Personalizing the Learning Experience: Leveraging Openly Licensed Educational Resources

September 22nd, 2016

Good Medium post by Kristina Peters, the K-12 Open Education Fellow in the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education.

#GoOpen

August 10th, 2016

#GoOpen States

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States are powerful collaborators in supporting and scaling innovation. With the launch of statewide #GoOpen initiatives, states are helping districts transition to a new model of learning by facilitating the creation of an open ecosystem of digital resources that can increase equity and empower teachers.

Joseph South, Director, Office of Educational Technology

 

The U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign encourages states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning. Rest

Introducing Open eBooks

February 25th, 2016


What if we could ensure that every student, no matter where they live or the income of their parents, could get access to a great book?  What if they had access to not just one book, but a library of thousands of titles – and could read them from anywhere?

We’ve taken a big step toward that vision thanks to Open eBooks, a stakeholder-driven project that the President highlighted last April, and that after months of hard work by a team of libraries, publishers, and non-profits, is launching nationwide today. For millions of America’s kids, Open eBooks can be a passport to a world of learning and opportunity – delivering over $250 million of reading material to students who need it most, and introducing them to a love of reading.

OpenEd2015

March 9th, 2015

OpenEd15: The Impact of Open

November 18-20, Vancouver BC, Canada

Vancouver at Night (CC BY ND / popejon2)

The Call for Proposals is Open! Submit before April 17!

Open Education Challenge

July 17th, 2014

Over six months ago, the Open Education Challenge launched to identify the top education start-ups and provide them with the support and funding necessary to make a significant impact in the education sphere, particularly in Europe.

From over 600 applications received in February, a panel of evaluators painstakingly narrowed down the competition over two rounds of selections. Eighteen teams made it to Barcelona for the Finalists’ Workshop on July 13-15, where they pitched their projects to a European Jury chaired by Lord David Puttnam and with the participation of Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director-General for Education and Culture at the European Commission.

Rest at openeducationchallenge.eu/blog/announcing-winners-open-education-challenge

The Power of Open Educational Resources

May 2nd, 2014

Keynote address delivered to the Maryland Distance Learning Association (MDLA) March 2014.

The Power of Open Educational Resources from David Wiley

Stanford’s Open MOOC Platform

November 6th, 2013

Stanford University is clearly a global leader in higher education and in the evolving MOOC revolution.  Steve Kolowich has written an interesting article entitled “With Open Platform, Stanford Seeks to Reclaim MOOC Brand” for the Chronicle of Higher Education.  The thrust of the message is that despite, or perhaps because of, the rapid successes of the proprietary Coursera, Udacity, and similar MOOC providers, Stanford is working to provide an open-source alternative through the Open edX platform.  Eventually this will be part of a virtual Stanford campus.

Open Science Summit

September 7th, 2011

Next Gen Learning

November 2nd, 2010

SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the Next Generation Learning Challenges, a collaborative, multi-year initiative, which aims to help dramatically improve college readiness and college completion in the United States through the use of technology. The program will provide grants to organizations and innovators to expand promising technology tools to more students, teachers, and schools. It is led by nonprofit EDUCAUSE, which works to advance higher education through the use of information technology.

Next Generation Learning Challenges released the first of a series of RFPs today to solicit funding proposals for technology applications that can improve postsecondary education. This round of funding will total up to $20 million, including grants that range from $250,000 to $750,000. Applicants with top-rated proposals will receive funds to expand their programs and demonstrate effectiveness in serving larger numbers of students. Proposals are due November 19, 2010; winners are expected to be announced by March 31, 2011.

Rest at Gates Foundation Press Release

Open Content

June 16th, 2010

Over at “iterating toward openness” at OpenContent.org, David Wiley makes several good points in his post regarding the recently reported deal between Pearson Education and the Montgomery County Public Schools (Washington Post).  According to the article the school district will be “paid $2.25 million to develop an elementary school curriculum” and then Pearson will augment their work and make sales around the world.  The phrasing suggests that the money will be for what the school system will do in the future rather than just being payment for currently existing work.

Also, the article states that the future payment(s) will give Pearson “the expertise of one of the nation’s top school systems and the right to use its name and its top employees as sales tools.”  All of this is logical additional value because it is hard to believe that there could be much more than the thinnest veneer of copyright protection available for a “school curriculum.”  Chances are good that the Montgomery school system personnel are not really providing a lot of originality since for generations teachers have been copying each others materials with minimal iterative improvements being made along the way.  Furthermore, the more these materials conform to the developing public domain standards, the less protectable they are under copyright.

It seems that Pearson puts some value in the Montgomery school system name and in just having access to the staff.  And it may even be that some of what they are paying for is just good will – almost as if they made a donation to the school system and just didn’t want their shareholders to be upset so they make it look like they are buying something.  It would be interesting to see if the school system and/or Pearson would make the terms of their agreement publicly available.