2015-10-25 – Don Gorges Posts October 18 to October 24

 

 

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Visual Communications in Educational Resources,
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__The California College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015, AB-798 would create the Open Educational Resources Adoption Incentive Program to provide incentives and reward campus, staff, and faculty efforts to accelerate the adoption of open educational resources. The bill would require that specified moneys for the program [Funding $3,000,000 over 4 Years] be used by campuses to create and support faculty and staff professional development, open educational resource curation activities, curriculum modification, or technology support for faculty, staff, and students __

Bill Text

PART 40.1. College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015

67420.

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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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Ontario Centres of Excellence

Mind to Market Award Finalists 2015 Congratulations to Clear Blue Technologies for winning the 2015 Mind to Market Award.

Learn more about Clear Blue and fellow nominees GYMTRACK and Class 1 Inc.

2015 Mind to Market Award Finalists

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Published on Oct 23, 2015

This award celebrates Ontario Centres of Excellence’s best collaboration between Ontario’s business and academic communities. The winner receives $25,000.

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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/

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Clint Lalonde

Is it Time for Canada to Implement A Unified Open Strategy for Higher Education?

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Transcript of my talk at the UBC/SFU Open Access week forum on October 22, 2015
My perspective on the question is influenced by my work in open educational resources, … [-]

So, despite opening my talk with some cautious concerns about developing a pan-Canadian unified open strategy, I ultimately agree that the time had come. Open education has been bubbling along for the past 20 years, slowly and consistently building a movement and momentum that is showing some real tangible benefits. The potentials are being realized. Open textbooks, for example, have saved students in British Columbia over a million dollars in textbook costs, and research into the learning outcomes of students using open textbooks vs publishers resources are showing encouraging results that students using open educational resources are doing, at least as well if not better in some cases, than students who use publishers resources in the class. We now need to build on the successes of the past 20 years and push to make open education the default, not the exception. A unified open strategy can help make that happen.

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__Thanks Clint. The writers of Strategies of all the various strands of open may be remixing thoughts into a unifying form that includes the Foundations for OER Strategy Development _ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYDeAmw3aMxuqpfEr_7BEwM5FJiqqX1S4dzPJZQqwTY/edit _

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__The Washington Post’s reputation for high journalistic standards is diminished by this unbalanced account and rant against educational publishers’ ethics __ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/10/21/college-textbooks-are-a-racket/

College textbooks are a racket

College textbooks are a racket

washingtonpost.com
The Orange County Register reports that Alain Bourget, a math professor at Cal State Fullerton, is in danger of serious disciplinary action from his employer. His crime? Refusing to teach the assigned textbook, which costs $180 and was co-written by the chair and vice-chair of his academic department. According to the Register, the mathematics department decided way back in 1984 to “approve” the text and hasn’t revisited its decision since. Bourget wanted to use two other textbooks instead — one of which costs $76, and the other of which was free. Maybe there are other underlying complications that the Register hasn’t reported — but the story reinforces a strong basic message. College textbooks are a racket.

__Professor Alain Bourget’s position highlights Academic Freedom, expressed as “Bourget dislikes the book because it’s what he describes as a “succession of topics with little connection among them.” The Goode-Annin text also lacks practical examples, which are important to students in this course, most of whom are engineering majors, he adds.”

__Worth reading the Comments section that bring many other points of view from Faculty and Students in the Washington Post neighbourhood

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Naza Djafarova

Digital Education Strategy team rocks!

with honoured guest, Tony Bates

__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

Students who switch to open source textbooks don’t see grades drop

news.byu.edu

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?

“Given the present research,” [researcher John Hilton] said, “policy makers, researchers and educators need to carefully examine the ethics of requiring students to purchase traditional textbooks when high-quality openly licensed alternatives are freely available.”
__Then consider ethics where OER Policy interferes with Academic Freedom by requiring Faculty to adopt openly licensed alternatives when their preferred choices of resources are freely available.
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__Curious World, educational videos, games, and books tied to early learning curriculum, expertly selected to engage young minds, Ages 3 – 7. _ https://www.curiousworld.com/ _

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Curious World App

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches Curious World App

digitalbookworld.com

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.

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__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/

Open educational resources: Maximize teacher time and engage students

Open educational resources: Maximize teacher time and engage students

blog.blackboard.com

Open educational resources (OER) are an great way for teachers to make use of digital content in the classroom. Open educational resources are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use and can be remixed, revised, and redistributed.
To address these important digital content needs, we are committed to providing seamless access to a world of open educational resources (OER) within our solutions. Blackboard developed xpLor, a cross platform, cloud-based, global learning object repository, to provide educators with direct access to a universe of learning content. Teachers can discover, create, and curate learning objects and share them within their district or across the globe. All OER content can be aligned to Common Core Standards within xpLor so searching, using, and selecting digital content can easily help students master competencies.
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__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

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Caliper Removes Significant Barriers to Collecting and Analyzing Data to Support Student Success.

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.

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__Highlights academic freedom, “Bourget dislikes the book because it’s what he describes as a “succession of topics with little connection among them.” The Goode-Annin text also lacks practical examples, which are important to students in this course, most of whom are engineering majors, he adds.” __ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bourget-688288-math-book.html

Should a Cal State Fullerton math professor be forced to have his stud

Should a Cal State Fullerton math professor be forced to have his students use a $180 textbook written by his boss?

ocregister.com

University officials threatened Alain Bourget last year with discipline as serious as dismissal after Bourget taught his sophomore-level course, Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, with his preferred books.

The university says he violated policy and went against orders from the provost and former dean of the math and sciences college, according to the reprimand letter. Bourget disputes this, saying he was told only by the math department chair – the book’s co-author – to continue using the original text.

    1. __Faculty members have the “freedom to teach,” which includes picking course materials, “without having their decisions subject to the veto of a department chair, dean, or other administrative officer,” and “that faculty members “avoid any exploitation” of students.” according to the American Association of University Professors.

__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/

The B.C. Open Textbook Project Turns Three

The B.C. Open Textbook Project Turns Three

open.bccampus.ca

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

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Aaron Rosland

Ontario International Office in UK (Aaron Rosland) and Ryerson Futures Inc. (Matthew Saunders) discuss digital innovation in Ontario with 120 workshop attendees at Digital DNA in Belfast! Ontario: the best platform for innovative entry into North America.

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

Openly Licensed Educational Resources: Providing Equitable Access to Education for All Learners

whitehouse.gov
Summary:
The Federal government is supporting the use of open educational resources to provide equitable access to quality education.
Stunning book sculptures shaped with metal

Stunning book sculptures shaped with metal

designer-daily.com

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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__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. __

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

College Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

huffingtonpost.com
A new multi-institutional study conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University looks at the academic outcomes of students assigned free, openly-licensed textbooks versus those assigned traditionally-published textbooks. What the study finds is the opposite of what folk wisdom tells us: expensive textbooks are not superior to free ones. In fact, the results show a striking trend that students assigned free, open textbooks do as well or better than their peers in terms of grades, course completion, and other measures of academic success.

__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.

__Thanks Rajiv. I was thinking how you might react to D.A.’s comment _“While to an OER advocate faculty are mere pawns to their agenda, to publishers, faculty are critical partners in academic success.” You’ve raised strong points here and one that we have heard claimed by NBC and repeated without a link to data source _ [According to NBC’s review of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, textbook prices have risen over three times the rate of inflation from January 1977 to June 2015, a 1,041 percent increase._ http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/freshman-year/college-textbook-prices-have-risen-812-percent-1978-n399926 _

__Yet, although 1000% is an impactful meme there are different perspectives on how useful the data is, and I imagine it would be helpful to see specific textbooks as evidence to support the sense that “the publishing industry does not really care” So, first we need the URL source of this data – 1041% increase in textbook costs since 1977.

__Showing actual ‘changes over the years’ in a series of textbook comparisons would be very helpful visual communications. We might then picture what’s unchanged since 1977, when a Textbook cost $11 and, over these 38 years, the cost has increased by 1041% for the same Textbook that now costs $125 Let’s also use this online app* to calculate the Annual Student Spending on Textbooks in 1977 as $100, based on the claim it is $1,200 in 2015. That’s not what I recall textbooks cost at the time. * Find Percentage with Percent Increase Online Calculator _ http://www.marshu.com/articles/calculate-percentage-increase-decrease-percent-calculator.php _

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__Fair Dealing for the purpose of education defense? _ “Having found that the defendants had violated the [Technological Protection Measure] TPM provisions in the [Copyright Modernization Act], the Court then considered whether the defendants could claim the defense of fair dealing for the purpose of education to prevent copyright liability for the unauthorized copying of the article. The Court held that the defendants could not [,] having illegally gained access to the article.” __ http://www.barrysookman.com/2015/10/20/by-passing-paywall-and-circumventing-tpm-sinks-fair-dealing-defense-blacklocks-reporter-v-cva/

By-passing paywall and circumventing TPM sinks fair dealing defense: B
barrysookman.com

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.

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__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]

A Masterwork in Simplicity: The Story of the CC Logo

A Masterwork in Simplicity: The Story of the CC Logo

medium.com

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.

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Celebrate Canadian Printing with a New Brandmark | St. Joseph Communications

Celebrate Canadian Printing with a New Brandmark | St. Joseph Communications 

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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.

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__”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. . . “

The Web We Need to Give Students — Audrey Watters

The Web We Need to Give Students — Audrey Watters

medium.com

“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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EdSurge

So What Do You Really Mean By 'Instructional Designer'? (EdSurge News)

So What Do You Really Mean By ‘Instructional Designer’? (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com

At Arizona State University (ASU), we have a community of about 40 staff members who have the words “Instructional Design” or “Instructional Designer” in their titles. Every few months we get together as a group and talk about the latest trends at ASU and throughout higher education.

One session in late 2013 we asked the questions, “What is it that you do as an Instructional Designer?” A few of the things we heard back are, fixer, designer, thinker, communicator, builder, evaluator. Of course, the follow-up question for us was, “What is it that you think faculty or your customer think you do?” The overwhelming response was, “Technology support.”

Clearly we have a branding challenge in our profession, and the infographic below was developed as a tool to help ID’s talk about what makes them amazing.

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__As the infographic suggests, Instructional Designers certainly play a critical role that requires multi-talent/skill – however, as this infographic also suggests, ID’s should seek-hire specialized Design / Artistic Talent to raise the level of Visual Communications professionalism. The collage concept developed by Robert Kilman, Instructional Designer, is interesting yet I imagined how an artist, say Louis Fishauf, might bring this idea to it’s full potential.

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Amanda Lang to host evening show for Bloomberg TV Canada

Amanda Lang to host evening show for Bloomberg TV Canada

theglobeandmail.com
Long-time CBC host and business correspondent announced this week that she will leave the CBC and join the new Bloomberg TV Canada. The half-hour show will air Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. ET, likely featuring long-form interviews, and may include a debate component similar to her characteristic back-and-forth with outspoken former co-host Kevin O’Leary.
  1. __ in short interview with George S. – Q. Are innovators born or made? Amanda’s answer reflects similar thoughts on creativity and education that connects to Sir Kenneth Robinson pov __https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3ulrWylNMg _

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