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Pearson and the Big Winner

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:56:05 +0000

In a recent interview, Pearson CEO John Fallon said: “Education like every other sector and sphere of life is going through this digital transformation. There is going to be a big winner in the transformation in education. We are absolutely determined to make Pearson that winner.” This is perhaps the clearest statement I’ve ever read […]

Quick Thoughts on Open Pedagogy

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:52:27 +0000

Dumping out some thoughts here so I can return to them when I have more time. There’s been some fabulous writing over the last month or so about whether or not open licensing is important to open pedagogy, beginning with Clint Lalonde’s Does Open Pedagogy Require OER? (read the comments, too). Reading this has prompted […]

Evolution vs Revolution

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:01:34 +0000

I love everything Rajiv is saying in his recent, excellent essay Pragmatism vs. Idealism and the Identity Crisis of OER Advocacy and I’m really looking forward to the discussion we’ll have when he presents this paper early next month. This is a critically important topic and I think he has identified all the right dots, even […]

Of OER and Platforms: Five Years Later

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:03:48 +0000

Five years ago, in an essay called 2017: RIP OER?, I pondered whether this year would be the end of OER. The bulk of my concern was expressed in these two paragraphs: Open education currently has no response to the coming wave of diagnostic, adaptive products coming from the publishers. To the best of my […]

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 […]