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Awareness of Open Educational ResourcesBabson Survey Research Group_Opening the Textbook_Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16

__Executive Summary: Most higher education faculty are unaware of open educational resources (OER) – but they are interested and some are willing to give it a try. Survey results [-] show that OER is not a driving force in the selection of materials – with the most significant barrier being the effort required to find and evaluate such materials. Use of open resources is low overall, but somewhat higher for large enrollment introductory-level courses.

Babson Survey, Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group, Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16, openingthetextbook2016




__Hyperbole is counter-productive to building OER advocacy and credibility is diminished with each exaggeration and false claim “community college students save approximately $1,300 each year” . . . just be truthful, be trustworthy __

Dr. Karen A. Stout is president and CEO of Achieving the Dream

Dr. Karen A. Stout is president and CEO of Achieving the Dream

The Role of Open Educational Resources in the Student Success Agenda

huffingtonpost.com

Scaled adoption of OER is fundamentally a student success strategy. It must become a core part of our larger work as a community college reform movement to boost college access and completion, particularly for underserved students.

Here’s why.

Research confirms for us that financial roadblocks for community college students are real and they are intense. Developing degrees without textbook costs will help full-time community college students save approximately $1,300 each year, which amounts to about one third of the cost of an Associate’s degree.




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Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses

Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses

insidehighered.com

July 26, 2016

While most faculty members are still unaware of open educational resources, use in introductory courses nearly rivals that of traditional textbooks, study finds.

[-] the results suggest an opportunity for OER providers to work together on how they can get the resources into the hands of faculty members. “The discovery issue is one area where OER have made very little — if any — progress,”

Babson Survey, Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16,  openingthetextbook2016, Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group

Babson Survey Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16
openingthetextbook2016.pdf
Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group
Faculty Survey Finds Awareness of Open Educational Resources Low but Improving
More Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 | Achieving the Dream
Faculty Survey Open Educational Resources | Babson College
Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses
New OER Survey: The disconnect between faculty caring and assigning -e-Literate

 




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Don Lankiewicz

Free Textbooks From Rice OpenStax: Too Good to Be True?

Free Textbooks From Rice OpenStax: Too Good to Be True?

pcmag.com

When it comes to creating textbooks, OpenStax doesn’t upend the traditional publishing process. In fact, OpenStax tends to work with an editorial company to produce a textbook. (WiseWire has developed its last eight books.) It begins with a national search for experts in the subject, hire a core team of authors to write content, and recruit several more reviewers to ensure that content aligns with the scope and requirements of the course. Finally, every textbook is subject to expansive peer review—typically about 100 peer reviewers per book. Finkbeiner assured me that while those involved in the process does not receive royalties (the books are gratis, after all), OpenStax compensates contributors at a slightly higher than market rate.

Every book is made available in a variety of formats. In addition to a responsive Web viewer (to which faculty can hyperlink from a learning management system), students can download textbooks, DRM-free PDFs, or access Bookshare versions (for students with disabilities). For a small fee ($5), students can download an iPad-based version of the textbook that includes extra videos, interactive graphics, demos, and assessments. Finkbeiner estimates that about 10 percent of students prefer a print version of the textbook. A hardcover, full-color print edition can be purchased for between $30 to $60 via Amazon or a university bookstore, thanks to a partnership with textbook distributor NACSCORP,

__8 recent OpenStax Open Textbooks were produced by Wisewire of Washington DC [Words & Numbers assets acquired early 2016] with its education content marketplace [freelance creative talent network] and publishing platform of authoring tools, nearly 50 pre-built templates and library of 50,000 learning objects for learning resources and assessments.

__Wisewire shows a 4 min Video tutorial on steps one takes to complete a Multiple Choice with Passage Assessment Item using a template _This visual helps an educator develop a sense of the time in writing content, add in time for all creative decisions you’d make in this one simple demonstration where © work-for-hire by Public Non-Profit or Private For Profit and then “You decide if your work is free to use or will be offered for a price.” _ http://www.wisewire.com/create/ _

__Carl Straumsheim on Babson Survey data “faculty members were nearly twice as likely to pick the OpenStax books in introductory courses than instructors generally picking OER titles across all courses (5.3 percent). And OpenStax has reached the 10 percent mark without the sophisticated marketing infrastructure that other textbook publishers have had decades to optimize” _ see article _ https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/26/study-finds-use-open-educational-resources-rise-introductory-courses

OpenStax Open Textbooks, Wisewire, Words & Numbers



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Cable Green

Opening the Textbook: #OER in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 Babson Survey Research Group

Open Educational Resources - Babson Survey Research Group

Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group

onlinelearningsurvey.com
All survey respondents are provided complete anonymity. No personally identifiable

__Executive Summary: Most higher education faculty are unaware of open educational resources (OER) – but they are interested and some are willing to give it a try. Survey results [-] show that OER is not a driving force in the selection of materials – with the most significant barrier being the effort required to find and evaluate such materials. Use of open resources is low overall, but somewhat higher for large enrollment introductory-level courses.

Babson Survey, Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group, Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16, openingthetextbook2016

Babson Survey Opening the Textbook Open Education Resources in US Higher Education 2015-16
openingthetextbook2016.pdf
Open Educational Resources – Babson Survey Research Group
Faculty Survey Finds Awareness of Open Educational Resources Low but Improving
More Professors Know About Free Textbook Options, but Adoption Remains Low – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 | Achieving the Dream
Faculty Survey Open Educational Resources | Babson College
Study finds use of open educational resources on the rise in introductory courses
New OER Survey: The disconnect between faculty caring and assigning -e-Literate



2016 07 25

__Looking into what’s going on in the brain during ‘infantile amnesia’ _ Learning to remember _ The hippocampus — a brain region crucial for learning and memory — began a cascade of molecular changes that rapidly reshaped information processing to more closely resemble what happens in a mature brain after learning. __

How Forgotten Baby Memories Rewire Learning in the Brain

How Forgotten Baby Memories Rewire Learning in the Brain

singularityhub.com

If you’re like me, you probably don’t remember anything from your life before the age of three. This phenomenon, first dubbed by Sigmund Freud as “infantile amnesia,” occurs in many different species, yet why it happens remains a mystery.

Freud (being Freud) pinned the culprit on sex: those early memories are actively repressed because of their highly charged psychosexual context. This idea is now “actively repressed” by modern scientists, who instead point to quirks in the developing brain as the root of toddler forgetfulness. Some believe that the young brain has not yet mastered the ability to store memories. Others think the rapid reorganization of the developing brain quickly overwrites what’s already been written.

baby-memories-brain-learning-3 (1)These modern theories rely on the same assumption: that our baby memories are erased. But what if Freud was right about the mechanism (if not the reason)—and these memories are simply repressed, waiting for the right cue to become active again? Can the things you don’t remember as a child shape the person you become as an adult?




2016 07 25
At-risk Students, Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, Ontario Ministry of Education
At-risk students, special ed priorities for new Education Minister Mitzie Hunter | Toronto Star

At-risk students, special ed priorities for new Education Minister Mitzie Hunter | Toronto Star

thestar.com

Hunter says bridging the achievement gap is one of the areas she’ll tackle in her role as Ontario’s new education minister.

__”Summer on the Lower East Side” © Weegee Arthur Fellig 1937 _




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Jim Downham

Norampac mill – not good for our friends.

Firefighters work to contain massive paper blaze in Mississauga

Firefighters work to contain massive paper blaze in Mississauga

cp24.com

Firefighters remain on the scene of a massive fire currently burning in Mississauga.

 

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Baird Whelan

Open educational resources are used in all of the community college system’s Introduction to the Humanities courses at its south, central and north campuses.

San Jac targets textbook sticker shock

San Jac targets textbook sticker shock

chron.com

The high price of textbooks is often the bane of an undergraduate’s college finances, but for some San Jacinto College students, educational materi…

Don Gorges

__Recent TCC findings revealed a 6 percent gain in student persistence and success in Z-courses at Virginia’s Tidewater Community College (TCC) Associate of Science in Business Administration Z-degree program—for zero dollars spent on textbooks _ More info here _ https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-06-24-tcc-takes-z-degrees-to-the-next-level-with-adaptive-learning _

Lumen Learning, Open Textbook, San Jacinto College
 




2016 07 22

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George Veletsianos

New post: Your thoughts on our Table of Contents for an upcoming book proposal?

Your thoughts on our Table of Contents for an upcoming book proposal?

veletsianos.com

My colleague Ash Shaw and I are working on a book. The book aims to highlight student voices in online learning. The main aims are to surface the experiences of online learners in an evocative and accessible manner, synthesize literature on the topic, and present our original work. Below is our draft table of contents. If you have a couple of minutes, could you take a look at it and let us know if there are any topics/debates/issues that might be of interest to the average faculty member and student that we are missing?

 




2016 07 22
Jane C. Ginsburg, Overview of Copyright Law, SSRN

__”Copyright law secures human creativity in works of authorship. Enforceable authorial property rights advance the public interest by promoting an ecosystem of authorship: a robust copyright environment encourages authors to create works that inform and enrich the polity, and from which other authors may draw ideas, information and reasonable amounts of protected expression in their own authorial endeavors. Copyright promotes artistic freedom and free speech by enabling authors to earn a living from their creativity.” _

Overview of Copyright Law

papers.ssrn.com

Abstract:

This article offers an overview of copyright in general in common law and civil law countries, with an emphasis on the U.S. and the European Union. It addresses the history and philosophies of copyright (authors’ right), subject matter of copyright (including the requirement of fixation and the exclusion of “ideas”), formalities, initial ownership and transfers of title, duration, exclusive moral and economic rights (including reproduction, adaptation, public performance and communication and making available to the public, distribution and exhaustion of the distribution right), exceptions and limitations (including fair use), and remedies. The article also covers the liability of intermediaries, and new copyright obligations concerning technological protections and copyright management information. It concludes with some observations concerning the role of copyright in promoting creativity and free expression.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: intellectual property, copyright, authors’ right, Berne Convention, WCT, originality, fixation, moral rights, reproduction right, adaptation right, performance/communication rights, making available right,distribution right, three-step test, fair use, ISD, intermediary liability

 



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Gerard Dolan

Love graphic standards manuals? Burton Kramer’s 1974 CBC manual is the latest proposed reissue.

Help Get A Classic Canadian Standards Manual Republished

Help Get A Classic Canadian Standards Manual Republished

fastcodesign.com

Although it might not be as recognizable south of Windsor, the classic CBC “Gem” logo has the same funky 1970s cachet in Canada as the vintage PBS logo in the States.

It was originally designed by Burton Kramer, a Yale-trained Canadian-American graphic designer, as part of a broader identity for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1974. Now, following the unlikely trend of republishing vintage standards manuals, a group of design-loving Canadians are trying to bring Kramer’s 1974 CBC Graphic Standards Manual to Kickstarter.





2016 07 20

__”Kickass Torrents, or KAT, a commercial website that since 2008 has enabled users to illegally reproduce and distribute hundreds of millions of copies of copyrighted motion pictures, video games, television programs, musical recordings and other electronic media, collectively valued at more than $1 billion, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.” __

Artem Vaulin of Kickass Torrents KAT Charged with Criminal Copyright Infringement

Artem Vaulin of Kickass Torrents KAT Charged with Criminal Copyright Infringement

justice.gov

CHICAGO — Federal authorities in Chicago have charged the alleged owner of today’s most-visited illegal file-sharing website with criminal copyright infringement and have seized domain names associated with the website.

ARTEM VAULIN, 30, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, allegedly owns and operates Kickass Torrents, or KAT, a commercial website that since 2008 has enabled users to illegally reproduce and distribute hundreds of millions of copies of copyrighted motion pictures, video games, television programs, musical recordings and other electronic media, collectively valued at more than $1 billion, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  KAT receives more than 50 million unique monthly visitors and is estimated to be the 69th most frequently visited website on the Internet, according to the complaint.

Vaulin was arrested today by authorities in Poland.




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McGraw-Hill Education Canada

Research shows that students using laptops in classrooms not only had better grades, but were more enthusiastic and engaged with their studies. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/29DGatl

Benefits of One-to-One Technology in the Classroom | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

Benefits of One-to-One Technology in the Classroom | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

mheducation.ca

Find out why you should consider using one-to-one technology in the classroom.The advancements in classroom technology over the last decades have been abundant. We’ve moved from ink and parchment to pen and paper; blackboard to whiteboard to smartboard; radio to television and video; and now to computers, laptops and adaptive learning technologies.

As technology advances, it seems like a natural choice to incorporate it into our classrooms. But how can we best take advantage of these advances and what kind of an impact will they truly have on learning?

A wealth of positive attributes, according to a recent study out of the University of Michigan led by Binbin Zheng, assistant professor of educational technology. The paper focused on K-12 schooling and reviewed almost 100 academic studies focusing on laptop programs from 2001 to present day, with a meta-analysis performed on 10 of the studies.

One of the main takeaways of the research was that students who were given laptops and provided with the right support were able to raise their level of academic achievement. Researchers found the highest improvements in the subjects of English, writing, science and math.

 

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__paywalled report, but perhaps you can expand on “provided with the right support” – role of adaptive learning systems?

Experiential Education (EE), Work-integrated Learning (WIL), HEQCO Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
HEQCO – Hunting for Good WIL: Put quality before quantity | it’s not academic



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Barnes & Noble Education and Instructure Announce Partnership

Barnes & Noble Education and Instructure Announce Partnership

businesswire.com
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc.

LoudCloud and Canvas partnership helps institutions improve student engagement and better support educational needs

Don Gorges

__A quick video on LoudCloud’s LoudSight Analytics platform._ https://vimeo.com/125045316 _

2016 07 20
Barnes & Noble Education, Instructure, LoudSight Analytics



2016 07 20

__”We invest belief and confidence that what we hear or read is the actual product of the person and is not the result of intellectual dishonesty. This matters in the world of academia where scholars’ work should be their own and where there is a particular value accorded to originality – scholarliness that is fresh, which deals fairly with what has come before and which gives fair ascription to the intellectual heritage of ideas.” __

What then is it about plagiarism that continues to offend community sensibilities?

What then is it about plagiarism that continues to offend community sensibilities?

theconversation.com

Essentially, it is that it is a theft of ideas or thoughts without fair attribution of the creator’s work. It is a breach of trust.





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But, but… I don’t wanna retire. I’m too young and too good… “not.”

Dennis Forbes on LinkedIn

This is long. And drawn out.

But I thought I’d share it, for those who might be at the point in their career where they are asking themselves “what should I do now?”

Knowing that I had more or less left the business, a friend asked if I might offer up any advice, or thoughts.

This is my response.

Heidi Ehlers

Why not keep writing but for a new audience and the best client there is: yourself. Nice article. ☺





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Akademos and Presentation College Launch Online Bookstore Enabling Students to Purchase Affordable Textbooks Anytime, Anywhere

Akademos and Presentation College Launch Online Bookstore Enabling Students to Purchase Affordable Textbooks Anytime, Anywhere

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Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) July 19, 2016 —

Presentation College is implementing the “hybrid bookstore model,” which enables the institution to offer all course materials through the low-cost online bookstore and leverage its on-campus shop to sell a wide variety of ”Spirit” wear and general merchandise.

Presentation students can now shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats from any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials using Akademos’ exclusive marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks.

The Akademos online shopping platform is scheduled to be fully integrated with Presentation’s student information system (SIS), which will enable students to see a personalized list of required textbooks and order books for an entire term in less than five minutes. Students will also be able to seamlessly apply financial aid to their course material purchases.

__Oregon State University’s efforts to make college more affordable for its students took a step forward this week when it was awarded a $30,000 grant by the State of Oregon for an open textbook project. The textbook to be adapted is “Anatomy and Physiology” by publisher OpenStax College. The book modifications will be completed by next summer in time for students to use it fall term 2017. _ http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/news/2016/biology-textbook-grant/_

__Textbook costs is a topic where Academics are passive about truth, evidence and critical discussion of claims like these _ “Research shows that textbook costs are a primary roadblock to degree completion. The more affordable we can make course materials, the more likely students are to graduate.” said Dianna Fisher, director of Open Oregon State. __ while Prof. Robin DeRosa presentation “Open Education for Digped PEI” claims “students worry more about paying for books than they worry about paying for college” citing College Board figures “book budget is $1,328”, – adding data from a Student Survey correlating students’ feedback with textbook costs

__NOTE: A Open Education 2016 presentation focuses on the learning outcomes and student perceptions associated with a new, open lab manual developed to pair with the current OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology textbook. This lab manual was developed and will be piloted in both lab sections of the anatomy and physiology course sequence at the University of Georgia with 160 undergraduate students in Summer 2016. _ https://openeducation2016.sched.org/event/7lo3 _

OpenStax Oregon State University OSU Anatomy and Physiology –
OSU wins grant to adapt free biology textbook, cut $100K in student costs – Oregon State Ecampus News
OpenStax, NACSCORP to offer low-cost textbook customization
OpenStax, College Stores Partner for Textbook Customization
Adapt the Stax! (Anatomy and Physiology) – OpenStax College
Anatomy & Physiology: OpenStax College: 9781938168130: Amazon.com: Books
Open Education 2016: Beyond the Textbook: Student Performance…




__The median base pay for public-college presidents in 2015 was $384,115. __

Executive Compensation at Private and Public Colleges

Executive Compensation at Private and Public Colleges

chronicle.com
View compensation data on chief executives at public and private nonprofit colleges in the…
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2016 07 17

__”The right lessons from Kodak are subtle. Companies often see the disruptive forces affecting their industry. They frequently divert sufficient resources to participate in emerging markets. Their failure is usually an inability [look for strategic foresight in Board of Directors’ discussions] to truly embrace the new business models the disruptive change opens up.” _

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

hbr.org

A generation ago, a “Kodak moment” meant something that was worth saving and savoring. Today, the term increasingly serves as a corporate bogeyman that warns executives of the need to stand up and respond when disruptive developments encroach on their market. Unfortunately, as time marches on the subtleties of what actually happened to Eastman Kodak are being forgotten, leading executives to draw the wrong conclusions from its struggles.

Given that Kodak’s core business was selling film, it is not hard to see why the last few decades proved challenging. Cameras went digital and then disappeared into cellphones. People went from printing pictures to sharing them online. Sure, people print nostalgic books and holiday cards, but that volume pales in comparison to Kodak’s heyday. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012, exited legacy businesses and sold off its patents before re-emerging as a sharply smaller company in 2013. Once one of the most powerful companies in the world, today the company has a market capitalization of less than $1 billion.

Why did this happen?

What it missed was the business model.

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2016 07 14

__The [proposed] legislation [ H.R. 5757, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016 ] establishes an alternative dispute resolution program for copyright small claims, a process for creators of works of original expression to vindicate their exclusive rights with respect to infringements of low-economic value. __

AAP Commends Reps Jeffries and Marino for Leadership in Copyright Small Claims Initiative

AAP Commends Reps Jeffries and Marino for Leadership in Copyright Small Claims Initiative

newsroom.publishers.org

The Association of American Publishers commends Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA) for their championing of copyright protection and introducing H.R. 5757, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2016. The legislation establishes a process for creators of works of original expression to vindicate their exclusive rights with respect to infringements of low-economic value.

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2016 07 16

__Professor Stephanie Cole and her U.S. History Survey class students are using Echo360’s active learning platform, a system that combines lecture capture with student engagement, learner analytics and content management. _ Echo 360 _ http://echo360.com/ _ brings levels of engagement and visibility to those moments of learning that occur while taking notes, asking questions, reviewing lectures, building study guides, flagging confusing content or discussing topics with peers. __ https://lnkd.in/eqdbJda

Mobile in and Out of the Classroom -- Campus Technology

Mobile in and Out of the Classroom — Campus Technology

campustechnology.com
A history professor at the University of Texas at Arlington is improving class performance by encouraging the use of mobile devices.
Echo 360 Active Learning Platform Mobile in and Out of the Classroom — Campus Technology

__Thanks David. It will be interesting to explore/use the Amazon website once I receive my requested access code. It seems you already have access. . . in the meantime, one can review the Amazon Inspire Terms of Use _ https://lnkd.in/ejhb8Mw _ and Conditions of Use _ https://lnkd.in/eFXuzZw __https://lnkd.in/eWJ-fSs

David Harris/OpenStax _ Dear Amazon: Do Right by OER

David Harris/OpenStax _ Dear Amazon: Do Right by OER

David Harris on LinkedIn

Over the past 12 months, non-educational groups have rapidly leveraged open educational resources (OER). In the past few weeks Amazon launched Amazon Inspire, an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for instructors. Open supporters naturally advocate the sharing of knowledge, believe education is a right, and support initiatives that promote access.

 



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__The Government of Ontario is budgeting a total of $21,050,000, available over two fiscal years (2016-17 and 2017-18), to fund two significant strategic project areas: Open Content Initiatives and New Program Development [$100k max per project]. The 3rd area, the Online Course Development project, will fund [$464,950 total] for the development of a small number of individual courses [$50k max] that offer flexible delivery options for students. _ Cathy Newell Kelly __

eCampusOntario Releases 2016 Call for Proposals to Member Institutions

eCampusOntario Releases 2016 Call for Proposals to Member Institutions

ecampusontario.ca

This call is open to all of Ontario’s publicly-assisted colleges and universities and applicants can submit proposals in three distinct project areas.

__Dr. David Porter [British Columbia Institute of Technology / David Wiley cohort] has been selected as the new CEO of eCampusOntario, the board of directors announced today.

__Dr. David Porter [British Columbia Institute of Technology] has been selected as the new CEO of eCampusOntario, the board of directors announced today. eCampusOntario has been led by interim co-executive directors Catherine Newell Kelly, the director of the Centre for Extended Learning at the University of Waterloo, and Linda Rees, the former dean of the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning at Algonquin College. __ http //https://lnkd.in/e_E8xZG




2016 07 14

__There are good reasons Creative Professionals rarely opt for a CC open license on their work. In this case, photographer Niccolò Caranti discovered that an agency had used his CC licensed image on a range of printed and digital promotional material without the required attribution. Unfortunately he missed the expected opportunity for exposure and credit, in lieu of a fee for use. Too bad _ Lesson learned __

Photo taken from Wikipedia and used violating the CC license

Photo taken from Wikipedia and used violating the CC license

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__A free webinar, underwritten by the NACS Foundation, will provide an overview of the Student Watch data. Elizabeth Riddle, director of OnCampus Research, will highlight the year’s key findings at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 14. College students spent an average of $602 on required course materials plus $700 on supplies and technology items during the entire 2015-16 academic year, according to the Student Watch 2015-16 survey report. __

Webinar: Student Watch Report: Attitudes & Behaviors Towards Course Materials

nacs.org
Webinar discussion of the what, where, how, and why around student course material acquisitions
 



2016 07 11

__and Steven Pinker explains Why Academics Stink at Writing – “It’s easy to see why academics fall into self-conscious style. Their goal is not so much communication as self-presentation” _ http://stevenpinker.com/files/pinker/files/why_academics_stink_at_writing.pdf?m=1412010988

Noah Berlatsky explains Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers

Noah Berlatsky explains Why Most Academics Will Always Be Bad Writers

chronicle.com
No one should be surprised if much scholarly writing continues to be mediocre and confused.




2016 07 13

__Time-limited free access to OER lobbyist Hal Plotkin’s article aimed at influencing public funding policy-makers and on-campus project funding administration to underwrite creation of free textbooks : __

As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them

As Free Textbooks Go Mainstream, Advocate Says Colleges Should Do More to Support Them

chronicle.com

Hal Plotkin, a longtime supporter of open educational resources, says efforts like the Zero Textbook Cost degree could save students billions of dollars.





 2016 07 11

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Michael Feldstein

Our new explainer on personalized learning.

MindWires Back Row Student

MindWires Back Row Student

youtu.be
This is a two-minute explainer animation describing the value of personalized learning approaches.
  1. David Grupper

Point Made Animation, loved working on this project with Michael and Phil.

__Well done David – I’ve seen your website _ http://www.pointmadeanimation.com/ _ and highly recommend folks checking out the reel





2016 07 12

__Michael Caulfield ” For the past few months I have been talking about “choral explanations” and how they might transform our approach to OER. This is an outgrowth of my work on federated wiki and Wikity, but is a much more specific and immediately applicable idea. In fact, as I will show below, choral explanations are already in use elsewhere on the web: it is just that education has not yet made use of this pattern. __

Choral Explanations and OER: A Summary of Thinking to Date

hapgood.us

This post is my attempt to pull together in one place my thinking about choral explanations as a way of approaching educational materials: why it’s important, and what opportunities it provides. We’ll start by talking about how textbooks are currently produced, move on to new collaboration models we’re seeing on the web, walk through a specific example, and finish by talking about the long-term vision.

 



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Cable Green

Institutional #OER Policy Template by: COL http://ow.ly/Y20k302aS6n #openpolicy

Institutional OER Policy -Template

Institutional OER Policy -Template

oasis.col.org
The emergence of open and distance education was a result of a combination of factors which are prevalent at both global and local levels. Principal a…

__Suggest a common peer review and quality assurance mechanism applied to all Faculty-recommended Open and Commercial Educational Resources

__Michael Feldstein “the term “personalized learning” means something like differentiated instruction [-] with the assistance of pedagogical productivity tools” via – https://lnkd.in/e3dxBW5 __ https://lnkd.in/egGPQVG

Personalized Learning Explainer: Teaching to the Back Row

Personalized Learning Explainer: Teaching to the Back Row

downes.ca

The best thing I have to say about this video to Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill is that it’s short. It should be shorter. It’s not simply that the video “feels like a commercial that could have been produced by a textbook publisher” (inexplicably, that was the objective!) but that the characterization of “personalized learning” is so narrow as to be obnoxious. “Teaching to the back row”? FYI the back row is where the socially unpopular sit, not where the students who have difficulty learning sit (he says as a former straight-A back row student). “Personalization is just a collection of methods of reclaiming some quality time…”? I know that the people at e-Literate have always focused on traditional in-class university teaching, but to suppose this perspective defines a broad concept like “personalized learning” is utterly ridiculous. I know it’s only a two-minute video, but it would have been more accurate without the latter 1:59.




2016 07 09

__Teaching students to build specifically in augmented and virtual reality worlds at colleges is relatively new in the U.S. _ Full Sail’s Simulation & Visualization Bachelor of Science program _ https://lnkd.in/ewR_8bz _ https://lnkd.in/eeEuZui

Full Sail University virtual reality coursework with new lab

Full Sail University virtual reality coursework with new lab

orlandosentinel.com

aymon Armstrong calls the ability to train a workforce in “world building” for virtual and augmented reality the Holy Grail that those in his industry have been pursuing.

To get there, he said, it’ll take a commitment from businesses like his, which builds simulations for defense and medical companies, along with programs that educate technical workers.

“No one has spent money on the constant development side,” said Armstrong, president and CEO of Engineering & Computer Simulations in Orlando. “Everyone is spending on hardware. That is what is going to change it: finding people to build the applications.”

In response to growing need, Full Sail University in August will introduce coursework within its simulation and visualization program that teaches students AR and VR development.

__Funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, OpenStax’s partnership program is designed to provide free consultation for schools wanting to increase the use of OER on campus and to build a community of institutions dedicated to lowering the cost of course materials using OER. Selected institutions were required to demonstrate their commitment to using OER to drive student success and graduation rates. __

11 schools selected for national OpenStax partnership program

11 schools selected for national OpenStax partnership program

news.rice.edu

OpenStax selected 11 universities and colleges to be members of its national Open Educational Resource Institutional Partnership Program starting in the 2016-17 academic school year. The program could potentially save students at partner schools a combined $4.2 million through further adoption of open educational resources, such as OpenStax textbooks.

OpenStax’s partnership program is designed to provide free consultation for schools wanting to increase the use of OER on campus and to build a community of institutions dedicated to lowering the cost of course materials using OER. Selected institutions were required to demonstrate their commitment to using OER to drive student success and graduation rates.




 2016 07 05

__Jay Mandarino of C.J. Graphics saw phenomenal Innovation at Drupa 2016 and tells us that they signed a deal with Benny Landa to be the first Canadian install of a Landa Nanographic press. _ http://whattheythink.com/video/81303-cj-graphics-ceo-saw-phenomenal-innovation-drupa-2016/




2016 07 06

__This Monte Wolverton editorial cartoon appears [with permission?] in an article written in 2004 by Tamim Ansary –

A Textbook Example of What’s Wrong with Education

_ http://www.edutopia.org/textbook-publishing-controversy _

If you have any information, it would be interesting to know the context and where it was 1st published




2016 07 08

__”You may have already noticed how designers often can’t help but sketch out their ideas -this form of ideation is not just an output of ideas, it’s a two-way conversation between the designer and the paper. The method is cyclic; the initial idea is generated in the frontal lobe, gets sketched, then viewed and reenters the brain in the emotionally-driven limbic system which triggers new associations based upon the visual input, leading to an improvement or a whole new idea.” __

Design Thinking + Design Vision

Design Thinking + Design Vision

Paul Hatch on LinkedIn

Design Thinking has permeated its way into forward-thinking businesses around the world, an allied tool of the designer was left untouched; Design Vision.

We think of ideas as thoughts; strings of words connected with rationale, and we try to articulate these to others. But it’s inherently difficult to describe that vision in a way that is compelling so that others see it the same way.

Enter the designer. Typically, designers are not wordsmiths but nevertheless have a superpower in communicating their ideas in a visual way.

 




__Consider the parallel statistics for volunteerism if asking why “only about 25 percent of professors systemwide are putting their papers into a state-created repository that allows free outside access.” _Note; Research from the VCLA 2014 report ranks Utah as the No. 1 volunteering state in the nation with 45.3 percent of adults volunteering. __

The U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty

The U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty

chronicle.com

Three years after the university system’s Academic Senate approved a bold plan to make faculty research freely available, only 25 percent of professors are putting their papers in a state-created repository.

__BLS: Volunteering in the United States, 2015 “The volunteer rate declined by 0.4 percentage point to 24.9 percent for the year ending in September 2015” _ http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm

__Related article: How long will goodwill in academia last? _ “academics now take an increasingly strategic approach to setting time costs against the achievement of prioritised personal goals (driven as much by anxiety as by ambition). This tendency is slowly undercutting peer review far more effectively than any debates about its possible limitations in principle” _ https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/how-long-will-goodwill-in-academia-last



2016 07 06

__”Ever since we started Moodstocks, our dream has been to give eyes to machines by turning cameras into smart sensors able to make sense of their surroundings,” said Moodstocks in a statement. “Our [new] focus will be to build great image recognition tools within Google.” [TAGS: AI, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision, Google, Image Recognition, Machine Vision, Moodstocks, Object Recognition, Open Source Computer Vision, OpenCV, Visual Object Recognition] __

Google buys machine vision startup focusing on 'instant object recognition'

Google buys machine vision startup focusing on ‘instant object recognition’

theverge.com

“Ever since we started Moodstocks, our dream has been to give eyes to machines by turning cameras into smart sensors able to make sense of their surroundings,” said Moodstocks in a statement. “Our [new] focus will be to build great image recognition tools within Google.”

__You may also be interested in the blippar app [AI, Augmented Reality, Computer Vision] used in Business / Marketing / Packaging & in Education / Interactive Learning _ _ see blippar Blog _ https://blippar.com/en/blog/ _

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2016 07 05

__The key is to encourage prospects to identify themselves sooner, submitting their contact information, academic interests, and student service needs – then admissions staff can store it in a prospect database and use it to inform follow-up communications. _

Five Practices to Recapture Market Share at Community Colleges

Five Practices to Recapture Market Share at Community Colleges

evolllution.com

The hands-off approach many community colleges have taken to enrollment management is no longer sufficient in today’s marketplace, but with limited resources leaders must be creative to bring students in the door.

 



2016 07 05

__”Today, ‘Brand’ is the holistic sum of customers’ experiences, composed of visual [the graphic elements used to communicate the brand], tonal [the style of communication the brand uses] and behavioral brand components [Does the company reflect the morals and values of their customers?], many of which are shaped by interaction design.” __

Brand Is Experience in the Digital Age

nngroup.com
Brand is a perception of value resulting from the sum of a customer’s experiences, made up of visual, tonal, and behavioral brand components, often shaped by UX.

UX Is a Brand Differentiator

Most people can’t differentiate how they feel about a brand from how they feel about the experiences they have with that brand, so in many situations, UX becomes the brand differentiator. It can be part of — or all of — the reason a customer chooses to engage with a company or its products.

In their definition of user experience, Don Norman and Jakob Nielsen claim that “the first requirement for an exemplary user experience is to meet the exact needs of the customer, without fuss or bother.” Brands that choose to address an unmet user need at the core of their business are regularly disrupting industries by focusing on UX and, specifically, on unmet user needs as brand differentiators—and succeeding in oversaturated markets by doing so. Examples are not hard to find: Uber, AirBnB, and Netflix are based on this philosophy.

More competition in the market (and greater user access to those competitors through digital avenues) means that it’s more important than ever to stand out. And in order to do so, the entire experience of interacting with a brand must deliver a consistently great user experience.

__”Which square is darker? A or B? Obvious, A of course. Afraid not. They’re the same colour. No they really are.” __ I used Photoshop to confirm both A & B have same values _ See other examples in blippar article: What is Computer Vision? – Part 2: Human Vision _

https://blippar.com/en/blog/2016/06/28/what-computer-vision-part-2-human-vision/#prclt-QfG2eAZ4




2016 07 03

__Debbie Millman on Branding Design, Strategy, and Innovation. “I think education is a critical aspect of anything. I recommend that people read even more than design books. Understanding culture is so important to design. If you can understand the state of what is happening in our world right now, it will make you a better designer. Just always read, always be reading” __ https://www.lynda.com/Illustration-tutorials/Education-critical-everything/428981/446111-4.html





__ Phil Hill_ “these days most [Cloud-based learning platforms] are hosted by Amazon, through its Amazon Web Services, or AWS. How did this sea change occur, and what are the implications for faculty and staff? __

Amazon’s Quiet Dominance of Higher-Ed Learning Platforms

Amazon’s Quiet Dominance of Higher-Ed Learning Platforms

chronicle.com
More and more colleges have moved their learning-management software to “the cloud.”
 

Don Gorges

__Free access to article has lapsed – about LMS use of public cloud = Amazon Web Services – Also note this announcement: Blackboard Inc. and IBM Enter Strategic Relationship to Develop Cognitive Solutions and Manage [Amazon Web Services] Infrastructure Operations _ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/blackboard-inc-and-ibm-enter-strategic-relationship-to-develop-cognitive-solutions-and-manage-infrastructure-operations-300292065.html




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Visual Communications in Educational Resources,
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