2015-10-10 – Don Gorges Posts October 3 to October 10

 

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Visual Communications in Educational Resources,
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__New evidence that suggests kids should not be asked to choose between academic or applied course streams until they are in at least Grade 10, if not Grade 11. __ People for Education also found that taking applied courses disadvantaged students who might later want to go on to university. _ https://lnkd.in/etPNUfn ___ https://lnkd.in/e3asKGT

Stop ‘streaming’ students in Grade 9: Editorial | Toronto Star

Stop ‘streaming’ students in Grade 9: Editorial | Toronto Star

thestar.com
There’s more evidence that teens should not be “streamed” until their later years of high school.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but encouraging struggling Grade 9 students to take tougher academic courses over lower-level applied ones can raise pass rates.

That’s the startling discovery of a research project conducted last year at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute in North York.

And it only adds to a mounting body of provincial — and even international — evidence that suggests kids should not be asked to choose between academic or applied course streams until they are in at least Grade 10, if not Grade 11.

__In the context of this legislation, the magnified $1,200 spending claim is likely twice as effective in creating the public perception of a barrier to Students, rather than the actual aver. student spending of $600. _Senators’ fact-checkers might question the assumptions of the $25 Billion US textbook market calculated using $1200 as the average spent by all 21 Million US Students in Colleges and Universities. . .

https://twitter.com/SenatorDurbin

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Undergoing significant leadership changes within the past year, BCcampus continues to develop. We are adjusting our organizational model to better align with our strategic goals all the while continuing to excel in the areas of teaching, learning, and educational technology services in support of B.C.’s post-secondary institutions.

__”The limited federal investment in the creation and expanded use of a set of high-quality, introductory level college textbooks outlined in the Affordable College Textbook Act” “There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section for each of the 5 succeeding fiscal years after the enactment of this Act.” _ https://lnkd.in/efJuAnw _ Affordable College Textbook Act 2015 U.S. Senator Dick Durbin _ open_textbooks_legislation.pdf __ https://lnkd.in/exqxh8K

Senators Durbin, Franken, King Introduce Legislation to Help Make College Textbook More Affordable

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 The Affordable College Textbook Act, would create a competitive grant program to support the creation and use of open college textbooks—textbooks that are available under an open license, allowing professors, students, researchers and others to freely access the materials.
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A slight shift in focus

clintlalonde.net
 By Clint Lalonde _ Just over a year ago, BCcampus went through a significant change in leadership. During this past year, I’ve done interesting and challenging work as the team leader. Coordinating a project like the open textbook project is massive, and I have been stretched in ways I couldn’t have imagined. But I do feel stretched. And in the back of my mind I knew that I was getting farther and farther away from a significant piece of what I love doing, and that is working with educational technology.

Don Gorges

__Fantastic news Clint! Congratulations to Amanda too, you both work so well together and deserve all good things. Also, very exciting news on projects and plans.

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ORION – Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network

 

ORION - Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network

From our community: Challenges in higher education in Ontario’s North
Learn about what Contact North, our northern Ontario higher education community member, has to say about improved online learning:

 

 

__Note, these are digital textbooks created by Publishers – they are not teacher-created Open Textbooks. See similar Canadian digital textbook program at Algonquin College where VitalSource [www.vitalsource.com] is the eTextbook platform _ https://lnkd.in/ebxvwvC __ https://lnkd.in/eznkmaF

Middlesex University Issues Free Digital Textbooks for Every Course

 

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Under the four-year agreement, students will receive one free digital textbook for each class during the new academic year. Undergraduates typically take 12 classes, so they’ll receive 12 books over their three-year program of study.

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

__The OER Cohort is finding many opportunities to try and create the public perception that teacher created openly licensed textbooks are as good or better than commercial textbooks. Actually showing and comparing the educational resources is necessary to allow readers to use their own judgement of the differences in value _ https://lnkd.in/eS3txcn

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

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By Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC

Oct 7 2015

The age-old expression “you get what you pay for” is often used to explain away the skyrocketing cost of textbooks. Sure, prices may top $200 per book and the value may drop to pennies by the end of the semester, but it’s all to ensure the material is of high quality to help students succeed — or so the logic would go. But in a world where using free and open information has become a staple of everyday life, is “you get what you pay for” still true when it comes to textbooks?

According to the latest research, not anymore.

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__Rory McGreal Editorial in this Special Issue: OER and MOOCs _The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol 16, No 5 (2015) __ https://lnkd.in/e4tmDwg

OER to MOOCs: In Defence of Open

OER to MOOCs: In Defence of Open

irrodl.org

Rory McGreal
This special issue of IRRODL on OER and MOOCs is supported by UNESCO, which has also provided funding to enlarge and promote IRRODL’s inclusion of OER and other forms of open distributed education research.

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__This Research on OER and MOOCs in IRRODL has omitted important relevant work of The National Research Council’s Learning and Performance Support Systems program. See “From MOOC to Personal Learning” By Stephen Downes Oct 05, 2015 _ http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=64556

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Clint Lalonde

Copyright, Privacy and the TPP

Copyright, Privacy and the TPP

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After 5 years of secret negotiations, and just a few short weeks before Canadians go to the poll, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has been finalized (although it still needs to be ratified in each of the member countries).

And still, no few details on the agreement have been released to Canadians.

  1. __Thanks Clint. I understand some people hold a different view of Copyright and not all agree that “Canadian innovations, artistic works and brands need protection so that their innovators and creators can enjoy the fruits of their labour and be encouraged to keep on innovating. A strong and effective regime to support intellectual property (IP) rights is important for Canada’s growing knowledge-based economy and helps to foster competitiveness, innovation and creativity, and attract investment.” Re: Intellectual Property Chapter __ http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/tpp-ptp/understanding-comprendre/17-IntellectualProperty.aspx?lang=eng

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Brian Jacobs

15+ years of Open Educational Resources, and yet Babson Survey headline is the same as last year’s: OER’s low faculty use and yet great promise. http://goo.gl/sm5U6M. Fortunately that is now changing, as dogmatism (dominant among early adopters) yields to pragmatism.

Babson Survey Research Group

onlinelearningsurvey.com

Open Educational Resources

Just released

Opening Public Institutions: OER in North Dakota and the Nation, 2015

Opening Public Institutions: OER in North Dakota and the Nation, 2015

North Dakota University System faculty are just beginning to understand the potential for open educational resources. The Open Educational Resources Initiative in North Dakota is the result of a 2013 Legislative interest urging the North Dakota University System (NDUS) to reduce the cost of textbooks estimated to be $1,100 per year per student. The idea is now becoming a reality with the launch of a statewide initiative.

This study is a statewide replication of the Babson Survey Research Group national investigation of OER adoption and will be used as a benchmark, against which future advances will be measured. The North Dakota results, based on responses from faculty at the 11 NDUS campuses, are compared with those from the national sample of over 2,000 faculty members. Some of the key findings: Faculty are not very aware of open educational resources. The most significant barrier to wider adoption of OER remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate it.

__Thanks Brian. _”The most significant barrier to wider adoption of OER remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate it.” _While Faculty who have taken the time and effort to adopt OER acknowledge that it is a great deal of work [albeit still a fraction of the time-effort of a team of Publishing Professionals] and they are unlikely to continuously invest the time necessary to sustain the original work due to their lack of emotional ownership of the creative work. With many Educators-Faculty adopters it’s generally a one-time charitable act.

__Also see: Technical Summary of Negotiated Outcomes: Intellectual Property Chapter _Canadian innovations, artistic works and brands need protection so that their innovators and creators can enjoy the fruits of their labour and be encouraged to keep on innovating. _ https://lnkd.in/egsWbMP __ https://lnkd.in/ebJAyHV

McCarthy Tétrault – Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Canada

mccarthy.ca
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Reached: A View From Canada

On October 5, 2015, after over a decade of difficult negotiations and compromise, 12 Pacific Rim countries reached agreement on what is being referred to as “the largest, most ambitious free trade initiative in history” – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”).

In addition to Canada, parties to the TPP include Brunei, Chile, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, the United States, and Vietnam. While the final legal text of the agreement has not been publicly released, the participating governments have reached an agreement on all terms. The Canadian government’s Technical Summary can be found here.

Although there has been opposition from several sectors of the Canadian economy, including the dairy industry and automotive parts sector, the TPP has significant levels of support from many industries, including the Canadian beef and mining industries. Concerns about the opening of supply management were rampant prior to the release of any substantive TPP details, but the weakening of supply management is considerably less than what was originally predicted, and is accompanied by a politically announced compensation package that is both substantial in size and expansive in coverage for an extended period of time. The provisions of the TPP span a wide range of sectors and activities, including opportunities for government procurement, intellectual property protection, and investor state dispute settlement considerations.

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__Professor Rory McGreal is the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources _Rory’s perspective, basically, “God is on our side” [against Copyrights to Intellectual Property and the work of the Creative Sector] as in OER Workshop 2013 #128 _ https://lnkd.in/eFHmyg9 __ https://lnkd.in/e24Bv5E

Open Educational Resources in Canada

Open Educational Resources in Canada

irrodl.org

Rory McGreal, _This paper provides an overview of the state of the art in OER initiatives and open higher education in general in Canada, providing insights into what is happening nationally and provincially.

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__Premier Kathleen Wynne said the money will help municipalities replace the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, [ https://lnkd.in/ejJ9Gnn ] Early last year, John Tory made a pitch for $2.5 million each from the Ontario and federal governments to hire more staff to “beef up” the agency representing 29 municipalities. _Why only $730k if $2500k Budget necessary to change results? __ https://lnkd.in/emkYctn

Ontario government chips in $730,000 for new regional marketing agency

Ontario government chips in $730,000 for new regional marketing agency

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Ontario gives $730,000 to help Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area lure more foreign investment and jobs with new agency

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__Next Steps Updated, Cable Green is looking to “Discuss whether we want to turn this into a commitment opportunity and/or organize more events around it.” _My comments section suggestion is adding clarification of “openly licensed by default” in 3 instances: _Being clear about the meaning will keep this document at a high level moving forward through the process to acceptance. __ https://lnkd.in/ergvfez

Foundations for OER Strategy Development | DRAFT 1.3

Foundations for OER Strategy Development | DRAFT 1.3

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Drafting committee members: Nicole Allen, Delia Browne, Mary Lou Forward, Cable Green and Alek Tarkowski

Our hope is that this document will serve as a starting point for conversations about strategies for mainstreaming OER and extending its reach and impact globally. We also hope that this document, and the strategies within, will evolve as the conversation evolves to provide useful insight for both global coordination and local action.

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  1. __Approximately 55 people have commented and/or have suggested revisions to this Draft since March – It’s not clear how many people have read this document although I doubt it’s details and key purpose are well known by many . . . the next steps for this discussion will be interesting

__What do I need to know to understand the level of awareness and level of engagement of this document?

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__Phil Hill _stories about disruptive innovation can provide warnings of what may happen, but they are no substitute for critical thinking. High-level theories can give managers encouragement, but they are no replacement for careful analysis and difficult choices. __ https://lnkd.in/ehNDd2u

Cracks In The Foundation Of Disruptive Innovation -

Cracks In The Foundation Of Disruptive Innovation – Phil Hill

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By Phil Hill _ Posted on October 6, 2015
The overuse of Clayton Christensen’s disruptive innovation theory has rightly been criticized in education circles for years. I say rightly in that judging a non-commodity public good with the same theory as disk drives is a silly notion without some extensive analysis to back up that extrapolation. [-]
Now there is even more evidence that the theory of disruptive innovation has some serious cracks in the foundation. In September’s MIT Sloan Management Review (you know, the other side of Cambridge) Dartmouth Professor Andrew King and UBC graduate student Baljir Baatartogtokh published the results of a study they led on the original claims in Christensen’s books. Titled “How Useful Is The Theory of Disruptive Innovation?”, the short answer is not very, even for the case studies claimed in the books.
  1. __Needed to search for clearer Visual Communications of The four key elements of Christensen theory of Disruptive Innovation _ I found visuals in this presentation very helpful examples _ Enabling Disruptive Innovations How To Leverage Market, Technology And Industry Trends To Create Your Next Big Idea by Jacob Nielson _ http://www.slideshare.net/jakenielson/enabling-disruptive-innovations-tim

__What type of learning design or learning technology is best suited to support learning in a free-form community-based environment? this paper describes the basis for a personal learning architecture and outlines the elements of the LPSS Learning and Performance Support System project being developed to implement this architecture. __ https://lnkd.in/eKZbSgq

Stephen Downes From MOOC to Personal Learning

Stephen Downes From MOOC to Personal Learning

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By Stephen Downes
Oct 05, 2015

Abstract

The cMOOC, is based on connection rather than content, looks more like an online community than a course, and doesn’t have a defined curriculum or formal assignments. What makes a person able to function in such an environment? What constitutes the literacy that is missing in such a case? What type of learning design or learning technology is best suited to support learning in a free-form community-based environment? These are the questions intended to be addressed in this paper. It describes the basis for a personal learning architecture and outlines the elements of the ‘learning and Performance Support System’ project being developed to implement this architecture.

__These Research papers by David Wiley’s OER Cohort are key to Lumen Learning’s marketing strategy, and are aimed specifically at Provosts of US Community Colleges with the lowest graduation rates and highest % of course drop-outs _ https://lnkd.in/eAa8PuS

  • Lane Fischer , John Hilton III, T. Jared Robinson, David A. Wiley
The purpose of this study was to analyze whether the adoption of no-cost open digital textbooks significantly predicted students’ completion of courses, class achievement, and enrollment intensity during and after semesters in which OER were used. This study utilized a quantitative quasi-experimental design with propensity-score matched groups to examine differences in outcomes between students that used OER and those who did not.
 
This study focused on five measures of student success —course completion, final grade, final grade of C- or higher, enrollment intensity, and enrollment intensity in the following semester.

[Survey aimed specifically at Provosts of US Community Colleges with the lowest graduation rates and highest % of course drop-outs]

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__This OER Research by Royce Kimmons claims 30 participating K-12 teachers found. . . “Overall, the open textbooks were rated 22% higher than the copyright-restricted textbooks, the open/adapted textbooks were rated 16% higher than the open textbooks, and the open/adapted textbooks were rated 38% higher than the copyright-restricted textbooks (cf. Table 1).” _ Link to paper __ www irrodl org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/2341/3405

  1. __An assumption that this research is a Lumen Learning OER Workshop survey “Conducted in conjunction with an institute on open textbook adaptation” _ These are 30 handpicked research subjects / Teachers, [add control group of 30 pro-textbook Teachers to survey] _ Results indicate [visual comparisons needed to validate results] that open/adapted textbooks were evaluated as having the highest quality and that open textbooks were of higher quality than copyright-restricted textbooks. _ too difficult to get the point of the relative importance of the collected responses, message / meaning is poorly communicated in these graphics

__”Arne’s push to incorporate technology and data into teaching, learning and evaluations were also lauded. _ Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise and Former Head of the Office of Education Technology: “From the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan to the creation of Digital Promise, he has recognized the importance of technology for supporting this generation of students.” __ https://lnkd.in/eYPXG6U

What the White House Press Corp Didn’t Ask About Arne Duncan’s Resigna

What the White House Press Corp Didn’t Ask About Arne Duncan’s Resignation

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The 3:30pm ET press conference on October 2 was billed as “President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement and Answers Questions.” The questions raised by the press, however, were not pertinent to the big news.
By then, everyone knew that Arne Duncan would be stepping down as U.S. Secretary of Education and that John B. King Jr. had been called to fill his shoes.
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Anita Kunz OC DFA

If you’re in Boston this Monday the 5th and Tuesday the 6th please come to my show and lecture!!

2015-10-03 – Don Gorges Posts September 26 to October 3

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