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__Mike Caulfield’s creative work on expansive, mind-bending ideas also includes Federated Wiki and Wikity

Prism: A Proposal for a Choral Approach to OER

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If you’ve read Choral Explanations, you know that I’ve proposed a new (well, as much as anything is ever new) approach to OER use and production that is based on trends in both wiki and question and answer sites. (If  you haven’t read Choral Explanations, you can read it here).

In the time since I wrote that piece, I’ve kept coming back to it. And the more I look at it, the more I see a simple yet powerful idea at the center of it. I could be wrong, but I’m starting to feel there’s a huge opportunity here that is ripe for the taking. And unlike other stuff I’ve worked on (Wikity, federated wiki) it’s not that hard to build software around it. This post is going to attempt to outline how such software might work, and how it could dramatically change how we approach OER.



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__Open SUNY Textbooks (OST) _http://textbooks.opensuny.org/ _today announced, in collaboration with Lumen Learning, a new service model, SUNY OER Services, to support State University of New York (SUNY) faculty and SUNY campuses with their efforts to expand effective adoption, creation and use of open educational resources (OER) in teaching and research.

Open SUNY Textbooks scales up OER Adoption

Open SUNY Textbooks scales up OER Adoption

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Open SUNY Textbooks scales up open educational resources (OER) adoption and creation services for SUNY campuses and faculty

Major support and funding for expanding SUNY’s use of OER come from the SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Alex Cartwright, as well as the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services. Open SUNY Textbooks and SUNY OER Services are being developed with system-level strategic goals of reducing textbook costs; developing institutional models for low-cost and high quality course materials support; and producing new models of academic publishing and scholarly communications across SUNY.



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__Pearson describes a Canadian success story: “Algonquin College in Ottawa launched an etextbook pilot program in January 2013. The college believed that by using etextbooks, it would overcome some of the shortcomings of printed textbooks, which are heavy, not accessible to students with visual disabilities, and expensive. The pilot showed promising results. . . ” See Contact North 2016 update of results _ http://teachonline.ca/sites/default/files/algonquin_college_e-text_initiative_presentation.pdf

Algonquin College E-Text Initiative Presentation



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__Pearson infographic cites research papers which are widely used by OER-advocates _ http://www.pearsoned.com/wp-content/uploads/INSTR13104-DDAinfographic-V4.pdf

Pearson digital content on the first day of class

_ Pearson Digital Delivery of Course Materials addresses issues well presented in detailed within this 2012 Florida Student Textbook Survey _ http://www.openaccesstextbooks.org/pdf/2012_Florida_Student_Textbook_Survey.pdf



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__Digital Delivery of Course Materials | Pearson _ The course materials delivery dilemma: Buying required course materials for a college class may seem like a straightforward transaction, but the reality is anything but. The hunt for bargain books is a long and complicated path that often leads students to forego buying essential materials altogether. __ http://www.pearsoned.com/higher-education/topics-in-higher-education/transition-to-digital/digital-delivery-of-course-materials/

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__More Than 30 Colleges and Universities Partner With Pearson to Put Digital Learning Resources at Students’ Fingertips on the First Day of Class _ http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/16/06/p8055321/more-than-30-colleges-and-universities-partner-with-pearson-to-put-digi

Pearson digital content on the first day of class


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__”I contend that this conception of balance, setting authors’ rights on one scale and limitations and exceptions on the other, is both one-dimensional and detrimental to the overall goals of copyright. The underlying assumption is that authors’ interests are distinct from the public’s interests, and that one can only be furthered at the expense of the other. But this isn’t the case.” __

Balance in Copyright

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Everybody says we should strive for balance in copyright law. Indeed, who is against balance in principle? The real question is what exactly you mean—what is being balanced?

I contend that this conception of balance, setting authors’ rights on one scale and limitations and exceptions on the other, is both one-dimensional and detrimental to the overall goals of copyright. The underlying assumption is that authors’ interests are distinct from the public’s interests, and that one can only be furthered at the expense of the other. But this isn’t the case.

A view of balance that pits authors rights against the public interest thus ignores the law’s internal balancing mechanisms and is ultimately detrimental to the goals of copyright. By keeping in mind the intertwined nature of the private right and the public gain, we can better reach a balanced approach. Such balance would ensure that rights are clear, marketable, and enforceable. It would, for example, disfavor government intervention in the form of compulsory licensing, rate setting, etc, except when there is demonstrable market failure; it would encourage cooperation between rightsholders and OSPs and others in the online ecosystem to minimize online infringement; it would provide access to meaningful remedies for individuals and small businesses. A balanced copyright system would, in short, create a vibrant, diverse culture that enriches the public sphere by protecting creators’ right to seek their fair share.



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__Sequoia’s SCS Server Suite: Textbook and Course Materials Management – via Faculty requisitions data collected – providing unique tools to acquire and sell textbooks, Textbook Partner is the premier textbook management tool. This comprehensive system ensures higher margins and more profits for campus store textbook departments. _

Blackboard News & Events | Blackboard Acquires Sequoia Retail Systems

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Acquisition provides students with greater retail convenience on and off campus

Sequoia provides hundreds of colleges and universities with POS, retail bookstore and inventory management solutions that enable students to make purchases quickly and easily while reducing administrative complexity. The company’s integrated, multichannel delivery gives students the power to use their campus ID credentials (card/mobile) to purchase when and where it is most convenient—online, on a mobile device or at a register.



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Quad/Graphics to Adopt Landa Nanography® as its Next Digital Printing Technology

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Largest publication printer in the U.S. to collaborate on deployment of Landa Nanographic Printing® Presses for high-quality, cost-effective digital production of short-run magazines and journals 


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EY Announces Curriculum Associates' CEO Rob Waldron is Named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® New England 2016 Finalist

EY Announces Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron is Named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® New England 2016 Finalist

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BOSTON, May 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —EY announced that Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the New England program. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Rob was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 23, 2016 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Curriculum Associates is an education technology company leading the adoption of print and digital curriculum for more than three million K–12 students across the country. Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates has always been driven by a simple yet powerful vision: to make classrooms better places for teachers and students. Offering one of the industry’s only integrated learning solutions for both diagnostic assessment and instruction, Curriculum Associates’ tools and content enable school districts to assess smarter, saving valuable classroom time and increasing student achievement.



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__“The world no longer rewards people for what they know – Google knows everything – but for what they can do with what they know. [-] Education today needs to be much more about ways of thinking, involving creativity, critical thinking, problemsolving and decision-making; about ways of working, including communication and collaboration.”

Report:_ Charles Leadbeater, The Problem Solvers

See Article: _ http://schoolsweek.co.uk/teach-pupils-problem-solving-not-just-to-follow-instructions-says-former-blair-adviser/

Charles Leadbeater The Problem Solvers

__Related : Why a ‘Big-Picture Education’ Has Never Been More Important – Carol Geary Schneider, president, Association of American Colleges & Universities – By Dan Berrett _ http://chronicle.com/article/Video-Why-a-Big-Picture/236416 _

__The 2016 Small Business Book Awards’ 17 Books/Authors had 178 nominations across our eight categories and nearly 11,000 votes with thousands of Facebook comments from fans across the spectrum of small business book readers and supporters of the nominees. __

2016 Book Awards Winners - Judges and Community

2016 Book Awards Winners – Judges and Community

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2016 Book Awards Winners – Judges and Community


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__“No additional cost to the student” does not mean no cost for the institution. At UMUC, _ https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/03/09/textbook-free.aspx _ the large-scale transition from textbooks required a team-based approach for each step of development, from discovery of OER, to vetting for quality, to reviewing for licensing and ADA compliance, to embedding within the learning environment. __ https://lnkd.in/eAnFuDa

Large-Scale Adoption of Open Educational Resources as an Institutional Differentiator

Large-Scale Adoption of Open Educational Resources as an Institutional Differentiator

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Making open educational resources available to students at a large scale requires a high level of commitment from the institution in terms of time, effort and resources.

The past decade has seen a steady growth in the disruptive potential of open educational resources (OER)—free, high-quality, openly licensed educational materials in a variety of media—to enhance access, improve outcomes and lower costs for students. There is evidence that the movement has reached a tipping point. With major support from the Hewlett Foundation and other funders, the focus has shifted to large-scale—program-wide or even enterprise-wide—adoption of OER as the core or even sole curricular educational content.

What is also clear is that fully realizing the potential of OER to achieve these outcomes will require a strategic approach, adequate institutional resources and a willingness to transform more fundamental aspects of the traditional model of delivering education.



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__”the more students are doing research, projects, writing-intensive activities, e-portfolios, service learning, things that connect actual problems with the academic learning . . . the big picture, the strong intellectual skills, a sense of responsibility for how knowledge is used, and the ability to apply knowledge to real problems. __

Video: Why a 'Big-Picture Education' Has Never Been More Important

Video: Why a ‘Big-Picture Education’ Has Never Been More Important

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Carol Geary Schneider, who will retire in June from the presidency of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, describes what we know now about a high-quality education and its greatest threats. Even amid “a very toxic environment” about the value of college, Ms. Schneider explains why she sees reason for hope.


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__in a declining marketplace for humanities monographs, the University of North Carolina Press recently set up an Office of Scholarly Publishing Services that will offer copy editing, design layout, distribution, and seed money for professors making open educational resources __

UNC Press to Offer Publishing Services for Professors’ DIY Textbooks

UNC Press to Offer Publishing Services for Professors’ DIY Textbooks

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In a fresh example of the growth of open educational resources, the press will work with faculty [-] the press’s new role as an opportunity for professors to seek advice on various materials they may have kept tucked away but would like to publish online or digitize. She also sees it as a way to collaborate on open educational resources, which she says is a growing interest on the campus. Last year the provost and the library supplied a total of $10,000 in grants to support 10 professors seeking to create open educational resources to replace their textbooks.


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__The world around us is filled with ideas and knowledge waiting to be discovered. Our eyes only see so much, We can only see what’s in front us, We process and use imagery personally in our visual search to interactively access the wealth of information within the digital world. _ Blippar can help _ https //blippar.com/en/

Our eyes see so much - blippar com



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__All scientific papers to be free by 2020 under EU proposals – Horizon 2020 _ Council conclusions on Open Access, Open Science, via Council of the European Union, The Competitiveness Council _

The transition towards an Open Science system
– Council conclusions (adopted on 27/05/2016)

 



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__the role that copyright plays in fostering and enabling artistic freedom – By securing to artists a property right in the fruits of their productive labors, copyright empowers artists to pursue success in whichever markets and through whichever business models work best for their creative visions. As a result, artists are free to develop and market their art in a rich, diverse, commercial marketplace. Copyright’s economic freedom supports a professional class of creators. __

Copyright as a Platform for Artistic and Creative Freedom

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Abstract:

A growing conventional wisdom argues that copyright restricts artists’ ability to fulfill their creative potential and to express themselves freely in their art. But this conventional wisdom misunderstands the role that copyright plays in fostering and enabling artistic freedom. To understand the relationship between copyright and artistic freedom, it helps to consider the broader context in which copyright enables artists and creators to thrive. While copyright restricts artistic freedom in the narrow sense that it places limitations on artists’ ability to incorporate anything they want into their art without permission, this restriction is only one side of the equation; on the other side, copyright plays a critical role in fostering artistic and creative independence.

By securing to artists a property right in the fruits of their productive labors, copyright empowers artists to pursue success in whichever markets and through whichever business models work best for their creative visions. As a result, artists of all shapes and sizes — both mainstream and niche, and with a wide variety of social and cultural viewpoints — are free to develop and market their art in a rich, diverse, commercial marketplace. Copyright’s economic freedom supports a professional class of creators. These creators don’t just make art, they make a living making art, enjoying the freedom to dedicate their time to their craft in ways that are impossible for most hobbyists. Copyright’s economic freedom also gives creators the artistic freedom to dream big — it helps them secure financing for their more ambitious projects, it empowers them to develop and sustain related projects over time, and it enables them to capture the efficiencies of the division of labor. By supporting artists and their work, copyright serves as a powerful platform for artistic and creative freedom.



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__David Wiley “I believe that part of the reason the open education movement continues to struggle with sustainability is because there is a dangerous lack of diversity in our incentive ecosystem. . . If we were more accepting, welcoming, and inviting of diversity, perhaps we would have more success catalyzing the change we are collectively trying to make.” __ Perhaps a sincere realization of the ‘Good vs.Evil’ logical fallacy. . . and welcome, better late than never __

Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

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Andrew Rickard has written a thoughtful essay on OER, open pedagogy, and commercial interests. In it, he reflects on several topics, including his honest misgivings about the recent OpenStax / Knewton partnership announcement. His doubts are not unique; I think there is a broad sense of uneasiness regarding the participation of commercial players in the open education space. And I think it’s a topic we should be talking about more.

 [-] Once you realize what the opportunity cost of preventing occasional bad or annoying behavior would be, it becomes clear that it’s in our community’s overwhelming interest to tolerate it. We are, after all, supposed to be the open education community. If we were more accepting, welcoming, and inviting of diversity, perhaps we would have more success catalyzing the change we are collectively trying to make.


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__OCSB teacher provides a succinct summary of this strategic implementation “The driving force behind our Board’s success is the insight to lead with pedagogy and to support our pedagogical practices with technology. Our Board is able to leverage digital resources and technology with strong pedagogical alignment.” _

Innovation That Sticks Case Study Report: Ottawa Catholic School Board

Innovation That Sticks Case Study Report: Ottawa Catholic School Board

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Innovation that Sticks Case Study Report – A Framework for District-Wide Change

What were the conditions that enabled and encouraged innovation

to take place within a system as large and complex as the Ottawa Catholic School Board?

This case study report provides concrete guidance and information resources to support other School District leaders faced with the challenge of determining how they can get their own innovations to ‘stick’ and achieve their goals.



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__Leaders from 25 Canadian universities participated in a Universities Canada workshop in Vancouver on November 30 and December 1, 2015 to discuss the trends, opportunities and challenges in leveraging digital technologies for research, university operations, and teaching and learning. This report summarizes the discussions at the event. _

Canadian Universities and our Digital Future - report - Universities Canada

Canadian Universities and our Digital Future – report – Universities Canada

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Speakers and panelists discussed digital disruptors that could affect Canadian universities and raised a number of questions for senior leaders to consider:

  • How can we advance universities’ missions and Canada’s position as a leader in the digital economy?
  • Can technologies help provide greater access to quality education and research at a lower cost to students and universities?
  • How can Canadian universities provide more personalized education and best prepare students for the digital economy?
  • Given the implications and pace of disruptive technologies, how can universities remain competitive and sustainable?

The report also provides highlights of Universities Canada’s 2015 Digital Technologies Survey.



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McGraw-Hill Education

Technology is driving innovation in education, but there is still a place for print in the classrooms of tomorrow: https://lnkd.in/bgcjT9P Our School President Chris Willig explains how for Book Business Magazine.

Do Books Have a Future in Tomorrow’s Classroom?

Do Books Have a Future in Tomorrow’s Classroom?

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“Books in our education space are a funny thing,” says Willig. “I think there is a place for print [in the classroom], and a place for ebooks. Our research is showing a strong proclivity for maintaining a blended approach to the world.”

Print, she notes, can’t complete with certain aspects of the digital experience, which in Willig’s view changes not just the role of content but its very definition. “What is content?” she says. “That is a fundamental question. If all it is a flat experience of a page of long-form reading, the value is starting to shift… When content is delivered within a higher-value proposition built around data — with a recommendation engine, remediation, all the things that data can inform — it’s a different story.”

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__Neal Goff’s article points out the similarity between M-H and Lumen Learning’s for-profit business models where customers pay for platform access and value-added curation of professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned, online educational resources. One of the differences with Lumen Learning’s offer is it’s exclusive use of OER.



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__Watch this short video on Mediathread functionality, usage, and development.  _ Mediathread connects to a variety of image and video collections enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into an analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into essays and other written analysis. _ https://lnkd.in/efqQQhT

Mediathread – Multimedia Annotation and Essays

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Mediathread is an open-source platform for exploration, analysis, and organization of web-based multimedia content. Mediathread connects to a variety of image and video collections (such as YouTube, Flickr, library databases, and course libraries), enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into an analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into essays and other written analysis.



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__Maria Popova’s address to the 2016 graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication _”Strive to be uncynical, to be a hope-giving force, to be a steward of substance. Choose to lift people up, not to lower them down — because it is a choice, always, and because in doing so you lift yourself up.” _

On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address

On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address

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“In its passivity and resignation, cynicism is a hardening, a calcification of the soul. Hope is a stretching of its ligaments, a limber reach for something greater.”



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__Many fabulous insights into recent evolution of our modern textbooks in this outstanding research paper _ Creatives might focus on section – Era of Artwork, Pedagogy, and Homogenization ( 1970s- 1980s) pg 469 _

An Examination of Introductory Psychology Textbooks in America – Wight / Weiten 1992

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“The time has gone by when any one person could hope to write an adequate textbook of psychology. The science has now so many branches, so many methods, so many fields of application, and such an immense mass of data of observation is now on record, that no one person can hope to have the necessary familiarity with the whole.” – An author of an introductory psychology text

Our portrait of 100 years of introductory psychology texts shows that they have been characterized by both stability and change.

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__Related: This month Ivan Flis published his PhD dissertation titled; Instructional Manuals of Boundary-Work: Psychology textbooks,student subjectivities, and disciplinary historiographies 2016 _ “Textbooks become reifications of investigative practices coupled with pedagogical ones. They mesh the contexts of theoretical knowledge and application, the rhetoric of presenting it, the business of teaching it, and provide objective and objectified perspectives on a discipline, perspectives that can be carefully recast and inspected.

__”They are full of “facts” that at the same time bring and hide uncertainties—they are textual witnesses of a time gone by. Textbooks (again?) become a place to go to reflect about the discipline. A good Latourian might even say textbooks gain agency in driving that reflection.”

__Instructional Manuals of Boundary-Work: Psychology textbooks,student subjectivities, and disciplinary historiographies. Ivan Flis _ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jhbs.21791/abstract _



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__Prof. Robin DeRosa “I want to share here the nuts and bolts of how we built the textbook, and reflect on how it affected the pedagogy that surrounded the book.”_ “Open textbooks [-] can create a new relationship between learners and course content, and if teachers choose to acknowledge and enable this, it can have a profound effect on the whole fabric of the course.” __

My Open Textbook: Pedagogy and Practice

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I launched the open textbook project over a summer, and because I teach at a public university where I had no easy access to graduate assistants or funding, I hired a bunch of undergrad students and recent alums, and paid them out of my own pocket to assist me.  Turns out, most of them were willing to work for free (I didn’t let them, though what I paid was low because it was all I could spare), and turns out the whole endeavor of building the work turned out to be transformative to my own pedagogy and to the course that followed.  I want to share here the nuts and bolts of how we built the textbook, and reflect on how it affected the pedagogy that surrounded the book.



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__The Blippar™ app is an example of David’s reference to opportunities to use Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Visual Discovery, Visual Search Browser _Check it out _ https://blippar.com/en/ _ https://lnkd.in/e7_TY8n

“Perfection” in Packaging: Nice, but Now What? on WhatTheyThink

“Perfection” in Packaging: Nice, but Now What? on WhatTheyThink

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David Schawk (SKG Global) argues that because consumers are exposed to so many other influences, the pursuit of perfection in the look of packaging is no longer enough. Brand owners and packaging producers must learn to think of packages as “digital portals to non-linear consumer experiences.” He gives an example.



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De-Legitimization - Michael Caulfield

De-Legitimization – Michael Caulfield

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People with broadly similar goals often operate under different theories of change. Some people believe change comes from moving fast and building things, and a lot of it does. Some people think it comes from laying the intellectual and policy foundations that nurture desired results, and that’s true too.
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We all have different theories of change. Unsurprisingly, most people’s theories of change support the contention that their unique gifts (whether those are policy analysis and engagement, building things, designing good UX, or promoting the heck out of existing technologies) are the lynchpin of the movement. It’s funny how that works out like that!

And so we argue over where we should spend our effort. Why? Because there are limited resources. You can put a builder or a thinker in a keynote. You can fund open textbooks or open pedagogy. We notice that some parts of the movement get more press and some get more money. We notice that open textbooks are taking off while open pedagogy is still mostly below the radar. We get upset, maybe, at these divisions. And all this is good and right. You can operate for decades like this and most movements worth anything do.

__Several Academics who are key figures within the ‘Open Movement’ are reflecting on their differing perspectives, MC writes “Where it falls apart is at that line of legitimacy. . . You have to treat differences in approach as differences in personal theories of change, not as tests of moral fiber. [-] Because the truth is that none of us is the center of this thing. We need all the talents, we need the multiple approaches. We need people who make change possible, and we need people who provide the intellectual and policy substrate to make that change last.” __ although, don’t expect the ‘movement’ to be inclusive of those who envision ©ER+OER anytime soon.



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Collective Arts Brewing Label Series Six

Collective Arts Brewing Label Series Six

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My collage “FLORA” was chosen from over 2,000 submissions to be part of Collective Brewing’s Label Series Six, unveiled Saturday…

__Congratulations, Louis. great idea to contribute & participate _see full image – http://collectiveartsbrewing.com/art/louis-fishauf/ _ interesting concepts / dimensions worth checking out _ http://collectiveartsbrewing.com/submit-art/ _ “Beer drinkers can scan the labels using the free smartphone app, BLIPPAR™ _ https://blippar.com/en/ _ connecting artists with our beer drinkers on an interactive level, all to be viewed and shared”



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__The K-12 OER Collaborative seeks school districts interested in piloting middle school math materials during the 2016-17 school year. _ https://lnkd.in/eeXPkH3 _ Sunnyside Unified School District is the second largest school district in Tucson, Arizona _ https://lnkd.in/efj6NmQ __ https://lnkd.in/eh4gZBv

Some Sunnyside schools to drop textbooks for open-source material

Some Sunnyside schools to drop textbooks for open-source material

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The district has a one-to-one laptop program and operates largely digitally now.

Sunnyside was chosen as a pilot district based on its high number of minority and low-income students, said Larry Singer, CEO of K-12 OER Collaborative and former Pearson executive. “Our whole reason for doing this is a social justice reason,” he said. The organization wants to make high-quality material available for free to all students. Another benefit of using the collaborative’s open education resources is the ability of the district to receive the material in the format it wants, whether that is HTML or Microsoft OneNote format, Singer said, adding that teachers can have input in how the content is delivered. “They have full legal rights to improve it, to modify it and to share it with the teachers in the next classroom,” he said.



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__The analysis showed that high-quality learning materials have played a key role in the improvement of education arrangements and in sustaining quality. Even when apparently simple in form, learning materials carry complex functions – from ensuring transmission of best practice, to encouraging effective acquisition and development of key ideas by learners. The Cambridge Approach is a series of criteria and questions to support publishers in reflecting on those things which should be considered when materials are being conceived, commissioned, and developed. __

Tim Oates launches the Cambridge Approach to Textbooks

Tim Oates launches the Cambridge Approach to Textbooks

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On 28 April 2016 Tim Oates CBE, Group Director for Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment, will launch the ‘Cambridge Approach to Textbooks’. This set of criteria is in direct response to his identification of “England’s need to restore the primacy of ‘real’ textbooks worldwide”. This follows on from the ‘Cambridge Assessment Approach to Assessment’ published in 2009.



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__Steve Greenlaw, Professor of Economics at University of Mary Washington, explains Government funded new major OER is a ‘public good’, and, where Altruism provides a benefit, even though the benefit is not financial, the improvements – adaption to the same are ‘positive externality goods’. __

Friendly Amendment to “OER: Some Questions and Answers”

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A couple weeks ago, David Wiley responded to a clever Pearson op-ed, which attempted to damn [OER] with faint praise. Among other things, the op-ed states: I have a couple of thoughts on the op-ed and David’s response.

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When David claims that the theory of public goods can’t explain why people devote time, money and effort to creating OER, I disagree. The theory suggests that people will do this when the benefit to them exceeds the cost. I think that the benefits perceived by these individuals are the benefits their actions provide to other people. Altruism provides a benefit even though the benefit is not financial. I think that explains that why people are often willing to contribute to improvements to OER, once the OER exists. And this makes no sense to anyone who limits their understanding to the realm of commerce. To phrase it differently, new major OER is a public good, but improvements to the same are positive externality goods.

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__The Government funded program, BCcampus Open Textbooks, is a ‘public good’. BCcampus open textbook, Principles of Social Psychology-1st International Edition, is an example of ‘positive externality goods’. . . it was adapted by Rajiv Jhangiani and Hammond Tarry from Charles Stagnor’s original textbook without financial benefit, albeit these are salaried Professors, this is Altruism.



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__Forbes magazine has occasionally tried to estimate Scrooge McDuck’s wealth in real terms; in 2007, the magazine estimated his wealth at $28.8 billion;[13] in 2011, it rose to $44.1 billion due to the rise in gold prices.[14] One website used the size of Scrooge’s Money Bin as a basis and calculated that it could contain over $27 trillion. . . Elsevier is doing slightly less well 🙂 _ fyi Investor Centre – http://www.relx.com/investorcentre/pages/home.aspx  _

SSRN has been captured by the enemy of open knowledge.

SSRN has been captured by the enemy of open knowledge.

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Elsevier just bought SSRN. Here’s why you should be upset, and what we can do about it.

__SSRN’s co-founder, Dr. Michael Jensen, supports the decision to join Elsevier: “I co-founded SSRN to enable scholars to share and distribute their research worldwide, long before their papers work their way through the journal refereeing and publication process, and to facilitate communication among scholars at the lowest possible cost. I’m confident SSRN can do that even better with Elsevier and Mendeley.” _ https://www.elsevier.com/connect/ssrn-the-leading-social-science-and-humanities-repository-and-online-community-joins-elsevier _

__Gregory J. Gordon, President and CEO of Social Science Research Network, “As I’ve got to know Elsevier I’ve found they do a lot more to support researchers than they get credit for. I expect them to help us help researchers save time and write better research by providing valuable data and information back to our users. We’re looking forward to the possibilities here, and I hope, in time, you will too.”



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__IBM Copyright Infringement Patent Application _ Basically, the way it works is, when a printer receives a print job, it parses the content for potential copyrighted material. If there is a match, it won’t copy or print anything unless the person in question has authorization _ potentially, one’s ability to display / view online content may be controlled too – with watermarks, low-res thumbnails etc. _

See application/claims _https://www.scribd.com/doc/312461758/Ibm-Print?secret_password=uhnboMw21MqI0FraOnWv

IBM Copyright Infringement Patent 3-bdb600ef5e



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__sure, go ahead and add @audreywatters rabble-rousing Troublemaker / cynic pov to the list _ http://hackeducation.com/ __

The 2016 Dean's List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs

The 2016 Dean’s List: EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed IT Blogs

edtechmagazine.com

Blogging about the hottest education technology issues, these admin all-stars, IT gurus, education community experts and classroom leaders have proven their worth to their peers.



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__Michael Feldstein _How can the capabilities afforded by educational technologies empower teachers to learn and implement teaching strategies that work better for them and their students? __

What Homework and Adaptive Platforms Are (and Aren’t) Good For

What Homework and Adaptive Platforms Are (and Aren’t) Good For

mfeldstein.com

I was delighted that we are able to publish Mike Caulfield’s post on how ed tech gets personalization backwards, partly because Mike is such a unique and inventive thinker, but also because he provided such a great example of how “personalized learning” teaching techniques are different than adaptive content and other product capabilities.

For now and the foreseeable future, no robot tutor in the sky is going to be able to take Mike’s place in those conversations. This is the kind of personal teaching that humans are good at and robots are not. But neither are the tools we have today useless for this sort of teaching. Vendors, administrators, and faculty alike have broadly misunderstood their role and potential. In this post, I’m going to talk about both how these tools are useful for the kind of education that Mike cares about (and I care about) as well as, perhaps more importantly, why we are so prone to getting that role wrong.


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