Open Community: OER Collaboration and Support

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Open Community: OER Collaboration and Support, 8/1/19, MN Summit on Learning and Technology

Thursday, August 1, 11:30 AM Central Time. We stream our discussion live on Facebook:

Rachel Wexelbaum, Assoc Prof, University Library, St Cloud State University
Plamen Miltenoff, Professor, InforMedia Services, St Cloud State University
Aura Lippincott, Instructional Designer, Western Connecticut State University

Zoom Link:

Tweet about our session with the hashtag: #oercollab. Please backchannel with us on Twitter: #mnsummit2019

Discussion / activity topics:

Define open pedagogy and  apply its principles to a classroom scenario in one’s discipline Discuss communication
or project management  strategies to make OER
(Z-degree) possible
Identify communities that support OER discovery, development and dissemination on local, state, national or international levels

discussion on OER at NBU

On Friday, June 14, 10 AM local time, librarians from the New Bulgarian University,,
met to discuss the idea of OER and the setup of such services

Open Access publication opportunity

The Serials Librarian is currently seeking manuscripts on a rolling basis for the 2019 volume year.

The Serials Librarian is an international journal covering scholarly communications and all aspects of the serials and continuing resources management lifecycle. We publish case studies, reports, research papers, theoretical or speculative pieces, and a select number of columns.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  •      Scholarly communication issues (institutional repositories, copyright, publishing, citation studies, etc.)
  •      New models for library-publisher commerce beyond “the big deal”
  •      Procedural innovations in processing, organizing, assessing, and/or promoting e-resources
  •      Metadata and discovery of serials and e-resources
  •      Migration and implementation of systems such as ERM’s, discovery products, data visualization tools, etc., including ideas related to staffing workflows
  •      Open access, whether “green,” “gold,” “diamond,” “platinum,” or hybrid
  •      Peer review and the future of the journal gatekeeping function
  •      End-user ease of access and usability
  •      Collaborative projects related to collection development
  •      Accessibility and diversity in resource management
  •      Theoretical or speculative pieces addressing issues within the scope of the journal (e.g., does RDA adequately adjudicate concerns about serials title changes?)
  •      The evolution of recurring issues in the field (e.g., the history of copyright and legislation devised to prevent “piracy”)

Please note that we are also interested in finding interesting content for our existing set of columns and that proposals for an entirely new column are welcome. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the journal’s ScholarOne website:

Questions or other requests can be sent to the journal’s editors, Sharon Dyas-Correia and Courtney McAllister, at For more information about The Serials Librarian, including complete submission instructions, please visit the journal’s webpage:


Green OA vs. Gold OA. Which one to choose?

Cengage and McGraw-Hill

An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. Department of Justice opposing the proposed merger of two of the world’s largest textbook publishers, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education.

a former adjunct professor at Arizona State University accused the university of firing him because he pushed back against a department-wide decision to adopt a digital textbook.

Cengage, McGraw-Hill Agree to Merge to Become 2nd Biggest US Textbook Publisher

By Tony Wan and Wade Tyler Millward     May 1, 2019

Cengage is now betting its digital business on an annual subscription that gives students unlimited access to all of its digital textbook materials, along with online homework tools and study guides. Earlier this February, it claimed to have sold 1 million such subscriptions since the program was launched in August 2018.

McGraw-Hill Education acquisitions include Redbird Advanced Learning (a K-12 math, reading and writing curriculum provider) Area9 (an adaptive learning technology) and ALEKS (an online adaptive math program).


How Merger of Two Textbook Giants Could Impact Course Materials

By Jeffrey R. Young     May 3, 2019

In a joint interview with EdSurge, Michael Hansen, the CEO of Cengage, and Nana Banerjee, president and CEO of McGraw-Hill, said that allowing students the option of paying a flat fee for digital content across the publishers’ offerings could happen sooner than people might think.

Called “Cengage Unlimited,” the program offers students access to every digital textbook and tool the company sells, across the many different tech platforms on which they run. (Many of them were acquired as separate products over the years, such as WebAssign, an online homework application.)

Only about 20 percent of courses in the U.S. use digital course materials, estimated Hansen, meaning that “80 percent of the students are still learning like my parents learned

access to every digital textbook and tool the company sells, across the many different tech platforms on which they run.

Groups advocating for lower textbook prices expressed concerns about the merger

Megan Simmons, a sophomore at Barnard College and director of strategy for the national nonprofit group Student Voice, had one of her first experiences with a digital homework tool in an Italian class. The textbook cost $150, and the access code for the accompanying digital system was another $100. “And the access code can’t be reused,” she complained, meaning she couldn’t resell it after the semester. “Everyone is basically stuck buying that $100 access code.”

my note: lawsuits

publication opportunity

Publication Opportunity

Call for Proposals; Special Issue of Distance and Mediations of Knowledge:

Des ressources aux pratiques éducatives libres : quelle réappropriation dans la formation ouverte et à distance ?

Réception des propositions sous la forme d’un résumé de 2 pages : 30 avril 2019

From resources to free educational practices: what reappropriation in open and distance learning?

ECEPTION proposals in the form of a 2-page summary:  April 30, 2019
Luc Massou , Cathia Papi and Hélène Pulke