34 Matching Annotations
  1. Apr 2019
    1. notes for the teacher about how to set up lessons and learning activities

      Also the clearest expression of the "publisher" model -- how we're not thinking of teachers as being involved in the creation of the content they teach. 3rd grade math may be a valid case (but even it might not be...), but I'm not sure this analogy extends to, say, college history.

    1. The difference

      I'm inclined toward the attitude regarding for-profit publishers you describe here. And I don't really buy David's analogy between OER and apps like the Apache server. Maybe this is a difference between K-12 and higher ed? I don't think of OER (even my own) as a generic piece of infrastructure like a bridge that anyone can drive over to the same place. We're talking about students becoming active learners -- why aren't we talking about instructors remaining active teachers?

    2. don’t give a damn about for-profit publishers and for-profit providers of things that get packaged with OER

      Yeah, this feels closer to my reaction too.

  2. Dec 2018
  3. Oct 2018
    1. The expansion of publishers into course platforms, online homework packages, and course-in-a-box represents more of the same expansion of the publisher’s realm.

      Expansion, yes, but also a shift in their model. They are beginning to realize content/information is less marketable (thanks to internet, OER, CC license) and they are now increasingly selling the services mentioned wrapped around OER (openwrapping).

  4. Aug 2018
    1. Publishers and other sites can include a simple line of javascript to enable annotation by default across their content.

      Publishers and platform hosts who want to learn more about embedding annotations can learn more about best practices here.

  5. Mar 2018
    1. Can you imagine a day when many of the most important contributions to many of the most important OER and open textbook projects are made by people who work for for-profit publishers and other companies, and who contribute to OER as part of their formal job responsibilities? Can you imagine a day when many of the world’s most-used OER were originally published by companies, who continue to invest in their ongoing updates and maintenance? Can you imagine a day when companies are releasing millions of new words, images, videos, and interactives under open licenses each year?

      Sounds a lot like the move of corps to contribute to open source code community.

  6. Jan 2018
    1. Publishers, which are increasingly investing in digital products for college classrooms, are making a concerted effort to help faculty members adapt to that change.

      more product/platform, less content

  7. Dec 2017
  8. Nov 2017
    1. Lumen Learning is in the same business as  Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education: selling textbooks (directly or indirectly) to students.

      Strong words.

    2. Publishers previously lost a lot of revenue from textbooks because many students bought secondhand, rented, pirated or just skipped buying textbooks altogether. Inclusive-access programs have changed that.
    1. When you think the problem to be solved is the high cost of textbooks, inclusive access programs and OER adoption are just two competing approaches to solving the problem.

      There was an interesting example of this during a short conference on digital textbooks, back in late 2014. Cindy Ives interim VP Academic at Athabasca (!) presented the etext pilot project in partnership with publishers. Ives’s approach was quite pragmatic and there’s nothing wrong with doing a pilot project on something like this. By that time, Ives was already involved in OER projects. It still struck a chord with those of us who care about OER, including Éric Francoeur who took an active part in the event and did work to create a free textbook through international and interlinguistic collaboration.

      To me, a key notion from the ‘r’ in “OER” is the distinction with those content bundles we still call “textbooks”. Sure, it’s already in the 5-R model. But the “Remix” idea in music is to a large extent about unbundling.

    2. By focusing on cost, the article takes a page directly from the publishers’ playbook.

      Precisely. To me, this comment also applies to the focus on replacing existing solutions, especially textbooks, but also any kind of content. OER is convenient as a label for a specific thing, related to licenses, but associated with cost (just like “free software” interpreted as no-cost instead of «libre»).

  9. Aug 2017
  10. Mar 2017
    1. Earlier this week, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport held a private ministerial meeting with news publishers and technology platforms to discuss the issue of fake news and the programmatic environment which supports it.
  11. Feb 2017
  12. Nov 2016
  13. Oct 2016
    1. High-end digital products that directly or indirectly improve student outcomes Related services that help colleges improve student outcomes Services that help colleges improve the unsexy but critical aspects staying viable, from marketing to administration Loans to schools looking to make changes that will (theoretically) make them more sustainable in the long run but require significant up-front investment—preferably in the products and services of the company offering the loan
  14. Jul 2016
  15. Apr 2016
    1. Web Annotations

      Obvious case for h. Imagine the possibilities of linked open data used in annotating presentations which would be part of scholarly books along with all the necessary material? The mind wanders…

  16. Jan 2016
  17. Sep 2015
    1. Commercial publishers and content producers say there's reason to doubt the quality of open resources

      Have they demonstrated so clearly that their textbooks have enhanced learning? Oh, wait. They set the criteria by which we assess learning and push for their own brand of Learning Analytics, so…

  18. Apr 2014
    1. Visions and desired scenarios for the future of creative e-publishing industry. Technology trends and signals.

      The CRe-AM Initiative (Creativity REsearch Adaptive roadMap, www.cre-am.eu), an FP7 Project funded by the European Commission aiming to bridge communities of creators with communities of technology providers and innovators, launched a survey aiming at collecting visions and desired scenarios for the future of the creative e-publishing industry. Please share your visions and expectations by answering to the 10 mins survey at http://www.dat.demokritos.gr/limesurvey/index.php?sid=84433&lang=en

    1. @tispnetwork

      Share your visions and desired scenarios for the future of the creative e-publishing industry. Invest 10 mins of your time to fill the survey at http://goo.gl/oD0pjJ. The survey is part of the work of the CRe-AM Initiative (Creativity REsearch Adaptive roadMap), an FP7 Project funded by the European Commission aiming to bridge communities of creators with communities of technology providers

  19. Jan 2014
    1. the philosophy department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor started an online journal called Philosophers' Imprint, noting in its mission statement the possibility of a sunnier alternative: "There is a possible future in which academic libraries no longer spend millions of dollars purchasing, binding, housing, and repairing printed journals, because they have assumed the role of publishers, cooperatively disseminating the results of academic research for free, via the Internet. Each library could bear the cost of publishing some of the world's scholarly output, since it would be spared the cost of buying its own copy of any scholarship published in this way. The results of academic research would then be available without cost to all users of the Internet, including students and teachers in developing countries, as well as members of the general public."

      Libraries as publishers. Not a bad idea.

    2. Academic publishers have inverted their whole purpose for being; they used to be vehicles for the dissemination of knowledge in the most efficient way possible. Today they are useless choke points in the distribution of knowledge, even taking advantage of their positions to demand fees.
    3. There was a time when securing a contract with an academic publisher meant that the work would receive the widest audience possible.