ISKME In the News

Feds Come Around to OER -- Slowly
Inside Higher Ed,   March 28, 2018

Three times since 2013, members in both houses of Congress have introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act, which would create a federal program to fund the creation of open educational resources on a nationwide scale. Each time, that bill has faltered in committee. Meanwhile, advocates aimed for a more attainable goal: securing a one-...
Open Educational Resources Movement Scales Up
EdWeek,   March 28, 2018

Open educational resources typically have been offered to educators in bite-sized chunks—an individual lesson here, a classroom module there—and have been meant to fill in holes the core curriculum does not address. But over the past few years, a number of organizations and state and local education agencies have begun creating openly licensed...
One Example of a Nonprofit Moving to Scale through a Collaborative Network
Nonprofit Quarterly,   March 16, 2018

Partnership, collaboration, and information-sharing are intrinsic values within the nonprofit sector. In fact, the exchange of tools and practices has contributed greatly to the evolution of the sector itself. As nonprofits look for emerging strategies to build upon this long history, one model to explore is the use of collaborative networks to...
Feds Pick California Nonprofit as Partner on Open Educational Resources Project
EdWeek Market Brief,   March 12, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education has selected a nonprofit organization to help the agency share ideas and best practices with states and districts around the country that are trying to ramp up their use of “open” educational resources. The agency said it will rely on the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in...
Faculty Experiences on Teaching with OER: A Webinar Celebrating Open Education Week 2018
March 6, 2018

LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network and CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) have joined together to bring an exciting webinar on open educational resources (OER) to you during Open Education Week 2018. The webinar will feature special guest speaker Lisa Petrides from the Institute for the Study of Knowledge...
Growing #GoOpen: U.S. Department of Education Announces New Partner and Plans to Expand #GoOpen Network
Medium,   March 6, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce a new partnership with the education nonprofit, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), to enhance and expand the #GoOpen network. As a #GoOpen partner organization, ISKME will work with the Department and a diverse community of committed supporting...
New Framework Offers Way to Validate OER Commitment
The Journal,   March 6, 2018

A new report proposes a framework by which open educational resource initiatives — and particularly those promulgated by for-profit organizations — can be measured. "Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship" has three purposes according to its authors: to help make sure "the OER community's values can be maintained as the...
A Guide to Good OER Stewardship
Inside Higher Ed,   March 5, 2018

Interest in open educational resources -- freely accessible and openly licensed learning materials -- is booming. But while OER’s growing popularity with faculty members has delighted supporters, it has also attracted the attention of commercial publishers. Macmillan Learning, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hillhave...
OER Adoption: Stories from State Leaders Webinar Series
March 5, 2018 - May 8, 2018

Please join ISKME for a new webinar series with state leaders, focused on sharing best practices, lessons learned, and recommendations for successful Open Educational Resource (OER) adoption.   The webinar series will kick off during Open Education Week on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 11:00am Pacific Time. This five part series showcases state...
The Rising Cost of Textbooks Is Feverish–Student PIRGs Say Open Educational Resources Has the Cure
eLearningInside News,   February 8, 2018

The rising cost of college tuition has received a large amount of coverage over the recent months and years. But another cost has risen at an equally unnerving clip as  public university tuition, which has tripled in the past thirty years. Course textbooks can cost students hundreds of dollars at the university bookstore. For years,...
OER reaches ‘inflection point,’ and states are leading the charge
EdScoop,   February 2, 2018

After years of dabbling with open educational resources (OER), educators have finally begun to embrace the concept as a legitimate alternative to traditional publishing and licensed curriculum materials — and they’re doing it in droves. More than half of U.S. states — including Michigan, Indiana, Utah and Washington — are currently developing, or...
The Truth (About OER) Is Out There
Inside Higher Ed,   January 10, 2018

Faculty members struggle to find open educational resources or even understand what they are -- but solutions are bubbling up. Awareness of open educational resources is slowly increasing, per a new report last month from the Babson Survey Research Group. For many faculty members, though, finding OER remains a daunting assignment.