Don Gorges Archive of LinkedIn Posts & Links July 27 to September 5

 

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__Enjoyed watching the sun rising over the Urban Forest this Labour Day morning

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Duncan Lane

New 'flexible' school curriculum goes province-wide next week
British Columbia Curriculum moving towards knowledge and deep understanding from memory and recall
New ‘flexible’ school curriculum goes province-wide next week – British Columbia – CBC News
New Curriculum Info | Building Student Success – BC’s New Curriculum
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McGraw-Hill Education Canada

Over the years, gaming has become more accessible, forward-thinking and popular. From Pac-Man chasing cherries and ghosts to virtual reality video games, technology continues in a forward trajectory. But where does gaming belong in the world of education? Learn more in our blog: http://bit.ly/2bTJSgn

Educational Gaming in the Classroom | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

Educational Gaming in the Classroom | McGraw-Hill Education Canada

mheducation.ca
Learn about research done on the effects of gaming in the classroom in this blog.

__Lisa de Wilde CEO TVO_”In a week’s time, TVO’s mPower [https://mpower.tvo.org/educators/#/login/] will be in Ontario classrooms! mPower is a creative online game that teaches fundamental kindergarten to Grade 6 math skills while enabling students to have fun and learn more about the world around them. We’re proud to champion technology to help reinvent learning in Ontario and support student success. Leveraging TVO’s expertise at the intersection of curriculum, pedagogy and digital media, TVO worked alongside teachers and students from across Ontario over an 18-month period to collaboratively create this free online game-based math resource for use in Ontario schools.” _ http://tvo.org/blog/about/ceo-blog/gaming-to-learn-how-tvo-is-making-math-fun-for-21st-century-learners

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__Michael Caulfield explains ‘Document Decomposition’ . . . his term that describes ways Federated Wiki – Wikity, for example, promotes his/ones deeper thinking and connection-making , in aid of rhetorical analysis, via writing notes-cards-annotations-blog posts _

How Document Decomposition Helps Overcome Bias

How Document Decomposition Helps Overcome Bias

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This is a short note — the second I suppose — that follows up on a conversation I had yest…
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Jenni Hayman

Seeking Ontario Community College or University team pursuing the September 30 eCampus Ontario Proposal for OER. If you need an experienced OER advocate, researcher, and online instructional designer, I need an OER-based action research project for my dissertation. Will trade personal time and skills for the opportunity to collaborate with you. Ideally you have institutional and faculty member commitment in place. Will help with the proposal as needed. Please connect and contact via inMessage or email.

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Canadian high schools getting creative in push to raise graduation rates

Canadian high schools getting creative in push to raise graduation rates

theglobeandmail.com
Schools across the country are working to bring back students who left before completing High School

Three retired guidance counsellors from an Ontario school board will be reaching out to hundreds of wayward high-school students this month, making phone calls as part of an inventive strategy to persuade dropouts to return to class.

Strengthening graduation rates is a priority across the country, and, as Canadian students head back to school this fall, educators are also focused on the thousands who have turned their backs on the classroom.

They may drop out because of personal issues or missed assignments. But the evidence is clear: More education helps students lead healthier and more productive lives. One study, by a former federally funded non-profit organization, estimated that high-school dropouts cost Canada’s social and criminal justice systems $1.3-billion each year.

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__”OER are a great way to enrich and personalize instruction alongside core instructional resources. But – there is real value in core instructional content presented systematically and updated regularly by invested authors. Today’s highest-quality, most in-demand proprietary content is the product of an ecosystem that recognizes and rewards that value. That isn’t likely to change in the future.” – Curtiss Barnes _ http://goo.gl/jb7Vkq __ https://lnkd.in/epQ36yx

Oregon Business - The Professor and the Pragmatist

Oregon Business – The Professor and the Pragmatist

oregonbusiness.com
How Lumen Learning aims to pry open the multibillion-dollar textbook market.
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__”Canada Student Grant amounts increased by 50 percent; from $2,000 to $3,000 per year for full-time students from low-income families; from $800 to $1,200 per year for students from middle-income families; and from $1,200 to $1,800 per year for part-time students from low-income families. These increases will help over 270,000 students in Ontario alone. – when combined with provincial student grants, the average full-time undergraduate student from a low-income family in Ontario could receive up to $6,000 in grants. __

Increasing Canada Student Grants and revising Repayment Assistance Plan
Pursuing post-secondary education passions now more accessible and affordable – Canada News Centre
For generations, Canadian parents told their children a similar story: if you want a good job, stay in school. . .
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Cable Green

U.S. consumer prices for college textbooks increased 88% since 2006. U.S. Bureau of Labor Stats: http://ow.ly/SNmG303Oa14 #OER #opentextbooks

College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006 : The Economics Daily: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006
College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006 : The Economics Daily: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Back to school season is here! Whether your kids are off to nursery school, college, or a private elem…

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__A relative importance is determined for each item listed in the Consumer Price Index and All items total 100.00 _ Examples: College tuition and fees is 1.771% while some Items have relatively small impact on the rate of inflation including _ Boys’ and girls’ footwear 0.168 _ Citrus fruits 0.160 _ Educational/College books and supplies 0.160 _ Canned fruits and vegetables 0.157 _ Boys’ apparel 0.157 _ See the listed items in the Consumer Price Index _ http://www.bls.gov/news.release/archives/cpi_08162016.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006
College tuition and fees increase 63 percent since January 2006 : The Economics Daily: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Textbook Affordability, The Investigation into the Rising Cost of Textbooks, University of Michigan Library
Microsoft Word – SPOTextbookBackground.doc – SPOTextbookBackground.pdf
Education and communication commodities, Educational books and supplies, College textbooks – Google Search
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__David Wiley blogs about Renewable Assessments Openness Stigmergy and Continuous Co-Creation. I follow the train of thought but switch track when David asserts that “it is impossible for stigmergy to emerge in the context of commercially published resources” _ I’m open to the possibilities of optimizing the benefits of both-all types of educational resources / openly licensed and copyright

David Wiley – Renewable Assessments: Openness, Stigmergy, and Continuous Co-Creation
Renewable Assessments: Openness, Stigmergy, and Continuous Co-Creation

David Wiley, Openness Stigmergy Continuous Co-Creation, Renewable Assessments

Enabling Stigmergic Collaboration on Open Textbooks – Task Division – Brad Payne
Enabling Stigmergic Collaboration on Open Textbooks – Task Division – Brad Payne
BCcampus Open Textbook Project, Brad Payne, Enabling Stigmergic Collaboration on Open Textbooks
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BCcampus

The materials, research, and support are there to push open educational resources to the forefront – It is time to turn the page on unaffordable textbooks and every student is integral in that process.

UVic’s Student Society brings OER awareness to campus with #TextbookBroke social media campaign  

UVic’s Student Society brings OER awareness to campus with #TextbookBroke social media campaign

open.bccampus.ca
Textbook broke campaigns are popping up around campuses as textbook prices contin…

__Also _CBC Interview with Student Union reps at Thompson Rivers University in BC launching BCcampus Open Textbook Campaign _ The sooner that many consumers use these free products the better – it’s the feedback from everyone’s personal experiences with open textbooks that will inform the way forward [Note opportunity cost not calculated, BC public funds support Faculty Staff who may take time away from classes to edit/create free textbooks] _ http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/kamloops/open-textbook-campaign-launched-at-tru-by-student-s-union-1.3741224

UVic’s Student Society brings OER awareness to campus with #TextbookBroke social media campaign | BCcampus OpenEd Resources
UVic’s Student Society brings OER awareness to campus with #TextbookBroke social media campaign   | BCcampus OpenEd Resources

#TextbookBroke social media campaign, BCcampus OpenEd Resources, OER awareness, UVic’s Student Society

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__Thanks, Rajiv, for your passion about this topic_ I’d suggest asking your fellow academics for their peer-review this paper [and Ethan Senack’s too] to add clarity and supporting facts about publishing / economics / business best practices re: supply management printing, distribution warehousing etc. __

New edition heartbreak

New edition heartbreak

thatpsychprof.com
Every three years the commercial textbook industry slightly reorganizes its content, adds a few sentences here and there, changes the pagination, …

__You might be interested in this bit too: __Pearson Education’s Major Shareholders include many Funds and Institutions which indicates how broadly held these shares are as retirement investments of working-class and middle-class people in the UK, US & Canada [as is the case with most publishers]. Notable among Pearson’s shareholders are Great Britain’s National Union of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, Unison Staff Pension Fund [UK Labour Union] _ http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-major.html?t=PSO&region=usa&culture=en-US&ownerCountry=USA

New edition heartbreak – Rajiv Jhangiani, Ph.D. 2016 08 28
New edition heartbreak – Rajiv Jhangiani, Ph.D.
New edition heartbreak, Rajiv Jhangiani, Textbook Affordability
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__The World’s 37 Largest Book Publishers 2016 _ Many working-class / middle-class stakeholders are seeking a sustainable/prosperous publishing industry including individual mutual-fund investors, labour unions’ pension funds. . . – financial industry analysts with shareholder distribution details might share – it would be insightful to have that perspective

The World’s 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016
The World’s 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016

__Pearson Education’s Major Shareholders include many Funds and Institutions which indicates how broadly held these shares are as retirement investments of working-class and middle-class people in the UK, US & Canada. Notable among Pearson shareholders are Great Britain’s National Union of Teachers, American Federation of Teachers, Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, Unison Staff Pension Fund [UK Labour Union] _ http://investors.morningstar.com/ownership/shareholders-major.html?t=PSO&region=usa&culture=en-US&ownerCountry=USA

Shareholders Major PSO Pearson PLC ADR including Fund and Institutional
Shareholders Major PSO Pearson PLC ADR including Fund and Institutional
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__CBC Interview with Student Union reps at Thompson Rivers University in BC launching BCcampus Open Textbook Campaign _ The sooner that many consumers use these free products the better – it’s the feedback from everyone’s personal experiences with open textbooks that will inform the way forward [Note opportunity cost not calculated, BC public funds support Faculty Staff who may take time away from classes to edit/create free textbooks] _

Open textbook campaign launched at TRU by student's union

Open textbook campaign launched at TRU by student’s union

cbc.caThe message by students is why pay for university textbooks when the same information is avail…
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Cara Yarzab

So excited to launch mPower today! It is probably the most challenging, rewarding work with the best team ever. Hopefully it will have the same impact on Ontario students that “Read All About it” did for me as a child.

TVO mPower
mPower | Educator Portal
Gaming to learn: How TVO is making math fun for 21st-century learners | TVO.org
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__In addition to the flipped classroom approach, CRAFT aims to enhance course content by deploying online mini-lectures along with interactive exercises and written content which replaced students’ need to purchase a book in some courses. __

Flipped classroom project at North Carolina-Greensboro produces promising results

Flipped classroom project at North Carolina-Greensboro produces promising results

insidehighered.com
Faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro experiment …
CRAFT – University of North Carolina flipped-classroom model, CRAFT Create curate content Replace lectures with Active and Flipped Team-based learning
Flipped classroom project at North Carolina-Greensboro produces promising results
Craft Project Report – Final
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__From their offices on Boylston & Summer Streets over to Chris Sweeney’s Massachusetts Ave office is a quick trip. . . if the ‘gang’ of them wanted to pay a little visit to voice their objections at this slanderous ‘Mafia’ characterization _

The Demise of the Textbook Mafia

The Demise of the Textbook Mafia

bostonmagazine.com

Textbooks are antiquated and incredibly expensive. With the industry facing extinction, Massachusetts is poised to revolutionize educational p…

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__Textbook Costs Research Sources for Journalists and Policymakers: US Government Accountability Office GAO 2005 College Textbooks Report Highlights _ https://goo.gl/G7uWfd _ GAO 2005 College Textbooks Report PDF_ https://goo.gl/M30Jdl _ Phil Hill – How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks? 2016_ https://goo.gl/V2LJiS _ NACS Key Findings Report: Student Watch 2015-16 _ https://goo.gl/JMcNXC _ Student Monitor Textbooks Key Findings 2016_ https://goo.gl/pbB1b0 _ AAP Association of American Publishers – Cut Costs _ https://goo.gl/yjCMXD _ OER advocates are naturally bias, and, before using their quotes, it’s best to check trustworthiness of their data sources in seeking the whole truth.

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Cable Green

Fundamentals of Business : Virginia Tech’s New Open Textbook » OPENatVT http://ow.ly/yYar303FgUN #OER

Fundamentals of Business : Virginia Tech’s New Open Textbook

blogs.lt.vt.edu

Virginia Tech Libraries and the Pamplin College of Business are pleased to announce publication of Fundamentals of Business, a full color, 440+ page free online textbook for Virginia Tech’s Foundations of Business course. This Virginia Tech course averages 14 sections with over 700 students in Fall semesters. The textbook is an open educational resource, and may be customized and redistributed non-commercially with attribution.

Cover of Fundamentals of Business
(See cover credits below)

The book is the work of Prof. Stephen Skripak and his team of faculty colleagues from the Pamplin College of Business, Anastasia Cortes and Richard Parsons, open education librarian Anita Walz, graphic designers Brian Craig and Trevor Finney, and student peer reviewers Jonathan De Pena, Nina Lindsay, and Sachi Soni. Assistive Technologies consulted on the accessibility of the textbook.

 

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Cable Green

Why schools should seriously consider open source alternatives. By: Charlie Reisinger http://ow.ly/K37Q303EqD2 #OER #GoOpen

Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

Schools that #GoOpen should #GoOpenSource

opensource.com
Schools can save money and provide better teaching and learning with open source.

__Charlie Reisinger, IT Director: “There has to be something better than students hauling bulbous backpacks loaded with dead knowledge stamped on dead trees. . . [so] At Penn Manor School District [-], Linux and open source software are the foundations for more than 4000 student laptops, classroom computers, and district servers.”

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D2L

D2L

Some Ohio University professors ditch the textbooks, and the prices. http://ow.ly/29au303BSXO

Some Ohio University professors ditch the textbooks, and the prices | The Post

Some Ohio University professors ditch the textbooks, and the prices | The Post

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Some Ohio University professors ditch the textbooks for online resources that can save st…

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__At the beginning of each school year, many articles are published about textbooks/courseware_ Let’s assess them and grade each for their factual accuracy, completeness and cited data sources – this article is based on a ‘spending’ premise that would earn it an automatic F for citing College Board data inaccurately i.e. _”The average undergraduate student at a public, four-year university spends $1,300 on textbooks and school supplies per year, according to 2015-16 data from College Board’s website.” _ http://mfeldstein.com/reprise-how-much-community-college-students-actually-pay-textbooks/ _ http://www.nacs.org/Portals/NACS/Uploaded_Documents/PDF/Research/IND.022.07.16_SW_KeyFindings.pdf _ http://www.studentmonitor.com/s16/textbooks.pdf _ http://www.aapbacktocampus.org/cutcosts/

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__The Spectacular View from Lynda’s new listing at One York Quay / Sold in 4 days _ http://www.remax.ca/on/toronto-real-estate/2911-77-harbour-sq-treb_c3587468-lst/

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__Michael Feldstein – A quick overview of how flipped classroom, learning analytics, and adaptive learning can help teachers help their students. https //https://lnkd.in/eNPANnv

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Vala Afshar

My new Huffington Post article emphasizes the critical strategic imperative for companies and CEOs to invest in creating a business model innovation sandbox. The post features Saul Kaplan, a business model innovation expert, author and Founder of the Business Innovation Factory https://lnkd.in/d6G5UNA R “Ray” Wang

CEOs Must Create The Business Model Innovation Sandbox

CEOs Must Create The Business Model Innovation Sandbox

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The worst place to develop a new business model is from within your existing business …

__Disrupting Higher Education; Vala Afshar recently wrote “I strongly believe that two of the most disruptive executive thought leaders in higher education are Dr. Marni Baker Stein and Phil Komarny at the University of Texas System (UTx) and the Institute for Transformational Learning (ITL).” see_ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vala-afshar/disrupting-higher-educati_b_11341146.html _ AND _ The Future Is Now by Marni Baker Stein _ https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/higher-ed-beta/future-now _

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__McGraw-Hill Education today announced the launch of Wonders 2017, a newly redesigned and expanded suite of English Language Arts (ELA) solutions, available now for the 2016-2017 school year. _http //www.mhreadingwonders.com/ _ My Pronk&Associates friends will be interested to see the ways this M-H program has evolved to include a number of online digital components, yet this is primarily a print-based program, and very similar to the ELA creative work one would see in Pronk’s portfolio

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McGraw-Hill Education Unveils All-New Suite of Wonders K-6 English Language Arts Solutions for the 2016-2017 School Year

finance.yahoo.com   NEW YORK, Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — As part of an ongoing effort to improve l…
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RedShelf raises $4M to shake up college textbook market

RedShelf raises $4M to shake up college textbook market

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Truth: you #neverstoplearning when building and launching a product. Proud to be part of this team.

Gaming to learn: How TVO is making math fun for 21st-century learners

Gaming to learn: How TVO is making math fun for 21st-century learners

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The celebration won’t end here as we still have the Paralympics to look forward to and the stories behind this monumental operation firsthand next month . http://bit.ly/2c3a1vZ

Getty Images at Rio 2016

Vimeo“With the curtain having just closed on the 2016 Olympic Games and therefore the Getty Images Rio office, I’d like to share this video giving you a…

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Find out more about our Campbell’s Soup Revitalization #Package #Design #Campbells http://ow.ly/rN7Q303sVCS

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Campbell’s Soup RevitalizationShikatani Lacroix Design Inc.

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__Is PageKicker an apt name : ) _ will Faculty offer this cost savings option to their students by adding the ebook outcome of this app to their syllabus / resources? _PageKicker promises “The app would use an algorithm to search for relevant topical content, analyze the material, convert everything into an e-readable format, assemble the finished product, and deliver it within a few minutes. “Push a button, build a book,” __

Duo Developing App to Create Open E-Books

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__In the past 16 years, the Hewlett Foundation has invested $190 million in OER [WTF] – not including admin. costs – funding organisations working on content development, the creation of intelligent policy regarding open content, and more. “The next key piece is for organizations offering Open Educational Resources to become financially self-sustaining [-] to find ways to, at a minimum, recover their costs so that they can grow. It has to reach that scale.” ~ Barbara Chow, Program Director __

Investing in the Future of Open Educational Resources

oeru.org

About OERu

The OERu makes higher education accessible to everyone. Coordinated by the OER Foundation, an independent,  not-for-profit organisation, the OERu network of institutions offers free online courses for students worldwide. The OERu partners also provide affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions.

Wayne Mackintosh (PhD)

Director of the OER Foundation and UNESCO-ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic.

OER Foundation Board of Directors

  • Robin Day (PhD), Independent Chair of the Board of Directors, New Zealand
  • Wayne Mackintosh (PhD), UNESCO-ICDE Chair in OER, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand.
  • Jim Taylor (PhD), Emeritus Professor, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  • Rory McGreal (PhD), UNESCO-COL Chair in OER, Athabasca University, Canada
  • David Porter (Ed.D.), Chief Executive Officer Designate, eCampusOntario, Canada 
  • Philip Cullen, Chief Operating Officer, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
  • Christopher Staynes, Deputy Mayor, Dunedin City Council,New Zealand

OERu Council of Chief Executive Officers

The OERu Council of Chief Executive Officers advises the OERu. The Council is an assembly of senior leaders called together for consultation on strategic higher education futures.

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__OER – OCW requires substantial initial and ongoing investments of human labor. [CALCULATIONS REQUIRED]  _ Fortunately re-allocation of Staff time is not required since Faculty & Policymakers will find the necessary expertise and support by accessing an established ecosystem of creative educational resources professionals as ‘work-for-hire’ contractors – Lumen Learning would be among this vendor group

Lumen Learning’s College and University OER Policy Development Tool

We [David Wiley – Lumen Learning] offer the following assumptions when developing an institution-level OER policy:

  • Having an institution-level OER policy signifies support from the leadership, and creates a safe environment for faculty to explore the potential of OER.
  • To realize the full potential of OER on teaching and learning, colleges and universities must develop and offer entire programs with OER.
  • To realize the full potential of OER, college and university governance officials must demonstrate their support by making OER policy that is aligned with the college or  university vision and mission, and with a strategic purpose.
  • An institution-level OER policy supports the sustainability of OER programs.
  • Successful college and university OER programs are led from multiple directions: from the top by Boards, CEOs, executive teams; from the classroom by faculty/subject matter experts; and from outside the classroom by student affairs experts providing cross-functional co-curricular support.
  • An institution-level OER Policy is best executed when written in collaboration with all stakeholders—faculty, governance committees, students, staff, leaders, boards—in a culture that embraces the premise of “Open.”
  • Financial and non-financial incentives can help colleges and universities nurture the application, creation, and sustainability of OER.
  • OER creates more opportunities for adapting existing resources for a better fit with local contextual and cultural requirements.
  • The application, creation, and sustainability of OER results in higher-quality curricula and course materials, more efficient and effective teaching, and improved student access, success, and completion.
  • An institution-level OER policy complies with the Creative Commons licensing standards, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, applicable college or university, state and federal Intellectual Property and copyright laws, and accepted best practices of the OER community including a succinct and well-accepted definition of OER1.
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__ I feel great hearing this conversation and the shared perspectives _and having a connection to our many shared memories_ Justin & Ron, I am feeling very proud of Hip Canadians – Don __

Justin Trudeau talks to Ron MacLean about The Tragically Hip

Justin Trudeau talks to Ron MacLean about The Tragically Hip

cbc.ca

While he waited for the band to take the stage in the Rogers K-Rock Centre, Trudeau spoke briefly with the CBC’s Ron MacLean, who is still in Rio for the Olympics, about The Tragically Hip.

Trudeau said he was wishing all week that he was in Rio for the Games, “but tonight I’m glad I’m in Kingston instead.”

Trudeau said he had mixed feelings about the show, because it was both a chance to say goodbye and to celebrate Downie, who is battling terminal brain cancer.

Trudeau spoke about becoming a fan of the Hip in university and at one point wishing the band would make it big internationally, though now he’s glad they’ve remained a Canadian staple, saying they are “an inevitable and essential part of what we are and who we are as a country.”

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__Hey, Usain, yeah, over here, so, give us a smile will ya? . . . © Cameron Spencer _ if there was a Gold Metal for sports photography. . . _ Usain Bolt_Cameron Spencer_Getty_589521390

__And in the foreground is Andre De Grasse from Toronto, who won 3 Olympic Metals for Canada too!

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__“Students spend $1,200 a Year for Textbooks” is not based in fact, it’s about half that much, but it’s become a viral myth [via advocate/lobbyist’s ‘Textbook Cost Crisis’ theme] that has contributed to OER movement momentum __

Textbook Spending Graphic via aapbacktocampus org

Cut Costs

aapbacktocampus.org

The $1,200 a Year for Textbooks Myth

News headlines often repeat the College Board’s $1,200 a year figure for textbooks. Those headlines are often misleading and used out of context. Here’s why:

  • This is an estimated budgeting average from university financial aid offices.
  • This number influences the “total cost of attendance” which affects the amount of financial aid students can get.
  • The number includes supplies, which encompasses computer software, peripherals and lab supplies.
  • The College Board itself states that expenses in this category “do not necessarily reflect actual student expenditures.”

 

e-Literate’s Phil Hill recently analyzed why this figure is misleading.

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Making the most of your home by Nancy McPherson, Owner of Elegant Strategies for your home

Making the most of your home by Nancy McPherson, Owner of Elegant Strategies for your home

Nancy McPherson on LinkedIn

At Elegant Strategies, our specialty is staging occupied homes.

__Excellent advice to optimize potential Buyers’ interest. Homeowners tend not see their home objectively and may have some difficultly appreciating their Real Estate Agent’s advice about the ROI / value-added in Professional Staging & Professional Photography. [Note: I understand it is a challenge for Photographers to achieve the appearance of a room’s natural lighting and realistic room dimensions – perhaps this image of the living room is a bit too stretched / distorted on the width and a bit too bright / flat

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Cable Green

Your next college textbook may be free (and open). The Wichita Eagle http://ow.ly/XvNN303mWN5 #OER OpenStax

Your next college textbook may be free

Your next college textbook may be free

kansas.com

OpenStax is publishing quality new textbooks, including one just written by a Wichita State University professor, and giving them away online.

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__”When it comes to creating textbooks, OpenStax doesn’t upend the traditional publishing process [i.e. outsourcing much of the work to Domestic and Offshore Developers, Art, Design & Production Studios etc]. In fact, OpenStax tends to work with an editorial company to produce a textbook. [WiseWire _http://www.wisewire.com/ _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.” _http://www.pcmag.com/commentary/346309/free-textbooks-from-rice-openstax-too-good-to-be-true_

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"This is my time and I'm recording it": Carol Highsmith and the nature of giving - Creative Commons

“This is my time and I’m recording it”: Carol Highsmith and the nature of giving – Creative Commons

creativecommons.org

Photographer Carol Highsmith has donated her life’s work of tens of thousands of photos to the Library of Congress during her decades long career. Originally trained as an architectural photographer, Highsmith embarked on an ambitious project to photograph every American state in the 1980s, traveling up to ten months a year across the country to photograph small towns, big cities, roadside attractions, and everything in between. Highsmith’s photographs have appeared in films and television as well as in books, gallery exhibits, and even on a postage stamp. In 2009, Highsmith was chosen as one of four women highlighted as part of the Library of Congress’s Women’s History Month profiles. Highsmith has been in the news lately due to her lawsuit regarding Getty Images’s use of her images.

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TVO

TVO

For many men, career defines much more than just what they do at work. It’s also a matter of identity. So as they approach their golden years, how are men dealing with the downshift into retirement?

The Reality of Retirement

The Reality of Retirement

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Author Lyndsay Green discusses her conversations about the pros and cons of retirement with people on its cusp.
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__2 very interesting projects in the Open Content Program, Thanks, Cable. Noted: “since 2013 the Getty [http://www.getty.edu/] has released over 100,000 more images through the Open Content Program, and we are increasingly using open licenses for Getty-developed content including selected digital publications, Research Institute archival finding aids, Getty Museum online collection data, Getty Conservation Institute teaching and learning resources”

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__Prof. Rajiv Jhangiani’s take on educational resources’ Cost, Outcomes, Use, Perceptions issues _ http://www.slideshare.net/thatpsychprof/oer-research-brief _ The Faculty/Cost Savings Paradox [Slide17] and ‘Textbook Price Increases’ Graph [Slide 12] are 2 of many critical thinking challenges for researchers __ An issues primer for Faculty and prerequisite reading for Policymakers is the 2005 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on College Textbooks: Enhanced Offerings Appear to Drive Recent Price Increases _ https://lnkd.in/E6eic5 _

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__Personal advocacy with medical practitioners is important/empowering and the notion that information between patients and doctors should be equal and transparent makes sense. _

This Engineer Found His Own Brain Tumor Thanks To Open Medical Data

This Engineer Found His Own Brain Tumor Thanks To Open Medical Data

singularityhub.com
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__Guidebook to Research on Open Educational Resources Adoption by David Wiley et al. _ Research designed to provide cost ‘savings’ evidence supporting OER Advocates’ Policy objectives_ http //openedgroup.org/toolkit _ Given there is a mountain of existing research on Textbooks, it would be interesting to review other research docs with A – B Comparison / Evaluation of Textbooks_ if possible, please provide sources, Thx.

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__Donald Trump Melts Down on the Cover of Time Magazine _ Illustrator Edel Rodriguez Captures Candidate in Midst of Turmoil _ The illustration is simple and succinct, capturing the billionaire’s face oozing down like a lit candle, with the spare cover line: “Meltdown.” It was created by Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban-born artist known for taking on tough topics such as gun control, racial relations in the U.S. and gender equality. _https://lnkd.in/eszXqBR

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Copyright Clearance Center

Fast Company – The Music Industry’s New War Is About So Much More Than #Copyright http://ow.ly/VRwh303bbx3

The Music Industry's New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright

The Music Industry’s New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright

fastcompany.com
We’re listening to more songs than ever thanks to YouTube. Why that isn’t necessarily music to. . .
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I am expecting a big move to OER in Ontario and internationally : The young faculty members are supporting OERs (buy-in) They are technology savvy and can create high quality of materials/apps The technology is widely available to support it

__Yes, I agree Naza. and I certainly am an advocate of enabling Faculty to be engaged as they wish to be in the creative process. As you know, David Porter was selected by the eCampusOntario Board to be its new CEO [ https://www.ecampusontario.ca/news/bcit-associate-vice-president-dr-david-porter-selected-as-new-ceo-of-ecampusontario ] and, when he arrives Sept.12, his OER priorities will soon become clear.

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__Student Monitor and the National Association of College Stores (NACS) Surveys Report College Students Spent an Average of $600 on Textbooks for 2015-2016 Academic Year _ The College Board uses new print textbook costs [$1300] within its Students’ Budget, it needs to also provide research supported Student decision-making and spending data to explain financial options. _ http //https://lnkd.in/eynZtes

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__In October 2015, the United States District Court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the operators of Sci-Hub. As the court said, “Given the importance of scientific research and the critical role that copyright plays in promoting it, the public interest weighs in favor of an injunction.” __

AAP Overview on Sci-Hub and Scholarly Publishing

AAP Overview on Sci-Hub and Scholarly Publishing

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__Of Sunlight, OER, and Lumen _ David Wiley thinks OER are a lot like sunlight, musing, “If we can fruitfully compare OER to sunlight and Lumen to a renewable energy company, should we [guess who will be first to] compare commercial textbooks to oil and traditional publishers to extractive energy companies?” __ David Wiley, evangelizing open content with metaphors of good vs. evil since 1998. _ http //https://lnkd.in/evr6aQY _painting source: http //https://lnkd.in/e4Jkcsx

 

David Wiley _”I’ve been thinking about how to answer several questions I’m often asked. People who don’t work directly with Lumen sometimes have a hard time understanding what we do, and this leads to a range of confused questions like, “What does Lumen do, anyway?”, “How can you sell OER if they’re free?”, and “If OER are free, why would anyone pay you?” I believe the simplest way to answer to many questions about Lumen is by analogy” _ __analogy ‘create electricity from sunlight’ __ ‘make effective use of OER’ __ Professionals’ Fees in Value-Added Engagements and Brand Names Quality

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__OER advocates will (and should) continue to encourage faculty and institutions to adopt open content says TJ Bliss, a program officer in the Education Program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. __

Open Educational Practice: Unleashing the Potential of OER (EdSurge News)

Open Educational Practice: Unleashing the Potential of OER (EdSurge News)

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It’s been a good year for open educational resources (OER). Nearly 40 community coll…

__Citing Tidewater Community College’s “Z-Degree,” Bliss claims “OER, which are free, openly licensed and repurposeable educational materials, have been shown to measurably decrease the cost of attending college, in some cases by up to 25 percent.” _ It makes sense to me to give them a pass on making exaggerated savings claims _ “Students are expected to save around $1,200 per year, approximately a quarter of the total cost-of-degree at TCC” _ where 1st generation Students from low-income families are concerned _ http://lumenlearning.com/success-story-tidewater/ _

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Come join the conversation on the good, the bad and the ugly of current eLearning practices. This September 13th, 2016, Lydia Sani and Jeremy Friedberg lead Interactive Ontario’s September iLunch discussion on digital leaning – covering traditional eLearning to gamified learning – why you should care, and what’s happening right here in Ontario.

iLunch - eLearning: Successfully "boring" people since 1992!

iLunch – eLearning: Successfully “boring” people since 1992!

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Five (5) Decisions I Would Change During My Time at Flat World Knowledge

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With the news this week of Flat World Knowledge’s sale of the content business, I thought it might make some sense…
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Five (5) Decisions I Would Change During My Time at Flat World Knowledge | Jeff Shelstad | Pulse | LinkedIn
Flat World Education Appoints Jade Roth as Chief Executive Officer | Business Wire

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__Thanks Jeff, appreciate the insights – please point us to the source/news release of Flat World Knowledge’s sale of the content business

Nothing publicly available yet that I am aware of. But you might see something in the coming weeks.

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We’re hiring a new Manager of Student Relations and Development — looking for an exceptional ‘people person’ and savvy administrator who is passionate about creating exceptional student experiences, working with student leaders. If that’s you, get in touch!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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__In his excellent piece, ‘The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning’ by Kevin Kelly, author, futurist and founder of Wired, he postulates, “In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet! The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning. It is only becoming. If we could climb into a time machine, journey 30 years into the future, and from that vantage look back to today, we’d realize that most of the greatest products running the lives of citizens in 2050 were not invented until after 2016.” __

The Internet is in its Infancy

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Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an ambitious entrepreneur back in 1985 at the dawn of the internet?
Kevin Kelly (Wired) – The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning
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__Stephen Downes says “Personally I think [Faculty] just don’t care [about costs]. If they cared at all, they would have at least become aware of OERs, even if they found them to be of lower quality. But for three quarters of faculty, awareness remains elusive, which means they aren’t even looking.” Phil Hill also suggests “that faculty don’t actually care about student costs” in his article _ https://lnkd.in/e3ji3UZ New OER Survey: The disconnect between faculty caring and assigning __ https://lnkd.in/et3R7iB

Babson Survey: Faculty attitudes, opinions, and use of OER

Babson Survey: Faculty attitudes, opinions, and use of OER

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__To tap part-timers for additional Faculty labour needed, part of this AtD grant will be used to develop a framework to recognize and incentivize adjunct faculty. That framework may center around paying adjuncts more than they receive now or guaranteeing them interviews for full-time positions if they serve on a shared governance committee, develop curriculum or provide some additional services to the college, he said. Many adjuncts report that they are often overlooked when full-time positions open up. __

Achieving the Dream looks to increase adjunct faculty engagement

Achieving the Dream looks to increase adjunct faculty engagement

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__NBCNEWS Video in Aug. 2015 Article: “College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977 _ How Rising Textbook Prices Mirror Rising Drug Costs” _ “They’ve been able to keep raising prices because students are ‘captive consumers.’ They have to buy whatever books they’re assigned,” said Nicole Allen, Lobbyist _ http //https://lnkd.in/eQhDiwe _ Misinformation – I believe it’s in everyone’s best interest when the Public Policy changes are guided by fully articulated, accurate information

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__Thanks Phil, well done. Ideally this message will get through to David Coleman President and Chief Executive Officer and Jeremy Singer Chief Operating Officer at The College Board and they will arrange to add necessary details into the College Board Student Budget information and incorporate relevant sources found in your research _

Reprise: How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks?

Reprise: How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks?

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[ed. The basic arguments in this post were covered here at e-Literate in 2015 and in The Chro…

__The AFFORDABLE COLLEGE TEXTBOOK ACT is one case where US Legislators [quoting Phil] “use the language of students spending $1,300 or colleges saving students $1,300” as a result of mainstream media reporting and or OER lobbyists. This is a snip from their press release – “According to College Board, the average student at a four-year public institution of higher education spent $1,225 on college books and supplies during the 2014-15 academic year.” _ http://www.king.senate.gov/download/?id=D27574A8-3B92-4046-A1DB-BC44166379EF&CFID=9586&CFTOKEN=54307848&inline=file _

__Given the confusion that has resulted from misleading uses of The College Board Student Budget figures I believe it’s best for them to be as clear as possible about Books and Supplies and to cite the sources and costs of Items that are the basis of their Budget figures.

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Some Great tips. I hate when the keyboard does not automatically match the required text input #UX #Design

Designing Perfect Text Field: Clarity, Accessibility and User Effort — UX Planet
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__Ontario’s Open Government initiative will help create the transparent, accessible government the people of Ontario deserve. __

Submit your idea for the open government consultation

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Next-Generation of Open Education Resources (OER) on User-Friendly, Approachable Platforms | Online Learning Insights

Next-Generation of Open Education Resources (OER) on User-Friendly, Approachable Platforms

Next-Generation of Open Education Resources (OER) on User-Friendly, Approachable Platforms

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Open Education Resources (OER) have been around for some time yet few educators  make use of the thousands of free resources available online, mainly due to barriers that include searchability and quality concerns. This is about to change. The next generation of OER will be on platforms that are user-friendly, intuitive and make finding and sharing Open Education Resources less time-consuming and more approachable.

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__How is the current penetration of Open Educational Resources (OER) in the US higher education market? Which factors influence faculty choice of required course materials? What have been successful and unsuccessful strategies to increase OER penetration in campuses across America? Write down your answers to these questions before you continue reading the Article _ http://www.moodlenews.com/2016/open-educational-resources-in-the-running-for-the-hearts-minds-of-american-faculty-but-challenges-ahead-according-to-study/

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__Canada Olympic House opened its doors Thursday. And for the athletes and their families who will depend on the location for information, hospitality, and a taste of Canada, a select few Toronto artists flew down to Brazil ahead of the games to give the space a special touch. _ https://lnkd.in/ec-nCYv __ https://lnkd.in/eCMgERf

Rio 2016: Canada Olympic House Video Tour

YouTube   Canada Olympic House at Rio 2016 will serve as an oasis for family & friends of Team Canada athletes.

Canada Olympic House opens in Rio | Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games
Canada Olympic House opens in Rio | Official Canadian Olympic Team Website | Team Canada | 2016 Olympic Games
Rio Olympics: How these Toronto artists are making Team Canada feel more at home in Brazil – Toronto – CBC News
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Learnography is a registered trade name of Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) _”Our Design team is looking for a Manager. Not just any Manager, but one who is obsessed with efficiency, innovation, big picture goals, and uncompromised client and team satisfaction. The successful candidate will lead a highly skilled and professional team to provide innovative, technology-driven solutions that support both self-directed and facilitated professional and organizational learning opportunities, for a diverse array of clients.”

Design Manager - Learnography

Design Manager – Learnography

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7 Best Practices for Deploying Lecture Capture Campuswide -- Campus Technology

7 Best Practices for Deploying Lecture Capture Campuswide — Campus Technology

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__Cambridge University Press has published its 2015/16 annual report. “Chief Executive Peter Phillips said: ‘While the difficult conditions in global markets may persist for some time, our growth comes from the way we adapt to change. It is important that we continue to innovate based on what our customers now need, experimenting with new business models and seeking out creative partnerships.” https://lnkd.in/eKAJJAj

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__Proposed Rail Deck Park: stretching from Blue Jays Way [CN Tower / Rogers Centre] to Bathurst Street [Fort York], the City of Toronto’s planned Rail Deck Park would stitch together the urban fabric while providing a vital green space to the growing core. __

Tory Announces Plan for 21-Acre "Rail Deck Park" Downtown

Tory Announces Plan for 21-Acre “Rail Deck Park” Downtown

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__Cengage Learning announced today the integration of the Pathbrite digital portfolio app into MindTap, Cengage Learning’s flagship learning platform. The integration grants current students free lifetime access to a Pathbrite digital portfolio. 2016 08 03 _ http //https://lnkd.in/eE9uCkx

Cengage Learning Integrates Free Digital Portfolio Access into MindTap
Cengage Learning Integrates Free Digital Portfolio Access into MindTap
Show What You Know — Pathbrite
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__”When approaching a publisher with a proposal for an edited volume, there are two things to bear in mind: first, know the difference between a successful grant application and an engaging book proposal; and secondly, know the difference between a special edition of a journal and a multi-authored collection – because they are not siblings, only distant cousins.” __

Advice from a senior university press editor | University Affairs

Advice from a senior university press editor | University Affairs

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__People think HP charges too much for inkjet printer ink cartridges [approx $.15 per page] The Hewlett Foundation Grantees who are creating OER / Open Textbooks could arrange to provide Students with Savings Coupons for HP ink cartridges needed to print their downloaded textbooks. _Graph source _ https //https://lnkd.in/e348-mv

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__”The publisher’s rapid, large-scale impact is due to its unique open education resource business model: OpenStax uses philanthropic grants to produce [via work-for-hire publishing company Wisewire.com] high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that are free online and low-cost in print” – i.e. $52 for this pictured Student’s US History Textbook. NOTE: see BCcampus Open Textbooks $2M savings stats at _https://lnkd.in/eXxv5xd __ https://lnkd.in/eZYakJf

OpenStax ranks the colleges that save the most with free textbooks

OpenStax ranks the colleges that save the most with free textbooks

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Professor Emeritus Seymour Papert, pioneer of constructionist learning, dies at 88

Professor Emeritus Seymour Papert, pioneer of constructionist learning, dies at 88

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__What is design thinking and why should companies care? History and background plus a quick overview and visualization of 6 phases of the design thinking process. Approaching problem solving with a hands-on, user-centric mindset leads to innovation, and innovation can lead to differentiation and a competitive advantage. _ https //https://lnkd.in/egeceX4

Design Thinking, nngroup, Nielsen Norman Group, Jacob Nielsen, NNG,
Design-thinking-101-NNG – Design-thinking-101-NNG.pdf
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__Renowned photographer Carol M. Highsmith [http //https://lnkd.in/e2WQDC7] is reportedly suing Getty Images for $1 billion, claiming that the stock photo company committed copyright infringement through the “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs documenting America. _ http //https://lnkd.in/exutJ9k

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__”You will be required to think more deeply about your design as a brand.” __ Design Thinker, Chief Open Design Officer on Board of Directors creating Corporate Culture, Public Sector Policy __

The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)

The Future of Design (and how to prepare for it)

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__A Matt Collins illustration _ http //www.mattcollins.com/ _ featured in a NYT story about Howard Stern’s interviewing skills _article_ http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/arts/howard-stern-sirius.html?_r=0

 

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__B&N Annual Costs $550 x 1000+ Students = $750,000 Savings? Phil Hill asks “How Much Do Community College Students Actually Pay For Textbooks?” _ https://lnkd.in/e5G3_v6 _ https://lnkd.in/ef68aYP

Barnes and Noble Flat-rate Textbook Program

Barnes and Noble Flat-rate Textbook Program

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Barnes and Noble Flat-rate Textbook Program Lees-McRae College is excited to announce a new flat-r…
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__Unity Technologies [unity3d.com] is revolutionizing the game industry with Unity, the breakthrough development platform for creating games and interactive 3D and 2D experiences like training simulations and medical and architectural visualizations, across mobile, desktop, web, console and other platforms. __ https://lnkd.in/eF_aYXa

This Beautiful Demo Shows How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come

This Beautiful Demo Shows How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come

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Elon Musk recently explained at Code Conference why he believes we’re all living in a si…
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This Beautiful Demo Shows How Far Video Game Graphics Have Come
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__PEARSON NEW APPOINTMENT: Kevin Capitani, President – Pearson North America, will oversee K-12 and higher education learning services in the U.S. and Canada, a K-12 virtual school, online services and workforce development. Additionally, from Austin, he will oversee supply chain operations, procurement, facilities and customer service. A Software Exec. SAP – GM COO SAP America West Region – VP Business Operations SAP Asia Pacific Japan – Responsibility for one of SAP’s 5 largest Global Customers.& SAP Global Customer Sales, Services, Training, Development __

Pearson Education names Austin's Kevin Capitani as North America president - Austin Business Journal

Pearson Education names Austin’s Kevin Capitani as North America president – Austin Business Journal

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The longtime software executive has taken on a new job with its own set of unique challenges.

__Pearson 2016 half-year results_ https://www.pearson.com/news/announcements/2016/july/pearson-2016-half-year-results.html _ In Higher Education, “Pearson signed more than 30 significant large-scale, enterprise adoptions of cross-discipline digital content, where content is purchased via an upfront course fee and integrated with university IT systems”

 

Pearson 2016 half-year results Kevin Capitani, President of Pearson North America, Pearson Education
Pearson 2016 half-year results
After Missing Revenue Expectations, Pearson Education Names New President | EdSurge News
Pearson Education names Austin’s Kevin Capitani as North America president – Austin Business Journal
Don Kilburn | President, Pearson North America | LinkedIn
Kevin Capitani | President – Pearson North America | LinkedIn

 

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Don Gorges commented on

__An ROI perspective is appropriate for alternate education delivery models like competency-based and OER degree programs, or student-facing degree planning and advising tools. For example, see David Wiley’s INTRO (INcreased Tuition Revenue through OER) model for sustaining the provision of OER adoption services _ https://lnkd.in/eS4VXER __ https://lnkd.in/e46GzFf

Defining Digital Courseware’s ROI in Terms of Student Success (EdSurge News)

Defining Digital Courseware’s ROI in Terms of Student Success (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com
Resources unit cost, student success and financial sustainability—form the core of an ROI lens
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Don Gorges commented on

__Also see commentary “How to really support Canadian culture: Heritage and the copyright brief” – Richard C. Owens _ https://lnkd.in/eZyDvRh __ https://lnkd.in/emSKaCt

Richard C. Owens: Fix Canada’s copyright law before it puts publishers out of business

Richard C. Owens: Fix Canada’s copyright law before it puts publishers out of business

business.financialpost.com
The law allows schools to copy almost any amount of material without compens…

__Ontario is launching its first Culture Strategy, which establishes goals and actions to promote participation in arts and culture, build on the sector’s economic impact in communities across the province and help Ontarians tell their stories and express themselves. The strategy reflects the input of nearly 3,000 people who provided feedback last fall during Culture Talks [ https://www.ontario.ca/page/culture-talks-summary-what-we-heard-ontarians?_ga=1.206378518.489406537.1463758161 ] — a three-month public engagement process on the value of culture in people’s lives. _ https://news.ontario.ca/mtc/en/2016/7/ontario-launches-first-culture-strategy.html _

__Owens recommends “The Heritage Minister should look to copyright as a significant pillar of cultural and economic policy, and actively champion a stronger Act.” _ And one of Ontario’s Culture Strategy recommendations is to “Develop a new fund to support publishers in creating curriculum-linked learning resources aimed at fostering the use of diverse Canadian content in schools.”

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__Don Gorges LinkedIn Posts June 30 to July 27 __ Open Design, Visual Communications in Educational Resources, Creative Services, Marketing, Connected Perspectives __

Don Gorges LinkedIn Posts June 30 to July 27

 

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