in the Senate. Advocates are pushing to remove language that would call for guidelines on “low-cost commercially published materials.” A bill in Hawaii that originally drew concern has been amended to create a statewide task force and grant fund for open education, following the recommendations of stakeholders and advocates across the state. Legislators in New Jersey, California, Ohio, and Iowa also introduced bills that could impact OER.

NEW MICROSOFT PARTNERSHIP: Microsoft announced a partnership with EdGate to supply “links and metadata for carefully curated and vetted OER that have been aligned to national and international K-12 educational standards” through their Educational Resources platform in Office 365. They aim to narrow results so teachers can find resources that are specifically applicable to their own state or regional curricular standards.

ON MACMILLAN: Textbook publishing giant Macmillan announced what they call a new OER-based service last week. The announcement triggered much discussion among OER community members, particularly around how the word ‘open’ is used by industry members when they are charging a fee for the wraparound service. Macmillan has since said that they plan to make any OER used in their courses publicly available on their partner Intellus’ website. Stay tuned for more information as Macmillan launches the courses throughout the spring.

STUDENTS OUT FRONT: Students are increasingly joining the vanguard of on-campus efforts to move away from expensive course materials and support OER. At West Virginia University, students have recruited legislators to introduce an OER-focused bill. At Tufts, students created a textbook exchange to help facilitate the used book market on campus. Students from East Tennessee State University encouraged their institution to join the Open Textbook Network. At Grand Valley State University, students are collaborating with faculty to advocate for campus OER grants.

NEW STAFF: Creative Commons HQ welcomes Jennryn Wetzler as Assistant Director of Open Education. She’s worked on open education for years through the U.S. Department of State.

OPEN ED WEEK: We’re less than two weeks away from the start of Open Education Week 2018. This year, it “is a celebration of the Global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.” See the call for participation, and more ideas for hosting events here.

 

OPEN CONFERENCES

Upcoming Events, Proposal and Registration Deadlines, Report-Backs

SUBMIT PROPOSAL: PressED is a twitter conference (#pressedconf18) looking into how WordPress is used in teaching, pedagogy and research. Submit a proposal by March 2nd here: http://pressedconf.org/

 

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

Quick snapshots of those making change on the ground level, and those impacted

IN K-12, FROM NORTH CAROLINA: “One of the biggest values of using the two comprehensive sets of open educational resources, says Kingsley, was that it enabled the district to free up dollars that would have been spent on textbooks for professional learning. The district has invested more than $1.5 million in professional learning this year tied to the new curriculum materials.” Read More >

IN H.E., FROM CALIFORNIA: “It takes 19 hours working a minimum wage job to pay for a $200 book, according to data collected by Hancock, and Scarffe said the college serves a very high percentage of low-income and first generation college students. In a survey of 609 students conducted by Hancock’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness in 2017, 65 percent of students said they had dropped a class due to the price of a required textbook. Sixty-one percent of students surveyed said they spent at least $200 on textbooks each semester, and 45 percent said they had avoided registering for courses with costly required textbooks.” Read More >

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Each edition, we’ll highlight an interesting, new, openly-licensed resource

BCcampus Open Education’s Lauri M. Aesoph released a Self-Publishing Guide for producing open textbooks. The 188-page guide covers everything from early planning to post-publication actions, and is available under CC-BY. See more about the guide and BCcampus’ other helpful docs here, or go straight to the PDF.

 

WEIGH IN

Interesting Discussions and Strategic Reads to Repost or Share

Great to Share >>

Where OER can (and can’t) close the opportunity gap | OpenStax

https://openstax.org/blog/where-oer-can-and-cant-close-opportunity-gap

Interesting to Consider >>

Services Go Up, Stuff Goes Down (Except Textbooks) | Inside Higher Ed

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/services-go-stuff-goes-down-except-textbooks

5 Insights to Help Prepare Students for the Future of Work | EdWeek Market Brief

https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/5-insights-help-prepare-students-future-work-economist-google/

What We Mean When We Say “Ecosystem Coordinator” | The Learning Accelerator

https://learningaccelerator.org/blog/what-we-mean-when-we-say-ecosystem-coordinator

Stories of Sustainability | American Libraries

https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/stories-of-sustainability/

Pearson hit again as weak U.S. demand weighs on education group | Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pearson-outlook/pearson-hit-again-as-weak-u-s-demand-weighs-on-education-group-idUSKBN1F60ZZ

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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 – February 8th, 2018

From Katie Steen (SPARC) | Volume 50 | February 8, 2018 

With updates from Matt Ruen

THE OER DIGEST

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

WA STUDENTS HAVE SPOKEN: 10,000 students across Washington’s 34 community and technical college were asked about the affordability of course materials. The responses showed that an alarming amount of students do not have access to the required course materials they need. 44% of students indicated that they have sometimes or often taken courses without the required materials due to the cost. Student respondents recommended that institutions use open educational resources to combat expensive materials.

OER APPROVED IN OH: Ohio State surveyed students and instructors in 12 courses across a diverse set of disciplines about their experience with OER and other low-cost materials. The survey found that students and faculty were generally pleased with the quality and experience of using open and affordable digital materials. According to David Mullins, Evaluation and Feedback Lead from ODEE, “The key to making learning affordable is focusing on high-quality OERs that enhance the educational experience for students in their courses.”

GEORGIA HITS MILESTONE: The University System of Georgia’s OER repository hit a milestone! Since its launch in 2016, the repository has clocked 100,000 full-text downloads.

STATE UPDATE: Thus far in 2018, there are 35 active K-12 and higher education bills in 14 states that impact OER or mention it directly. We’ve seen legislation filed that would positively impact OER and others that could have negative consequences. Stay tuned for updates on these bills as legislative sessions progress.

OEC ANNOUNCES NEW ED: On February 6th the Open Education Consortium announced its new Executive Director, Paul Stacey. Paul joins OEC after five years as Associate Director of Global Learning for Creative Commons. Prior to Creative Commons Paul helped found BCcampus in 2003 and led its open education initiative for nine years.

 

OPEN CONFERENCES

Upcoming Events, Proposal and Registration Deadlines, Report-Backs  

REGISTER: Registration is open for the Open Education Symposium hosted by  Florida State University Libraries on March 8th. Register here: https://www.lib.fsu.edu/events/open-education-symposium

SAVE THE DATE: The 15th Annual Open Education Conference (#OpenEd18) will be October 10-12, 2018 in Niagara Falls, NY.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Participate in Open Education Week (March 5-9) by submitting an event you’re hosting or an open resource to be featured on the OEW website. Submit by February 25th here: https://www.openeducationweek.org/page/call-for-participation

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

Quick snapshots of those making change on the ground level, and those impacted

FROM QUEBEC: “The OERs offer a way to relieve some of the financial burden of purchasing class materials on students,” Archer said. “It’s hard being a student. Within a single term you may even have $1,200 worth of textbooks, and making even a few of them available as OERs [can be] helpful.” Read more >>

FROM CALIFORNIA: “The main benefit is cost reduction,” said project director Jessica Scarffe. “Hancock has a high percentage of first-generation college students and a high percentage of low-income students. Removing textbook costs makes college more accessible and supports the college’s student equity effort.” Read more >>

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Each edition, we’ll highlight an interesting, new, openly-licensed resource

Grand Valley State University has released Innovative Lessons Plans for Active Learning: Teaching Research and Evidence-Based Practice, a guide for instructors to create engaging classes on nursing research. Its sixteen chapters contain ideas for activities to supplement regular classroom instruction and any undergraduate textbook for the course. Watch the introductory video, and access the guide here.

WEIGH IN

Interesting Discussions and Strategic Reads to Repost or Share

Great to Share >>

OER reaches ‘inflection point,’ and states are leading the charge | EdScoop 

http://edscoop.com/oer-reaches-inflection-point-states-leading-charge

Open Education Resources Going Mainstream | MDR Education

https://mdreducation.com/2018/02/02/open-education-resources-going-mainstream/

Interesting to Consider >>

Provosts’ Views on Online Learning and OER | Inside Higher Ed

http://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/data/2018/01/31/provosts-online-learning-and-oer

Amazon’s Newest Hire Could Have a Big Impact on Online Open Education Resources | In Cyberdefense

https://incyberdefense.com/featured/amazons-newest-hire-big-impact-online-open-education-resources/

Opinion: Open Resources in an Age of Contingency | Inside Higher Ed

http://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2018/01/31/oer-movement-poses-risks-time-and-resource-starved-contingent

Why Students Are Still Spending So Much for College Textbooks | The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/01/why-students-are-still-spending-so-much-for-college-textbooks/551639/

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.

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