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Awareness of Open Educational ResourcesBabson Survey Research Group_Opening the Textbook_Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16

__Executive Summary: Most higher education faculty are unaware of open educational resources (OER) – but they are interested and some are willing to give it a try. Survey results [-] show that OER is not a driving force in the selection of materials – with the most significant barrier being the effort required to find and evaluate such materials. Use of open resources is low overall, but somewhat higher for large enrollment introductory-level courses.

Babson Survey, Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group, Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16, openingthetextbook2016




__Hyperbole is counter-productive to building OER advocacy and credibility is diminished with each exaggeration and false claim “community college students save approximately $1,300 each year” . . . just be truthful, be trustworthy __

Dr. Karen A. Stout is president and CEO of Achieving the Dream

Dr. Karen A. Stout is president and CEO of Achieving the Dream

The Role of Open Educational Resources in the Student Success Agenda

huffingtonpost.com

Scaled adoption of OER is fundamentally a student success strategy. It must become a core part of our larger work as a community college reform movement to boost college access and completion, particularly for underserved students.

Here’s why.

Research confirms for us that financial roadblocks for community college students are real and they are intense. Developing degrees without textbook costs will help full-time community college students save approximately $1,300 each year, which amounts to about one third of the cost of an Associate’s degree.




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Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses

Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses

insidehighered.com

July 26, 2016

While most faculty members are still unaware of open educational resources, use in introductory courses nearly rivals that of traditional textbooks, study finds.

[-] the results suggest an opportunity for OER providers to work together on how they can get the resources into the hands of faculty members. “The discovery issue is one area where OER have made very little — if any — progress,”

Babson Survey, Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16,  openingthetextbook2016, Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group

Babson Survey Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16
openingthetextbook2016.pdf
Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group
Faculty Survey Finds Awareness of Open Educational Resources Low but Improving
More Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 | Achieving the Dream
Faculty Survey Open Educational Resources | Babson College
Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses
New OER Survey: The disconnect between faculty caring and assigning -e-Literate

 




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Don Lankiewicz

Free Textbooks From Rice OpenStax: Too Good to Be True?

Free Textbooks From Rice OpenStax: Too Good to Be True?

pcmag.com

When it comes to creating textbooks, OpenStax doesn’t upend the traditional publishing process. In fact, OpenStax tends to work with an editorial company to produce a textbook. (WiseWire has developed its last eight books.) It begins with a national search for experts in the subject, hire a core team of authors to write content, and recruit several more reviewers to ensure that content aligns with the scope and requirements of the course. Finally, every textbook is subject to expansive peer review—typically about 100 peer reviewers per book. Finkbeiner assured me that while those involved in the process does not receive royalties (the books are gratis, after all), OpenStax compensates contributors at a slightly higher than market rate.

Every book is made available in a variety of formats. In addition to a responsive Web viewer (to which faculty can hyperlink from a learning management system), students can download textbooks, DRM-free PDFs, or access Bookshare versions (for students with disabilities). For a small fee ($5), students can download an iPad-based version of the textbook that includes extra videos, interactive graphics, demos, and assessments. Finkbeiner estimates that about 10 percent of students prefer a print version of the textbook. A hardcover, full-color print edition can be purchased for between $30 to $60 via Amazon or a university bookstore, thanks to a partnership with textbook distributor NACSCORP,

__8 recent OpenStax Open Textbooks were produced by Wisewire of Washington DC [Words & Numbers assets acquired early 2016] with its education content marketplace [freelance creative talent network] and publishing platform of authoring tools, nearly 50 pre-built templates and library of 50,000 learning objects for learning resources and assessments.

__Wisewire shows a 4 min Video tutorial on steps one takes to complete a Multiple Choice with Passage Assessment Item using a template _This visual helps an educator develop a sense of the time in writing content, add in time for all creative decisions you’d make in this one simple demonstration where © work-for-hire by Public Non-Profit or Private For Profit and then “You decide if your work is free to use or will be offered for a price.” _ http://www.wisewire.com/create/ _

__Carl Straumsheim on Babson Survey data “faculty members were nearly twice as likely to pick the OpenStax books in introductory courses than instructors generally picking OER titles across all courses (5.3 percent). And OpenStax has reached the 10 percent mark without the sophisticated marketing infrastructure that other textbook publishers have had decades to optimize” _ see article _ https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/26/study-finds-use-open-educational-resources-rise-introductory-courses

OpenStax Open Textbooks, Wisewire, Words & Numbers



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Cable Green

Opening the Textbook: #OER in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 Babson Survey Research Group

Open Educational Resources - Babson Survey Research Group

Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group

onlinelearningsurvey.com
All survey respondents are provided complete anonymity. No personally identifiable

__Executive Summary: Most higher education faculty are unaware of open educational resources (OER) – but they are interested and some are willing to give it a try. Survey results [-] show that OER is not a driving force in the selection of materials – with the most significant barrier being the effort required to find and evaluate such materials. Use of open resources is low overall, but somewhat higher for large enrollment introductory-level courses.

Babson Survey, Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group, Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16, openingthetextbook2016

Babson Survey Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16
openingthetextbook2016.pdf
Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group
Faculty Survey Finds Awareness of Open Educational Resources Low but Improving
More Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 | Achieving the Dream
Faculty Survey Open Educational Resources | Babson College
Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses
New OER Survey: The disconnect between faculty caring and assigning -e-Literate



2016 07 25

__Looking into what’s going on in the brain during ‘infantile amnesia’ _ Learning to remember _ The hippocampus — a brain region crucial for learning and memory — began a cascade of molecular changes that rapidly reshaped information processing to more closely resemble what happens in a mature brain after learning. __

How Forgotten Baby Memories Rewire Learning in the Brain

How Forgotten Baby Memories Rewire Learning in the Brain

singularityhub.com

If you’re like me, you probably don’t remember anything from your life before the age of three. This phenomenon, first dubbed by Sigmund Freud as “infantile amnesia,” occurs in many different species, yet why it happens remains a mystery.

Freud (being Freud) pinned the culprit on sex: those early memories are actively repressed because of their highly charged psychosexual context. This idea is now “actively repressed” by modern scientists, who instead point to quirks in the developing brain as the root of toddler forgetfulness. Some believe that the young brain has not yet mastered the ability to store memories. Others think the rapid reorganization of the developing brain quickly overwrites what’s already been written.

baby-memories-brain-learning-3 (1)These modern theories rely on the same assumption: that our baby memories are erased. But what if Freud was right about the mechanism (if not the reason)—and these memories are simply repressed, waiting for the right cue to become active again? Can the things you don’t remember as a child shape the person you become as an adult?




2016 07 25
At-risk Students, Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Ministry of Education
At-risk students, special ed priorities for new Education Minister Mitzie Hunter | Toronto Star

At-risk students, special ed priorities for new Education Minister Mitzie Hunter | Toronto Star

thestar.com

Hunter says bridging the achievement gap is one of the areas she’ll tackle in her role as Ontario’s new education minister.

__”Summer on the Lower East Side” © Weegee Arthur Fellig 1937 _




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Jim Downham

Norampac mill – not good for our friends.

Firefighters work to contain massive paper blaze in Mississauga

Firefighters work to contain massive paper blaze in Mississauga

cp24.com

Firefighters remain on the scene of a massive fire currently burning in Mississauga.

 

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Baird Whelan

Open educational resources are used in all of the community college system’s Introduction to the Humanities courses at its south, central and north campuses.

San Jac targets textbook sticker shock

San Jac targets textbook sticker shock

chron.com

The high price of textbooks is often the bane of an undergraduate’s college finances, but for some San Jacinto College students, educational materi…

Don Gorges

__Recent TCC findings revealed a 6 percent gain in student persistence and success in Z-courses at Virginia’s Tidewater Community College (TCC) Associate of Science in Business Administration Z-degree program—for zero dollars spent on textbooks _ More info here _ https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-24-tcc-takes-z-degrees-to-the-next-level-with-adaptive-learning _

Lumen Learning, Open Textbook, San Jacinto College
 




2016 07 22

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George Veletsianos

New post: Your thoughts on our Table of Contents for an upcoming book proposal?

Your thoughts on our Table of Contents for an upcoming book proposal?

veletsianos.com

My colleague Ash Shaw and I are working on a book. The book aims to highlight student voices in online learning. The main aims are to surface the experiences of online learners in an evocative and accessible manner, synthesize literature on the topic, and present our original work. Below is our draft table of contents. If you have a couple of minutes, could you take a look at it and let us know if there are any topics/debates/issues that might be of interest to the average faculty member and student that we are missing?

 




2016 07 22
Jane C. Ginsburg, Overview of Copyright Law, SSRN

__”Copyright law secures human creativity in works of authorship. Enforceable authorial property rights advance the public interest by promoting an ecosystem of authorship: a robust copyright environment encourages authors to create works that inform and enrich the polity, and from which other authors may draw ideas, information and reasonable amounts of protected expression in their own authorial endeavors. Copyright promotes artistic freedom and free speech by enabling authors to earn a living from their creativity.” _

Overview of Copyright Law

papers.ssrn.com

Abstract:

This article offers an overview of copyright in general in common law and civil law countries, with an emphasis on the U.S. and the European Union. It addresses the history and philosophies of copyright (authors’ right), subject matter of copyright (including the requirement of fixation and the exclusion of “ideas”), formalities, initial ownership and transfers of title, duration, exclusive moral and economic rights (including reproduction, adaptation, public performance and communication and making available to the public, distribution and exhaustion of the distribution right), exceptions and limitations (including fair use), and remedies. The article also covers the liability of intermediaries, and new copyright obligations concerning technological protections and copyright management information. It concludes with some observations concerning the role of copyright in promoting creativity and free expression.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: intellectual property, copyright, authors’ right, Berne Convention, WCT, originality, fixation, moral rights, reproduction right, adaptation right, performance/communication rights, making available right,distribution right, three-step test, fair use, ISD, intermediary liability

 



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Gerard Dolan

Love graphic standards manuals? Burton Kramer’s 1974 CBC manual is the latest proposed reissue.

Help Get A Classic Canadian Standards Manual Republished

Help Get A Classic Canadian Standards Manual Republished

fastcodesign.com

Although it might not be as recognizable south of Windsor, the classic CBC “Gem” logo has the same funky 1970s cachet in Canada as the vintage PBS logo in the States.

It was originally designed by Burton Kramer, a Yale-trained Canadian-American graphic designer, as part of a broader identity for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1974. Now, following the unlikely trend of republishing vintage standards manuals, a group of design-loving Canadians are trying to bring Kramer’s 1974 CBC Graphic Standards Manual to Kickstarter.





2016 07 20

__”Kickass Torrents, or KAT, a commercial website that since 2008 has enabled users to illegally reproduce and distribute hundreds of millions of copies of copyrighted motion pictures, video games, television programs, musical recordings and other electronic media, collectively valued at more than $1 billion, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.” __

Artem Vaulin of Kickass Torrents KAT Charged with Criminal Copyright Infringement

Artem Vaulin of Kickass Torrents KAT Charged with Criminal Copyright Infringement

justice.gov

CHICAGO — Federal authorities in Chicago have charged the alleged owner of today’s most-visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website.

ARTEM VAULIN, 30, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, allegedly owns and operates Kickass Torrents, or KAT, a commercial website that since 2008 has enabled users to illegally reproduce and distribute hundreds of millions of copies of copyrighted motion pictures, video games, television programs, musical recordings and other electronic media, collectively valued at more than $1 billion, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  KAT receives more than 50 million unique monthly visitors and is estimated to be the 69th most frequently visited website on the Internet, according to the complaint.

Vaulin was arrested today by authorities in Poland.




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McGraw-Hill Education Canada

Research shows that students using laptops in classrooms not only had better grades, but were more enthusiastic and engaged with their studies. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/29DGatl

Benefits of One-to-One Technology in the Classroom | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

Benefits of One-to-One Technology in the Classroom | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

mheducation.ca

Find out why you should consider using one-to-one technology in the classroom.The advancements in classroom technology over the last decades have been abundant. We’ve moved from ink and parchment to pen and paper; blackboard to whiteboard to smartboard; radio to television and video; and now to computers, laptops and adaptive learning technologies.

As technology advances, it seems like a natural choice to incorporate it into our classrooms. But how can we best take advantage of these advances and what kind of an impact will they truly have on learning?

A wealth of positive attributes, according to a recent study out of the University of Michigan led by Binbin Zheng, assistant professor of educational technology. The paper focused on K-12 schooling and reviewed almost 100 academic studies focusing on laptop programs from 2001 to present day, with a meta-analysis performed on 10 of the studies.

One of the main takeaways of the research was that students who were given laptops and provided with the right support were able to raise their level of academic achievement. Researchers found the highest improvements in the subjects of English, writing, science and math.

 

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__paywalled report, but perhaps you can expand on “provided with the right support” – role of adaptive learning systems?

Experiential Education (EE), Work-integrated Learning (WIL), HEQCO Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
HEQCO – Hunting for Good WIL: Put quality before quantity | it’s not academic



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Barnes & Noble Education and Instructure Announce Partnership

Barnes & Noble Education and Instructure Announce Partnership

businesswire.com
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

LoudCloud and Canvas partnership helps institutions improve student engagement and better support educational needs

Don Gorges

__A quick video on LoudCloud’s LoudSight Analytics platform._ https://vimeo.com/125045316 _

2016 07 20
Barnes & Noble Education, Instructure, LoudSight Analytics



2016 07 20

__”We invest belief and confidence that what we hear or read is the actual product of the person and is not the result of intellectual dishonesty. This matters in the world of academia where scholars’ work should be their own and where there is a particular value accorded to originality – scholarliness that is fresh, which deals fairly with what has come before and which gives fair ascription to the intellectual heritage of ideas.” __

What then is it about plagiarism that continues to offend community sensibilities?

What then is it about plagiarism that continues to offend community sensibilities?

theconversation.com

Essentially, it is that it is a theft of ideas or thoughts without fair attribution of the creator’s work. It is a breach of trust.





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But, but… I don’t wanna retire. I’m too young and too good… “not.”

Dennis Forbes on LinkedIn

This is long. And drawn out.

But I thought I’d share it, for those who might be at the point in their career where they are asking themselves “what should I do now?”

Knowing that I had more or less left the business, a friend asked if I might offer up any advice, or thoughts.

This is my response.

Heidi Ehlers

Why not keep writing but for a new audience and the best client there is: yourself. Nice article. ☺





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Akademos and Presentation College Launch Online Bookstore Enabling Students to Purchase Affordable Textbooks Anytime, Anywhere

Akademos and Presentation College Launch Online Bookstore Enabling Students to Purchase Affordable Textbooks Anytime, Anywhere

prweb.com

Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) July 19, 2016 —

Presentation College is implementing the “hybrid bookstore model,” which enables the institution to offer all course materials through the low-cost online bookstore and leverage its on-campus shop to sell a wide variety of ”Spirit” wear and general merchandise.

Presentation students can now shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats from any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks.

The Akademos online shopping platform is scheduled to be fully integrated with Presentation’s student information system (SIS), which will enable students to see a personalized list of required textbooks and order books for an entire term in less than five minutes. Students will also be able to seamlessly apply financial aid to their course material purchases.

__Oregon State University’s efforts to make college more affordable for its students took a step forward this week when it was awarded a $30,000 grant by the State of Oregon for an open textbook project. The textbook to be adapted is “Anatomy and Physiology” by publisher OpenStax College. The book modifications will be completed by next summer in time for students to use it fall term 2017. _ http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/news/2016/biology-textbook-grant/_

__Textbook costs is a topic where Academics are passive about truth, evidence and critical discussion of claims like these _ “Research shows that textbook costs are a primary roadblock to degree completion. The more affordable we can make course materials, the more likely students are to graduate.” said Dianna Fisher, director of Open Oregon State. __ while Prof. Robin DeRosa presentation “Open Education for Digped PEI” claims “students worry more about paying for books than they worry about paying for college” citing College Board figures “book budget is $1,328”, – adding data from a Student Survey correlating students’ feedback with textbook costs

__NOTE: A Open Education 2016 presentation focuses on the learning outcomes and student perceptions associated with a new, open lab manual developed to pair with the current OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology textbook. This lab manual was developed and will be piloted in both lab sections of the anatomy and physiology course sequence at the University of Georgia with 160 undergraduate students in Summer 2016. _ https://openeducation2016.sched.org/event/7lo3 _

OpenStax Oregon State University OSU Anatomy and Physiology –
OSU wins grant to adapt free biology textbook, cut $100K in student costs – Oregon State Ecampus News
OpenStax, NACSCORP to offer low-cost textbook customization
OpenStax, College Stores Partner for Textbook Customization
Adapt the Stax! (Anatomy and Physiology) – OpenStax College
Anatomy & Physiology: OpenStax College: 9781938168130: Amazon.com: Books
Open Education 2016: Beyond the Textbook: Student Performance…




__The median base pay for public-college presidents in 2015 was $384,115. __

Executive Compensation at Private and Public Colleges

Executive Compensation at Private and Public Colleges

chronicle.com
View compensation data on chief executives at public and private nonprofit colleges in the…
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2016 07 17

__”The right lessons from Kodak are subtle. Companies often see the disruptive forces affecting their industry. They frequently divert sufficient resources to participate in emerging markets. Their failure is usually an inability [look for strategic foresight in Board of Directors’ discussions] to truly embrace the new business models the disruptive change opens up.” _

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

hbr.org

A generation ago, a “Kodak moment” meant something that was worth saving and savoring. Today, the term increasingly serves as a corporate bogeyman that warns executives of the need to stand up and respond when disruptive developments encroach on their market. Unfortunately, as time marches on the subtleties of what actually happened to Eastman Kodak are being forgotten, leading executives to draw the wrong conclusions from its struggles.

Given that Kodak’s core business was selling film, it is not hard to see why the last few decades proved challenging. Cameras went digital and then disappeared into cellphones. People went from printing pictures to sharing them online. Sure, people print nostalgic books and holiday cards, but that volume pales in comparison to Kodak’s heyday. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012, exited legacy businesses and sold off its patents before re-emerging as a sharply smaller company in 2013. Once one of the most powerful companies in the world, today the company has a market capitalization of less than $1 billion.

Why did this happen?

What it missed was the business model.

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2016 07 14

__The [proposed] legislation [ H.R. 5757, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016 ] establishes an alternative dispute resolution program for copyright small claims, a process for creators of works of original expression to vindicate their exclusive rights with respect to infringements of low-economic value. __

AAP Commends Reps Jeffries and Marino for Leadership in Copyright Small Claims Initiative

AAP Commends Reps Jeffries and Marino for Leadership in Copyright Small Claims Initiative

newsroom.publishers.org

The Association of American Publishers commends Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA) for their championing of copyright protection and introducing H.R. 5757, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016. The legislation establishes a process for creators of works of original expression to vindicate their exclusive rights with respect to infringements of low-economic value.

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2016 07 16

__Professor Stephanie Cole and her U.S. History Survey class students are using Echo360’s active learning platform, a system that combines lecture capture with student engagement, learner analytics and content management. _ Echo 360 _ http://echo360.com/ _ brings levels of engagement and visibility to those moments of learning that occur while taking notes, asking questions, reviewing lectures, building study guides, flagging confusing content or discussing topics with peers. __ https://lnkd.in/eqdbJda

Mobile in and Out of the Classroom -- Campus Technology

Mobile in and Out of the Classroom — Campus Technology

campustechnology.com
A history professor at the University of Texas at Arlington is improving class performance by encouraging the use of mobile devices.
Echo 360 Active Learning Platform Mobile in and Out of the Classroom — Campus Technology

__Thanks David. It will be interesting to explore/use the Amazon website once I receive my requested access code. It seems you already have access. . . in the meantime, one can review the Amazon Inspire Terms of Use _ https://lnkd.in/ejhb8Mw _ and Conditions of Use _ https://lnkd.in/eFXuzZw __https://lnkd.in/eWJ-fSs

David Harris/OpenStax _ Dear Amazon: Do Right by OER

David Harris/OpenStax _ Dear Amazon: Do Right by OER

David Harris on LinkedIn

Over the past 12 months, non-educational groups have rapidly leveraged open educational resources (OER). In the past few weeks Amazon launched Amazon Inspire, an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for instructors. Open supporters naturally advocate the sharing of knowledge, believe education is a right, and support initiatives that promote access.

 



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__The Government of Ontario is budgeting a total of $21,050,000, available over two fiscal years (2016-17 and 2017-18), to fund two significant strategic project areas: Open Content Initiatives and New Program Development [$100k max per project]. The 3rd area, the Online Course Development project, will fund [$464,950 total] for the development of a small number of individual courses [$50k max] that offer flexible delivery options for students. _ Cathy Newell Kelly __

eCampusOntario Releases 2016 Call for Proposals to Member Institutions

eCampusOntario Releases 2016 Call for Proposals to Member Institutions

ecampusontario.ca

This call is open to all of Ontario’s publicly-assisted colleges and universities and applicants can submit proposals in three distinct project areas.

__Dr. David Porter [British Columbia Institute of Technology / David Wiley cohort] has been selected as the new CEO of eCampusOntario, the board of directors announced today.

__Dr. David Porter [British Columbia Institute of Technology] has been selected as the new CEO of eCampusOntario, the board of directors announced today. eCampusOntario has been led by interim co-executive directors Catherine Newell Kelly, the director of the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo, and Linda Rees, the former dean of the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning at Algonquin College. __ http //https://lnkd.in/e_E8xZG




2016 07 14

__There are good reasons Creative Professionals rarely opt for a CC open license on their work. In this case, photographer Niccolò Caranti discovered that an agency had used his CC licensed image on a range of printed and digital promotional material without the required attribution. Unfortunately he missed the expected opportunity for exposure and credit, in lieu of a fee for use. Too bad _ Lesson learned __

Photo taken from Wikipedia and used violating the CC license

Photo taken from Wikipedia and used violating the CC license

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__A free webinar, underwritten by the NACS Foundation, will provide an overview of the Student Watch data. Elizabeth Riddle, director of OnCampus Research, will highlight the year’s key findings at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 14. College students spent an average of $602 on required course materials plus $700 on supplies and technology items during the entire 2015-16 academic year, according to the Student Watch 2015-16 survey report. __

Webinar: Student Watch Report: Attitudes & Behaviors Towards Course Materials

nacs.org
Webinar discussion of the what, where, how, and why around student course material acquisitions
 



2016 07 11

__and Steven Pinker explains Why Academics Stink at Writing – “It’s easy to see why academics fall into self-conscious style. Their goal is not so much communication as self-presentation” _ http://stevenpinker.com/files/pinker/files/why_academics_stink_at_writing.pdf?m=1412010988

Noah Berlatsky explains Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers

Noah Berlatsky explains Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers

chronicle.com
No one should be surprised if much scholarly writing continues to be mediocre and confused.




2016 07 13

__Time-limited free access to OER lobbyist Hal Plotkin’s article aimed at influencing public funding policy-makers and on-campus project funding administration to underwrite creation of free textbooks : __

As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them

As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them

chronicle.com

Hal Plotkin, a longtime supporter of open educational resources, says efforts like the Zero Textbook Cost degree could save students billions of dollars.





 2016 07 11

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Michael Feldstein

Our new explainer on personalized learning.

MindWires Back Row Student

MindWires Back Row Student

youtu.be
This is a two-minute explainer animation describing the value of personalized learning approaches.
  1. David Grupper

Point Made Animation, loved working on this project with Michael and Phil.

__Well done David – I’ve seen your website _ http://www.pointmadeanimation.com/ _ and highly recommend folks checking out the reel





2016 07 12

__Michael Caulfield ” For the past few months I have been talking about “choral explanations” and how they might transform our approach to OER. This is an outgrowth of my work on federated wiki and Wikity, but is a much more specific and immediately applicable idea. In fact, as I will show below, choral explanations are already in use elsewhere on the web: it is just that education has not yet made use of this pattern. __

Choral Explanations and OER: A Summary of Thinking to Date

hapgood.us

This post is my attempt to pull together in one place my thinking about choral explanations as a way of approaching educational materials: why it’s important, and what opportunities it provides. We’ll start by talking about how textbooks are currently produced, move on to new collaboration models we’re seeing on the web, walk through a specific example, and finish by talking about the long-term vision.

 



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Cable Green

Institutional #OER Policy Template by: COL http://ow.ly/Y20k302aS6n #openpolicy

Institutional OER Policy -Template

Institutional OER Policy -Template

oasis.col.org
The emergence of open and distance education was a result of a combination of factors which are prevalent at both global and local levels. Principal a…

__Suggest a common peer review and quality assurance mechanism applied to all Faculty-recommended Open and Commercial Educational Resources

__Michael Feldstein “the term “personalized learning” means something like differentiated instruction [-] with the assistance of pedagogical productivity tools” via – https://lnkd.in/e3dxBW5 __ https://lnkd.in/egGPQVG

Personalized Learning Explainer: Teaching to the Back Row

Personalized Learning Explainer: Teaching to the Back Row

downes.ca

The best thing I have to say about this video to Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill is that it’s short. It should be shorter. It’s not simply that the video “feels like a commercial that could have been produced by a textbook publisher” (inexplicably, that was the objective!) but that the characterization of “personalized learning” is so narrow as to be obnoxious. “Teaching to the back row”? FYI the back row is where the socially unpopular sit, not where the students who have difficulty learning sit (he says as a former straight-A back row student). “Personalization is just a collection of methods of reclaiming some quality time…”? I know that the people at e-Literate have always focused on traditional in-class university teaching, but to suppose this perspective defines a broad concept like “personalized learning” is utterly ridiculous. I know it’s only a two-minute video, but it would have been more accurate without the latter 1:59.




2016 07 09

__Teaching students to build specifically in augmented and virtual reality worlds at colleges is relatively new in the U.S. _ Full Sail’s Simulation & Visualization Bachelor of Science program _ https://lnkd.in/ewR_8bz _ https://lnkd.in/eeEuZui

Full Sail University virtual reality coursework with new lab

Full Sail University virtual reality coursework with new lab

orlandosentinel.com

aymon Armstrong calls the ability to train a workforce in “world building” for virtual and augmented reality the Holy Grail that those in his industry have been pursuing.

To get there, he said, it’ll take a commitment from businesses like his, which builds simulations for defense and medical companies, along with programs that educate technical workers.

“No one has spent money on the constant development side,” said Armstrong, president and CEO of Engineering & Computer Simulations in Orlando. “Everyone is spending on hardware. That is what is going to change it: finding people to build the applications.”

In response to growing need, Full Sail University in August will introduce coursework within its simulation and visualization program that teaches students AR and VR development.

__Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, OpenStax’s partnership program is designed to provide free consultation for schools wanting to increase the use of OER on campus and to build a community of institutions dedicated to lowering the cost of course materials using OER. Selected institutions were required to demonstrate their commitment to using OER to drive student success and graduation rates. __

11 schools selected for national OpenStax partnership program

11 schools selected for national OpenStax partnership program

news.rice.edu

OpenStax selected 11 universities and colleges to be members of its national Open Educational Resource Institutional Partnership Program starting in the 2016-17 academic school year. The program could potentially save students at partner schools a combined $4.2 million through further adoption of open educational resources, such as OpenStax textbooks.

OpenStax’s partnership program is designed to provide free consultation for schools wanting to increase the use of OER on campus and to build a community of institutions dedicated to lowering the cost of course materials using OER. Selected institutions were required to demonstrate their commitment to using OER to drive student success and graduation rates.




 2016 07 05

__Jay Mandarino of C.J. Graphics saw phenomenal Innovation at Drupa 2016 and tells us that they signed a deal with Benny Landa to be the first Canadian install of a Landa Nanographic press. _ http://whattheythink.com/video/81303-cj-graphics-ceo-saw-phenomenal-innovation-drupa-2016/




2016 07 06

__This Monte Wolverton editorial cartoon appears [with permission?] in an article written in 2004 by Tamim Ansary –

A Textbook Example of What’s Wrong with Education

_ http://www.edutopia.org/textbook-publishing-controversy _

If you have any information, it would be interesting to know the context and where it was 1st published




2016 07 08

__”You may have already noticed how designers often can’t help but sketch out their ideas -this form of ideation is not just an output of ideas, it’s a two-way conversation between the designer and the paper. The method is cyclic; the initial idea is generated in the frontal lobe, gets sketched, then viewed and reenters the brain in the emotionally-driven limbic system which triggers new associations based upon the visual input, leading to an improvement or a whole new idea.” __

Design Thinking + Design Vision

Design Thinking + Design Vision

Paul Hatch on LinkedIn

Design Thinking has permeated its way into forward-thinking businesses around the world, an allied tool of the designer was left untouched; Design Vision.

We think of ideas as thoughts; strings of words connected with rationale, and we try to articulate these to others. But it’s inherently difficult to describe that vision in a way that is compelling so that others see it the same way.

Enter the designer. Typically, designers are not wordsmiths but nevertheless have a superpower in communicating their ideas in a visual way.

 




__Consider the parallel statistics for volunteerism if asking why “only about 25 percent of professors systemwide are putting their papers into a state-created repository that allows free outside access.” _Note; Research from the VCLA 2014 report ranks Utah as the No. 1 volunteering state in the nation with 45.3 percent of adults volunteering. __

The U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty

The U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty

chronicle.com

Three years after the university system’s Academic Senate approved a bold plan to make faculty research freely available, only 25 percent of professors are putting their papers in a state-created repository.

__BLS: Volunteering in the United States, 2015 “The volunteer rate declined by 0.4 percentage point to 24.9 percent for the year ending in September 2015” _ http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm

__Related article: How long will goodwill in academia last? _ “academics now take an increasingly strategic approach to setting time costs against the achievement of prioritised personal goals (driven as much by anxiety as by ambition). This tendency is slowly undercutting peer review far more effectively than any debates about its possible limitations in principle” _ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/how-long-will-goodwill-in-academia-last



2016 07 06

__”Ever since we started Moodstocks, our dream has been to give eyes to machines by turning cameras into smart sensors able to make sense of their surroundings,” said Moodstocks in a statement. “Our [new] focus will be to build great image recognition tools within Google.” [TAGS: AI, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision, Google, Image Recognition, Machine Vision, Moodstocks, Object Recognition, Open Source Computer Vision, OpenCV, Visual Object Recognition] __

Google buys machine vision startup focusing on 'instant object recognition'

Google buys machine vision startup focusing on ‘instant object recognition’

theverge.com

“Ever since we started Moodstocks, our dream has been to give eyes to machines by turning cameras into smart sensors able to make sense of their surroundings,” said Moodstocks in a statement. “Our [new] focus will be to build great image recognition tools within Google.”

__You may also be interested in the blippar app [AI, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision] used in Business / Marketing / Packaging & in Education / Interactive Learning _ _ see blippar Blog _ https://blippar.com/en/blog/ _

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2016 07 05

__The key is to encourage prospects to identify themselves sooner, submitting their contact information, academic interests, and student service needs – then admissions staff can store it in a prospect database and use it to inform follow-up communications. _

Five Practices to Recapture Market Share at Community Colleges

Five Practices to Recapture Market Share at Community Colleges

evolllution.com

The hands-off approach many community colleges have taken to enrollment management is no longer sufficient in today’s marketplace, but with limited resources leaders must be creative to bring students in the door.

 



2016 07 05

__”Today, ‘Brand’ is the holistic sum of customers’ experiences, composed of visual [the graphic elements used to communicate the brand], tonal [the style of communication the brand uses] and behavioral brand components [Does the company reflect the morals and values of their customers?], many of which are shaped by interaction design.” __

Brand Is Experience in the Digital Age

nngroup.com
Brand is a perception of value resulting from the sum of a customer’s experiences, made up of visual, tonal, and behavioral brand components, often shaped by UX.

UX Is a Brand Differentiator

Most people can’t differentiate how they feel about a brand from how they feel about the experiences they have with that brand, so in many situations, UX becomes the brand differentiator. It can be part of — or all of — the reason a customer chooses to engage with a company or its products.

In their definition of user experience, Don Norman and Jakob Nielsen claim that “the first requirement for an exemplary user experience is to meet the exact needs of the customer, without fuss or bother.” Brands that choose to address an unmet user need at the core of their business are regularly disrupting industries by focusing on UX and, specifically, on unmet user needs as brand differentiators—and succeeding in oversaturated markets by doing so. Examples are not hard to find: Uber, AirBnB, and Netflix are based on this philosophy.

More competition in the market (and greater user access to those competitors through digital avenues) means that it’s more important than ever to stand out. And in order to do so, the entire experience of interacting with a brand must deliver a consistently great user experience.

__”Which square is darker? A or B? Obvious, A of course. Afraid not. They’re the same colour. No they really are.” __ I used Photoshop to confirm both A & B have same values _ See other examples in blippar article: What is Computer Vision? – Part 2: Human Vision _

https://blippar.com/en/blog/2016/06/28/what-computer-vision-part-2-human-vision/#prclt-QfG2eAZ4




2016 07 03

__Debbie Millman on Branding Design, Strategy, and Innovation. “I think education is a critical aspect of anything. I recommend that people read even more than design books. Understanding culture is so important to design. If you can understand the state of what is happening in our world right now, it will make you a better designer. Just always read, always be reading” __ https://www.lynda.com/Illustration-tutorials/Education-critical-everything/428981/446111-4.html





__ Phil Hill_ “these days most [Cloud-based learning platforms] are hosted by Amazon, through its Amazon Web Services, or AWS. How did this sea change occur, and what are the implications for faculty and staff? __

Amazon’s Quiet Dominance of Higher-Ed Learning Platforms

Amazon’s Quiet Dominance of Higher-Ed Learning Platforms

chronicle.com
More and more colleges have moved their learning-management software to “the cloud.”
 

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__Free access to article has lapsed – about LMS use of public cloud = Amazon Web Services – Also note this announcement: Blackboard Inc. and IBM Enter Strategic Relationship to Develop Cognitive Solutions and Manage [Amazon Web Services] Infrastructure Operations _ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/blackboard-inc-and-ibm-enter-strategic-relationship-to-develop-cognitive-solutions-and-manage-infrastructure-operations-300292065.html




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__Michael Geist’s defense of the business model at issue and suggesting [that “Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada’s tech innovation”] is a familiar theme of free-culture [OPEN] advocates who argue that compensating copyright holders for the uses of their works hinders innovation and that new business models premised on unauthorized uses of copyright materials count as “innovative” __

Why crackdown on pirate set-top boxes is good for innovation: a reply to Michael Geist | Barry Sookman

barrysookman.com
Last week the Federal Court granted an interlocutory injunction restraining ITVBOX.NET, WATCHNSAVE INC, MTLFREETV.COM and others from selling set-top boxes preloaded with software. The software was specifically adapted to enable purchasers to stream and download infringing copies of programs made available by Bell, Bell Expressvu, Rogers, and Videotron on a subscription basis. The devices were advertised and promoted by prominently emphasizing these capabilities and as a way to obtain this content without paying.
 


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__let’s do this! __Building the Workforce of Tomorrow: A Shared Responsibility __In 2015, The Ontario Premier’s Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel was appointed to develop a strategy to help the province’s current and future workforce adapt to the demands of a technology-driven knowledge economy. This report contains the Panel’s final recommendations._ https://www.ontario.ca/page/building-workforce-tomorrow-shared-responsibility

Building the Workforce of Tomorrow A Shared Responsibility - Ontario

 



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Educators Serving Educators, Six Red Marbles bring online, blended learning to higher education

Educators Serving Educators, Six Red Marbles bring online, blended learning to higher education

Educators Serving Educators, Six Red Marbles bring online, blended learning to higher education

news.excelsior.edu

Educators Serving Educators (ESE), an innovative consulting and professional services division within Excelsior College, announced a strategic partnership with leading educational development services provider, Six Red Marbles.  Six Red Marbles will pair up with ESE to offer other institutions seeking expert knowledge in developing their own online higher education programs.

ESE and Six Red Marbles share the mission to assist institutions in launching quality blended and online programs which leverage effective instructional design. Six Red Marbles is uniquely suited to work with ESE’s clients to help them turn their vision of developing online programs for its students into highly impactful courses.



 

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__Educator-creators of OER will want to ensure their ‘learning object’ metadata enables search – discovery – ranking within Amazon Inspire [or not, we’ll see]

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Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers

nytimes.com

Just ahead of the back-to-school season, Amazon plans to make a major foray into the education technology market for primary and secondary schools, a territory that Apple, Google and Microsoft have heavily staked out.

Monday morning, Amazon said that it would introduce an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for teachers in late August or early September.

Called Amazon Inspire, the education site has features that may seem familiar to frequent Amazon shoppers. Search bar at the top of the page? Check. User reviews? Check. Star ratings for each product? Check.

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__”Amazon estimates that teachers spend around 12 hours a week looking for course materials, and so it’s about tapping into that as much as it is reducing the time.” __ If it were actually 12 hrs, optimized metadata usefulness would significantly reduce opportunity cost – 25% of a Teacher’s salary

__Apparently Amazon Inspire curators did not properly vet copyright status of some resources which were uploaded. “Amazon Inspire Removes Some Content Over Copyright Issues” http //www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/technology/amazon-inspire-removes-some-content-over-copyright-issues.html?_r=0 __ To avoid takedown notices, we can expect changes to uploading process i.e. verify Copyright status, Creative Commons license, public domain etc

 



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Surrendering Control: A Disruptor's Weapon of Choice

Surrendering Control: A Disruptor’s Weapon of Choice

David Harris on LinkedIn

In Clayton Christensen book, See What’s Next, Christensen lays out a battle plan for innovators and writes, “disruptive innovations typically introduce new benefits to a market, usually centered on convenience, simplicity, customization, or affordability.”  For existing companies with control of the market, these attributes are threatening and they will naturally try to preserve their position. What precisely does this control look like for the educational publishing industry and why is it harmful to incumbent players?

Control #1: Lock the customer into a specific platform

Control #2:  Limiting Choice

Control #3:  Acquire Innovators

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__Thanks David. Hope you find an opportunity to update your article to include the ways you manage these 3 ‘Control’ issues for OpenStax, given the distinctive nature of an OER textbook publishing enterprise which is financially supported by a University, seven Charitable Foundations, and 17 for-profit Partnerships

 

Don, Thanks for the questions. At OpenStax our primary mission is access so we have moved to a distributed market model. A distributed market of shared control appears to be more efficient than a market in which control is in the hands of a few monoliths. This approach is helping us scale quite rapidly. The partnerships you mention certainly contrast to the controls outlined in points #1 and #2. OpenStax provides users with a myriad of technology choices so that they are never locked into a specific platform. OpenStax is a nonprofit ; consequently, we are not in the business of acquiring companies (Control #3). We like to partner with groups (for profit and non profit) who are share our mission of access and improving learning outcomes.

 

__Thanks David, this helps – I took a moment to see how the distributed market model works with BCcampus Open Textbooks and, in the case of Chemistry, I see links from BCcampus’ repository back to OpenStax website where your Partners services can be accessed and I image you have tackled the challenges of managing textbook content updates / new editions within a distributed model



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OpenEd Director Elected President of Canadian Continuing Ed Association - Campus News

OpenEd Director Elected President of Canadian Continuing Ed Association – Campus News

news.uoguelph.ca

The director of Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) at the University of Guelph will head Canada’s continuing education association for the coming year.

Michelle Fach

Michelle Fach

Michelle Fach was elected president of the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education (CAUCE) for 2016-2017 at the group’s annual conference in Waterloo in early June.

A professional organization of academics, administrators and practitioners at 54 institutions, CAUCE aims to extend continuing education to diverse audiences.

“Changing demographics, demand for greater flexibility, and the role that technology plays in teaching and learning are fundamentally changing the role of universities, making this an important time for university continuing education,” Fach said.

 


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__David Wiley senses momentum based on recent initiatives and is optimistic “It’s quite easy to imagine half of all [1,700] US community colleges offering an OER-based degree by 2020, and not hard to imagine even more colleges doing so (or the same number of colleges each offering more than one OER-based degree).”

David Wiley photo_ david-square-yellow

David Wiley – OER-based Degrees: Momentum

opencontent.org

Just as we’ve seen rates of adoption increase over successive generations of technological innovations, the same seems to be happening in open education. OER-based degrees are spreading across institutions much more rapidly than OCWs did. This is truly extraordinary.

 



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__Open Educational Resources: American Ideals, Global Questions  by Steven Weiland __Abstract: Educational relations between societies and cultures that begin with benevolent intentions can come to be seen as threats to national autonomy and local preferences. Indeed, side by side with the growth since the first years of this century of Open Educational Resources (OER) there has been worry about their impact on global educational development.

Global Education Review

ger.mercy.edu

Open Educational Resources: American Ideals, Global Questions  by Steven Weiland  Global Education Review 2016/06/28

 


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Pearson

Pearson’s CEO John Fallon is on Bloomberg today discussing the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

Pearson CEO: Get on With Business as Usual Post-Brexit


 

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__This is great news. Thanks Tony Bates. I wonder if I understand the data we see here for June 24 . . . approx 600 views by noon, of which 420 were via search engines _ does that mean that 420/600 are reporting Google searches where a page from your tonybates.ca Blog appears in the results? It would be great if our WordPress Blog stats could report actual users/readership time and scrolling activity – and, of course, readers’ ‘likes’ or ‘thanks’ would be nice too!

Talking numbers about open publishing and online learning

Talking numbers about open publishing and online learning

tonybates.ca

2 million blog post hits

First, I passed the 2 million mark for the number of hits on this web site. This is by no means a challenge to Justin Bieber or Donald Trump, or even Stephen Downes, but I think it is a reasonable accomplishment for a relatively serious blog devoted to rather lengthy posts about online learning and distance education.

The web site is just under eight years old, having started in July 2008, and currently is averaging about 35,000 hits a month (which is remarkable as I have been posting less than once a week over the past few months, thus defying the first rule of blogging – publish daily). However, the continued activity despite the lack of many new posts in the last year is particularly satisfying, because it means that the site is being used as a resource, a place to go to regularly for information on online learning and distance education.




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__Dr Paul Stacey CC Certificates Video providing context for importance of CC Certificates, origin story of why CC Certificates are being developed, and current strategies and ideas informing certificate design and development. _ https //vimeo.com/171839528 __ Get CC Certified: the open project for Creative Commons certification – video responses _   https://certificates.creativecommons.org/what-if/




 

 

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Webcom Inc

Webcom is thrilled to announce BookOnDemand, our new print-on-demand solution offered to our loyal customers. Faster turnarounds, ultra-short runs and high quality digital inkjet printing.

Webcom announces plans to launch Webcom BookOnDemand, a new print-on-demand service | Webcom

Webcom announces plans to launch Webcom BookOnDemand, a new print-on-demand service | Webcom

webcomlink.com

Webcom BookOnDemand, a new print-on-demand solution.

Webcom Inc. was selected as HP’s original collaborator on the worldwide launch of the HP OneBook solution. This multi-phased technology collaboration leveraged Webcom’s knowledge of book publishers’ pain points, digital inkjet production expertise and demonstrated its leadership in efficient book production from one book to thousands.

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__Show, Describe, Demonstrate customers’ options for BookOnDemand Content Curation, Copyrights Management, Design & Pagination, Stocks, Printing, Finished Book Binding, Fulfillment – and Itemize Variable Costs

Webcom announces plans to launch Webcom BookOnDemand, a new print-on-demand service | Webcom
Book Binding: Spiral, Coil & Perfect Binding | Webcom Print
Print-On-Demand | Webcom Print
Microsoft Word – PR – BookOnDemand.docx – PR-Webcom-announces-plans-to-launch-Webcom-BookOnDemand-June-23.pdf
Webcom announces plans to launch Webcom BookOnDemand, a new print-on-demand service | Webcom

 



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Heidi Ehlers

http://bit.ly/1SMcYu1 THE REAL REASONS WHY YOUR BEST TALENT IS LEAVING: Open letter to Mike Sheldon

THE REAL REASONS WHY YOUR BEST TALENT IS LEAVING: Open letter to Mike Sheldon - Heidi Consults

THE REAL REASONS WHY YOUR BEST TALENT IS LEAVING: Open letter to Mike Sheldon – Heidi Consults

heidiconsults.com

Dear Mike,

I have no doubt that you are an accomplished, successful CEO that knows how to build and sustain a healthy business.  Your track record speaks for itself.

But after reading the highlights of your Cannes presentation in Fast Company yesterday, my sense is that your expertise relative to hiring and keeping the industry’s best people is on par with most CEO’s.

__Thx, Heidi _ perhaps even more on point then when articles were written June 2012 / Deutsch CEO Mike Sheldon _ https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheldonmike _ http://www.deutsch.com/careers _ http://www.deutsch.com/news



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__The set is comprised of a notebook (obviously), a pen, and an app. This trio allows you to get everything you write in your notebook digitized as you go. The pen uses an infrared camera at the tip to track everything you do with it. The app can be downloaded for free separatly for the iPhone or for Android. __

Moleskine releases a writing set that digitizes as you write

Moleskine releases a writing set that digitizes as you write

designer-daily.com
Moleskine is making a step toward the digital world with its new set: Smart Writing Set.

 



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__Dr. Martin Weller @mweller “The unthinkable has happened and Britain has voted to leave the EU. The nation stared into the abyss last week and I had hoped that would be enough to make it pull back, but no, it seems that 52% of my fellow Brits decided the abyss looked just fine and plunged in. I feel for my European colleagues who work and live in the UK. They must feel very uncertain about their future now in a country that has shown itself to be so aggressively anti-European.” __

Yours, in despair _ Brexit

blog.edtechie.net

I know I should feel emboldened to fight on for the things I believe in, but at the moment I need to find personal tactics to get through it. This whole process has brought the full, boiling, rage of Brits to the surface and it’s been like living with YouTube commentators for the past few weeks. It has made me feel quite ill, and so I need to find tactics for dealing with the new reality, as the only thing I have at the moment is curling up in a ball in the corner. I’m taking a social media and news break for a while, I’ll walk my dog and try to tell my daughter that things will be ok.



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McGraw-Hill Education Canada

In education, methodology is just as important as the content. In our latest blog post we take a look at Educational Influencer: M. David Merrill, and his study of The Principles of Instruction. https://lnkd.in/eksUNMY

[Series] Educational Influencers: M. David Merrill | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

[Series] Educational Influencers: M. David Merrill | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

mheducation.ca

Merrill has been studying the First Principles of Instruction. Over the course of several years, Merrill evaluated existing theories on instructional design in order to outline common principles when it came to instruction. What he found was that although the principles may have been described differently in various theories, the underlying concepts were similar.



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__David Annaud writes about characteristics of OER and the Financial Incentives in Development of OER at Athabasca U – pullquote “providing initial funds for OER development _ is one additional requirement for widespread OER adoption. Incentives need to discourage ‘free-riders’.”

_”This statement is demonstrably false.” in David Wiley’s opinion “The open education family, as I think of us, has a deep moral and ethical responsibility to be accepting and welcoming of everyone ” via Of OER and Free Riders

Free Riders David Annaud Athabasca U Developing a Sustainable Financial Model OER

__Have an open mind and read David Annand’s 2 papers about the economics of OER _ ‘Developing Incentives for the Use of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education‘ _ https://riunet.upv.es/bitstream/handle/10251/65127/Advances%20in%20Higher%20Education.pdf?sequence=1#page=179 _AND _ ‘Developing a Sustainable Financial Model in Higher Education for Open Educational Resources‘ David Annand, The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning _ http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2133/3419 _




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__AAP Association of American Publishers Resources _ Infographics | Fact vs. Fiction | Webinar Transcripts | Digital Learning Revolution | University Dialogues | Videos | Media | Reports | Purchasing Options __

AAP Association of American Publishers Resources

AAP Association of American Publishers Resources

aapbacktocampus.org

College course materials can be cheaper than most college students think. Book and supplies only account for four percent of the cost of attending college among the top 10 most populous colleges and universities*. Books themselves are just a fraction of that four percent. However, during a time when many institutions are raising tuition and other fees, students are finding new ways to cut spending on these materials.

Creating quality course materials can require 24,000 hours of professional research, writing, editing, art design and production and distribution. Education learning companies also produce supplemental tools, faculty support and accessible materials for students with print disabilities. Though it is often a labor of love, the cost of creating high-quality learning materials that helps with student learning is significant


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The Benefits of Digital Learning Platforms

The Benefits of Digital Learning Platforms

digitalbookworld.com

In an article for Digital Book World, AAP’s David E. Anderson discusses the benefits that digital learning platforms bring to the classroom.



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__With the new URL API, Alma and Leganto will retrieve URLs pointing to digitized content in the DCS, enabling instructors and students to access the links in Leganto reading lists. By making use of materials that other HEIs have already digitized, libraries will be spared the time and effort involved in digitizing materials for their own users. __

Copyright Licensing Agency and Ex Libris Collaborate to Facilitate Distribution of Digitized Content to Students

librarytechnology.org

London, UK—June 22, 2016. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, and the UK’s Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) are pleased to announce their collaboration on the Digital Content Store Content URL API. This collaboration will facilitate the integration of the Digital Content Store (DCS) with the Ex Libris Alma resource management solution and Leganto reading list solution. Ex Libris is one of several partners aiding in the development of the DCS Content URL API.

The DCS is an innovative rights, technology, and content platform for higher education institutions (HEIs). The platform is currently under development by CLA along with HEIs, publishers, and technology partners. At its core, the DCS will include a searchable repository of PDF files (copies and extracts of materials digitized by HEIs), as well as a workflow-management tool. When an institution digitizes content under the CLA license, the PDF file will be uploaded directly to the DCS and will then be available for assignment to a course. Students will be able to access the file via a secure link to the DCS. Most importantly, instructors will be able to discover digitized content already uploaded by external institutions and to assign that content to courses.

 




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Marilyn Barefoot

This is totally brilliant !!!

 The Swedish Number

The Swedish Number | +46 771 793 336

250 years ago, in 1766, Sweden became the first country in the world to introduce a constitutional law to abolish censorship. To honour this anniversary, Sweden is now the first country in the world to introduce its own phone number. Call +46 771 793 336 and get connected to a random Swede, anywhere in Sweden and talk about anything you want.



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Maree Conway

Now available in PDF format: Foresight Infused Strategy: A How-To Guide for Using Foresight in Practice http://buff.ly/28QORua #foresight

Foresight Infused Strategy: A How-To Guide for Using Foresight in Practice

Scott Braut

Photoshop Artists Flawlessly Recreate 4 Famous Masterpieces with Adobe Stock | Creative Cloud blog by Adobe

Photoshop Artists Flawlessly Recreate 4 Famous Masterpieces with Adobe Stock | Creative Cloud blog by Adobe

blogs.adobe.com

What if instead of a paintbrush and palette, Rembrandt had stock photos and Creative Cloud?

The Adobe Make a Masterpiece campaign, a project which challenged four digital artists from the Behance community to faithfully re-create lost, stolen or destroyed art using just Adobe Stock assets. It also challenged them to revisit their assumptions about the creative potential of stock assets.

 


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__Carl Straumsheim always offers a professional journalist’s perspective of the progress being made in OER projects, although, we are many iterations from a level of “maturation” and personal technology enablement. The focus will/should evolve, framed by the criteria of Time well spent & Quality of Life improvements, rather than current priorities of cost savings, and good vs evil themes _

New university initiatives focus on bringing open educational resources to the masses

New university initiatives focus on bringing open educational resources to the masses

insidehighered.com

New initiatives at university systems show the maturation of efforts to increase the use of open educational resources.

June 22, 2016
By
Carl StraumsheimThe effort to replace textbooks with open educational resources (OER) is gaining momentum as colleges move past pilots to expand the use of free or inexpensive course materials across states and systems.In states such as New Hampshire and New York, university systems are building new initiatives that build on years of lessons learned about using OER in the classroom. At the same time, organizations such as Achieving the Dream are investing millions of dollars to help community colleges in 13 different states build OER-based degree programs.Those initiatives join others in progress in states such as Arizona, for example, where Maricopa Community College has used OER to save students more than $5 million in textbooks costs, and Virginia, which is expanding Tidewater Community College’s idea of a zero-textbook-cost degree program to 15 other institutions.


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__The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA) announced the launch of Learning Lab, _ http://newsdesk.si.edu/releases/smithsonian-releases-learning-lab-everyone-discover-and-use-digital-museum-resources_ an online toolkit that allows users to find, customize and share museum resources with others. With more than a million resources available, Learning Lab allows users/ teachers and students in K­–12 and higher education/ to organize content as well as incorporate notes and tags, “hotspot” annotations, quizzes, assignments and other activities.

 

 



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__ Marilu Lopez received a Revere Award for educational publishing, category: Article Design (Grades 7-12) from the Association of American Publishers for her Scholastic Choices Magazine layout “The Age of Anxiety”

 

__Revere Awards for educational publishing Gallery _ http://review.wizehive.com/voting/aapgallery2015 _

 


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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 AZ Awards - Azure Magazine

Announcing the Winners of the 2016 AZ Awards – Azure Magazine

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The winners of the 2016 AZ Awards were revealed at a gala in Toronto

Elite players from the international architecture and design community, some from as far away as Belgium and China, came together on June 17 at Toronto’s historic Evergreen Brick Works as Azure revealed the winners of its sixth annual AZ Awards.

From a concrete and weathered-steel temple in Toronto that features the longest cantilever in North America to a landscape that offers floodwater relief and green space to a city in Spain, the 18 winners of the 2016 AZ Awards exemplify innovation and forward-thinking. Tonight at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, many of the winners were present — some visiting from as far away as India and Shanghai — to take the stage and receive their trophies, which were designed by Vancouver designer Omer Arbel, who was also a member of this year’s jury. The standing-room-only crowd of design and architecture insiders fêted all 66 of this year’s finalists during the celebration.

 



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__In broad strokes, the Complementary Learning Systems (CLS) theory states that the brain relies on two systems that allow it to rapidly soak in new information, while maintaining a structured model of the world that’s resilient to noise. __

How to Build a Mind? This Learning Theory May Hold the Answer

How to Build a Mind? This Learning Theory May Hold the Answer

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Much of AI’s recent victories — IBM Watson against Ken Jennings, Google’s AlphaGo versus Lee Sedol —are rooted in network architectures inspired by multi-layered processing in the human brain.

In a review paper, published this week in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, scientists from Google DeepMind and Stanford University penned a long-overdue update on a prominent theory of how humans and other intelligent animals learn.

In broad strokes, the Complementary Learning Systems (CLS) theory states that the brain relies on two systems that allow it to rapidly soak in new information, while maintaining a structured model of the world that’s resilient to noise.

“The core principles of CLS have broad relevance … in understanding the organization of memory in biological systems,” wrote the authors in the paper.

What’s more, the theory’s core principles — already implemented in recent themes in machine learning — will no doubt guide us towards designing agents with artificial intelligence, they wrote.



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__Bad things happen when the wrong items and recycling get together How bad? Bad enough that it can damage equipment, cause workplace injuries at the recycling facility and ruin otherwise perfectly good recyclables. Last year, an estimated 45,000 tonnes of garbage was mistakenly put into recycling. That’s a big problem you can help fix. __

Recycle Right - Garbage & Recycling - Services | City of Toronto

Recycle Right – Garbage & Recycling – Services | City of Toronto

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NOTE: Disposable paper coffee cups are lined with plastic or wax and, unfortunately, can’t be recycled



__“It may surprise you to learn that the majority of copyright holders in [Canada / US] are mom-and-pop businesses, the majority of which are professional photographers,” _ “Our current one-size-fits-all copyright system leaves out most visual artists.” “A game-changing piece of legislation is underway to create a small claims process, which will be huge for photographer’s copyright protection,”_ http://petapixel.com/2016/06/11/photographers-need-copyright-small-claims-system/ __ Professional Photographers of America Advocay website _ http //www.ppa.com/advocacy/

 



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__Pearson is targeting the global market for online university degree courses as it seeks to reassure investors about the slowdown in other areas of its education businesses. Today, John Fallon will host the education company’s first investor relations day in eight years, aimed at restoring confidence.

Pearson to target online teaching courses

David Bond in London _ http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/64f010c4-33d8-11e6-bda0-04585c31b153.html#axzz4BptEdXIj

_ See presentation slides _ https://www.pearson.com/content/dam/corporate/global/pearson-dot-com/files/investor-day/Investor-Day-Presentation_FINAL_WEB.pdf




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Keri Damen

45-min video primer from Andreessen Horowitz on AI, deep learning and machine learning and teaching computers to do things that human can do:

AI, Deep Learning, and Machine Learning: A Primer

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From types of machine intelligence to a tour of algorithms, a16z Deal and Research team head Frank Chen walks us through the basics (and beyond) of AI and deep learning in this slide presentation.



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__The work with Cognizant is one of a series of organizational changes being implemented within OUP’s technology function as part of its rapid evolution towards becoming a more digital business. Education Technology Solutions | Cognizant _ https://lnkd.in/e-iP8c4 __ Cognizant-Higher-Ed-Segment-Overview _ https://lnkd.in/e3UuX9p __ https://lnkd.in/eci5e89

Oxford University Press announces strategic technology change

Oxford University Press announces strategic technology change

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OUP announces a strategic relationship with Cognizant Technology Solutions.

The work with Cognizant is one of a series of organizational changes being implemented within OUP’s technology function as part of its rapid evolution towards becoming a more digital business.

With a global team of educational technology and business experts, the services Cognizant will provide include a global service desk, infrastructure and network management, application management, platforms management, testing, and service management.



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DuPont: Going Global with Mobile

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Using Adobe Experience Manager Mobile, DuPont creates mobile apps that enable their worldwide sales team and educate and support millions of farmers with the right information at the right time.



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Landa Digital Printing

“‪Drupa 2016‬ will be remembered as the inflection point in the industry’s transition from mechanical printing to digital.” Read more about Landa@Drupa 2016:

Landa Racks Up Over €450 Million in Orders for Nanographic Printing® Presses

Landa Racks Up Over €450 Million in Orders for Nanographic Printing® Presses

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  • Nanographic Printing presses sold in every major geographical region
  • Visitors describe Landa as “light years ahead”


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__Equals 3 Introduces IBM Watson-Powered Lucy™ Solution for Marketers. _ http://www.equals3.ai/blog/press-release-lucy-launch _To create Lucy, Equals 3 combined its experience creating marketing and ad tech solutions for some of the world’s largest brands, media and advertising agencies with several IBM Watson services, including Retrieve and Rank, Natural Language Classifier, Personality Insights and Tradeoff Analytics. Lucy comprehends vast amounts of structured and unstructured marketing data and provide detailed, sophisticated answers in seconds.

 

 

 



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TeachOntario has released a second eBook, entitled Creating Authentic Learning Ecosystems. The eBook, crafted in collaboration with educators across Ontario, demonstrates the power of voice and agency in professional learning.

TeachOntario eBook

TeachOntario eBook

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Welcome to TeachOntario’s second eBook crafted in collaboration with educators across Ontario. This eBook, entitled Creating Authentic Learning Ecosystems, demonstrates the power of voice and agency in professional learning.



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__”the sharing of academic research was the genesis of the modern web, yet today remains one of the last bastions of non-free content on the web.”_”the actual cost of “publication” in terms of making content available for download is now negligible, with publication costs instead centering on the human costs of managing peer review.” – Describes the sustainable value of Respect earned by a Journal __

Should All Academic Research Be Free And What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About Publishing

Should All Academic Research Be Free And What Wikipedia Can Teach Us About Publishing

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Is it time to fundamentally reimagine how we publish scholarly knowledge online?



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__Philanthropists lead by Hewlett Foundation are providing $9.8 million in funding for the initiative lead by Achieving the Dream. ATD will help [38] colleges [to replace commercial textbooks in required courses in four two-year programs: business administration, general education, natural or general science, and social science, to] make OER degrees critical elements of their student success efforts. Lumen Learning will provide technical assistance; SRI International will evaluate how OER degrees impact student success and CCCOER will facilitate a community of practice.

 


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The Getty Research Portal Grows with a New Design and More Than 100,000 Digitized Volumes

The Getty Research Portal Grows with a New Design and More Than 100,000 Digitized Volumes

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The Getty Research Portal’s online library of digitized art history texts is expanding with new website features and more contributing libraries

Marking the occasion of its four-year anniversary, the Getty Research Portal™ has been rebuilt and redesigned, making it easier to explore the digitized literature of art history. The Portal is a catalog providing free access to books and journals made available online by contributing institutions. A project of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) and founding members—which include some of the world’s major art libraries—the Portal began in the early summer of 2012.



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A feature by CEO Lisa de Wilde appears in the June edition of @OECTA, discussing TVO’s digital education offerings and how we work alongside Ontario educators to help set up kids for success inside & outside the classroom.

@OECTA June Edition

@OECTA June Edition

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TVO is a digital toolkit for teachers | @OECTA




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Mike Fromowitz

This is brilliant–and about time someone spoke about this. Digital is great, but don’t believe everything the digital ‘experts” say about communications is true. They pooh-pooh this kind of advertising because they don’t know how to do it and it doesn’t work in digital as well as in traditional media. And don’t believe traditional media is dead. It’s alive and clients will come to realize just how important it really is.

Long Copy Ads Aren't Dead: Here Are 20 Inspirational Examples

Long Copy Ads Aren’t Dead: Here Are 20 Inspirational Examples

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Improve your writing skills by studying these examples of long copy advertisements.

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__Glyn Moody: Digitisation and the Internet ought to mean we have all of this at our fingertips: so why don’t we? _ Open Access: Although tremendous progress has been made, there are signs that open access is at a critical point in its development, which could determine whether it will ever succeed

 

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__Glyn Moody: Although tremendous progress has been made, there are signs that open access is at a critical point in its development, which could determine whether it will ever succeed __

Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?

Open access: All human knowledge is there—so why can’t everybody access it?

arstechnica.co.ukWe paid for the research with taxes, and Internet sharing is easy. What’s the hold-up?




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__See the AAP REVERE Awards Galleries _ http //https://lnkd.in/e4sbc45 _ and read more about the 2015 winners and finalists. Also see REVERE Awards Judging Criteria _ https://lnkd.in/eR8kuh3 ___ https://lnkd.in/e4sbc45

Association of American Publishers Gallery

Association of American Publishers Gallery

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This year’s honorees–our 50th set–join a long list of winners recognized for educational excellence over the years.

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Congratulations to our clients, Kruger Products and Unilever Canada for their recent wins at the Retail Council of Canada’s annual Grand Prix awards. SpongeTowels Ultra Strong paper towel and Dove Dry Spray were recognized. Full story

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__Congratulations Davis – See photos of Canadian Grand Prix new Product Awards winners posted on Retail Council twitter page https://twitter.com/RetailCouncil/media




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__It’s worthwhile reading details of Rajiv’s experience with OER & open pedagogy

Unleashing openness in the teaching of introductory psychology

the Chapter is linked here _ https://osf.io/drfk8/  

_ I agree with issues raised by the editors, asking to offer a balanced perspective. Rather than delete it, I’d be asking RJ to show relevance of BLS data by identifying any College textbooks which rose in price by “1041% since 1977” – then, if so, why?__

Researcher clashes with publisher over book chapter on open education resources

Researcher clashes with publisher over book chapter on open education resources

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Psychology instructor withdraws book chapter after refusing to add language that he asserts a publisher demanded but he deemed too flattering to the textbook industry.

June 7, 2016
By
Carl Straumsheim

A psychology instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University says he was forced to choose between his principles and the wishes of his publisher as part of a disagreement about the textbook industry and the role of open educational resources.

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__Rajiv added a postscript to his blog on Tuesday and talks about a relationship with 2 Cengage creative department editors. _”I greatly respect and admire the two editors who have certainly poured a lot of energy into this volume. – They subsequently made many excellent suggestions that helped me to improve my writing.” The creative team invested their talents in RJ until the withdrawal cost them their time and the opportunity to create work that is actually published. They gained unique insight via a Professional engagement with a converted activist in the open movement. Perhaps the result is creative inspiration, Author’s perspective, openness research papers, resources to write-publish a knowledgeable piece about OER and open pedagogy.




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__Program solution via ZogoTech’s data analyses software enables stronger faculty-student connection and direct targeted communications = in-class retention rates increased from an average of 83 percent to 95 percent. Therefore, only 5 percent of the students who enrolled in a course at Odessa College each following semester failed to complete the course. __ http://www.zogotech.com/odessa-case-study/

__in related news, McGraw-Hill Education Announces Exclusive Agreement with Data Analytics Provider ZogoTech Aimed at Increasing Retention in Higher Education _ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mcgraw-hill-education-announces-exclusive-agreement-with-austin-based-data-analytics-provider-zogotech-aimed-at-increasing-retention-in-higher-education-300282324.html __ Agreement Gives McGraw-Hill Education Exclusive Rights to Represent ZogoTech’s Cutting Edge and Proven Data Analytics, Platform, Applications and Services




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__David Wiley is an effective marketer – here he writes about the iterative experience of his company working with Client Education Institutions _”Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption” _ http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/46




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__Interested in Connected Perspectives on Open Design and Visual Communications in Educational Resources, Creative Services, Marketing, Technology _ There’s True Impact Marketing aim to humanize marketing via Consumer Neuroscience, Neuromarketing Research and Strategy _ http //www.trueimpact.ca/ __ while, on another trajectory, Knewton Adaptive Learning is building the world’s most powerful education recommendation engine via Item Response Theory (IRT), Probabilistic Graphical Models (PGMs), Hierarchical Agglomerative Clustering _ https //goo.gl/lBeVoq

 




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The Practice of Personalizing Learning

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Learn more about how CMU-backed Acrobatiq is helping academic institutions use learning science-based instructional design



 

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__From MIT Media Labs, MLTalks Series, Joi Ito hosts Creative Commons speakers Diane Peters, Jane Park, Ryan Merkley and Johnathan Nightingale Video online _ http://www.media.mit.edu/video/view/mltalks-2016-05-31

 

 




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__A diverse group, and voice of the Community, STAMP coalition, won [my] Human Rights protection against any discrimination [James Sears racism, homophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism] with issue of a Canada Post prohibitory order not to deliver ‘Your Ward News’ _Thanks! 2 issues-editions were delivered in our mail _ Gov. protection from hateful materials is limited to Canada Post services __

STAMP stamps out home delivery of hate

STAMP stamps out home delivery of hate

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__See the ‘Voice of the Artist’ Q&A Survey and visual artists’ opinions about Fair Use/Fair Dealing Case Studies – NOTE: no legal advice is offered but it certainly would be useful _ https://lnkd.in/eYMMxDk _ https://lnkd.in/epAFj4k

95% of artists miss out on copyright payments

95% of artists miss out on copyright payments

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A new survey shows that only five per cent of artist publishing their work online receive copyright royalties.  The survey, Voice of the Artist, conducted by research firm AMR, shows that while 90% of the 1,020 artists surveyed have had their work reproduced  – including 71% of artists published online – only 5% receive income from copyright royalties. That means 95% of those artists entitled to copyright royalties don’t receive them.




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Muhammad Ali – 25 of the best photographs of the legendary boxer

Muhammad Ali – 25 of the best photographs of the legendary boxer

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Our picture editor, Jonny Weeks, has selected his favourite photographs of Muhammad Ali

 


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__THE K-12 EDUCATION MARKET has been weak, owing to soft demand from adoption states, and some open states delaying purchases. But that’s due for a snapback. The market could grow from $2.6 billion this year to about $3 billion by 2018 and 2019. Houghton stands to benefit from growth of its digital business, which is higher margin than its textbook-sales operation. The digital business could increase significantly over the next few years, along with the trend toward the use of more Internet-based learning aids in schools __

Publisher Houghton Mifflin’s Story to End Happily

Publisher Houghton Mifflin’s Story to End Happily

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While the publisher faces some short-term hurdles, the long-term outlook is good.

 


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__Insight into the economics of publishing _ “Publishers are not interested in selling hardbound textbooks. Our economics discipline team isn’t even going to publish them next year. The prices are hiked 33% at the bookstore and they are bought and resold 9 times. That’s not a good business for us in 2016.” _a quoted excerpt from an email written by an Educational Publishing Product Manager who is describing their new business model to an Author.



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__Mike Caulfield’s creative work on expansive, mind-bending ideas also includes Federated Wiki and Wikity

Prism: A Proposal for a Choral Approach to OER

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If you’ve read Choral Explanations, you know that I’ve proposed a new (well, as much as anything is ever new) approach to OER use and production that is based on trends in both wiki and question and answer sites. (If  you haven’t read Choral Explanations, you can read it here).

In the time since I wrote that piece, I’ve kept coming back to it. And the more I look at it, the more I see a simple yet powerful idea at the center of it. I could be wrong, but I’m starting to feel there’s a huge opportunity here that is ripe for the taking. And unlike other stuff I’ve worked on (Wikity, federated wiki) it’s not that hard to build software around it. This post is going to attempt to outline how such software might work, and how it could dramatically change how we approach OER.



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__Open SUNY Textbooks (OST) _http://textbooks.opensuny.org/ _today announced, in collaboration with Lumen Learning, a new service model, SUNY OER Services, to support State University of New York (SUNY) faculty and SUNY campuses with their efforts to expand effective adoption, creation and use of open educational resources (OER) in teaching and research.

Open SUNY Textbooks scales up OER Adoption

Open SUNY Textbooks scales up OER Adoption

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Open SUNY Textbooks scales up open educational resources (OER) adoption and creation services for SUNY campuses and faculty

Major support and funding for expanding SUNY’s use of OER come from the SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Alex Cartwright, as well as the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services. Open SUNY Textbooks and SUNY OER Services are being developed with system-level strategic goals of reducing textbook costs; developing institutional models for low-cost and high quality course materials support; and producing new models of academic publishing and scholarly communications across SUNY.



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__Pearson describes a Canadian success story: “Algonquin College in Ottawa launched an etextbook pilot program in January 2013. The college believed that by using etextbooks, it would overcome some of the shortcomings of printed textbooks, which are heavy, not accessible to students with visual disabilities, and expensive. The pilot showed promising results. . . ” See Contact North 2016 update of results _ http://teachonline.ca/sites/default/files/algonquin_college_e-text_initiative_presentation.pdf

Algonquin College E-Text Initiative Presentation



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__Pearson infographic cites research papers which are widely used by OER-advocates _ http://www.pearsoned.com/wp-content/uploads/INSTR13104-DDAinfographic-V4.pdf

Pearson digital content on the first day of class

_ Pearson Digital Delivery of Course Materials addresses issues well presented in detailed within this 2012 Florida Student Textbook Survey _ http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/pdf/2012_Florida_Student_Textbook_Survey.pdf



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__Digital Delivery of Course Materials | Pearson _ The course materials delivery dilemma: Buying required course materials for a college class may seem like a straightforward transaction, but the reality is anything but. The hunt for bargain books is a long and complicated path that often leads students to forego buying essential materials altogether. __ http://www.pearsoned.com/higher-education/topics-in-higher-education/transition-to-digital/digital-delivery-of-course-materials/

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__More Than 30 Colleges and Universities Partner With Pearson to Put Digital Learning Resources at Students’ Fingertips on the First Day of Class _ http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/16/06/p8055321/more-than-30-colleges-and-universities-partner-with-pearson-to-put-digi

Pearson digital content on the first day of class


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__”I contend that this conception of balance, setting authors’ rights on one scale and limitations and exceptions on the other, is both one-dimensional and detrimental to the overall goals of copyright. The underlying assumption is that authors’ interests are distinct from the public’s interests, and that one can only be furthered at the expense of the other. But this isn’t the case.” __

Balance in Copyright

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Everybody says we should strive for balance in copyright law. Indeed, who is against balance in principle? The real question is what exactly you mean—what is being balanced?

I contend that this conception of balance, setting authors’ rights on one scale and limitations and exceptions on the other, is both one-dimensional and detrimental to the overall goals of copyright. The underlying assumption is that authors’ interests are distinct from the public’s interests, and that one can only be furthered at the expense of the other. But this isn’t the case.

A view of balance that pits authors rights against the public interest thus ignores the law’s internal balancing mechanisms and is ultimately detrimental to the goals of copyright. By keeping in mind the intertwined nature of the private right and the public gain, we can better reach a balanced approach. Such balance would ensure that rights are clear, marketable, and enforceable. It would, for example, disfavor government intervention in the form of compulsory licensing, rate setting, etc, except when there is demonstrable market failure; it would encourage cooperation between rightsholders and OSPs and others in the online ecosystem to minimize online infringement; it would provide access to meaningful remedies for individuals and small businesses. A balanced copyright system would, in short, create a vibrant, diverse culture that enriches the public sphere by protecting creators’ right to seek their fair share.



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__Sequoia’s SCS Server Suite: Textbook and Course Materials Management – via Faculty requisitions data collected – providing unique tools to acquire and sell textbooks, Textbook Partner is the premier textbook management tool. This comprehensive system ensures higher margins and more profits for campus store textbook departments. _

Blackboard News & Events | Blackboard Acquires Sequoia Retail Systems

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Acquisition provides students with greater retail convenience on and off campus

Sequoia provides hundreds of colleges and universities with POS, retail bookstore and inventory management solutions that enable students to make purchases quickly and easily while reducing administrative complexity. The company’s integrated, multichannel delivery gives students the power to use their campus ID credentials (card/mobile) to purchase when and where it is most convenient—online, on a mobile device or at a register.



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Quad/Graphics to Adopt Landa Nanography® as its Next Digital Printing Technology

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Largest publication printer in the U.S. to collaborate on deployment of Landa Nanographic Printing® Presses for high-quality, cost-effective digital production of short-run magazines and journals 


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EY Announces Curriculum Associates' CEO Rob Waldron is Named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® New England 2016 Finalist

EY Announces Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron is Named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® New England 2016 Finalist

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BOSTON, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —EY announced that Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the New England program. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Rob was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 23, 2016 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Curriculum Associates is an education technology company leading the adoption of print and digital curriculum for more than three million K–12 students across the country. Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates has always been driven by a simple yet powerful vision: to make classrooms better places for teachers and students. Offering one of the industry’s only integrated learning solutions for both diagnostic assessment and instruction, Curriculum Associates’ tools and content enable school districts to assess smarter, saving valuable classroom time and increasing student achievement.



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__“The world no longer rewards people for what they know – Google knows everything – but for what they can do with what they know. [-] Education today needs to be much more about ways of thinking, involving creativity, critical thinking, problemsolving and decision-making; about ways of working, including communication and collaboration.”

Report:_ Charles Leadbeater, The Problem Solvers

See Article: _ http://schoolsweek.co.uk/teach-pupils-problem-solving-not-just-to-follow-instructions-says-former-blair-adviser/

Charles Leadbeater The Problem Solvers

__Related : Why a ‘Big-Picture Education’ Has Never Been More Important – Carol Geary Schneider, president, Association of American Colleges & Universities – By Dan Berrett _ http://chronicle.com/article/Video-Why-a-Big-Picture/236416 _

__The 2016 Small Business Book Awards’ 17 Books/Authors had 178 nominations across our eight categories and nearly 11,000 votes with thousands of Facebook comments from fans across the spectrum of small business book readers and supporters of the nominees. __

2016 Book Awards Winners - Judges and Community

2016 Book Awards Winners – Judges and Community

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2016 Book Awards Winners – Judges and Community


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__“No additional cost to the student” does not mean no cost for the institution. At UMUC, _ https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/03/09/textbook-free.aspx _ the large-scale transition from textbooks required a team-based approach for each step of development, from discovery of OER, to vetting for quality, to reviewing for licensing and ADA compliance, to embedding within the learning environment. __ https://lnkd.in/eAnFuDa

Large-Scale Adoption of Open Educational Resources as an Institutional Differentiator

Large-Scale Adoption of Open Educational Resources as an Institutional Differentiator

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Making open educational resources available to students at a large scale requires a high level of commitment from the institution in terms of time, effort and resources.

The past decade has seen a steady growth in the disruptive potential of open educational resources (OER)—free, high-quality, openly licensed educational materials in a variety of media—to enhance access, improve outcomes and lower costs for students. There is evidence that the movement has reached a tipping point. With major support from the Hewlett Foundation and other funders, the focus has shifted to large-scale—program-wide or even enterprise-wide—adoption of OER as the core or even sole curricular educational content.

What is also clear is that fully realizing the potential of OER to achieve these outcomes will require a strategic approach, adequate institutional resources and a willingness to transform more fundamental aspects of the traditional model of delivering education.



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__”the more students are doing research, projects, writing-intensive activities, e-portfolios, service learning, things that connect actual problems with the academic learning . . . the big picture, the strong intellectual skills, a sense of responsibility for how knowledge is used, and the ability to apply knowledge to real problems. __

Video: Why a 'Big-Picture Education' Has Never Been More Important

Video: Why a ‘Big-Picture Education’ Has Never Been More Important

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Carol Geary Schneider, who will retire in June from the presidency of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, describes what we know now about a high-quality education and its greatest threats. Even amid “a very toxic environment” about the value of college, Ms. Schneider explains why she sees reason for hope.


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__in a declining marketplace for humanities monographs, the University of North Carolina Press recently set up an Office of Scholarly Publishing Services that will offer copy editing, design layout, distribution, and seed money for professors making open educational resources __

UNC Press to Offer Publishing Services for Professors’ DIY Textbooks

UNC Press to Offer Publishing Services for Professors’ DIY Textbooks

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In a fresh example of the growth of open educational resources, the press will work with faculty [-] the press’s new role as an opportunity for professors to seek advice on various materials they may have kept tucked away but would like to publish online or digitize. She also sees it as a way to collaborate on open educational resources, which she says is a growing interest on the campus. Last year the provost and the library supplied a total of $10,000 in grants to support 10 professors seeking to create open educational resources to replace their textbooks.


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__The world around us is filled with ideas and knowledge waiting to be discovered. Our eyes only see so much, We can only see what’s in front us, We process and use imagery personally in our visual search to interactively access the wealth of information within the digital world. _ Blippar can help _ https //blippar.com/en/

Our eyes see so much - blippar com



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__All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals – Horizon 2020 _ Council conclusions on Open Access, Open Science, via Council of the European Union, The Competitiveness Council _

The transition towards an Open Science system
– Council conclusions (adopted on 27/05/2016)

 



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__the role that copyright plays in fostering and enabling artistic freedom – By securing to artists a property right in the fruits of their productive labors, copyright empowers artists to pursue success in whichever markets and through whichever business models work best for their creative visions. As a result, artists are free to develop and market their art in a rich, diverse, commercial marketplace. Copyright’s economic freedom supports a professional class of creators. __

Copyright as a Platform for Artistic and Creative Freedom

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Abstract:

A growing conventional wisdom argues that copyright restricts artists’ ability to fulfill their creative potential and to express themselves freely in their art. But this conventional wisdom misunderstands the role that copyright plays in fostering and enabling artistic freedom. To understand the relationship between copyright and artistic freedom, it helps to consider the broader context in which copyright enables artists and creators to thrive. While copyright restricts artistic freedom in the narrow sense that it places limitations on artists’ ability to incorporate anything they want into their art without permission, this restriction is only one side of the equation; on the other side, copyright plays a critical role in fostering artistic and creative independence.

By securing to artists a property right in the fruits of their productive labors, copyright empowers artists to pursue success in whichever markets and through whichever business models work best for their creative visions. As a result, artists of all shapes and sizes — both mainstream and niche, and with a wide variety of social and cultural viewpoints — are free to develop and market their art in a rich, diverse, commercial marketplace. Copyright’s economic freedom supports a professional class of creators. These creators don’t just make art, they make a living making art, enjoying the freedom to dedicate their time to their craft in ways that are impossible for most hobbyists. Copyright’s economic freedom also gives creators the artistic freedom to dream big — it helps them secure financing for their more ambitious projects, it empowers them to develop and sustain related projects over time, and it enables them to capture the efficiencies of the division of labor. By supporting artists and their work, copyright serves as a powerful platform for artistic and creative freedom.



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__David Wiley “I believe that part of the reason the open education movement continues to struggle with sustainability is because there is a dangerous lack of diversity in our incentive ecosystem. . . If we were more accepting, welcoming, and inviting of diversity, perhaps we would have more success catalyzing the change we are collectively trying to make.” __ Perhaps a sincere realization of the ‘Good vs.Evil’ logical fallacy. . . and welcome, better late than never __

Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

opencontent.org

Andrew Rickard has written a thoughtful essay on OER, open pedagogy, and commercial interests. In it, he reflects on several topics, including his honest misgivings about the recent OpenStax / Knewton partnership announcement. His doubts are not unique; I think there is a broad sense of uneasiness regarding the participation of commercial players in the open education space. And I think it’s a topic we should be talking about more.

 [-] Once you realize what the opportunity cost of preventing occasional bad or annoying behavior would be, it becomes clear that it’s in our community’s overwhelming interest to tolerate it. We are, after all, supposed to be the open education community. If we were more accepting, welcoming, and inviting of diversity, perhaps we would have more success catalyzing the change we are collectively trying to make.


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__OCSB teacher provides a succinct summary of this strategic implementation “The driving force behind our Board’s success is the insight to lead with pedagogy and to support our pedagogical practices with technology. Our Board is able to leverage digital resources and technology with strong pedagogical alignment.” _

Innovation That Sticks Case Study Report: Ottawa Catholic School Board

Innovation That Sticks Case Study Report: Ottawa Catholic School Board

reports.cea-ace.ca

Innovation that Sticks Case Study Report – A Framework for District-Wide Change

What were the conditions that enabled and encouraged innovation

to take place within a system as large and complex as the Ottawa Catholic School Board?

This case study report provides concrete guidance and information resources to support other School District leaders faced with the challenge of determining how they can get their own innovations to ‘stick’ and achieve their goals.



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__Leaders from 25 Canadian universities participated in a Universities Canada workshop in Vancouver on November 30 and December 1, 2015 to discuss the trends, opportunities and challenges in leveraging digital technologies for research, university operations, and teaching and learning. This report summarizes the discussions at the event. _

Canadian Universities and our Digital Future - report - Universities Canada

Canadian Universities and our Digital Future – report – Universities Canada

univcan.ca

Speakers and panelists discussed digital disruptors that could affect Canadian universities and raised a number of questions for senior leaders to consider:

  • How can we advance universities’ missions and Canada’s position as a leader in the digital economy?
  • Can technologies help provide greater access to quality education and research at a lower cost to students and universities?
  • How can Canadian universities provide more personalized education and best prepare students for the digital economy?
  • Given the implications and pace of disruptive technologies, how can universities remain competitive and sustainable?

The report also provides highlights of Universities Canada’s 2015 Digital Technologies Survey.



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McGraw-Hill Education

Technology is driving innovation in education, but there is still a place for print in the classrooms of tomorrow: https://lnkd.in/bgcjT9P Our School President Chris Willig explains how for Book Business Magazine.

Do Books Have a Future in Tomorrow’s Classroom?

Do Books Have a Future in Tomorrow’s Classroom?

bookbusinessmag.com

“Books in our education space are a funny thing,” says Willig. “I think there is a place for print [in the classroom], and a place for ebooks. Our research is showing a strong proclivity for maintaining a blended approach to the world.”

Print, she notes, can’t complete with certain aspects of the digital experience, which in Willig’s view changes not just the role of content but its very definition. “What is content?” she says. “That is a fundamental question. If all it is a flat experience of a page of long-form reading, the value is starting to shift… When content is delivered within a higher-value proposition built around data — with a recommendation engine, remediation, all the things that data can inform — it’s a different story.”

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__Neal Goff’s article points out the similarity between M-H and Lumen Learning’s for-profit business models where customers pay for platform access and value-added curation of professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned, online educational resources. One of the differences with Lumen Learning’s offer is it’s exclusive use of OER.



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__Watch this short video on Mediathread functionality, usage, and development.  _ Mediathread connects to a variety of image and video collections enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into an analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into essays and other written analysis. _ https://lnkd.in/efqQQhT

Mediathread – Multimedia Annotation and Essays

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Mediathread is an open-source platform for exploration, analysis, and organization of web-based multimedia content. Mediathread connects to a variety of image and video collections (such as YouTube, Flickr, library databases, and course libraries), enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into an analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into essays and other written analysis.



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__Maria Popova’s address to the 2016 graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication _”Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance. Choose to lift people up, not to lower them down — because it is a choice, always, and because in doing so you lift yourself up.” _

On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address

On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address

brainpickings.org

“In its passivity and resignation, cynicism is a hardening, a calcification of the soul. Hope is a stretching of its ligaments, a limber reach for something greater.”



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__Many fabulous insights into recent evolution of our modern textbooks in this outstanding research paper _ Creatives might focus on section – Era of Artwork, Pedagogy, and Homogenization ( 1970s- 1980s) pg 469 _

An Examination of Introductory Psychology Textbooks in America – Wight / Weiten 1992

scholarlycommons.obu.edu

Abstract

“The time has gone by when any one person could hope to write an adequate textbook of psychology. The science has now so many branches, so many methods, so many fields of application, and such an immense mass of data of observation is now on record, that no one person can hope to have the necessary familiarity with the whole.” – An author of an introductory psychology text

Our portrait of 100 years of introductory psychology texts shows that they have been characterized by both stability and change.

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__Related: This month Ivan Flis published his PhD dissertation titled; Instructional Manuals of Boundary-Work: Psychology textbooks,student subjectivities, and disciplinary historiographies 2016 _ “Textbooks become reifications of investigative practices coupled with pedagogical ones. They mesh the contexts of theoretical knowledge and application, the rhetoric of presenting it, the business of teaching it, and provide objective and objectified perspectives on a discipline, perspectives that can be carefully recast and inspected.

__”They are full of “facts” that at the same time bring and hide uncertainties—they are textual witnesses of a time gone by. Textbooks (again?) become a place to go to reflect about the discipline. A good Latourian might even say textbooks gain agency in driving that reflection.”

__Instructional Manuals of Boundary-Work: Psychology textbooks,student subjectivities, and disciplinary historiographies. Ivan Flis _ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jhbs.21791/abstract _



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__Prof. Robin DeRosa “I want to share here the nuts and bolts of how we built the textbook, and reflect on how it affected the pedagogy that surrounded the book.”_ “Open textbooks [-] can create a new relationship between learners and course content, and if teachers choose to acknowledge and enable this, it can have a profound effect on the whole fabric of the course.” __

My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice

robinderosa.net

I launched the open textbook project over a summer, and because I teach at a public university where I had no easy access to graduate assistants or funding, I hired a bunch of undergrad students and recent alums, and paid them out of my own pocket to assist me.  Turns out, most of them were willing to work for free (I didn’t let them, though what I paid was low because it was all I could spare), and turns out the whole endeavor of building the work turned out to be transformative to my own pedagogy and to the course that followed.  I want to share here the nuts and bolts of how we built the textbook, and reflect on how it affected the pedagogy that surrounded the book.



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__The Blippar™ app is an example of David’s reference to opportunities to use Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Visual Discovery, Visual Search Browser _Check it out _ https://blippar.com/en/ _ https://lnkd.in/e7_TY8n

“Perfection” in Packaging: Nice, but Now What? on WhatTheyThink

“Perfection” in Packaging: Nice, but Now What? on WhatTheyThink

whattheythink.com

David Schawk (SKG Global) argues that because consumers are exposed to so many other influences, the pursuit of perfection in the look of packaging is no longer enough. Brand owners and packaging producers must learn to think of packages as “digital portals to non-linear consumer experiences.” He gives an example.



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De-Legitimization - Michael Caulfield

De-Legitimization – Michael Caulfield

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People with broadly similar goals often operate under different theories of change. Some people believe change comes from moving fast and building things, and a lot of it does. Some people think it comes from laying the intellectual and policy foundations that nurture desired results, and that’s true too.
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We all have different theories of change. Unsurprisingly, most people’s theories of change support the contention that their unique gifts (whether those are policy analysis and engagement, building things, designing good UX, or promoting the heck out of existing technologies) are the lynchpin of the movement. It’s funny how that works out like that!

And so we argue over where we should spend our effort. Why? Because there are limited resources. You can put a builder or a thinker in a keynote. You can fund open textbooks or open pedagogy. We notice that some parts of the movement get more press and some get more money. We notice that open textbooks are taking off while open pedagogy is still mostly below the radar. We get upset, maybe, at these divisions. And all this is good and right. You can operate for decades like this and most movements worth anything do.

__Several Academics who are key figures within the ‘Open Movement’ are reflecting on their differing perspectives, MC writes “Where it falls apart is at that line of legitimacy. . . You have to treat differences in approach as differences in personal theories of change, not as tests of moral fiber. [-] Because the truth is that none of us is the center of this thing. We need all the talents, we need the multiple approaches. We need people who make change possible, and we need people who provide the intellectual and policy substrate to make that change last.” __ although, don’t expect the ‘movement’ to be inclusive of those who envision ©ER+OER anytime soon.



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Collective Arts Brewing Label Series Six

Collective Arts Brewing Label Series Six

Louis Fishauf on LinkedIn
My collage “FLORA” was chosen from over 2,000 submissions to be part of Collective Brewing’s Label Series Six, unveiled Saturday…

__Congratulations, Louis. great idea to contribute & participate _see full image – http://collectiveartsbrewing.com/art/louis-fishauf/ _ interesting concepts / dimensions worth checking out _ http://collectiveartsbrewing.com/submit-art/ _ “Beer drinkers can scan the labels using the free smartphone app, BLIPPAR™ _ https://blippar.com/en/ _ connecting artists with our beer drinkers on an interactive level, all to be viewed and shared”



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__The K-12 OER Collaborative seeks school districts interested in piloting middle school math materials during the 2016-17 school year. _ https://lnkd.in/eeXPkH3 _ Sunnyside Unified School District is the second largest school district in Tucson, Arizona _ https://lnkd.in/efj6NmQ __ https://lnkd.in/eh4gZBv

Some Sunnyside schools to drop textbooks for open-source material

Some Sunnyside schools to drop textbooks for open-source material

tucson.com

The district has a one-to-one laptop program and operates largely digitally now.

Sunnyside was chosen as a pilot district based on its high number of minority and low-income students, said Larry Singer, CEO of K-12 OER Collaborative and former Pearson executive. “Our whole reason for doing this is a social justice reason,” he said. The organization wants to make high-quality material available for free to all students. Another benefit of using the collaborative’s open education resources is the ability of the district to receive the material in the format it wants, whether that is HTML or Microsoft OneNote format, Singer said, adding that teachers can have input in how the content is delivered. “They have full legal rights to improve it, to modify it and to share it with the teachers in the next classroom,” he said.



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__The analysis showed that high-quality learning materials have played a key role in the improvement of education arrangements and in sustaining quality. Even when apparently simple in form, learning materials carry complex functions – from ensuring transmission of best practice, to encouraging effective acquisition and development of key ideas by learners. The Cambridge Approach is a series of criteria and questions to support publishers in reflecting on those things which should be considered when materials are being conceived, commissioned, and developed. __

Tim Oates launches the Cambridge Approach to Textbooks

Tim Oates launches the Cambridge Approach to Textbooks

cambridgeassessment.org.uk

On 28 April 2016 Tim Oates CBE, Group Director for Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, will launch the ‘Cambridge Approach to Textbooks’. This set of criteria is in direct response to his identification of “England’s need to restore the primacy of ‘real’ textbooks worldwide”. This follows on from the ‘Cambridge Assessment Approach to Assessment’ published in 2009.



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__Steve Greenlaw, Professor of Economics at University of Mary Washington, explains Government funded new major OER is a ‘public good’, and, where Altruism provides a benefit, even though the benefit is not financial, the improvements – adaption to the same are ‘positive externality goods’. __

Friendly Amendment to “OER: Some Questions and Answers”

pedablogy.stevegreenlaw.org

A couple weeks ago, David Wiley responded to a clever Pearson op-ed, which attempted to damn [OER] with faint praise. Among other things, the op-ed states: I have a couple of thoughts on the op-ed and David’s response.

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When David claims that the theory of public goods can’t explain why people devote time, money and effort to creating OER, I disagree. The theory suggests that people will do this when the benefit to them exceeds the cost. I think that the benefits perceived by these individuals are the benefits their actions provide to other people. Altruism provides a benefit even though the benefit is not financial. I think that explains that why people are often willing to contribute to improvements to OER, once the OER exists. And this makes no sense to anyone who limits their understanding to the realm of commerce. To phrase it differently, new major OER is a public good, but improvements to the same are positive externality goods.

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__The Government funded program, BCcampus Open Textbooks, is a ‘public good’. BCcampus open textbook, Principles of Social Psychology-1st International Edition, is an example of ‘positive externality goods’. . . it was adapted by Rajiv Jhangiani and Hammond Tarry from Charles Stagnor’s original textbook without financial benefit, albeit these are salaried Professors, this is Altruism.



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__Forbes magazine has occasionally tried to estimate Scrooge McDuck’s wealth in real terms; in 2007, the magazine estimated his wealth at $28.8 billion;[13] in 2011, it rose to $44.1 billion due to the rise in gold prices.[14] One website used the size of Scrooge’s Money Bin as a basis and calculated that it could contain over $27 trillion. . . Elsevier is doing slightly less well🙂 _ fyi Investor Centre – http://www.relx.com/investorcentre/pages/home.aspx  _

SSRN has been captured by the enemy of open knowledge.

SSRN has been captured by the enemy of open knowledge.

medium.com
Elsevier just bought SSRN. Here’s why you should be upset, and what we can do about it.

__SSRN’s co-founder, Dr. Michael Jensen, supports the decision to join Elsevier: “I co-founded SSRN to enable scholars to share and distribute their research worldwide, long before their papers work their way through the journal refereeing and publication process, and to facilitate communication among scholars at the lowest possible cost. I’m confident SSRN can do that even better with Elsevier and Mendeley.” _ https://www.elsevier.com/connect/ssrn-the-leading-social-science-and-humanities-repository-and-online-community-joins-elsevier _

__Gregory J. Gordon, President and CEO of Social Science Research Network, “As I’ve got to know Elsevier I’ve found they do a lot more to support researchers than they get credit for. I expect them to help us help researchers save time and write better research by providing valuable data and information back to our users. We’re looking forward to the possibilities here, and I hope, in time, you will too.”



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__IBM Copyright Infringement Patent Application _ Basically, the way it works is, when a printer receives a print job, it parses the content for potential copyrighted material. If there is a match, it won’t copy or print anything unless the person in question has authorization _ potentially, one’s ability to display / view online content may be controlled too – with watermarks, low-res thumbnails etc. _

See application/claims _https://www.scribd.com/doc/312461758/Ibm-Print?secret_password=uhnboMw21MqI0FraOnWv

IBM Copyright Infringement Patent 3-bdb600ef5e



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__sure, go ahead and add @audreywatters rabble-rousing Troublemaker / cynic pov to the list _ http://hackeducation.com/ __

The 2016 Dean's List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs

The 2016 Dean’s List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs

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Blogging about the hottest education technology issues, these admin all-stars, IT gurus, education community experts and classroom leaders have proven their worth to their peers.



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__Michael Feldstein _How can the capabilities afforded by educational technologies empower teachers to learn and implement teaching strategies that work better for them and their students? __

What Homework and Adaptive Platforms Are (and Aren’t) Good For

What Homework and Adaptive Platforms Are (and Aren’t) Good For

mfeldstein.com

I was delighted that we are able to publish Mike Caulfield’s post on how ed tech gets personalization backwards, partly because Mike is such a unique and inventive thinker, but also because he provided such a great example of how “personalized learning” teaching techniques are different than adaptive content and other product capabilities.

For now and the foreseeable future, no robot tutor in the sky is going to be able to take Mike’s place in those conversations. This is the kind of personal teaching that humans are good at and robots are not. But neither are the tools we have today useless for this sort of teaching. Vendors, administrators, and faculty alike have broadly misunderstood their role and potential. In this post, I’m going to talk about both how these tools are useful for the kind of education that Mike cares about (and I care about) as well as, perhaps more importantly, why we are so prone to getting that role wrong.


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__Reinventing Invention – David Weinberger – Is there a library-sized hole in the internet? David warned of library knowledge being marginalised should they become invisible on the Web and suggested linked data as a possible way of averting this._ http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/oclc/Collateral/Space/Research-Information_Is-There-A-Library-Sized-Hole-In-The-Internet_April-May-2015.pdf __ Presentation Video __ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKgAmYizOMQ&feature=youtu.be



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How Instructional Designers Can Overcome Faculty Resistance (EdSurge News)

How Instructional Designers Can Overcome Faculty Resistance (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com
As an instructional technologist at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, Tom Baer is no stranger to working with faculty who struggle to understand the role of instructional designers. It’s not unusual for him to encounter instructors reluctant to give up their go-to lecture or PowerPoint Presentation, unsure of online learning’s effectiveness or resistant to a change in teaching style.
  1. __consider, for example, where BCcampus offers “a variety of opportunities to learn, laugh, create and collaborate with colleagues” _ The Festival of Learning is a celebration of teaching and learning in post-secondary education. It is an unprecedented collaboration of existing groups and annual events hosted together during an exciting four-day festival experience. _ The Festival of Learning https://festival.bccampus.ca/



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Disney is done with game publishing, cancels 'Disney Infinity'

Disney is done with game publishing, cancels ‘Disney Infinity’

mashable.com
The company is reporting a $147 million loss for Q2 in association with the shift.
The move is a surprise, coming just two months after Disney confirmed that Infinity would expand in 2016 around themed add-on packs, starting with the Smash Bros.-esque arena fighting of Marvel Battlegrounds. Pixar, Disney and Star Wars-themed packs were to follow later in the year.
  1. __Thanks, Derek – would be insightful to understand the challenges / risks faced __ “we knew going in that there would be a lot of risk with this product, and the fact that we did so well initially gave us the confidence to continue with it. “The truth of the matter is that the risks that we saw at the beginning when we started this caught up with us.”



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__The annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.

National Design Awards | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

National Design Awards | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

cooperhewitt.org
About the Awards The National Design Awards were conceived by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.

Video – design iterations of The National Design Awards trophy _ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EgOo7c-3iQ&feature=youtu.be __



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__”Effective leaders in the industry understand that when it come comes to content, their approach should always be about “and,” never “or”. New products and services and high-quality content, not new products and services or high-quality content.”

Caution: Hedging Content - David Harris, Editor In Chief, OpenStax

Caution: Hedging Content – David Harris, Editor In Chief, OpenStax

David Harris on LinkedIn

At the recent GSV conference in San Diego, a leading executive of an education company all but declared the diminishing importance of content in our educational materials. “In a dynamic market,” he displayed on a slide, “content is a small part of the value chain.” The publishing world has begun to distance itself from content. “Content” and “publishing” are fast becoming four-letter words in leadership circles.

Perhaps it appears modern for publishers (aka, “digital solution providers” and “learning science companies”) to position themselves to the investor community as content agnostic, data-driven entities. While this position might sound reasonable, it is based on the questionable premise that content now is far less valuable to customers than it was in publishing’s bygone era when they had more control around distribution, price, access, and platform choice. Finally, and most importantly, it is a position that may not align with what educators and students really need.

 


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CAPIC Toronto

Do you know what your intellectual property rights are as a creator in the digital age? Join CAPIC on Wednesday June 8th for an evening of lively conversation with copyright lawyer Dan Pollack, concerning your intellectual rights as an image creator in this ever-evolving digital age. Participants will be asked to submit a legal question pertaining to the industry upon registration. Register now through Eventbrite: http://ow.ly/tF1U3005JhY All are welcome! CAPIC and PPOC members will enjoy free admission to this not-to-be-missed event!



 

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7 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Social Media Strategist

7 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Social Media Strategist

Lina Duque, MBA on LinkedIn

Hiring a social media strategist on your team? Keep in mind that by giving someone the responsibility to manage your company’s social media presence, you are putting your reputation in their hands. Make sure that person is well-trained and acquainted with your social media policy (if you don’t have a social media policy, now is the time to draft one!), company culture and, most importantly, your brand. Your social media strategist is your spokesperson online so they need to know your brand inside out.

Here are seven questions you should ask during the interview.



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__”In a new white paper out this week, “A blueprint for breakthroughs,” Michael Horn and I argue that simply asking what works stops short of the real question at the heart of a truly personalized system: what works, for which students, in what circumstances? Without this level of specificity and understanding of contextual factors, we’ll be stuck understanding only what works on average despite aspirations to reach each individual student (not to mention mounting evidence that “average” itself is a flawed construct). _

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The inconvenient truth about personalized learning – Christensen Institute

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May 4, 2016 by Julia Freeland Fisher

Personalized learning is quickly gaining steam among educators, philanthropists, and policymakers. The promise of a personalized education system is enormous: we are witnessing an era when new school models and structures, often supported by technology, can tailor learning experiences to each student and allow students more choice in how they access and navigate those experiences.

But we’ve found that amidst the enthusiasm for personalized learning models, there’s a less talked-about aspect of the education system that will need to shift to make these models viable: education research.

Even though education receives paltry R&D dollars compared to other sectors, like defense and energy, there’s been a relatively steady stream of research over the past decades trying to look under the hood of “what works” in education. But if we are going to break open successfully the factory model of school, that research needs to go further.

 


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__Welcome to divergent perspectives about OER strategy from Michael Caulfield – and Jim Groom recently at #oer2016_

Syndicated cartoon comic panel called off the mark cartoons created by Mark Parisi Atlantic Feature Syndicate dba Mark Parisi, 16 Slayton Road, Melrose, MA 02176-4222+1 (781) 665-4442, markparisi@aol.com

Syndicated cartoon comic panel called off the mark cartoons created by Mark Parisi Atlantic Feature Syndicate dba Mark Parisi, 16 Slayton Road, Melrose, MA 02176-4222+1 (781) 665-4442, markparisi@aol.com

We Have Personalization Backwards

mfeldstein.com

When we talk personalization, we tend to talk about targeting. You learn a certain set of things, you get tested, the personalization software finds knowledge gaps and runs you through the set of canned explanations that you need. (There are other, related meanings, for which Feldstein and Hill provide a partial taxonomy here).

The idea seems to be that there is a wide variety in what concepts students struggle with, but there is one perfect explanation per concept. Personalization gets the explanation of that concept to the student.

That’s part of the story, but it’s not the most important half.

When tutors work with students they certainly alter what they work on based on student need. They personalize what skills they target.

But the biggest advantage of a tutor is not that they personalize the task, it’s that they personalize the explanation. They look into the eyes of the other person and try to understand what material the student has locked in their head that could be leveraged into new understandings. When they see a spark of insight, they head further down that path. When they don’t, they try new routes.

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  1. __Related: In a new white paper out this week, “A blueprint for breakthroughs,” Michael Horn and I [Julia Freeland Fisher] argue that simply asking what works stops short of the real question at the heart of a truly personalized system: what works, for which students, in what circumstances? _ http://www.christenseninstitute.org/publications/a-blueprint-for-breakthroughs/ _ “A blueprint for breakthroughs,” _ http://www.christenseninstitute.org/publications/a-blueprint-for-breakthroughs/

__We Have Personalization Backwards by Mike Caulfield _ https //https://lnkd.in/epadUt2 _ This gets to my obsession with thinking about Open Educational Resources as explanations and data organized as variants around a namespace. Instead of us having curated and published the supposed “best” explanation of a subject, why not take a git-like approach, and let different explanations proliferate? — Over time, what happens? find the ones that work for you. . .”

Last year, an interview with Internet thought leader, David Weinberger, published in Research Information pointed to a “library-sized hole on the Internet“. In it, David warned of library knowledge being marginalised should they become invisible on the Web and suggested linked data as a possible way of averting this.
When watching his presentation, Reinventing Invention _ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKgAmYizOMQ&feature=youtu.be _  I am thinking of your work, Michael, with federated wiki and Wikity. It resonates when David Weinberger says “messiness scales meaning, . . . if you want “meaning” to become really, really big, you have to tolerate mess” 17:40


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Colleges Ontario

Interested in what’s next when it comes to education? Take a look at this Toronto Sun piece on the development of new college and university programs: https://lnkd.in/e6-EBZJ

Change in the air at colleges, universities

Change in the air at colleges, universities

torontosun.com

If you graduated from a post-secondary institution a decade or more ago, you might be gobsmacked by the variety of new programs available to the newest recruits, including university degrees that cross disciplines in ways unimaginable just a few years ago and brand new college diplomas.

“Colleges were created to be responsive to changes in the labour market. It’s part of their DNA,” says Bill Summers, vice-president of research and policy at Colleges Ontario. But he suspects the rate of change has picked up over the past decade “because the pace of technological change and the move towards a more global economy has been accelerating.”

Program advisory committees made up of industry associations and employers advise colleges on what’s happening in the labour market and what skills and knowledge graduates need in order to meet those needs.

That sometimes involves updating curriculum and other times by developing new programs, such as Centennial College’s recently-approved food media graduate certificate. “This is an interesting concept where chefs or bakers who have an entrepreneurial skill or aptitude are using media more and more to promote food,” says Summers. “It’s the first time we’ve seen a program quite like this in the college system.”

 


 

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The future of digital learning is not just about making content digital; it’s about making it come alive and respond to individual students: https://lnkd.in/bxFcsTp | David Levin explains how we’re bringing content to life to reach today’s learners.

McGraw boss pushes living content

McGraw boss pushes living content

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Educational publishing is taking on the challenge of digital disruption in a different way from print media or academic journals

 


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__ Understanding Design: Design is a discipline and process. It begins and ends with the needs of students and requires an in-depth knowledge of who students are, what they expect and what they bring to the task of learning for a specific course. We are all trying to design a memorable, meaningful and engaging experience which results in high levels of student success and satisfaction. _

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It’s All About Design!

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Have you heard comments like this about online learning courses from faculty colleagues or students?

“I am not sure what we are supposed to do when…”

“There is no interaction, no feeling of belonging, no presence – I didn’t want to read an encyclopedia, I wanted to learn!”

“I hated this course. PowerPoints, a disembodied voice at the end of the phone lecturing…”

Even well intentioned designs can go wrong.

Some online courses are poorly thought through and designed and do not reflect what we know about adult learning, student engagement and learning outcomes, the importance of interaction and feedback and the need for presence. In fact, a number of courses are designed as replicas of classroom courses rather than as courses purposely designed for an online learning environment: what works in a classroom may or may not work online.

 


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__Suzy Lake _Portfolios _Performing an Archive _ http://www.suzylake.ca/untitled-gallery#1 _ Toronto-based Suzy Lake has won the sixth annual Scotiabank Photography Award _ Lake, who earlier this year received a Governor-General’s Award for excellence in visual and media arts, began her art practice in 1968. She was among the first female artists in Canada to use video, photography and performance art to explore identity, gender and body politics. _ New exhibition, Performing an Archive, at Contact (through June 4) and McMaster Museum of Art (May 5 to Aug. 20)

 



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__”We don’t need journalists who are just reporting what someone else said. That’s the old world. Today, we need someone who can analyse, explain and put it into perspective… using unbiased analysis. We need journalists and newspapers who can can stop this destructive rise of the misinformed before it starts.” _offer the whole story, the whole truth!__ https://lnkd.in/eEP8yf8

The Increasing Problem With the Misinformed

The Increasing Problem With the Misinformed

baekdal.com

When discussing the future of newspapers, we have a tendency to focus only on the publishing side. We talk about the changes in formats, the new reader behaviors, the platforms, the devices, and the strange new world of distributed digital distribution, which are not just forcing us to do things in new ways, but also atomizes the very core of the newspaper.

But while the publishing side of things is undergoing tremendous changes, so is the journalistic and editorial side. The old concept of creating a package of news was designed for a public that we assumed was uninformed by default, but this is no longer the case.

The public is no longer uninformed. They are misinformed, and that requires an entirely different editorial focus. When writing for the uninformed, your focus is to report the news, which is what every newspaper is doing today. But when focusing on the misinformed, just reporting the news doesn’t actually solve the public’s needs. Now your focus must be on explaining the news instead.

So, in this article, we will talk about the rise of the misinformed using some really interesting data, as well as the threat to freedom of the press. And we will talk about how these two things are directly impacting your ability to succeed as a news company.



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__”The internet has made sharing creative works and gaining exposure as an artist easier than anyone could have imagined before the digital age, but it has also brought challenges in the form of protecting and controlling creative content. [-] creative works are subject to unauthorized use the moment they are put online. Google Image search has contributed to this problem by transforming from a service that provided direction to creative works to a complete substitute for original, licensed content.” __

Google Image Search and the Misappropriation of Copyrighted Images

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Last week, American visual communications and stock photography agency Getty Images filed a formal complaint in support of the European Union’s investigation into Google’s anti-competitive business practices. The Getty complaint accuses Google of using its image search function to appropriate or “scrape” third-party copyrighted works, thereby drawing users away from the original source of the creative works and preserving its search engine dominance.

Specifically, Getty’s complaint focuses on changes made to Google’s image search functionality in 2013 that led to the appealing image galleries we’re familiar with today. Before the change, users were presented with low-resolution thumbnail versions of images and would be rerouted to the original source website to view a larger, more defined version and to find out how they might legally license or get permission to use the work. But with the current Google Image presentation, users are instantly delivered a large, desirable image and have no need to access the legitimate source. As Getty says in its complaint, “[b]ecause image consumption is immediate, once an image is displayed in high-resolution, large format, there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site.”

 


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Actions always speak louder than words. Such a basic truth, so self-evident, and yet so often ignored. Well written piece here, as always, Hilton Barbour

What is the Real Character of Your Brand?

What is the Real Character of Your Brand?

Hilton Barbour on LinkedIn

Next time you’re playing word associations at a brand management off-site, forget the Thesaurus and ask your colleagues and executives instead, how your brand would act in a time of intense pressure or real adversity.

That, my friends, will be the more authentic articulation of your brand character.

The real question then, is what do you intend to do about it?

 


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__Frank Romano and Benny Landa on a whirlwind visit to the several Landa facilities in Tel Aviv, Israel for firsthand perspective of Landa Nanographic Printing samples __

Ink Ado: Frank Visits with Benny Landa

whattheythink.com

Published: May 6, 2016

Benny Landa drives fast. I think he is in a hurry to reach the future. We had been on a whirlwind visit to the several Landa facilities in Tel Aviv, Israel and we were heading to a secret lab buried in the bowels of a non-descript industrial building.

Arrayed on a long workbench were about 20 print samples. They ranged from tissue paper to board to canvas to every substrate you could imagine. None were treated in any manner. There were two of each. One set printed with aqueous inkjet and the other with Landa Nanographic Printing. The Landa samples almost popped off the sheet. The inkjet samples were dull and the ink had permeated the sheets. The test was to show that Landa can print on almost anything it touches, with superb quality.

In fact, at other facilities I visited with him there were samples of foil and metallic printing and unbelievable colors for automobiles and colorants for hair (yes, hair).

Through it all, he kept calling his invention ink and I kept saying liquid toner. He delivers his ink with inkjet heads but it is not inkjet ink. In fact, it is much more than liquid toner. Just calling it ink may be an injustice.

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Fifty shades of open | Pomerantz | First Monday

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Open source. Open access. Open society. Open knowledge. Open government. Even open food. The word “open” has been applied to a wide variety of words to create new terms, some of which make sense, and some not so much. This essay disambiguates the many meanings of the word “open” as it is used in a wide range of contexts.

Contents

Introduction
Opening the door on open
Speech, beer, and puppies
Open means rights
Open means access
Open means use
Open means transparent
Open means participatory
Open means enabling openness
Open means philosophically aligned with open principles
Openwashing and its discontents

Introduction

“Open” has been applied to a wide variety of words to create new terms, some of which make sense, and some not so much. When we started writing this essay, we thought our working title was simply amusing. But the working title became the actual title, as we found that there are at least 50 different terms in which the word “open” is used, encompassing nearly as many different criteria for openness. In this essay we will attempt to make sense of this open season on the word “open.”

 


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__”The major testing provider ACT Inc. has acquired [OpenEd _ https://www.opened.com/ _] a provider of open educational resources, in a move it says will ramp up its ability to direct academic resources to students whose assessment scores show they need help.” __

ACT Adds ‘Open’ Education Provider OpenEd to Its Portfolio – Market Brief

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The major testing provider ACT Inc. has acquired a provider of open educational resources, in a move it says will ramp up its ability to direct academic resources to students whose assessment scores show they need help.

The prominent Iowa-based testing organization’s move is the latest sign of the burgeoning interest among education organizationsbe they commercial, or nonprofit, as ACT isin weaving open resources into their lineup of products.

OpenEd houses a variety of open resources, mostly educational videos, as well as games and homework assignments, and is specifically focused on aligning those resources to standards and student learning objectives. It uses assessments to gauge students’ specific needs and match them to content, and its platform is designed to rate resources on their effectiveness.

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  1. _Responses include confounding OER with “all things good and holy” in Doug Levin’s ‏@douglevin Twitter discussion “For the love of all things good and holy, can we not keep confounding ‘open’ with ‘free’?” _ https://twitter.com/douglevin/status/727496249042165760 _


Zuckerberg, Chan Pick Jim Shelton to Run Education Program

Zuckerberg, Chan Pick Jim Shelton to Run Education Program

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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan said today that they’re hiring Jim Shelton, currently president of online master’s education provider, 2U, to head up their education efforts.

Last December, the billionaire couple said that that would give away 99% of their wealth–up to $45 billion by some estimates–via the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Zuckerberg, Chan and Shelton will discuss their plans during a live Facebook chat, slated for this morning at 11:00 am PT. (You can get a peek by looking at Zuckerberg’s Facebook page here.) (Editor’s update: We’ve embedded the video below.) 

The news is simultaneously a surprise–and no surprise–to those who know Shelton.

 



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__Applied Arts Mag AA Extra: The Photography & Illustration Awards winners galleries are live! You can now view the winning entries of the 2016 Photography & Illustration Awards online _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/winners_photography _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/winners_illustration/

 



__The OpenStax library is growing And you can find sample chapters of Astronomy and University Physics online, with the full books coming soon. https://www.openstaxcollege.org/files/textbook_version/sample_chapters/70/Sample_University_Physics_Chapters_20160419.pdf

 



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__The 2015 rate has increased more than 17 percentage points since 2004, when the graduation rate was just 68 per cent. __ https://lnkd.in/eWzZEqE

High School Graduation Rate Reaches All-Time High of 85.5 Per Cent

High School Graduation Rate Reaches All-Time High of 85.5 Per Cent

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May 3, 2016 9:30 A.M.

Office of the Premier

Ontario’s high school graduation rate has increased to 85.5 per cent — the highest level in the province’s history, with more students than ever graduating with the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced this milestone at York Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto today with Liz Sandals, Minister of Education. In 2015, the five-year graduation rate surpassed the government’s goal of 85 per cent for the first time. The 2015 rate has increased more than 17 percentage points since 2004, when the graduation rate was just 68 per cent.

For the second year in a row, Ontario is publishing school board level graduation rates from across the province. This gives parents, students, teachers and school boards access to data that can help inform efforts to improve student achievement.

The government has introduced a number of innovative programs through its Student Success Strategy that are credited with helping to sharply boost the graduation rate since 2004. These include Specialist High Skills Majorsdual credits and expanded cooperative education.

Helping more students succeed is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

 


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On March 31 and April 1, 2016, the BCcampus Open Education team brought together two faculty members, two librarians, and two instructional designers from across the province to co-develop an Adoption Workshop toolkit. Find out more!

The Adopting and Adapting OER Workshop Design Sprint

The Adopting and Adapting OER Workshop Design Sprint

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Want to find out more about adopting and adapting open educational resources?

Join us for a 1.5-hour workshop at the Festival of Learning and learn how to adapt OER and open textbooks. This will be a hands-on workshop, please bring your laptop. The workshop will walk participants through the ways in which one can adapt open textbooks from our B.C. Open Textbook Collection. We will show participants how to adapt using three methods of adaptation and provide an opportunity for discussion on challenges, benefits, and lessons learned.



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Marylou Hilliard

If you’re 50+, looking for work, a change in career or fruitful retirement, consider attending AGEWORKS June 2016 workshops by four leaders well versed in how to expand your horizons. For ticket information go to http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/ageworkstm-7536354769

 



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__Watch this video for a quick look at Victory’s 4D development process. Many projects do not require this process; we originally used it to develop digital products, but it has many benefits for complex print products as well. _ http://www.victoryprd.com/blog/?p=2768

 



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__CreativeFuture _ http://www.creativefuture.org/ _ “promotes the value of creativity in the digital age. We embrace expanded audience access to content in ways that reward creativity and hard work. We are united in opposition to the for-profit digital theft of our creative works because it harms creatives, threatens jobs, and undermines new business models.” __ https://lnkd.in/e69Dvyw

Copyright Is Free Speech

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Using people’s copyrighted material without permission is stealing

I am a lawyer and I love movies. You may be thinking, “Of course. That makes sense what else does an attorney do to unwind?” While I do love zoning out watching other people’s lives unfold via movies, these two parts of my life have become connected in a manner I never would have imagined just a few years ago.

Complex conversations about the value of movies (and other creative works) in the digital age are rendered even more complicated when arguments arise over copyright and free speech.

Wait…

Did I just put those two words in the same sentence? I hesitate to write “copyright” and “free speech” too close together for fear that I might unwittingly contribute to the work of those who attempt to confuse the two.

 



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Lois Fishauf - Forever Young - Groupies & Other Electric Ladies

Forever Young | Groupies & Other Electric Ladies

Louis Fishauf on LinkedIn  May 2, 2016

I enjoyed designing the online catalogue for “BARON WOLMAN – FOREVER YOUNG” an exhibition of historic photographs of rock stars and groupies from the 1960s. The exhibition, part of the Contact Festival, is on for the month of May at the Charlotte Hale Gallery on Markham Street in Toronto. View the catalogue here.

 



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__FYI re: Sci-Hub__Science magazine just published two pieces on the utility of Sci-Hub _ “Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone” – by John Bohannon _ “My love-hate of Sci-Hub” by Marcia McNutt _ Slate adds response analysis piece “Everyone” Downloads Research Papers Illegally” By Justin Peters

 

I am interested in Data on downloads of these original research papers, for comparison. Does the publisher provide a link on the Abstract page to the where one can find the Researchers’ original paper?



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__David Wiley_ OER: Some Questions and Answers: “Earlier this week I read an op-ed – sponsored by Pearson – titled “If OER is the answer, what is the question?” The article poses three questions and answers them. Below I share some thoughts prompted by the article.”

 

I have come to accept what one cannot change about David’s use of logical fallacy in his war against the ‘evil’ publisher,  Instead, I optimistically look for the insight / foresight he always delivers. _ i.e. logical fallacy – high quality visual communications is a “proxy” for effectiveness – its support effective teaching and learning.

Michael Caulfield read the op-ed and David’s reply too and has written a brilliant essay to summarize the current OER situation – please read “Simon’s Watchmakers and the Future of Courseware” _ https://hapgood.us/2016/04/30/simons-watchmakers-and-the-future-of-courseware/ _

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__Via Keith Hampson, PhD _ or is the question, How do we design educational resources that contribute to minimizing the percentage of Students that drop out before they graduate?

Op-ed: If OER is the answer, what is the question?

Op-ed: If OER is the answer, what is the question?

educationdive.com

With state legislation and foundation funding encouraging their use, Open Education Resources, or OER, are a big buzz in higher education, mostly in the context of the improving affordability. Increasingly, however, supporters of OER are touting additional benefits like flexibility and ease of use, suggesting that there is a broader set of questions educators are looking to answer beyond lowering the cost of course materials. What are those questions? How well does OER answer them? Here are some observations:

How do we deliver better learning experiences to more students?
How do we get the most current, updated content when we want it?
How can we drive down costs for students and for institutions?
 


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__Sci-Hub stories: Digging into the downloads 2016/04/28 by Elizabeth Hull _There are as many theories and predictions about the impact of Sci-Hub as there are commentators on the Internet. What is lacking is basic information about the site. Who is downloading all these Sci-Hub papers? Where in the world are they? What are they reading?

 

 


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_time well spent . . . “a panel discussion on “Next-Generation Digital Platforms,” which was really about a soup of adaptive learning, CBE, and other stuff that the industry likes to lump under the heading “personalized learning” these days. [-] the industry wants to talk about the things that it can do something about—features and algorithms and product design—rather than the really hard and important parts that it has little influence over—teaching practices and culture and other messy human stuff.” __

No Filters: My ASU/GSV Conference Panel on Personalized Learning

No Filters: My ASU/GSV Conference Panel on Personalized Learning

mfeldstein.com

ASU’s Lou Pugliese was kind enough to invite me to participate on a panel discussion on “Next-Generation Digital Platforms,” which was really about a soup of adaptive learning, CBE, and other stuff that the industry likes to lump under the heading “personalized learning” these days. One of the reasons the panel was interesting was that we had some smart people on the stage who were often talking past each other a little bit because the industry wants to talk about the things that it can do something about—features and algorithms and product design—rather than the really hard and important parts that it has little influence over—teaching practices and culture and other messy human stuff. I did see a number of signs at the conference (and on the panel) that ed tech businesses and investors are slowly getting smarter about understanding their respective roles and opportunities. But this particular topic threw the panel right into the briar patch. It’s hard to understand a problem space when you’re focusing on the wrong problems. I mean no disrespect to the panelists or to Lou; this is just a tough nut to crack.

I admit, I have few filters under the best of circumstances and none left at all by the second afternoon of an ASU/GSV conference. I was probably a little disruptive, but I prefer to think of it as disruptive innovation.

Here’s the video of the panel:

 


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What We Need to Get Right in 2016: https://lnkd.in/b8Swk9t Video, transcript, and slides from David Levin’s presentation on the future of ed-tech at this year’s ASU GSV Summit.

What We Need to Get Right in 2016

What We Need to Get Right in 2016

At the 2016 ASU GSV Summit our CEO David Levin gave a Leaders Track presentation on the role of learning science in the future of educational technology innovation. Below you will find the video recording, presentation slides and complete transcript of David’s presentation.

 


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__”Takeaways: _ http://www.sociallyawareblog.com/2015/12/08/creative-commons-works-free-to-license-but-not-necessarily-free-to-use/ _ Although Drauglis’ arguments were thin, and Kappa’s use of the licensed photo was found to be well within the scope of the Attribution-ShareAlike license, the court nonetheless denied Kappa’s request for attorneys’ fees. Paying a negotiated license fee or investing in the creation of original cover art presumably would have been less costly to Kappa than 14 (long) months of discovery and litigation.

Court Correctly Interprets Creative Commons Licenses

Court Correctly Interprets Creative Commons Licenses

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Are Creative Commons licenses enforceable in court?  Yes.

In an important decision titled Drauglis v. Kappa Map Group, LLC, 128 F. Supp.3d 46 (D.D.C. 2015), Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has issued a decision that:

  1. confirms the enforceability of Creative Commons licenses under U.S. copyright law;
  2. interprets the attribution requirement in the licenses to have the flexibility that is consistent with the licenses’ language and intent;
  3. holds that incorporating a photo into the cover of a road atlas creates a collective work rather than derivative work under U.S. copyright law; and
  4. holds that the “ShareAlike” condition in the 2.0 version of CC licenses is only triggered when a user distributes a derivative work as that concept is understood under U.S. law.

The court also rejected some misdirected arguments about copyright management information under Section 1202 of the Copyright Act.

__”Further adding to the cost of what was expected to be a fee-free license, Kappa ultimately replaced Drauglis’ photo with a new cover photo. Anyone considering commercial use of a Creative Commons work will want to take note of this case and bear in mind the risk of litigation, as commercial uses under a Creative Commons license are seemingly more likely to be challenged by the licensee than non-commercial uses, and had Kappa not carefully complied with each applicable license requirement, the decision might well have gone the other way.”

Want to Change Your Life? Make This One Choice

Want to Change Your Life? Make This One Choice

inc.com

This decision is the “great turning point” in life and often separates the most successful, happiest people from everyone else.

The “great turning point.”

In his excellent book Focal Point, author Brian Tracy says,

“Among the most important personal choices you can make is to accept complete responsibility for everything you are and everything you will ever be. This is the great turning point in life.”

In other words, you aren’t taking responsibility for your actions. As a result, you’re not able to make the changes you want to make.

He goes on to say that this one thing–this acceptance of personal responsibility–
” … is what separates the superior person from the average person.”

Make this decision, live by it, and go from average to superior? I’m in!

So what exactly does “taking responsibility” mean, and perhaps most important, why is it something most of us fail to do?



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Louis Fishauf

Thirty-four years ago, on Mayday 1982, Reactor Art + Design officially opened for business in Toronto. This fuzzy old polaroid pic of me and my partner Bill Grigsby was taken during pre-opening renovations to our studio space. I was Reactor’s Creative Director for 12 glorious years, from 1982 to 1994, when I left the company to begin working freelance from my home studio.

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    I’m especially proud of all the designers that started out as juniors at Reactor (some of them straight out of school) and went on to have illustrious careers. Here are a few of them (in no particular order) Karen Simpson, Diti Katona, Shari Spier, Stephanie Power, Paul Sych, Ann Cooper, Eng C. Lau, Dale Smith, Jacques Pilon, Kimberly Dolan, Martha Weaver, Darren Wilson, John Vickers, Christine Dart. My apologies to anyone I’ve missed.



__ “Time well spent” is the expectation [content value], since Time will always be scarce.

When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 3

When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 3

nextthought.com

This is the third article in a three-part series on shifting product models in Higher Education.

In this final post of the series, I will talk about how educational technology companies are introducing new product models to displace the traditional content paradigm.

Down with Content! Long Live Content!

With that context, here are the seven dominant, content-related EdTech trends I see on the ten-year horizon:  1>>>6
7. Learning Design – With all of this change will come an increase in the role of learning design. This emerging market will be a significant evolution from current instructional design, and will blend Product Design, UX, and Learning Science. Learning design companies are poised to become the new architects of educational content, organizations, and learning spaces. Example: Institute for Learning Environment Design
 


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__Winners Gallery _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/winners_gallery/ __ and see Anita Kunz OCFA April Variety magazine cover illustration, features the Donald _ https://image-store.slidesharecdn.com/9ea80e5d-7ee8-48dc-82a2-5295dbcb82e5-original.jpeg

Anita Kunz 30thparty-kunzAnita Kunz, Golden AACE Image recipient. Photo by Alice Zilberberg
(Note this shows the first Applied Arts magazine cover which featured the iconic Heather Cooper Opera illustration)

Applied Arts Marks 30 Years with the Golden AACE Awards

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Last night, Applied Arts magazine honoured three creative industry legends with the Golden AACE Awards at its 30th anniversary celebration, a private event held in Toronto.The Golden AACE Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of Canadian creative leaders whose careers Applied Arts has followed over the last three decades. One Golden AACE Award—a black-and-gold version of the Applied Arts Creative Excellence (AACE) Lucite cubes—was presented in each of the main disciplines covered by Applied Arts: Advertising, Design and Image.

The recipients were:

  • Advertising: Paul Lavoie, chairman and chief creative officer at TAXI
  • Design: Diti Katona, creative director and partner at Concrete
  • Image: Anita Kunz, illustrator


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Dyson Hairdryer

How Dyson Invented A $399 Hairdryer With Nuclear Tech

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Today, Dyson pulled the covers off of a new product, in a new category: a hair dryer, dubbed the Dyson Supersonic.

As you’d expect of any new Dyson product, the Supersonic, which retails for $399, is very expensive, intensely engineered, and comes on the heels of a very long development process. But it sure is nice. “I’ve spent four years trying to get this quiet,” says Tom Crawford, head of the new product’s development, while holding the gadget in a hands-on for Co.Design. The quiet of the thing when turned on at full blast is indeed surprising. The gadget also runs at 73 DB, compared to 80 DB. (Since the decibel scale is logarithmic, a reduction of 7 DB means about 60% less noise.) Even more noticeable is the form factor, which resembles a handheld Dyson fan. Like that fan, the hairdryer sucks in air at the base, then the fan sends it rushing out a thin opening at the edge of the circular rim. The angle of that rim’s face then focuses the air into a carefully calibrated stream.

 


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    __Cool, Congrats! Will / Mathew Lincez “The Future of Crisis” MISC Magazine Idea Couture _ http://miscmagazine.com/the-future-of-crisis/

    __ Also see full list 2016 Magazines Finalists | AAP _ http://publishers.org/2016-magazines-finalists

    _ And Congrats to Toronto’s Editorial Finalist OWL magazine Owlkids too!



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McGraw-Hill Education

Curation and delivery are the keys to unlocking the full potential of open education resources (OER): Our K-12 president Chris Willig explains our innovative approach to OER for Book Business Magazine.

In the Age of OER, Curation Will Be King

In the Age of OER, Curation Will Be King

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McGraw-Hill has made the leap into Open Educational Resources (OER), integrating select OER content from Knovation into its Engrade platform.

The McGraw-Hill-Knovation deal is atypical in the OER world, as McGraw-Hill will obviously be paying Knovation for the OER resources and, in turn, will charge its customers for access to them. Given that OER is supposed to be free, this arrangement raises some interesting questions.

To start, why would McGraw-Hill include OER materials in Engrade in the first place, where they will co-exist with resources in which for-profit developers have made significant editorial investments? Secondly, what makes McGraw-Hill think customers will pay for the privilege of accessing OER materials that are available elsewhere for free?

The answer lies in a single word: curation.



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__Note, Guidelines don’t necessarily offer insights into needs/expectations of Continuing Ed Adult Learners or low-income First Generation Community College applicants “The information in this report is based on usability research with users 16–59 years old. We used two different research methods: One-on-one usability testing: moderated in-person testing and unmoderated remote testing Design reviews Representative users, such as high school students, transfer students, master’s degree applicants, and parents of students tested a variety of websites.” __ Report https://www.nngroup.com/reports/university/

University Websites: Top 10 Design Guidelines

University Websites: Top 10 Design Guidelines

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Effective university websites can increase conversions, strengthen institutional credibility and brand, improve user satisfaction, and save time and money.

Universities that prioritize a good user experience leverage the website to contribute to larger institutional goals and see a clear return on investment. Based on our usability testing, the guidelines in this article can substantially improve the user experience on most college and university sites. The sad conclusion from our research is that most of these sites rank far below the usability levels expected on today’s Internet.

User Research

In preparation for our report on university websites, we tested 57 university sites with 33 users (aged 16 to 68) in the United States, Canada, UK, and Taiwan. We recruited prospective students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as parents of prospective students, and we asked them to perform exploratory tasks like, “Imagine a teacher recommended that you look at [University]. Browse the website and see if it might be a good option,” and more directed tasks like, “Find out how much it costs to attend [University].” We selected some universities for testing, but we also asked users to do any of their own pending tasks for schools of their choosing.



 

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__No longer does the test, given every three years to 15-year-olds, ask about math, reading and science. In the latest iteration in 2015, questions covered collaborative problem solving, social skills, and even psychological well-being. __https://lnkd.in/eYVem8z

How PISA Is Changing to Reflect 21st Century Workforce Needs and Skills (EdSurge News)

How PISA Is Changing to Reflect 21st Century Workforce Needs and Skills (EdSurge News)

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First administered in the 2000 to assess the quality of education systems across the world, the PISA (short for Program for International Student Assessment) is currently undergoing significant changes.

Andreas Schleicher, the director for the Directorate of Education and Skills at the OECD, believes he has the answers. “We look very carefully at how the world and the skills that people need are changing and then we try to reflect that in our measure,” says the German statistician who has been involved with PISA since its beginning.

From his perspective, collaborative problem solving (CPS) is a skill that is important regardless of where one resides. After a pilot in 2012, the PISA test included a mandatory CPS section in 2015, which all students took alongside with math, reading and science. “We are not doing this because we think it’s just interesting, but we see that kind of skill playing an ever more important role for success in our society,” says Schleicher. In order to evaluate how students collaborate, the OECD developed an exam in which students use a chat tool to talk to team members and solve a problem together.

 



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__Back on May 1, 2013 — Shareholders of The McGraw-Hill Companies voted to change the Company’s name to McGraw Hill Financial. “While the McGraw Hill Financial name is new, our global brands are well established and trusted by clients who look to them for essential intelligence necessary for managing risk and identifying opportunities to grow,” said Harold McGraw III, Chairman, President and CEO _ Today that name changes again and it will no longer associated with a ‘Textbook’ brand __ https://lnkd.in/eRAdU2h

McGraw Hill Financial becomes S&P Global, focuses solely on financial data and analytics

McGraw Hill Financial becomes S&P Global, focuses solely on financial data and analytics

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McGraw Hill Financial, a company whose name was once tied to information products ranging from financial data to textbooks and consumer ratings, will change its name to S&P Global on Wednesday as it refocuses squarely on data, benchmarks and analytics for the financial industry.

The name change comes on the heels of the company’s announcement that it has sold its consumer ratings business JD Power & Associates to XIO Group, with the deal expected to close in the third quarter.

“We are prepared for changing the name of the company to S&P Global tomorrow,” said Douglas L. Peterson during a first quarter investor conference call Tuesday morning. “This new name better reflects the company’s global footprint and premium portfolio.”

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  1. __And today’s name change will instantly clean-up our daily “McGraw-Hill Education” news feeds- yes!

     

April 27, 2016
Dear Shareholders
I am pleased to share that, thanks to your approval, we officially became S&P Global today. Tomorrow morning, we will ring the Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange and trade under our new ticker symbol SPGI (S&P Global Inc.).

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__“The project, called Editoria, will support a robust book production system for academic publishers and library publishing programs that seek a low-cost and efficient mechanism for streamlining their book-publishing activities. The platform will be open source and able to be configured for many different publishing workflows.” __ https://lnkd.in/eDzaZET

Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to Build Open Source Monograph Publishing Platform called Editoria

Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to Build Open Source Monograph Publishing Platform called Editoria

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We’re excited to announce that the University of California Press and California Digital Library have partnered with Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to develop, Editoria, a new open source, digital-first  book production platform.

Through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of California Press (UCP) and the California Digital Library (CDL) have embarked on a project to build an open source platform for content and workflow management of book-length works. The goal of the project is to create a shared resource for presses and library publishers to automate book production in multiple formats using a versatile, web-based production workflow system.

UCP and CDL sought a highly flexible open source platform that could be easily adopted by other publishers. CKF began development on its PubSweet technology framework in October 2015 and early versions of key components are discoverable on GitLab. The platform is component-based, which means that it can be assembled in many different ways to meet the needs of book or journal workflows.

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__”The challenge is how to get the organization — at the institutional level or at the program level — to identify and expand ideas that work based on sound learning design and real evaluation of what works and what doesn’t. _The MIT recommendation describes the academy actively being the change agent — not having change done to it.” __MIT report Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms _ https://oepi.mit.edu/final-report

A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching

A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching

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With all of the discussion around the role of online education for traditional colleges and universities, over the past month we have seen reminders that key concerns are about people and pedagogy, not technology. And we can thank two elite universities that don’t have large online populations — MIT and George Washington University — for this clarity.

On April 1, the MIT Online Education Policy Initiative released its report,“Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms.” The Carnegie Corporation-funded group was created in mid-2014, immediately after an earlier initiative looked at the future of online education at MIT. The group’s charter emphasized a broader policy perspective, however, exploring “teaching pedagogy and efficacy, institutional business models, and global educational engagement strategies.”

 


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__FYI my fellow Ryerson Alumni, I recently researched the History of Ryerson, based upon a work by John Downing – it’s searchable too _ http://library.ryerson.ca/asc/files/2015/04/OCR-History-of-Ryerson-Based-upon-a-work-by-John-Downing-smaller-file-version.pdf

On the record: The importance of universities’ organizational histories | University Affairs

On the record: The importance of universities’ organizational histories | University Affairs

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For the sake of institutional memory, universities need to foster a culture of collective documentation.  By MELONIE FULLICK | May 29, 2015

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Admittedly, this is a selfish argument I’m making: for dissertation research I’ve struggled to piece together a picture without enough material, and certainly not with relevant material that is readily available from the university library (because it simply doesn’t exist there). This has entailed building my own set of documents pieced together from any sources I could find, which has been a whole other kind of research lesson.

Through this I’ve learned that the difference in culture has a clear effect on the organization’s record of itself, on the stories it tells about itself (and the ones members tell, in the hallways and behind closed doors), and on the ways in which decisions are arrived at and framed. Change agendas are constructed and played out within this context, and organizational discourse helps us learn how that happens. As a researcher who wants to understand this kind of change, even as I search for the important “off the record” information, I have to hope that universities are keeping some of it on the record, too.

 


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Canadian Tire CTO Eugene Roman outlines $400 million drive to shift gears as a ‘clicks-and-bricks’ retailer

Canadian Tire CTO Eugene Roman outlines $400 million drive to shift gears as a ‘clicks-and-bricks’ retailer

itworldcanada.com  ITWorldCanada.com staff – April 22, 2016

his is not your grandfather’s Canadian Tire.

An augmented reality catalogue. Virtual reality store displays. A gaming lab. And a fitness obsessed tech genius based in the Ukraine.

They’re all part of a push to transform the 94-year-old seller of hockey sticks, patio sets and – yes – tires from a bricks-and-mortar historical icon into a global retail innovator.

In a presentation at the CIO Peer Forum in Toronto on Thursday, chief technology officer Eugene Roman made it clear he’s not just playing catch up; he wants to make Canadian Tire a digital leader the rest of the pack will have to keep up with.

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Using the Canadian Tire app, customers can get clickable details or video links by hovering their mobile device over certain products in the Wow Guide catalogue. (Photo: Canadian Tire)
 


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__ Paul Stacey research is focused on Creative Commons license-based open business models. Putting Technology to use and sharing X with a community is framed as “a bigger transformation taking place in society and the economy”, although, on a GOOD /\ BAD scale, there is a tipping point _ “And I should be clear upfront I’m not talking about Uber and AirBnB who in my view co-opted the sharing economy term but in fact are examples of traditional approaches that try to maximize extraction value for themselves.” __

A Larger Context & Bigger Transformation

A Larger Context & Bigger Transformation

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Creative Commons based open business models are part of something larger, a bigger transformation taking place in society and the economy.

This really struck home for me when, in response to our open call for nominations on who we should interview for our book on Creative Commons based open business models, we received tons of suggestions — many of which didn’t use Creative Commons at all.

In checking out all the suggestions we receive it quickly became apparent that “open business models” is a large context within which Creative Commons based open business models are a subset. While all of our interviews have focused on organizations and businesses that use Creative Commons I‘ve really enjoyed getting a deeper sense of this larger context. Understanding the big picture within which Creative Commons based open business models sit is helping me see the bigger transformation unfolding.

 


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The industry I started in has contracted significantly. This article describes one piece of the story.

Kate Taylor: Kids will suffer if Canada’s copyright legislation doesn’t change

Kate Taylor: Kids will suffer if Canada’s copyright legislation doesn’t change

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Balancing users’ rights with those of creators is always a tricky business and when the previous Conservative government updated the copyright law in 2012, publishers and writers warned that it had made far too large and vague an exemption for educational purposes, considering that digital copying in universities and photocopying in schools is standard practice and was licensed to the education sector by publishers. At the time, provincial education ministries promised they would only copy what was fair, but defining fair has proved highly contentious.
The cash-strapped school system may have discovered a great way to save a few dollars per student but, unless the federal government plugs the loophole, education will pay in the end. Teachers will gradually discover that high-quality classroom material about Canadian history, geography and politics specifically tailored to their province’s curriculum simply isn’t available either in print or online because the publishers and writers who once created it have left the business.
  1. I’m not sure it’s a balanced view. The book industry was uberized, disrupted, yes. There are plenty of resources free out there, sure. We still need good content. There is value in curated content. There is also value in sharing contributions, co-creating, and collaborating. We might still be looking for the Uber of education.

__I agree with both comments, Kate Taylor’s summary is good and fair, yet, the reader could benefit from a broader understanding of the situation. Consider these 2 differing points of view _ “Economic Impacts of the Canadian Educational Sector’s Fair Dealing Guidelines”, PwC, Access Copyright _ http://www.accesscopyright.ca/media/94983/access_copyright_report.pdf _ AND _ “Copyright Board Ruling Strikes Fair Balance in Heated Education Fight” – Michael Geist _ http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2016/03/copyright-board-ruling-strike-fair-balance-in-heated-education-fight/ _

 


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Interesting article, but a bit one-sided considering no mention of OER publishers like panOpen and Boundless Learning https://lnkd.in/bv2KdmM

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OER in Higher Ed: ‘Huge Awareness-Raising Effort Needed’ — Campus Technology

campustechnology.com  By David Raths 04/21/16

Open textbook projects are gaining momentum, says Creative Commons’ Cable Green, but there is still work to be done.

When it comes to open educational resources (OER) adoption, is the glass half empty or half full? On the one hand, more than 1 billion works have been licensed using Creative Commons since the organization was founded 15 years ago, and in 2015 alone Creative Commons-licensed works were viewed online 136 billion times. Yet awareness of OER in higher education remains low.  Approximately 75 percent of faculty respondents to a 2014 Babson Survey Research Group study didn’t know about or couldn’t accurately define OER or why it is important.

Changing that situation is the mission of Cable Green, director of open education at Creative Commons and a leading advocate for open policies that ensure publicly funded education materials are freely and openly available to the public. “We still have a huge awareness-raising effort that needs to be done,” said Green. “We all need to teach other people about what this is and why it is important.”

 

  1. Thanks, Stephen Solomon, I thought so too(!)

__It crossed my mind this ‘article’ might be described as either faux-journalism or Creative Commons PR, which Cable may have dictated himself _ there is a similarity of purpose in another example/article with David Raths’ byline _http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/blogs/david-raths/data-governance-field-study _ About the Author: David Raths is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer focused on information technology. He writes regularly for several IT publications, including Healthcare Informatics and Government Technology.

 


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Deep and Lovely – by Mike Caulfield _ “It feels a bit silly sharing reflections on Prince when so many people have done it better. I’m particularly moved by the glimpses we have gotten over the last day of Prince, the person, a guy who loved to laugh and saw his mission in life as helping others. I’ve loved the meditations on both his visual style and his musical style, the thoughts on his approach to technology, the sharing his epic guitar solos, and the greatest halftime show in the history of football.” _ https //hapgood us/2016/04/22/deep-and-lovely/

  1. __Image caption: Oscar-winning rock singer Prince gives his final performance in Miami’s Orange Bowl, Easter Sunday, April 8, 1985, before a crowd of an estimated 55,000 fans. (Phil Sandlin/AP) via _ http://artery.wbur.org/2016/04/22/prince-rogers-nelson __ Article: Deep and Lovely | Hapgood _ https://hapgood.us/2016/04/22/deep-and-lovely/


In 1993, Prince frustrated contract lawyers and computer users everywhere when he changed his name to glyph known as “The Love Symbol.” Though he never said so explicitly, it’s generally understood that the name change was attempt to stick it to his record label, Warner Bros., which now had to deal with a top-tier artist with a new, unpronounceable, untypeable name. But it wasn’t just Warner Bros. that had a problem: The Love Symbol proved frustrating for people who wanted to both speak and write about Prince. Writers, editors, and layout designers at magazines and newspapers wouldn’t be able to type the actual name of the Artist Formerly Known As Prince. So Prince did the only thing you could do in that situation: He had a custom-designed font distributed to news outlets on a floppy disk.



 

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We’re leading advocates of efforts to establish and maintain unified standards for the rapidly growing ed-tech industry: https://lnkd.in/bYb7KgK Stephen Laster explains how students & teachers benefit from industry-wide collaboration with the IMS Global Learning Consortium.

IMS Global Achieves Record Levels of Revenue and Member Growth - Press Release Rocket

IMS Global Achieves Record Levels of Revenue and Member Growth – Press Release Rocket

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2015 Annual Report Highlights Unprecedented Progress to Create an Interoperable Ecosystem to Enable Better Learning & Educational Experiences

Lake Mary, FL (PRWEB) April 20, 2016

IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and impact, has released their 2015 Annual Report. As part of its commitment to openness and transparency to members and stakeholders worldwide, the annual report is available to the public online at https://www.imsglobal.org/sites/default/files/2015annualReport.pdf.

“We believe that the tremendous growth achieved in 2015 is a clear indicator of the compelling value proposition of IMS Global to enable better educational experiences and outcomes worldwide,” said Rob Abel, Ed.D, Chief Executive Officer, IMS Global. “Interoperability is the lynchpin to enabling better digital teaching and learning experiences, and leading institutions, governments, and suppliers are finding that aggressive adoption of IMS interoperability standards provides a better path to supporting the future of education.”


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__Watch Bill Gates Keynote Presentation on the closing day of the ASU+GSV Summit around the questions: Who are “the new majority” of students in American education? How do we best serve them?

Bill Gates’ 3 Pronged Approach to Serving ‘The New Majority’ of American Students (EdSurge News)

Bill Gates’ 3 Pronged Approach to Serving ‘The New Majority’ of American Students (EdSurge News)

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Keynote speeches tend to be more inspirational than informational. But when you’re Bill Gates, and your foundation has poured billions of dollars in American education, these talks can offer a glimpse into the current and future priorities where his money may be headed.
 


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__Jim Groom Keynote: #OER16 – Abstract: What if we worked towards a collaborative infrastructure for open educational resources that was always framed and scaled at the level of the individual, not unlike the web. With the shift in web infrastructure to the cloud, and the advent of APIs and containers, we may be entering a moment wherein the open culture of networks, rather than pre-defined educational content, is representative of the future of OER culture. _


OER16 Jim Groom Can we imagine tech Infrastructure as an OER

Jim Groom: Can we imagine tech Infrastructure as an OER? Or, Clouds, Containers, and APIs, Oh My!

Streamed live on Apr 20, 2016

We often frame OERs, open, shareable educational resources, in relationship to content, but rarely in relationship to shared technical infrastructure. How would our conception of OERs expand if we could easily and efficiently create and share applications across institutions? What if we focused more on small, focused, re-usable software as reflective of specific cultures rather than large, institutional repositories as monolithic solutions? What if we worked towards a collaborative infrastructure for open educational resources that was always framed and scaled at the level of the individual, not unlike the web. With the shift in web infrastructure to the cloud, and the advent of APIs and containers, we may be entering a moment wherein the open culture of networks, rather than pre-defined educational content, is representative of the future of OER culture. How might the agile contours of a burgeoning network of distributed and collaborative edtech be the key to sustainable future for open educational resources? Well, come to this talk and find out….maybe.

 


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“Before modern companies like Apple and Airbnb preached the virtues of a design-led business, Brooklyn Brewery had one of the most respected designers as part owner.”

The True Story Of Milton Glaser's Best Client

The True Story Of Milton Glaser’s Best Client

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Brooklyn Brewery and Milton Glaser have been collaborating for longer than many brands have been around—let alone have worked with a single agency—is a rarity these days. We spoke to Glaser and Hindy at Glaser’s Manhattan studio about the beer and branding business, how their partnership began, how it’s grown and evolved over the years, and the value of collaborating with a friend.

Milton Glaser
 


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BCcampus

In anticipation and celebration of Earth Day, we explore the sustainability of open educational resources (OER).

Creating sustainable resources through open textbooks

Creating sustainable resources through open textbooks

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While we continue to explore potential sources of sustainable funding for the B.C. Open Textbook Project, we also need to define the scope of sustainability.
  1. Will the resources remain available and accessible?
  2. Who will update the resources and how will that be done?
  3. Who will advocate and promote open textbooks?
  4. Who will support faculty who wish to adopt open textbooks?
  5. Who will support faculty who wish to adapt or modify an open textbook?
 


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__”it is recommended that work-integrated learning programmes be integrated deliberately within the curriculum of the academic programme(s). As well, postsecondary institutions should be working in partnership with workplaces, because both organizations possess domain-specific knowledge and expertise that significantly contribute to effective work-integrated learning experiences.” __

A Practical Guide for Work-integrated Learning HEQCO

A Practical Guide for Work-integrated Learning: Structured Work Experiences Offered through Colleges and Universities

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New guide helps practitioners enhance the quality of work-integrated learning opportunitiesWork-integrated learning (WIL) is becoming increasingly popular in higher education; almost half of Ontario’s postsecondary education students will take part in some form of co-op, placement or internship by the time they graduate. A new guide from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) is a resource for faculty, staff, academic leaders and educational developers to improve the quality of WIL programs. Effective, work-integrated learning opportunities enhance student learning and develop work-ready skills outside of the classroom.

A Practical Guide for Work-integrated Learning: Effective Practices to Enhance the Educational Quality of Structured Work Experiences Offered through Colleges and Universities focuses on structured work-integrated learning experiences such as internships, placements, co-ops, field experiences, professional practice and clinical practicums. The comprehensive guide is divided into seven chapters with an introduction to experiential learning theory, followed by background information and suggestions on improving the quality of WIL programs, program evaluation and recommendations for broader curricular integration developing meaningful partnerships with industry, government and community organizations.

 


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Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz

Which CEO has recently said or done all of the following:

  • Suggested to an audience of VCs and ed tech entrepreneurs at the GSV conference that the importance of big data in education has been overstated
  • Told that same audience that the biggest gains from adaptive learning come when it is wrapped in good pedagogy delivered by good teachers
  • Asked former CIOs from Harvard and MIT, both of whom are senior company employees, to develop collaborations with the academic learning science community
  • Accurately described Benjamin Bloom’s two-sigma research, with special attention to the implications for the bottom half of the bell curve
  • When asked a question by an audience member about an IMS technical interoperability standard in development, correctly described both the goals of the standard and its value to educators in plain English

Answer: David Levin of McGraw Hill.

Yes yes, those are just words. But I have gotten a good look at some of what their ed tech product and data science groups have been up to lately, and I have spoken to Levin at length on a few occasions (and grilled him at length on two of them).

My advice: Pay attention to this company. They are not screwing around.

 


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__Ryan Merkley is telling you “/stealing-publicly-funded-research-isnt-stealing/”, but, in fact, it is. It is good advice to fact-check opinions-articles you see with this byline __ See comments section for informative perspectives

You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That’s Ludicrous

You Pay to Read Research You Fund. That’s Ludicrous

 

Comments to this op-ed are generally informative, – – for example, says:

“Publishers acquire this research free of charge, and retain the copyrights, even though the public funded the work.” The public funds the research. Publishers pay for the version of record and all costs associated with it (peer review, copy editing, typesetting, distribution, discovery, digital archiving, etc.). Authors are also allowed to freely disseminate their manuscripts. Yes, you read that correctly — authors are legally allowed to distribute their manuscript. Copyright only applies to the final version that has been curated, edited, and hosted by publishers.

“In exchange, publishers claim the authors’ copyrights, and collect significant profit margins, sometimes as much as 30 percent.” Groups all for-profit publishers with Elseiver and ignores all non-profit publishers.

For anyone unfamiliar with the scholarly publishing landscape, please don’t fall victim to this reductionist drivel. It’s a narrative that contains more tribalism than accuracy. Look into the issue yourself. Pieces like this are a dime a dozen; they use Elsevier to represent an entire industry and then inject a naive sense of righteousness into a call to action. The fact is, it’s not as simple as uploading a PDF to a $10/month GoDaddy server. PLOS One, the flagship Open Access journal, charges $1,500 for each article (unless you qualify for financial support). Why? Because publishing costs are a real thing, and open access simply hands the bill to someone else.

Guest Post: Kent Anderson UPDATED — 96 Things Publishers Do (2016 Edition)

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__[While these 3 technologies] “will peak at different times over the course of decades, we’re experiencing all three of them in some capacity already. Each is powerful in its own right, but their convergence will be even more so. Kurzweil wrote about these ideas in The Singularity Is Near over a decade ago. [-] The more we anticipate and debate these three powerful technological revolutions, the better we can guide their development toward outcomes that do more good than harm.” __ https://lnkd.in/echQSmP

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future

Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future

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Over the last several decades, the digital revolution has changed nearly every aspect of our lives.

The pace of progress in computers has been accelerating, and today, computers and networks are in nearly every industry and home across the world.

Many observers first noticed this acceleration with the advent of modern microchips, but as Ray Kurzweil wrote in his book The Singularity Is Near, we can find a number of eerily similar trends in other areas too.

According to Kurzweil’s law of accelerating returns, technological progress is moving ahead at an exponential rate, especially in information technologies.

This means today’s best tools will help us build even better tools tomorrow, fueling this acceleration.



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__Thanks to Alan Levine for setting-up this discussion “Streamed live [earlier today] to converse with two of the keynote speakers from OER16 [in Scotland] and hear more about the conference” __

Alan Levine connecting OER16 With Catherine Cronin and Jim Groom

Virtually Connecting: OER16 With Catherine Cronin and Jim Groom

Alan Levine and a small group of others you likely know join for an online conversion with two of the keynote speakers from OER16 and hear more about the conference.

I’d suggest jumping-in at around 4:45 for a discussion about a question posed by Catherine in her keynote –  “what do we mean by Open?”

Jim Groom comments, around  7: 20>,  resonate with me where, generally speaking, Jim is pushing back and struggling with the position in the US where OER is a ‘cost-saving’ commodity

Another segment was particularly interesting to me – at about 34:40 – 36:00 – when Susan Adams comments about OER culture and the concept of organizing/optimizing ones’ ‘life-bits’ – an individual’s artifacts of lifelong learning [thinking personal API]



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McGraw-Hill Education

ALEKS adaptive technology will soon personalize math learning for thousands of new college students as part of ASU’s MOOC-based Global Freshman Academy! https://lnkd.in/baNZBSy via Campus Technology

ASU's Global Freshman Academy Taps Adaptive Software for Math Students -- Campus Technology

ASU’s Global Freshman Academy Taps Adaptive Software for Math Students — Campus Technology

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Arizona State University‘s online Global Freshman Academy (GFA) is rolling out adaptive software to help tens of thousands of students work through its College Algebra & Problem Solving course. The GFA program, delivered via massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX, will be the first to utilize McGraw-Hill Education‘s ALEKS adaptive learning product in a MOOC format.

ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) uses artificial intelligence to personalize a student’s learning experience based on his or her unique strengths and weaknesses. Students receive real-time feedback to guide them toward mastery of each topic.
 


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Millennials Show Us What 'Old' Looks Like

Millennials Show Us What ‘Old’ Looks Like

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What age do you consider to be old? We posed that question to millennials and asked them to show us what “old” looks like. Then we introduced them to some real “old” people.

 


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__Guy Kawasaki’s Personal Marketing Audit – Links Audit & Quiz plus Link to initial Slide Presentation – ‘How to Perfect Your Personal Marketing’ – in comments below

  1. __Guy Kawasaki’s Personal Marketing Audit Slides _ https://www.hightail.com/download/ZWJWQndQcGtoMldGa2RVag _ QUIZ _ Bitly.com/personalmarketingaudit _ Slide Presentation ‘How to Perfect Your Personal Marketing’ _ http://www.slideshare.net/GuyKawasaki/how-to-perfect-your-personal-marketing-54642561 _

 


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Cara Yarzab

Curious about what is happening at TVO? A great article about our CEO Lisa de Wilde.

Steering a public broadcaster through turbulent times

Steering a public broadcaster through turbulent times

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Lisa de Wilde, chief executive officer of TVO, on her plans for a public institution

One part of TVO’s growth plan, still in its infancy, involves exporting Ontario’s education curriculum. TVO runs the Independent Learning Centre – effectively the province’s largest high school, with nearly 20,000 students – offering credit courses to adult learners looking to further their education. “There’s nothing to stop us selling them outside the province, selling them around the globe,” she says, pointing to a recent deal struck with China’s Wuxi province.

TVO is also experimenting with gamified learning, which draws on aspects of video game design to get students interested. It has a pilot product focused on math, built for kindergarten students and called mPower, and hopes to roll out games for kids up to Grade 6 later this year.

“We do what we do here for the mandate, and then if we can repurpose content and sell it outside of Ontario, that’s the sort of silver bullet,” she says.

 



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Developing an open policy for higher education

Developing Open Policy for Higher Education - Creative Commons blog

Developing Open Policy for Higher Education – Creative Commons blog

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Institute for Open Leadership fellows take turns to write about their open policy projects.

In March we hosted the second Institute for Open Leadership, and in our summary of the event we mentioned that the Institute fellows would be taking turns to write about their open policy projects. First up is Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager of Open Education at BCcampus.

  1. __Congratulations, Amanda. It would be ideal for all to have the opportunity to review wording of existing RFP-Contacts of completed educational resources projects, to have the opportunity to study and compare the current situation and consider the impact of proposed changes outlined _ For example, the details related to “editable Files” in RFP-contract specification is likely to be very important to grantees _ “Technical formats for revision and remixing: Completed OER materials must include the original, editable files for re-distribution”

I recent found that Amanda has blocked me from following her twitter feed and I am disappointed she is not open to everyone’s viewing, comments or questions.
 


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__Moleskine Smart Writing Set article and video

You can now sketch in a notebook and have it digitized instantly

You can now sketch in a notebook and have it digitized instantly

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Moleskine have just launched a new writing set that allows you to draw or take notes using a smart pen, in their specially designed notebook, that then works with an app to instantly digitize it for you.

The Smart Writing Set includes a notebook they call the Paper Tablet, the Pen+, and the Moleskine Notes App.
The Pen+ is a slim aluminum pen, but it has a hidden camera in it, that digitizes everything you draw or write.
The Moleskine Notes App, is basically where everything is stored, which can then be edited, shared, exported or searched.
Here’s the technical explanation from Moleskine. “The paper is made with Ncode technology patented by NeoLAB Convergence, a grid invisible to the naked eye is hidden in the paper and enables the pen, powered by Neo smartpen, to recognize where it is on the page and within the notebook.”
 


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__FAQ _ https://nbsa-aenb.ca/2016/04/14/students-applaud-historic-improvements-to-financial-aid/ _ about The Tuition Access Bursary [Student’s family income <$60k] “For example, if you are eligible to receive $2000 in federal grants, and the full cost of your tuition is $6200, the Government of New Brunswick will pay the difference between your federal grant and the cost of your tuition directly to your post-secondary institution.” __

Students Applaud Historic Improvements to Financial Aid

Students Applaud Historic Improvements to Financial Aid

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Fredericton, NB – Post-secondary students in New Brunswick are applauding today’s unveiling of the Tuition Access Bursary, which will make university more accessible and affordable for many.

The new bursary will fill the gap between federal grants and the amount owing on tuition for every New Brunswick student with a gross household income of $60,000 or less attending one of the province’s post-secondary institutions – effectively making tuition free.

A reinvestment into financial aid was first announced in the 2016-17 provincial budget. Student groups including the New Brunswick Student Alliance have since been consulting with government on the bursary’s design.

“The financial barriers to post-secondary education are real, and in New Brunswick in particular, they are tremendous,” said Lindsay Handren, NBSA Executive Director.

“By directing resources to the students who need it most when they need it most, government is dramatically improving financial aid and increasing access. The Tuition Access Bursary is designed to help low- and middle-income New Brunswickers pursue the dream of a post-secondary education.”

 


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__Commentary by Stephen Downes– “Here is the point of the post in a nutshell: “If we agree that empowerment and engagement of educators and learners is an important goal, we need to implement active policies that build on and support the potential ensured by passive ones,” policies such as incentives and infrastructure (but let’s be honest: mostly incentives). And I have to ask, if we have to incent them to reuse, then we should examine what we’re doing.”

Active OER: Beyond open licensing policies

Active OER: Beyond open licensing policies

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This is a guest blog post written by Alek Tarkowski, Director of Centrum Cyfrowe and co-founder of Creative Commons Poland. On April 14, 2016, 60 experts from 30 countries are meeting in Kraków, Poland for the first OER Policy Forum. The goal of the event is to build on the foundations for OER strategy development and define collective paths towards greater, active OER adoption.

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Mapping paths toward open education

Reuse is not something that can only happen “in the wild” once the adequate conditions are created. In fact, such organic reuse is quite rare. Although we lack empirical data, I would assume that less than 5% of users is willing to modify content, remix it, create own versions and mash-ups.

If we agree that empowerment and engagement of educators and learners is an important goal, we need to implement active policies that build on and support the potential ensured by passive ones. These could include incentives for teachers to create, reuse and share OER, investing in repositories and other types of infrastructure for discovery and analytics of content, or paying attention to digital literacy of teachers and formulation of new pedagogies. Developing, testing and implementing such active policies in educational systems around the world has to compliment efforts to open resources.

Almost five years after the signing of the Paris OER Declaration and ten years after the foundational meeting in Cape Town, it is time to define new strategies. For the last few years, I have been advocating for the definition of such “paths to open education”. In response, I’ve often heard that education is too varied for such standard scenarios to be defined. But if we want policies that support active reuse of OERs, then we need to define such standard paths. It is clear to me that these would be useful for policymakers asking the same questions. And the answers to some of these questions might even be easier than focusing most of our efforts and outreach on open licensing.



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The beauty of letter forms. I used to do this over, and over again in Design College.

Absolutely amazing free hand logos done by artist Seb Lester

AMAZING! Artist Seb Lester freehand famous logos

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Absolutely amazing free hand logos done by artist Seb Lester http://www.seblester.com/

 


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__New Open Education Search App by OpenEd.com and Microsoft _ via Jane Park – Creative Commons – _ The challenge for Creative Commons leadership is to get authors-creators to do additional work on the CC resources they had previously created – to add the necessary metadata and to ensure compliance with interoperability standards __

A new Open Education Search App is available as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign, a commitment by 14 states and 40 districts to transition to the use of high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources in their schools. The search app pulls in data from the Learning Registry and works within any Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) compliant Learning Management System. The Open Education Search App enables educators and other users within these districts to search for and assign OER directly within an LMS. Current search filters include subject, grade, topic, and individual standard (eg. Common Core, NGSS, Texas TEKS). Information about the CC license status of the resource is also displayed. The app is available now on the EduAppCenter; you can also check out a screenshot of how it looks below.

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__’Faculty Experience with OER’ data on pages 1 – 2 of the ICBA Survey: Faculty Perspective on Digital and OER Course Materialshttp://www.campuscomputing.net/sites/www.campuscomputing.net/files/GOING%20DIGITAL%20-%202016%20ICBA%20Faculty%20Survey_2.pdf __ via the Independent College Bookstore Association’s fall 2015 / winter 2016 survey of 2,902 college and university faculty at 29 two- and four-year colleges and universities.

 



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__data points “According to the 2015 Campus Computing Project, just four percent of general and developmental education courses use adaptive learning technologies.” _ “Our data suggests that the vast majority (87 percent) of college students report that having access to data analytics about their academic performance can have a positive effect on their learning experience.” __

It Takes the Right Tech to Fully Engage the Modern College Mind

It Takes the Right Tech to Fully Engage the Modern College Mind

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  • Peter Cohen McGraw-Hill Education’s Group President of U.S. Education, overseeing the company’s U.S. K-12 and higher education businesses

Today’s college students aren’t necessarily who you might think they are. Much like the rest of us, their relationship with technology has changed radically in just a few short years, and those shifts have had a massive impact on how they study, learn and even think. That in turn means that educators – and, ultimately, anyone hoping to have a meaningful interaction with today’s college-age adults – must fundamentally rethink how they engage with them.



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__Recommend downloading _ http://www.ousa.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Online-Learning2.pdf _ and reviewing the full policy paper for the benefit of the depth of thinking behind the bullet point comments in the press release _

OUSA Releases Online Learning Policy Paper - OUSA.ca

OUSA Releases Online Learning Policy Paper – OUSA.ca

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What does online learning mean to Ontario’s university students? OUSA’s new policy paper, Online Learning, offers insights from students on what their vision for online learning is and what it could be going forward.

Students do not believe that online learning should be used as a replacement for the traditional classroom experience, but rather, that it should act as a complement to in-person academics. To reflect this sentiment, our policy paper focuses on fully-online courses and not fully-online degrees, although both are important to the future of online learning. Ideally, what online learning offers students is flexibility and greater levels of access to post-secondary education, while providing them with the same standards of quality that apply to traditional classes.

The scenarios in which online learning can be most useful are becoming more apparent.



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Ontario announces $27-million for rebuild of Toronto’s OCAD University

Ontario announces $27-million for rebuild of Toronto’s OCAD University

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The province will direct $27-million toward a rebuilding of OCAD University’s downtown Toronto campus that would give the institution long-awaited upgrades to its facilities and a new and improved public face.

The new funding was announced Tuesday by Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. It will go toward the cost of what the university calls its Creative City Campus project. This is a series of additions, renovations and expansions to the complex of buildings along McCaul Street, next to the Art Gallery of Ontario, that houses most of the university.



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Open Education Global 2016 in Krakow this week! #oeglobal http://ow.ly/10yNna #OER #openpolicy

#oeglobal hashtag on Twitter

#oeglobal hashtag on Twitter

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__BCcampus / Lumen Learning partnership will work together on initiatives that improve efficiency and effectiveness of processes, including: _Co-development of code for open-source software platforms such as Pressbooks/Candela and Waymaker. _Shared process for the development and delivery of workshops. _Partnering on technical clean-up of existing OER __

BCcampus and Lumen Learning are pleased to announce a new partnership

BCcampus and Lumen Learning are pleased to announce a new partnership

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April 11, 2016

BCcampus and Lumen Learning are pleased to announce a new partnership that will allow the two organizations to collaborate more closely to support the effective creation and use of open educational resources (OER).  Both organizations are deeply involved in improving access to post-secondary education through the use of open practices. For both BCcampus and Lumen Learning, this means not only replacing traditionally published resources with those that are open, but also in improving learning through open practices.

 


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If you like books with pictures… http://buff.ly/1UOtfnI

The Most Beautiful Book of 2016 is 'Patterns in Nature'

The Most Beautiful Book of 2016 is ‘Patterns in Nature’

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Nature like you’ve never seen it before.

Philip Ball’s Patterns in Nature is a jaw-dropping exploration of why the world looks the way it does, with 250 color photographs of the most dramatic examples of the “sheer splendor” of physical patterns in the natural world. Ball picks out some of the highlights.

  1. Beth Herman Adler

    Sounds right up my alley!



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__”College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977″ is the Thesis for a Critical Thinking Exercise-Test __ Imagine if ones’ [i.e. policymaker/admin/academic] – income – employment – tenure path – performance review – were based on providing correct research-backed answers to a set of T/F/Essay questions framed by information within this NBC News article.

__Graph in this NBC NEWS article is used for dramatic effect in OER advocacy presentations to create a lasting perception without showing data-supporting details. Textbooks are individual consumer products, not a commodity, so it’s relevant to know which textbooks are used in this BLS reference and attempt to understand the reasons why their prices increased _ http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/freshman-year/college-textbook-prices-have-risen-812-percent-1978-n399926 _

 

__Richard Hershman, National Association of College Stores, Vice President of Government Relations – “The economics of the textbook prices discussion above lacks an understanding of what the Bureau of Labor Statistics is tracking in the Consumer Price Index, which I have been following and studying for 12 years now.” “BLS has failed to update their design like they have in other indices, it tells us less and less on what really is going on.” see his explanation details #4) – in the comments section of this article _ http://openoregon.org/what-is-the-cost-of-course-materials-at-each-community-college-in-oregon/

 



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Audrey Watters tweet:   “Seriously. Stop it with this “21st century skills” bull****___

__I was unable to find the source of image Audrey Watters posted or understand the context or reason for her tweet –   I replied with the url to Policymakers – P21 _ http//www p21 org/our-work/resources/for-policymakers#whyskills __

As a result she blocked me from viewing her tweet feed.

This post is to archive the last tweet Audrey Watters shared with me

. . . Seriously

 



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McGraw-Hill Education

We’re honored to have ten CODiE 2016 finalists from our PreK-12 and Higher Education teams: Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and finalists!

10 Learning Science Solutions Named as 2016 CODiE Award Finalists!

10 Learning Science Solutions Named as 2016 CODiE Award Finalists!

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Each year, the CODiE Awards program from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recognizes the most innovative products and services in the educational technology industry. Each year’s CODiE Finalists and winners are determined by a rigorous process that includes peer nomination, expert review, and voting by SIIA members.

At McGraw-Hill Education, we’ve been honored with several past CODiE Awards for our learning technologies, curriculum solutions, and content. This year we’re thrilled to have 10 CODiE award finalists selected from our leading ed-tech solutions built on learning science!

Everyday Mathematics is on the list for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution along with ALEKS!

 



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__At drupa 2016, Benny Landa intends to deliver on that promise with live demonstrations of nanographic equipment that he says can print offset quality at offset speed on any paper stock at an offset-competitive cost. In this exclusive interview, Landa discusses why he believes the commercialization of nanography will be the second time one of his technologies has revolutionized digital printing. __

Landa: Nanography Will Keep Its “Promise” at drupa 2016 on WhatTheyThink

Landa: Nanography Will Keep Its “Promise” at drupa 2016 on WhatTheyThink

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Exclusive Interview: Benny Landa says that the nanographic inkjet printing process he unveiled at drupa 2012 was a “promise.”

  1. __Story: Following the acquisition of Indigo by Hewlett-Packard in 2002, Benny established the Landa group to pursue his new vision of creating energy from thin air using nanotechnology. During the course of this research, he discovered that the use of nanopigments could revolutionize printing for a second time. Landa’s digital printing division, Landa Digital Printing, developed the Nanographic Printing® process and a line of Nanographic Printing® presses that enable the use of digital printing technology for mainstream applications. _http://www.landanano.com/about-us/company

 


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__While reading your column I was wondering where you stand on the nature of authorship for these 2 OER research papers, both papers authored by David Wiley, John Hilton III, Lane Fischer, T. Jared Robinson._ The Impact of Open Textbooks on Secondary Science Learning Outcomes _ https://lnkd.in/eqDe948 _ and _ A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students _ https://lnkd.in/eAa8PuS _ __

__This note appears in the second paper – “Compliance with ethical standards, Conflict of interest, The authors have no conflict of interest in the execution or outcomes of this study.”

We Need a More Robust Learning Sciences Research Community

We Need a More Robust Learning Sciences Research Community

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My latest Chronicle column is on how inherently difficult it is to evaluate learning science claims, particularly when they get boiled down to marketing claims about product efficacy, and how deep academic distrust of vendors makes this already incredibly difficult challenge nearly impossible.

Here’s where I stand on vendor participation in ed tech and learning science research:



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__Since 2002 the company has turned over 40 percent of its 5,500-person workforce, or 2,200 employees,as Cengage [same story at M-H, Pearson, HMH, Wiley et al. and at Developers too – i.e.Pronk] continues its transformation from being a publisher of textbooks into an edtech company.

Here's Why Cengage Is Laying Off 100 and Then Hiring 150

Here’s Why Cengage Is Laying Off 100 and Then Hiring 150

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If you were to look up Glassdoor reviews of Boston-based Cengage Learning, the company that just won BostInno’s Tech Madness competition, it becomes clear that one big complaint is around the recurring layoffs that have taken place as the company changes focus.

Cengage CEO Michael Hansen

Cengage CEO Michael Hansen

As it turns out, Cengage just laid off approximately 100 people, mostly on its publishing side, on Monday and Tuesday, and the company’s CEO, Michael Hansen, was forthcoming in confirming the news when I asked him about it over the phone on Thursday afternoon.

“It’s always painful to see,” Hansen said, “because some of these people have been” around for 10 or 20 years. But, he added, “it’s very much par for the course” as Cengage continues its transformation from being a publisher of textbooks into an edtech company.

While the transformation includes rounds of layoffs, Hansen said, it also includes creating a number of new jobs that primarily support the company’s growing digital side, which represents about 50 percent of total revenue now. He said the company will soon have 150 new job openings, most of them tech-related.

The layoffs, he said, are a reflection of the education market, in that some disciplines, like psychology, are easier to transition from textbooks into digital learning products while others, like anthropology, aren’t and are being de-emphasized as a result.

“Some of the disciplines weren’t moving fast enough,” Hansen said.

 


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__OpenSUNY OER textbooks are now indexed and available in Summon, and soon the full catalogue of OpenStax OER content will be as well [BCcampus soon?] As a result, improved visibility of these open resources in campus Learning Management System environments will make adoption easier for instructors. See The Summon® Service _ https://lnkd.in/e-u6awj _ __https://lnkd.in/ebAd-E5

ProQuest SIPX Teams with OpenStax and OpenSUNY to Boost Access to Open Educational Resources

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ProQuest is making OER content more discoverable and visible to instructors through SIPX and Summon.

April 7, 2016 – As part of its continuing commitment to support Open Educational Resources (OER), ProQuest is making OER content more discoverable and visible to instructors through SIPX and Summon. OpenSUNY OER textbooks are now indexed and available in Summon, and soon the full catalogue of OpenStax OER content will be as well ­­­– and connected into SIPX’s course materials technology­.  As a result, improved visibility of these open resources in campus Learning Management System environments will make adoption easier for instructors.

Additionally, through these partnerships, ProQuest, OpenStax and OpenSUNY are introducing more options to help reduce course materials costs for students. “This partnership with OpenStax and OpenSUNY lets us provide more quality, free textbooks to schools and increase visibility of this content,” said Franny Lee, Co-Founder and General Manager of ProQuest SIPX.  “We’re always thrilled to add relevant curriculum materials through ProQuest, and we continue to strive for improving access to quality, affordable higher education for all.”



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__Library professionals will be familar with Courses similar to these offered in Western University Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program _ LIS 9001 _ LIS 9158 _ https://lnkd.in/ezSzbmR _ Law impacting the information professional will be explored – intellectual freedom, access, privacy, personal data protection, copyright [-] technological innovation>>_ https://lnkd.in/eRESdwN

Creative Commons CC Master Certificate for Librarians

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Creative Commons is developing a series of certificates to provide organizations and individuals with a range of options for increasing knowledge and use of Creative Commons.

The Creative Commons Master Certificate will define the full body of knowledge and skills needed to master CC. This master certificate will be of interest to those who need a broad and deep understanding of all things Creative Commons.

In addition, custom certificates are being designed for specific types of individuals and organizations. Initially Creative Commons is focusing on creating a specific CC Certificate for 1. educators, 2. government, and 3. librarians. The CC Certificate for each of these will include a subset of learning outcomes from the overall CC Master Certificate along with new learning outcomes specific to each role.

All certificates will include both a modular set of learning materials that can be used independently for informal learning, and a formal, structured and facilitated certificate the can be taken for official certification.

 


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__Is blockchain poised to be “the next big thing” in education? Audrey Watters has been giving a lot of thought to the question _ See: The Blockchain for Education: An Introduction _ http://hackeducation.com/2016/04/07/blockchain-education-guide _

  1. __Here are two blockchain-related articles which you may also find interesting _ “Could a Blockchain-Based Registry Ever Replace the Copyright Office?” _http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/could-a-blockchain-based-registry-ever-99770/_ and “RR Donnelley to Pursue New Blockchain-Enabled Capabilities for Publishing Industry” _http://investor.rrd.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=960331_ __[posted graphic source url – http://www.bivident.com/index.php#merger-modal]

 


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__I found the Q&A is likely an effective way to convey a tone of confidence within the investor market _ . . . I’d add an observation about body language – see 2-shot at 6:01 – consider if JF would have moved forward with hands on the table and relaxed his shoulders – offered purely from a visual communications perspective __ https://lnkd.in/e7tRVU8

Pearson CEO on Education Business, Company's Future

Pearson CEO on Education Business, Company’s Future

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Pearson Chief Executive Officer John Fallon talks to Bloomberg’s David Westin about the progress of the company’s restructuring plan, growth strategy, and the company’s outlook.

 



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__Well done, Mary Burgess Paul Stacey _The video [4th of a series of 6 on OER Policy] is conceived, produced and maintained by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). This project was initiated in support of the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program _see OPEN Washington OER Policy Series _

The B.C. Open Textbook Project video

Sustaining a Large Scale Open Project: The B.C. Open Textbook Project

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“ Sustainability is not so much about ongoing grant funding but about baking this into the regular daily operations of an institution.” This segment tells a story of a highly successful Open Textbook project in British Columbia, Canada and how the project sustained momentum and funding. Stacey and Burgess, former and current Directors of Open Education at BCcampus first discuss the history of the Open Texbook Project and illustrate the key elements that influenced the initiative’s early success.

 


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__University of Saskatchewan Open Textbook Authoring Guide “The primary audience for this book is faculty and post-secondary instructors who are developing, adapting or adopting open textbooks at the University of Saskatchewan. However, there may be content within this book that is useful to others working on similar Open Educational Resource initiatives.” __

USask Open Textbook Authoring Guide – Ver.1.0

USask Open Textbook Authoring Guide – Ver.1.0

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This book is a practical guide to adapting or creating open textbooks using the PressBooks platform. It is continually evolving as new information, practices and processes are developed. The primary audience for this book are faculty and post-secondary instructors in Saskatchewan, Canada who are developing, adapting or adopting open textbooks at the University of Saskatchewan. However, there may be content within this book that is useful to others working on similar Open Educational Resource initiatives.


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__My respect for Rajiv Jhangiani work as a missionary with sincere ‘social justice’ motives. Although his bias against publishing professionals distorts the message.

public lecture by Rajiv Jhangiani

Enhancing pedagogy via open educational practices – public lecture by Rajiv Jhangiani

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February 9th, 2016 at McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning, McMaster University

“Open educational practices” is a broad term that encompasses the creation and adoption of open textbooks and other open educational resources, open course development, and open pedagogy. This presentation will make a case for why the move away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but inevitable, and how students, faculty, institutions, and our communities all stand to benefit greatly from this transformation..

Rajiv Jhangiani is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He conducts research on open education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and political psychology.

 



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__”College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977″ is the Thesis for a Critical Thinking Exercise-Test __ Imagine if ones’ [i.e. policymaker/admin/academic] – income – employment – tenure path – performance review – were based on providing correct research-backed answers to a set of T/F/Essay questions framed by information within this NBC News article.

Question: List examples.


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Driving Innovation and Brand Through Design // Mauro Porcini, Pepsi Co

Mauro Porcini is the Chief Design Officer at Pepsi, where he has led an effort to infuse design thinking into one of the world’s most iconic brands. Mauro spoke at Design Driven NYC on March 9, describing how brands can create conversations with customers through design.



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BCcampus

“There’s a few things that we can control as faculty. We can’t control the cost of living or tuition, but when it comes to course materials, that’s under our control, and this is where we have more of an impact than we realize.” – Rajiv Jhangiani, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Universities seek open-source solution to ‘absurd’ textbook prices

Universities seek open-source solution to ‘absurd’ textbook prices

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The psychology instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University saw an increasing number of students attempting to go without the $150-$250 textbooks he was assigning for his courses, so he decided to stop assigning them.

“I think it’s absurd, really,” Jhangiani said. “Every two-to-three years we get new editions which are basically cosmetic in terms of the changes that they have, and students are forced to spend a lot of money.”

Jhangiani now uses open textbooks – course materials that are available for free online under a creative commons license, which means they can be adapted, revised, contextualized, and redistributed without fear of violating copyright laws.

  1. __Rajiv, would you also say that $75 for a photocopy of Introduction to Psychology textbook is an ‘absurd’ price to pay? Or $60 for the Principles of Social Psychology? That’s what Students pay for those BCcampus open textbooks on your desk.

 


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Nervous Pearson (Mis)Education Responds to Protests

Nervous Pearson (Mis)Education Responds to Protests

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Pearson (Mis)Education faces an assault on its operations from major British and American labor union pension funds. They plan to challenge company management at its general stockholders meeting on April 29, 2016 in London. The opposition group holds 40,000 voting shares and includes UNISON, one of Britain’s largest trade unions with 1.3 million public service industry members, the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, Trade Union Fund Managers, and 130 individual shareholders. The coalition will enter a resolution at the stockholders meeting calling on Pearson to “end its over-reliance on the education testing programme in the US, which has been affected by a recent change in the law and is also becoming increasingly unpopular.”

  1. __Alan Singer’s spin notwithstanding, some shareholders are expressing ROI concerns > “We believe that Pearson PLC is suffering a crisis of confidence precipitated by a confused business strategy. [-] This significant drop in share price calls into question the board’s efforts to address the lack of confidence in the Company “We believe that the current strategic business plan has failed to produce the profits or the potential for profits that investors need. Therefore, it is time that Pearson conducts a business strategy review. “We urge you to vote FOR this resolution [19].“ to immediately conduct a thorough business strategy review

    https://www.pearson.com/content/dam/corporate/global/pearson-dot-com/files/cosec/2016/Notice-of-AGM-April-2016.pdf

    American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, Pearson Shareholder Resolution 19, UNISON

 


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David McNamara

Let the debate begin, I know where I stand….. do you? Why?

This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they're free.

This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free.

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Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding.

The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers.

Elbakyan has kept herself beyond the reach of a federal judge who late last year issued an injunction against her site, noting that damages could total $150,000 per article — a sum that Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, a journal in her database, could help calculate. But she is not hiding from responsibility.

  1. __Thanks David – found interesting reading Kent Anderson list of “96 things publishers do” on the blog Scholarly Kitchen _ http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2016/02/01/guest-post-kent-anderson-updated-96-things-publishers-do-2016-edition/ _ Kent Anderson – Past-President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing; Founder, The Scholarly Kitchen and Caldera Publishing Solutions providing strategic and business consulting for scientific and scholarly publishers.

__The Rio 2016 logo was made by Brazil’s Tátil Design de Ideias, while the exclusive Olympic font was constructed by Dalton Maag, a British typeface firm that has a satellite office in Brazil. The process offers a unique case study on collaboration, one where two firms from different cultures must work off each other to produce final products that will surely be seen by hundreds of millions of people. __

How The Rio 2016 Olympic Logo and Font were Created

How The Rio 2016 Olympic Logo and Font were Created

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What happens when two firms, from two continents have to work together to design something for the entire world to see?

III. The Takeaway

“On this project we were extra careful to be super right, because it will be seen by billions of people. But we didn’t treat the project any differently than others were work on. I thought we would nail the concept much quicker, because we knew the design and just needed to expand on it. We didn’t realize we would have to create 23 different versions to get there. The font is property of the client, as it is a key asset of their identity, so it cannot be licensed. That said, we quoted this as if it were any other project for a private company and got paid properly.”

__TeachOntario was developed by TVO, in partnership with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), its Affiliates and the Ministry of Education, and in consultation with teachers from a variety of districts across the province. TeachOntario is part of TVO’s strategy to be the Government of Ontario’s partner for digital learning, inside and outside the classroom and is the first teacher resource of its kind in Ontario. _

Ontario Education Minister, Hon. Liz Sandals, launches online community for teachers

newswire.ca

Today, Ontario Education Minister Hon. Liz Sandals officially launched TVO’s award-winning online community, TeachOntario, at an elementary school in Oakville.

Created to support sharing, collaboration, and knowledge exchange amongst educators across Ontario, TeachOntario features content created by Ontario teachers for Ontario teachers. With its collaborative format, TeachOntario allows educators to stay up-to-date on the latest in teaching and learning, digital tools, and professional development, helping them to improve student outcomes.

 


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__The Ohio inspector general is investigating: The clearinghouse was in the news recently when ProgressOhio, a liberal advocacy group, charged that officials of Gov. John Kasich’s administration used the program to steer a contract toward William Lager, [-] a Lager-owned company, IQ, was hired to provide an online interface for the program and was paid $1.2 million to make it work with the clearinghouse. Critics said the IQ interface didn’t work well and that most users bypassed it. _

Ohio shutting down Distance Learning Clearinghouse for teachers to find online lessons

Ohio shutting down Distance Learning Clearinghouse for teachers to find online lessons

dispatch.com

Since 2007, an online clearinghouse has helped Ohio educators choose well-designed online lessons from a vast marketplace of products and has made them available free. Next school year, however, schools will be on their own because the state’s Distance Learning Clearinghouse is going away.

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__Why Publishers Should A/B Test Book Covers – “Every publisher and bookseller knows that covers sell books. But do consumers also form expectations from looking at the cover? In this post [find] two recent cases in which the cover was central to the interpretation of reader analytics tests Jellybooks conducted for book publishers.” _ http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2016/its-the-cover-stupid-why-publishers-should-ab-test-book-covers/

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches HMH Marketplace, Connecting Educator and Developer Communities

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches HMH Marketplace, Connecting Educator and Developer Communities

ir.hmhco.com

March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the Beta launch of HMH Marketplace, a new online destination that offers teachers, edtech developers and technology companies the opportunity to share resources and solutions for the classroom with a broad educator audience. With over 3,000 resources available at launch from teachers, edtech innovators such as Education.com and the independent game developer Muzzy Lane, and established providers such as Microsoft and the iconic children’s magazine Highlights, the HMH Marketplace (Beta) offers a wide variety of applications and tools to supplement classroom learning.

 


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__Joi Ito On Disobedience “There is a difficult line–sometimes obvious only in retrospect–between disobedience that helps society and disobedience that doesn’t. I’m not encouraging people to break the law or be disobedient just for the sake of being disobedient, but sometimes we have to go to first principles and consider whether the laws or rules are fair, and whether we should question them.” _

Joi Ito - someone asked me what I thought about disobedience . . . re: DRM

Joi Ito – someone asked me what I thought about disobedience . . . re: DRM

joi.ito.com

Last night, I was on a panel about DRM with Richard Stallman from the Free Software Foundation, Danny O’Brien from from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harry Halpin from the World Wide Web Consortium following a Free Software Foundation protest march against DRM, which the Free Software Foundation defines as “Digital Restrictions Management” but more commonly refers to “Digital Rights Management.”

In the Q&A, someone asked me what I thought about disobedience. I said that I thought it was important and tried to explain why. I’m not sure I did a terribly good job, so I’m posting something here that’s a bit more complete.

One of my Nine Principles is Disobedience over Compliance. One day, when meeting with Mark DiVincenzo, the General Counsel of MIT, he raised an eyebrow when he saw this on one of the displays in my office. I had to explain. >>>

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  1. __Joi’s comments brought the phrase “guerrilla open” to mind – a phrase used by David Wiley in an article about “Open” which touches on the “ethics of this disobedience” _ to see the context _ http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/4496 _ “Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter

__Volley – “We draw on recent advances in ontology learning and semantic search to understand not just the content of academic material, but also the context.” _ http://www.volley.com/technology _ Adaptive Learning, Image Recognition, Machine Learning in Education, Natural language processing, NLP, Ontology, Zuckerberg Education Ventures __

4 Myths About Machine Learning in Education

4 Myths About Machine Learning in Education

medium.com
Education is a hotbead for innovation in ML/NLP, but sometimes it’s misunderstood… even by engineers.

As a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), there is perhaps no better a use-case for machine learning than learning itself. At Volley, we know that both formal education and informal learning contexts can benefit from the incredible pattern recognition and extrapolation capabilities that ML-powered software offers students, educators, and more.

But even the engineers working on this software can have blind-spots when it comes to the use of ML and NLP, particularly in education. Academic and instructional content is very particular in its objectives, means, and structure compared to other types of content, so when it comes to ML, the nuances often get lost. What follows are a few common myths or misconceptions engineers may have when developing software for real-world education.

 



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__[2 short video clips available] They explore the role of technology in the future, its impact on brain science — and coming innovations in artificial intelligence, energy, life extension and immortality. _

Ray Kurzweil talks with host Neal deGrasse Tyson, PhD: on invention & immortality

Ray Kurzweil talks with host Neal deGrasse Tyson, PhD: on invention & immortality

kurzweilai.net
92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius Conversation
Inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil is joined by astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD for a discussion of some of the biggest topics of our time. They explore the role of technology in the future, its impact on brain science — and coming innovations in artificial intelligence, energy, life extension and immortality.
Kurzweil also says microscopic robots called nanobots will connect your neocortex to the cloud — the expansion of the human brain that he predicts will happen in the 2030s.
 


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__OK, just for fun “try to imagine what it would be like to have a “magic lens through which we could learn anything, Say a student is stumped by a passage in the class biology textbook around mitosis. He or she could scan the section of the text with a smartphone. Volley will then serve up a collection of “cards” with chunks of explanations for the most complex phrases and passages >>_

Volley Labs Wins $2.3 Million in Seed Funding to Build Learning Algorithms (EdSurge News)

Volley Labs Wins $2.3 Million in Seed Funding to Build Learning Algorithms (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com

Volley aims to deliver technology that will help students—particularly those taking advanced high school or college curriculum—understand the material they are studying by using their mobile devices to surface relevant, machine-curated explanations from the web.

 


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Wiley Exec Talks Future of Digital Book Printing

Wiley Exec Talks Future of Digital Book Printing

bookbusinessmag.com
Wiley director of production services procurement sees bright future for digital print, but emphasizes need for industry education.

On March 15th I attended the Ricoh Publishing Executive’s Symposium to learn about digital book printing and its evolving role within the book industry . The event gathered the entire book supply chain, including book manufacturers and publishers, and shared some of the latest advancements in digital printing technology. The Symposium emphasized that these developments are beginning to reshape book distribution and as a result drive greater profits for both publishers and printers.

 



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__How Ed Tech can Support Vastly Different Types of Professors by “Straddling the Chasm” between early LMS adopters and receptive pragmatists _ The Odd Couple: How Ed Tech Must Support Vastly Different Types of Professors -e-Literate

How Ed Tech can Support Vastly Different Types of Professors by “Straddling the Chasm”

How Ed Tech can Support Vastly Different Types of Professors by “Straddling the Chasm”

mfeldstein.com

Let’s admit it, there can be some real tension when a college is faced with choosing a new learning-management system, or any software used by more than one department.

Since the decision involves the administrators who will support the system — commonly called an LMS — and professors who will use it, who should lead the process? Should staff members just get input from faculty members, or should professors vote on the final decision? Or should professors run the process?

This is when distrust between the two sides can emerge. IT administrators may fear that professors will make the pace unbearably slow with an overly deliberative approach. And professors may assume that IT has already determined what system to buy, and may not take their input seriously. Or they may worry that the meetings will be dominated by those needy power users from the psychology department.

 


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“The global copyfight has generated a number of howling logical inconsistencies, but none so ridiculous as the notion that those calling for strong copyright laws, or resisting overly broad exceptions, are anti-access.” Thanks Victoriano Colodrón

Oh Canada! How Not to Reform Copyright

Oh Canada! How Not to Reform Copyright

alcs.co.uk
Image © The Writers’ Union of Canada    23/03/2016

Educational exceptions to copyright introduced in Canada four years ago have had a devastating effect on writers’ incomes, with similar consequences reported in Ireland and Australia. Writers in the UK must remain on high alert to this threat, argues John Degen.

And, as Canada has also shown, broad exceptions do not actually deliver on promised increased access or cost-savings for frontline teachers and their students. Since 2012, student costs for accessing educational materials have actually risen in Canada, despite all the uncompensated copying schools now do. As well, liability for copyright clearance has been off-loaded to instructors, who report widespread confusion about what they can and cannot use, and fear that they are crossing legal lines. A growing and expensive middle-management layer of copyright officers on campuses across Canada is certainly not delivering promised efficiencies in that regard.

__”In 2012, the Liberals sliced teachers’ annual sick days from 20 to 11, and removed their ability to bank unused days. The new plan resulted in $1-billion in one-time savings, the government said. But a new report from the non-for-profit School Boards’ Co-operative Inc., a copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, found that there has been a “significant increase” in absences. Teachers and education workers took an average of 10.29 sick days each in 2014-15 _

Sick days costing Ontario school boards $1-billion a year, report says

Sick days costing Ontario school boards $1-billion a year, report says

theglobeandmail.com

Ontario’s teachers and education workers are taking more sick days now that they can’t bank them for a cash payout upon retirement – a move that a new report says is costing school boards close to $1-billion a year.

In 2012, the Liberals sliced teachers’ annual sick days from 20 to 11, and removed their ability to bank unused days. The new plan resulted in $1-billion in one-time savings, the government said.

But a new report from the non-for-profit School Boards’ Co-operative Inc., a copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, found that there has been a “significant increase” in absences. Teachers and education workers took an average of 10.29 sick days each in 2014-15, up from 8.86 days four years prior and before the changes were implemented. Sick leave as a percentage of total payroll has increased 21 per cent during that same period.

The direct cost of absenteeism across the province was estimated to be $921,866,466 in 2014-15, the report said.

 



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__The rise of online retail has been one consumer shift that is responsible for much of the recent growth in the board packaging market, an application where it is the dominant format. [-] several key aspects of board packaging that are changing. For example 30–40% of online purchases are returned, meaning that their packaging must be easily opened and resealed. In the future, e-commerce will likely see even further focus on tailoring board packaging to maximise the end-user experience. _

Packaging material outlooks – towards a $1 trillion milestone in 2020

Packaging material outlooks – towards a $1 trillion milestone in 2020

smitherspira.com

Booming global demand will drive expansion in the world packaging market across the next five years according to the latest analysis from Smithers Pira.

In its flagship report The Future of Global Packaging to 2020, Smithers Pira data charts how a market value forecast at $839 billion (€768billion) in 2015, will undergo healthy year-on-year growth at 3.5%, reaching $998 million in 2020.

 


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Good article!

Marketing Online Education Today: A Look At Strategy

Marketing Online Education Today: A Look At Strategy

evolllution.com
With Emily McInerney | Associate Director of Marketing
Higher education marketers today must be strategic about their efforts, using data to define positive and negative efforts and working to create an experience for students that matches what they have become used to outside the academy.

__The 2015-16 Faculty in Higher Education Salary Survey Report contains detailed aggregate salary information from 743 institutions for 241,491 full-time faculty in 32 general disciplines and 345 specific disciplines. _Survey:_ http://www.cupahr.org/surveys/fhe4.aspx _ https://lnkd.in/eYE4cFE

What Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges Made in 2015-16

What Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges Made in 2015-16

chronicle.com
Once again, academics in the fields of business, law, and engineering earned the highest pay.

 

__”Recommend Modifying Governor’s Proposal in Several Ways: (1) enhancing technical assistance to help CCC campuses build capacity for continuing to expand use of OER; (2) reducing grant amounts from $500,000 per degree to no more than $100,000 per degree; and (3) prioritizing the use of existing OER, which are broadly available in most subjects, over the creation of new OER.” __

Assessing the Governor’s Zero-Textbook-Cost Proposal

lao.ca.gov

California Governor Brown Proposes $5 Million (One Time) for Creating “ Zero–Textbook–Cost Degrees” at the California Community Colleges (CCC)

 


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MIT Media Lab Changes Software Default to FLOSS* — MIT MEDIA LAB

MIT Media Lab Changes Software Default to FLOSS* — MIT MEDIA LAB

medium.com     By Joi Ito

The MIT Media Lab is part of an academic ecosystem committed to liberal sharing of knowledge. In that spirit, I’m proud to announce that we are changing our internal procedures to encourage more free and open-source software.

Previously, software releases using free and open source licenses were approved by an internal committee. But since we’ve always allowed our developers to open-source their work, we’re eliminating the unnecessary hurdle: from now on any open source request will be viewed as the default and automatically approved. We respect the autonomy of our community members and will continue to let them choose whether to release their software as proprietary or open. But removing the open source approval step will level the playing field.

This change is a reflection of preferences within our community, as well as an acknowledgement of our position in an increasingly interconnected world. Encouraging free and open source software realigns our policies with our mission. As an academic institution, we believe that in many cases we can achieve greater impact by sharing our work.

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  1. __quality control note – make any copies you want of this png image directly from _ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ConceptualMapFLOSS.png __ Note you may be able to see differences in the image in the article vs original – it’s possible that a poor quality copy could be a result of of one copying the image placed within the article – Source: VARGUX

 


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Don Kerr

So pleased to see this tribute to my former colleague Hans Kleefeld in today’s Toronto Star. He was a remarkably talented and too little acknowledged designer.

Hans Kleefeld’s corporate logos became part of Canadian landscape | Toronto Star

Hans Kleefeld’s corporate logos became part of Canadian landscape | Toronto Star

thestar.com

Berlin-born designer, who died March 10 at age 86, created logos that have endured for decades — from Tim Hortons to Air Canada to TD Bank.

Hans Kleefeld, a German-born designer, died in Toronto on March 10, at age 86. He is remembered by colleagues as a humble but no-nonsense, innovative graphic artist and teacher who applied European ideas to produce Canadian corporate images — from the Bank of Montreal’s stylized blue M to the curved-line composition of the old Scarborough Town Centre logo and the Tudor-style calligraphy of the Stratford Festival.

  1. __Thanks, Don, great article. _Many will also recall enjoying his series of opinion pieces written over the years for Applied Arts Magazine – here are links I found to just a few of them _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/opinions_details/?id=33 _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/opinions_details/?id=137 _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/opinions_details/?id=126 _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/opinions_details/?id=44

David Montle

Hans was an instructor when I attended OCA in the late 70’s. He taught us a lot, but what I really remember was drinking multiple Tuborg’s with him at Christmas as well as his fondness for Woody Allen’s “Without Feathers”, which he called “Veess out fezzers”. A lovely man, sorely missed, to be sure.

 


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__Nicole Allen Slide Presentation Update Due _ http://www.slideshare.net/txtbks/penn-state-oersummit16-keynote _ Open Educational Resources and Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis  – Slide #12 ‘Traditional Textbook Prices’ Lists Textbooks that are available free online



The Sleeping Brain Is a Marvelous Memory Making Machine - Singularity HUB

The Sleeping Brain Is a Marvelous Memory Making Machine – Singularity HUB

singularityhub.com

Sleep may be the brave new world for learning. A recent flood of high profile studies suggest that our nightly slumber profoundly boosts what we’ve learned in the previous day, making the information stick.

But here’s the crazy cool part: animals and humans may have the ability to absorb new information during sleep, without ever being consciously aware of the learning process.

Let me be clear: it’s an extremely contentious idea, one far from settled. But here’s what we know. The story starts with a seahorse-shaped brain structure called the hippocampus and the electrical waves that oscillate through it after the lights go out.

 


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Hana Mujadzic

WOW! Amazing and scary at the same time!

__2016 Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic PDF is legible, ideally this graphic would be searchable – Alternative text with embedded URLs within logos, serving as links — yeah, that’s insane _ http://cdn.chiefmartec.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/marketing_technology_landscape_2016.pdf _ 42MB

 


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TVO

TVO

“Every life that cancer claims is a tragedy, and Ford’s is no different. His family deserves every warm thought and prayer sent their way, but the people he harmed deserve more than convenient lies by omission about the legacy he’s left.”

Andray Domise: The Rob Ford legacy that many refuse to confront

Andray Domise: The Rob Ford legacy that many refuse to confront

tvo.org

Rob Ford’s cancer was a tragedy, but he was no crusader in the mayor’s office or the councillor’s seat, …

 


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Creative Commons’ Radical Plan to Bring Joy to the Commons: Shareable  #OER #OA

Creative Commons' Radical Plan to Bring Joy to the Commons

Creative Commons’ Radical Plan to Bring Joy to the Commons

shareable.net

As debate about the sharing economy rages, with fingers pointed at Uber and Airbnb as prime examples of what isn’t sharing, a global community is working toward a better world through…actual sharing.

Sharing is at the core of the strategy, anchored by a keen awareness that community, collaboration, and shared benefits are at the heart of who they are. Their strategy calls them to add another key value to their identity—they want to make it a joy to contribute to the commons.

“I think sharing gets the short end of the stick these days,” says Creative Commons (CC) CEO Ryan Merkley. “Too often, we’re forced to make a false choice between individualism and collective acts. I think the two things can coexist, and I think they have to. Sharing is fundamental to what makes us great as a society and to unlocking our ability to have a more accessible, equitable and innovative world.”

  1. __To make ‘Finding it’ as joyful as ‘Sharing it’ > promising future features to the Creative Commons platform integration Toolkit [ideally] enable Authors-Creators to add metadata & standards compliance information __ https://creativecommons.org/platform/toolkit/ _ “CC aims to partner with existing platforms rather than create a database from scratch. They do, however, plan to create a CC metasearch feature that will return CC-licensed results across multiple search repositories, and direct the user back to those repositories.”

 


__the word “label” in the title of this talk has multiple meanings. – it isn’t just a company that produces records; it’s a word used to describe or categorize someone. Labeling. It’s the process that takes place in order to build the profiles against which we’re sold advertising, recommended movies or songs or software, told which content or course to take next in order to graduate “Personalization” might sound like it’s designed especially for us; but “personalization” is an algorithm based on a profile, on a category, on a label.

'I Love My Label': Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech - AuDrEyWaTtErS

‘I Love My Label’: Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech – AuDrEyWaTtErS

hackeducation.com

Album Artwork highlights riff at Indie Ed-Tech Data Summit at Davidson College

 


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__An eBook for your Library shelf, file under Skeuomorphic Skeuomorphisms

__ Free Download: eLearning 101 – A Practical Guide _

__The highlights of the federal budget for students and youth include: A 50 per cent increase in Canada Student Grants, bringing the maximum grants from $2000 to $3000 for low-income students; $800 to $1200 for middle-income students; and $1200 to $1800 for part-time students. Raising the loan repayment income threshold under the Repayment Assistance Program from $20,210 to $25,000. __

Canadian universities, colleges to get $2 billion more to meet needs of changing economy | Toronto Star

Canadian universities, colleges to get $2 billion more to meet needs of changing economy | Toronto Star

thestar.com

OTTAWA—The federal government has earmarked an extra $2 billion for Canadian universities and colleges over the next three years to help meet the challenges of a changing economy, with the first $500 million available this year.

But a larger blueprint for boosting Canadian innovation will have to wait another 12 months while Ottawa consults with business, post-secondary training facilities and non-profit groups on how best to support research and development, the Liberal government said.

“Our objective of growing the economy is really fundamental to us,” Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau told reporters during a press conference before delivering his first budget speech in the House of Commons.

“Our innovation agenda is central to that.”

 


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__U&lc Vol 10-3 September 1983 Editorial It will all be resolved. Some reassuring observations on the eventual synthesis of personal creativity and computer technology. . . . you were there, you understand

__Well done! _ “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced on Tuesday that it was collaborating with Mr. Munroe to incorporate parts of “Thing Explainer” into the next editions of its high school chemistry, biology and physics textbooks, to be published this summer. “It’s a way of deepening the engagement level for students,” said Ms. Smith-Herbst [who oversees content development for science and mathematics].”

Randall Munroe, XKCD Webcomic Creator's Visual Art in Educational Resources

Randall Munroe, XKCD Webcomic Creator’s Visual Art in Educational Resources

nytimes.com

This fall, some high school students will flip the page of their science textbooks and see…

Photo

Credit Randall Munroe

…stick figures and simplistic diagrams annotated with curiously nontechnical prose.

A schematic of the human body, for instance, looks more like a subway map with various organs labeled as “air bag,” “blood pusher,” “thinking bag” and so on.

For “thinking bag,” the explanation is: “When you read words (like these), this part of your body turns them into ideas. By choosing the right words, you can take an idea that’s happening in your head and try to make an idea like it happen in someone else’s. That’s what’s happening right now.”

Some may recognize them as the drawings and droll descriptions of Randall Munroe, the creator of the Internet comic “xkcd” as well as two books, “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” and “Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words,” both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 


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See the new Creative Commons Platform Toolkit:  #OER #openplatforms

- Creative Commons

Creative Commons Integration, from A to Z – Creative Commons Platform Toolkit

creativecommons.org

What: This toolkit covers the elements for a basic Creative Commons platform integration, including aligning legal terms to CC tools; installing the CC license chooser; displaying CC licensed content with the correct logos and links; and how to communicate CC to your users.

__David Wiley, at his playful best, presents a view of ‘guerilla open’, perhaps only slightly more strident than his actual feelings __ “Eminent Open Access: A Little Thought Experiment” _ http //opencontent org/blog/archives/4501 __ “When you play out this little thought experiment, where does it take you? Does it catalyze a global increase in innovation and quality of life? Does it cause the zombie apocalypse that ends human society? Something in between?” __ where does it take me? I’m thinking David gets nominated as marketer of the year.

 

__by Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill “we recognize that it is a very hard role [analyst] to take on in a way that manages some tricky ethical balancing acts and strikes the right tone. [-], and we have come to see that some of the tensions inherent in our work that we assumed were mainly risks can be assets, as long as we continue to work every day to earn and keep your trust.” – I’ll continue to seek the whole story and trust the whole truth __

Some Changes at e-Literate and MindWires

Some Changes at e-Literate and MindWires

mfeldstein.com
We will begin to move in the direction of building an analyst business, which means that we will sell subscription content and services that are complementary to the free content we will continue to provide on e-Literate. We will start with fairly humble but, we hope, useful reports and services, the first of which we will be announcing in the next month. But we have plans that go well beyond the normal analyst packages. We have some long-term ideas for catalyzing more productive campus conversations about how best to use technology in the service of education.
 


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__noted practice of Professor / faculty member / researcher in an academic institution: Which version of the article do they want to share? “The main point should be that I share a version that is evidentially the peer-reviewed version (with the publisher and the journal stamp on it).” __ http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/sites/default/files/Beyond_Downloads_infographic_2015.pdf

 

__New York, NY, March 21, 2016—Pixel Awards – the leading international awards program honoring exceptional design & technology since 2006, has announced the winners of its 10th annual. Twenty-one winning projects were selected by a jury of 32 creative professionals, and as many were nominated as People’s Champ by the public; over 1,200 entries were submitted to the competition, and over 240,000 public votes were cast! __

Winners of 10th Annual · Pixel Awards

Winners of 10th Annual · Pixel Awards

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Introducing the Winners of the 10th Annual Pixel Awards.
 


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__U&lc June 1980 Vision’80s Ed Gottschall _ “Thoughtgram Please pardon this intrusion on your heavy schedule. but I feel you might he amused by the enclosed quaint report I came across today. It is called Vision ’80s and purports to predict the future of information and communications systems in the ’80s — the 1980s, some 40 years ago. It’s a rather unimaginative piece, full of details about things that are already obsolete. No mention even of this Thoughtgram. . . ” _ http://fast.fonts.net/FontsCom/Live/ulc-scans/Volume%207-2.pdf _ U&lc Volume Seven – U&lc Predicts the Future « Fonts.com Blog

  1. __Ed Gottschall, the editor of U&lc in the late 1970s and early 1980s, loved technology. Although he wore a suit and tie to work everyday, he was a certifiable geek. He also had a lot to be geeky about. During his tenure as editor, the manner in which typographic content was set, output, stored and managed was going through dramatic changes. To celebrate and explore this abundance of communications technology, Gottschall prepared his “Vision ’80s” supplement to U&lc in Volume Seven Number Two.

__“Vision ’80s” was a major undertaking that pumped the journal up from 80 to 180 pages. In the supplement, Gottschall presented a cornucopia of technological developments for creating textual content – and predicted its future. In several instances his predictions were right on target; in others, not so much. “Vision ’80s” was a report on the state of the art of creating content – and Gottschall was a great reporter. Reporting and predicting, however, are two very different things. Still, “Vision ’80s” is an excellent view into the future of yesterday. _Allan Haley in U&lc on April 19, 2011 __ http://blog.fonts.com/2011/04/ulc-volume-seven-ulc-predicts-the-future/

__Stephen Downes Keynote re: Personal Learning Environments, LPSS Learning and Performance Support Systems program __ https://lnkd.in/e5-GHq5 _

From Individual to Community: The Learning Is in the Doing

From Individual to Community: The Learning Is in the Doing

downes.ca

Mar 19, 2016
Keynote presentation delivered to World Congress on Continuing Professional Development, San Diego, California.

In this presentation I begin with the assertion that learning is personal, distinguish ‘personal’ from ‘personalized’ as being based in personal practice, describe practice in a learning network, and show how progress and evaluation through practice is based on performance in authentic communities.

 


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__An interesting concept . . . worth developing for capture of digital creative work & metadata_ see Blockai FAQ: ‘Is my actual image or photo saved on the blockchain? No, it’s saved on our servers. Writing to the blockchain would be both cost prohibitive as well as a wasteful activity that would be a net negative for the blockchain”. __ https://blockai.com/

Blockai [Blockchain Copyright Registration Service]

Blockai [Blockchain Copyright Registration Service]

blockai.com

Blockai helps you claim ownership of your digital creations

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  1. __Audrey Watters has [also] been harvesting links to Blockchain / Education related articles and ideas – this is the first one I’ve seen of interest to “Creatives” _ check out Audrey’s links _ http://www.aud.life/2016/still-more-blockchain-and-education-links _

__Could a Blockchain-Based Registry Ever Replace the Copyright Office? __ http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/could-a-blockchain-based-registry-ever-99770/ __ The United States Copyright Office requires a deposit copy of the work for which copyright registration is sought. if a copyright infringement lawsuit arises, the owner may prove that the material that is infringed is exactly the same material for which the owner has secured a registration. the deposit of the work to create an archival record within Library of Congress _ http://copyright.gov/title37/202/37cfr202-20.html _

__David Wiley: A relentless pursuit to create a broad consensus in his meaning of ‘open’ – “The opportunity cost of defining the “open” in OER as affordable or free (without permissions), or building the “open” in open pedagogy on a foundation of fair use or guerrilla open, is nothing less than potentially delaying the advance of society. That’s why I’m so passionate about understanding what “open” most powerfully means in each of the various contexts in which we find it.”

“Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter

opencontent.org

David Wiley: There are numerous really smart and challenging ideas in Matthew’s post worth responding to, but I’ll focus this little bit of writing on the meaning and ethics bits.

 


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__Matthew’s argument is the following: 1) we care about openness because of the practices the permissions allow, not because of the permissions themselves, 2) that the ‘consensus’ [Wiley’s CC-5Rs Permissions] definition gives primacy to only one of several potential enablers of the expression of these openness practices (missing out on social openness), and as a result 3) doesn’t reflect a lot of the reality of practice on the ground.” _

Open is as Open Does

Open is as Open Does

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Dr Matthew Smith considers some of the debates around definitions of openness and the problems of an apparent consensus that privileges legal permissions as necessary and essential to what constitutes openness. – Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  1. __”Given the evidence emerging from IDRC supported research, the conclusion would be to focus on openness in practice, what that looks like, how to do it well, and its benefits – regardless of legal or technical status. I see this as the logical evolution of openness: First we define it (arbitrarily), then we research it, and then based on the new evidence, we redefine it.”

__This research team could support an understanding of the outcomes reported in these case studies by providing complete sets of the specific the open licensed resources and the copyright resources that were replaced, to examine/use/compare . . . And by describing the corresponding changes in pedagogy. __

Do you get what you pay for? Publisher Educational Content versus OERs

Do you get what you pay for? Publisher Educational Content versus OERs

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Is it fair that governments, schools, and parents have to pay a lot of money for “quality” in the educational materials that their children use (and that they themselves use in the case of continuing or lifelong education and learning) while free and easily accessible information and source materials are an everyday reality in today’s world? It’s not only that; open educational resources (OERs) are on the rise. These open educational materials are available for free and include open licences for (re)use and editing by teachers and students; sometimes completely open, sometimes with some conditions. Possibly the most common licenses makes use of the condition that you can edit the material if you intend to give future users permission to use and edit your materials, that it is attributed to you, but that the user is not using it for commercial purposes[2]. This follows the principle of equal sharing, or copyleft instead of copyright along with the condition that you can’t use any materials for commercial purposes.

  1. __The [any or all] generalizations being made by the authors is a false premise, is it not? – “Now that we know that OER materials are as good or even better than publisher content. . .”

  1. __FYI – Text in an AI file converts to vector shapes in a SVG – uneditable. The original AI file could be made available as an open educational resource.

__Outstanding article by Rob Reynolds “. . . what are the possible futures for content publishers? In this three-part series of posts, I’m going to explore what the education market looks like when content is no longer the primary product being sold. Today, in the first post, I’ll lay the foundation for my thinking and discuss how a shift from product to practice/experience in education may impact traditional publishing in Higher Education.” __

When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 1

When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 1

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Rob Reynolds is an edtech entrepreneur and analyst whose career includes service as a faculty member, university administrator, and publishing executive. He currently serves as Chief Product Officer at NextThought.
NextThought, LLC is a learning solutions company that develops online course technology designed for connected learning.

Introduction

What do publishers – whose stock and trade has always been content – do when content is no longer the main product they are selling?

In other words, what are the possible futures for content publishers?

In this three-part series of posts, I’m going to explore what the education market looks like when content is no longer the primary product being sold.

Today, in the first post, I’ll lay the foundation for my thinking and discuss how a shift from product to practice/experience in education may impact traditional publishing in Higher Education.1 The second post will discuss the effect of this shift on universities and colleges, and in the third post I’ll reflect on the possible consequences for learning technology companies.

Personalized Learning (or Underpersonalized Teaching)

 


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__Need to find additional information about Context Labs (CXL) Chainplate Foundation™ for Publishing, Snapshackle™ for Publishing, coupled with VUEgraph Analytics™ _”Context Labs provides enterprise grade platform solutions that help customers develop new channels to market, reducing channel friction, while retaining and growing direct customer relationships. . . . integrating secure distributed and shared ledgers (Blockchain), network graph analytics and visualizations, data interoperability, trusted identity management, and micro-payment enablement.” __ https://lnkd.in/eANm_KJ

RR Donnelley to Pursue New Blockchain-Enabled Capabilities for Publishing Industry

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R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announced today that it is teaming with Context Labs (CXL) to pursue leading-edge, blockchain-enabled technology for its global publishing customers. The companies have extended their strategic relationship to further integrate the CXL platform technology within RR Donnelley’s Print-to-Digital supply chain solutions.

“The mission at Context Labs is to provide platform solutions that enable publishers to reach consumers with less friction, reduce their channel costs, and provide better direct one-on-one customer relationships. The strategic relationship with RR Donnelley, a leader in publishing supply chain solutions, brings the key capabilities of our platform technology products (Chainplate Foundation™ for Publishing, Snapshackle™ for Publishing, coupled with VUEgraph Analytics™) to RR Donnelley’s large, global customer base,” commented Dan Harple, Chief Executive Officer of CXL. “Blockchain technology has been evolving for several years and is now becoming integrated into work flows in supply chains and financial tech. We are delighted with RR Donnelley’s decision to pursue these technologies for the publishing sector to enhance the role of publishers with the end consumers, at global scale.”

 


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__On average, Students invest 15.5 hours per week studying, in addition to their time in the classroom. Students who choose educational resources wisely can ensure studying is time well spent __ https://lnkd.in/eHXkfsw

Where students study the most 2016: full results - Macleans.ca

Where students study the most 2016: full results – Macleans.ca

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A full list of 53 schools, ranked by average hours spent studying a week, calculated from self-reported data from the Maclean’s student survey

Maclean’s surveyed more than 10,000 students at 100 universities across Canada in the late summer and early fall of 2015 on how many hours a week they spent studying. We calculated an average for each school, rounded to the nearest thousandth, using the number of hours per week divided by the number of respondents from each school. A minimum of 50 responses per school was required for inclusion. For a photo gallery of the top 20 click here. To see the schools where students said they party the most click here.

 


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The Blockchain Student Challenge

The Blockchain Student Challenge

dontapscott.com

To All the Aspiring Animators, Graphic Design Students, and Up-And-Coming Filmmakers out there:

We at the Tapscott Group are in need of talented, creative individuals to create a 90-to-120 second animation video on the influence of Blockchain technology on the music industry, to help the music industry move to a new model where musicians get compensated for their work.

  1. __Student considering this open competition might be interested in reading Chief Creative Officer Zak Mroueh’s ‘say no to spec’ perspective in this article, “Time for Us All to Ditch Spec Creative Pitches”__ https://medium.com/art-marketing/time-for-us-all-to-ditch-spec-creative-pitches-5128dea51d2a#.82bal8qiq _

__”Dr. Grandin didn’t suggest any direct connection between learning styles to explicit academic outcomes. Her point was that, when used effectively, these preferences can help teachers and parents find the right ways to engage kids in educational activities. [-] She related how she never would have found her present career if her mother hadn’t gotten her a job on a ranch one summer, “I was exposed to the cattle industry; Bill Gates was exposed to programming. It’s important to expose kids to different subjects.” __ https://lnkd.in/erq2KWe

SXSWedu’s Opening Keynote, Temple Grandin, Revisits ‘Learning Styles’

SXSWedu’s Opening Keynote, Temple Grandin, Revisits ‘Learning Styles’

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As autism diagnoses increase, so too do the number of parents and teachers battling its effects in children. On SXSWedu’s main stage, in front of bright lights and teachers who struggle to teach autistic children the “ordinary” lessons of school, opening keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin shined as an autistic woman who has achieved extraordinary things.

 


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__”Why is this project important? A number of initiatives focused in North America, Europe, and Australia are proposing to convert the system through which scholarly books are currently funded from a consumer- to producer-pays model which will allow free ebook versions to be made available. One driver for this change is the conjecture that releasing an ebook under an open access business model expands its readership compared to “toll-access” or “pay-to-purchase” ebooks.” __ https://lnkd.in/eTk3grY

Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain – Michigan Publishing

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In February 2016, University of Michigan Press was awarded $28,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct an evidence-based study of how free ebooks are discovered and used. The study is being conducted over the course of a year, between March 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017. Working with a diverse sample of around 120 free ebooks published by Open Book Publishers (OBP) and University of Michigan Press (UMP) along with Michigan-distributed titles published by Open Humanities Press (OHP) we are engaging in retrospective and prospective analysis using both quantitative and qualitative metrics. Technology pioneer Eric Hellman and his colleagues at the Free Ebook Foundation will lead the research, with support from Rebecca Welzenbach, Charles Watkinson, and Ken Varnum at University of Michigan, Rupert Gatti at Open Book Publishers, and Gary Hall at Open Humanities Press.

__The basis of the recommendations made in Ontario Auditor General’s Report – University Intellectual Property is transparency _ https://lnkd.in/evQmebp ___ https://lnkd.in/eQQSu8F

Canadian Universities require transparent intellectual property guidelines | University Affairs

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Intellectual property is important in our universities but it sometimes raises thorny issues. Unlike the United States, which has the Bayh-Dole Act – legislation governing intellectual property generated by federally funded research – Canadian universities are free to have their own individual IP arrangements. The Bayh-Dole act permits 50 percent of the IP to be assigned to the researcher and another 50 percent to the university. This act presumes that the universities will play a role in the protection and commercialization of the IP. Certain institutions, such as MIT, contribute a certain portion of their share back to the researcher.

In Canada, universities assign IP in their own individual ways, with most resembling the arrangements made in the U.S. There are only two to my knowledge that assign 100 percent of the IP to the inventor. They are the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University. This type of arrangement presumes that the inventors themselves will look after the protection of their IP and move it to commercialization on their own with less than full support from the university. In the case of Dalhousie, if substantial support is provided to the inventor, the IP is split with the university.

 


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__Yesterday, Roger Schank (famous cognitive scientist and learning theorist) released some of the work he and his team did for Trump University back in 2005 or so. _ https://lnkd.in/eeG3VGZ _ “designing quality scalable online courses takes a lot of money, a lot of custom programming, a lot of design expertise, and no one wants to pay. Except, apparently, Donald Trump.” __https://lnkd.in/evi6mGJ

Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials

Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials

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Yesterday, Roger Schank (famous cognitive scientist and learning theorist) released some of the work he and his team did for Trump University back in 2005 or so.

You didn’t know that Roger Schank was involved in Trump University? Well, he was. Trump University’s online materials were designed by the artificial intelligence pioneer and learning theorist who founded one of the first online learning labs in the early 1990s (Northwestern’s ILS) and had spent (by the time of Trump U.) almost two decades researching what works in technology-mediated education.

 


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__Victory Production was one of several developers involved with the K–12 OER Collaborative and it would be interesting to hear more about their experiences in their blog _ https://lnkd.in/epHQDyB __ https://lnkd.in/eEnGYvA

Instructional Design 101 - Victory

Instructional Design 101 – Victory

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Every instructional design model has strengths and weaknesses. Your challenge is to play to the strengths and minimize the impact of the weaknesses.

 


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__”Learning technology has advanced more in the last five years than the last fifty, but a lack of openness done in the right way is one of the key factors keeping it from having the massive effect on results that it should,” said Stephen Laster “We’re excited to partner with Knovation to support a more open, collaborative and easy-to-use learning environment. By providing Engrade users with simpler access to high-quality curated OER” __ https://lnkd.in/eYQqHAv

McGraw-Hill Education and Knovation Team Up, Bringing Engrade Users Searchable and Curated Online Resources

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McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Engrade, a learning management and assessment platform for K-12 education, access to the Knovation Content Collection with more than 360,000 online learning resources, including videos, white papers, games, podcasts and articles using a single integrated search.

Engrade unifies the data, curriculum and tools that educators use every day to drive student achievement and inform district educational strategy. Supporting open standards, Engrade seamlessly integrates all of a district’s content and assessment providers through one site with one sign-on, bringing together the delivery of digital instructional content, assessments and student performance data.

  1. __To learn about Knovation’s 127-point Resource Certification Process, please read CELT’s professional review. Download Whitepaper. _ https://na8.salesforce.com/sfc/p/#80000000KiC4/a/C0000000Lmss/QFIMUbxmDIMpWJuV7vzFHUyme7ip5pHHKLe8OQc9C18=

__Paul explains most organizations and businesses using Creative Commons are in business for reasons other than money. FYI – lacks details of the revenue generating activities and scalabilty / growth strategy of Lumen Learning – possibly more in the Book?

What is an Open Business Model and How Can You Generate Revenue? — Paul Stacey

What is an Open Business Model and How Can You Generate Revenue? — Paul Stacey

medium.com
In this fourth of our six long form Medium articles I describe what an open business model is and some of the many ways to generate revenue while still licensing things to be free and open using Creative Commons. My goal is to help you find ways to build sustainable and thriving open business models.

Method #4: Value-Add Services

In this method services are built on top of a resource that is free and open. Revenue is generated through sale of premium services rather than sale of the resource itself.

Hosted Supported Service — this value-add service type charges a fee for hosted and supported access and use of openly licensed resources.

Example: Lumen Learning curates Creative Commons licensed education content into Candela courses which provide a set of low cost e-textbook alternative to expensive commercial textbook high enrolment college courses. These courses can be accessed for free off Lumen’s site. Or, alternatively, for a fee, these courses can be integrated into a college learning management system with additional faculty and technical support services.

http://lumenlearning.com/

Lumen courseware places no paywall between students and the materials they need to succeed in their courses, so every student enjoys day one digital access to course content through the LMS. Instead of a student paywall, Lumen contracts with institutions for a low-cost $10 per student fee based on the number of students enrolled in Lumen-supported courses. Many Lumen clients recoup this cost with a course materials fee.

Supplemental Resources — This value-add service type charges a fee for resources that supplement a core Creative Commons licensed resource.

Example: OpenStax provides free, Creative Commons CC BY licensed, peer-reviewed, high quality textbooks for college courses. OpenStax partners with with third party companies that provide, for a fee, high quality online homework tools that supplement those books. A portion of the fee generated from these supplemental resources goes back to OpenStax as a way of sustaining their business model.

__ Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill exemplify Design Thinking in the field _ [Whenever a new ed tech trend gets named] “we should start trying to understand [it] by looking for the best examples of what teachers and students are doing when they are doing the thing we just named. We should ask them what they are doing, and why. We should ask how their practice is working and what they are learning and what they don’t yet know.” _

Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters

Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters

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Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill

The authors offer a framework—based on three years of campus visits—for thinking about (1) the circumstances under which personalized learning can help students and (2) the best way to evaluate the real educational value for products that are marketed under the personalized learning banner.

 


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__”If, like me, you have a day job and teach once in a while on a short-term contract, open education should be on your radar. Why? Because that’s all you have to show for all your work. [-] In the end, as an education freelancer, my online footprint is all I have, so it better be abundant, it better be current, and it better reflect who I am.” __

Reflection of Adjunct Prof: Teaching openly is all I have

Reflection of Adjunct Prof: Teaching openly is all I have

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Mathieu Plourde – I’ve been reflecting lately about why higher education faculty members don’t embrace open education (and open teaching practices) as much as I do [in the time I took to write this post, I stumbled upon Martin Weller’s one that clarifies some of these issues as well]. This post is just some sort of brainstorm of reasons why I think the task at hand is harder that it seems to be.
 


McGraw-Hill Education Reports Sales of Digital Units Overtake Print in its U.S. Higher Education Group in 2015

mheducation.com

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, today announced that in 2015 unit sales of digital platforms and programs exceeded those of print in its U.S. Higher Education Group for the first time. Last year, the company also expanded the number of adaptive offerings for U.S. higher education to over 1,400, up from 40 in 2012. Increasingly, educators are turning to adaptive programs, which have been shown to improve engagement, student retention, test scores and pass rates. The company saw double-digit growth in activations across its key digital offerings in 2015.

“Our transition to providing digital products that offer better outcomes at meaningfully lower prices is going really well,” said David Levin, president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education. “In fact, as students returned to college in early 2016, they activated 1.2 million subscriptions to our Connect platform during January and February, a double-digit increase over the previous year. We are also delighted that for nearly all the courses for which students purchase Connect, they can also order a loose-leaf print version of the textbook for as little as $25 and we continue to encourage those who want print alongside digital to use this very inexpensive option.”

The following key digital platforms and programs – Connect, LearnSmart, SmartBook and ALEKS – reported strong year-over-year growth.

__The Assemblyman’s position against conflict of interest is understandable, however, as chairman of the Assembly budget subcommittee overseeing education finance he ought to know better than make the false claim textbook publishers are gouging students, or perhaps that HP is gouging students on the cost of their inkjet printer cartridges _

UC Davis chancellor apologizes, will donate textbook stock to student scholarships

UC Davis chancellor apologizes, will donate textbook stock to student scholarships

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UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi under fire for paid corporate board seats

Chancellor took seat with for-profit DeVry while it faces federal scrutiny

Katehi case prompts lawmakers to call for hearings on UC outside pay

 

Stephen Downes – The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

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When I wrote The Future of Online Learning in 1998, I took into account three major sets of factors. The first was the obvious basis in technology. Internet and digital systems were advancing rapidly, in ways that could be known. The second was human nature. Here I refer not only to the inherent conservatism in society, but also in the infallible human inclination to use new things in new and unexpected ways. So while I did not predict that the internet would become the largest distribution network for cat photos in history, this development would not have surprised me a bit. And the third was the set of global changes happening, from the rise of Asia to the increasing urbanization of society, and the stress on resources and reserves.
 


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__”The harsh reality is that the vast majority of creators in America are currently excluded from copyright protection. This would finally level the playing field for small creators. Now we get to begin the difficult task of selling this idea to Congress.” The white paper, which can be viewed here _ Visual Associations Small Claims Tribunal Paper – _ , advocates for the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office. _ VisualAssociationsSmallClaimsTribunalPaper.pdf

Copyright Small Claims White Paper Released by Visual Arts Associations

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These organizations have identified the creation of a small claims option to be their most urgent legislative priority before Congress. They assert that the cost and burden of maintaining a lawsuit in the only existing venue for hearing copyright infringement claims–federal district courts–is prohibitive and all too often leaves visual artists no way to vindicate their rights. They see a small claims court within the Copyright Office as providing a fair, cost-effective and streamlined venue in which they can seek relief for relatively modest copyright infringement claims.



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