Blackboard xpLor officially released with OER and CC license options

In January I blogged about Blackboard xpLor — a new cloud-based learning object repository that was being piloted at 70 institutions. Blackboard officially released it today, giving educators the ability to discover, create, and share resources across learning management systems (LMS). As part of its launch, xpLor has integrated support for CC license options for … Read More “Blackboard xpLor officially released with OER and CC license options”

Report Released by U.S. GAO Demonstrates the Need for Open Textbooks

Books /John Liu / CC BY A report issued by the United States Government Accountability Office on June 6th confirms a trend of the educational publishing industry: textbook costs to students at higher education institutions are rising 6% per year on average, and have risen 82% over the last decade. The study, ordered by Congress, … Read More “Report Released by U.S. GAO Demonstrates the Need for Open Textbooks”

Lumen Learning launches open course frameworks for teaching

Ryan / CC BY-SA Lumen Learning, a company founded to help institutions adopt open educational resources (OER) more effectively, just launched its first set of course frameworks for educators to use as-is or to adapt to their own needs. The six course frameworks cover general education topics spanning English composition, reading, writing, algebra, and college … Read More “Lumen Learning launches open course frameworks for teaching”

LRMI Accepted into Schema.org

The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) specification (14 properties) has been accepted and published as a part of Schema.org, the collaboration between major search engines Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Yandex (press release). This marks the culmination of a year’s worth of open collaboration with the LRMI Technical Working Group and the wider education publishing community. … Read More “LRMI Accepted into Schema.org”