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The Problem with Textbooks

Loved the video? Like and Share it! http://www.fb.com/SlugBooks Many professors aren't aware that custom editions (and mandatory homework codes) are a horrib...
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You guessed it ... the publishers are the bad guys (through and through) in this video. Not the textbook authors, who make some royalties (small compared to profits) off each sale.

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W&L's Lambert Publishes Computer Science Textbook as an E-book - Washington and Lee University News Office (blog)

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Washington and Lee University News Office (blog) W&L's Lambert Publishes Computer Science Textbook as an E-book Washington and Lee University News Office (blog) It was very simple." Lambert is publishing the e-book with three online publishers:...
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Learning Strategies Outperform IQ in Predicting Achievement | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

Learning Strategies Outperform IQ in Predicting Achievement | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
In the 1960s, the legendary psychologist Albert Bandura rejected the view that learning is passive. Instead he emphasized the importance of the active use of learning strategies. ...
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E-textbooks Redux: What Does Kirtsaeng Mean to the Market? | Peer to Peer ... - Library Journal

E-textbooks Redux: What Does Kirtsaeng Mean to the Market? | Peer to Peer ... - Library Journal | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
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Librarians rejoice! The Supreme Court of the United States insisted in its Wiley v.
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E-Books Directory - Categorized Books, Short Reviews, Free Downloads

E-Books Directory - Categorized Books, Short Reviews, Free Downloads | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
E-Books Directory is a categorized index of freely downloadable online books. It is daily updated with new e-books, fresh reviews and free download links.

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Open Education Around the World – A 2013 Open Education Week Summary - International IP and the Public Interest

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Open Education Around the World – A 2013 Open Education Week Summary International IP and the Public Interest Tobias Schonwetter, Creative Commons regional coordinator for Africa gave an Open Education for Africa presentation explaining why...
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Webinar recordings from Open Education Week are linked to here.
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The Future of Learning in Organizations

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Why are we still using Instructor-led training in organizations for adults who are far more experienced and can add value by sharing their knowledge and experiences?


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Living through the Evolution of Etextbooks - TidBITS

Living through the Evolution of Etextbooks
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As a college senior due to graduate from the University of Virginia shortly, I've been a firsthand witness to the dawn and slow advancement of etextbooks into higher education.
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From the student viewpoint.

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A List of Great Checklists Every eLearning Professional Should Have

A List of Great Checklists Every eLearning Professional Should Have | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
The best eLearning checklists out there. Each of them outlines the key steps necessary to getting the quickest and most effective results.

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Useful for designing any type of course content.

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Adaptive learning could reshape higher ed instruction (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

Adaptive learning could reshape higher ed instruction (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
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SIIA Releases Guide on the Use of Open Educational Resources

http://open-resources-librarian.blogspot.com/2013/04/siia-releases-guide-on-use-of-open.html. Guide helps stakeholders determine the appropriate model for developing and implementing educational resources.
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The roles of libraries and information professionals in Open ...

The study focuses on the involvement of the Library as an organizational unit, and of individual librarians and other information science specialists, in open educational resources (OER) initiatives. This research study ...
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10 Ways to Teach Innovation | MindShift

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Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether s

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Watchful eye: Through online textbook technology, company allows professors ... - SU The Daily Orange (subscription)

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Even though textbooks can be costly, they are often barely opened.
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CiL presentations on Innovation and Open Education Resources

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At the end of that same day, I presented on Open Educational Resources for the School Librarian as part of the school libraries track. The slides are embedded below. All presentation resources are available here.
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Great collection of slides showing types of OER materials and where to look for OER materials.

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'Speaking to Students' with Audio Feedback in Online Courses ...

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Even more disconcerting to some students, is receiving a below par grade with little explanation or constructive feedback—in online classes even more so given the lack of personal contact. Which is why in online classes ...
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Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials - Association of ...

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ARL has released a pre-publication version of an article on “Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials: Prospects and Strategies for University Libraries,” which will be featured in the forthcoming _Research Library ...
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Into the wild – Technology for open educational resources | connectiv

Into the wild – Technology for open educational resources | connectiv | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Between 2009 and 2012 the Higher Education Funding Council funded a series of programmes to encourage higher education institutions in the UK to release existing educational content as Open Educational Resources.
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A Straightforward Guide To Using Pinterest In Education [Infographic]

A Straightforward Guide To Using Pinterest In Education [Infographic] | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Wondering how to use Pinterest in education? Find out with this highly visual and simple look at how to use Pinterest (great for beginners!)

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dperiodeducation's curator insight, April 8, 2013 5:05 PM

This post is really relevant to my education, because recently (in project and english) I have needed to make blogs or an online presentation for class. This infographic displays the benefits of using a slightly obscure (honestly, a bit like scoop.it) medium to do so. It offers a very reasonable argument for why to use their site for projects in class. I might even use Pinterest for my upcoming english project.

-CB

Judy Terboss's curator insight, April 9, 2013 7:46 PM

If only we all had more time!!

Amy Argenal's comment, May 2, 2013 12:28 PM
cool connection, Charlotte!
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SEFI » The working group for Educational Technologies

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The term 'Educational Technologies' therefor covers a wide range of tools, interests, opinions and discussions. This is even more true for the staggering development of Online Learning, Open Education Resources, Open Education and ...
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Tools for Leveraging Open Education Resources - Technology in ...

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As more Open Education Resources (OER) become available, educators will need to stay current not just with the OERs but also tools that can help them customize these for their own learners or create projects for learners to ...
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This site is designed to provide a information about the concept of metaliteracy. It also highlights work that is being done in connection with metaliteracy by a group of PIs working on a SUNY IIT ...

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“Metaliteracy promotes critical thinking and collaboration in a digital age, providing a comprehensive framework to effectively participate in social media and online communities."

“Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy,”

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John Shank's curator insight, March 15, 2013 2:23 PM

Clearly the concept of informatio literacy is evolving and the language needs to evolve with it - I don't think most students or faculty relate to the term 'information literacy.'

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Gates foundation helps colleges keep tabs on adaptive learning technology | Inside Higher Ed

Gates foundation helps colleges keep tabs on adaptive learning technology | Inside Higher Ed | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it

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John Shank's curator insight, April 4, 2013 3:16 PM

How could adaptive leaerning tech be applied to library instruction and information literacy - could it be a game changer?

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's comment, April 5, 2013 4:05 PM
K-State is working on information literacy tutorials using adaptive learning techniques -- can't wait to see what they bring out!
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The Do's and Don'ts of Using Visuals in eLearning

When constructing effective eLearning courses, follow this simple guide on what to do and what not to do when using visuals.

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Into the wild – Technology for open educational resources

Into the wild – Technology for open educational resources. http://publications.cetis.ac.uk/2012/601. By Amber Thomas, Lorna M. Campbell, Phil Barker and Martin Hawksey (Eds). December 2012. Reflections on three years of ...
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