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Thoughts on Cengage’s MindTap ACE

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:30:17 +0000

Cengage recently announced a new offering called MindTap ACE that includes OER and is now available in pilot. I haven’t had access to review the offering yet, but you can see some screenshots in the video linked above. The video clearly shows Cengage content listed for each topic, followed by some OER. Michael Hansen, Cengage CEO, is […]

Of Analogies, Learning, and Weather

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:19:27 +0000

E-literate recently ran a story about the emergence of a genuine science of learning. Keith Devlin follows many who came before him in making an analogy to medicine. Generally speaking, I don’t like comparisons of education to medicine. I think they’re problematic for a range of reasons I’ve written about in the past. But in […]

The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:34:35 +0000

Last year Bob Reiser invited me to contribute a chapter to the fourth edition of Trends and Issues in Instructional Design and Technology, to be published by Pearson. I agreed on the conditions that I would retain copyright in the chapter and that it would appear in the book under a Creative Commons license. Pearson agreed. […]

The Broader Context of Advocating for CC BY

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:22:17 +0000

A quick response to some of the conversation prompted by my recent post Advocating for CC BY. I work very hard to be a strong and effective advocate for openness generally and for CC BY specifically. My advocacy always occurs in the context of the following beliefs: In every case, people should choose the Creative Commons […]

Openness as a Value

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:45:47 +0000

Several months ago I received an invitation to contribute a brief Foreword to a book Patrick Blessinger and TJ Bliss were editing. Open Education: International Perspectives in Higher Education is now available in print and online under a CC BY license. I’m excited to share the Foreword with you now that the book has been published. These few […]

Advocating for CC BY

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:12:47 +0000

There is a growing consensus among those who work in open education – including organizations like BC Campus, Creative Commons, the Hewlett Foundation, Lumen Learning, OpenStax, the Open Textbook Network, Rebus, and others – that the Creative Commons Attribution (BY) License is our preferred license. We each use this license with the OER that we create and […]

Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:23:14 +0000

Stephen Downes points to some older but interesting posts by Lisa Petrides and Bill Fitzgerald about the role of commercial actors in the open space. It’s a topic that I’ve been thinking about recently, particularly with yesterday’s revelation that Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation. For someone who was online during the 90s, this is completely unimaginable. I had to read […]

On the Relationship Between Free and Permissions in “Open”

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 19:02:22 +0000

I’ve received lots of feedback since I published the problem with cost framing, some online and some in person at #OpenEd16. My main takeaway from that feedback is that, as ever, I continue to struggle to express myself clearly in writing. Let me try again, make some additional points along the way, and assign some […]

Underselling Open: The Problem with Cost Framing

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:49:15 +0000

UPDATE: See this follow-up post. There seems to be an emerging concern among those who work in open education that we need to be careful not to “oversell” open. I understand the sentiment and appreciate the concern. However, I think the field is in far more danger from its systematic “underselling” of open. This has […]

Comparing the 2016 and 2012 FLVC Student Textbook Survey Results

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:59:56 +0000

The good folks at Florida Virtual Campus have released the latest version of their Student Textbook Survey. There’s already been some great coverage (e.g., Phil Hill). However, I’ve also read people saying that the results are essentially unchanged from the 2012 survey to the 2016 survey. A quick look at Table 1 on page 11 […]