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Open Education Resources

Open Educational Resources: Transforming the Classroom Experience

Chris Minnich | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Chris Minnich

Revolutionary. That's how Erin English, Director of Blended and Online Learning and principal of Vista Visions Academy in the Vista Unified School Dis...

This 500-Person Town is Leading on Education

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.26.2016 | Education
Ethan Senack

Now, in the sphere of higher education, we often talk about the potential for OER to save students billions of dollars in textbook costs, but what's happened at Williamsfield since the switch reveals that the value of OER over traditional learning materials extends far beyond the difference in price.

Textbooks Cost a Lot. Here's Why.

Ethan Senack | Posted 08.31.2016 | College
Ethan Senack

It's a pretty common thread that textbook prices are too high. At a time when student debt is higher than ever, it's crazy that we're charging students so much for textbooks.

A Treasure Trove of Knowledge for the White House to Unlock

Ethan Senack | Posted 08.04.2016 | Education
Ethan Senack

This fall, the Administration is developing new ideas for the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan -- an international commitment to transparency and openness -- and making federally funded educational resources open to the public should be on the list.

We Could Save Students a Billion Dollars on Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 05.02.2015 | College
Ethan Senack

We need faculty to make the switch and drop their traditional textbook for an open textbook. It's not hard, but it's not easy, and institutions can make a huge impact by providing training and resources for interested faculty to make the switch.

4 Back-to-School Myths About College Textbooks

Ethan Senack | Posted 10.28.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

As students and families begin the school year, let's take a second to dispel some myths about college textbooks. Before we debunk some myths around ...

The 12 Myths of MOOCs

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business
Dr. John Ebersole

In a recent survey of several hundred educators, only 13 percent of schools today offer MOOCs, but 43 percent plan to offer them by 2016. So if we agree the trend is here to stay, let's take a look at the growing mythology of Massive Open Online Courses.

Toward Sustainable MOOCs

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 06.24.2013 | Technology
Dr. John Ebersole

MOOCS continue to dominate discussions regarding technology, access and cost. The degree to which they can be seen as sustainable appears to be receding as a concern. A variety of applications and business models have started to emerge.

Education Diplomacy: Hillary Clinton's Global Learning Legacy

Lisa Petrides | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Lisa Petrides

The Open Book Project, which Clinton announced in one of her final acts of diplomacy last week, is a concept that some might call naïve and others, brilliant.

The Global Search for Education: Internet Sharing Programs

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.23.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The Wikiwijs program enables all teachers in the Netherlands education system (primary, secondary and higher education) to search, find, create, develop and share all forms of multimedia learning materials.

Beyond the Textbook

Lisa Petrides | Posted 08.12.2012 | Education
Lisa Petrides

Probably none of us have gone through high school or college without some relationship to that 20th century artifact of learning called the textbook. Today's students are not experiencing the same thing.

Welcome to the Education Renaissance

Lisa Petrides | Posted 05.27.2012 | Education
Lisa Petrides

While some are quick to dismiss the disruptive changes in education today, I think we should welcome the highly collaborative, personalized, and affordable opportunities new digital technologies offer learners throughout the world.

Finding Open Education Resources (OER), Some New Search Options

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Esther Wojcicki

One very useful tool for all educators is the Open Courseware Consortium search engine that allows users to search for Open Education Resources (OER) at the university level easily.

Open High: A Great Choice and Contribution

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

Imagine "one-on-one tutoring for every student in every subject" and you get a picture of Open High School, a virtual charter school serving 250 Utah students in ninth and 10th grades.

Teaching for a Shared Future: American Educators Need to Think Globally

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

American students' lack of knowledge about the world is unsettling. While debate over the building of the Islamic Cultural Center has made headlines, the majority of college-bound seniors cannot find Iraq or Israel on a map.

Revolution Needed for Teaching Literacy in a Digital Age

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

Unless the American education system changes course quickly to integrate literacy and digital culture into our current educational paradigm, academic achievement gains will continue to stagnate.

Are Open Educational Resources at the Tipping Point or the Tripping Point?

Dr. Barbara Kurshan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dr. Barbara Kurshan

The Open Education Resources movement is on the cusp of hitting prime time this year, changing traditional notions of the teaching and learning process across the globe.

Why I Love Open Educational Resources!

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Jim Fruchterman

For people who can't afford educational materials, Open Educational Resources let them better use their limited resources. And for those who learn differently, there's the chance to see a topic in a completely different way.

Open Education Resources Get a Big Boost: Cathy Casserly Joins Creative Commons Board

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

Long time OER champion Dr. Catherine Casserly was just elected yesterday to the Board of Directors of Creative Commons to help provide further direction for the Open Education Resources movement worldwide.

What Chocolate Can Teach Us About Curriculum

Dr. Barbara Kurshan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dr. Barbara Kurshan

Dan Ariely: "Zero is not just another discount. Zero is a different place. The difference between two cents and one cent is small, but the difference between one cent and zero is huge!"

The Disruptive Innovation of Curriculum 2.0

Dr. Barbara Kurshan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Dr. Barbara Kurshan

Why not apply the same collaborative spirit that drives the open source software world to K-12 education material? From that brainstorm, Curriki burst onto the scene.

Digital Textbooks, Real Gains for Education

Lisa Petrides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Petrides

Governor Schwarzenegger has a plan to make California the first state in the nation to provide its schools with free digital textbooks.