Upcoming Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference

We are pleased to share the announcement for the 2014 Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) annual conference at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This save-the-date for “the only national, nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors” arrives hot on the heels of our announcement yesterday of the new open textbook Information Systems for … Read More …

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Announcement: Space Systems Engineering Course Starts March 3rd

In collaboration with staff from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, we are thrilled to present a free, online, six-week course in Space Systems Engineering. [Edit 07/25/14: This course originally ran in the spring of 2014. It is now available as a self-paced course that you can begin any time…even now.] Register now, then find out … Read More …

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U.S. and Student PIRGs Report on Affordable Textbooks

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund and The Student PIRGs yesterday released a report on “Fixing the Broken Textbook Market”, based on a survey of students on 150 college campuses. Among the report’s findings: Students will risk poor grades rather than purchase assigned textbooks The price of textbooks can produce a “ripple effect” on a student’s … Read More …

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Saylor.org’s President speaking at the TransformingEDU Summit at CES 2014

This Thursday, our own Amanda Antico-Majkowski will be in Las Vegas at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as part of a TransformingEDU Summit panel on the future of education. For the panel on “The Next Edition of Digital Textbooks and Courseware”, moderated by Casey Green of Campus Computing, Amanda will be joined by leaders … Read More …

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Higher Education Tsunami Conference – Bridging Nations Foundation

Bridging Nations Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit that exists for the “promotion of dialogue and technological progress between the nations of the United States, India, and China”, is hosting a conference on the future of higher education. The Higher Education Tsunami Conference will be held next Tuesday, December 10th, at the foundation’s Dupont Circle headquarters. “There’s … Read More …

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Release: K-12 OER and College Credit Pathways for Online Learning (video)

Earlier in November, we presented two topics at the 2013 Open Education Conference: Creating a path towards an affordable, accredited higher education together The Saylor Foundation K-12 Initiative – Full Curriculum OER Our share-worthy press release has all the details, but you can view the full presentations, including YouTube videos (skip to the end) here: … Read More …

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The Dirt on “Grit”

This week’s favorite news circles around the education mot du jour * “grit”, or a sense of tenacity or stick-to-it-iveness (another invention) needed to succeed. Whether it’s addressing the interventions needed to help transfer students stay enrolled, a French entrepreneur going against the grain with a new higher education model, or parents fighting for access … Read More …

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MMD: More Tug-of-War over Common Core

In spite of attributable Math and Reading test score gains in Washington, DC, and Tennessee,  there’s a continuing battle over the Common Core State Standards. Concerns range from student data privacy, to local district control over content, to the rigor of the standards themselves. Some states have already pulled out of the initiative, while others weigh … Read More …

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EduWiki 2013: Wikimedia meets open education November 1st in Cardiff

Photo credit: Cardiff Bay Panorama by WikiLaurent | CC BY-SA Although we can’t be everywhere (and, sadly, we won’t be here in Cardiff), we do try to talk about good things happening around the world, where you might be. If you’re in the UK or willing to travel, mark your calendar for this year’s EduWiki Conference — and if you’re not nearby, get … Read More …

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ICYMI, back in business

It’s a new day; let’s get started. New Saylor Executive Director Saylor Foundation Welcomes Amanda Antico-Majowski as new Executive Director. Check out our press release and learn why we are so excited. Care to meet the rest of the staff? Zev Vernon-Lapow is the latest Saylorite in our snapshots series. Events Connected Educator Month — The Department … Read More …

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Brand Influence Models the Spread of EdTech

“Teaching twenty students at a time will soon make as much sense as growing food in your backyard.” – Michael J. Saylor If the proliferation of brands like Coca-Cola, Google, and Apple are any indication, the next wave of education will spread via the billion-person network, according to our trustee and CEO of MicroStrategy, Michael J. … Read More …

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