2015-05-24 – Don Gorges Posts May 8 to May 24

 

Open Design - Pearl API

 

 

A Creative Sector Educational Resources Model to support Ontario Teachers

Open Design Publishing — Visual Communication enabled Educational Technology

Custom Publishing Platform for Ontario Teacher Editions – Portfolios

Ed D Studio-Labs supporting collaborative creative work from all Sectors

A Scalable Exemplar Ontario Business Model $10M>$100M>$1B

 

Don Gorges

Visual Communications in Educational Resources

Open Design, Creative Services, Marketing

982 followers LinkedIn

 


 

__“A Z-Degree is a set of z-courses in a specific program area that allows a student to earn a college credential, such as an associate degree, with zero textbook costs.” __ https://lnkd.in/eg4Mgy5

Zx23 Project Request for Applications Released

Zx23 Project Request for Applications Released

edtech.vccs.edu

VCCS colleges interested in being part of the…drumroll please…ground-breaking…innovative…envelope-pushing Zx23 Project can now download the official Zx23 Project Request for Applications.

The Z x 23 Project is a one-year grant to support the VCCS’s long-term goal of scaling Z-Degrees to all 23 VCCS colleges. The $200,000 grant from The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, combined with matching funds from Chancellor DuBois and the System Office, will be used to fund, support, and train faculty and staff at up to fifteen Virginia community colleges interested in building Z-Degrees. Each Zx23 Project college is eligible for a grant of up to $15,000 to develop the first twelve courses of a Z-Degree. Lumen Learning, Inc. will work closely with faculty and staff at participating colleges to help build these pathways, host the courses in Blackboard Learn, and evaluate the outcomes of the pilots. The grant period ends June 24, 2016.

Please read the Request for Applications for application deadlines, grant details, project deliverables, and timelines. The Request for Applications and the Zx23 Project online application form can be found on the project website at http://edtech.vccs.edu/educational-technology-resources/oervccs/z-x-23-project/.​

__Applications FAQ 7. How much should I pay my faculty members for developing a z-course? Colleges awarded a Zx23 grant have some flexibility in how to spend the funds. However, it is strongly recommended that the majority of the funds be used to incentivize participating faculty and staff for their work. The traditional rate to adopt and adapt, with external support, is $800-1000 per person.”

__Any guesses how to translate that answer, $800-1000 per person, into a Faculty schedule or time-frame – hrs? __ clues in the fact Seventy open courses have developed and deployed over the past three years, due to the dedication and hard work of 100 VCCS faculty and administrators.

The Request for Applications and the Zx23 Project online application form

http://edtech.vccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Zx23_Request_for_Applications.pdf



 

Barry O Callaghan HMH 2010 01

__A 2010 irishtimes.com article Barry O’Callaghan recounts a bit of recent HMH history – where John Paulson meets Barry O’Callaghan. _ https://lnkd.in/eCXQqnv _ Any guesses who once said _ ‘It slightly bemuses me that I’m being positioned as the bad guy’ _ Barry O’Callaghan? John Paulson? Conrad Black? _ any of us, all correct answers __ https://lnkd.in/eMbJfbU

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/it-slightly-bemuses-me-that-i-m-being-positioned-as-the-bad-guy-1.1268636

Paulson & Co sold 12M shares of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $280M

 

http://www.octafinance.com/paulson-co-inc-insider-in-houghton-mifflin-harcourt-co-nasdaqhmhc-unloaded-12161595-shares-of-the-company/

 

Paulson & Co sold 12M shares of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $280M

octafinance.com
Paulson & Co. right now owns 12.23 million shares which make up about 10%+ of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 



Don Gorges likes this

Frank Catalano

__”At two events – SXSWedu and SIIA – I hosted lightning rounds of education executives giving their quick, three-to-five year assessment of hot .edu topics to help determine their current status and better define their trajectory. The result? If you’re an old hand, new to the industry, or just want to understand what all the self-described cool kids are abbreviating, here is your highly opinionated cheat sheet to ten trends, fads, and inexplicable WTFs of edtech”__ https://lnkd.in/eF_EVpu

http://www.geekwire.com/2015/education-technology-your-cheat-sheet-to-10-fads-trends-and-wtfs/

Education technology: Your cheat sheet to 10 fads, trends, and WTFs

Education technology: Your cheat sheet to 10 fads, trends, and WTFs

by Frank Catalano on May 21__here is your highly opinionated cheat sheet to ten trends, fads, and inexplicable WTFs of edtech

 

__“The industry is ready to play nicely with OER. But it doesn’t appear to know how.” Frank Catalano _ https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-07-27-the-unruly-playground-free-oer-and-paid-digital-materials __ “Platforms are lacking – Even if OER and digital paid content want to play nicely, getting onto the same playground can be a challenge–not just in combining paid-and-free content, but in combining one source of OER with another source of OER, or one company’s proprietary content with someone else’s proprietary content in a seamless, single platform.”

Frank Catalano

There’s been some progress in this area, Don, even since that EdSurge piece from a year ago. New technology platforms or exposed APIs from the big three (Pearson, McGraw-Hill Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) that no longer assume their digital content will be the only digital content an educator uses. Startups like Continuum Education that acknowledge combining digital resources needs to be more than just providing a playlist of links. But it’s slow going.

__Don Gorges: the consensus is OER is a moderate trend – though it seems in sharp contrast to the strong open policy campaign of the OER cohort and Open Movement Community

Frank Catalano

Doug Levin had a good piece on that distinction: “The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER” (Doug is a self-described fan): http://www.edtechstrategies.com/blog/the-fans-fanboys-and-fanatics-of-oer/

__Thanks, Frank, I agree with Doug “In a world where folks remain persistently confused and confounded about the differences among free, open, and digital resources, it seems to me that OER advocates must focus instead on developing, refining and scaling better approaches to providing all students and educators with high-quality instructional materials that contribute to improved student learning. This will be done in partnership with the private sector (and not in opposition i.e. David Wiley) and will result in cost shifts (and maybe in cost savings).”

__Doug points to several relevant articles I’ve read too – Donald Clark Plan B: Is the ‘closed’ mindset of the Open Educational Resources community its own worst enemy? and certainly ‘The Battle for Open’ by Martin Weller



Don Gorges likes this

 

__Frank Catalano “The industry is ready to play nicely with OER. But it doesn’t appear to know how.” _ “Platforms are lacking – Even if OER and digital paid content want to play nicely, getting onto the same playground can be a challenge–not just in combining paid-and-free content, but in combining one source of OER with another source of OER, or one company’s proprietary content with someone else’s proprietary content in a seamless, single platform.” __ https://lnkd.in/eSNdJ8u

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-07-27-the-unruly-playground-free-oer-and-paid-digital-materials

The Unruly Playground: Free OER and Paid Digital Materials (EdSurge Ne

The Unruly Playground: Free OER and Paid Digital Materials (EdSurge Ne

Is the relationship between Open Educational Resources (OER) advocates and traditional educational publishing companies like a playground dominated by bullies? Or more like two groups of kids, ignoring each other as much as possible as they play?If current activity is any indication, it’s a little of both–and neither. The industry is ready to play nicely with OER. But it doesn’t appear to know how.



Don Gorges likes this

 

__Richard Prince, a professional art-thief with an interesting bio – “Mining images from mass media, advertising and entertainment since the late seventies, Prince has redefined the concepts of authorship, ownership, and aura.” __see “Richard Prince Selling Other People’s Instagram Shots Without Permission for $100K”

http://petapixel.com/2015/05/21/richard-prince-selling-other-peoples-instagram-shots-without-permission-for-100k/ 

 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Don Gorges commented on this

Copyright Clearance Center

DIY Photography – How Richard Prince Sells Other People’s Instagram Photos for $100,000

http://www.diyphotography.net/how-richard-prince-sells-other-peoples-instagram-photos-for-100000/

How Richard Prince Sells Other People’s Instagram Photos for $100,000 - DIY Photography

How Richard Prince Sells Other People’s Instagram Photos for $100,000 – DIY Photography

If you were to take a screen shot of someone’s Instagram account and try selling it, two things would happen. The first is that you’d be told you’re violating the copyright of the photographer whose photo you’re selling, and secondly you’d be laughed at. Extensively.

It turns out, though, that if you’re famous enough you can take such a screen shot and not only bypass copyright but also make a fortune doing so.

The secret: slap some text on it.

__Richard Prince, a professional art-thief with an interesting bio – “Mining images from mass media, advertising and entertainment since the late seventies, Prince has redefined the concepts of authorship, ownership, and aura.”

__See images created by Doe Deere, the Queen of Unicorns _ https://instagram.com/doedeere/



 

Don Gorges likes this

Copyright Clearance Center

Elsevier rebuffs COAR/SPARC criticism of sharing and hosting policy - Research Information

http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=1911

Elsevier rebuffs COAR/SPARC criticism of sharing and hosting policy – Research Information

researchinformation.info

Elsevier has rejected criticism of its new sharing and hosting policy, following a negative analysis by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)




 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__The ideal candidates will enjoy working on online games, and possesses strong design skills with respect to gaming environment, and has experience with interface design and branding. The applicant must demonstrate a natural interest in: fun, educational and engaging content, for children ages 2 to 11. Experience in 3D design, design for HTML5 and design usability are definite assets.

 

2 Designers - New Media Specialist's II  - 1 Year Contract

 

2 Designers – New Media Specialist’s II – 1 Year Contract

__TVOKids.com, TVO’s award-winning educational website for pre-school and school age children is looking for a talented and creative candidates to fill a New Media Specialist’s II contract positions.

 https://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/51249337?clkData=&spSrc=

 



 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

 

__Let’s Talk Science is a national, charitable outreach organization that creates and delivers unique learning programs and services that engage children, youth and educators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The organization strives to prepare youth for their future careers and role as citizens in a rapidly changing world. _ https://lnkd.in/eGEQkMH __ https://lnkd.in/eH89z84

 

Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

 

Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

news.gc.ca

Harper Government Makes Major Investment to Encourage Canadians to Pursue Education and Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Investment in Let’s Talk Science aims to reach 5 million young Canadians over the next five years

 http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=977609



 

 

 

Don Gorges likes this

 

Victoriano Colodrón

Improving [#Copyright] Licensing Should Not be Alarming, by Terry Hart @terrencehart http://ow.ly/N8ZzZ

Improving Licensing Should Not be Alarming

Improving Licensing Should Not be Alarming

copyhype.com
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) held a public meeting on April 1 to discuss how the federal government could facilitate the development of the online licensing environment for copyrighted works.

 

 http://www.copyhype.com/2015/05/improving-licensing-should-not-be-alarming/

 



 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges notes: David Wiley Lumen Learning

http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3883

On the Relationship Between OER Adoption Initiatives and Libraries

 

On the Relationship Between OER Adoption Initiatives and Libraries

opencontent.org

The Object of Study

As we work to move entire degree programs from commercial textbooks to open educational resources, we must answer this critical question – can all commercial materials be replaced with open educational resources? The answer to this question is no, but perhaps not for the reason you suspect. __ __ __

=====================================================

Don Gorges NOTES: Thanks, David. This blog could be a version of a Faculty Workshop session you’ve delivered, if the Faculty participant is “you” and Lumen Learning is the “we”.
Thinking this way is helpful for me in following these ideas and expectations to move entire degree programs from commercial textbooks to open educational resources __ this project appears to at a stage of throw our hands up resistance by Faculty to making a special effort through the appropriate investment of time and resources.

While not forgetting our history, where Educational Resources / Textbooks have evolved with enhancements to meet Faculty expectations, this OER project flips-reverses the Faculty’s role and responsibility for the creative work required. If/When/Where Faculty feel a gap exists in available OER, apparently, past consumer behaviour points to a need for a Faculty-sized 1:1 creative services model rather than an institution-size business model such as Lumen Learning or the K-12 OER Collaborative.

David Wiley “Commercial textbooks [not helpful unless Showing-Comparing the ones now used by Faculty workshop participants] are (a) extremely expensive [actual average $?] and (b) are published under an All Rights Reserved model that restricts [in which ways, specifically?] what  faculty and students can do with them.”

David Wiley “As a community, we can and should be working systematically toward moving items from the “doesn’t exist yet” category into the “an open replacement exists” category. This process begins by making a special effort to resist the temptation to throw our hands up and retreat back to commercial materials when we realize one of our learning outcomes is in the “not yet” zone.” __This blog could be a version of a Faculty Workshop session you’ve delivered, if the Faculty participant is “you” and Lumen Learning is the “we”.

We expect Faculty to base their decisions on the unbiased truth and facts.

Evidence that some Policymakers do not base their decisions on the unbiased truth and facts.

“As a community, we can and should be working systematically” to meet metadata standards _ Creators should come back to update files with the metadata that will optimize use of their work.

Easily ISBN search compare and review non and commercial materials in Syllabus – add notes on key issues where helpful for Students

Metadata enables connections to OER that are sent to ” them personally ”  by creators of open content — for consideration and approval recommendation.

We have expectations that Faculty use their best judgement on the best value — time well spent _ Faculty Syllabus notes, textbooks and reading list recommendations could include expand into a range of options and special use, when Faculty review Students usage of alternate choices.

 



 

 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__”Implementations of new technologies in the classroom are more likely to be beneficial to student learning if they are rooted in a vision that emphasizes learning with technology rather than learning from technology.” _ https://lnkd.in/eWtNcBa __ https://lnkd.in/eAMt3cX

Pitfalls and Potential: Lessons from HEQCO-Funded Research on Technology-Enhanced Instruction.

PDF __  http://www.heqco.ca/SiteCollectionDocuments/Technology@Issue.pdf

HEQCO-Funded Research on Technology-Enhanced Instruction

http://www.heqco.ca/en-ca/Research/ResPub/Pages/Pitfalls-and-Potential-Lessons-from-HEQCO-Funded-Research-on-Technology-Enhanced-Instruction.aspx

 

HEQCO-Funded Research on Technology-Enhanced Instruction

heqco.ca

Project description

The report examines 16 studies on technology-enhanced learning commissioned by HEQCO over the last three years to draw broader conclusions about implementation and assessment. The study series is part of HEQCO’s research emphasis on best practices in postsecondary teaching and learning, and evaluation.

Technology-Enhanced Learning: Pitfalls and Potential

Seizing the digital vernacular, technology-assisted learning is trending in higher education. But these new and emerging technologies should be positioned as tools – as means to an end rather than as ends in themselves, cautions a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).

Technology will be more beneficial to student learning if it is “rooted in a vision that emphasizes learning with technology rather than learning from technology,” say the authors of Pitfalls and Potential: Lessons from HEQCO-Funded Research on Technology-Enhanced Instruction.

 

 



 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__”Open data is structured data that is machine-readable and freely shared, used and built without restrictions. The Open Data Exchange ODX will support the development of industry standards for open data, build a national marketplace where commercialization of open data can flourish, and support a pan-Canadian open data innovation community that will incubate the next generation of data-driven companies.” __ https://lnkd.in/eJNKG7S

Harper Government Announces Funding to Establish the Open Data Exchang

http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/harper-government-announces-funding-to-establish-the-open-data-exchange-2021232.htm

Harper Government Announces Funding to Establish the Open Data Exchange

marketwired.com
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 19, 2015)
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario, today announced up to $3 million for Communitech Corporation to establish the Open Data Exchange (ODX), which will be located in Waterloo, Ontario. Joining Minister Clement to make the announcement was local Kitchener-Waterloo Member of Parliament Peter Braid.

The project is expected to result in the incubation of 15 new data-driven companies. It is also expected to create a total of 370 direct and indirect jobs, and to leverage $3-million from project partners and an additional $50 million in venture capital and other financing.

 



 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__Dr. Ulrik Christensen is Senior Fellow, Digital Learning for McGraw-Hill Education. He is also Executive Chairman for Area9 Group that among several other companies includes Area9 Labs (educational research and innovation) and Area9 Learning (corporate and organizational learning). Both of the latter are co-owned by McGraw-Hill Education. __ https://lnkd.in/em-MH8S

 

Your Greatest Strength: Weakness - An Interview with Dr. Ulrik Christe

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacey-alcorn/your-greatest-strength-we_b_7312314.html

Your Greatest Strength: Weakness – An Interview with Dr. Ulrik Christe

huffingtonpost.com
Unconscious Incompetence: Dr. Christensen notes that one of the greatest attributes to adaptive learning is the ability to help students understand their unconscious incompetence. He says that if we get students to move from unconscious incompetence (not knowing what they don’t know) to conscious incompetence (acknowledging that they don’t know something specifically), it helps them to understand the importance of learning.


 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

Pedagogy Emerging for Learning Online

 

A New Pedagogy is Emerging... and Online Learning is a Key Contributin

http://contactnorth.ca/trends-directions/evolving-pedagogy-0/new-pedagogy-emergingand-online-learning-key-contributing 

A New Pedagogy is Emerging… and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor

contactnorth.ca

What drives the development of this new pedagogy? Changes in society, student expectations, and technology are motivating innovative university and college faculty and instructors to re-think pedagogy and teaching methods.

__Original article, “Towards a New Pedagogy of Engaged Learning” _ https://lnkd.in/eqcbCMu _ was written Nov 2013 __ https://lnkd.in/ev66662

 



 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__”Many content publishers are providing tools and mechanisms for educators to integrate OER in with the publisher’s content to support the instructional needs of teachers and the needs of students,” __ i.e. My Teacher Edition Portfolio, an open design of compound licensed resources for Students Edition __ https://lnkd.in/ehwA5x4

'Open Educational Resources' Promoted in U.S. Senate Proposal

 http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/05/20/open-educational-resources-promoted-in-us-senate.html

‘Open Educational Resources’ Promoted in U.S. Senate Proposal

edweek.org

A move in the U.S. Senate to promote schools’ use of open educational resources, if enacted by Congress and ultimately embraced by schools, could have a major impact on the development of curricula and on the companies that provide content to schools, some education experts say.

The latest Senate version of the main federal law on K-12 education includes new wording to encourage the use of open education resources—alternatives to proprietary products created by commercial companies—through grants that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would make available to states.

 



 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__“With initiatives like the Copyright Hub _ https://lnkd.in/e7NuGB9 _, the future lies in completing the technical infrastructure so that finding, clearing and consuming copyright content is just one click away, and of course [Fair Dealing-Fair Use] in a way which that accomodates uses allowed under exceptions.” __ https://lnkd.in/ejiT45m

 

Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law

http://laurencekaye.typepad.com/laurence_kayes_blog/2015/01/copyright-innovation-lets-get-this-right.html 

Laurence Kaye on Digital Media Law

laurencekaye.typepad.com

Copyright & Innovation – let’s get this right Dear Reader – 2015 is set to be the year of copyright debate. My friends at the IPKat Blog describe here how things are hotting up, following the European Commission publishing its Report on responses to last year’s Copyright Consultation, and, as IPKat reports, the  EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, once again made clear on Twitter that having “modern copyright rules” is one of the key goals for 2015.



Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__Is there any way out of the “copyright conundrum?” In an engaging solo presentation at the London Book Fair on 16 April 2015, Copyright Clearance Center’s Victoriano Colodrón argues that a strong defense of copyright is not for the protection of the past but is the only proven way to deliver innovation and discoveries in the future. __ https://lnkd.in/eduVT3q

 

The London Book Fair 2015 - The Copyright Conundrum

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8_D-vH6fJY 

The London Book Fair 2015 – The Copyright Conundrum

youtube.com
Published on Apr 17, 2015

Publishing today confronts a paradox: The digital revolution has transformed the act of copying from complicated to commonplace; yet authors and publishers must rely upon copyright – essentially, control over copy-making and distribution of their works – as the essential basis for conducting business. An industry built upon creativity, inspiration and innovation now stands accused of holding to outmoded models purely for survival’s sake.

Is there any way out of the “copyright conundrum?” In an engaging solo presentation at the London Book Fair on 16 April 2015, Copyright Clearance Center’s Victoriano Colodrón argues that a strong defense of copyright is not for the protection of the past but is the only proven way to deliver innovation and discoveries in the future.

References and quotes:

– The idea that “copyright violates nearly every tenet of laissez-faire capitalism” (2:50) comes from RSC Policy Brief titles “Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it” https://www.publicknowledge.org/files…

– The figures about Google and Twitter (7:40) were taken from Business Insider, “Interesting facts about Google”(http://www.businessinsider.com/google…) and Internet Live Stats (http://www.internetlivestats.com/twit…)

– The two books by Jaron Lanier mentioned (16:36) are “You Are Not a Gadget” and “Who Owns the Future” (http://www.jaronlanier.com/)

– The quote by WIPO’s DG, Francis Gurry (17:27), comes from this video interview with Jens Bammel, from the International Publishers Association: “Are the Copyright Critics Right?”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GfyR…

– The quote from IPA’s Jens Bammel (18:19) comes from “IPA: Copyright and humans rights go together”, http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=9…[UNIQID]

– The paper by Adam Mossoff on “How Copyright Drives Innovation in Scholarly Publishing” quoted (20:38) is available at http://publishers.org/_attachments/do…

– “Copyright enabled on the network” is the title of the European Publisher Council’s vision paper referenced in 23:30. It can be found at http://epceurope.eu/wp-content/upload…



 

Don Gorges is now following:

 

Canadian Education Association (CEA) / Association canadienne d’éducation (ACE)

 



 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__“Ultimately, we need a fair and balanced copyright system that (1) protects exclusive rights, (2) streamlines ways to license these rights through efficient business models that make it easy for consumers to access and use content lawfully, and (3) allows room for appropriate exceptions and limitations that should always stay exceptional and not harm the rightsholders’ ability to continue innovating and continue creating and producing new works [-] be a positive force for economic and cultural progress everywhere.” __ https://lnkd.in/e5tGPwG

The Copyright Conundrum

http://www.futuremedialab.info/the-copyright-conundrum/ 

The Copyright Conundrum

futuremedialab.info
Copyright is undergoing serious scrutiny and pressure these days. Some describe the copyright system as “flawed” in a recently published Copyright Manifesto.
Ultimately, we need a fair and balanced copyright system that (1) protects exclusive rights, (2) streamlines ways to license these rights through efficient business models that make it easy for consumers to access and use content lawfully, and (3) allows room for appropriate exceptions and limitations that should always stay exceptional and not harm the rightsholders’ ability to continue innovating and continue creating and producing new works. Such a system would be a positive force for economic and cultural progress everywhere.


 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__“27% of students feel that current textbook prices are reasonable given their value.” _

BISG’s Higher Education Conference 2015: Adapt, Learn, Innovate

Student Attitudes Toward content in Higher Education

New insights based on over 1,600 student responses to the latest survey in BISG’s ongoing study tracking the content and tools students say they actually use, points to the increasing role of technology in shaping the future of higher education

Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education presentation

http://www.slideshare.net/bisg/student-attitudes 

Don Gorges

__why do only 34% of students feel that Availability is very important. . . guess we’d have to read the survey methodology and questions that were asked to gain value from these answers.


__How Students Define Value “I would rather pay $100 for a learning solution that improves my result by one letter grade and reduces my study time by 25% than $50 for my current textbook.” Student Attitudes Toward Content in Higher Education presentation



 

Don Gorges likes this

Pearson

Colleague Michael Barber talks about the 40 year gap in education attitudes – from the future thinkers to the today deliverers and the happy reminiscers. https://lnkd.in/eu9FEGM

The shock of the new

The shock of the new

blog.pearson.com

Some of us are busy charting the future of learning, exploring how it might look in 20 years; teachers and policymakers are wrestling with the immediate business of running classrooms, schools or education systems today; while some parents are using a frame of reference that is based on their own experiences of school from 20 years ago.

The result? A communication gap of 40 years that we need to bridge if we are to make learning deeper, more efficient, and more relevant for everyone.



 

Don Gorges likes this

McGraw-Hill Education

StudySync has been named a 2015 REVERE Awards finalist for English language arts whole curriculum solutions: https://lnkd.in/ehKaM9y

StudySync Named 2015 REVERE Awards Finalist

https://www.mheducation.com/about/blog/studysync-named-2015-revere-awards-finalist

StudySync Named 2015 REVERE Awards Finalist

mheducation.com

We’re pleased to announce that StudySync — an all-digital English Language Arts core curriculum for students in grades 6-12 — has been announced as 2015 REVERE Awards finalist in the Whole Curriculum: Reading and Language Arts category.



Don Gorges likes this

One Thing Is Clear About Digital Transformation

 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/one-thing-clear-digital-transformation-jacky-carter?trk=hp-feed-article-title

One Thing Is Clear About Digital Transformation

Jacky Carter

It’s not about making the current, outdated processes faster!

The shift in thinking needs to be away from digital transformation and more towards transformation that is enabled through digital technology.



 

 

Don Gorges likes this

Zaner-Bloser

We really appreciate the positive responses from teachers on our latest writing resource, I Read to Write. Our most recent blog compiles some of the feedback that ranges from how it helped with assessment preparation to helping students excel in reading and writing.

 http://blog.zaner-bloser.com/post/118874389899/educators-give-i-read-to-write-rave-reviews#.VWHfZkZenRJ

Educators Give “I Read to Write” Rave Reviews

Educators Give “I Read to Write” Rave Reviews

blog.zaner-bloser.com
Since its introduction earlier this year, educators have given I Read to Write high marks when it comes to allowing students the opportunity to become more critical thinkers, better writers, and more attentive readers.

Included are just a few of the reviews teachers have authored on I Read to Write so that you can see how it is being used in the classroom to help students.



 

Don Gorges likes this

Cengage Learning

Education resources from National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, have been named finalists in five 2015 REVERE Award categories for engaging teachers and learners.

http://news.cengage.com/k-12/national-geographic-learning-named-finalist-for-five-revere-awards-for-engaging-students-and-educators/

National Geographic Learning Named Finalist for Five REVERE Awards for Engaging Students and...

National Geographic Learning Named Finalist for Five REVERE Awards for Engaging Students and Educators

news.cengage.com
Association of American Publisher’s Recognizes Cengage Learning’s NGL Amongst Industry Leaders for Quality Content & Design, Originality & Effectiveness for Today’s Classroom

2015 National Geographic Learning finalists in their respective sub-categories include:

 



Don Gorges likes this

Cara Yarzab

A First Look At The All-New Reading Rainbow Site, Launching Today

http://www.fastcompany.com/3045865/most-creative-people/a-first-look-at-the-all-new-reading-rainbow-site-launching-today

 

A First Look At The All-New Reading Rainbow Site, Launching Today

fastcompany.com

The new site, called Skybrary by Reading Rainbow, will feature at launch more than 500 interactive books and 150 video “field trips,” as well as access to vintage Reading Rainbow content. New books and field trips will be added each week.



 

Don Gorges

Don Gorges __If it were true “college textbooks now cost an average of $1,200 per year per student” then, “There is no question that there is a very urgent need to help students who are overwhelmed with the cost of college,’’ said Rep. Whit Betts, a Bristol Republican who serves as the ranking member of the higher education committee. “I strongly endorse moving forward.’’ with a task force to study the issue and generate a report by October 2016 _ https://lnkd.in/egxC5if

 

House Calls For Cheaper College Textbooks

http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-house-calls-for-cheaper-college-textbooks-20150512-story.html 

House Calls For Cheaper College Textbooks

courant.com

The bill calls for the use of “open-source textbooks,’’ which means that they are available on the Internet under an open copyright license that allows the material to be seen by the general public. The bill also establishes a task force to study the issue and generate a report by October 2016.



 

Don Gorges commented on this

Clint Lalonde

Last year, CC had to cut staff due to funding. Open educators, support what you use. Donate to Creative Commons https://lnkd.in/eZAfnUm

Donate to Creative Commons

Donate to Creative Commons

donate.creativecommons.org

__For what it’s worth. . . CC website posts it’s ‘most recent tax return’ from 2012 which indicates Creative Commons CEO earned $377,500. Total salaries expense in 2012 was $2.6M while total revenue was $1,129,000. Considering current funding issues and staff-cuts, it makes sense to update and post audited 2013 and 2014 revenue/expense information, right? _ http://ibiblio.org/cccr/docs/990.pdf _



Don Gorges commented on this

Clint Lalonde

I just uploaded “OLTD Webinar” on SlideShare

OLTD Webinar

OLTD Webinar

slideshare.net
Presentation to Alec Corous OLTD class on open textbooks

 

Don Gorges

__Thanks, Clint, – I think you’ll find this interesting too – I was reading about a VIU OLTD class Student _ Evidence: A Video of my Summary of Learning [a remixer’s manifesto] _ “This video summarize what I felt were the key concepts of the OLTD 505 course on Open Educational Resources with Alec Couros. The assignment was to create a multimedia, online summary of what was learned in the class.” _ http://wordpress.viu.ca/llewis/category/eportfolio/oltd-505/ _ VIDEO _ https://viutube.viu.ca/public/media/OLTD+505+Summary+of+Learning/0_1bww6puj __

 



Don Gorges likes this

McGraw-Hill Education

Our Zach Posner explains how ed-tech acquisition and a new focus on digital strategy are transforming McGraw-Hill Education’s role as an education provider: http://ow.ly/MR68s via Book Business Magazine

http://www.bookbusinessmag.com/article/how-book-publishers-are-transforming-from-within/1

How Book Publishers Are Transforming From Within

How Book Publishers Are Transforming From Within

bookbusinessmag.com

 

At the Book Business Live: Executive Summit on Digital Publishing, held in New York City in March, leading publishers from the trade and education sectors gathered to share insight on how they’re managing change and working to reorient their organizations. During the panel “Transforming Your Company for the New Era of Book Publishing,” speakers were asked what maneuvers their organizations are making to thrive in an era of flux.

The panelists, hailing from Pearson, Hachette, and McGraw-Hill Education, often shared differing views on how to manage change and to what extent they should invest in new technologies. In part that is a reflection of the differing goals of education and trade publishers, as well as varying philosophies on navigating market disruptions. Ultimately, though, it was apparent that all three panelists have had a hand in developing digital-focused, multi-channel publishing and that they view internal transformation as an imperative for future success.



Don Gorges

__David Wiley, PhD ‏@opencontent 13 hours ago On one hand, the 45% rejection rate for #OpenEd15 proposals breaks my heart. On the other hand, it’s a signal of an energetic, healthy field

 



 

__”The emerging world of simulations and game-based learning is gaining traction with students, teachers, and designers of digital learning environments. Why? This blog is the first in a series on performance-based learning with simulations. Here, we characterize performance task design. In upcoming blogs, we’ll show how the richness of data depends on the strength of the performance task. Then, we’ll explore new ways to interpret data on student thinking in simulation-based learning environments.” Ronit Carter

http://www.victoryprd.com/blog/?p=1206

A Simulation-Based Performance Task: Invisible Ink

In a recent blog, we invited you to explore an online simulation from PhET. Here we introduce you to another one, this time in the context of a performance-based learning scenario.

Before you start, watch this video to see how the “Concentration” simulation works.

https://youtu.be/wlJ8g6iQkZg



Don Gorges likes this

Kathy Sandler

Why Online Learning & Publishers Are a Perfect Match

Why Online Learning & Publishers Are a Perfect Match

pubexec.com
The online learning market has been in steady growth for over 20 years and continues to blossom. The proof is in the numbers: according to IBIS Capital Partners UK, the global online learning market currently stands at $91 billion, and according to the Ambient Insight Report, the global market for self-paced online learning will reach $53 billion by 2018.

 

Jackie Dulson

So nice to read a positive view of publishing!



Don Gorges likes a group discussion:

https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/4831691-6003157328604512257

K-12 BYOD

Rapid Prototype for the K–12 OER Collaborative

Victory Productions is proud to have been chosen to develop a rapid prototype for the K–12 OER Collaborative. We are developing high school mathematics. See more in our latest blog post:

http://www.victoryprd.com/blog/?p=1407 



Don Gorges likes a group discussion:

 

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University

Congratulations to Naza Djafarova, Director of Digital Education Strategies (DES) at The Chang School, who received a 2015 Excellence in Online Administration Award. Presented by Pearson at their annual online learning conference Cite 2015, this award honours educators who are making significant contributions to online administration.

Naza was recognized for her instrumental role in leading and implementing processes that ensure consistency and high-quality curricular offerings at The Chang School. Every year, Naza oversees the development of up to 60 new academic online and blended courses.

Visit http://www.ryerson.ca/ce/de to learn more about distance education at The Chang School.

https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/1999995-5999899428318646276



 

Don Gorges likes this

TC Transcontinental Printing

Congratulations to all our customers that are finalists for the 38th National Magazine Awards. TC Transcontinental Printing is proud to be part of your success.

http://www.magazine-awards.com/?index.php&la_id=1

38th NMA Awards Nominees

38th NMA Awards Nominees

magazine-awards.com

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is honoured to annouce the finalists for the 38th National Magazine Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian magazines. The winners for awards in 43 written, visual, integrated and special categories will be announced at the National Magazine Awards gala, presented by CDS Global, on June 5 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now at magazine-awards.com.

Complete list of all nominees [pdf]       Press Release



Don Gorges

cool gig – “The Manager, Creative & Design Services will [-] champion the Ryerson brand and lead a team of designers from the concepts through the entire creative process while working with a wide variety of print and digital assets.”

 

Manager, Creative & Design Services

 

Manager, Creative & Design Services

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/48908138?clkData=&spSrc=



 

__“Adaptive learning systems were the beginning of turning the corner.” _ “Just around the corner, comprehensive learner profiles will drive recommendation engines that will queue playlists of learning experiences to help learners progress through competency maps.” __ https://lnkd.in/e-CYQdi

Push Learning: How Smart Notifications Will Change Education

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-vander-ark/push-learning-how-smart-n_b_7209238.html 

Push Learning: How Smart Notifications Will Change Education

huffingtonpost.com

Teachers and guides will soon have much more sophisticated ways to know learners and connect them with powerful learning experiences. Aided by smart engines, push learning will boost motivation, personalize experiences, and chart progress.



Don Gorges likes this

 

mStoner

Check out this collection of past webinars if you’re looking for inspiration for your college or university’s web presence. http://mstnr.me/1DxOmwx

http://www.mstoner.com/blog/strategy/5-webinars-create-the-best-higher-education-website/

5 Webinars: Create the Best Higher Education Website

5 Webinars: Create the Best Higher Education Website

mstoner.com
This collection of mStoner webinars will inspire your team to create the best higher education website.


Don Gorges

Don Gorges

__Don Gorges Posts April 26 to May 8 __ https://lnkd.in/etBjZ9y

2015-05-08 – Don Gorges Posts April 26 to May 8

https://dongorges.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/2015-05-08-don-gorges-posts-april-26-to-may-8/ 

2015-05-08 – Don Gorges Posts April 26 to May 8

dongorges.wordpress.com
Ed D Studio-Labs Open Design Publishing and Visual Communication enabled Educational Technology _ ca.linkedin.com/in/dongorges/

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s