CCC to offer new online degree program
Source: pressrepublican.com • 26-Jul-17
Clinton Community College (Plattsburgh, NY) partners with Herkimer County Community College to create an Associates of Applied Science degree, completely online without textbooks to buy. This sounds like a standard "Z-degree" that so many other community colleges are offering, but the article doesn't mention the term. I wonder if there's a reason they didn't choose to go with that branding.
Language open education brings teachers around the country to UT
Source: dailytexanonline.com • 25-Jul-17
Behind one group of educators' role in the Amazon Inspire relaunch
Source: edscoop.com • 25-Jul-17
Textbook prices an often overlooked education challenge
Source: heraldsun.com • 22-Jul-17
Open Ed. Provider Appealing Decision in Closely Watched Lawsuit
Source: edweek.org • 20-Jul-17
I missed this story on Thursday and it has the potential to be significant. Great Minds is appealing the judge's decision to dismiss its lawsuit against FedEx. Great Minds produces the very successful Eureka Math program and releases it under a CC-BY license. The suit alleged that FedEx violated the license when it was hired by a school district to copy the material because it profited from the act of copying it.
Free Online Course Materials Help Take Textbooks off N.Y. Students’ Shoulders
Source: wsj.com • 20-Jul-17
WSJ, so it's paywalled. Provides an early update on the progress in the CUNY and SUNY systems since New York put up $4 million to implement free course materials in class.
Amazon Inspire Goes Live (But Without Controversial Share Feature)
Source: edsurge.com • 18-Jul-17
2017 Michigan OER Summit: Save the Date
Source: wordpress.com • 18-Jul-17
September 22, 2017 at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, MI. An event flyer is here
Textbook prices on the rise thanks to digital study tools
Source: kmvt.com • 17-Jul-17
I'm sort of extrapolating here because it's a short article, but the claim here is that the adoption of digital textbooks is actually raising prices because publishers are able to tie products together and the access codes are single-use. Of course this flies in the face of the narrative that digital delivery saves students money.
Affordable textbooks in peril: Publishers sue bookstore chain for ignoring ‘best practices’
Source: thecollegefix.com • 14-Jul-17
Pearson cashes in $1 billion of its Penguin Random House stake
Source: reuters.com • 11-Jul-17
Pearson is selling about half it's share of Penguin to Bertelsmann to shore up its balance sheet. Shareholders aren't cheering. Bloomberg thinks
it's because most of the proceeds won't be paid out in dividends.
OpenStax Launches Learning Platform
Source: insidehighered.com • 11-Jul-17
A Thumbs Up to Open Up for Delivering Free, Curriculum-Scale OER
Source: thejournal.com • 11-Jul-17
A (not exactly complete) history of Open Educational Resources and a glowing review of Open Up Resources
The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative is hiring a Director of Digital Services and Open Educational Resources
Source: myersmcrae.com • 10-Jul-17
FALSC's offices are in Gainesville, FL. They hired an executive search firm to fill this position, which explains the slick, 4-page job posting in PDF form.
McHenry County College faculty meet about helping students save money on textbooks
Source: nwherald.com • 09-Jul-17
A Common Core Curriculum Quandary
Source: educationnext.org • 08-Jul-17
This article clears up some questions I had about Eureka Math, the highly-rated and highly-adopted k-12 math curriculum. It's licensed under a Creative Commons license, produced by the non-profit Great Minds
, but they do not make it easy to find and adopt without paying for it. I challenge you to locate and download, for example, the 4th grade math textbook from Great Minds.
Open Access Textbooks Need to be Part of the Future of Higher Education, and the States Must Make it Happen
Source: utexas.edu • 07-Jul-17
KU partners with open textbook program to increase affordability
Source: kansan.com • 03-Jul-17
is the press release from the University of Kansas.
National study shows open education resources enjoys strong faculty support
Source: thesubtimes.com • 02-Jul-17
OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program Exceeds Expectations
Source: rice.edu • 27-Jun-17
An after-action report on OpenStax Institutional Partners Program for 2016. Total savings to students is estimated to be $8.2 million.
Follett Responds to Lawsuit from Publishers Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill and Pearson Education
Source: prnewswire.com • 21-Jun-17
The article alludes to best practices that the publisher cartel is trying to get Follet to adopt - which Follet has resisted. Practices that serve to discourage book rentals and used book sales. I would really like to read that to see just how they do that.