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"Take $1 billion out of the textbook industry and give it back to students."

Kim Thanos goes to work each day with one not-so-modest goal: "Take $1 billion out of the textbook industry and give it back to students."

And if along the way her company, Lumen Learning, manages to fuel the burgeoning movement behind "open educational resources" and advances their use in college classes, all the…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on April 24, 2015 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Free Textbook Haven

Is anyone familiar with this site Free Textbook Haven ; Legit? Recommended?

Added by Ken Ronkowitz on April 20, 2015 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

Open Doors Group Marketing Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Open Doors Group (ODG) Mentoring Marketing Specialist


Job Description

The marketing specialist can choose among these tasks: design campaigns to attract educators who are starting up the management chain, reach out to partner organizations for advertising assistance, and respond to inquiries from possible buyers of this career-enhancing opportunity. The goal is to acquire 5-10 customers during April. Volunteer will work…


Added by Ab Kader on April 7, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

PATHS Spring 2015: Program Addresses Leadership Crisis in Higher Education

Open Doors Group (ODG), the League for Innovation in the Community College, and SoftChalk LLC announce that registration is open for PATHS, a seven-week online program designed to accelerate career paths for higher education professionals. PATHS will address the pending leadership crisis by providing a unique, career-boosting opportunity for college and university employees who have started their management careers or aspire to leadership…


Added by Ronda Dorsey on March 30, 2015 at 5:10pm — No Comments

League for Innovations Conference in Boston features four outstanding Keynote Speakers

Open Doors Group strongly encourages members of the College Open Textbooks Community to attend Innovations 2015 sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College. A full conference program and informative exhibition are punctuated by four outstanding keynote presentations. The presenters include:

  • Walt MacDonald, President and CEO, Educational Testing Service
  • Marie Harper-Marinick, Executive…

Added by Open Doors Group on February 9, 2015 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Rapid Book Publishing for Educators course soon in on-demand format

More than 800 faculty and college staff participated in the Rapid Book Publishing for Educators Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Soon an on-demand version will be available.

In about 20 hours, participants can learn how to:

  • showcase their expertise in short easily-read books
  • find a publisher who helps rather than hinders
  • quickly pull together past creations into a high-impact book
  • become the star of a multi-author book with little…

Added by Open Doors Group on October 11, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Winners of the latest Gates Next Gen Learning include several for-profits

We love Gates foundation because it allows for-profits to receive grants. Several the recent winners are for-profits include some for-profits. One is Lumen Learning that combines open with for-pay.

e Next Generation Courseware Challenge finalists are: Acrobatiq, Cerego, CogBooks,…


Added by Open Doors Group on September 30, 2014 at 7:32am — No Comments

Studio Schools solve student boredom and need for education; now need to solve funding

We have often said that there would be no funding problem if we work as we learn and learn as we work.

Studio Schools have this approach and thereby provide good education that attracts bored students. Students thrive and learn. Unfortunately the Studio Schools still…


Added by Open Doors Group on August 23, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Current Leadership Challenge in Higher Education - Webinar August 26

The Current Leadership Challenge in Higher Education

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:00 PM EDT

The opportunities for dedicated…


Added by Open Doors Group on August 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Volunteer for PATHS and learn SoftChalk and/or NovoEd Technologies

Accelerated Career PATHS for Higher Education is an innovative mentoring and training initiative designed to address the severe shortage of community college managers able to lead the charge in dealing with the disrupted world of higher education. 

One or two technology-savvy educators are needed to volunteer…


Added by Open Doors Group on August 9, 2014 at 3:15pm — No Comments

TED Video re University of the People: An Ultra-Low cost college education

Cost is not the only impediment to higher ed. Others include discrimination and lack of college/university space. At the online University of the People, anyone with a high school diploma can take classes toward a degree in business administration or computer science — without standard tuition fees (though exams cost money). Founder Shai Reshef hopes that higher education is changing "from being a privilege for the few to a basic right, affordable and accessible for all." 

Watch the…


Added by Open Doors Group on August 9, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

Are your followers way ahead of you? Learn to lead in the chaotic world of higher education

Demographic, economic, political, social, and technological changes slam educators every day. Learn to identify, triage, and seize change as you climb the promotion ladder in higher education. Some disruptions are good and should be embraced; others must be prevented or mitigated. Understand how to sort the trivial trends from the monumental ones and how to lead your college or university into the next few decades

The League for Innovation, SoftChalk LLC, MentorCloud, and Open Doors…


Added by Open Doors Group on August 2, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Ranking colleges and universities by Return on Investment

Money Magazine is challenging US News & World Report's long-standing monopoly on ranking colleges. Money is emphasizing Return on Investment (ROI). All of the top 56 colleges cost more than $50,000 for a 4-year degree. The first college on the list below $50,000 is #57, Berea College. There are 665 colleges in the Money ranking and thousands of colleges in the USA, so 57 is an outstanding rating. …


Added by Open Doors Group on July 30, 2014 at 4:36am — No Comments

Learn how to anticipate, identify, and triage change in the PATHS program

Today's and tomorrow's education leaders face a change-or-die situation. Those who aspire to become deans, division heads, VPs, and presidents of colleges and universities must seize opportunities and avoid disasters from cultural, economic, pedagogical, political, and technological changes.

The League for Innovation, SoftChalk LLC, Open Doors Group, and MentorCloud are providing a convenient and affordable method for current and aspiring leaders to identify and triage changes that…


Added by Jacky Hood on July 27, 2014 at 7:39am — No Comments

Clio- OER website and app that shows museums, galleries, and historical landmarks

BIG NEWS!! We just released Clio this week-the website, the app (iTunes and Google Play), everything.

Named after the Greek muse of history, Clio is like Yelp! for history and culture. Clio has 3300 entries and shows the museums, landmarks, and galleries nearest you. We have a few more entries added each day and users can suggest improvements and new entries as well.

Clio will always be free, vets entries, and is gets a little better each month as scholars and…


Added by David J. Trowbridge on July 24, 2014 at 9:14pm — 2 Comments

Should Community Colleges Allow Student Loans? - NYT reports that some do not

Last week, the New York Times reported that Not All Community Colleges Offer Federal Student Loans

Unfortunately, the reason these colleges cite is to lower their own default rating. They do not seem to be concerned about the debt that many students incur in an economy in which good-paying jobs are scarce.

We would be delighted if the…


Added by Open Doors Group on July 21, 2014 at 11:58am — No Comments

New Survey: Students STILL prefer paper textbooks

We were amused at a recent MOOC conference at Stanford to hear one presenter claim that students prefer digital textbooks because we knew that surveys from 2010 and 2013 showed a preference for paper. A new …


Added by Open Doors Group on July 9, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

Google on the Move...The Latest....

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Google Will Finance Carnegie Mellon's MOOC Research

Added by Mike Pouraryan on July 2, 2014 at 7:05am — No Comments

On MOOCS: Are they effective or not?

Research shows mixed results for MOOCs 

Modern education and online learning

Massive open online courses -- or MOOCs -- can benefit at-risk students if they are given…


Added by Mike Pouraryan on July 2, 2014 at 7:03am — No Comments

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