Executive Compensation issues: Top Pearson Exec @ $1.7M _ Top Hewlett Foundation Exec @ $2.3M _ Top Creative Commons Exec @ $385K

Executive Compensation issues:

Top Pearson Exec @ $1.7M

Top Hewlett Foundation Exec @ $2.3M

Top Creative Commons Exec @ $385K

 

Some College Students Are Angry They Have To Pay To Do Their Homework

Digital learning systems now charge students for access codes needed to complete coursework, take quizzes, and turn in homework.

 

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Don Gorges ·

__Thanks Leticia for offering this fresh approach by focusing on digital educational resources. And I appreciate that you have done your research too, while providing links to a series of financial documents for M-H & Pearson. However, these documents don’t support the premise of price-gouging profiteers _ “These companies, which long reaped big profits as textbook publishers. . .” _ “the digital access codes represent the same price-gouging ethos of the textbook business. . . ” _scanning the docs one finds M-H profit at about 3% and Pearson’s at about 10% in 2014 – prior to the re-org losses of 2015.
The bias that some people have against educational publishers has been fuelled by repeating factual inaccuracies and unfair analysis.
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Denise Brumley ·

Hi Don!

I’m not sure what your profession is or how much experience you have with financial statements.

I did pull their 10-K statement. You’re correct that their Net Profit was approximately 3% of their revenues. However. Some of that is their fault though.

Their cost of goods sold is approximately 25% which is EXTREMELY low for a manufacturing company. If they’re only turning a 3% profit, that money is being spent on operations–mismanaged operations I’m sure.

Their Administrative and Operating Costs are EXTREMELY HIGH. Probably because of salaries and such. (In manufacturing, hourly workers that work in warehouses and directly contribute to the making of their product—those costs are part of their cost of goods sold–managers salaries and office workers etc go into the Admin/Operating Expenses

So let’s see….They pay their president an annual salary of $1,000,000. They pay the next 5 people in line between $350K-$800K a year. He also received a bonus of $1 million in 2015 and the other people I mentioned received a bonus between $300K and $700K. A bonus. I’m going to say it again. They paid their president a bonus that was 100% of his salary. On top of this bonus and salary, he was awarded approximately $9 million in stock options (which when exercises are going to be much much more if in the money). Let’s see. Oh yes! He received a MONTHLY housing allowance of $20,000 and the company paid for his $1200/yr gym membership. Oh! You’re really gonna like this! We also paid approximately $15,000 to reimburse business trips HIS WIFE took in first class. Now, we’re not even talking about pensions and all the other frills.

So, yes. The financial statements report that they cleared approximately 3%, but that’s because they’re squandering their money and being very “creative” with their financial statements (that’s why they hired the best of the best ‘Ernst & Young’ to do their statements). They have a 75% gross profit. They’re making a SHIT TON of money. If they weren’t, I ASSURE you they wouldn’t be paying out million dollar bonuses.

Soooo….they’re greedy..

B.B.A in Accounting
B.B.A in Finance
A.A.S. In Accounting

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Denise Brumley ·

All colleges and all companies that supply the MANDATORY necessities for colleges should all be not-for-profit. It’s ridiculous that a college can markup education—ESPECIALLY when they receive sooooo much money from the government. I went to Georgia State University. You wanna piss of your students. I’ll tell you the fastest way! Charge them $7000/semester, $1500 for books, $380 for parking, and then boast on your FB page as to how you just accepted over $300 million in donations. 🙂 ��
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Don Gorges ·

Thanks Denise, for your insightful research into Executive Compensation issues – they often seem irrational, based on a company’s less than stellar performance. Your expertise in business analysis is very helpful, and you’ve made other contributions to this stream of comments.
I expect that the nature of publishing [high-value talent and high-cost labour] explains why, as you’ve pointed out, “Administrative and Operating Costs are EXTREMELY HIGH”.
Underscoring the sense that Executive Compensation often seems irrational, this may of interest too:
The Hewlett Foundation has provided $190M since 2000 to Grantees in support of their efforts to replace commercial textbooks with open educational resources.
The Hewlett Foundation’s 990PF indicates the top executives listed earn between $2.3M – $440K. [ http://www.hewlett.org/…/Hewlett-%202014%20Form%20990… ]
A key Hewlett Foundation Grantee is The Creative Commons Corporation where the CEO earned $385K in 2013 [ http://990s.foundationcenter.org/…/043585301_201312_990… ]
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New 'flexible' school curriculum goes province-wide next week
British Columbia Curriculum moving towards knowledge and deep understanding from memory and recall
New ‘flexible’ school curriculum goes province-wide next week – British Columbia – CBC News
New Curriculum Info | Building Student Success – BC’s New Curriculum
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Over the years, gaming has become more accessible, forward-thinking and popular. From Pac-Man chasing cherries and ghosts to virtual reality video games, technology continues in a forward trajectory. But where does gaming belong in the world of education? Learn more in our blog: http://bit.ly/2bTJSgn

Educational Gaming in the Classroom | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

Educational Gaming in the Classroom | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

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Learn about research done on the effects of gaming in the classroom in this blog.

__Lisa de Wilde CEO TVO_”In a week’s time, TVO’s mPower [https://mpower.tvo.org/educators/#/login/] will be in Ontario classrooms! mPower is a creative online game that teaches fundamental kindergarten to Grade 6 math skills while enabling students to have fun and learn more about the world around them. We’re proud to champion technology to help reinvent learning in Ontario and support student success. Leveraging TVO’s expertise at the intersection of curriculum, pedagogy and digital media, TVO worked alongside teachers and students from across Ontario over an 18-month period to collaboratively create this free online game-based math resource for use in Ontario schools.” _ http://tvo.org/blog/about/ceo-blog/gaming-to-learn-how-tvo-is-making-math-fun-for-21st-century-learners

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__Michael Caulfield explains ‘Document Decomposition’ . . . his term that describes ways Federated Wiki – Wikity, for example, promotes his/ones deeper thinking and connection-making , in aid of rhetorical analysis, via writing notes-cards-annotations-blog posts _

How Document Decomposition Helps Overcome Bias

How Document Decomposition Helps Overcome Bias

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Seeking Ontario Community College or University team pursuing the September 30 eCampus Ontario Proposal for OER. If you need an experienced OER advocate, researcher, and online instructional designer, I need an OER-based action research project for my dissertation. Will trade personal time and skills for the opportunity to collaborate with you. Ideally you have institutional and faculty member commitment in place. Will help with the proposal as needed. Please connect and contact via inMessage or email.

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Canadian high schools getting creative in push to raise graduation rates

Canadian high schools getting creative in push to raise graduation rates

theglobeandmail.com
Schools across the country are working to bring back students who left before completing High School

Three retired guidance counsellors from an Ontario school board will be reaching out to hundreds of wayward high-school students this month, making phone calls as part of an inventive strategy to persuade dropouts to return to class.

Strengthening graduation rates is a priority across the country, and, as Canadian students head back to school this fall, educators are also focused on the thousands who have turned their backs on the classroom.

They may drop out because of personal issues or missed assignments. But the evidence is clear: More education helps students lead healthier and more productive lives. One study, by a former federally funded non-profit organization, estimated that high-school dropouts cost Canada’s social and criminal justice systems $1.3-billion each year.

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__”OER are a great way to enrich and personalize instruction alongside core instructional resources. But – there is real value in core instructional content presented systematically and updated regularly by invested authors. Today’s highest-quality, most in-demand proprietary content is the product of an ecosystem that recognizes and rewards that value. That isn’t likely to change in the future.” – Curtiss Barnes _ http://goo.gl/jb7Vkq __ https://lnkd.in/epQ36yx

Oregon Business - The Professor and the Pragmatist

Oregon Business – The Professor and the Pragmatist

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How Lumen Learning aims to pry open the multibillion-dollar textbook market.
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__”Canada Student Grant amounts increased by 50 percent; from $2,000 to $3,000 per year for full-time students from low-income families; from $800 to $1,200 per year for students from middle-income families; and from $1,200 to $1,800 per year for part-time students from low-income families. These increases will help over 270,000 students in Ontario alone. – when combined with provincial student grants, the average full-time undergraduate student from a low-income family in Ontario could receive up to $6,000 in grants. __

Increasing Canada Student Grants and revising Repayment Assistance Plan
Pursuing post-secondary education passions now more accessible and affordable – Canada News Centre
For generations, Canadian parents told their children a similar story: if you want a good job, stay in school. . .
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Cable Green

U.S. consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88% since 2006. U.S. Bureau of Labor Stats: http://ow.ly/SNmG303Oa14 #OER #opentextbooks

College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006 : The Economics Daily: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006
College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006 : The Economics Daily: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Back to school season is here! Whether your kids are off to nursery school, college, or a private elem…

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__A relative importance is determined for each item listed in the Consumer Price Index and All items total 100.00 _ Examples: College tuition and fees is 1.771% while some Items have relatively small impact on the rate of inflation including _ Boys’ and girls’ footwear 0.168 _ Citrus fruits 0.160 _ Educational/College books and supplies 0.160 _ Canned fruits and vegetables 0.157 _ Boys’ apparel 0.157 _ See the listed items in the Consumer Price Index _ http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/cpi_08162016.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006
College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006 : The Economics Daily: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Textbook Affordability, The Investigation into the Rising Cost of Textbooks, University of Michigan Library
Microsoft Word – SPOTextbookBackground.doc – SPOTextbookBackground.pdf
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__David Wiley blogs about Renewable Assessments Openness Stigmergy and Continuous Co-Creation. I follow the train of thought but switch track when David asserts that “it is impossible for stigmergy to emerge in the context of commercially published resources” _ I’m open to the possibilities of optimizing the benefits of both-all types of educational resources / openly licensed and copyright

David Wiley – Renewable Assessments: Openness, Stigmergy, and Continuous Co-Creation
Renewable Assessments: Openness, Stigmergy, and Continuous Co-Creation

David Wiley, Openness Stigmergy Continuous Co-Creation, Renewable Assessments

Enabling Stigmergic Collaboration on Open Textbooks – Task Division – Brad Payne
Enabling Stigmergic Collaboration on Open Textbooks – Task Division – Brad Payne
BCcampus Open Textbook Project, Brad Payne, Enabling Stigmergic Collaboration on Open Textbooks
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BCcampus

The materials, research, and support are there to push open educational resources to the forefront – It is time to turn the page on unaffordable textbooks and every student is integral in that process.

UVic’s Student Society brings OER awareness to campus with #TextbookBroke social media campaign  

UVic’s Student Society brings OER awareness to campus with #TextbookBroke social media campaign

open.bccampus.ca
Textbook broke campaigns are popping up around campuses as textbook prices contin…

__Also _CBC Interview with Student Union reps at Thompson Rivers University in BC launching BCcampus Open Textbook Campaign _ The sooner that many consumers use these free products the better – it’s the feedback from everyone’s personal experiences with open textbooks that will inform the way forward [Note opportunity cost not calculated, BC public funds support Faculty Staff who may take time away from classes to edit/create free textbooks] _ http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/kamloops/open-textbook-campaign-launched-at-tru-by-student-s-union-1.3741224

UVic’s Student Society brings OER awareness to campus with #TextbookBroke social media campaign | BCcampus OpenEd Resources
UVic’s Student Society brings OER awareness to campus with #TextbookBroke social media campaign   | BCcampus OpenEd Resources

#TextbookBroke social media campaign, BCcampus OpenEd Resources, OER awareness, UVic’s Student Society

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__Thanks, Rajiv, for your passion about this topic_ I’d suggest asking your fellow academics for their peer-review this paper [and Ethan Senack’s too] to add clarity and supporting facts about publishing / economics / business best practices re: supply management printing, distribution warehousing etc. __

New edition heartbreak

New edition heartbreak

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Every three years the commercial textbook industry slightly reorganizes its content, adds a few sentences here and there, changes the pagination, …

__You might be interested in this bit too: __Pearson Education’s Major Shareholders include many Funds and Institutions which indicates how broadly held these shares are as retirement investments of working-class and middle-class people in the UK, US & Canada [as is the case with most publishers]. Notable among Pearson’s shareholders are Great Britain’s National Union of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, Unison Staff Pension Fund [UK Labour Union] _ http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-major.html?t=PSO&region=usa&culture=en-US&ownerCountry=USA

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New edition heartbreak – Rajiv Jhangiani, Ph.D.
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__The World’s 37 Largest Book Publishers 2016 _ Many working-class / middle-class stakeholders are seeking a sustainable/prosperous publishing industry including individual mutual-fund investors, labour unions’ pension funds. . . – financial industry analysts with shareholder distribution details might share – it would be insightful to have that perspective

The World’s 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016
The World’s 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016

__Pearson Education’s Major Shareholders include many Funds and Institutions which indicates how broadly held these shares are as retirement investments of working-class and middle-class people in the UK, US & Canada. Notable among Pearson shareholders are Great Britain’s National Union of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, Unison Staff Pension Fund [UK Labour Union] _ http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-major.html?t=PSO&region=usa&culture=en-US&ownerCountry=USA

Shareholders Major PSO Pearson PLC ADR including Fund and Institutional
Shareholders Major PSO Pearson PLC ADR including Fund and Institutional
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Open textbook campaign launched at TRU by student's union

Open textbook campaign launched at TRU by student’s union

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Cara Yarzab

So excited to launch mPower today! It is probably the most challenging, rewarding work with the best team ever. Hopefully it will have the same impact on Ontario students that “Read All About it” did for me as a child.

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mPower | Educator Portal
Gaming to learn: How TVO is making math fun for 21st-century learners | TVO.org
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__In addition to the flipped classroom approach, CRAFT aims to enhance course content by deploying online mini-lectures along with interactive exercises and written content which replaced students’ need to purchase a book in some courses. __

Flipped classroom project at North Carolina-Greensboro produces promising results

Flipped classroom project at North Carolina-Greensboro produces promising results

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Faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro experiment …
CRAFT – University of North Carolina flipped-classroom model, CRAFT Create curate content Replace lectures with Active and Flipped Team-based learning
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__From their offices on Boylston & Summer Streets over to Chris Sweeney’s Massachusetts Ave office is a quick trip. . . if the ‘gang’ of them wanted to pay a little visit to voice their objections at this slanderous ‘Mafia’ characterization _

The Demise of the Textbook Mafia

The Demise of the Textbook Mafia

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Textbooks are antiquated and incredibly expensive. With the industry facing extinction, Massachusetts is poised to revolutionize educational p…

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__Textbook Costs Research Sources for Journalists and Policymakers: US Government Accountability Office GAO 2005 College Textbooks Report Highlights _ https://goo.gl/G7uWfd _ GAO 2005 College Textbooks Report PDF_ https://goo.gl/M30Jdl _ Phil Hill – How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks? 2016_ https://goo.gl/V2LJiS _ NACS Key Findings Report: Student Watch 2015-16 _ https://goo.gl/JMcNXC _ Student Monitor Textbooks Key Findings 2016_ https://goo.gl/pbB1b0 _ AAP Association of American Publishers – Cut Costs _ https://goo.gl/yjCMXD _ OER advocates are naturally bias, and, before using their quotes, it’s best to check trustworthiness of their data sources in seeking the whole truth.

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Fundamentals of Business : Virginia Tech’s New Open Textbook » OPENatVT http://ow.ly/yYar303FgUN #OER

Fundamentals of Business : Virginia Tech’s New Open Textbook

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Virginia Tech Libraries and the Pamplin College of Business are pleased to announce publication of Fundamentals of Business, a full color, 440+ page free online textbook for Virginia Tech’s Foundations of Business course. This Virginia Tech course averages 14 sections with over 700 students in Fall semesters. The textbook is an open educational resource, and may be customized and redistributed non-commercially with attribution.

Cover of Fundamentals of Business

(See cover credits below)

The book is the work of Prof. Stephen Skripak and his team of faculty colleagues from the Pamplin College of Business, Anastasia Cortes and Richard Parsons, open education librarian Anita Walz, graphic designers Brian Craig and Trevor Finney, and student peer reviewers Jonathan De Pena, Nina Lindsay, and Sachi Soni. Assistive Technologies consulted on the accessibility of the textbook.

 

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Why schools should seriously consider open source alternatives. By: Charlie Reisinger http://ow.ly/K37Q303EqD2 #OER #GoOpen

Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

opensource.com
Schools can save money and provide better teaching and learning with open source.

__Charlie Reisinger, IT Director: “There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees. . . [so] At Penn Manor School District [-], Linux and open source software are the foundations for more than 4000 student laptops, classroom computers, and district servers.”

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D2L

Some Ohio University professors ditch the textbooks, and the prices. http://ow.ly/29au303BSXO

Some Ohio University professors ditch the textbooks, and the prices | The Post

Some Ohio University professors ditch the textbooks, and the prices | The Post

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__At the beginning of each school year, many articles are published about textbooks/courseware_ Let’s assess them and grade each for their factual accuracy, completeness and cited data sources – this article is based on a ‘spending’ premise that would earn it an automatic F for citing College Board data inaccurately i.e. _”The average undergraduate student at a public, four-year university spends $1,300 on textbooks and school supplies per year, according to 2015-16 data from College Board’s website.” _ http://mfeldstein.com/reprise-how-much-community-college-students-actually-pay-textbooks/ _ http://www.nacs.org/Portals/NACS/Uploaded_Documents/PDF/Research/IND.022.07.16_SW_KeyFindings.pdf _ http://www.studentmonitor.com/s16/textbooks.pdf _ http://www.aapbacktocampus.org/cutcosts/

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__Michael Feldstein – A quick overview of how flipped classroom, learning analytics, and adaptive learning can help teachers help their students. https //https://lnkd.in/eNPANnv

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Vala Afshar

My new Huffington Post article emphasizes the critical strategic imperative for companies and CEOs to invest in creating a business model innovation sandbox. The post features Saul Kaplan, a business model innovation expert, author and Founder of the Business Innovation Factory https://lnkd.in/d6G5UNA R “Ray” Wang

CEOs Must Create The Business Model Innovation Sandbox

CEOs Must Create The Business Model Innovation Sandbox

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The worst place to develop a new business model is from within your existing business …

__Disrupting Higher Education; Vala Afshar recently wrote “I strongly believe that two of the most disruptive executive thought leaders in higher education are Dr. Marni Baker Stein and Phil Komarny at the University of Texas System (UTx) and the Institute for Transformational Learning (ITL).” see_ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vala-afshar/disrupting-higher-educati_b_11341146.html _ AND _ The Future Is Now by Marni Baker Stein _ https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-beta/future-now _

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__McGraw-Hill Education today announced the launch of Wonders 2017, a newly redesigned and expanded suite of English Language Arts (ELA) solutions, available now for the 2016-2017 school year. _http //www.mhreadingwonders.com/ _ My Pronk&Associates friends will be interested to see the ways this M-H program has evolved to include a number of online digital components, yet this is primarily a print-based program, and very similar to the ELA creative work one would see in Pronk’s portfolio

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McGraw-Hill Education Unveils All-New Suite of Wonders K-6 English Language Arts Solutions for the 2016-2017 School Year

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RedShelf raises $4M to shake up college textbook market

RedShelf raises $4M to shake up college textbook market

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Truth: you #neverstoplearning when building and launching a product. Proud to be part of this team.

Gaming to learn: How TVO is making math fun for 21st-century learners

Gaming to learn: How TVO is making math fun for 21st-century learners

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The celebration won’t end here as we still have the Paralympics to look forward to and the stories behind this monumental operation firsthand next month . http://bit.ly/2c3a1vZ

Getty Images at Rio 2016

Vimeo“With the curtain having just closed on the 2016 Olympic Games and therefore the Getty Images Rio office, I’d like to share this video giving you a…

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Find out more about our Campbell’s Soup Revitalization #Package #Design #Campbells http://ow.ly/rN7Q303sVCS

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Campbell’s Soup RevitalizationShikatani Lacroix Design Inc.

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__Is PageKicker an apt name : ) _ will Faculty offer this cost savings option to their students by adding the ebook outcome of this app to their syllabus / resources? _PageKicker promises “The app would use an algorithm to search for relevant topical content, analyze the material, convert everything into an e-readable format, assemble the finished product, and deliver it within a few minutes. “Push a button, build a book,” __

Duo Developing App to Create Open E-Books

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__In the past 16 years, the Hewlett Foundation has invested $190 million in OER [WTF] – not including admin. costs – funding organisations working on content development, the creation of intelligent policy regarding open content, and more. “The next key piece is for organizations offering Open Educational Resources to become financially self-sustaining [-] to find ways to, at a minimum, recover their costs so that they can grow. It has to reach that scale.” ~ Barbara Chow, Program Director __

Investing in the Future of Open Educational Resources

oeru.org

About OERu

The OERu makes higher education accessible to everyone. Coordinated by the OER Foundation, an independent,  not-for-profit organisation, the OERu network of institutions offers free online courses for students worldwide. The OERu partners also provide affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions.

Wayne Mackintosh (PhD)

Director of the OER Foundation and UNESCO-ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic.

OER Foundation Board of Directors

  • Robin Day (PhD), Independent Chair of the Board of Directors, New Zealand
  • Wayne Mackintosh (PhD), UNESCO-ICDE Chair in OER, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand.
  • Jim Taylor (PhD), Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Rory McGreal (PhD), UNESCO-COL Chair in OER, Athabasca University, Canada
  • David Porter (Ed.D.), Chief Executive Officer Designate, eCampusOntario, Canada 
  • Philip Cullen, Chief Operating Officer, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
  • Christopher Staynes, Deputy Mayor, Dunedin City Council,New Zealand

OERu Council of Chief Executive Officers

The OERu Council of Chief Executive Officers advises the OERu. The Council is an assembly of senior leaders called together for consultation on strategic higher education futures.

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__OER – OCW requires substantial initial and ongoing investments of human labor. [CALCULATIONS REQUIRED]  _ Fortunately re-allocation of Staff time is not required since Faculty & Policymakers will find the necessary expertise and support by accessing an established ecosystem of creative educational resources professionals as ‘work-for-hire’ contractors – Lumen Learning would be among this vendor group

Lumen Learning’s College and University OER Policy Development Tool

We [David Wiley – Lumen Learning] offer the following assumptions when developing an institution-level OER policy:

  • Having an institution-level OER policy signifies support from the leadership, and creates a safe environment for faculty to explore the potential of OER.
  • To realize the full potential of OER on teaching and learning, colleges and universities must develop and offer entire programs with OER.
  • To realize the full potential of OER, college and university governance officials must demonstrate their support by making OER policy that is aligned with the college or  university vision and mission, and with a strategic purpose.
  • An institution-level OER policy supports the sustainability of OER programs.
  • Successful college and university OER programs are led from multiple directions: from the top by Boards, CEOs, executive teams; from the classroom by faculty/subject matter experts; and from outside the classroom by student affairs experts providing cross-functional co-curricular support.
  • An institution-level OER Policy is best executed when written in collaboration with all stakeholders—faculty, governance committees, students, staff, leaders, boards—in a culture that embraces the premise of “Open.”
  • Financial and non-financial incentives can help colleges and universities nurture the application, creation, and sustainability of OER.
  • OER creates more opportunities for adapting existing resources for a better fit with local contextual and cultural requirements.
  • The application, creation, and sustainability of OER results in higher-quality curricula and course materials, more efficient and effective teaching, and improved student access, success, and completion.
  • An institution-level OER policy complies with the Creative Commons licensing standards, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, applicable college or university, state and federal Intellectual Property and copyright laws, and accepted best practices of the OER community including a succinct and well-accepted definition of OER1.
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__ I feel great hearing this conversation and the shared perspectives _and having a connection to our many shared memories_ Justin & Ron, I am feeling very proud of Hip Canadians – Don __

Justin Trudeau talks to Ron MacLean about The Tragically Hip

Justin Trudeau talks to Ron MacLean about The Tragically Hip

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While he waited for the band to take the stage in the Rogers K-Rock Centre, Trudeau spoke briefly with the CBC’s Ron MacLean, who is still in Rio for the Olympics, about The Tragically Hip.

Trudeau said he was wishing all week that he was in Rio for the Games, “but tonight I’m glad I’m in Kingston instead.”

Trudeau said he had mixed feelings about the show, because it was both a chance to say goodbye and to celebrate Downie, who is battling terminal brain cancer.

Trudeau spoke about becoming a fan of the Hip in university and at one point wishing the band would make it big internationally, though now he’s glad they’ve remained a Canadian staple, saying they are “an inevitable and essential part of what we are and who we are as a country.”

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__Hey, Usain, yeah, over here, so, give us a smile will ya? . . . © Cameron Spencer _ if there was a Gold Metal for sports photography. . . _ Usain Bolt_Cameron Spencer_Getty_589521390

__And in the foreground is Andre De Grasse from Toronto, who won 3 Olympic Metals for Canada too!

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__“Students spend $1,200 a Year for Textbooks” is not based in fact, it’s about half that much, but it’s become a viral myth [via advocate/lobbyist’s ‘Textbook Cost Crisis’ theme] that has contributed to OER movement momentum __

Textbook Spending Graphic via aapbacktocampus org

Cut Costs

aapbacktocampus.org

The $1,200 a Year for Textbooks Myth

News headlines often repeat the College Board’s $1,200 a year figure for textbooks. Those headlines are often misleading and used out of context. Here’s why:

  • This is an estimated budgeting average from university financial aid offices.
  • This number influences the “total cost of attendance” which affects the amount of financial aid students can get.
  • The number includes supplies, which encompasses computer software, peripherals and lab supplies.
  • The College Board itself states that expenses in this category “do not necessarily reflect actual student expenditures.”

 

e-Literate’s Phil Hill recently analyzed why this figure is misleading.

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Making the most of your home by Nancy McPherson, Owner of Elegant Strategies for your home

Making the most of your home by Nancy McPherson, Owner of Elegant Strategies for your home

Nancy McPherson on LinkedIn

At Elegant Strategies, our specialty is staging occupied homes.

__Excellent advice to optimize potential Buyers’ interest. Homeowners tend not see their home objectively and may have some difficultly appreciating their Real Estate Agent’s advice about the ROI / value-added in Professional Staging & Professional Photography. [Note: I understand it is a challenge for Photographers to achieve the appearance of a room’s natural lighting and realistic room dimensions – perhaps this image of the living room is a bit too stretched / distorted on the width and a bit too bright / flat

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Cable Green

Your next college textbook may be free (and open). The Wichita Eagle http://ow.ly/XvNN303mWN5 #OER OpenStax

Your next college textbook may be free

Your next college textbook may be free

kansas.com

OpenStax is publishing quality new textbooks, including one just written by a Wichita State University professor, and giving them away online.

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__”When it comes to creating textbooks, OpenStax doesn’t upend the traditional publishing process [i.e. outsourcing much of the work to Domestic and Offshore Developers, Art, Design & Production Studios etc]. In fact, OpenStax tends to work with an editorial company to produce a textbook. [WiseWire _http://www.wisewire.com/ _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.” _http://www.pcmag.com/commentary/346309/free-textbooks-from-rice-openstax-too-good-to-be-true_

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"This is my time and I'm recording it": Carol Highsmith and the nature of giving - Creative Commons

“This is my time and I’m recording it”: Carol Highsmith and the nature of giving – Creative Commons

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Photographer Carol Highsmith has donated her life’s work of tens of thousands of photos to the Library of Congress during her decades long career. Originally trained as an architectural photographer, Highsmith embarked on an ambitious project to photograph every American state in the 1980s, traveling up to ten months a year across the country to photograph small towns, big cities, roadside attractions, and everything in between. Highsmith’s photographs have appeared in films and television as well as in books, gallery exhibits, and even on a postage stamp. In 2009, Highsmith was chosen as one of four women highlighted as part of the Library of Congress’s Women’s History Month profiles. Highsmith has been in the news lately due to her lawsuit regarding Getty Images’s use of her images.

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TVO

TVO

For many men, career defines much more than just what they do at work. It’s also a matter of identity. So as they approach their golden years, how are men dealing with the downshift into retirement?

The Reality of Retirement

The Reality of Retirement

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Author Lyndsay Green discusses her conversations about the pros and cons of retirement with people on its cusp.
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__2 very interesting projects in the Open Content Program, Thanks, Cable. Noted: “since 2013 the Getty [http://www.getty.edu/] has released over 100,000 more images through the Open Content Program, and we are increasingly using open licenses for Getty-developed content including selected digital publications, Research Institute archival finding aids, Getty Museum online collection data, Getty Conservation Institute teaching and learning resources”

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__Prof. Rajiv Jhangiani’s take on educational resources’ Cost, Outcomes, Use, Perceptions issues _ http://www.slideshare.net/thatpsychprof/oer-research-brief _ The Faculty/Cost Savings Paradox [Slide17] and ‘Textbook Price Increases’ Graph [Slide 12] are 2 of many critical thinking challenges for researchers __ An issues primer for Faculty and prerequisite reading for Policymakers is the 2005 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on College Textbooks: Enhanced Offerings Appear to Drive Recent Price Increases _ https://lnkd.in/E6eic5 _

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__Personal advocacy with medical practitioners is important/empowering and the notion that information between patients and doctors should be equal and transparent makes sense. _

This Engineer Found His Own Brain Tumor Thanks To Open Medical Data

This Engineer Found His Own Brain Tumor Thanks To Open Medical Data

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__Guidebook to Research on Open Educational Resources Adoption by David Wiley et al. _ Research designed to provide cost ‘savings’ evidence supporting OER Advocates’ Policy objectives_ http //openedgroup.org/toolkit _ Given there is a mountain of existing research on Textbooks, it would be interesting to review other research docs with A – B Comparison / Evaluation of Textbooks_ if possible, please provide sources, Thx.

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__Donald Trump Melts Down on the Cover of Time Magazine _ Illustrator Edel Rodriguez Captures Candidate in Midst of Turmoil _ The illustration is simple and succinct, capturing the billionaire’s face oozing down like a lit candle, with the spare cover line: “Meltdown.” It was created by Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban-born artist known for taking on tough topics such as gun control, racial relations in the U.S. and gender equality. _https://lnkd.in/eszXqBR

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Fast Company – The Music Industry’s New War Is About So Much More Than #Copyright http://ow.ly/VRwh303bbx3

The Music Industry's New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright

The Music Industry’s New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright

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We’re listening to more songs than ever thanks to YouTube. Why that isn’t necessarily music to. . .
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I am expecting a big move to OER in Ontario and internationally : The young faculty members are supporting OERs (buy-in) They are technology savvy and can create high quality of materials/apps The technology is widely available to support it

__Yes, I agree Naza. and I certainly am an advocate of enabling Faculty to be engaged as they wish to be in the creative process. As you know, David Porter was selected by the eCampusOntario Board to be its new CEO [ https://www.ecampusontario.ca/news/bcit-associate-vice-president-dr-david-porter-selected-as-new-ceo-of-ecampusontario ] and, when he arrives Sept.12, his OER priorities will soon become clear.

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__Student Monitor and the National Association of College Stores (NACS) Surveys Report College Students Spent an Average of $600 on Textbooks for 2015-2016 Academic Year _ The College Board uses new print textbook costs [$1300] within its Students’ Budget, it needs to also provide research supported Student decision-making and spending data to explain financial options. _ http //https://lnkd.in/eynZtes

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__In October 2015, the United States District Court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the operators of Sci-Hub. As the court said, “Given the importance of scientific research and the critical role that copyright plays in promoting it, the public interest weighs in favor of an injunction.” __

AAP Overview on Sci-Hub and Scholarly Publishing

AAP Overview on Sci-Hub and Scholarly Publishing

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__Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen _ David Wiley thinks OER are a lot like sunlight, musing, “If we can fruitfully compare OER to sunlight and Lumen to a renewable energy company, should we [guess who will be first to] compare commercial textbooks to oil and traditional publishers to extractive energy companies?” __ David Wiley, evangelizing open content with metaphors of good vs. evil since 1998. _ http //https://lnkd.in/evr6aQY _painting source: http //https://lnkd.in/e4Jkcsx

 

David Wiley _”I’ve been thinking about how to answer several questions I’m often asked. People who don’t work directly with Lumen sometimes have a hard time understanding what we do, and this leads to a range of confused questions like, “What does Lumen do, anyway?”, “How can you sell OER if they’re free?”, and “If OER are free, why would anyone pay you?” I believe the simplest way to answer to many questions about Lumen is by analogy” _ __analogy ‘create electricity from sunlight’ __ ‘make effective use of OER’ __ Professionals’ Fees in Value-Added Engagements and Brand Names Quality

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__OER advocates will (and should) continue to encourage faculty and institutions to adopt open content says TJ Bliss, a program officer in the Education Program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. __

Open Educational Practice: Unleashing the Potential of OER (EdSurge News)

Open Educational Practice: Unleashing the Potential of OER (EdSurge News)

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It’s been a good year for open educational resources (OER). Nearly 40 community coll…

__Citing Tidewater Community College’s “Z-Degree,” Bliss claims “OER, which are free, openly licensed and repurposeable educational materials, have been shown to measurably decrease the cost of attending college, in some cases by up to 25 percent.” _ It makes sense to me to give them a pass on making exaggerated savings claims _ “Students are expected to save around $1,200 per year, approximately a quarter of the total cost-of-degree at TCC” _ where 1st generation Students from low-income families are concerned _ http://lumenlearning.com/success-story-tidewater/ _

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Come join the conversation on the good, the bad and the ugly of current eLearning practices. This September 13th, 2016, Lydia Sani and Jeremy Friedberg lead Interactive Ontario’s September iLunch discussion on digital leaning – covering traditional eLearning to gamified learning – why you should care, and what’s happening right here in Ontario.

iLunch - eLearning: Successfully "boring" people since 1992!

iLunch – eLearning: Successfully “boring” people since 1992!

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Five (5) Decisions I Would Change During My Time at Flat World Knowledge

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With the news this week of Flat World Knowledge’s sale of the content business, I thought it might make some sense…
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Five (5) Decisions I Would Change During My Time at Flat World Knowledge | Jeff Shelstad | Pulse | LinkedIn
Flat World Education Appoints Jade Roth as Chief Executive Officer | Business Wire

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__Thanks Jeff, appreciate the insights – please point us to the source/news release of Flat World Knowledge’s sale of the content business

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We’re hiring a new Manager of Student Relations and Development — looking for an exceptional ‘people person’ and savvy administrator who is passionate about creating exceptional student experiences, working with student leaders. If that’s you, get in touch!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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__In his excellent piece, ‘The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning’ by Kevin Kelly, author, futurist and founder of Wired, he postulates, “In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet! The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning. It is only becoming. If we could climb into a time machine, journey 30 years into the future, and from that vantage look back to today, we’d realize that most of the greatest products running the lives of citizens in 2050 were not invented until after 2016.” __

The Internet is in its Infancy

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Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an ambitious entrepreneur back in 1985 at the dawn of the internet?
Kevin Kelly (Wired) – The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning
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The Internet Is Still at the Beginning of Its Beginning
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__Stephen Downes says “Personally I think [Faculty] just don’t care [about costs]. If they cared at all, they would have at least become aware of OERs, even if they found them to be of lower quality. But for three quarters of faculty, awareness remains elusive, which means they aren’t even looking.” Phil Hill also suggests “that faculty don’t actually care about student costs” in his article _ https://lnkd.in/e3ji3UZ New OER Survey: The disconnect between faculty caring and assigning __ https://lnkd.in/et3R7iB

Babson Survey: Faculty attitudes, opinions, and use of OER

Babson Survey: Faculty attitudes, opinions, and use of OER

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__To tap part-timers for additional Faculty labour needed, part of this AtD grant will be used to develop a framework to recognize and incentivize adjunct faculty. That framework may center around paying adjuncts more than they receive now or guaranteeing them interviews for full-time positions if they serve on a shared governance committee, develop curriculum or provide some additional services to the college, he said. Many adjuncts report that they are often overlooked when full-time positions open up. __

Achieving the Dream looks to increase adjunct faculty engagement

Achieving the Dream looks to increase adjunct faculty engagement

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__NBCNEWS Video in Aug. 2015 Article: “College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977 _ How Rising Textbook Prices Mirror Rising Drug Costs” _ “They’ve been able to keep raising prices because students are ‘captive consumers.’ They have to buy whatever books they’re assigned,” said Nicole Allen, Lobbyist _ http //https://lnkd.in/eQhDiwe _ Misinformation – I believe it’s in everyone’s best interest when the Public Policy changes are guided by fully articulated, accurate information

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__Thanks Phil, well done. Ideally this message will get through to David Coleman President and Chief Executive Officer and Jeremy Singer Chief Operating Officer at The College Board and they will arrange to add necessary details into the College Board Student Budget information and incorporate relevant sources found in your research _

Reprise: How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks?

Reprise: How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks?

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[ed. The basic arguments in this post were covered here at e-Literate in 2015 and in The Chro…

__The AFFORDABLE COLLEGE TEXTBOOK ACT is one case where US Legislators [quoting Phil] “use the language of students spending $1,300 or colleges saving students $1,300” as a result of mainstream media reporting and or OER lobbyists. This is a snip from their press release – “According to College Board, the average student at a four-year public institution of higher education spent $1,225 on college books and supplies during the 2014-15 academic year.” _ http://www.king.senate.gov/download/?id=D27574A8-3B92-4046-A1DB-BC44166379EF&CFID=9586&CFTOKEN=54307848&inline=file _

__Given the confusion that has resulted from misleading uses of The College Board Student Budget figures I believe it’s best for them to be as clear as possible about Books and Supplies and to cite the sources and costs of Items that are the basis of their Budget figures.

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Some Great tips. I hate when the keyboard does not automatically match the required text input #UX #Design

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__Ontario’s Open Government initiative will help create the transparent, accessible government the people of Ontario deserve. __

Submit your idea for the open government consultation

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Next-Generation of Open Education Resources (OER) on User-Friendly, Approachable Platforms | Online Learning Insights

Next-Generation of Open Education Resources (OER) on User-Friendly, Approachable Platforms

Next-Generation of Open Education Resources (OER) on User-Friendly, Approachable Platforms

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Open Education Resources (OER) have been around for some time yet few educators  make use of the thousands of free resources available online, mainly due to barriers that include searchability and quality concerns. This is about to change. The next generation of OER will be on platforms that are user-friendly, intuitive and make finding and sharing Open Education Resources less time-consuming and more approachable.

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__How is the current penetration of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the US higher education market? Which factors influence faculty choice of required course materials? What have been successful and unsuccessful strategies to increase OER penetration in campuses across America? Write down your answers to these questions before you continue reading the Article _ http://www.moodlenews.com/2016/open-educational-resources-in-the-running-for-the-hearts-minds-of-american-faculty-but-challenges-ahead-according-to-study/

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__Canada Olympic House opened its doors Thursday. And for the athletes and their families who will depend on the location for information, hospitality, and a taste of Canada, a select few Toronto artists flew down to Brazil ahead of the games to give the space a special touch. _ https://lnkd.in/ec-nCYv __ https://lnkd.in/eCMgERf

Rio 2016: Canada Olympic House Video Tour

YouTube   Canada Olympic House at Rio 2016 will serve as an oasis for family & friends of Team Canada athletes.

Canada Olympic House opens in Rio | Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games
Canada Olympic House opens in Rio | Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games
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Learnography is a registered trade name of Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) _”Our Design team is looking for a Manager. Not just any Manager, but one who is obsessed with efficiency, innovation, big picture goals, and uncompromised client and team satisfaction. The successful candidate will lead a highly skilled and professional team to provide innovative, technology-driven solutions that support both self-directed and facilitated professional and organizational learning opportunities, for a diverse array of clients.”

Design Manager - Learnography

Design Manager – Learnography

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7 Best Practices for Deploying Lecture Capture Campuswide -- Campus Technology

7 Best Practices for Deploying Lecture Capture Campuswide — Campus Technology

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__Cambridge University Press has published its 2015/16 annual report. “Chief Executive Peter Phillips said: ‘While the difficult conditions in global markets may persist for some time, our growth comes from the way we adapt to change. It is important that we continue to innovate based on what our customers now need, experimenting with new business models and seeking out creative partnerships.” https://lnkd.in/eKAJJAj

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__Proposed Rail Deck Park: stretching from Blue Jays Way [CN Tower / Rogers Centre] to Bathurst Street [Fort York], the City of Toronto’s planned Rail Deck Park would stitch together the urban fabric while providing a vital green space to the growing core. __

Tory Announces Plan for 21-Acre "Rail Deck Park" Downtown

Tory Announces Plan for 21-Acre “Rail Deck Park” Downtown

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__Cengage Learning announced today the integration of the Pathbrite digital portfolio app into MindTap, Cengage Learning’s flagship learning platform. The integration grants current students free lifetime access to a Pathbrite digital portfolio. 2016 08 03 _ http //https://lnkd.in/eE9uCkx

Cengage Learning Integrates Free Digital Portfolio Access into MindTap
Cengage Learning Integrates Free Digital Portfolio Access into MindTap
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__”When approaching a publisher with a proposal for an edited volume, there are two things to bear in mind: first, know the difference between a successful grant application and an engaging book proposal; and secondly, know the difference between a special edition of a journal and a multi-authored collection – because they are not siblings, only distant cousins.” __

Advice from a senior university press editor | University Affairs

Advice from a senior university press editor | University Affairs

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__People think HP charges too much for inkjet printer ink cartridges [approx $.15 per page] The Hewlett Foundation Grantees who are creating OER / Open Textbooks could arrange to provide Students with Savings Coupons for HP ink cartridges needed to print their downloaded textbooks. _Graph source _ https //https://lnkd.in/e348-mv

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__”The publisher’s rapid, large-scale impact is due to its unique open education resource business model: OpenStax uses philanthropic grants to produce [via work-for-hire publishing company Wisewire.com] high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print” – i.e. $52 for this pictured Student’s US History Textbook. NOTE: see BCcampus Open Textbooks $2M savings stats at _https://lnkd.in/eXxv5xd __ https://lnkd.in/eZYakJf

OpenStax ranks the colleges that save the most with free textbooks

OpenStax ranks the colleges that save the most with free textbooks

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Professor Emeritus Seymour Papert, pioneer of constructionist learning, dies at 88

Professor Emeritus Seymour Papert, pioneer of constructionist learning, dies at 88

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__What is design thinking and why should companies care? History and background plus a quick overview and visualization of 6 phases of the design thinking process. Approaching problem solving with a hands-on, user-centric mindset leads to innovation, and innovation can lead to differentiation and a competitive advantage. _ https //https://lnkd.in/egeceX4

Design Thinking, nngroup, Nielsen Norman Group, Jacob Nielsen, NNG,
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__Renowned photographer Carol M. Highsmith [http //https://lnkd.in/e2WQDC7] is reportedly suing Getty Images for $1 billion, claiming that the stock photo company committed copyright infringement through the “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs documenting America. _ http //https://lnkd.in/exutJ9k

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__”You will be required to think more deeply about your design as a brand.” __ Design Thinker, Chief Open Design Officer on Board of Directors creating Corporate Culture, Public Sector Policy __

The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)

The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)

99u.com
A handy guide to navigating what’s coming up next in the design world.
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__A Matt Collins illustration _ http //www.mattcollins.com/ _ featured in a NYT story about Howard Stern’s interviewing skills _article_ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/arts/howard-stern-sirius.html?_r=0

 

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__B&N Annual Costs $550 x 1000+ Students = $750,000 Savings? Phil Hill asks “How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks?” _ https://lnkd.in/e5G3_v6 _ https://lnkd.in/ef68aYP

Barnes and Noble Flat-rate Textbook Program

Barnes and Noble Flat-rate Textbook Program

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Barnes and Noble Flat-rate Textbook Program Lees-McRae College is excited to announce a new flat-r…
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__Unity Technologies [unity3d.com] is revolutionizing the game industry with Unity, the breakthrough development platform for creating games and interactive 3D and 2D experiences like training simulations and medical and architectural visualizations, across mobile, desktop, web, console and other platforms. __ https://lnkd.in/eF_aYXa

This Beautiful Demo Shows How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come

This Beautiful Demo Shows How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come

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Elon Musk recently explained at Code Conference why he believes we’re all living in a si…
Unity Technologies This Beautiful Demo Shows How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come
This Beautiful Demo Shows How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come
Unity – Game Engine
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__PEARSON NEW APPOINTMENT: Kevin Capitani, President – Pearson North America, will oversee K-12 and higher education learning services in the U.S. and Canada, a K-12 virtual school, online services and workforce development. Additionally, from Austin, he will oversee supply chain operations, procurement, facilities and customer service. A Software Exec. SAP – GM COO SAP America West Region – VP Business Operations SAP Asia Pacific Japan – Responsibility for one of SAP’s 5 largest Global Customers.& SAP Global Customer Sales, Services, Training, Development __

Pearson Education names Austin's Kevin Capitani as North America president - Austin Business Journal

Pearson Education names Austin’s Kevin Capitani as North America president – Austin Business Journal

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The longtime software executive has taken on a new job with its own set of unique challenges.

__Pearson 2016 half-year results_ https://www.pearson.com/news/announcements/2016/july/pearson-2016-half-year-results.html _ In Higher Education, “Pearson signed more than 30 significant large-scale, enterprise adoptions of cross-discipline digital content, where content is purchased via an upfront course fee and integrated with university IT systems”

 

Pearson 2016 half-year results Kevin Capitani, President of Pearson North America, Pearson Education
Pearson 2016 half-year results
After Missing Revenue Expectations, Pearson Education Names New President | EdSurge News
Pearson Education names Austin’s Kevin Capitani as North America president – Austin Business Journal
Don Kilburn | President, Pearson North America | LinkedIn
Kevin Capitani | President – Pearson North America | LinkedIn

 

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__An ROI perspective is appropriate for alternate education delivery models like competency-based and OER degree programs, or student-facing degree planning and advising tools. For example, see David Wiley’s INTRO (INcreased Tuition Revenue through OER) model for sustaining the provision of OER adoption services _ https://lnkd.in/eS4VXER __ https://lnkd.in/e46GzFf

Defining Digital Courseware’s ROI in Terms of Student Success (EdSurge News)

Defining Digital Courseware’s ROI in Terms of Student Success (EdSurge News)

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Resources unit cost, student success and financial sustainability—form the core of an ROI lens
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__Also see commentary “How to really support Canadian culture: Heritage and the copyright brief” – Richard C. Owens _ https://lnkd.in/eZyDvRh __ https://lnkd.in/emSKaCt

Richard C. Owens: Fix Canada’s copyright law before it puts publishers out of business

Richard C. Owens: Fix Canada’s copyright law before it puts publishers out of business

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The law allows schools to copy almost any amount of material without compens…

__Ontario is launching its first Culture Strategy, which establishes goals and actions to promote participation in arts and culture, build on the sector’s economic impact in communities across the province and help Ontarians tell their stories and express themselves. The strategy reflects the input of nearly 3,000 people who provided feedback last fall during Culture Talks [ https://www.ontario.ca/page/culture-talks-summary-what-we-heard-ontarians?_ga=1.206378518.489406537.1463758161 ] — a three-month public engagement process on the value of culture in people’s lives. _ https://news.ontario.ca/mtc/en/2016/7/ontario-launches-first-culture-strategy.html _

__Owens recommends “The Heritage Minister should look to copyright as a significant pillar of cultural and economic policy, and actively champion a stronger Act.” _ And one of Ontario’s Culture Strategy recommendations is to “Develop a new fund to support publishers in creating curriculum-linked learning resources aimed at fostering the use of diverse Canadian content in schools.”

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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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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

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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
 




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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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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

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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

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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

aliprandi.blogspot.ca
Niccolò Caranti, who is a professional photographer and a very active member of …



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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]

Amazon Inspire 28EDTECH-master768

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

 



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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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TVO

TVO

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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TVO

TVO

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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Davis - branding & design

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

insidehighered.com

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

artshub.com.au

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

lumenlearning.com

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

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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

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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

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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?

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“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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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)

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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’

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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.

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National Design Awards | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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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

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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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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_

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We Have Personalization Backwards

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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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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

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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

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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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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

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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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McGraw-Hill Education

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

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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

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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.).

http://media.mhfi.com/documents/SPG_Shareholder_Letter.pdf 



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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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