2015-11-24 – Don Gorges Posts November 12 to November 24

 

 

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Don Gorges

Don Gorges

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

 

 


 


 

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__David Wiley’s Foundations for OER Strategy Development calls for ACTION at Open Education Conference “Our next step is to make the commitments that will continue the momentum. Make a commitment to advance OER Make your commitment public.” _ read the document at _ www.oerstrategy.org/ __

__seeking community support on leadership mandate “Government Funding: Governments are the largest potential source for funding that can bring OER to scale. In many cases they are already spending money directly on course materials, textbooks, or on programs that create educational materials. We need strategies such as open license funding requirements (e.g., Creative Commons licenses) that will redirect some or all of that money to OER. Publicly funded educational resources should be openly licensed by default. ” __Lots to discuss here about ‘redirecting’ funding for creative sector work

 



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D2L

D2L

We want our internet connection to be instantaneous, our apps to be personalized, and our data to target our needs. We want to be able to do it all, anywhere and at any time. Education is no exception.

Students Have the Right to On Demand Education. It’s Time to Let Teachers Make it Happen | Brightspace

Students Have the Right to On Demand Education. It’s Time to Let Teachers Make it Happen | Brightspace

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As an educator, I often get asked why personalized learning isn’t happening, since students and teachers alike see the need for things to change.  I think there are many factors that come into play when we are talking about the implementation of one-to-one personalization in education. Although universities and K-12 school systems are changing, this kind of shift requires buy-in from the majority and a willingness to do something new.  In my experience, teachers have had so many initiatives thrown at them over the years that they can sometimes become resistant to new programs.  I’m not saying that teachers don’t see the value in what technology has to offer but unless presented with a pedagogically sound framework, new technology – no matter how promising – could go unused.



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__The Ignite Imagination Campaign is focused around four pillars: enhancing student experience, fostering faculty innovation, enriching academic programming, and building and renewing infrastructure. “By 2018, OCAD University will be transformed through campus expansion in the heart of Toronto’s creative district and through enhanced student experience,” said OCADU President Sara Diamond. __ https://lnkd.in/eDayekT

Ignite Imagination Campaign Priorities, OCAD University

Ignite Imagination Campaign Priorities, OCAD University

ocadu.ca

We will build a robust scholarship and bursary program to attract and support the BEST and the BRIGHTEST…

 



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__”Axonify’s new Employee Knowledge Platform is already in-market with 80 customers who have received it as part of an upgrade. Axonify’s eLearning platform is already in use by Walmart, Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, the John Hancock Group of Funds and Bloomingdale’s.” __ https://lnkd.in/eimJCDg

Waterloo's Axonify introduces Employee Knowledge Platform to improve workplace learning - Cantech Letter

Waterloo’s Axonify introduces Employee Knowledge Platform to improve workplace learning – Cantech Letter

cantechletter.com

Waterloo-based corporate learning innovator Axonify has unveiled the evolution of its eLearning solution, a full-scale Employee Knowledge Platform designed to help companies solve the challenge of workplace employee knowledge.

If you think of the last “workplace training” experience you sat through, it might have looked like one of those poorly produced case studies shot and edited during the 1990s.

Things are different today.




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Hélène Paulette Côté

The other day on NPR I heard that car companies now consider the design needs of drivers — older than in their advertising. While I applaud accommodating the 50+ market, I couldn’t help but notice the man with the undeniably young voice kept referring to this group as “older drivers”. I have nothing against Millennials but I bristled EVERY TIME he said it, as though it were an alien species, thus undermining the desired message. This illustrates why we need more “over 50” creatives, than under 30’s, advertising to their own generation! Let’s make it so. http://bit.ly/1M8D3jJ #REturnships.

This 'Returnship' Eases People's Transition Back to Agency Jobs After Years Away

This ‘Returnship’ Eases People’s Transition Back to Agency Jobs After Years Away

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SapientNitro’s program could serve as a model
Sue Vering was an associate creative director at DDB Chicago when she left in 1998, ultimately taking seve…
The bottom line, according to experts, is that seasoned returnees, owing to the depth of their experience, intense job focus and drive to succeed often exceed limitations. That’s certainly true for Vering, still at FCB, now leading about 35 staffers as svp, group creative director; and McIntyre, who, after five years at A&G, joined Santander Bank‘s internal agency as a senior campaign manager.
 



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Tony Bates

Russon, G. (2015) UCF offers high-tech homework tailored to students, Orlando Sentinel, November 23

This article presents a short written account and a video of the adaptive learning program being introduced at the University of Central Florida (which is one of the pioneers of blended learning). It is being used particularly in large classes to personalize the learning.

There’s not much detail in this article, and the program is in its early stages, but it is useful to know that UCF is experimenting with adaptive learning, given its long history of carefully evaluating its online learning initiatives.

Clint Lalonde

The (open) future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed

clintlalonde.net

This is post 1 of a 2 part #opened15 brain dump about open textbooks.

Textbooks. Ugh. Who needs them.

The one overarching narrative strand I have come away with is that open has grown to the point where pathways diverge as the nuance and details of actual on the ground projects begin to reach a certain state of maturity.  No longer are we talking of “the promise” or “the potential” of open. There is much “doing” of open in many wonderful ways.  The multitude and variety of projects flying open banners is impressive to see as the field matures.

But there is tension in the community around open textbooks. This tension that there is too much emphasis placed on both the “textbook” as pedagogical tool, and the financial savings to students.

Don Gorges

    1. __Thanks, Clint. I agree with Jim Groom’s point and Robin DeRosa’s notes on “Here’s what I want OpenEd to help me figure out how to do instead of lowering textbook costs:” P.S. Congratulations on a great Conference and Thank you for enabling those of us who didn’t attend to participate by providing streaming Keynotes and VConnection Hangouts.

 



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AIGA, the professional association for design

http://www.aiga.org/Design-Journeys/

 



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__Recommend VConnecting w/ David and Mary who offer us further insights into the experiences and iterations of BCcampus, aka, the Canadian ‘exemplar’ Open Textbook initiative. Also recommend the Phil and Michael video__

VConnecting Martin Weller with David Porter and Mary Burgess

#opened15 @VConnecting Martin Weller with David Porter and Mary Burgess

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After David and Mary’s keynote “Supporting Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia”

 



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__Since March, many people discussed and shaped language for this document [it’s good to read these iterations] __ now available for rhetorical analysis __

OER community releases the Foundations for OER Strategy

OER community releases the Foundations for OER Strategy

creativecommons.org

This document provides a concise analysis of where the global OER movement currently stands

http://oerstrategy.org/

Don Gorges __Creative direction, add a few ‘X+O’ and imagine momentum arrows for each ‘X’ and ‘O’ in a Visualization __ Have Strategic Foresight to create visuals of likely strategic iterations which include commercial resources combined with OER into individual Teacher Editions/Portfolios.

 



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__”Donna Quan, will depart on Dec. 14 to assume a research job newly created for her by Queen’s Park. If nothing else, this provides a chance for a fresh start at a board that has become a byword for institutional dysfunction.” __ editorial: Release [Barbara Hall] report on school board now: Editorial | Toronto Star __http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2015/09/11/release-report-on-school-board-now-editorial.html

The TDSB has a chance to finally get things right: Editorial | Toronto Star

The TDSB has a chance to finally get things right: Editorial | Toronto Star

thestar.com

Ontario’s education minister and the board itself must lose no time in putting Canada’s biggest school board on the right track.

Finally, the decks have been cleared for a thorough overhaul of the perennially troubled Toronto District School Board. Ontario’s education minister and the board itself must lose no time in putting Canada’s biggest school board on the right track.

If nothing else, this provides a chance for a fresh start at a board that has become a byword for institutional dysfunction. Things have calmed down since last year, when squabbling between Quan and trustees spiraled out of control. But finding a new education director better placed to create a culture of good governance and trust at the board is a vital step.

 



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__Lincoln Wallen said: “Technology has fundamentally revolutionized the animation and gaming industries, like many others, but education has yet to harness its full potential. I am a strong believer in the power of education, and I am looking forward to helping Pearson to grow our impact and improve educational outcomes” __

Lincoln Wallen appointed to Pearson board of directors

pearson.com     November 18, 2015

Pearson today announces the appointment of Lincoln Wallen as an independent non-executive director, effective from January 1st 2016.

Lincoln is Chief Technology Officer for DreamWorks Animation, the global family entertainment company, a position he has held since 2012, having joined the company as Head of Research and Development in 2008.

Prior to DreamWorks Animation, Lincoln served for four years as Chief Technology Officer for the mobile business of Electronic Arts, Inc., a leading interactive entertainment software company. He has also held senior positions at Criterion Software, MathEngine plc and the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics & System Engineering.

 



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__A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources from UNESCO and COL _ 215804e.pdf _ pg 16  Does use of OER preclude use of commercial content? “While it may be a worthy, if somewhat idealistic aspiration to make all educational content available free of charge, in-principle decisions to exclude commercial content from consideration in teaching and learning environments are likely to be inappropriate.”__

Why Faculty and Instructors Use Open Educational Resources (OER)

teachonline.ca

A revised and truly comprehensive guide to open educational resources (OER) was recently released by UNESCO and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) – it is something every faculty member and instructor should have readily available. The guide is full of suggested places to look for and find appropriate resources to support teaching and available resources to aid learning.




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__Recalls 2005 GAO-05-806 report, “Enhanced Offerings Appear to Drive Recent Price Increases” _ “While many factors affect textbook pricing, the increasing costs associated with developing products designed to accompany textbooks, such as CD-ROMs and other instructional supplements, best explain price increases in recent years. Publishers say they have increased investments in developing supplements in response to demand from instructors.” __

OER Issues: Apples, Orchards and Infrastructure | Inside Higher Ed

OER Issues: Apples, Orchards and Infrastructure | Inside Higher Ed

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Three issues loom large for OER advocates: quality, ecosystems and infrastructure.

 



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BCcampus

The wonderful folks at Virtually Connecting are offering people who cannot attend the ‪#‎OpenEd15‬ conference an opportunity to talk to presenters in between the conference sessions, by joining Google hangouts with them. Here’s the schedule.

Schedule for Virtually Connecting at #OpenEd15

Schedule for Virtually Connecting at #OpenEd15

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A wonderful team of on-site buddies will be meeting 4 times (so far) with on-site presenters and participants.

 



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Expanded Alberta sunshine list could drive up salaries, say Ontario academics

Expanded Alberta sunshine list could drive up salaries, say Ontario academics

edmontonjournal.com

Alberta’s expanded sunshine list will likely drive up salaries in the public sector and do little to shed light on government spending unless explanations for salary levels are also included, say two academics from Ontario.

Both advise Alberta to reconsider its proposed bill to name professors, doctors and public sector workers earning more than $125,000 a year, and pare the list down to top-paid decision-making executives who will otherwise be lost in the “annual media Gotcha! frenzy.”

In Ontario, the sunshine list is growing each year, with more teachers, police officers, city workers, professors and others making $100,000 or more, since the disclosure limit doesn’t increase based on inflation as it does in Alberta.

 



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__David sets the moral tone for the Open Education Conference _ _“The affordances of digital, networked technologies [Creative Commons Licenses] make it incredibly easy – so easy almost as to create a moral imperative – to be generous with educational materials that cost almost nothing to duplicate and transmit around the globe. Open Educational Resources (OER) are one way in which technology allows us to be more generous.” __ http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/4064

 



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__ “Foundations for OER Strategy Development” Document is published for Open Education Conference, Cable Green removing the “Next Steps” section as “we are about to publish this version of the doc. Thanks everyone for your good ideas!” _ I Value having a copy to remember everyones comments and ideas over the 3 Drafts Foundations for OER Strategy Development __



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