2015-10-19 – Don Gorges Posts October 10 to October 18

 

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Don Gorges

Don Gorges

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

 


 

 

 

 

__Keith Hampson “I’m thinking here of initaitives like ASU’s Global Freshman Academy, the sincere interest in competency-based education which, if done right, requires a substantial modification to current practices, new kinds of partnerships between education companies and colleges, and Minerva University, which merges location and online learning in interesting ways.”

Business Model Innovation & Online Higher Education

Business Model Innovation & Online Higher Education

Keith Hampson, PhD on LinkedIn

We’re beginning to see real change in higher education. Not just incremental, “around the edges” change, but substantive and inspiring. At long last.

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Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

We’re proud to feature 207 Chang School courses on the new eCampus Ontario portal. Check out our offerings at https://lnkd.in/dGXjtGJ You can take our courses from anywhere and experience peer-to-peer interactive learning similar to the classroom. Our innovative Digital Education Strategies team is an award winning leader in e-learning solutions, creating web applications and sharing expertise

Digital Education Strategies

Digital Education Strategies

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Addressing emerging global business and social challenges The Chang School is working with BSE Ltd. to design a train-the-trainer program for effective delivery of a…
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__Video of Creative Commons Global Summit Opening Remarks by Paul Brest @ 38:30 and Keynote by Ryan Merkley @ 43:30 – 1:23:00 __ https://lnkd.in/ekF8U6Y

Creative Commons Global Summit Keynote

Creative Commons Global Summit Keynote

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Creative Commons Global Summit Opening Remarks by Paul Brest @ 38:30 and Keynote by Ryan Merkley @ 43:30 – 1:23:00
  1. __In his talk, Ryan Merkley suggests that “In a true sharing economy the currency is reputation and the reward is gratitude.” _I struggle to understand this premise of a “sharing economy” in terms of working within the Creative Sector. _Ryan had previously made this statement in a Globe and Mail article _ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/in-a-true-sharing-economy-the-reward-is-gratitude/article26431716/ _ also recommend an Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) whitepaper “Harnessing the Power of the Sharing Economy” _ http://www.occ.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Harnessing-the-Power-of-the-Sharing-Economy.pdf

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Follett Higher Education Group

NACS CEO Brian Cartier debunks campus store myths regarding textbook pricing and student purchasing. Read more: https://lnkd.in/eD-mXN2

Don’t judge a college bookstore by its cover
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With student debt in the trillions and other economic concerns looming over families, college stores often bear the brunt of public anger over course material costs. But stores are working harder than ever to provide students with affordable options that will help them learn, succeed and get that coveted degree.

College stores work closely with academic departments, faculty, library staff and administrators to manage the course material adoption process and to find ways to lower costs for students. Misinformation regarding the campus store is a hindrance to the success of both your students and your institutions.

Here’s what you need to know to combat the most commonly held myths about your campus bookstore.

 

__Gallup [sent out 22,284 surveys and] collected 2,175 Web surveys from faculty members and 105 surveys from technology administrators _”Because of survey nonresponse, the results from this sample represent the views of those who participated in the survey and cannot, with a high degree of confidence, be projected to the broader population of faculty and technology administrators.” __ https://lnkd.in/eHMBBeq

The 2015 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | Inside Higher Ed

The 2015 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | Inside Higher Ed

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Colleges and universities have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on technology they believe will improve student outcomes and simplify administrative tasks.
_the 2015 Inside Higher Ed Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology suggests that many instructors believe the gains in student learning justify the costs — even if the results are perhaps less significant than desired.
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__Circled back to this article by Nicole Allen to read comments _ David E. Anderson dismisses “claims it is proof positive that OER materials are comparable to commercially available ones” _ which is followed by a predictable David Wiley response where I picture BCcampus Open Textbooks for each “OER” reference David makes. __ https://lnkd.in/eS3txcn

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

huffingtonpost.com

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.

 

  1. __Hi Nicole, this is an interesting Study, raising many good points. I wonder if it could be arranged, for research purposes, to have a look at all of the educational resources that were used in the Study to enable everyone to review and make direct comparisons of the openly-licensed textbooks versus the assigned traditionally-published textbooks. Let’s all see if “you get what you pay for” still true when it comes to textbooks.

__“4. Closer working relationships with other creative sectors _ the need to cherry pick ideas and concepts from other creative sectors. This is even more apparent when it comes to rights and licensing. The key to this has been the impact of technology in enhancing the simplicity, speed and transparency throughout the licensing process for all creative sectors, both in terms of generating new business and combating digital piracy.” __ https://lnkd.in/edk34iD

Four Trends That Will Emerge From the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair

Four Trends That Will Emerge From the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair

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E-book subscription models and cross-sector collaboration will be among the hot topics at th…
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Bill Faber

Hello, Retina: New iMacs Get Eye-Popping Displays, Rechargeable Keyboa

Hello, Retina: New iMacs Get Eye-Popping Displays, Rechargeable Keyboards and Mice

wsj.com

Even as Apple carries the banner of the post-PC world with large smartphones and even larger tablets, it isn’t done tweaking its desktop computer. On Tuesday, Apple updated its line of iMacs with some nice-to-have display and input technologies that you won’t find on other consumer desktops.

Apple is adding ultra-high resolution 4K Retina screens to its 21.5-inch iMacs, and making 5K resolution standard on larger 27-inch iMacs. Those displays also now show a 25% greater range of colors, making photos look more detailed and eye-poppingly vibrant.

 

__plus Klopotek’s “Adoption Information” module _  Adoption Information: Managing adoptions is key to success in educational publishing, __ https://lnkd.in/eTqUTHf

Klopotek Launches Rights, Licenses and Permissions Manager

Klopotek Launches Rights, Licenses and Permissions Manager

klopotek.com

Book publishing is, by any measure, an industry undergoing remarkable change as traditional methods of information distribution are replaced with customized print and digital products. This transition is the inevitable result of technologies that have transformed the idea of the book-for-one and real-time updates of digitally delivered products into a reality and, more importantly, into new business models.

With so many delivery platforms, formats and content options available, the component parts of the finished product are receiving more attention than ever. This is true of any publisher today but especially of publishers of complex and high-stakes educational and professional products.

A book is no longer restricted to being a static content container, as customization technology gives educators and professionals the option to select materials more precisely tailored to their needs. Certainly, the printed product remains very much alive, and well, but the component parts have become far more valuable to the publishers and third parties who often own the intellectual property.

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__”The MI Open Book Project is a multi-year initiative funded as part of the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) which will empower groups of master teachers to come together, collaborate, and develop a digital text resource for use in classrooms around Michigan.” _ see more _ https://lnkd.in/eZkjB8D __ https://lnkd.in/eNvf6h3

Michigan’s $300,000 e-textbooks flunk out with critics

Michigan’s $300,000 e-textbooks flunk out with critics

detroitnews.com
New online textbooks are free for all — but marred by poor writing, editing and factual errors, critics …
The first batch of textbooks commissioned under a $600,000 state Department of Education grant is online and ready for Michigan social studies teachers and students with one catch: Some textbook experts and educators around the state are so disturbed by factual inaccuracies, poor grammar, overgeneralizations, clumsy word choices and cultural insensitivity, they are recommending teachers not use them in their classrooms.
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__Association of American Publishers Celebrating Freedom of Expression _”Recently, a trend has emerged of state legislation being introduced that directly infringe the freedom of faculty to choose the learning materials they believe best suited for their classrooms. . . [-] see AAP Paper: New Infringements on Academic Freedom _What academic freedom in higher education means for institutions, faculty, students and publishers. __ http://publishers.org/sites/default/files/uploads/HigherEd/academicfreedomfinal7.14.pdf


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__College Course Material Prices in Perspective Source: AAP Association of American Publishers _ http://publishers.org/sites/default/files/uploads/HigherEd/aap_textbook_infographic_cm.pdf

  1. Brian Jacobs

    Thanks, Don. This is as hilarious as it is disingenuous. There are two main reasons why student spending on textbooks is decreasing: they are buying used and renting–no mention of that here, and (increasingly large numbers) they are forgoing the purchases altogether. And 4% of college expenses? Not at community colleges, whose enrollment is almost half of all students in higher ed. At those institutions the textbooks can cost more than course itself (hmm, didn’t see that mentioned in the “infographic.”

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__Absolutely, Brian, you’re right and make important points, there are many circumstances we need to understand to gain a true perspective. Policymakers, i.e. Senator Durbin, need much, much better council to understand all the issues and perspectives. _For transparency, The College Board could list the ISBNs of Books and UPCs of Supplies in the $1200 Basket / Budget. Use Details for comparison and review and a true perspective of the options.

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Benchmark Education Company

Interactive e-Books from Benchmark Education. Engage your students with high-quality fiction and informational texts. Presentation tools allow for linking to URLs and videos. Includes audio with visual tracking of text. Read on any device in school or at home. Use note-taking, annotation, highlighting and other tools for truly personalized learning. ‪‬

Benchmark Education's Interactive eBooks

Benchmark Education’s Interactive eBooks

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Benchmark Education’s Interactive eBooks
  1. __The Benchmark Education’s Interactive eBooks Video opens showing Titles Covers on an iPad and sets up a Mobile user experience demonstration _ with only this Desktop demonstration, it would be helpful to show iPad user interface keyboard as well


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