Posts by Category: Education and Academic Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER)

May 09, 2017

Open Educational Resources (OER)
https://www.oercommons.org/

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. Unlike copyrighted resources, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared. From a single point of access in OER Commons, you can search, browse, and evaluate resources in OER Commons’ growing collection of over 50,000 high-quality OER. Here are some curated collections to start exploring: a) Full university courses; b) Interactive mini-lessons and simulations; c) Adaptations of existing open work; d) Open Textbooks; and e) K-12 Lesson Plans, worksheets, and activities. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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American Association of Community Colleges: DataPoints

April 25, 2017

American Association of Community Colleges: DataPoints
http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Publications/datapoints

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has created DataPoints, a collection of printable snapshots that highlight data that may be of interest to higher education professionals, from student service staff to instructors to administrators. These DataPoints cover a range of topics, including degree completion rates, enrollment trends, student attitudes, and projected demographics of high school graduates over the next fifteen years. For instance, one recently published snapshot reveals how well students felt their experience in higher education prepared them for the workforce. Another Data Point provides data about student completion rates for remedial coursework. In another, visitors can see that, between 1979 and 2013, the percentage of tuition at public two-year  institutions covered by a Pell Grant has plummeted from 99% to 53%. Easy to read and attractively presented, these DataPoints provide a useful resource for meetings, presentations, grant applications, and more. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

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eLearning Tags

April 14, 2017

eLearning Tags
http://elearningtags.com/

e-Learning Tags is a social bookmarking site where eLearning Professionals discover, share, vote and discuss interesting and remarkable content related to the e-learning field! This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Updated> Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources

April 01, 2017

Updated> Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources
http://www.ScholarSearchEngines.com/

Internet Annotated Link Dataset Compilation titled “Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources” is now a 76 page research paper listing selected resources both new and existing that will help anyone who is attempting to find academic and scholarly information and knowledge available on the Internet. Each source is described along with the URL address than can be accessed. It is freely available as a .pdf file (507KB) at the above link from the Virtual Private Library™ and authored by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. [Updated with all links validated and new URLs added: April 1, 2017]. Other white papers are available by clicking here.

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©2017 Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.

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Study.com

March 14, 2017

Study.com
http://www.Study.com/

Their mission is to make education accessible. With short and fun videos, taught by great teachers, they help students easily master any subject and achieve their educational goals. They strive to make education fun and accessible to all learners. Their video lessons, practice quizzes and tests, flashcards, and other study tools help students learn any topic efficiently! At Study.com, they aim to deliver a better way to learn — one that lets you learn what you want, the way you want, and in a way you can afford. They want to empower you to become that better version of yourself education is supposed to allow. They help over 15 million students each month. This will be added to Student Research Resources Subject Tracer™ This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Directory of Vendors of Online Learning Products and Services

January 30, 2017

Directory of Vendors of Online Learning Products and Services
http://teachonline.ca/tools-trends/directory-vendors-online-learning-products-and-services

A Searchable Directory of over 2,500 Vendors of Online Learning Products and Services Worldwide. To help colleges, universities, training providers, and faculty and instructors find the latest products and services to help improve the learning experience for their students, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Don McIntosh compiled a comprehensive directory of over 2,500 vendors of online learning products and services. They are part of a the fast growing ed-tech (educational technology) industry with over 8 billion dollars in annual sales of hardware and software with no sign of a slowdown. These innovative technologies range from software to host and organize learning content to adaptive learning systems that use intelligent algorithms to adjust learning to suit individual needs. Our searchable directory of vendors of online learning products and services is by no means exhaustive nor static. It is evolving as we add, update and occasionally delete companies if they are no longer in business. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Courseware In Context

November 18, 2016

Courseware In Context
http://coursewareincontext.org/

The CWiC Framework supports postsecondary decision-makers in effectively navigating the market of courseware solutions. It is designed to help you make better-informed adoption and implementation decisions with the goal of advancing the adoption of high-quality digital courseware in higher education and ultimately achieving improved outcomes for students. As a guide for broadening your awareness and equipping you with helpful decision making tools, the Framework offers an inventory of product capabilities, as well as implementation considerations foundational to enhancing and improving blended and online teaching and learning with digital courseware. Research shows that decision-makers are starved for time to discover and rigorously evaluate courseware. The CWiC Framework equips higher education to overcome this barrier in support of improved digital learning. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™.

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MIT Crosslinks and OCW

October 13, 2016

MIT Crosslinks and OCW
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/crosslinks/

If you’re learning about foundational STEM topics, you may want to explore MIT Crosslinks as a guide to OCW and other open educational resources. A sample image showing a topic listing for Discontinuity on the Crosslinks website. MIT Crosslinks describes how STEM topics are introduced, developed and applied across select MIT undergraduate courses. While only the MIT community may create and edit this crowdsourced content, the results are open to the world. Each Crosslinks topic, like the example to the right, starts with a brief definition. That’s followed by links to content which MIT students recommend to each other – and to you – to help learn about the topic. To highlight the interconnections among topics, the links are grouped into five “facets of learning”: a) Prepare: prerequisite topics for review; b) Learn: material to help you learn about the topic; c) Relate: other topics which are closely related; d) Advance: next topics after this one; and e) Apply: resources that describe how the topic is used in real life. Along with many specific OCW files, such as notes, videos, problems and solutions, you’ll find content from Wikipedia, Wolfram, Khan Academy, YouTube, and many other universities. This will be added to Tutorial Resources Subject Tracer™.

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Hybrid Pedagogy

September 27, 2016

Hybrid Pedagogy
http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped

Hybrid Pedagogy Inc. is a non-profit that “focuses on the implementation of critical digital pedagogy in education at all levels” and seeks to “prepare learners, educators, librarians, and administrators to teach, collaborate, and think with digital technology.” To further these aims, visitors to the organization’s website will find the open-access peer-reviewed journal, Hybrid Pedagogy, as well as the Digital Pedagogy Lab, where there are blog posts, podcasts, and harvested tweets. Hybrid Pedagogy provides a venue for voices in education that might otherwise be marginalized to be published and peer reviewed. For example, academics in the throes of late-summer syllabus writing may be interested in a 2014 article, “Syllabus as Manifesto: A Critical Approach to Classroom Culture.” The site can be a little tricky to navigate, and it’s hard to tell what portions of the content the site search covers – but a Google search on a keyword or article title + hybrid pedagogy works perfectly. In 2015 and 2016, Digital Pedagogy Lab hosted 3- and 5-day Summer Institutes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Mary Washington in Virginia, and in Canada at the University of Prince Edward Island. For those unable to attend in person, summaries and comments on talks at the 2016 Institute can be found on the website. This will be added to Education and Scholar Resources Subject Tracer™. Copyright © 2016 Internet Scout Research Group –  http://scout.wisc.edu

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OpenStax – Access The Future of Education

September 13, 2016

OpenStax – Access The Future of Education
https://openstax.org/

OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s their mission to improve student access to education. Their first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and their library since scaled to more than 20 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Their adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country. Through their partnerships with philanthropic foundations and their alliance with other educational resource companies, OpenStax is breaking down the most common barriers to learning and empowering students and instructors to succeed. This will be added to Student Research Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Education and Academic Resources Subject Tracer™.

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