__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
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. . .
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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
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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
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.
__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
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.
__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
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.
__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
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.
__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 gives $730,000 to help Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area lure more foreign investment and jobs with new agency
__What do I need to know to understand the level of awareness and level of engagement of this document?
__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
Oct 05, 2015
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
[Survey aimed specifically at Provosts of US Community Colleges with the lowest graduation rates and highest % of course drop-outs]
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__”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
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