2016-04-04 – Don Gorges Posts March 3 to April 4

 

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



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__”College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977″ is the Thesis for a Critical Thinking Exercise-Test __ Imagine if ones’ [i.e. policymaker/admin/academic] – income – employment – tenure path – performance review – were based on providing correct research-backed answers to a set of T/F/Essay questions framed by information within this NBC News article.

Question: List examples.


Driving Innovation and Brand Through Design - Mauro Porcini 02

Driving Innovation and Brand Through Design // Mauro Porcini, Pepsi Co

Mauro Porcini is the Chief Design Officer at Pepsi, where he has led an effort to infuse design thinking into one of the world’s most iconic brands. Mauro spoke at Design Driven NYC on March 9, describing how brands can create conversations with customers through design.



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BCcampus

“There’s a few things that we can control as faculty. We can’t control the cost of living or tuition, but when it comes to course materials, that’s under our control, and this is where we have more of an impact than we realize.” – Rajiv Jhangiani, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Universities seek open-source solution to ‘absurd’ textbook prices

Universities seek open-source solution to ‘absurd’ textbook prices

bc.ctvnews.ca

The psychology instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University saw an increasing number of students attempting to go without the $150-$250 textbooks he was assigning for his courses, so he decided to stop assigning them.

“I think it’s absurd, really,” Jhangiani said. “Every two-to-three years we get new editions which are basically cosmetic in terms of the changes that they have, and students are forced to spend a lot of money.”

Jhangiani now uses open textbooks – course materials that are available for free online under a creative commons license, which means they can be adapted, revised, contextualized, and redistributed without fear of violating copyright laws.

  1. __Rajiv, would you also say that $75 for a photocopy of Introduction to Psychology textbook is an ‘absurd’ price to pay? Or $60 for the Principles of Social Psychology? That’s what Students pay for those BCcampus open textbooks on your desk.

 


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Sandeep Ahuja

Nervous Pearson (Mis)Education Responds to Protests

Nervous Pearson (Mis)Education Responds to Protests

huffingtonpost.com

Pearson (Mis)Education faces an assault on its operations from major British and American labor union pension funds. They plan to challenge company management at its general stockholders meeting on April 29, 2016 in London. The opposition group holds 40,000 voting shares and includes UNISON, one of Britain’s largest trade unions with 1.3 million public service industry members, the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, Trade Union Fund Managers, and 130 individual shareholders. The coalition will enter a resolution at the stockholders meeting calling on Pearson to “end its over-reliance on the education testing programme in the US, which has been affected by a recent change in the law and is also becoming increasingly unpopular.”

  1. __Alan Singer’s spin notwithstanding, some shareholders are expressing ROI concerns > “We believe that Pearson PLC is suffering a crisis of confidence precipitated by a confused business strategy. [-] This significant drop in share price calls into question the board’s efforts to address the lack of confidence in the Company “We believe that the current strategic business plan has failed to produce the profits or the potential for profits that investors need. Therefore, it is time that Pearson conducts a business strategy review. “We urge you to vote FOR this resolution [19].“ to immediately conduct a thorough business strategy review

    https://www.pearson.com/content/dam/corporate/global/pearson-dot-com/files/cosec/2016/Notice-of-AGM-April-2016.pdf

    American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, Pearson Shareholder Resolution 19, UNISON

 


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David McNamara

Let the debate begin, I know where I stand….. do you? Why?

This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they're free.

This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free.

washingtonpost.com

Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding.

The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers.

Elbakyan has kept herself beyond the reach of a federal judge who late last year issued an injunction against her site, noting that damages could total $150,000 per article — a sum that Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis, a journal in her database, could help calculate. But she is not hiding from responsibility.

  1. __Thanks David – found interesting reading Kent Anderson list of “96 things publishers do” on the blog Scholarly Kitchen _ http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2016/02/01/guest-post-kent-anderson-updated-96-things-publishers-do-2016-edition/ _ Kent Anderson – Past-President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing; Founder, The Scholarly Kitchen and Caldera Publishing Solutions providing strategic and business consulting for scientific and scholarly publishers.

__The Rio 2016 logo was made by Brazil’s Tátil Design de Ideias, while the exclusive Olympic font was constructed by Dalton Maag, a British typeface firm that has a satellite office in Brazil. The process offers a unique case study on collaboration, one where two firms from different cultures must work off each other to produce final products that will surely be seen by hundreds of millions of people. __

How The Rio 2016 Olympic Logo and Font were Created

How The Rio 2016 Olympic Logo and Font were Created

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What happens when two firms, from two continents have to work together to design something for the entire world to see?

III. The Takeaway

“On this project we were extra careful to be super right, because it will be seen by billions of people. But we didn’t treat the project any differently than others were work on. I thought we would nail the concept much quicker, because we knew the design and just needed to expand on it. We didn’t realize we would have to create 23 different versions to get there. The font is property of the client, as it is a key asset of their identity, so it cannot be licensed. That said, we quoted this as if it were any other project for a private company and got paid properly.”

__TeachOntario was developed by TVO, in partnership with the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), its Affiliates and the Ministry of Education, and in consultation with teachers from a variety of districts across the province. TeachOntario is part of TVO’s strategy to be the Government of Ontario’s partner for digital learning, inside and outside the classroom and is the first teacher resource of its kind in Ontario. _

Ontario Education Minister, Hon. Liz Sandals, launches online community for teachers

newswire.ca

Today, Ontario Education Minister Hon. Liz Sandals officially launched TVO’s award-winning online community, TeachOntario, at an elementary school in Oakville.

Created to support sharing, collaboration, and knowledge exchange amongst educators across Ontario, TeachOntario features content created by Ontario teachers for Ontario teachers. With its collaborative format, TeachOntario allows educators to stay up-to-date on the latest in teaching and learning, digital tools, and professional development, helping them to improve student outcomes.

 


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__The Ohio inspector general is investigating: The clearinghouse was in the news recently when ProgressOhio, a liberal advocacy group, charged that officials of Gov. John Kasich’s administration used the program to steer a contract toward William Lager, [-] a Lager-owned company, IQ, was hired to provide an online interface for the program and was paid $1.2 million to make it work with the clearinghouse. Critics said the IQ interface didn’t work well and that most users bypassed it. _

Ohio shutting down Distance Learning Clearinghouse for teachers to find online lessons

Ohio shutting down Distance Learning Clearinghouse for teachers to find online lessons

dispatch.com

Since 2007, an online clearinghouse has helped Ohio educators choose well-designed online lessons from a vast marketplace of products and has made them available free. Next school year, however, schools will be on their own because the state’s Distance Learning Clearinghouse is going away.

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__Why Publishers Should A/B Test Book Covers – “Every publisher and bookseller knows that covers sell books. But do consumers also form expectations from looking at the cover? In this post [find] two recent cases in which the cover was central to the interpretation of reader analytics tests Jellybooks conducted for book publishers.” _ http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2016/its-the-cover-stupid-why-publishers-should-ab-test-book-covers/

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches HMH Marketplace, Connecting Educator and Developer Communities

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Launches HMH Marketplace, Connecting Educator and Developer Communities

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March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the Beta launch of HMH Marketplace, a new online destination that offers teachers, edtech developers and technology companies the opportunity to share resources and solutions for the classroom with a broad educator audience. With over 3,000 resources available at launch from teachers, edtech innovators such as Education.com and the independent game developer Muzzy Lane, and established providers such as Microsoft and the iconic children’s magazine Highlights, the HMH Marketplace (Beta) offers a wide variety of applications and tools to supplement classroom learning.

 


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__Joi Ito On Disobedience “There is a difficult line–sometimes obvious only in retrospect–between disobedience that helps society and disobedience that doesn’t. I’m not encouraging people to break the law or be disobedient just for the sake of being disobedient, but sometimes we have to go to first principles and consider whether the laws or rules are fair, and whether we should question them.” _

Joi Ito - someone asked me what I thought about disobedience . . . re: DRM

Joi Ito – someone asked me what I thought about disobedience . . . re: DRM

joi.ito.com

Last night, I was on a panel about DRM with Richard Stallman from the Free Software Foundation, Danny O’Brien from from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harry Halpin from the World Wide Web Consortium following a Free Software Foundation protest march against DRM, which the Free Software Foundation defines as “Digital Restrictions Management” but more commonly refers to “Digital Rights Management.”

In the Q&A, someone asked me what I thought about disobedience. I said that I thought it was important and tried to explain why. I’m not sure I did a terribly good job, so I’m posting something here that’s a bit more complete.

One of my Nine Principles is Disobedience over Compliance. One day, when meeting with Mark DiVincenzo, the General Counsel of MIT, he raised an eyebrow when he saw this on one of the displays in my office. I had to explain. >>>

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  1. __Joi’s comments brought the phrase “guerrilla open” to mind – a phrase used by David Wiley in an article about “Open” which touches on the “ethics of this disobedience” _ to see the context _ http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/4496 _ “Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter

__Volley – “We draw on recent advances in ontology learning and semantic search to understand not just the content of academic material, but also the context.” _ http://www.volley.com/technology _ Adaptive Learning, Image Recognition, Machine Learning in Education, Natural language processing, NLP, Ontology, Zuckerberg Education Ventures __

4 Myths About Machine Learning in Education

4 Myths About Machine Learning in Education

medium.com
Education is a hotbead for innovation in ML/NLP, but sometimes it’s misunderstood… even by engineers.

As a subset of artificial intelligence (AI), there is perhaps no better a use-case for machine learning than learning itself. At Volley, we know that both formal education and informal learning contexts can benefit from the incredible pattern recognition and extrapolation capabilities that ML-powered software offers students, educators, and more.

But even the engineers working on this software can have blind-spots when it comes to the use of ML and NLP, particularly in education. Academic and instructional content is very particular in its objectives, means, and structure compared to other types of content, so when it comes to ML, the nuances often get lost. What follows are a few common myths or misconceptions engineers may have when developing software for real-world education.

 



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__[2 short video clips available] They explore the role of technology in the future, its impact on brain science — and coming innovations in artificial intelligence, energy, life extension and immortality. _

Ray Kurzweil talks with host Neal deGrasse Tyson, PhD: on invention & immortality

Ray Kurzweil talks with host Neal deGrasse Tyson, PhD: on invention & immortality

kurzweilai.net
92 Street Y | 7 Days of Genius Conversation
Inventor, author and futurist Ray Kurzweil is joined by astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD for a discussion of some of the biggest topics of our time. They explore the role of technology in the future, its impact on brain science — and coming innovations in artificial intelligence, energy, life extension and immortality.
Kurzweil also says microscopic robots called nanobots will connect your neocortex to the cloud — the expansion of the human brain that he predicts will happen in the 2030s.
 


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__OK, just for fun “try to imagine what it would be like to have a “magic lens through which we could learn anything, Say a student is stumped by a passage in the class biology textbook around mitosis. He or she could scan the section of the text with a smartphone. Volley will then serve up a collection of “cards” with chunks of explanations for the most complex phrases and passages >>_

Volley Labs Wins $2.3 Million in Seed Funding to Build Learning Algorithms (EdSurge News)

Volley Labs Wins $2.3 Million in Seed Funding to Build Learning Algorithms (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com

Volley aims to deliver technology that will help students—particularly those taking advanced high school or college curriculum—understand the material they are studying by using their mobile devices to surface relevant, machine-curated explanations from the web.

 


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Jeff Statler

Wiley Exec Talks Future of Digital Book Printing

Wiley Exec Talks Future of Digital Book Printing

bookbusinessmag.com
Wiley director of production services procurement sees bright future for digital print, but emphasizes need for industry education.

On March 15th I attended the Ricoh Publishing Executive’s Symposium to learn about digital book printing and its evolving role within the book industry . The event gathered the entire book supply chain, including book manufacturers and publishers, and shared some of the latest advancements in digital printing technology. The Symposium emphasized that these developments are beginning to reshape book distribution and as a result drive greater profits for both publishers and printers.

 



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__How Ed Tech can Support Vastly Different Types of Professors by “Straddling the Chasm” between early LMS adopters and receptive pragmatists _ The Odd Couple: How Ed Tech Must Support Vastly Different Types of Professors -e-Literate

How Ed Tech can Support Vastly Different Types of Professors by “Straddling the Chasm”

How Ed Tech can Support Vastly Different Types of Professors by “Straddling the Chasm”

mfeldstein.com

Let’s admit it, there can be some real tension when a college is faced with choosing a new learning-management system, or any software used by more than one department.

Since the decision involves the administrators who will support the system — commonly called an LMS — and professors who will use it, who should lead the process? Should staff members just get input from faculty members, or should professors vote on the final decision? Or should professors run the process?

This is when distrust between the two sides can emerge. IT administrators may fear that professors will make the pace unbearably slow with an overly deliberative approach. And professors may assume that IT has already determined what system to buy, and may not take their input seriously. Or they may worry that the meetings will be dominated by those needy power users from the psychology department.

 


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Stephanie Fox

“The global copyfight has generated a number of howling logical inconsistencies, but none so ridiculous as the notion that those calling for strong copyright laws, or resisting overly broad exceptions, are anti-access.” Thanks Victoriano Colodrón

Oh Canada! How Not to Reform Copyright

Oh Canada! How Not to Reform Copyright

alcs.co.uk
Image © The Writers’ Union of Canada    23/03/2016

Educational exceptions to copyright introduced in Canada four years ago have had a devastating effect on writers’ incomes, with similar consequences reported in Ireland and Australia. Writers in the UK must remain on high alert to this threat, argues John Degen.

And, as Canada has also shown, broad exceptions do not actually deliver on promised increased access or cost-savings for frontline teachers and their students. Since 2012, student costs for accessing educational materials have actually risen in Canada, despite all the uncompensated copying schools now do. As well, liability for copyright clearance has been off-loaded to instructors, who report widespread confusion about what they can and cannot use, and fear that they are crossing legal lines. A growing and expensive middle-management layer of copyright officers on campuses across Canada is certainly not delivering promised efficiencies in that regard.

__”In 2012, the Liberals sliced teachers’ annual sick days from 20 to 11, and removed their ability to bank unused days. The new plan resulted in $1-billion in one-time savings, the government said. But a new report from the non-for-profit School Boards’ Co-operative Inc., a copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, found that there has been a “significant increase” in absences. Teachers and education workers took an average of 10.29 sick days each in 2014-15 _

Sick days costing Ontario school boards $1-billion a year, report says

Sick days costing Ontario school boards $1-billion a year, report says

theglobeandmail.com

Ontario’s teachers and education workers are taking more sick days now that they can’t bank them for a cash payout upon retirement – a move that a new report says is costing school boards close to $1-billion a year.

In 2012, the Liberals sliced teachers’ annual sick days from 20 to 11, and removed their ability to bank unused days. The new plan resulted in $1-billion in one-time savings, the government said.

But a new report from the non-for-profit School Boards’ Co-operative Inc., a copy of which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, found that there has been a “significant increase” in absences. Teachers and education workers took an average of 10.29 sick days each in 2014-15, up from 8.86 days four years prior and before the changes were implemented. Sick leave as a percentage of total payroll has increased 21 per cent during that same period.

The direct cost of absenteeism across the province was estimated to be $921,866,466 in 2014-15, the report said.

 



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__The rise of online retail has been one consumer shift that is responsible for much of the recent growth in the board packaging market, an application where it is the dominant format. [-] several key aspects of board packaging that are changing. For example 30–40% of online purchases are returned, meaning that their packaging must be easily opened and resealed. In the future, e-commerce will likely see even further focus on tailoring board packaging to maximise the end-user experience. _

Packaging material outlooks – towards a $1 trillion milestone in 2020

Packaging material outlooks – towards a $1 trillion milestone in 2020

smitherspira.com

Booming global demand will drive expansion in the world packaging market across the next five years according to the latest analysis from Smithers Pira.

In its flagship report The Future of Global Packaging to 2020, Smithers Pira data charts how a market value forecast at $839 billion (€768billion) in 2015, will undergo healthy year-on-year growth at 3.5%, reaching $998 million in 2020.

 


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Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

Good article!

Marketing Online Education Today: A Look At Strategy

Marketing Online Education Today: A Look At Strategy

evolllution.com
With Emily McInerney | Associate Director of Marketing
Higher education marketers today must be strategic about their efforts, using data to define positive and negative efforts and working to create an experience for students that matches what they have become used to outside the academy.

__The 2015-16 Faculty in Higher Education Salary Survey Report contains detailed aggregate salary information from 743 institutions for 241,491 full-time faculty in 32 general disciplines and 345 specific disciplines. _Survey:_ http://www.cupahr.org/surveys/fhe4.aspx _ https://lnkd.in/eYE4cFE

What Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges Made in 2015-16

What Tenured and Tenure-Track Professors at 4-Year Colleges Made in 2015-16

chronicle.com
Once again, academics in the fields of business, law, and engineering earned the highest pay.

 

__”Recommend Modifying Governor’s Proposal in Several Ways: (1) enhancing technical assistance to help CCC campuses build capacity for continuing to expand use of OER; (2) reducing grant amounts from $500,000 per degree to no more than $100,000 per degree; and (3) prioritizing the use of existing OER, which are broadly available in most subjects, over the creation of new OER.” __

Assessing the Governor’s Zero-Textbook-Cost Proposal

lao.ca.gov

California Governor Brown Proposes $5 Million (One Time) for Creating “ Zero–Textbook–Cost Degrees” at the California Community Colleges (CCC)

 


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Cable Green

MIT Media Lab Changes Software Default to FLOSS* — MIT MEDIA LAB

MIT Media Lab Changes Software Default to FLOSS* — MIT MEDIA LAB

medium.com     By Joi Ito

The MIT Media Lab is part of an academic ecosystem committed to liberal sharing of knowledge. In that spirit, I’m proud to announce that we are changing our internal procedures to encourage more free and open-source software.

Previously, software releases using free and open source licenses were approved by an internal committee. But since we’ve always allowed our developers to open-source their work, we’re eliminating the unnecessary hurdle: from now on any open source request will be viewed as the default and automatically approved. We respect the autonomy of our community members and will continue to let them choose whether to release their software as proprietary or open. But removing the open source approval step will level the playing field.

This change is a reflection of preferences within our community, as well as an acknowledgement of our position in an increasingly interconnected world. Encouraging free and open source software realigns our policies with our mission. As an academic institution, we believe that in many cases we can achieve greater impact by sharing our work.

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  1. __quality control note – make any copies you want of this png image directly from _ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ConceptualMapFLOSS.png __ Note you may be able to see differences in the image in the article vs original – it’s possible that a poor quality copy could be a result of of one copying the image placed within the article – Source: VARGUX

 


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Don Kerr

So pleased to see this tribute to my former colleague Hans Kleefeld in today’s Toronto Star. He was a remarkably talented and too little acknowledged designer.

Hans Kleefeld’s corporate logos became part of Canadian landscape | Toronto Star

Hans Kleefeld’s corporate logos became part of Canadian landscape | Toronto Star

thestar.com

Berlin-born designer, who died March 10 at age 86, created logos that have endured for decades — from Tim Hortons to Air Canada to TD Bank.

Hans Kleefeld, a German-born designer, died in Toronto on March 10, at age 86. He is remembered by colleagues as a humble but no-nonsense, innovative graphic artist and teacher who applied European ideas to produce Canadian corporate images — from the Bank of Montreal’s stylized blue M to the curved-line composition of the old Scarborough Town Centre logo and the Tudor-style calligraphy of the Stratford Festival.

  1. __Thanks, Don, great article. _Many will also recall enjoying his series of opinion pieces written over the years for Applied Arts Magazine – here are links I found to just a few of them _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/opinions_details/?id=33 _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/opinions_details/?id=137 _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/opinions_details/?id=126 _ http://www.appliedartsmag.com/opinions_details/?id=44

David Montle

Hans was an instructor when I attended OCA in the late 70’s. He taught us a lot, but what I really remember was drinking multiple Tuborg’s with him at Christmas as well as his fondness for Woody Allen’s “Without Feathers”, which he called “Veess out fezzers”. A lovely man, sorely missed, to be sure.

 


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__Nicole Allen Slide Presentation Update Due _ http://www.slideshare.net/txtbks/penn-state-oersummit16-keynote _ Open Educational Resources and Solving the Textbook Cost Crisis  – Slide #12 ‘Traditional Textbook Prices’ Lists Textbooks that are available free online



The Sleeping Brain Is a Marvelous Memory Making Machine - Singularity HUB

The Sleeping Brain Is a Marvelous Memory Making Machine – Singularity HUB

singularityhub.com

Sleep may be the brave new world for learning. A recent flood of high profile studies suggest that our nightly slumber profoundly boosts what we’ve learned in the previous day, making the information stick.

But here’s the crazy cool part: animals and humans may have the ability to absorb new information during sleep, without ever being consciously aware of the learning process.

Let me be clear: it’s an extremely contentious idea, one far from settled. But here’s what we know. The story starts with a seahorse-shaped brain structure called the hippocampus and the electrical waves that oscillate through it after the lights go out.

 


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Hana Mujadzic

WOW! Amazing and scary at the same time!

__2016 Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic PDF is legible, ideally this graphic would be searchable – Alternative text with embedded URLs within logos, serving as links — yeah, that’s insane _ http://cdn.chiefmartec.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/marketing_technology_landscape_2016.pdf _ 42MB

 


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TVO

TVO

“Every life that cancer claims is a tragedy, and Ford’s is no different. His family deserves every warm thought and prayer sent their way, but the people he harmed deserve more than convenient lies by omission about the legacy he’s left.”

Andray Domise: The Rob Ford legacy that many refuse to confront

Andray Domise: The Rob Ford legacy that many refuse to confront

tvo.org

Rob Ford’s cancer was a tragedy, but he was no crusader in the mayor’s office or the councillor’s seat, …

 


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Creative Commons’ Radical Plan to Bring Joy to the Commons: Shareable  #OER #OA

Creative Commons' Radical Plan to Bring Joy to the Commons

Creative Commons’ Radical Plan to Bring Joy to the Commons

shareable.net

As debate about the sharing economy rages, with fingers pointed at Uber and Airbnb as prime examples of what isn’t sharing, a global community is working toward a better world through…actual sharing.

Sharing is at the core of the strategy, anchored by a keen awareness that community, collaboration, and shared benefits are at the heart of who they are. Their strategy calls them to add another key value to their identity—they want to make it a joy to contribute to the commons.

“I think sharing gets the short end of the stick these days,” says Creative Commons (CC) CEO Ryan Merkley. “Too often, we’re forced to make a false choice between individualism and collective acts. I think the two things can coexist, and I think they have to. Sharing is fundamental to what makes us great as a society and to unlocking our ability to have a more accessible, equitable and innovative world.”

  1. __To make ‘Finding it’ as joyful as ‘Sharing it’ > promising future features to the Creative Commons platform integration Toolkit [ideally] enable Authors-Creators to add metadata & standards compliance information __ https://creativecommons.org/platform/toolkit/ _ “CC aims to partner with existing platforms rather than create a database from scratch. They do, however, plan to create a CC metasearch feature that will return CC-licensed results across multiple search repositories, and direct the user back to those repositories.”

 


__the word “label” in the title of this talk has multiple meanings. – it isn’t just a company that produces records; it’s a word used to describe or categorize someone. Labeling. It’s the process that takes place in order to build the profiles against which we’re sold advertising, recommended movies or songs or software, told which content or course to take next in order to graduate “Personalization” might sound like it’s designed especially for us; but “personalization” is an algorithm based on a profile, on a category, on a label.

'I Love My Label': Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech - AuDrEyWaTtErS

‘I Love My Label’: Resisting the Pre-Packaged Sound in Ed-Tech – AuDrEyWaTtErS

hackeducation.com

Album Artwork highlights riff at Indie Ed-Tech Data Summit at Davidson College

 


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__An eBook for your Library shelf, file under Skeuomorphic Skeuomorphisms

__ Free Download: eLearning 101 – A Practical Guide _

__The highlights of the federal budget for students and youth include: A 50 per cent increase in Canada Student Grants, bringing the maximum grants from $2000 to $3000 for low-income students; $800 to $1200 for middle-income students; and $1200 to $1800 for part-time students. Raising the loan repayment income threshold under the Repayment Assistance Program from $20,210 to $25,000. __

Canadian universities, colleges to get $2 billion more to meet needs of changing economy | Toronto Star

Canadian universities, colleges to get $2 billion more to meet needs of changing economy | Toronto Star

thestar.com

OTTAWA—The federal government has earmarked an extra $2 billion for Canadian universities and colleges over the next three years to help meet the challenges of a changing economy, with the first $500 million available this year.

But a larger blueprint for boosting Canadian innovation will have to wait another 12 months while Ottawa consults with business, post-secondary training facilities and non-profit groups on how best to support research and development, the Liberal government said.

“Our objective of growing the economy is really fundamental to us,” Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau told reporters during a press conference before delivering his first budget speech in the House of Commons.

“Our innovation agenda is central to that.”

 


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__U&lc Vol 10-3 September 1983 Editorial It will all be resolved. Some reassuring observations on the eventual synthesis of personal creativity and computer technology. . . . you were there, you understand

__Well done! _ “Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced on Tuesday that it was collaborating with Mr. Munroe to incorporate parts of “Thing Explainer” into the next editions of its high school chemistry, biology and physics textbooks, to be published this summer. “It’s a way of deepening the engagement level for students,” said Ms. Smith-Herbst [who oversees content development for science and mathematics].”

Randall Munroe, XKCD Webcomic Creator's Visual Art in Educational Resources

Randall Munroe, XKCD Webcomic Creator’s Visual Art in Educational Resources

nytimes.com

This fall, some high school students will flip the page of their science textbooks and see…

Photo

Credit Randall Munroe

…stick figures and simplistic diagrams annotated with curiously nontechnical prose.

A schematic of the human body, for instance, looks more like a subway map with various organs labeled as “air bag,” “blood pusher,” “thinking bag” and so on.

For “thinking bag,” the explanation is: “When you read words (like these), this part of your body turns them into ideas. By choosing the right words, you can take an idea that’s happening in your head and try to make an idea like it happen in someone else’s. That’s what’s happening right now.”

Some may recognize them as the drawings and droll descriptions of Randall Munroe, the creator of the Internet comic “xkcd” as well as two books, “What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions” and “Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words,” both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 


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See the new Creative Commons Platform Toolkit:  #OER #openplatforms

- Creative Commons

Creative Commons Integration, from A to Z – Creative Commons Platform Toolkit

creativecommons.org

What: This toolkit covers the elements for a basic Creative Commons platform integration, including aligning legal terms to CC tools; installing the CC license chooser; displaying CC licensed content with the correct logos and links; and how to communicate CC to your users.

__David Wiley, at his playful best, presents a view of ‘guerilla open’, perhaps only slightly more strident than his actual feelings __ “Eminent Open Access: A Little Thought Experiment” _ http //opencontent org/blog/archives/4501 __ “When you play out this little thought experiment, where does it take you? Does it catalyze a global increase in innovation and quality of life? Does it cause the zombie apocalypse that ends human society? Something in between?” __ where does it take me? I’m thinking David gets nominated as marketer of the year.

 

__by Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill “we recognize that it is a very hard role [analyst] to take on in a way that manages some tricky ethical balancing acts and strikes the right tone. [-], and we have come to see that some of the tensions inherent in our work that we assumed were mainly risks can be assets, as long as we continue to work every day to earn and keep your trust.” – I’ll continue to seek the whole story and trust the whole truth __

Some Changes at e-Literate and MindWires

Some Changes at e-Literate and MindWires

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We will begin to move in the direction of building an analyst business, which means that we will sell subscription content and services that are complementary to the free content we will continue to provide on e-Literate. We will start with fairly humble but, we hope, useful reports and services, the first of which we will be announcing in the next month. But we have plans that go well beyond the normal analyst packages. We have some long-term ideas for catalyzing more productive campus conversations about how best to use technology in the service of education.
 


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__noted practice of Professor / faculty member / researcher in an academic institution: Which version of the article do they want to share? “The main point should be that I share a version that is evidentially the peer-reviewed version (with the publisher and the journal stamp on it).” __ http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/sites/default/files/Beyond_Downloads_infographic_2015.pdf

 

__New York, NY, March 21, 2016—Pixel Awards – the leading international awards program honoring exceptional design & technology since 2006, has announced the winners of its 10th annual. Twenty-one winning projects were selected by a jury of 32 creative professionals, and as many were nominated as People’s Champ by the public; over 1,200 entries were submitted to the competition, and over 240,000 public votes were cast! __

Winners of 10th Annual · Pixel Awards

Winners of 10th Annual · Pixel Awards

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Introducing the Winners of the 10th Annual Pixel Awards.
 


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__U&lc June 1980 Vision’80s Ed Gottschall _ “Thoughtgram Please pardon this intrusion on your heavy schedule. but I feel you might he amused by the enclosed quaint report I came across today. It is called Vision ’80s and purports to predict the future of information and communications systems in the ’80s — the 1980s, some 40 years ago. It’s a rather unimaginative piece, full of details about things that are already obsolete. No mention even of this Thoughtgram. . . ” _ http://fast.fonts.net/FontsCom/Live/ulc-scans/Volume%207-2.pdf _ U&lc Volume Seven – U&lc Predicts the Future « Fonts.com Blog

  1. __Ed Gottschall, the editor of U&lc in the late 1970s and early 1980s, loved technology. Although he wore a suit and tie to work everyday, he was a certifiable geek. He also had a lot to be geeky about. During his tenure as editor, the manner in which typographic content was set, output, stored and managed was going through dramatic changes. To celebrate and explore this abundance of communications technology, Gottschall prepared his “Vision ’80s” supplement to U&lc in Volume Seven Number Two.

__“Vision ’80s” was a major undertaking that pumped the journal up from 80 to 180 pages. In the supplement, Gottschall presented a cornucopia of technological developments for creating textual content – and predicted its future. In several instances his predictions were right on target; in others, not so much. “Vision ’80s” was a report on the state of the art of creating content – and Gottschall was a great reporter. Reporting and predicting, however, are two very different things. Still, “Vision ’80s” is an excellent view into the future of yesterday. _Allan Haley in U&lc on April 19, 2011 __ http://blog.fonts.com/2011/04/ulc-volume-seven-ulc-predicts-the-future/

__Stephen Downes Keynote re: Personal Learning Environments, LPSS Learning and Performance Support Systems program __ https://lnkd.in/e5-GHq5 _

From Individual to Community: The Learning Is in the Doing

From Individual to Community: The Learning Is in the Doing

downes.ca

Mar 19, 2016
Keynote presentation delivered to World Congress on Continuing Professional Development, San Diego, California.

In this presentation I begin with the assertion that learning is personal, distinguish ‘personal’ from ‘personalized’ as being based in personal practice, describe practice in a learning network, and show how progress and evaluation through practice is based on performance in authentic communities.

 


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__An interesting concept . . . worth developing for capture of digital creative work & metadata_ see Blockai FAQ: ‘Is my actual image or photo saved on the blockchain? No, it’s saved on our servers. Writing to the blockchain would be both cost prohibitive as well as a wasteful activity that would be a net negative for the blockchain”. __ https://blockai.com/

Blockai [Blockchain Copyright Registration Service]

Blockai [Blockchain Copyright Registration Service]

blockai.com

Blockai helps you claim ownership of your digital creations

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  1. __Audrey Watters has [also] been harvesting links to Blockchain / Education related articles and ideas – this is the first one I’ve seen of interest to “Creatives” _ check out Audrey’s links _ http://www.aud.life/2016/still-more-blockchain-and-education-links _

__Could a Blockchain-Based Registry Ever Replace the Copyright Office? __ http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/could-a-blockchain-based-registry-ever-99770/ __ The United States Copyright Office requires a deposit copy of the work for which copyright registration is sought. if a copyright infringement lawsuit arises, the owner may prove that the material that is infringed is exactly the same material for which the owner has secured a registration. the deposit of the work to create an archival record within Library of Congress _ http://copyright.gov/title37/202/37cfr202-20.html _

__David Wiley: A relentless pursuit to create a broad consensus in his meaning of ‘open’ – “The opportunity cost of defining the “open” in OER as affordable or free (without permissions), or building the “open” in open pedagogy on a foundation of fair use or guerrilla open, is nothing less than potentially delaying the advance of society. That’s why I’m so passionate about understanding what “open” most powerfully means in each of the various contexts in which we find it.”

“Open” Educational Resources vs “Open” Pedagogy: Why Meanings Matter

opencontent.org

David Wiley: There are numerous really smart and challenging ideas in Matthew’s post worth responding to, but I’ll focus this little bit of writing on the meaning and ethics bits.

 


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__Matthew’s argument is the following: 1) we care about openness because of the practices the permissions allow, not because of the permissions themselves, 2) that the ‘consensus’ [Wiley’s CC-5Rs Permissions] definition gives primacy to only one of several potential enablers of the expression of these openness practices (missing out on social openness), and as a result 3) doesn’t reflect a lot of the reality of practice on the ground.” _

Open is as Open Does

Open is as Open Does

roer4d.org
Dr Matthew Smith considers some of the debates around definitions of openness and the problems of an apparent consensus that privileges legal permissions as necessary and essential to what constitutes openness. – Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  1. __”Given the evidence emerging from IDRC supported research, the conclusion would be to focus on openness in practice, what that looks like, how to do it well, and its benefits – regardless of legal or technical status. I see this as the logical evolution of openness: First we define it (arbitrarily), then we research it, and then based on the new evidence, we redefine it.”

__This research team could support an understanding of the outcomes reported in these case studies by providing complete sets of the specific the open licensed resources and the copyright resources that were replaced, to examine/use/compare . . . And by describing the corresponding changes in pedagogy. __

Do you get what you pay for? Publisher Educational Content versus OERs

Do you get what you pay for? Publisher Educational Content versus OERs

3starlearningexperiences.wordpress.com

Is it fair that governments, schools, and parents have to pay a lot of money for “quality” in the educational materials that their children use (and that they themselves use in the case of continuing or lifelong education and learning) while free and easily accessible information and source materials are an everyday reality in today’s world? It’s not only that; open educational resources (OERs) are on the rise. These open educational materials are available for free and include open licences for (re)use and editing by teachers and students; sometimes completely open, sometimes with some conditions. Possibly the most common licenses makes use of the condition that you can edit the material if you intend to give future users permission to use and edit your materials, that it is attributed to you, but that the user is not using it for commercial purposes[2]. This follows the principle of equal sharing, or copyleft instead of copyright along with the condition that you can’t use any materials for commercial purposes.

  1. __The [any or all] generalizations being made by the authors is a false premise, is it not? – “Now that we know that OER materials are as good or even better than publisher content. . .”

  1. __FYI – Text in an AI file converts to vector shapes in a SVG – uneditable. The original AI file could be made available as an open educational resource.

__Outstanding article by Rob Reynolds “. . . what are the possible futures for content publishers? In this three-part series of posts, I’m going to explore what the education market looks like when content is no longer the primary product being sold. Today, in the first post, I’ll lay the foundation for my thinking and discuss how a shift from product to practice/experience in education may impact traditional publishing in Higher Education.” __

When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 1

When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 1

nextthought.com
Rob Reynolds is an edtech entrepreneur and analyst whose career includes service as a faculty member, university administrator, and publishing executive. He currently serves as Chief Product Officer at NextThought.
NextThought, LLC is a learning solutions company that develops online course technology designed for connected learning.

Introduction

What do publishers – whose stock and trade has always been content – do when content is no longer the main product they are selling?

In other words, what are the possible futures for content publishers?

In this three-part series of posts, I’m going to explore what the education market looks like when content is no longer the primary product being sold.

Today, in the first post, I’ll lay the foundation for my thinking and discuss how a shift from product to practice/experience in education may impact traditional publishing in Higher Education.1 The second post will discuss the effect of this shift on universities and colleges, and in the third post I’ll reflect on the possible consequences for learning technology companies.

Personalized Learning (or Underpersonalized Teaching)

 


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__Need to find additional information about Context Labs (CXL) Chainplate Foundation™ for Publishing, Snapshackle™ for Publishing, coupled with VUEgraph Analytics™ _”Context Labs provides enterprise grade platform solutions that help customers develop new channels to market, reducing channel friction, while retaining and growing direct customer relationships. . . . integrating secure distributed and shared ledgers (Blockchain), network graph analytics and visualizations, data interoperability, trusted identity management, and micro-payment enablement.” __ https://lnkd.in/eANm_KJ

RR Donnelley to Pursue New Blockchain-Enabled Capabilities for Publishing Industry

investor.rrd.com
R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announced today that it is teaming with Context Labs (CXL) to pursue leading-edge, blockchain-enabled technology for its global publishing customers. The companies have extended their strategic relationship to further integrate the CXL platform technology within RR Donnelley’s Print-to-Digital supply chain solutions.

“The mission at Context Labs is to provide platform solutions that enable publishers to reach consumers with less friction, reduce their channel costs, and provide better direct one-on-one customer relationships. The strategic relationship with RR Donnelley, a leader in publishing supply chain solutions, brings the key capabilities of our platform technology products (Chainplate Foundation™ for Publishing, Snapshackle™ for Publishing, coupled with VUEgraph Analytics™) to RR Donnelley’s large, global customer base,” commented Dan Harple, Chief Executive Officer of CXL. “Blockchain technology has been evolving for several years and is now becoming integrated into work flows in supply chains and financial tech. We are delighted with RR Donnelley’s decision to pursue these technologies for the publishing sector to enhance the role of publishers with the end consumers, at global scale.”

 


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__On average, Students invest 15.5 hours per week studying, in addition to their time in the classroom. Students who choose educational resources wisely can ensure studying is time well spent __ https://lnkd.in/eHXkfsw

Where students study the most 2016: full results - Macleans.ca

Where students study the most 2016: full results – Macleans.ca

macleans.ca

A full list of 53 schools, ranked by average hours spent studying a week, calculated from self-reported data from the Maclean’s student survey

Maclean’s surveyed more than 10,000 students at 100 universities across Canada in the late summer and early fall of 2015 on how many hours a week they spent studying. We calculated an average for each school, rounded to the nearest thousandth, using the number of hours per week divided by the number of respondents from each school. A minimum of 50 responses per school was required for inclusion. For a photo gallery of the top 20 click here. To see the schools where students said they party the most click here.

 


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The Blockchain Student Challenge

The Blockchain Student Challenge

dontapscott.com

To All the Aspiring Animators, Graphic Design Students, and Up-And-Coming Filmmakers out there:

We at the Tapscott Group are in need of talented, creative individuals to create a 90-to-120 second animation video on the influence of Blockchain technology on the music industry, to help the music industry move to a new model where musicians get compensated for their work.

  1. __Student considering this open competition might be interested in reading Chief Creative Officer Zak Mroueh’s ‘say no to spec’ perspective in this article, “Time for Us All to Ditch Spec Creative Pitches”__ https://medium.com/art-marketing/time-for-us-all-to-ditch-spec-creative-pitches-5128dea51d2a#.82bal8qiq _

__”Dr. Grandin didn’t suggest any direct connection between learning styles to explicit academic outcomes. Her point was that, when used effectively, these preferences can help teachers and parents find the right ways to engage kids in educational activities. [-] She related how she never would have found her present career if her mother hadn’t gotten her a job on a ranch one summer, “I was exposed to the cattle industry; Bill Gates was exposed to programming. It’s important to expose kids to different subjects.” __ https://lnkd.in/erq2KWe

SXSWedu’s Opening Keynote, Temple Grandin, Revisits ‘Learning Styles’

SXSWedu’s Opening Keynote, Temple Grandin, Revisits ‘Learning Styles’

edsurge.com

As autism diagnoses increase, so too do the number of parents and teachers battling its effects in children. On SXSWedu’s main stage, in front of bright lights and teachers who struggle to teach autistic children the “ordinary” lessons of school, opening keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin shined as an autistic woman who has achieved extraordinary things.

 


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__”Why is this project important? A number of initiatives focused in North America, Europe, and Australia are proposing to convert the system through which scholarly books are currently funded from a consumer- to producer-pays model which will allow free ebook versions to be made available. One driver for this change is the conjecture that releasing an ebook under an open access business model expands its readership compared to “toll-access” or “pay-to-purchase” ebooks.” __ https://lnkd.in/eTk3grY

Mapping the Free Ebook Supply Chain – Michigan Publishing

publishing.umich.edu
In February 2016, University of Michigan Press was awarded $28,000 by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to conduct an evidence-based study of how free ebooks are discovered and used. The study is being conducted over the course of a year, between March 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017. Working with a diverse sample of around 120 free ebooks published by Open Book Publishers (OBP) and University of Michigan Press (UMP) along with Michigan-distributed titles published by Open Humanities Press (OHP) we are engaging in retrospective and prospective analysis using both quantitative and qualitative metrics. Technology pioneer Eric Hellman and his colleagues at the Free Ebook Foundation will lead the research, with support from Rebecca Welzenbach, Charles Watkinson, and Ken Varnum at University of Michigan, Rupert Gatti at Open Book Publishers, and Gary Hall at Open Humanities Press.

__The basis of the recommendations made in Ontario Auditor General’s Report – University Intellectual Property is transparency _ https://lnkd.in/evQmebp ___ https://lnkd.in/eQQSu8F

Canadian Universities require transparent intellectual property guidelines | University Affairs

universityaffairs.ca

Intellectual property is important in our universities but it sometimes raises thorny issues. Unlike the United States, which has the Bayh-Dole Act – legislation governing intellectual property generated by federally funded research – Canadian universities are free to have their own individual IP arrangements. The Bayh-Dole act permits 50 percent of the IP to be assigned to the researcher and another 50 percent to the university. This act presumes that the universities will play a role in the protection and commercialization of the IP. Certain institutions, such as MIT, contribute a certain portion of their share back to the researcher.

In Canada, universities assign IP in their own individual ways, with most resembling the arrangements made in the U.S. There are only two to my knowledge that assign 100 percent of the IP to the inventor. They are the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University. This type of arrangement presumes that the inventors themselves will look after the protection of their IP and move it to commercialization on their own with less than full support from the university. In the case of Dalhousie, if substantial support is provided to the inventor, the IP is split with the university.

 


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__Yesterday, Roger Schank (famous cognitive scientist and learning theorist) released some of the work he and his team did for Trump University back in 2005 or so. _ https://lnkd.in/eeG3VGZ _ “designing quality scalable online courses takes a lot of money, a lot of custom programming, a lot of design expertise, and no one wants to pay. Except, apparently, Donald Trump.” __https://lnkd.in/evi6mGJ

Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials

Trump University’s Online Materials Are a Lot Better Than Your University’s Online Materials

hapgood.us

Yesterday, Roger Schank (famous cognitive scientist and learning theorist) released some of the work he and his team did for Trump University back in 2005 or so.

You didn’t know that Roger Schank was involved in Trump University? Well, he was. Trump University’s online materials were designed by the artificial intelligence pioneer and learning theorist who founded one of the first online learning labs in the early 1990s (Northwestern’s ILS) and had spent (by the time of Trump U.) almost two decades researching what works in technology-mediated education.

 


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__Victory Production was one of several developers involved with the K–12 OER Collaborative and it would be interesting to hear more about their experiences in their blog _ https://lnkd.in/epHQDyB __ https://lnkd.in/eEnGYvA

Instructional Design 101 - Victory

Instructional Design 101 – Victory

victoryprd.com

Every instructional design model has strengths and weaknesses. Your challenge is to play to the strengths and minimize the impact of the weaknesses.

 


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__”Learning technology has advanced more in the last five years than the last fifty, but a lack of openness done in the right way is one of the key factors keeping it from having the massive effect on results that it should,” said Stephen Laster “We’re excited to partner with Knovation to support a more open, collaborative and easy-to-use learning environment. By providing Engrade users with simpler access to high-quality curated OER” __ https://lnkd.in/eYQqHAv

McGraw-Hill Education and Knovation Team Up, Bringing Engrade Users Searchable and Curated Online Resources

prnewswire.com

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Engrade, a learning management and assessment platform for K-12 education, access to the Knovation Content Collection with more than 360,000 online learning resources, including videos, white papers, games, podcasts and articles using a single integrated search.

Engrade unifies the data, curriculum and tools that educators use every day to drive student achievement and inform district educational strategy. Supporting open standards, Engrade seamlessly integrates all of a district’s content and assessment providers through one site with one sign-on, bringing together the delivery of digital instructional content, assessments and student performance data.

  1. __To learn about Knovation’s 127-point Resource Certification Process, please read CELT’s professional review. Download Whitepaper. _ https://na8.salesforce.com/sfc/p/#80000000KiC4/a/C0000000Lmss/QFIMUbxmDIMpWJuV7vzFHUyme7ip5pHHKLe8OQc9C18=

__Paul explains most organizations and businesses using Creative Commons are in business for reasons other than money. FYI – lacks details of the revenue generating activities and scalabilty / growth strategy of Lumen Learning – possibly more in the Book?

What is an Open Business Model and How Can You Generate Revenue? — Paul Stacey

What is an Open Business Model and How Can You Generate Revenue? — Paul Stacey

medium.com
In this fourth of our six long form Medium articles I describe what an open business model is and some of the many ways to generate revenue while still licensing things to be free and open using Creative Commons. My goal is to help you find ways to build sustainable and thriving open business models.

Method #4: Value-Add Services

In this method services are built on top of a resource that is free and open. Revenue is generated through sale of premium services rather than sale of the resource itself.

Hosted Supported Service — this value-add service type charges a fee for hosted and supported access and use of openly licensed resources.

Example: Lumen Learning curates Creative Commons licensed education content into Candela courses which provide a set of low cost e-textbook alternative to expensive commercial textbook high enrolment college courses. These courses can be accessed for free off Lumen’s site. Or, alternatively, for a fee, these courses can be integrated into a college learning management system with additional faculty and technical support services.

http://lumenlearning.com/

Lumen courseware places no paywall between students and the materials they need to succeed in their courses, so every student enjoys day one digital access to course content through the LMS. Instead of a student paywall, Lumen contracts with institutions for a low-cost $10 per student fee based on the number of students enrolled in Lumen-supported courses. Many Lumen clients recoup this cost with a course materials fee.

Supplemental Resources — This value-add service type charges a fee for resources that supplement a core Creative Commons licensed resource.

Example: OpenStax provides free, Creative Commons CC BY licensed, peer-reviewed, high quality textbooks for college courses. OpenStax partners with with third party companies that provide, for a fee, high quality online homework tools that supplement those books. A portion of the fee generated from these supplemental resources goes back to OpenStax as a way of sustaining their business model.

__ Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill exemplify Design Thinking in the field _ [Whenever a new ed tech trend gets named] “we should start trying to understand [it] by looking for the best examples of what teachers and students are doing when they are doing the thing we just named. We should ask them what they are doing, and why. We should ask how their practice is working and what they are learning and what they don’t yet know.” _

Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters

Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters

er.educause.edu
Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill

The authors offer a framework—based on three years of campus visits—for thinking about (1) the circumstances under which personalized learning can help students and (2) the best way to evaluate the real educational value for products that are marketed under the personalized learning banner.

 


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__”If, like me, you have a day job and teach once in a while on a short-term contract, open education should be on your radar. Why? Because that’s all you have to show for all your work. [-] In the end, as an education freelancer, my online footprint is all I have, so it better be abundant, it better be current, and it better reflect who I am.” __

Reflection of Adjunct Prof: Teaching openly is all I have

Reflection of Adjunct Prof: Teaching openly is all I have

mathplourde.wordpress.com
Mathieu Plourde – I’ve been reflecting lately about why higher education faculty members don’t embrace open education (and open teaching practices) as much as I do [in the time I took to write this post, I stumbled upon Martin Weller’s one that clarifies some of these issues as well]. This post is just some sort of brainstorm of reasons why I think the task at hand is harder that it seems to be.
 


McGraw-Hill Education Reports Sales of Digital Units Overtake Print in its U.S. Higher Education Group in 2015

mheducation.com

McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, today announced that in 2015 unit sales of digital platforms and programs exceeded those of print in its U.S. Higher Education Group for the first time. Last year, the company also expanded the number of adaptive offerings for U.S. higher education to over 1,400, up from 40 in 2012. Increasingly, educators are turning to adaptive programs, which have been shown to improve engagement, student retention, test scores and pass rates. The company saw double-digit growth in activations across its key digital offerings in 2015.

“Our transition to providing digital products that offer better outcomes at meaningfully lower prices is going really well,” said David Levin, president and CEO of McGraw-Hill Education. “In fact, as students returned to college in early 2016, they activated 1.2 million subscriptions to our Connect platform during January and February, a double-digit increase over the previous year. We are also delighted that for nearly all the courses for which students purchase Connect, they can also order a loose-leaf print version of the textbook for as little as $25 and we continue to encourage those who want print alongside digital to use this very inexpensive option.”

The following key digital platforms and programs – Connect, LearnSmart, SmartBook and ALEKS – reported strong year-over-year growth.

__The Assemblyman’s position against conflict of interest is understandable, however, as chairman of the Assembly budget subcommittee overseeing education finance he ought to know better than make the false claim textbook publishers are gouging students, or perhaps that HP is gouging students on the cost of their inkjet printer cartridges _

UC Davis chancellor apologizes, will donate textbook stock to student scholarships

UC Davis chancellor apologizes, will donate textbook stock to student scholarships

sacbee.com

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi under fire for paid corporate board seats

Chancellor took seat with for-profit DeVry while it faces federal scrutiny

Katehi case prompts lawmakers to call for hearings on UC outside pay

 

Stephen Downes – The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

halfanhour.blogspot.ca
When I wrote The Future of Online Learning in 1998, I took into account three major sets of factors. The first was the obvious basis in technology. Internet and digital systems were advancing rapidly, in ways that could be known. The second was human nature. Here I refer not only to the inherent conservatism in society, but also in the infallible human inclination to use new things in new and unexpected ways. So while I did not predict that the internet would become the largest distribution network for cat photos in history, this development would not have surprised me a bit. And the third was the set of global changes happening, from the rise of Asia to the increasing urbanization of society, and the stress on resources and reserves.
 


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__”The harsh reality is that the vast majority of creators in America are currently excluded from copyright protection. This would finally level the playing field for small creators. Now we get to begin the difficult task of selling this idea to Congress.” The white paper, which can be viewed here _ Visual Associations Small Claims Tribunal Paper – _ , advocates for the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office. _ VisualAssociationsSmallClaimsTribunalPaper.pdf

Copyright Small Claims White Paper Released by Visual Arts Associations

ppa.com

These organizations have identified the creation of a small claims option to be their most urgent legislative priority before Congress. They assert that the cost and burden of maintaining a lawsuit in the only existing venue for hearing copyright infringement claims–federal district courts–is prohibitive and all too often leaves visual artists no way to vindicate their rights. They see a small claims court within the Copyright Office as providing a fair, cost-effective and streamlined venue in which they can seek relief for relatively modest copyright infringement claims.



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