2016-02-09 – Don Gorges Posts January 17 to February 9

 

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

 



 

__Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection | Tesia Marshik | TEDxUWLaCrosse __ www youtube com/watch?v=855Now8h5Rs _

This presentation focuses on debunking this myth via research findings, explaining how/why the belief in learning styles is problematic, and examining the reasons why the belief persists despite the lack of evidence.

Dr. Tesia Marshik is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research interests in educational psychology include student motivation, self-regulation, and teacher-student relationships.

Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection | Tesia Marshik | TEDxUWLaCrosse



 

“Why the Widespread Belief in ‘Learning Styles’ Is Not Just Wrong; It’s Also Dangerous”   by Simon Oxenham

Earlier this year on this blog, we addressed the problem of neuromyths including the belief held by 93 percent of British teachers that “learning styles” exist. A new TED talk by Dr. Tesia Marshik, who is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, walks us through the extensive evidence that learning styles don’t exist, before looking at why the belief is so widespread and exploring how the belief can indeed be dangerous:

“When something is so pervasive it doesn’t even occur to people to challenge it. We need to be willing to critically reflect on beliefs even if they are commonly believed. Another reason why this persists is quite frankly: The idea of learning styles is sexy. It sounds good. It feels good. Saying that people have different learning styles is another way of acknowledging that people are different, and differences are important, especially when it comes to the classroom. But me saying that learning styles don’t exist is not saying people are the same. People do differ in many important ways; learning styles just isn’t one of them, and just because some ideas sound really good, just because we really want something to be true, doesn’t make it so….

 



 

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__I have a similar issue with LinkedIn’s default display of “Top Updates” / top influencers etc – I’d prefer to be able to choose a default preference for “Recent Updates” – a chronological timeline. _ And, yes, I also hear the ‘algorithmic education’ issues that Audrey raises . . .

Identity, Power and Education’s Algorithms — Audrey Watters

Identity, Power and Education’s Algorithms — Audrey Watters

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Late Friday night, Buzzfeed published a story indicating that Twitter is poised this week to switch from a reverse-chronological timeline for Tweets to an algorithmically organized one. Users’ responses ranged from outrage to acceptance (after all, it’s hardly the first time that Twitter has made a drastic, unsettling change to the user experience) — but the predominant response sure seemed like outrage, as #RIPTwitter soon began to trend.

Many questioned the decision, pointing out the importance that Twitter’s real-time feed has played in breaking news. Some noted that events like those that transpired in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 were first and foremost spread via Twitter — long before the story of Michael Brown’s death was picked up by the mainstream media. And others pointed out that the story of the shooting and the subsequent protests were glaringly absent from Facebook, whose news feed is displayed algorithmically.

These observations about a filtered and circumscribed access to information get to the heart of the concerns about an algorithmic Twitter: it will reinforce the voices of the powerful and silence the voices of the marginalized.

 


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Will Novosedlik

In a world gone mad for digital, sometimes it’s just good to cuddle up with a good book.

EDITORIAL

EDITORIAL: On the craft of printmaking

The Code vs the Codex

by Will Novosedlik

appliedartsmag.com

last Wednesday evening as I attended the 2015 Veritiv Canada Design and Print Excellence Awards. (Veritiv is the brand name assigned to the merger of two former divisions of International Paper, the world’s second largest paper distributor by sales and production volume.)

It was a gathering of some of Canada’s best designers and printers, invited to rub shoulders, eat sliders, drink cocktails and celebrate together as the winners were summoned to the stage to collect their accolades.

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  1. __Thanks, Will. I share your love of print and can relate to those feelings as I recall a similar sense of awe at the state-of-the-art and craftsmanship on first occasion I attended The New York Book Show, and browsing through books designed by Chip Kidd et al.

 


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Tony Bates

Ellis, T. (2016) Developing a course content strategy University Business, February This article has made me realise the still massive difference between what actually happens on campus and the future we are moving to. This article is written primarily for campus book store managers and makes me think that they don’t know what’s going to hit […]

The future of learning content – and campus bookstores

The future of learning content – and campus bookstores

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Ellis, T. (2016) Developing a course content strategy University Business, February

This article has made me realise the still massive difference between what actually happens on campus and the future we are moving to. This article is written primarily for campus book store managers and makes me think that they don’t know what’s going to hit them over the next few years.

The article was based on a survey that came to the following conclusion:

students and faculty prefer printed textbooks but cost and enhanced learning experiences are fuelling interest in the transition to digital and ultimately to adaptive learning courseware and platform-based products… content creators… will continue to proliferate…conditions will favor retail giants and smaller niche players

The article then goes on (not surprisingly) to argue that campus store managers should play a key role in making decisions about course materials and related services.

Why they are in for a shock . . .

Don Gorges

  1. __Thanks for the link to the article, Tony. Readers may find it easier to read this analysis of the current learning content ecosystem from The National Association of College Stores (NACS) _ http://ecosystem.nacs.org/ _ and may find additional insights in the Student Watch research on Student Attitudes & Behaviors toward Course Materials _ http://www.nacs.org/research/studentwatchfindings.aspx _

Thanks, Don – you are right: I should have gone to the original source rather than relying on the article. Thanks for this and if you don’t mind I will add your comment to my post as a comment from you

 


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Corey Lynn

One of the highlights of my product management career at MHE was completing the market research and writing the marketing section of the publishing proposal for SRA Flex Literacy. I moved on to another product after it was approved so I never got to manage the live product. But when I see this along with other efforts made around Flex, I’m so proud of what my former colleagues have been able to accomplish. I’m also very proud to have been a part of Flex at the beginning.

McGraw-Hill Education launches free project-based literacy instruction

McGraw-Hill Education launches free project-based literacy instruction

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In an effort to reach all students with meaningful literacy instruction, McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has launched SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart, a free introduction to project-based literacy intervention for grades 3-12.

Released in conjunction with the 2016 National Title I Conference, the complimentary 15-day lesson plan covers all five stages of the SRA FLEX Project Experience in an easy-to-follow sequence, aiming to boost literacy skills through reading, writing-centered activities and group collaboration.

The free, introductory FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart bundle includes:

 


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D2L

D2L

A large proportion of today’s skilled workforce and leadership talent may be on the verge of retirement, but not every baby boomer is ready to throw in the towel

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http://www.brightspace.com/blog/is-it-time-to-retire-retirement/

Is it Time to Retire Retirement?

Download eBook _ http://www.brightspace.com/resource-gate-form/?postID=31286&campaign=965111b7-85c0-e511-9b4a-0050568e503f



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Amanda Murray

Health implications of McD’s aside– interesting concept: books instead of toys in happy meals. #ProjectLiteracy

McDonald's Will Serve Happy Meals With Books Instead of Toys

McDonald’s Will Serve Happy Meals With Books Instead of Toys

How the Happy Meal will Provide Children More Books than the World’s Largest Library

Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading is Fundamental

Ensuring children have access to books has proven instrumental in combating illiteracy in children in the United States. Studies prove the simple act of reading a book to a child at bedtime has a direct impact on his or her educational growth and potential. To help fill this critical need, McDonald’s began distributing Happy Meal Books in 2013 and, by the end of this year, will have distributed more than 50 million books to children — enough to provide a book to every child in America under the age of 12.

__Thanks, Amanda. See: How the Happy Meal will Provide Children More Books than the World’s Largest Library – Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading is Fundamental _ https://medium.com/@McDonaldsCorp/how-the-happy-meal-will-provide-children-more-books-than-the-world-s-largest-library-7d104fce28a7#.ulxvknrhc _

 


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Second Avenue Learning

Congrats to our friends at RIT! http://hubs.ly/H022wBh0

RIT receives Higher Education Capital Grant to equip AMPrint Center for Advanced Technology

RIT receives Higher Education Capital Grant to equip AMPrint Center for Advanced Technology

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Investment of $500,000 will be used to further develop 3D printing and additive manufacturing applications

 


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__Apollo Global Management has significant experience investing in the education sector with current and former private equity fund investments in leading companies including McGraw Hill Education, Connections Academy and Sylvan Learning

Apollo Education Group, Inc. to Be Taken Private in $1.1 Billion Transaction

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Apollo Education Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, LLC, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management,

“This new structure will allow Apollo Education Group the flexibility and runway it needs to complete the transformational plan at University of Phoenix, which will enable us to serve our students more effectively during a period of unprecedented volatility within our industry. We will also continue to expand our international operations and remain committed to driving principles of operating excellence.”



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__Ryerson’s Zone Learning Analytics School (ZLAS) will bring in the top analytics-software providers and industry practitioners to give complimentary data analytics training to undergraduate students, professionals, and increase collaboration between engineers, mathematicians, and businesspeople. website: https://lnkd.in/eGHRgvV Twitter: https://lnkd.in/eehMR_d / LinkedIn to come? __ https://lnkd.in/e9Rd3jp

Ted Rogers School of Management launches Zone Learning Analytics School

Ted Rogers School of Management launches Zone Learning Analytics School

ryerson.ca

New zone partner among the few Canadian universities to give undergraduate students and entrepreneurs an edge in the growing field of big data

With the Internet of Things, social media and multimedia revolutionizing the way we communicate, industries are turning more to experts who can make sense of vast amounts of data generated by consumers to identify patterns and come up with solutions – with just a few clicks. To help bridge this skills gap, Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) is launching the Zone Learning Analytics School (ZLAS) to give undergraduate students an opportunity to learn about big data and provide analytics training.

“Thanks to funding from Ryerson’s Zone Learning and support from TRSM, I’m delighted that Ryerson will be among a few universities in Canada to provide big data education to undergraduate students,” said James Tieu, co-executive director and a fourth-year TRSM business management student who spearheaded the initiative. “Business is about decision making based on future outcomes; analytics will help you predict those outcomes more precisely.”

Ryerson University – Zone Learning Analytics School
Zone Learning Analytics School


 

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__”It’s a human+machines future.” _ so, I’m in, with my personal DNA-encrypted Bio-Server, _I’m naming mine Pearl . . .

How to Never Forget a Name? In the Future, We'll Just Google Our Brain - Singularity HUB

How to Never Forget a Name? In the Future, We’ll Just Google Our Brain – Singularity HUB

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That future may soon be here. In a patent published late last year, IBM described a sort of “automatic Google for the mind”: one that monitors your conversations and actions, understands your intentions and offers help only when you need it most.

The brainchild of computational neuroscientist Dr. James Kozloski, a master inventor at IBM Research, the cognitive digital assistant has lofty goals: by acting as an external memory search module, it hopes to help people with memory impairments regain the cognitive ability to navigate through life with minimal help.

For the rest of us? A searchable memory could give us the opportunity to make innovative connections, support brainstorming sessions and help us tackle more problems and think more deeply.

In a recent interview with the Atlantic, Kozloski laid out his plans for a human-AI mind-meld future.



What the commercial printer and publisher of tomorrow must do to be successful - Graphic Arts Magazine

What the commercial printer and publisher of tomorrow must do to be successful – Graphic Arts Magazine

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IT will drive print’s relevance

Tomorrow’s commercial printer must become as comfortable with Information Technology as he or she is with offset litho. That can stretch from operating a website to harvest jobs, to creating automated workflows that minimize touchpoints so errors can be reduced using management systems. This includes print MIS (Management Information Systems) to record and present up-to-the-minute details of how a company is performing, through to data handling to create personalized communications for customers to talk to their clients in the most relevant way. If that means using social media alongside print, the ‘new commercial printer’ must deliver this.



 

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Joe Melomo

https://lnkd.in/eZvw-5t If you get a chance… the reddit commentary on this article is excellent.

92 Percent of College Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-Readers

92 Percent of College Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-Readers

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With her new book, Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, Naomi Baron, a professor of linguistics at American University, brings more data to the case for print.  Baron and her colleagues surveyed over 300 university students in the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Slovakia, and found a near-universal preference for print, especially for serious reading. (She finds that the format doesn’t matter so much for “light reading.”) When students were given a choice of various media—including hard copy, cell phone, tablet, e-reader, and laptop—92 percent said they could concentrate best in hard copy.

  1. __”Where does print have advantages over digital reading? The answer is often in learning. Let’s look at four “C’s” important for reading: continuity, concentration, concepts and contemplation. As we’ll see, the printed page helps foster all four, arguably better than digital screens.” see Print Matters for Learning _ http://www.howlifeunfolds.com/productive-learning/print-matters-for-learning _ Also see Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking _ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/naomi-s-baron/read-on-screen-learning_b_6681500.html

 



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Cable Green

Report: Making Textbooks Affordable: Covering the Costs with #OER: http://ow.ly/XU1zZ by: @HigherEdPIRG @uspirg

COVERING THE COST | Student PIRGs

COVERING THE COST | Student PIRGs

studentpirgs.orgOver the last decade, the price of college textbooks has soared. Since 2006, the cost of a college textbook increased by 73% – over four times the rate of inflati…

__Related research: The National Student Financial Wellness Study (NSFWS) is a national survey of [163,714 undergraduate college students; 18,795 responded] examining the financial attitudes, practices and knowledge of students from institutions of higher education across the United States, and was developed and administered by The Ohio State University. _ http://cssl.osu.edu/posts/documents/nsfws-national-descriptive-report.pdf _ http://cssl.osu.edu/posts/documents/nsfws-key-findings-report.pdf _

 



 

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Will Novosedlik

We are in the midst of epochal disruption. We have become so beguiled by technology that we have forgotten who it’s for, which may lead to a future that will forget about us. We need to ask hard questions about that, as Hilton does here.

Stop Being More Digital, Start Being More Human

Stop Being More Digital, Start Being More Human

Hilton Barbour on LinkedIn

Yet in the midst of all the debates of “Is Digital a channel, a medium, an attitude, a philosophy blah blah blah” I remain perplexed at how much still seems to be about the bright shiny object and not the “why I should care” part.

The features, not the benefits.

The tool, not the task it is intended to accomplish.

And when confronted with a question like “why should we build this piece of tech?” the answer, often delivered with shrug, is typically “why not?”

Don’t get me wrong, I adore the tech industry. The brains it attracts. The bold advances it makes possible.  But somewhere in all this coveting of code, many seem to have lost the plot and the ability to suitably answer, “to what end are we doing this?”

They’ve forgotten the human side of the equation.

Don Gorges

  1. __Well said, Hilton, Thank you. In the end, I’m optimistic we will “live up to the promise and potential of this Fourth Industrial Revolution” – that this is the necessary period of [perhaps] painful transition. The concerns / issues raised here are familiar in the Education sector, although the language, references and terms will differ, they are often interchangeable. Holacracy, for example, might represent Student – Faculty ‘Agency’ and Adaptive/Personalized Learning in the Academic context.

__It might interest some to see the nature of these parallel discussions via this survey summary of Key Issues in Teaching and Learning 2016 _ http://www.educause.edu/eli/initiatives/key-issues-in-teaching-and-learning _ and-or the Horizon Report Higher Education 2016 _ http://cdn.nmc.org/media/2016-nmc-horizon-report-he-EN.pdf

 



 

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__A $12,000 grant for the prof-author’s time plus the time-support of assigned library staff _ “My administration recognizes the financial impact that rising college textbook costs have on Rutgers students, and is supportive of efforts to increase the number of Rutgers faculty members assigning open textbooks in their courses,” said President Barchi in a letter to the Rutgers University Senate.

Libraries to head open textbook grant program

Libraries to head open textbook grant program

libraries.rutgers.edu

The Libraries have been tapped by President Robert Barchi to design and administer a pilot grant program to foster the use of open textbooks at Rutgers.  The program will offer $12,000 in competitive grants to university faculty members to help transition their course materials to an open textbook platform.

Open textbooks such as those offered by the Open Textbook Library are peer-reviewed like conventional textbooks but published under open copyright licenses that allow them to be read, downloaded, and printed for free. In addition to cutting costs for students, these textbooks often offer teaching faculty the flexibility to alter or repurpose the material to suit their particular needs.

 



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__A new $5 million program launched today by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will bring new innovative technologies, products and services to Ontario’s public education system. The AdvancingEducation Program will help connect Ontario’s public education system including English and French K-12 schools as well as post-secondary institutions with companies to test early market interest and demonstrate innovative products and technologies in an education setting. _ www oce-ontario org/programs/commercialization-programs/advancingeducation-program

AdvancingEducation Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence
AdvancingEducation Program | Ontario Centres of Excellence – Where Next Happens
AdvancingEducation Partnering Forum
AdvancingEducation Partnering Forum | RIC Centre
OCE on Twitter: “Announcing OCE’s AdvancingEducation program, supporting up to 10 projects connecting Ontario’s schools with innovative companies. #ADVEDU”
New program will advance innovation in Ontario’s public education system
New Program will Advance Innovation in Ontario’s Public Education System – Techvibes.com
(1) Announcing OCE’s AdvancingEducation: a $5… – Ontario Centres of Excellence
AdvancingEducation Program | Ontario Centres of Excellence – Where Next Happens
Programs | Ontario Centres of Excellence – Where Next Happens
Where Next Happens | Ontario Centres of Excellence – Where Next Happens
New Fund. OCE launches new $5M AdvancingEducation Program – FundingReport Media Platform
Commercialization Program – Expenditures – commercialization-program—expenditures-(final)-2015-03-17.pdf
AdvancingEducation Program – How it Works | Ontario Centres of Excellence – Where Next Happens
 


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__Phil Hill is pumped to moderate/referee an ELI2016 session, ‘Proprietary vs Open: The Future of Textbooks and Courseware’ _ be online eli2016 to ‘hear’ David Wiley and Stephen Frail discuss ways technology, open design and frictionless payment enables Proprietary AND Open _ www educause edu/events/eli-annual-meeting-2016/2016/proprietary-vs-open-future-textbooks-and-courseware

 



 

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__Look for the second part to be released in the next edition of Online Learning News “A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning: Transformations in Learners, Programs, Teaching and Learning, and Policy and Government, is a more in-depth consideration of the inter-related changes we see taking place across online learning and the implications of this for post-secondary education.” __https://lnkd.in/eDXWVTh

A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning – Part 1

teachonline.ca

In this two-part consideration of the future of online learning, we look at the patterns and trends which will shape online learning in the future and how the various components of the post-secondary education system, such as student population, course design and delivery, assessment, resource bases, teaching and learning models, and partnerships will be different from what we have now.

The first part, A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning: Advancing Technology and Online Learning – An Ideal Match for the Future, looks at developments in technology and what potential they offer for better learning, teaching, collaboration, mobility and other key aspects of online learning.

The second part, A 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning: Transformations in Learners, Programs, Teaching and Learning, and Policy and Government, is a more in-depth consideration of the inter-related changes we see taking place across online learning and the implications of this for post-secondary education.

 



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McGraw-Hill Education

A close look at the challenges, opportunities, and technologies for integrating adaptive learning into today’s classrooms:

Adaptive Learning

Adaptive Learning

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In a market that’s been characterized by a few slow-moving giants surrounded by swarms of under-sized small fry, McGraw-Hill’s recently spun-off education unit seems well-placed. It’s been selling adaptive products, some developed in-house and some via acquisition, for years. More than four million students use products such as SmartBook and ALEKS, a math product that has been in development for 20 years, says chief digital officer Stephen Laster.

__”There is an important difference between learner and learning outcomes. The latter are statements that are often found in curriculum documents about what has been learned. A learner outcome is far more expansive – it is the way a human life is transformed by an educational experience.”

Tania Sterling – When it comes to learning, K-12 and higher ed more alike than different

Tania Sterling – When it comes to learning, K-12 and higher ed more alike than different

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Tania Sterling, Vice President, Efficacy, Pearson Canada

Who would have ever predicted that a career as an elementary French teacher would eventually lead me to working for an educational publisher as a researcher and change agent? However, as someone who was nearing the completion of her doctoral studies, conducting research as opposed to teaching in the classroom did seem like the next logical step; a practical way to apply my new skills. In November 2013, when Pearson Canada made the bold commitment to ensure that its products and services have a measurable impact on people’s lives through learning, I decided to accept the challenge of leading the company’s internal and external efficacy research agenda nationally.

Working on the corporate side of education has been a big learning curve for me, but it allows me to continue to focus on the learner, which is what drew me to the profession in the first place. Two years in, the more I work with colleagues and leaders in K-12 and higher education, the more I realize how similar they are. Despite different funding and accreditation models; assessment and evaluation practices; ages, skills, and motivation of students; or the structure of the curriculum vs programs, designing products and services needs to start with a clear idea of the intended learner outcomes.

 


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Naza Djafarova

This new initiative !!

Announcing the Launch of a New Competency-Based Experiential Learning Exchange

Announcing the Launch of a New Competency-Based Experiential Learning Exchange

Muthana Zouri on LinkedIn

Ready to target your education for career advancement? Ryerson University’s Chang School has launched a new competency-based Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX), a flexible model that emphasizes hands-on, project-based activities and connects learners with coaches, expert advisors, and peers: http://www.ryerson.ca/ce/elx Join us at ChangSchoolTalks on February 17 to learn more! http://www.changschooltalks.ryerson.ca

  1. __Check out interesting selection of Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX) modules _ http://elx.blog.ryerson.ca/modules/ _ Registration for the ELX modules is open to the public to help individuals enhance their personal and professional skills through competency-based learning experience – @ $260 a real value.

 


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Paul Robson

It’s official, customer experience is key. Econsultancy, in partnership with Adobe, has released this year’s Digital Trends report, surveying 7,000 professionals to tell the customer experience story. Read it here and find out what marketing can mean for your organisation in 2016:

Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: 2016 Digital Trends

Quarterly Digital Intelligence Briefing: 2016 Digital Trends

 



 

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__Joining Cengage Learning: Sandi Kirshner – Chief Communications Officer, Sharon Loeb – Chief Marketing Officer __ https://lnkd.in/efNi2ch

Cengage Learning Announces Key Appointments to Lead Strategic Communications and Marketing

Cengage Learning Announces Key Appointments to Lead Strategic Communications and Marketing

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BOSTON, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Cengage Learning CEO Michael Hansen today announced the appointment of two industry leaders to head the company’s strategic communications and marketing activities. Sandi Kirshner has taken on the newly created role of Chief Communications Officer, while Sharon Loeb will serve as Chief Marketing Officer.

“As we continue our work to transform student learning and success, it is essential that we have strong leadership in place guiding our communications and marketing,” said Michael Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, Cengage Learning. “I am very happy to announce Sandi Kirshner as our new Chief Communications Officer. Sandi has had an enormous impact since joining Cengage Learning nearly three years ago and I’m confident that she will continue to bring her passion for improving education to her new role.

“I am also happy to announce Sharon Loeb as our Chief Marketing Officer. She brings to Cengage two decades of experience in the industry and will play a critical role in the overall growth strategy of our company,” continued Hansen. “Under the guidance of Sandi and Sharon, I expect our customers and external partners will see an even stronger vision for Cengage Learning that embodies our commitment to the power and joy of learning.”

 


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__This piece is researched and written by Sarah Hinchliff Pearson – co-author of an upcoming book on open business models – Sarah is a lawyer at Creative Commons

What Gives Your Business Model its Glue? — Made with Creative Commons

What Gives Your Business Model its Glue? — Made with Creative Commons

medium.com

A look at what keeps people coming back when you send your copyrighted works out to travel around the Web.

This is the third 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 in 2016. With this work, we’re exploring how creators, businesses, and nonprofits sustain themselves when they are giving their work away for free using CC licensing. Our goal is to help others find ways to build viable models around open content.

 


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__Re: Department of Labor (DOL) – Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Agency _ https://lnkd.in/etgfuAi _ https://lnkd.in/e33AtDQ

ETA of U.S. Department of Labor adopts CC BY licensing policy

ETA of U.S. Department of Labor adopts CC BY licensing policy

edcentral.org
Over the holidays, the Department of Labor (DOL) made a small change in its regulations that was more in keeping with the holiday spirit. Tis the season for giving (and sharing), and DOL is doing just that, adopting an open licensing requirement for educational resources developed through its competitive grant programs.

For those following along with the Department of Education’s proposal (and ongoing rulemaking) for a similar requirement, it may seem that DOL is following in its footsteps. In fact, though, it has been moving in this direction for years. Starting with its Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants announced in 2011 (which were jointly administered by the Department of Education), DOL has added open licensing requirements in several competitive programs announced over the past few years.

Keeping with this trend, DOL’s new licensing requirement specifies that, “Intellectual property developed under a competitive Federal award process to be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license. This license allows subsequent users to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the copyrighted work.” Effective as of December 20, 2015, this requirement will apply to several competitive programs DOL has announced for the upcoming year. This includes $25 million in competitive funding for its Strengthening Working Families Initiative grants which invests in education and skills training in combination with customized participant supportive services; $20 million for Training to Work Adult Reentry grants that build out career pathways programs in high-demand sectors for individuals signed up for work release programs; and $5 million for the America Job Centers program that provides incarcerated individuals with workforce services prior to release.

What educational materials (i.e. intellectual property) are produced through these kinds of grants, and what is the value in sharing those resources with others?

__”we can use findings from neuroscience [-] to guide the development of artificial intelligent systems.” __ https://lnkd.in/ej5wbVU

The Secret to the Brain’s Memory Capacity May Be Synapse Size - Singularity HUB

The Secret to the Brain’s Memory Capacity May Be Synapse Size – Singularity HUB

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According to Dr. Terry Sejnowski, a pioneer in computational neuroscience at the Salk Institute, your brain can hold petabytes of data — an order of magnitude similar to the entire internet.

It’s a bombshell of a claim, one that’s sexy, easy to comprehend, and solidly rooted in the “brain as computer” analogy. Yet according to Dr. Paul Reber, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University, the claim overshadows the remarkable science behind the study.

Some media reported that this new estimate of the brain’s storage capacity is ten times more than previously thought, but it’s actually remarkably similar to what we’ve guessed before. I also think it’s off, but that’s ok, laughed Reber.

In this case, “how much” is far less fascinating than “how.” How does the brain achieve that impressive storage power? How do we fill that storage? How — if at all — can unraveling the brain’s storage secrets guide us towards more efficient computer algorithms?

The answers, surprisingly, are etched into the brain’s nanoscale organization.

Size = strength

 


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__David Wiley – “I unequivocally renounce, oppose and reject arguments that attempt to weaken the meaning of “open.” – David offers his opinion as ‘a steward of open’ who coined the term ‘open content’, although also motivated as a social entrepreneur / Brand Marketer / co-owner of Lumen Learning, operating an ‘open’ business model

What Does ‘Open’ Really Mean? to David Wiley

What Does ‘Open’ Really Mean? to David Wiley

edsurge.com

EdSurge published an opinion piece by Stephen Laster, the Chief Digital Officer at McGraw-Hill Education, titled The Future of Education Isn’t Free. It’s Open. The article makes a strong argument for the importance of interoperability among learning platforms, tools and content. I enthusiastically and wholeheartedly endorse this message—interoperability of platforms, tools and resources is absolutely critical to education becoming significantly more effective—and significantly less annoying—in the future.

However. . .

Don Gorges

  1. __Each and every one of these terms containing the word “open” and relating to education or educational technology has two things in common: Free and Creative Commons Licensed. And as a result of the message – value proposition in presentations/blogs of advocates within the Open Movement Community, I’d agree with what Stephen Laster says “For some time, the term [Open] has been synonymous with free”.

 


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__White Paper: _ https://lnkd.in/eSQqbVD _ EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: OPEN SOURCE COLLABORATION TO SUPPORT A MARKET-BASED APPROACH TO INTEROPERABLE EDUCATIONAL APPS AND CONTENT

Community App Sharing Architecture (CASA)

Community App Sharing Architecture (CASA)

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Community App Sharing Architecture Background

The Community App Sharing Architecture (CASA) provides a model for publishing and sharing catalogs of applications (mobile, web, embeddable learning tools) including application metadata about features and functions; further, it includes mechanisms for filtering and transforming this data during the publishing and sharing processes. This enables the construction of affinity-focused environments of peers where each peer can apply local policies for both publishing and receiving app catalogs.

CASA – Simplifying the Curation of Education Resources Webinar -Jan 2016 – YouTube
Simplifying the Curation of Education Resources Webinar -Jan 2016 – YouTube
CASA | IMS Global Learning Consortium
Community App Sharing Architecture (CASA) | IMS Global Learning Consortium
 


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__Great to hear you’re enjoying your new role at BCcampus, Clint, and the work-research you’re doing with the BC OpenEd Tech group _ Thanks for pointing us to the IMS Global tool – Community App Sharing Architecture (CASA) – the Simplifying the Curation of Education Resources Webinar was very interesting __ https://lnkd.in/eq9guEF

Putting tools into the hands of faculty with CASA

Putting tools into the hands of faculty with CASA

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I’ve been feeling really good about the direction my new role at BCcampus is going. I am in a stage of work where I am feeling creative and energized, scanning th…
Another tool that I’ve been looking into is an IMS Global tool called the Community App Sharing Architecture (CASA). CASA is conceptually similar to Sandstorm in that they both share the same end goal of making it easy to deploy applications. But it does differ from Sandstorm in a few ways.
 


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OER vs. F(ree)ER – Where is the real value?

Jeff Shelstad on LinkedIn
(Note: This is post #3 of a series of articles regarding my thoughts on the above topic.) In the previous two posts, I described Flat World Knowledge’

In the previous two posts, I described Flat World Knowledge’s first two products – a professionally authored, openly licensed textbook and related ancillaries, and a student centered e-commerce experience that would drive a revenue model for the business.

In this third post, I describe our third, and I will argue our most important, product. This third product was an editing platform enabling professors and/or institutions to exploit our open license. This was by far Flat World Knowledge’s hardest product to build and ship. And the demand in the market was also less clear. Intuitively Eric and I believed the demand for control of content locally was huge, but the tools, accepted practice, and business model underpinnings were missing.

  1. __Thanks, Jeff, for writing this 3 part series, sharing your experience and taking us through the iterations of Flat World Knowledge _ Recommended reading from the 1st post _ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/oer-vs-freeer-where-real-value-jeff-shelstad?trk=prof-post __ 2nd post _ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/oer-vs-freeer-where-real-value-note-post-2-series-my-above-shelstad _ part 3 _ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/oer-vs-freeer-where-real-value-jeff-shelstad-6099250227947073536 _ Cheers

Mike Williams

In your second fact about the editing platform: “And since our content was good, and free, for many professors that was enough.” I believe you are completely supported by Jim Collins, who said that “Good is the enemy of Great.” I always thought that the editing platform was a key value for Flat World. Without that piece, it may be argued that it was just a different publishing method (free or printed). The ability to make it MINE, however, seemed to have the power to break through, and make it something completely else. Personal.

Carrie O'Donnell

Laudable goal and lament, Jeff–and you did a great job as an early player at the front of the OER movement! Given that some of our @Cafe_Learn adopters use Flatworld and OpenStax textbooks, we see how the editing platform need has evolved since you launched Flatworld 8 years ago. Today, faculty are looking to disaggregate textbook products and remix them with a combo of other resources, includng their own intellectual property, resoureces licensed through the institution (library), and other open content. We are also seeing a need for professional development wrapped around affordability, so that faculty committed to new models can evolve the way that they teach, and the way they use content in their courses.

Matt Kenslea

There’s an unspoken issue in here, in my view. We encountered it in the early 90’s at Course Technology. If your product relies on faculty doing extra work, you’ll engage a small group of fervent followers, but ultimately you’ll go hungry. Setting aside any sweeping generalizations about work ethic, I think there are two main obstacles: 1) Tenure track faculty have not, historically, been rewarded for classroom innovation. Promotion and Tenure come from Research and Publications, Service and a little Classroom. When we published Innovative new materials, we had a number of ‘early adopters’ have their tenure applications denied. Our breakthrough was a competitive product to a then-market leader with some specific advantages (and we kicked their A**!) I know many colleges are giving public lip service to classroom innovation and student outcomes, but i wonder how many tenure decisions are driven by that. 2) The rise of the over-worked, underpaid adjunct. These folks have neither the time nor the inclination to innovate as they sprint from one class to the next trying to make a decent living without benefits or advancement potential. In most cases, even if they wanted to innovate, they are denied the authority to do so. Expecting them to personalize or tailor an existing product, not knowing if they’ll have the course again or be able to sign the book requisition form limits their interest in doing so. Finally, I think the disconnect between the decision maker (Prof) and the buyer (student in the bookstore) lessens the value of ‘free’. I know the noise level has risen about the cost of textbooks, and I know publishers are under huge financial pressure, but with my last child a Sophomore Accounting Major, I can tell you, textbooks cost a lot of money and nobody at the front of the classroom seems to be very interested in that subject. I think you fought a brave fight and I wish you had succeeded. Best of luck in the future and thanks for this retrospective.

Rob Reynolds

Great post, Jeff Shelstad. I identify all-to-clearly with your admirable vision for change, as well as the difficulties of implementation. As you know, I was a big fan of FWK. I think the speed to market with the best book creation/editing tools possible was certainly one issue, but the speed (or lack thereof) of chance in faculty behavior was another current that hindered your progress.

 


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Higher Ed Social Media Toolkit | Student Affairs and Technology

Higher Ed Social Media Toolkit | Student Affairs and Technology

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A practical guide to achieving benefits and managing risks
The Social Media Toolkit from the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) is a terrific resource for the higher education community.
 


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Peter Cohen

My good friend and colleague, Stephen Laster, outlines the urgency with which we must embrace interoperability among education resources and platforms if we desire much more rapid uptake of technology in our schools. It is up to us in the industry to commit to this change by adopting standards for interoperability such as those from IMS Global.

The Future of Education Isn’t Free. It’s Open.

Stephen Laster on LinkedIn

This article originally appeared on EdSurge on 1/28/2016 and can be viewed here. Listening to the political debates about education in the United States, you might get the mistaken impression that nothing is changing other than costs going up and performance going down. Things are better than you may realize, especially in one area: instructional resources. We are on the threshold of sweeping change that will make it easier for teachers to teach and students to learn faster and more effectively.

Advances in learning science are powering a new generation of technologies that, when used by dedicated teachers, improve student performance and extend learning beyond the confines of the classroom. Digital adaptive learning coupled with an explosion of relatively low-cost learning applications has the potential to dramatically lift the performance of all of our students.

Don Gorges

  1. __While reading this article, we likely were all thinking of the same thing . . . is there a pool on how few hours pass before David Wiley posts a follow-up in his blog. _ The Consensus Around “Open” _ http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/4397 _

 

Cable Green

Why Are Universities Fighting Open Education? | Electronic Frontier Foundation by: @elliotharmon http://ow.ly/XGWyz #OER #openpolicy

Why Are Universities Fighting Open Education?

Why Are Universities Fighting Open Education?

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A Tired Argument Over Software Patents Is Holding Up Common-Sense Reforms

In December, over 3,000 of you rallied in support in support of a proposed Department of Education (ED) policy that would make ED-funded educational resources a lot more accessible to educators and students around the world.

You weren’t the only ones: the Free Software Foundation, Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, the Software Freedom Conservancy, and numerous other pro-user groups spoke up. Together, we all sent a loud message: Team Internet is on the side of open education.

Browsing through all 147 comments, a pattern quickly emerges. Open web advocates, open education groups, and many education professionals all support the idea of ED-funded resources being shared widely under open licenses (though we might quibble on a few specific details). One group kept confusing us, though: universities. Why were some universities opposing a rule that would directly benefit their students and faculty?

When you dig a bit deeper, it looks like universities’ opposition to open licensing has nothing to do with students’ access to educational resources. What’s really playing out is a longstanding fight over how universities use patents—more specifically, software patents. Open education just happens to be caught in the crossfire.

Don Gorges

  1. __Actually, they are not. “However, [they] are concerned that the change proposed in the NPRM to amend the Department’s regulations to require recipients of grant funds to openly license materials in all cases goes too far by adopting a “one size fits all” approach to disseminating copyrightable works.” This is a Comment on behalf of the AAU, APLU), AUTM, and COGR. on the Department of Education (ED) Proposed Rule: Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs _ http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2015-OS-0105-0073 _

__Audrey Watters commented “. . . it is “striking” how strongly MOOC providers have believed their certificates would become recognized credentials, either for educational or work-related purposes. “As these companies have been so wrapped up in the narrative that college isn’t ‘worth it,’ I think they have overestimated the value of their offerings,”

Coursera Business Model vs Open Business Models

Coursera Business Model vs Open Business Models

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Coursera’s decision to charge learners in some massive open online courses up front — viewed by some as inevitable — has critics asking if the MOOC provider is diverging from its mission of universal access.

As Coursera tweaks its business model to find a financially viable way to offer massive open online courses, critics say its MOOCs are becoming less open and less like courses.

Coursera last week announced the release of dozens of new courses and course sequences, which it calls Specializations, in subjects ranging from career brand management to creative writing. But many of the new MOOCs came with a new barrier to enrollment. To sign up for Michigan State University’s How to Start Your Own Business, for example, budding entrepreneurs have to pay $79 up front for the first of five courses in the Specialization or prepay $474 for the entire program.

 


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__James O’Keefe: Third Common Core Exec. Fired Thanks To O’Keefe Video _ www youtube com/watch?v=NAsnnzDKP4E _ Am posting this to raise awareness of O’Keefe’s unethical journalism‽ and to express frustration at the the extent of damage being done to the reputation of people and companies being targeted.

 

__Project Veritas President James O’Keefe said “There will be no journalism awards [a gross understatement], but we have exposed and will continue to expose how the book publishers are all about the money” – Am posting this piece to raise awareness of O’Keefe’s unethical journalism‽ and to express frustration at the the extent of damage being done to the reputation of people and companies being targeted. __ https://lnkd.in/exn4Txe

Common Core Insider Reveals Info About LA Bid Rigging Scandal

Common Core Insider Reveals Info About LA Bid Rigging Scandal

projectveritas.com

The fourth video of this Project Veritas series on Common Core shows a former executive for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the country’s second leading textbook publishing company, alleging that the textbook industry is more about politics and money than education. Again, Project Veritas undercover journalists used hidden video cameras to capture what text book executives would never say in public.

 


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Clint Lalonde

New study I’ve been working on for BCcampus & the open textbook project released today. https://lnkd.in/eqGWYNJ

New Study: Exploring Faculty Use of OER at BC Institutions

New Study: Exploring Faculty Use of OER at BC Institutions

open.bccampus.ca

How do faculty in British Columbia use Open Educational Resources (OER)? What are some of the ways in which they are using OER, and what are some of the barriers they face when using OER? A new research paper published today by BCcampus looks at these questions.

Don Gorges

  1. __Thanks, Clint. I’d suggest adding the Survey questions as an Appendix to this Research Report. In reviewing my copy of the Survey, I expect Researchers could gain insights from the way these OER-focused questions are framed. Others may wish to conduct further research seeking data about uses of OER within the context of an understanding Educators’ past and current uses of educational resources. _ http://bccampus.ca/2014/11/12/survey-opportunity-for-oer-faculty-in-b-c/ _

 

__ Future research on Faculty uses of educational resources would benefit from having data & insights on Faculty respondents’ past-current syllabus. _ Serving as a segue into the importance of taking a Design Thinking approach – as per recent article ‘Design thinking’ is changing the way we approach problems | University Affairs _ www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/design-thinking-changing-way-approach-problems/ _

 


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Brian Jacobs

What’s been the biggest missing piece for Open Educational Resources (OER) to go mainstream? A really satisfying learning platform founded on open content. This is what panOpen has officially just launched, piloting this semester with about 100 institutions across the country. https://lnkd.in/es7UUbs

panOpen Launches OER Platform to Reduce Textbook Costs (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com

TURNING A NEW PAGE: Today panOpen announced its learning platform exclusively based on Open Educational Resources (OER). The New York-based company is running nearly 100 pilots with U.S. colleges and universities. OER content is licensed under Creative Commons and can include full courses, textbooks, video, tests, software and syllabuses. The panOpen platform lets faculty curate and customize peer-reviewed content for free, while students pay $25 per course to access the materials.

“Accessibility and affordability are central issues in the national discussion concerning higher education,” CEO and Founder Brian Jacobs said in a press release. “Supported with the right digital tools, OER is now emerging as a compelling alternative to traditional textbooks, greatly reducing costs and improving student access and outcomes.”

Brian Jacobs

  1. Thanks, Paul. Just to be clear, we’re announcing our official launch now because we’re operating at volume. We had a “soft” or beta launch this past fall and so already have some history with this model. Good luck, in any case, with the book. Brian

__All the best Brian in the launch of the panOpen Platform! Looking forward to learning more about the user experience via demo videos – case studies etc. We also see the Service Fees + Subscription-based business model with Lumen Learning – as per Canvas [ https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1l-kSBcCCupbBGOvxZkRy3hQkcnqZuLTmeFuMmlC3zwo/edit ] – It would be interesting to see the similarities and differences in a panOpen business model canvas. Perhaps Paul Stacey will include panOpen in his Book on open business models?

 


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__Kim Koerber sent Cease and Desist order to Breitbart News re: article on video produced by James O’Keefe – Project Veritas. Hopefully Journalists will add their voices to support Cease and Desist orders against O’Keefe.

 



 

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Will Novosedlik

Lots of good stuff in here, although the opening message that brand is EXPERIENCED and that the most important thing is how the customer feels after each ‘touch’ – we’ve been saying that for the last 10 years. The part about being relentless is the most important message for us in this blog post.

The Top 50 Relentlessly Relevant Brands

The Top 50 Relentlessly Relevant Brands

Brian Solis on LinkedIn

What defines a brand today?

Is it a logo, tagline and supporting creative?

Is it a great product?

Is it delightful service?

Is it a rich customer loyalty program?

Of course each of these elements serve as brand pillars. But, what does a brand really mean to someone today?

A brand is something that is experienced. And, in that moment and in every moment that follows, a brand is built upon a foundation of resulting emotions that surface in each engagement…each touch. Brand is everything. So why do so many companies focus on parts of the experience or only brand style guides or completely leave it to chance?

 


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panOpen: Helping Open Educational Resources Go Mainstream

panOpen: Helping Open Educational Resources Go Mainstream

Kate Forrester on LinkedIn

Today panOpen announced the official launch of its learning platform exclusively based on Open Educational Resources (OER), with nearly 100 pilot programs in place at colleges and universities nationwide. panOpen’s comprehensive application allows faculty and students to quickly and easily use trusted, high-quality materials that enhance their course curriculum and overall learning experience. With additional tools for faculty such as content customization, LMS integration, self-grading quizzes, note-taking, real-time chat and data analytics, panOpen offers a forward-thinking and unique user-experience unlike any other OER platform.

 


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Shikatani Lacroix

http://ow.ly/XvLMM Break out the sparkling water! Montellier wins gold at PAC!

Shikatani Lacroix wins PAC packaging design awards -

Shikatani Lacroix wins PAC packaging design awards –

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Shikatani Lacroix won a Gold PAC award in the Brand Revitalization – Food and Beverage category for its packaging…
 


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  1. 13d

    __Sources: The Value of Design – Design Management Institute _ http://www.dmi.org/?DesignValue _ and _ “As of the end of 2014, sixteen [design-driven] U.S. companies were included in the DVI: Apple, Ford, Herman-Miller, IBM, Intuit, Newell Rubbermaid, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Stanley Black & Decker, Starbucks, Starwood, Steelcase, Target, The Coca-Cola Company, Walt Disney, and Whirlpool Corporation” via _ http://www.dmi.org/?page=DesignDrivesValue _

 



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Davis Wins 8 PAC Awards

Davis Wins 8 PAC Awards

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The PAC Global Leadership Awards were presented at the Package Design Matters Conference in Bonita Springs, Florida. Our president Ron Davis was at the …

 


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__Creative Commons 2015-2020 Organizational Strategy _ CEO Ryan Merkley’s Logic Model: The logically related parts of a program, showing the links between program objectives, program activities (efforts applied coherently and reliably over a sustained time), and expected program outcomes. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has granted $10M to Creative Commons to support this renewed strategy.

 

Creative Commons 2016-2020 Organizational Strategy, Ryan Merkley Let’s light up the global commons January 20th, 2016
Let’s light up the global commons – Creative Commons Blog – Creative Commons
CC-Strategy-2016-2020-1.pdf
Let’s light up the global commons – Creative Commons Blog – Creative Commons
Light up our global commons – Creative Commons – Creative Commons
 


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__Although I have difficultly understanding the technology and navigating Federated Wiki and Wikity [http://wikity.cc/] – I believe that Michael Caulfield’s ideas and the work he’s doing is potentially very significant in the ways we can/will use the web _ I just want to spread the word __ https://lnkd.in/e2fHZds

Capable Clients and the WordPress API

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I wasted another afternoon looking for a way that I won’t have to write my own custom WordPress JSON API. After all, the WordPress REST API folks have spent many, m…

 



 

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__John Fallon “What I think is completely overblown, frankly, is the comparison between education and the music industry. What happened there was people started downloading individual songs and unbundling albums. “That can’t happen with university courses and testing. Open education resources have a role to play; [-] but it is not the same as what happened in the music market. “What others might call a structural shift we would call responding to customers. [-] The changes we are making pre-empt and get ahead of that.” __ https://lnkd.in/egwAfBT

Pearson chief brands critics 'naive and ignorant' as company cuts 4,000 jobs

Pearson chief brands critics ‘naive and ignorant’ as company cuts 4,000 jobs

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Education market will not face the same digital disruption as record labels, says under-pressure boss John Fallon

 


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__Creative Commons 2016-2020 Organizational Strategy, Ryan Merkley – CC will need to establish a small developer team to develop our own prototypes and tools, maintain our services to licensors, and work with contributors. – CC will assign

 



 

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__ALSO – Getty Images and Visual China Group today announced an exclusive distribution partnership that will enable Getty Images customers to access the extensive visual library from Corbis Images. _ https://lnkd.in/erZiy2W _ __ https://lnkd.in/eyWYUFb

Visual China Group Acquires Assets of Corbis Images – Corbis Entertainment

corbisentertainment.com

Unity Glory, an affiliate of Visual China Group, a leading Chinese visual communications and new media business, to own and manage Corbis Images and Motion Content in China and Around the World

Transaction accelerates transformation of Corbis – Corbis Entertainment’s Branded Entertainment Network (BEN) and entertainment advertising businesses retained by Corbis

Getty Images and Visual China Group Partner in Exclusive Global Distribution Partnership for Extensive Visual Content Collection of Corbis Images | Getty Images Press Room | Latest company news, media announcements and information
 


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__Matt Hodgson and Ariel Diaz of Boundless are out at Valore – VP of marketing Meera Oliva said that “we did undergo a small restructuring at Valore. We continue to pursue becoming a leader in our digital publishing and textbook marketplace businesses and we are making terrific progress in that regard.” __ https://lnkd.in/eB5E8k4

Valore Switches CEOs, Discloses 'Restructuring'

Valore Switches CEOs, Discloses ‘Restructuring’

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Valore VP of marketing Meera Oliva said that “we did undergo a small restructuring at Valore. We continue to pursue becoming a leader in our digital publishing and textbook marketplace businesses and we are making terrific progress in that regard.”

“We are focused on profitability and growth and have restructured our team to put us in a stronger position to realize that vision,” Oliva said.

Valore had previously disclosed that it generated $65 million in revenue in 2014, and in the past has discussed the possibility of going public.

 


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__Also see essay by Michael Geist, Fair Access: Strikes the right balance on education and copyright _ https://lnkd.in/eCnT3XB _ Academic Matters __ https://lnkd.in/eVH9enS

Access Copyright - Addressing the needs and concerns of both creators and users in a changing copyright landscape

Access Copyright – Addressing the needs and concerns of both creators and users in a changing copyright landscape

academicmatters.ca

Access Copyright has the infrastructure and expertise to best serve universities, says the organization’s Executive Director Roanie Levy.

 


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__“Faced with these challenges, we are today announcing decisive plans to further integrate the business and reduce the cost base, rationalise our product development and focus on fewer, bigger opportunities.” In total, these actions will reduce Pearson’s headcount by approximately 4,000 FTEs, or 10% of Pearson’s workforce. We are moving quickly to implement this restructuring and are planning to complete the majority of it by the half year, and all of it by the end of the year. __ https://lnkd.in/e3YPPxg

Pearson January trading update

pearson.com

Pearson’s chief executive John Fallon said:

“Our competitive performance during the last three years has been strong, but the cyclical and policy related challenges in our biggest markets have been more pronounced and persisted for longer than anticipated.

“Faced with these challenges, we are today announcing decisive plans to further integrate the business and reduce the cost base, rationalise our product development and focus on fewer, bigger opportunities.”

Pearson’s chairman Sidney Taurel said:

“Pearson is a company with strong market positions, real competitive advantage and a significant medium-term market opportunity. The Board believes that the restructuring that we’re announcing today will help build on these strengths and position Pearson to take advantage of its market opportunities, enjoying sustained growth. I look forward to working with John and the executive team to deliver this agenda.”

 


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__Congratulations to January 2016 Innovator: David Wiley – For his creativity, generosity, and dedication to the open education movement, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition has honored David Wiley with the January 2016 SPARC Innovator Award. _ https://lnkd.in/ecWzsNP

SPARC Innovator Award - SPARC

SPARC Innovator Award – SPARC

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The SPARC Innovator Award is an initiative that recognizes an individual, institution, or group that exemplifies SPARC principles by working to challenge

 


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__”The DIY approach may not produce the quality products desired by faculty, students, and administrators. The problem lies in the fact that lone instructors rarely have the time, incentives, budgets, or skill sets required to fully realize the potential of the digital format. Budgets are small to non-existent, and production schedules are notoriously short.” _ https://lnkd.in/eecN9j6

How “Do-it-Yourself” (DIY) is Playing a Key Role in Digital Course Development in Higher Education

teachonline.ca

Theimpact of DIY on digital higher education has not been altogether positive. While it enables a quick start, the wide-scale adoption of the DIY model may be standing in the way of more instructionally effective and productivity-enhancing approaches to online teaching and learning.

The problem lies in the fact that lone instructors rarely have the time, incentives, budgets, or skill sets required to fully realize the potential of the digital format. Budgets are small to non-existent, and production schedules are notoriously short. Consequently, students are regularly presented with online courses that feature re-purposed classroom materials, such as PowerPoint slides and lecture videos. The sourcing, selection, and integration of other materials from the Internet, whether visuals, tools, assessments, texts, or case studies, takes considerable time and expertise; the pedagogically sound use of discussion boards and online group work requires new skills for instructors and students alike; and the individual creation of learning supports is often beyond the abilities and capacities of faculty. The DIY approach may not produce the quality products desired by faculty, students, and administrators.

 


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__Ryan Merkley posts announcement too _ https://lnkd.in/eZC2PZg _ “The Board of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has unanimously approved an unrestricted multi-year grant in the amount of $10 million to Creative Commons.” __ https://lnkd.in/eyY_KSV

Investing in Openness - By Larry Kramer

Investing in Openness – By Larry Kramer

hewlett.org

The Hewlett Foundation was an early supporter of Creative Commons, [-] and we are pleased to continue that support with a new grant of $10 million in unrestricted general operating support—the largest gift we have made to the organization.Our hope is to give the people at Creative Commons some room to breathe: an opportunity to think and try new things—to create—without having to curtail or constrain their ongoing work. Creative Commons is the chief steward of a large and growing movement for openness, a movement to make knowledge more freely available, to foster sharing and collaboration, and to spur advances and improvements that make the world a better place for everyone.



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