PART 40.1. College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015
The California Open Education Resources Council shall make grants, up to $50K, for each approved application equal to the amount requested in the application. If the total amount requested in applications received is greater than the budget of $2,000,000, the California Open Education Resources Council shall make grants for the full amount requested in approved applications on a competitive basis based on the strength of the evidence provided of faculty commitment to the adoption of open educational resources.
Therefore, public Funding will be spent on specific plans where Students will save money as a result of Faculty adopting an OER textbook to replace a previously bought commercial textbook.
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__Maria Popova – Cartographer of Meaning in a Digital World – 9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings – www brainpickings org/2015/10/23/nine-years-of-brain-pickings/
__OER Research lacks and needs Visual Communications to enable review of the outcome percentages along with having the Faculty and Students user experience of each of the replaced Traditional Textbooks compared with the Open Textbooks that were used as replacements.
The challenge for critical thinking Faculty is to read the research to understand how 100% of OER Researchers, Lane Fischer, David Wiley, John Hilton III, and T. Jared Robinson, “found that 85 percent of both students and instructors believed open textbooks were as good or better than traditional textbooks. The results also show that students learn the same amount, or more, from open textbooks when compared with traditional textbooks.” __ http://news.byu.edu/archive15-oct-textbooks.aspx
New, rigorous study shows high quality of free textbooks
In four years of college, the average student nationally is asked to spend $4800 on textbooks. What if those costs were eliminated?
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the launch of Curious World, an app that offers a collection of games, videos and ebooks targeted toward key learning areas. The app is available for free on the iPad and iPhone with limited content and basic features. More advanced features are offered for $9.99 per month or $79.99 annually
Curious World features a curated selection of learning content for children ages 3 to 7 with a parental dashboard for offline learning activity suggestions.
__But sharing [user-generated content] doesn’t mean giving away rights. Blackboard xpLor provides built-in copyright controls so districts can use the Creative Commons copyright, which is recognized around the world, with their learning materials and xpLor will help them enforce those rights, so their content is protected. Blackboard xpLor has over 100,000 OER resources and serves more than 8,500 teachers from 850 unique organizations that educate roughly 4.2 million learners. __ http://blog.blackboard.com/open-educational-resources-maximize-teacher-time-and-engage-students/
__IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and impact, has announced that nine leading EdTech products have achieved conformance certification to the newly released Caliper Analytics™ standard, the world’s first interoperability standard for educational click stream data. __ http://www.imsglobal.org/article/ims-global-learning-consortium-announces-products-certified-newly-released-caliper
IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Products Certified to the Newly Released Caliper Educational Analytics Standard
IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and impact, has announced that nine leading EdTech products have achieved conformance certification to the newly released Caliper Analytics™ standard, the world’s first interoperability standard for educational click stream data.
Caliper Analytics enables the collection of high rate real-time event data, via software sensors (or the Sensor API™) and information models (known as metric profiles). By establishing a set of common labels for learning activity data, the metric profiles enable the exchange of the data across multiple platforms, which will allow institutions to derive better insights from interaction with digital content, learning tools and platforms. In addition to defined metric profiles, Caliper also supports versatile “freeform payloads” in order to support existing products, information model innovation and the diverse needs of analytics researchers. Caliper is a significant milestone as the first analytics data standard created by the education community for the education community.
__BC Minister of Advanced Education, Andrew Wilkinson @Wilkinson4BC Oct 19 “Online textbooks save students almost $1M since 2012” __ http://open.bccampus.ca/2015/10/16/the-b-c-open-textbook-project-turns-three/
Three years ago on October 16, 2012, at the annual Open Education Conference in Vancouver, the then British Columbia Minister of Advanced Education, John Yap, announced the B.C. Open Textbook Project. BCcampus was asked to create a collection of open textbooks aligned with the top 40 highest-enrolled subject areas in the province. A second phase was announced in the spring of 2014 to add 20 textbooks targeting trades and skills training.
October 2014 marked the second year anniversary of the B.C. Open Textbook Project, at which point, we met the original target of the project and found or created open textbooks in the top 40 subjects.
As of October 2015, there are 118 open textbooks in the B.C. Open Textbook collection (with several more to come over the next few months). Included in this number are 38 open textbooks in trades and skills training, with an additional 16 titles to be released into the collection by November 1, 2015. This amount far surpasses the 20 we were asked to create in the second phase of the project
Ryerson Futures Inc. (RFI) helps build and grow innovative companies, provides seed stage financing, and works with customers and partners to solve technology problems and deliver solutions.
RFI is a for-profit entity wholly owned by Ryerson University. RFI works with early stage companies connected to the RU community through the Digital Media Zone and other areas across the University.
RFI’s mission is to invest in companies using outside investor money and obtain equity in consideration for acceleration and advisory services.
__Details to come. . . “Over the next year, the U.S. Government will continue efforts to expand and accelerate the use and availability of openly licensed educational materials worldwide. In addition, we will begin to model the transition to openly licensed educational materials at scale in U.S. K-12 schools.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/10/19/openly-licensed-educational-resources-providing-equitable-access-education-all
I’ve seen quite a lot of artworks made out of books, sculpted books, cutted shapes, drawings in books,… but this is something truly new and unusual. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Andrew Hayes bends books using metal until he finds a shape that’s sculptural enough for his taste. The result is a beautiful combination of paper and steel.
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Does by-passing a subscription paywall to access a news article violate the new prohibitions in the Copyright Act that make it an infringement to circumvent a technological protection measure (TPM)? Yes, according to a decision just released by an Ontario court in 395804 Ontario Limited (Blacklock’s Reporter) v Canadian Vintners Association, 2015 CanLII 65885 (ON SCSM). Can a defendant rely on the new fair dealing defense for education to excuse the copying if the defendant illegally accessed the work by circumventing a TPM to do so? No, the fair dealing defense cannot apply where a work is obtained illegally.
__The Story of the CC Logo in New York’s Museum of Modern Art exhibit “This is For Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good.” includes an array of fascinating objects, concepts, designs, and artworks that were conceived to serve the global public in sometimes unexpected or serendipitous ways. [the “double-C in a circle,” or simply, the “CC,” Creative Commons mark]
On February 14, 2015 New York’s Museum of Modern Art welcomed the public to a new exhibit, “This is For Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good.” Inspired by a short tweet made by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, “This is For Everyone” includes an array of fascinating objects, concepts, designs, and artworks that were conceived to serve the global public in sometimes unexpected or serendipitous ways. Winding through the exhibit, viewers will find curious and ubiquitous objects and technology that speak to the empowerment of individual creativity. Displayed on the white walls next to the internationally embraced symbols for the on/off button, recycling, and the @ symbol, one will find a mark of equally great significance: the “double-C in a circle,” or simply, the “CC,” Creative Commons mark.
St. Joseph Communications is pleased to introduce a new initiative designed to celebrate Canadian printing. A modern and fresh emblem developed by St. Joseph’s branding & design team is now available for use on anything printed in Canada.
__”Having one’s own domain means that students have much more say over what they present to the world, in terms of their public profiles, professional portfolios, and digital identities. Students have control over the look and feel of their own sites, including what’s shared publicly. This means they have some say — although not complete — over their personal data. . . “
“Giving students their own digital domain is a radical act. It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web.”
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