__”On Oct 22, Clint Lalonde from BCcampus gave an overview of Open Textbooks, including the BCcampus Open Textbook project, the Campus Manitoba and BCcampus partnership for the Manitoba initiative, and details on the Manitoba faculty review process.” __ https://vimeo.com/144011655
In this interview, Debbie Millman talks about branding design and strategies, her podcast (Design Matters), cofounding the first master’s in branding program at the School of Visual Arts, and her latest books.
__yes, let’s imagine Value Propositions. . . [products and services] that are DESIGNED to meet [customers] needs, delight them with unexpectedly great experiences, and a heightened sense of aesthetics to gain brand loyalty and ROI. __ http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/marketing_sales/building_a_design_driven_culture
It’s not enough to just sell a product or service—companies must truly engage with their customers. Here’s how to embed experience design in your organization.
__Estimated Total Program Funding: $160,000,000 in this Grant, see ED-GRANTS-102314-002 Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Preschool Development Grants: Expansion Grants CFDA Number 84.419B
__Information / Research the nature of projects funded via US Department of Education Discretionary Grants _ http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html
The Adobe + FEED Make It Challenge is a unique seven-day competition where three creative teams developed and pitched concepts for the FEED Holiday campaign. One team was ultimately selected to produce their winning concept – all while our cameras were rolling to capture the creative journey.
Artificially intelligent software is replacing the textbook—and reshaping American education.
__I agree with you, Kelly, Will Oremus, Slate’s senior technology writer, has offered a well balanced, insightful and overall optimistic perspective of the enabling effects of technology in education. _ In his piece, Will referred to Audrey Watters, who, coincidentally, has also posted an article with her perspective about ed-tech which many may find also raises important issues [“The Algorithmic Future of Education” Keynote to Faculty] _ http://hackeducation.com/2015/10/22/robot-tutors/
__Ethan Senack sent out The Student PIRGs survey about textbook prices 2015 __ interesting questions and push poll will result in very specific feedback for Policymakers to consider __ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mUCGUKZFlfLso0qv6dgncqLDTgoUQtFr-okTLsoegIY/viewform
__”THE Journal recently spoke with teachers and administrators in several districts that are experimenting with digital versions of textbooks from traditional publishers as well as those curating digital material to compose new, more personalized texts for their students. From their responses, it is clear that the promise of digital texts has been matched by frustrating deployment issues.” __ https://thejournal.com/articles/2015/10/28/the-promise-and-perils-of-digital-textbooks.aspx
THE Journal recently spoke with teachers and administrators in several districts that are experimenting with digital versions of textbooks from traditional publishers as well as those curating digital material to compose new, more personalized texts for their students. From their responses, it is clear that the promise of digital texts has been matched by frustrating deployment issues.
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The Fall 2015 issue of Global Brief is now on newsstands, with illustrations by Carl Wiens, Sara Tyson, Nate Williams, Gary Taxali, Dusan Petricic and Deshi Deng. View the issuu-powered online facsimile here: https://issuu.com/globalbriefmagazine/docs/gb_18_issuu/1?e=0
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__This State Educational Technology Directors Association SETDA research paper provides an analysis of state policy trends related to digital instructional materials, essential conditions for implementation, an update on the states’ progress towards SETDA’s Out of Print recommendations __ http://www.setda.org/priorities/digital-content/navigating-the-shift/
State Educational Technology Directors Association SETDA research paper
Navigating the Digital Shift: Mapping the Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials
This research paper provides an analysis of state policy trends related to digital instructional materials, essential conditions for implementation, an update on the states’ progress towards SETDA’s Out of Print recommendations and highlights several next steps for consideration as leaders move to advance the learning experiences in the digital age.
__Google Books is a solid alternative to Amazon’s discoverability and sales platform, and one that readers will find organically. Although Amazon is included in the list of buy-links on Google Books search results, and although Amazon is listed second–below “The Publisher,” which links to the title’s publisher’s direct-to-consumer site, if available–this feature gives publishers a boost they otherwise would not have. __ https://lnkd.in/eR2irYu
If you search for a title or a subject in Google Books, what you’re given isn’t the full-text of a book. Instead, Google searches the contents of the thirty million books it’s digitized since 2002 and presents you with a list of book snippets and book titles that include your search terms. This is immensely helpful to researchers and, the argument in favor of Google Books goes, potentially beneficial to publishers–and, by default, to authors.
__Boundless $29.99 App only available to Faculty/Students using Canvas LMS, Boundless’ unique position in the OER market is that its open content was curated in scope and sequence to specifically match pages in the most popular College Textbooks _ primary sources of Boundless content are Wikipedia-quality __ http://blog.boundless.com/2015/10/boundless-partners-canvas-transform-classrooms-cloud-powered-content-tightly-integrated-learning-management-system/
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Pearson has nothing to do with this dispute. They are quoted but only because they provided information about other schools adopting the book in question.
__Am looking for the issue of Academic Freedom to heat up even more than the pressure to adopt free OER _ “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.” _ see original article _ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bourget-688288-math-book.html
Don, I think you are most likely correct. The high cost of textbooks seems to be driving faculty to look for alternatives, and altering how acceptable committee adoptions might therefore be.
__Nicole Allen, director of open education at SPARC, keeps Faculty focused on ‘The high cost of textbooks’. _”Ten years ago long-term departmental adoptions were considered good for affordability since it allows a strong local used-book market to develop. Now it can work against students by perpetuating the traditional publishing industry’s stranglehold on the market, which keeps new innovations like OER out.” _ see related article _ https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/10/26/dispute-required-math-textbook-escalates-broader-debate-about-costs-and-academic
__”Institutions pay a per-student fee to use the Waymaker courseware package, which includes delivery of [Free, Open Licensed] course materials in Lumen’s courseware platform, instrumentation of content and assessments, personalization tools, integration with the institution’s learning management system, training and technical support.” Stephen Downes observed – “Interestingly, though, given his [Wiley] background, the software doesn’t appear to be open source.”
A new offering from open education company Lumen Learning offers students and faculty insights and tools to make their own decisions about how to learn most effectively. Developed as part of the Next Generation Courseware Challenge, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Waymaker is courseware that combines “OER with learning science insights to deliver a personalized learning experience with a deep commitment to both affordability and quality,” according to the company.
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__In Canada, The Copyright Modernization Act formalizes the voluntary Notice and Notice regime for resolving possible infringement questions with Fair Dealing uses of copyright creative work _Michael Geist discusses _ https://lnkd.in/e-gzeZ3 __ https://lnkd.in/ez6BimN
Under current laws, copyright holders must convince a court if they want the offending content removed but, under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, content will be blocked or removed as soon as the first complaint is made.