__”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.
__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. __
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. _
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.
__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. _
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/
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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__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 __
__[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. _
__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 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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__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
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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__”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 _
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.
__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. _
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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__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
__”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.” __
California Governor Brown Proposes $5 Million (One Time) for Creating “ Zero–Textbook–Cost Degrees” at the California Community Colleges (CCC)
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__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
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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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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__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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__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
Album Artwork highlights riff at Indie Ed-Tech Data Summit at Davidson College
__An eBook for your Library shelf, file under Skeuomorphic Skeuomorphisms
__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
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.”
__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].”
This fall, some high school students will flip the page of their science textbooks and see…
…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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__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 __
__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! __
__“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/
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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__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.”
__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.” _
__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. __
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. 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.
Graphics from Principles of Marketing Textbook by Lumen Learning
__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.” __
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)
__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
“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.”
__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
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.
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.
__”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
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.
__”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
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.
__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
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.
__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
__”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
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.
__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?
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.
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.” _
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.
__”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.” __
McGraw-Hill Education Reports Sales of Digital Units Overtake Print in its U.S. Higher Education Group in 2015
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 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
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.