Tag Archives: Open Educational Resources

A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER

As I was perusing David Kernohan’s notes on Larry Lessig’s keynote at the OpenEd conference, one statement leapt out at me: Could the department of labour require that new education content commissioned ($100m) be CC-BY? There was a clause (124) … Continue reading

Posted in Tools, Toys, and Technology (Oh my!) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Significant Milestone: First national study of OER adoption

For years we have heard anecdotes and case¬†studies about OER adoption based on one (or a handful) of institutions. There are many items we think we know, but we have lacked hard data on the adoption process to back up … Continue reading

Posted in Higher Education, Notable Posts, Openness | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

OER and the Future of Knewton

Jose Ferriera, the CEO of Knewton, recently published a piece on edSurge arguing that scaling OER cannot “break the textbook industry” because, according to him, it has low production values, no instructional design, and is not enterprise grade. Unsurprisingly, David … Continue reading

Posted in Tools, Toys, and Technology (Oh my!) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Textbook Publishers and OERs

Not too long ago, The Chronicle ran an piece called “Publishers Criticize Federal Investment in Open Educational Resources.” The meat of the article was some quotes of textbook company executives on a panel at an SIIA conference speaking out against … Continue reading

Posted in Higher Education, Openness | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

You, Too, Can Sponsor an OER Revolution

The internets are buzzing with the news of the $2 billion grant program jointly offered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. There was some initial hype (driven partly by a blog post on CreativeCommons.org) that the grant would … Continue reading

Posted in Higher Education, Instructional Design, Openness | Tagged , , | 5 Comments