ISKME In the News

College Libraries Ontario launch OER Toolkit
OCLS,   May 26, 2018

The Ontario College Libraries’ OER Toolkit has launched and is now available through the Faculty Toolkit in The Learning Portal / Le Portail d’Apprentissage, a collaboration between Ontario college libraries and learning centres and the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS).
Open Educational Resources At Top Hat: Why Free Now Means Free
Top Hat,   April 11, 2018

Top Hat is now offering free access to thousands of OER textbooks and other open educational resources with no platform fee attached. CEO Mike Silagadze explains why Top Hat is taking this critical step to increase the availability of cheaper educational content.
Can a For-Profit, Venture-Backed Company Keep OER Free—and Be Financially Sustainable?
EdSurge,   April 11, 2018

From 2006 to 2016, the cost of textbooks increased by 88 percent, more than than nearly any other college student expense—including tuition and fees (63 percent) or on-campus housing (51 percent)—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. New and traditional publishers are trying to offer alternatives such as open educational resources (OER...
Feds Come Around to OER -- Slowly
Inside Higher Ed,   March 27, 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 27, 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...
Big ‘Open’ Educational Resources Provider Joins Forces With Microsoft
EdWeek,   March 25, 2018

A leading provider of “open” educational resources has secured a potentially huge platform for reaching K-12 schools by striking a partnership with Microsoft to deliver its curriculum through the tech giant’s classroom products. The nonprofit Open Up Resources will integrate its curriculum, which is created on an open license, into ...
One Example of a Nonprofit Moving to Scale through a Collaborative Network
Nonprofit Quarterly,   March 15, 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 11, 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...
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...
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...
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...