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    OER Adoption: The Worst of Times and The Best of Times

    Oct 31, 2014

    By: Phil Hill Two days ago I wrote at e-Literate about a new nationwide survey of teaching faculty on their awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). The official press release describes the survey: Teaching faculty at institutions of higher education remain largely unaware of open educational resources (OER),

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    Faculty Can Have Differing Levels of Involvement with Courseware

    Oct 9, 2014

    By: Phil Hill Earlier this week I described the Gates Foundation funding of next-generation Courseware. Courseware emerged as a product category that overlapped all three domains: it includes content tightly integrated with its own platform, and it generally is driven by learning objectives that can explicitly determine the design of

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    Gates Foundation Focuses on Courseware to Help Low-Income Students

    Oct 6, 2014

    By: Phil Hill The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has long been a supporter of what is known as Courseware, having invested over $60 million dollars since 2008. The best way to understand this concept is to compare the basic ed tech markets over time to see Courseware as

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    Two Reports: Need More Retention Support For Students Beyond First-Year

    Sep 15, 2014

    By: Phil Hill Two separate articles came out this week describing research with a common conclusion: to help students succeed in higher education, institutions need to focus more of their retention efforts on second-year (and beyond) students. From what I can tell, the research and reports are independent but coincidentally

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    Textbook Costs: Mistaking Campus Bookstore as Honest Broker

    Sep 3, 2014

    By: Phil Hill honest broker, noun 1. a neutral person or organization that mediates disputes; an impartial mediator. In two recent posts, I described my recent experience helping my daughter navigate the process to purchase, rent or buy college textbooks. A key element of this process is time – having enough of it to find lower-cost options to get the

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