2015-09-05 – Don Gorges Posts August 23 to September 5

Open Design - Pearl API


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Visual Communications in Educational Resources, Design, Creative Services, Marketing

__I encourage taking a close look at BCcampus’ open textbook collection, despite questioning the validity of the savings claims made by Andrew Wilkinson – how do they compare with $125 textbooks? __ https://lnkd.in/ez3aQPg

OPINION-EDITORIAL: Back to school for B.C. post-secondary students

OPINION-EDITORIAL: Back to school for B.C. post-secondary students

news.gov.bc.ca

By Andrew Wilkinson
Minister of Advanced Education

To make post-secondary education more affordable, British Columbia was the first province in Canada to launch a government-sponsored open textbook project. By this fall, approximately 8,000 students in B.C. are expected to have saved up to $1 million with open textbooks. Post-secondary students and instructors in B.C. will be able to use more than 120 free open textbooks as dozens of new skills training titles are released this fall.

September 5

__99 open textbooks in the collection – some come with 3-ring-bling. _ Find these at Open Textbooks BCcampus OpenEd Resources __ Suggest give-a-way Textbooks on BCcampus USB Thumb Drives – also help Students decide which resources to use – Show Comparisons to Publications options and choices. [Photo: Rajiv Jhangiani Promoting open textbooks KwantlenU student orientation 01.jpg]

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Wacom Americas

Today, Wacom introduces Bamboo Spark, the smart folio that allows people to take handwritten notes to capture, shape and share ideas.

Introducing Bamboo Spark: Write on Paper, Save Digitally - Bamboo

Wacom Introducing Bamboo Spark: Write on Paper, Save Digitally – Bamboo

bamboo.wacom.com

Bamboo Spark powers up the authentic pen and paper experience with the digital features you use everyday on your smartphone, tablet and computer. It’s a smart folio with a smart ballpoint pen, a spot for your favorite paper, and your mobile device. Write or sketch by hand, press a button on the center of the folio, and your ideas are saved as to the Bamboo Spark app on your favorite Bluetooth-enabled iOS or Android device. From there you can keep working on your many of your apps of choice — including Bamboo Paper, Evernote and Dropbox  — and continue wherever creativity takes you thanks to the Wacom Cloud.

Wacom Components : Input Technology : EMR® Technology _ http://www.wacom-components.com/english/technology/emr.html

The Principles of EMR® Technology

Despite being non-contact systems, pen-input devices utilizing EMR® Technology do not require any cable or built-in battery-based power supply at all. This is because the tablet surface incorporates a sensor board that detects the pen’s movement. Weak energy is induced in the pen’s resonant circuit by a magnetic field generated by the sensor board surface. The pen’s resonant circuit then makes use of this energy to return a magnetic signal to the sensor board surface.

By repeating this movement, the board detects information on the pen’s coordinate position and angle, as well as on its general operating condition including speed and writing pressure, etc. A sensor unit is equipped at the side of the sensor board to switch the magnetic field on and off and to receive signals at high speed and detect various kinds of information. In principle, all Wacom’s tablet devices are composed of this kind of sensor unit and electronic pen. In addition, the sensor unit itself consists of a sensor board and a control board.

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__ Absolutely, says David Wiley – although Benjamin Herold likely didn’t see David’s Blog on Aug 19 – Personalization in Lumen’s “Next Gen” OER Courseware Pilot _ https://lnkd.in/ewxqkUW

Are Open Education Resources Ready for Adaptive-Learning Technology?

Are Open Education Resources Ready for Adaptive-Learning Technology?

blogs.edweek.org –

Ed-tech company Knewton announced the launch of a new online platform that relies on big data to match individual learners to the specific instructional materials that are ostensibly best-suited to their own learning needs and styles.The announcement marks the most aggressive attempt to date to merge such algorithm-based personalization—increasingly popular among both assessment makers and educational publishers—to the burgeoning world of open educational resources, or OER.

__Personalization in Lumen’s “Next Gen” OER Courseware Pilot by david on August 19, 2015 _ http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3965

__Am interested in seeing/using Economics courseware comparisons between Lumen Learning & Cengage MindTap __ http://www.24dash.com/news/education/2015-09-02-Cengage-Learning-expands-its-MindTap-TM-interactive-learning-programmes-with-new-digital-solutions-for-the-EMEA-market

September 3

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DreamBox Learning® Secures $10 Million in Series B Funding

businesswire.com
DreamBox Learning (www.dreambox.com) today announced the company has closed $10 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Owl Ventures and includes investment from Tao Capital Partners.

__DreamBox Learning will use the new funds to develop the next generation of its pioneering intelligent adaptive platform, which captures more than 50,000 data points per student per hour to personalize instruction and help students develop a conceptual understanding of mathematics – and enrich the Educator Experience _ https://lnkd.in/erdzstd _ by providing teachers and district administrators powerful insights from real-time student performance data. __ https://lnkd.in/epgCSPX

September 3


__Am interested in learning what’s possible with searches via the AlchemyLanguage API using learning objectives ISBN ToC Scope Index Images . . . _ https://lnkd.in/ejm64xU __ https://lnkd.in/e7t7d2Y

A Better Way to Find the Right OER — Campus Technology

campustechnology.com
By tapping into a free Web service that turns learning objectives into search terms, a DeVry professor is helping instructors identify the best open educational resources for their courses.
As a former software developer, Walker decided to build a system that could “semi-automate” the selection of OER for himself and his colleagues. The results turned into his PhD dissertation, tested by some 50-plus faculty members within the DeVry university system. Now although “OER Assistant” is used only by Walker himself and “a few other colleagues on the Long Beach campus,” the basics of the project are worth considering for any institution struggling to gain traction with OER usage.
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Amplify

Be sure to watch the video clip with theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss in this excellent @bigthink piece on the importance of teaching #criticalthinking http://ow.ly/RqlXs

Study: There Are Instructions for Teaching Critical Thinking | Big Think

Study: There Are Instructions for Teaching Critical Thinking | Big Think

bigthink.com

A new study says critical thinking is a teachable skill, but who is going to teach it?

Certainly, we can train ourselves to become better critical thinkers, but it’s also important that we teach these skills to kids. Studies have shown how important this ability is to our success, and yet many feel that we’re doing a terrible job of teaching it. This study, however, may lead to educators and parents realizing that these skills are teachable. The implications of a better thinking society are not quantitative, but I do believe they would be extraordinary.

Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal Practice Test

It would be interesting to find and take a Watson-Glaser™ Critical Thinking Appraisal Test that focused on an Assessment of the Statements made in Foundations for OER Strategy Development | DRAFT 1.2 _

Evolving the Google Identity

Evolving the Google Identity

design.google.com

At Google we say, “Focus on the user and all else will follow.” With this in mind, we seek to design experiences that inspire and enlighten our users.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the design considerations that went into taking the best of what people know and love about Google, and evolving the brand to continue to be as dynamic and unconventional as we strive to be.

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The DMZ at Ryerson University

As a product of President Levy’s innovation and leadership at Ryerson University​, we know he’ll do great things at The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities​.

Ryerson president Sheldon Levy to tackle new role at Queen’s Park | Toronto Star

Ryerson president Sheldon Levy to tackle new role at Queen’s Park | Toronto Star

thestar.com

Sheldon Levy announced Monday he will become the new deputy minister of Ontario’s ministry of training, colleges and universities as of Dec. 1.

Levy joins the ministry as it embarks on the first major revamp of its post-secondary funding formula in more than 50 years. While he wouldn’t say whether he favours a possible move to funding universities based on how well they fulfill their new specialized mandates and how well their students fare, rather than enrolment, “it’s absolutely right to rethink funding — it’s long overdue.”

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Derek Turney

Snippet: “It was also suggested that other phrases such as “The Super Moshis need YOU” and “Members are going to be super popular” put pressure on young players to purchase a subscription.”

Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils fall foul of new IAP regulations

Moshi Monsters and Bin Weevils fall foul of new IAP regulations

develop-online.net

UK companies agree to remove offending statements ruled to have pressured children into making purchases – “It is good to see that the industry is clearly behaving responsibly and ensuring that children are not being served inappropriate commercial messages.”

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Peter Jesus

CTV Kitchener: Boehmer Box to hire 150

CTV Kitchener: Boehmer Box to hire 150

kitchener.ctvnews.ca

The new owners of one of Kitchener’s oldest companies plan to spend $11 million expanding its facility. Frank Lynn has the story.

Recalling June 5, 2015
PaperWorks Industries, Inc., a leading North American paperboard packaging supplier, has agreed to acquire CanAmPac, Napanee, Ont., Canada. The acquisition includes coated recycled board (CRB) producer Strathcona Paper, folding carton manufacturer Boehmer Box and LYFT Visual graphic services. – See more at: http://paperwrks.com/news/119-paperworks-to-acquire-canampac
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__If a CC BY SA image is reproduced in its entirety and not changed, the SA provision would not come into play. – See more at: https://lnkd.in/eBVRCBj __ https://lnkd.in/ekAmVyk

Photographer Loses Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Mapmaker Tha

Photographer Loses Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Mapmaker That Used His Photo With His Explicit Permission

techdirt.com

Art Dragulis chose to license this picture under Creative Commons BY-SA-2.0, which allows commercial use of the photo in exchange for attribution.

If there’s a moral to this legal incident, it’s this: know the terms of your licensing before you agree to use it. If you want to use a more altruistic licensing form like those offered by Creative Commons, by all means, do so. But don’t act like a commercial entity owes you something for complying with the terms you expressly agreed to. Licensor’s remorse isn’t a legally-recognized tort.

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__[think Textbooks too] – documobiFUSE – FUSE is one of the core products from the Documobi family [ http://www.documobi.com ] which covers embedding and linking user generated content (UGC) such as video and images into printed media using smartphones, tablets and wearable devices. _ https://lnkd.in/eqwXFVe __ https://lnkd.in/eScVF7Q

US Patent – Intelligent Print Recognition system and method

google.com

Abstract
A system and method for interactive printed media are disclosed in which a mobile or wearable computing device has an application that captures an image of a piece of printed media and associates a link to the piece of printed media using a backend component to make the piece of printed media interactive. The system and method may be used to generate a piece of printed media that is interactive that may be sent to third parties or to make an existing piece of printed media interactive.

 

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Gardenia Flores

Learn what Lean style guides are and why you should use them

Why you should be using Lean style guides

Why you should be using Lean style guides

creativebloq.com

Adam Fairhead explains what Lean style guides are and why you should use them. Style guides are massively important for brands of all sizes. Without them, a band of hundreds of employees would never be able to communicate a single visual identity. But style guides aren’t always useful. At least, not in their current form.

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Gardenia Flores

A good intro to style guides for web design and development via the (mt) Media Temple blog

Modern Style Guides for Web Design and Development - The Media Temple Blog

Modern Style Guides for Web Design and Development – The Media Temple Blog

mediatemple.net

Next time you find yourself in the company of web designers and developers, ask the following question:

“What is your preferred declaration order for CSS?”

This seemingly innocuous question is likely to spark an intense debate and unlikely to result in a resolution. The very nature of web code as free, open, and shareable also makes it open to interpretation. And while we have web standards to specify what tags, attributes, declarations, and elements can be used and how they work there are no rules or even guidelines for how exactly these code components should be ordered and implemented in a structured way. This leaves each designer and developer to come up with their own rules and best practices which in turn leads to a myriad of individual preferences in a space where structure and order should be the absolute goal.

 

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__The Internet of Things (IoT) is evolving rapidly. In these short videos, McKinsey’s Michael Chui poses five critical questions about its development to experts ranging from MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito to Google’s Dan Kaufman to Cloudera’s Mike Olson to O’Reilly Media’s Tim O’Reilly, & Jon Bruner, editor-at-large plus author Cory Doctorow and Haven’s Renee DiResta. An edited transcript follows. __ https://lnkd.in/e8TQ6AX

The Internet of Things: Five critical questions

The Internet of Things: Five critical questions

mckinsey.com

I think that if we could use standards and interconnectivity to make all of those things work, or even one of them, I’d be a very happy man. Cory Doctorow

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__Larry Singer previously served as the Managing Director for K-12 North America Sales at Pearson Education. __ https://lnkd.in/eUV-quh

Larry Singer Named Chief Executive Officer of the K-12 OER Collaborative

satprnews.com

Larry Singer has tremendous experience and expertise about the sector that will dramatically elevate the impact of the K-12 OER Collaborative,” said Scott Ellis, CEO of The Learning Accelerator. “His knowledge about district purchasing processes for instructional materials will help us achieve the widespread adoption of open education resources that is critical for us to reach our goals in transforming learning for students across the country. There is tremendous potential for OER to become integrated in the daily work of districts, and we are very excited to have Larry joining the team to help make that happen.”

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__The Teachers Know Best research project seeks to encourage innovation in K–12 education by helping product developers and those who procure resources for teachers, better understand teachers’ views. [survey sample 3,100 U.S. public school teachers and more than 1,250 public school students in grades 3 through 12.] __

  1. __Teachers Know Best – Making Data Work For Teachers and Students © 2015 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation _ http://collegeready.gatesfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/TeachersKnowBest-MakingDataWork.compressed.pdf _

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Maree Conway

Yes shifts thinking on change forever: When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

hbr.org – Tim Brown

Yes, but only if you master it.

Now that design thinking is everywhere, it’s tempting to simply declare it dead—to ordain something new in its place. It’s a methodology always in pursuit of unforeseen innovation, so reinventing itself might seem like the smart way forward. But in practice, design thinking is a set of tools that can grow old with us. And I’d argue that in order to create sustained competitive advantage, businesses must be not just practitioners, but masters of the art.

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Copyright Clearance Center

New CCC podcast with @RobertBLevine_ – Digital Age Not Golden For Writers, Artists http://ow.ly/Rrutl @beyondthebook

Digital Age Not Golden For Writers, Artists

Digital Age Not Golden For Writers, Artists

beyondthebookcast.com

On Sunday in The New York Times Magazine, author Steven Johnson pointedly asked, “How is today’s creative class faring?” His own analysis of available data drew Johnson to conclude that the much-threatened “creative apocalypse” hadn’t materialized. That contrarian conclusion might be expected from a writer who has also argued that pop culture fosters complex thinking and not intellectual sloth as many suppose.

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20 years in e-learning

20 years in e-learning

Mark Smithers on LinkedIn
In June of this year it was twenty years since I set up my first web server for delivering e-learning courses. I’m using this anniversary to reflect on my experiences in educational technology over the last 20 years. I’ll have a look at some of the things we got right and some of the things we got wrong and why, after all these years, I’m still an optimist.
  1. Always look forward to your posts, Mark. Even when I disagree with you – which is rare – I appreciate the honesty, intelligence, and authenticity of your voice.

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BCcampus

From the BCcampus OpenEd Archives: Early Findings from BC Faculty Survey on Open Educational Resources. http://ow.ly/Rn4Io http://ow.ly/i/cBCU4

Early Findings from BC Faculty Survey on Open Educational Resources

Early Findings from BC Faculty Survey on Open Educational Resources

open.bccampus.ca

Since November of 2014, the Open Textbook Faculty Fellows Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani (KPU),  Dr. Christina Hendricks (UBC) and Dr. Jessie Key (VIU) have been collaboratively working with Dr. Beck Pitt from the OER Research Hub in the U.K. on an open textbook research project involving faculty in British Columbia.

Throughout the winter and spring, we have been gathering data from faculty across B.C. post-secondary institutions about their use and perceptions of open textbooks and, more broadly, open educational resources (OER).

 

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__Government Funding is the underpinning of the OER Foundations Draft and recent suggestions are adding knowledge to our understanding about a funding policy. Naturally, we should all become aware of the specific copyright resources in our own jurisdiction that are excluded by the restrictions of a proposed CC/Open License funding policy.

  1. __Foundations for OER Strategy Development | DRAFT 1.2 _ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYDeAmw3aMxuqpfEr_7BEwM5FJiqqX1S4dzPJZQqwTY/edit _

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__Naturally, we should all become aware of the specific resources that are excluded by the restrictions of a CC/Open License funding policy. _ In Ontario, I’m interested in the creative sector economy and data on Ontario funded educational materials i.e. breakdown past/current lists of copyright titles affected/excluded by this policy proposal. _ Foundations for OER Strategy Development | DRAFT 1.2 is being finalized.

  1. __Foundations for OER Strategy Development | DRAFT 1.2 is almost resolved _ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYDeAmw3aMxuqpfEr_7BEwM5FJiqqX1S4dzPJZQqwTY/edit _

__Ontario Report on Canadian Copyright Modernization and Fair Dealing with the 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 _

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__”Our work suggests that the Industrial Mechanic Millwright program could be offered as a more unified experience to IMM apprentices in Ontario by delivering theoretical aspects online and rotating the apprentices through various work experiences to ensure exposure to all sub-trades.” __ https://lnkd.in/e7VH65W

Hybrid Delivery of College Instruction in the Skilled Trades

heqco.ca

Hybrid apprenticeship courses can provide similar outcomes in reduced timeframe

By combining online courses for theory and in-class learning, hybrid apprenticeship programs may be able to achieve comparable outcomes to traditional in-class programs, but in approximately half the required time according to a new report from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).


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Clint Lalonde

Getting ready for #OpenEd15

Getting ready for #OpenEd15

clintlalonde.net
For the past couple months I’ve been working with David Wiley on planning the November 18-20 OpenEd conference in Vancouver, and things are kicking into high gear as we head into the fall. _ http://openedconference.org/2015/program/
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Tony Bates

Huhn, J. (2013) A Guide to Superior e-Learning Graphics, BottomLine Performance, August 10 For those instructors or faculty new to online or blended learning, this is a very useful preliminary introduction to the importance of good graphic design for your online learning materials. However, my advice is to team up with a graphic or web […]

Graphics and online learning: a guide

Graphics and online learning: a guide

tonybates.ca

For those instructors or faculty new to online or blended learning, this is a very useful preliminary introduction to the importance of good graphic design for your online learning materials.

However, my advice is to team up with a graphic or web designer with experience in online teaching, before doing any development of materials. Not only will this save you a great deal of time in the long run, but it will also ensure that your materials look good and more importantly, students will learn better or more quickly as a result.

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    __Thanks Tony. Although David Wiley disagrees and dismisses any “Indirect Proxies for Quality” _ i.e. “OER Quality Standards” by david on October 16, 2012 _ http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2568 or “On Quality and OER” by david on October 10, 2013 _ http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2947 _ The importance of Design is self-evident in Visual Communications.

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      Thanks, Don. Yes, you’re right and David is wrong!

__The aim of this U.K. research, funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS)/NUS Services, was to investigate student attitudes towards OERs, including the skills they believe they require to make effective use of these resources, as well as the existing delivery of OERs; students’ preferences for OER .delivery; reason for using OERs; and aspirations for the future development of OERs __ https://lnkd.in/eZyvyHP

Digital literacy and the challenges of Open Educational Resources

figshare.com

A paper based on a survey and focus groups with higher education students exploring their understanding of, and attitudes towards, open educational resources.

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McGraw-Hill Education

David Levin discusses open learning, digital trends, & our transition into a learning science company with John Authers of Financial Times: https://lnkd.in/edjHGPT

McGraw-Hill CEO on open learning - View from the Top - Companies & Management Video - FT...

McGraw-Hill CEO on open learning – View from the Top – Companies & Management Video – FT…

video.ft.com

Aug 23, 2015 : McGraw-Hill education CEO David Levin explains to John Authers why the company has embraced ‘open learning’ which represents one of the biggest steps yet in the company’s transition from a publisher to a learning science company.

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