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The 1st Handbook for Interactive Open Educational Resources is now available.

The 1st Handbook for Interactive Open Educational Resources is now available. | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it

The iOER Handbook just earned a silver badge for the topic #Education Technology on @scoopit http://sco.lt/8YgC6D

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The topic of Open Educational Resources is gaining momentum in higher Ed. but still a ways to go before it enters the mainstream.

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Professors Know About High-Tech Teaching Methods, Few Use Them – Especially OERs #edtech #edchat #elearning #OER #highered

Professors Know About High-Tech Teaching Methods, Few Use Them – Especially OERs #edtech #edchat #elearning #OER #highered | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it

Using open-source (free) materials to augment content: Results from the new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation survey.

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This survey shows the potential upside if Open Ed. Resoures become more mainstream. There still are barriers to adoption but they are being lowered. Certainly, the more information faculty get about how to find, use, and choose the best interactive resoures to enhance their course the more likly they will use them.

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Griff Lewis's curator insight, February 12, 9:01 AM

Flipped and hybrid modalities can add much value for students, though I believe the lower adoption rates can be attributed to the extra time needed to create the educational resources.  I also believe that even today there is still some fear of technology.

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Amazon Unveils Kindle Textbook Creator

Amazon Unveils Kindle Textbook Creator | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it
Amazon has launched a new segment of Kindle Direct Publishing, KDP EDU, targeted at educators and authors of textbooks and other educational content.
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Lots of developing competition in e-textbook creators. The next exciting development is integrating interactive games, tutorials, sims into the books directly.

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iOER hanbook selected for CHOICE's 2014 Outstanding Academic Title

iOER hanbook selected for CHOICE's 2014 Outstanding Academic Title | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it

Congrats to @IDLibrarian on his book being named one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles (OATs) of 2014! pic.twitter.com/GpuF5kFmha Based on
CHOICES criteria:

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • importance relative to other literature in the field
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections


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Excited iOER was selected for this prestigious award. #OER #eLearning #highered @JBHigherEd @alanews @ALALibrary @ALA_ACRL @OER Research Hub

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Open Education’s Publicity Problem – Chronicle of Higher Education

Open Education’s Publicity Problem – Chronicle of Higher Education | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it

"Open educational resources, or OER, are public-domain learning materials that instructors and students can use free instead of shelling out for textbooks. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone: 66 percent of faculty members said they were “unaware” of OER, according to a recent survey by the Babson Survey Research Group."

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This indicates we are still in the early adopter stage. #edtech #ALA #OERs #Openaccess #educause #elearning

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The Babson OER Survey and the Future of OER Adoption

The Babson OER Survey and the Future of OER Adoption | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it
The Babson OER Survey is incredible. If you care at all about OER, you absolutely need to read it. Then go read what Phil has written at e-Literate and 20 Million Minds. Go ahead. I'll wait. The po...
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Open VA - Open Educational Resources Panel - YouTube

Open Educational Resources Panel To see all of the live streams for today's event go to http://openva.org/live/
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Features | Educators | REVEL | Pearson

Features | Educators | REVEL | Pearson | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it
REVEL is an immersive learning experience that enlivens familiar and respected course content with media interactives and assessments. Designed for the way today's students read, think, and learn, REVEL empowers educators to increase engagement in the course, to better connect with students, and to break through to learning reimagined.
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Interactives are going to be increasingly embedded into learning content along with immediate feedback/assessment making today's textbooks seem outmoded. #edtech #oers #highered #elearning #educators #acle #ala 

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Maha Abed's curator insight, October 9, 2014 7:25 PM

Interactives are going to be increasingly embedded into learning content along with immediate feedback/assessment making today's textbooks seem outmoded.

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Slides from the Wiley Learning Institute iOERs webinar/webcast

How do we captivate our students and gain their full attention in the digital world? This session focuses on how we can move beyond traditional course resource…
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Learn about the 3 E's of Open Educational Resources-OERs

Learn about the 3 E's of Open Educational Resources-OERs | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it

Click HERE to register.

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Learn about OERs that engage, enable, and enhance student learning.

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Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, August 15, 2014 12:01 PM

Interactive resources for teaching

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's comment, August 16, 2014 2:38 PM
Hi John. I've signed up for this workshop but am not able to attend the live session ... am hoping a recording will be available. Thank you for hosting this!
John Shank's comment, August 21, 2014 2:04 PM
If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them here and there is a recording of the session that I can share.
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The roles of libraries and information professionals in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives

The roles of libraries and information professionals in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it
Link: The roles of libraries and information professionals in Open Educational Resources (OER) initiatives (pdf) Link: Executive Summary (pdf) Executive Summary This report contains the findings of...
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To speed up adoption/access to OERs librarians need to play a more active role & think about how we can integrate them into our collections/communities resources.

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Review of iOERs: 

A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There...

Review of iOERs: <br/><br/>A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There... | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it

See more at: nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Journal/Current-Past-Book-Reviews/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/3162/Interactive-Open-Educational-Resources-A-Guide-to-Finding-Choosing-and-Using-Whats-Out-There-to-Transform-College-Teaching.aspx#sthash.BBRRZxn0.dpuf

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The 1st review of a book you wrote is always exciting to read. I am looking forward to the ones that follow too. 

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eCampus News How digital publishing is changing higher education » eCampus News

eCampus News How digital publishing is changing higher education » eCampus News | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it

"Today’s college freshmen class, in particular, has been using smartphones or tablet devices for more than six years, according to a recent IDC study commissioned by Adobe."

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Digital publishing has the potential to reinvent the nature of the book from more passive & reflective to engaging & interactive. The book of the future will seamlessly blend text, sound, graphics, video, as well as embedded social networking tools, games, simulations, and interactive tutorials/animations across many device platforms. Also, personalized learning analytics will enable books to become more customized to the readers skills, knowledge, abilities, and interests.  

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Shank publishes first book written on interactive open educational resources | Penn State University

Shank publishes first book written on interactive open educational resources | Penn State University | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it
John Shank, instructional design librarian at Penn State Berks, has written the first book on interactive open educational resources. An invaluable tool for college faculty and students -- as well as high school teachers -- the book titled "Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What's Out There to Transform College Teaching" was published by JB, a division of Wiley. There will be a book signing event from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in the campus' Bookstore. Light refreshments will be served.
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Press release for campus book signing event @ Penn State Berks.

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The Handbook for Interactive Open Educational Resources

The Handbook for Interactive Open Educational Resources | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it
This is the book site to learn more about the JB and ACRL book on finding, choosing, and using interactive open educational resources (OERs)
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Interactive Open Educational Resources: Shank will be available to discuss the book from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26., 2014, at the ACRL booth (#1045) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philad...

Interactive Open Educational Resources: Shank will be available to discuss the book from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26., 2014,  at the ACRL booth (#1045) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philad... | The iOER Handbook | Scoop.it

"Recent faculty surveys show that some of the most difficult challenges instructors face when teaching are motivating and engaging their students, while making connections to critical course content. And today’s students are “digital natives”—a generation who like to be able to watch, listen, read, and interact with their technology-rich environment. Consequently, interactive learning resources in various formats (including multimedia tutorials, modules, games and simulations) are rapidly becoming vital learning resources for faculty and students to enhance both classroom and online learning. Unfortunately, it is difficult and confusing for faculty, librarians and students to locate and utilize existing high-quality interactive learning resources."

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Beyond Books: The Next Generation’s Academic Learning Library by John Shank on Prezi

Presentation for the Penn State LFO Research Colloquium on 2/22/12...
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Learning the Net Generation Way @ Berks by John Shank on Prezi

Interactive, Online Educational Resources Discovery Service...
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Newly appointed director, Head of the Boscov-Lakin Info. Commons & Thun Library, at Penn State Berks. A Library Journal 2005 Mover and Shaker.