Ontario Teachers Trust the support of the Ontario Creative Sector
Ontario Teacher Editions – Portfolios – Educational Resources
Ontario Scalable Exemplar Business Model – $10M>$100M>$1B
Ed D Studio-Labs supporting collaborative creative work from all Sectors
Naresh said, “I found the work of your organization inspiring and thought that it would be great to be a part of your journey.”
It’s interesting to see the selection of 50 Designs and the descriptions submitted and [in the ethos of creative commons] we see most Designers chose to make changes the official CC logo _ https://logo.cckorea.org/ _ It appears that the winners’ design was eventually changed to the final? logo we see in this article.
Who will take emotional ownership of any creative work with a creative commons license?
__CIO Federoff credits the [Local Community’s] philosophy of subsidiarity to the Beyond Textbooks program’s success – see [ACT] REACH]. Beyond Textbooks is an open-source platform that allows teachers to share content freely with one another and assemble their own lesson plans. __ https://lnkd.in/evAZFif
Why Your Student Might Not Use Textbooks Anymore
The move to open-source and other digital platforms has not gone unnoticed in the textbook industry
Federoff credits the philosophy of subsidiarity to the program’s success. Subsidiarity is an organizing principle originally found in Catholic social teaching that the lowest form of governance is the best way to handle matters, as opposed to a higher, centralized authority. In short: Keep it local.
“Subsidiarity is ultimately about relationship,” Federoff said. “You couldn’t have subsidiarity across the entire nation, so that emphasis on local control, local relationship, local investment is a Catholic ideal. Beyond Textbooks works because of investiture in others.”Wood echoed Federoff’s point, particularly regarding the collaborative relationship teachers have with one another.
“It’s no longer, ‘It’s my kids.’ It’s our kids,” Wood said.
__”Would the [Open] web perform well enough to drive VR experiences? And would users care?” __ https://lnkd.in/eYVyz23
Step Inside the Virtual Universe—How VR Will Transform the Web – Singu
__HEQCO Report “Although the new multiple-choice format question (MCFQ)-writing activities proved to be less effective than expected,” the authors conclude, “interviewees expressed overwhelming support and appreciation for the diverse opportunities for active learning in the course.” __ https://lnkd.in/eGJ2HN2
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Modified Peer Instruction in Large Introductory Physics Classes
Ryerson study examines learning activity in introductory physics course
In the on-going quest for improved learning in large-class settings, an active-learning approach for an introductory physics course yielded mixed results, according to a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Modified Peer Instruction in Large Introductory Physics Classes examined the use of collaborative, multiple-choice format question (MCFQ)-writing activities for students as a supplement to standard peer instruction methods.
__”[Parents] want to see greater investment in education so that their children can gain skills, get better jobs, and succeed in their lives. It’s the story of human progress. This burning desire is what powers better education — and is what Pearson is now entirely focused on. __ https://lnkd.in/eUWG5dE
John Fallon: Why now is the right time for Pearson to sell The Economist and the FT and focus on education
Big deals like Pearson’s sale of the Economist and the Financial Times in the last few weeks rightly invite an avalanche of expert commentary.
In both cases, the Pearson board thought long and hard about our decisions – it’s not easy to part with such globally respected brands.
Ultimately, we concluded that Nikkei, one of Japan’s oldest and best respected news organisations, are the best owners to help the FT grow its global reach and reputation for world class journalism in a digital age, and that The Economist’s growth ambitions would be similarly well-served by our fellow shareholders increasing their ownership stakes.
Both deals were good ones for Pearson and our shareholders.
McGraw Hill Education CEO says US Higher Ed textbooks are expensive
He goes on to note there are solutions to addressing the cost and value of instructional resources using adaptive technology driven solutions. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-levin/dear-students-and-faculty_b_7957508.html
__I appreciate David Levin’s article for its’ insights into the technology-enabled progress being made by M-H [and, indeed, by all major publishers of educational resources]. Although David believes “It’s really yesterday’s conversation” to offer an explanation of how rising development costs have had an impact on textbook prices, in social media, one finds that zero textbook costs is the foundation of the Wiley OER Cohort who are aggressive advocates against copyright commercial resources. A most recent example is Nicole Allen’s ‘White House OER Letter” _ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sV3stjrzi3jB_knfGyfAft77qEUKR4Rj-soktIf5Vu8/edit _ I expect the AAP is the appropriate voice to address the issues, misinformation and misperceptions.
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__David Wiley Lumen Learning “And [to create an initial openly licensed textbook replacement in 2 years] we don’t actually need to reach every faculty member initially – we only need to reach a sufficient number. Something like 5 faculty per course (out of all the faculty in the country teaching that course) would likely be enough to create an initial openly licensed textbook replacement in 2 years. Then others could begin adopting and extending that baseline collection. Network effects then ensue. Thoughts? What am I missing?” __ https://lnkd.in/e333UHg
David Wiley – Lumen Learning
An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education
I now have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of general education courses and some specific degree programs will transition entirely to OER in US higher ed. That horse is out of the barn. I spent most of my thinking time last week wondering about obstacles in the way of the ubiquitous adoption of OER in US higher education and how we might overcome them. This led me to connect two seemingly unrelated threads.
__ David Levin, CEO, McGraw-Hill Education “[-] by combining digital content with software that harnesses the science of learning – essentially, how the mind masters new concepts – we can work with faculty to create experiences that make learning more effective and efficient. These types of technologies go far beyond what’s offered in an e-book, making learning entirely richer and more personalized. While it seems like this package would come at great expense, it’s actually available today for roughly half the price of print.” __ https://lnkd.in/e8sXFwK
Dear Students and Faculty: Please Go Digital
In a world where results matter, it’s clear that the future of instructional resources is digital and we are pricing these resources at a much lower level than print. Even if print prices dropped, they are such a small part of the cost of education that it wouldn’t even dent the problems we face in higher education today. What are the best tools for achieving student success? How do we best get them into the hands of students? How do we support instructors and educators? How do we raise graduation rates? How do we reduce the costs of college? These are the questions that need to be answered, and from my perspective, the conversation can’t happen quickly enough.
__CEO Linda Zecher “We re-engineered all of our content. So everything we do is digital first. We developed everything digital first, and print becomes a distribution vehicle. We sell mostly hybrid because schools can’t consume all of the digital content, but we are really focused on how we are going to develop digital content.” __ https://lnkd.in/eec-Y7K
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company: Tech In Education
- HMHC’s multiple restructures built a healthy balance sheet.
- HMHC is building a scalable educational technology platform.
- HMHC Management’s focus is on transforming learning while leveraging modern technology.
__Online College Students Survey Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences 2015 “This report presents findings from the fourth annual survey of online college students, conducted jointly by The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research. [-] a survey of students who are considering a fully online program, those who are currently enrolled in a fully online college program, and those who have graduated within the past year. _ www learninghouse com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/OnlineCollegeStudents2015 pdf
__Enrollment Incentives recommendation “Colleges should begin to make efforts for highly discounted or free course materials whether in electronic or print format and then use those advancements in marketing efforts.” page 20 __ See established eTextbooks program at Algonquin College _ http://www.algonquincollege.com/public-relations/2014/03/24/etextbooks-at-algonquin-college-to-reach-10000-students-and-120-programs-next-school-year/ _ 2015 Programs _ http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts/etext-programs-fall-2015/
__Association of American Publishers Priorities & Positions. “Learn about AAP’s advocacy for Modernizing Copyright & Promoting Fair and Open Markets for publishers at home and abroad and how it also benefits authors, readers and educators.| AAP” _ http://publishers.org/priorities-positions _
__ 2015 Outlook: Following the EdTech acquisition, HMH now expects 2015 billings to be 2% to 6% higher than the 2014 billings of $1,602 million and total net sales in 2015 to increase by 9% to 12% over 2014 net sales of $1,372 million. Additionally, pre-publication or content development spend for 2015 is now expected to be approximately $130 million to $140 million. HMH’s addressable domestic education market, the market where it primarily sells its instructional resources for grades K through 12, is expected to remain at $2.7 billion in 2015. _ https://lnkd.in/emapgkE
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Second Quarter 2015 Results
Congratulations to the 2015 RGD Student Award-winners
__WOW, fantastic project & video Alison! – “The resulting objects, blatantly impractical as they are, are both a concession to the robust capabilities of digital technologies that print cannot rival, and a celebration of print’s resilience and tactile charm nonetheless.” __ https://lnkd.in/e7fzdSR
Thesis: Like Pixel, Like Paper
__White House OER Letter by Nicole Allen et al. is the process of getting the CC Policy mandate of OER Organizations, with their supporting signatures. The President will want to know when, where OER/CC lacks standards and qualifications requirements of Government Funding or any professional RFP
__Get to know Authors of Textbook Clickbait, “Internet content, especially that of a sensational, hyperbolic or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.” _ Most Value found in Comments that add perspective and cite reasons to raise questions __ This University of Michigan Student Survey adds perspective – Campus eTextbook Initiative Cost Analysis by Natsuko Nicholls 2012 _ www.lib.umich.edu/files/Cost-Analysis-Student-Survey pdf _
__The American Revolution By Dominic Collard describes an interesting new digital learning Pilot in Muskogee Public Schools where “The vision is to create a personalized learning environment in which students can chart and monitor their course toward graduation,” In partnership with Pearson, “Teachers from those schools will receive extensive training and support to prepare for the transition and learn how to use innovative digital resources to help students shift to the new Common Core standards.” _ http://blog.pearson.com/the-american-revolution/
__Enjoying reading a well written and detailed Report on Canadian Creative Sector by PwC – Access Copyright – Economic Impacts of the Canadian Educational Sector’s Fair Dealing Guidelines.pdf __ http www accesscopyright ca/media/94983/access_copyright_report pdf _
__Material Design Principles _ https://lnkd.in/eBCiUvE _ “We challenged ourselves to create a visual language for our users that synthesizes the classic principles of good design with the innovation and possibility of technology and science. This is material design. . . grounded in tactile reality, inspired by the study of paper and ink, yet technologically advanced and open to imagination and magic.” __ https://lnkd.in/ew4keiN
How Google Finally Got Design
We bring math to Life!
__”Because the package graphics design was the only thing changed, this case study provides solid evidence for the power of packaging.” __ https://lnkd.in/em_HADJ
Walmart reveals new packaging for Great Value and more
Follett Partners with The Classroom Library Company to Launch Exclusive New Classroom Solutions
As part of its introduction of the Follett Classroom Libraries new product line, Follett today announced it would be partnering with The Classroom Library Company (CLC), a St. Louis-based distributor and publisher of educational media correlated to state and national standards. The announcement coincides with the start of the annual International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference, where both companies will be exhibiting.
2015-07-24 – Don Gorges Posts June 29 to July 24