__”At the end of each year, Webbmedia Group Digital Strategy applies our forecasting model to surface the most important emerging trends in digital media and technology for the year ahead. We’ve just published our annual Trend Report, and it features 81 notable trends and more than 100 companies and people to watch in 2016.” Amy Webb WebbmediaGroup-2016-TechTrends.pdf _ webbmediagroup com/2016-trends _
__Seymour Schulich and Queen’s University Principal Daniel Woolf have partnered to create a rare book collection within Queen’s Library. The Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection, which will reside in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, combines 400 volumes from the personal collections of Mr. Schulich and Principal Woolf. Mr. Schulich has also made an additional $1-million gift to Queen’s Library for the preservation and expansion of the collection. _ https://lnkd.in/eHswgAu
Principal Daniel Woolf always intended to donate his rare book collection to Queen’s University. He was inspired to accelerate that plan, though, thanks to the generosity of Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist Seymour Schulich.
“When I met Mr. Schulich, we discovered a shared interest in rare books. Because we’re both passionate about sharing this material with the broader academic community, we agreed to give our collections and create the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection,” says Principal Woolf, who provided items from his collection for an exhibit by Queen’s Library in 2014. “This collection will serve to enrich the teaching and learning experience at Queen’s and support research activity across the broader academic community.”
__Creators / designers will find this video, What is SmartBook? _ https://lnkd.in/eJKZehr _ offers more in-depth description and visual reference of the user experience _ note this iteration of SmartBook is a single textbook page format, rather than a format optimized for screens _ https://lnkd.in/e8S7jA7
SmartBooks are based on a technology developed by a company called Area9, which was acquired by McGraw Hill in 2014 (although the company used the technology in products for several years before then and purchased a twenty percent equity stake in 2013). The heart of the platform is a set of algorithms designed to optimize the commitment of knowledge to long-term memory.
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__Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a Good Deal for Canadian Innovators Commentary by Richard C Owens _ MLICommentaryOwens-12-15-final.pdf
Richard Owens, a Toronto lawyer, adjunct professor of law at the University of Toronto, and the former Executive Director of the University of Toronto Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, has published an important commentary on the TPP titled “Debunking Alarmism Over the TPP and IP: Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a Good Deal for Canadian Innovators”.
The article, published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, surveys the IP and e-commerce chapters of the TPP dispelling errors and aspersions about them and concluding that “It would be terrible if public debate were so undermined by misinformation as to seriously threaten such an important deal.” He also provides helpful analysis of key Articles in the treaty explaining the rationale for their inclusion and arguing that they will benefit Canadian innovators. He is also complimentary about Canada’s success in the negotiations stating “In any event, one is hard-pressed to point to Canadian concessions in Chapters 14 and 18. Even the one significant change, to the 70-year copyright term, also benefits Canadians.”
__Rather than the $5,000 cash grant, consider an alternative of providing a provincial income tax credit to be shared by Faculty, Library staff, and research assistants [i.e. public service participants]. _ http://www.sfu.ca/oergrants/how-to-apply.html _ “Three grants of up to $5,000 will be provided to 3 courses per semester. [-] to enable faculty members teaching credit courses to receive support in the identification, curation, customization and integration of Open Educational Resources into their courses.” _
Sponsored by the VP, Academic, the SFU Library and the TLC jointly provide small grants to support the adoption of Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources (OER) in SFU courses. These grants support faculty members wishing to redesign courses using OER as primary course materials. OER adoption is one way to address textbook affordability for students, and to encourage local development and adaptation of high quality open resources for use in SFU courses. In addition to the funding provided by these grants, in-kind contributions from the SFU Library and the TLC will assist recipients in locating, evaluating, and adapting high quality Open Resources as an alternative to expensive commercial course materials.
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__ “There are systematic approaches being taken to quality for OER and a much more substantial investment in instructional design for OER materials. Key organizations – OERu, UK Open University, the Commonwealth of Learning – are investing in quality assured OER. These organizations are helping to shape the future of OER for all levels of education. This may lead to a “cull” of poor OER resources. There are numerous stale dated and redundant resources. The OER “cupboard” needs a spring clean.”
__ this sounds like it may be a years-old article – Contact North doesn’t add a Date or Author name to its posts_
The future integration and successful use of Open Educational Resources (OER) are linked to four key elements in their development and adoption: building commitment, assuring quality, unbundling and language diversity. With these in place, OER can reach its potential for students, faculty/instructors, and colleges and universities.
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__Paul Stacey posted the second in a series of six Medium articles connected to the research underway about open business models __ https://lnkd.in/e_wHkm5
This is the second in a series of six Medium articles connected to the research underway by Creative Commons for its Kickstarter-funded book about open business models to be published summer 2016. This work has three parts. Part 1 explores how open businesses models are based more on abundance than scarcity. Part 2 continues that exploration with an eye to how abundance affects design and development of open business model strategies. And finally, in Part 3 we get down into specifics around how open business model organizations generate revenue to sustain and thrive.
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Envy men. Because if advertising is any indication, there’s never been a better time to be one.Marketers have long mined the clichés of womanhood to deliver the bottom line. Dove’s Real Beauty trope has had a healthy 10-year run and counting. Various female themes have run the gamut from insecure teens to moms as the unsung heroes, toiling stoically in the laundry room, making thankless dinners, all the while inspiring their children to Olympian heights (P&G). Tears well in our eyes just thinking about their selfless maternal nobility. After we reach for our handkerchiefs, we reach for our wallets. Advertisers know that putting mom on a pedestal wins. It’s a well-worn path to your purse.
Well, it would appear the tide has turned. It’s daddy’s turn to sell, and sell he does. Fathers seem to provide – somewhat ironically – the motherlode of creative inspiration these days. Testosterone is shilling everything from pants and cereal to Citroëns and running shoes.
__sorry, I know you’re way too busy to watch 25 ads but see – ‘Puppyhood‘ – for a smile _
__See pwc report – Economic Impacts of the Canadian Educational Sector’s Fair Dealing Guidelines _ http://www.accesscopyright.ca/media/94983/access_copyright_report.pdf _
__”In God we trust, all others bring data.” _ it would be helpful to cite the data source url . . . so we might see specifically which textbooks were tracked since 1978 to 2015. Thanks.
Hi Don, here’s the link to the report from the American Enterprise Institute: https://www.aei.org/publication/the-new-era-of-the-400-college-textbook-which-is-part-of-the-unsustainable-higher-education-bubble/
__Yes, thanks, I’d read Dr. Perry piece in July – he also did not cite BLS url sources of data. Since the public perception of cost increases are shaped by articles like this it is interesting to look at the complexity of the subject and note that Educational books and supplies had a relative importance of 000.196 / 100.000 in the CPI of All Items _
Hedonic Quality Adjustment Methods for College Textbooks in the U.S. CPI
The College textbooks item category has been in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since 1964. College textbooks, along with Elementary/high school textbooks, and Reference books make up the Consumer Price Index aggregate index Educational books and supplies. Educational books and supplies had a relative importance of .196 in the CPI-U All Items, as of December 1999. The Educational books and supplies index is published monthly at the U.S. level, while none of the aggregate’s three components are published. College textbooks is by far the largest component.
__Cable’s reply. . . “No. I talked about a range for annual cost. It was recorded wrong.”
__note: Elizabeth Corcoran has made a correction to this piece, but the original NBCNEWS article didn’t cite a source url, and perhaps it would be insightful to offer the Bureau of Labor Statistics data source here. This url might help readers-researchers identify specifically which textbooks’ prices were found to have have risen 1,041 percent since 1977.
__Wow! this is great, thanks to Michael Caulfield for this further development. Earlier this year I got a sense of the possibilities of Federated Wiki when I participated in MC’s FedWiki Happening2 on Teaching Machines __ https://lnkd.in/ez8NKvZ
I show how you can work in Wikity in the video below. In brief, the idea is other people’s investigations or explanations of things feed into what you are exploring; you add your bit to that and feed it forward for others to use. At the same time, since people work in their own space, everybody gets to keep control of their own process, built to achieve their own ends
Markdown added to Wikity
If things get much worse in the US for Pearson, the financial pressures could start to tell
__Stephen Downes “What do I conclude? The good news is, there’s a lot of free and open content out there. But there are some serious questions that need to be asked. First, most of the so-called ‘free’ licenses counted come from very few sites, and these are sites where only the ‘free’ license is used. Second, it seems clear that, when given a choice, most people choose a non-commercial license.” it’s good advice to look at the source data . . . _ https://lnkd.in/ecV-jaz __ https://lnkd.in/eQehY4B
__Visual communications Simplifies complex concepts. Encourages online learners to organize key ideas. Boosts knowledge retention. __ https://lnkd.in/erMU5NF
Visual Thinking In eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know – eLearning Industry
How To Use Visual Thinking In eLearning.
top 3 Visual Thinking Benefits In eLearning
__The following letter to the editor was submitted to Maclean’s Magazine in response to its Nov. 30, 2015, online story, “Why colleges are increasingly being seen as the smart choice.” – which was “short on data and big on tired myths,” according to Paul Davidson, President and CEO of Universities Canada. __ https://lnkd.in/eNbSYEC
Students need meaningful data when choosing postsecondary education – Universities Canada
The following letter to the editor was published in Maclean’s Magazine on December 11, 2015 in response to its Nov. 30, 2015, online story, “Why colleges are increasingly being seen as the smart choice.”
By Paul Davidson, president and CEO, Universities Canada
To the Editor,
Today’s students need meaningful data in making decisions about postsecondary education and careers. Unfortunately, Carolyn Abraham was short on data and big on tired myths (“Why colleges are increasingly being seen as the smart choice,” Dec. 1), missing the reality of Canada’s need for all types of skills, knowledge and credentials to achieve its economic and social potential.