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Mathieu Plourde

panOpen | The Ecosystem for Open Educational Resouces - 0 views

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    We're an open education platform providing the highest-quality, peer-reviewed resources at a fraction of the cost of commercial textbooks.
Mathieu Plourde

Literature on open textbooks: COUP - You're the Teacher - 0 views

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    "This table is based on the "COUP" framework explained by the Open Education Group (with whom I have an OER Research Fellowship at the moment): Cost, Outcomes, Use, and Perceptions. See here for an explanation of each element of this framework as it relates to research on open textbooks and other Open Educational Resources."
Mathieu Plourde

Open Textbook Network - 0 views

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    "The Open Textbook Network (OTN) promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks."
Mathieu Plourde

SUNY Project to Expand Access to Open Educational Resources - 0 views

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    "The launch of SUNY OER Services should make high-quality educational resources more accessible and affordable to more students in the New York state higher education system."
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Penn State Technology Allows Faculty and Students to Build Their Own Textbooks from OER... - 0 views

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    "Penn State researchers have been piloting a technology that allows faculty (and students) to build e-textbooks algorithmically using keywords to gather together materials from open resources."
Mathieu Plourde

A Weird but True Fact about Textbook Publishers and OER - 1 views

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    " it makes sense for Wiley (the publisher, not the dude) to strike a licensing deal with OpenStax. They're OK about not making a lot of money on the books as long as they can sell their WileyPlus software. Which, in turn, is why I think that Wiley (the dude, not the publisher) is not crazy at all when he predicts that "80% of all US general education courses will be using OER instead of publisher materials by 2018." I won't be as bold as he is to pick a number, but I think he could very well be directionally correct. I think many of the larger publishers hope to be winding down their traditional textbook businesses by 2018."
Mathieu Plourde

For college textbooks, newer -- and pricier -- isn't always better - 0 views

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    "Faculty and students at UC Davis, meanwhile, are developing what they call "hyperlibraries" of faculty writings, homework questions, research and other content available online that are then vetted, and, like a Wikipedia page, constantly expanded and adapted to meet specific needs. The goal is to produce e-textbooks in the chemistry, biology, statistics, math, physics and geology fields - dubbed ChemiWiki, BioWiki, MathWiki, etc. - that eventually will supplant traditional texts, which can cost up to $300 per copy, said UC Davis chemistry professor Delmar Larsen. A pilot study of the ChemWiki last spring found that students in a general chemistry class who used the online materials would have spent about $125,000 had they bought new textbooks, Larsen said."
Mathieu Plourde

Building An Open LMS Using Google Apps and Free Tools - 1 views

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    "One of the key components of the IT&DML program is that we're big believers in "open" and to that end as much of the content of our program is open, and available online for your use. The rationale for this is two-fold. I believe this helps us adapt and react to changes in the industry and classroom. I also believe that if our materials are open and online, then anyone can use them…but also they can be critiqued and reviewed by anyone. To that end, I have been, and will continue to reflect on the texts and tools, and the components of the program here on this blog."
Mathieu Plourde

College textbook publisher drops price on every title - 0 views

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    Baraniuk said OpenStax College's print edition prices are already exceptionally low - about $30-$54. He said the NACS agreement will allow OpenStax College to lower prices by about 2 percent next year. Beyond the per-copy drop in prices, Baraniuk said the NACS agreement will also save students money by reducing how much OpenStax College has to pay for shipping.
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What I learned from the Open Textbook Summit - 0 views

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    "BCcampus organized an open textbook summit again this year (the first one was last year). I attended, because I'm writing my own open textbook on 'Teaching in a Digital Age.' BCcampus has published its own blog post on the lessons learned, but I came away with something different, from a potential author's perspective."
Mathieu Plourde

New strategy would drop college textbook costs to zero - 0 views

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    "Although the open-source textbook concept has been embraced by student groups such as the Student Government Association in College Park, university officials say the challenges include connecting professors with the materials they need for the textbooks and creating a system to assess the quality of the books. Another complication: Many universities are bound to contracts with private companies to run campus bookstores, where many students purchase their textbooks. University System of Maryland financial records show that the bookstore contracts are not always lucrative, however - last year the system lost about $1 million."
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https://wiki.mozilla.org/images/b/b1/OpenBadges-Working-Paper_092011.pdf - 0 views

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    Open badges for lifelong learning
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SURVEY SHOWS STUDENTS OPTING OUT OF BUYING HIGH-COST TEXTBOOKS - 0 views

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    Today, a survey released by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund shows that 65% of student consumers have opted out of buying a college textbook due to its high price, and of those students, 94% they suffer academically.
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Project Management for Instructional Designers - 0 views

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    "Project Management for Instructional Designers (PM4ID) is - as the name suggests - a book about project management tailored specifically for instructional designers. This book is a revise / remix of a pre-existing, openly licensed project management textbook which was donated to the commons by a benefactor that desires to be attributed as Anonymous."
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http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/lumen/pages/58/attachments/original/1368052384/ope... - 0 views

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    The Utah Open Textbook Initiative (UTOT) began in 2010. From a small pilot involving less than 10 teachers and three grades, UTOT has grown to a statewide program for grades 7 - 12 that improves science learning and drastically reduces the cost of providing every student with access to quality science curriculum. This whitepaper describes the UTOT process for successfully creating and adopting open science textbooks.
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Saving Money with Open Textbooks - 0 views

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    "Problem: You need to provide textbooks for 1500 students in CITY NOT FOUND schools. But because the textbook you currently use costs $80, once you buy a textbook you hold on to it for 7 years before replacing it. This translates into both (1) out-of-date textbooks and (2) textbooks that students are not allowed to actively study with - they can't write, highlight, or take notes in their books because another 6 years worth of students after them have to use the books, too."
Mathieu Plourde

panOpen | The Ecosystem for Open Educational Resouces - 0 views

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    With the panOpen platform, schools of all kinds can make the most of open source course materials.
Mathieu Plourde

University System of Maryland to test open-source pilot program - 0 views

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    A student-driven initiative plans to turn the page on skyrocketing textbook costs by promoting an affordable, online educational resource that's picking up steam across the nation: open-source textbooks. Starting this fall, the University System of Maryland Student Council will pilot a program to allow interested faculty members in high-enrollment, entry-level classes to use open-source textbooks.
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ELI Short Course: Digging Into Badges - 1 views

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    Digital badges are receiving a growing amount of attention and are beginning to disrupt the norms of what it means to earn credit or be credentialed. Badges allow the sharing of evidence of skills and knowledge acquired through a wide range of life activity, at a granular level, and at a pace that keeps up with individuals who are always learning-even outside the classroom. As such, entities not traditionally in the degree-granting realm-such as museums, associations, online communities, and even individual experts-are now issuing "credit" for achievement they can uniquely recognize. At the same time, higher education institutions are rethinking the type and size of activities worthy of official recognition. From massive open online courses (MOOCs), service learning, faculty development, and campus events to new ways of structuring academic programs and courses or acknowledging the granular or discrete skills that these programs explore, there's much for colleges and universities to consider in the wide open frontier called badging.
Mathieu Plourde

Copyright for Educators (US) - 0 views

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    This is a course for educators who want to learn about US copyright law in the education context. P2PU also offers a similar courses for Australia, if that content is more appropriate. Educators who are not in the US are welcome to sign up, too, if they want to learn about copyright law in the US.
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