Latest News

  • #GoOpen https://t.co/NydjaqaATR

    September 26, 2017 6:40pm

  • panOpen-logo-icon

    Headed to the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference in Denver?

    Author: admin

    panOpen invites you to participate in our demonstration with OpenStax on Saturday November 5th at 11:00 am in Plaza Court 3 to learn about customized Open Educational Resource (OER) learning solutions for your Biology and Anatomy & Physiology courses!   panOpen brings free, peer-reviewed, open source Biology textbooks to you, saving you time and effort. We’ve enlisted hundreds of faculty to help us gather the best OER resources available —course materials reviewed and rated by subject matter scholars and teachers. panOpen has integrated the OpenStax Concepts of Biology and Anatomy & Physiology textbooks with peer-reviewed assessments, learning activities, and active learning features to make studying and learning more efficient, effective and … Continue reading Headed to the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference in Denver?

  • Ipad-Blog

    Winter Reading: New Report on OER & the #textbookbroke Campaign

    Author: Kate Forrester

    Image Credit: Sage Ross CC BY SA With another semester on the horizon, we’ve been busy collecting some of the highlights from the past few weeks and bookmarking some things we’re looking forward to in 2016. The #textbookbroke campaign asks students: What would you do with a couple extra hundred dollars a semester? Read more here. Spotlight on one of the many advantages of teaching with open materials. Books can be updated instantly, which means teachers can integrate current events to make content more relevant (via District Administration). Ian Whittaker, an analyst at Liberum, says the U.S. textbook business has an existential problem, not a cyclical one as Pearson has argued. Students who can’t … Continue reading Winter Reading: New Report on OER & the #textbookbroke Campaign

  • announcement

    Announcing $1.5M Investment & Welcoming New Board Members

    Author: Kate Forrester

    panOpen announced yesterday that it has completed a $1.5M investment round led by Zen Group, LLC. The investment brings total seed financing in panOpen to $3M. The company said it will use the proceeds to support its growth and fund ongoing development. The company also announced that Jack Chorowsky, Chief Operating Officer of the KIPP Foundation, and Rafael Mayer, Managing Partner of Zen Group, have joined the panOpen Board of Directors. “We are at a threshold moment for Open Educational Resources. Combined with the right tools, services, and economic model, they now serve as a foundation for next generation courseware, one that removes the barrier of cost while improving learning outcomes,” … Continue reading Announcing $1.5M Investment & Welcoming New Board Members

  • Featured-Image

    This Week: Creating Open Content & Other Bookmarked Links

    Author: Kate Forrester

    Here are a few links from around the web that have caught our eye over the past week, including tutorials on creating OER and an opportunity to contribute to a new open textbook: New to OER? Check out these tutorials on how to create and modify open resources Open access, open data, open science. What does “openness” mean in the first place? What does it really mean to support teachers? On asking teachers what they need. “We want to make … community college just as free and universal as high school is today” – President Obama speaking on College Opportunity. Great chance to get involved in creating OER. Contribute a … Continue reading This Week: Creating Open Content & Other Bookmarked Links

  • Open Education Image

    This Week: Open Education Conferences & Bookmarked Links

    Author: Kate Forrester

    Last week we enjoyed watching the live video streams from the OER 15 conference held in Wales from our office in NYC. There were a range of thoughtful keynotes from Josie Fraser, Cable Green, Sheila MacNeill and Martin Weller, and we particularly enjoyed Kevin Mears’s wonderful sketch notes. This week we’ve been on the ground at the Open Education Global conference in Banff, Canada, presenting on a sustainable model for open content courseware. Here are a few links from around the web that have caught our eye over the past week: Do you have an OER story? Share it with OER World Map! Good to know: how does your state use … Continue reading This Week: Open Education Conferences & Bookmarked Links

  • Featured-Image_Lightbulb

    panOpen Named Innovative Education Tool & Some Weekend Reads

    Author: Kate Forrester

    This week Noodle announced their list of the 32 most innovative online education tools for 2015. We’re thrilled to be named and in such great company! Read more and see the full list here. If you’re looking for some weekend reading, here’s a roundup of a few interesting articles we’ve been bookmarking over the past couple of weeks: The president of Stanford College wants higher education to be “affordable, accessible, adaptable” UNESCO’s Open Access (OA) Curriculum is now online. The OERup! Project | Promoting and fostering the successful adoption of OER in adult education A case study on the use of OER at Broward College Research shows that open access … Continue reading panOpen Named Innovative Education Tool & Some Weekend Reads

  • FI

    Webinar | The Text & Academic Authors Association

    Author: Kate Forrester

    Join Brian on Wednesday 4th March at 3-4pm (EST) as he presents a free webinar “How Academic Authors can Prosper with Open Content,” hosted by the Text and Academic Author (TAA) Association. To read more and register for the webinar visit the TAA website. If you’re an academic author interested in joining the TAA, now’s a good time to take advantage of their 60-day trial membership (available until 1 March). Learn more about the TAA and this offer here.

  • panOpen CogBooks

    Partnering with CogBooks to Offer Adaptive OER

    Author: Kate Forrester

    Combining high quality Open Educational Resources and the latest personalized learning technology, panOpen and CogBooks shrink textbook costs while improving student learning outcomes. panOpen, the platform that allows educational institutions to easily adopt Open Educational Resources (OER), announced today that it is partnering with UK-based CogBooks to offer fully adaptive courses founded on open educational content. The partnership is the first of its kind. “Never before has it been possible to offer faculty and institutions a comprehensive OER solution, one that addresses all of the critical needs for institutional use of open content, with the adaptive capability that can personalize and improve student success,” noted panOpen founder and CEO, Brian Jacobs. Beginning this summer, faculty will be … Continue reading Partnering with CogBooks to Offer Adaptive OER

  • FI_2014

    2014: A Year in Review

    Author: Kate Forrester

    The new year brings with it reflections on the past and predictions for the future. Thirteen days into 2015, and reform in higher education is already at the top of the agenda with President Obama’s plans to introduce free community college for millions of students. We’ve compiled some highlights of 2014, and things to look forward to in 2015.   Looking back on 2014… Creative Commons Celebrated 12 Years since the release of the first CC license suite. The 2014 “State of the Commons” report indicated significant growth in the number of CC-licensed works. It also noted a trend in people adopting the most open license types, and an expanding international … Continue reading 2014: A Year in Review

  • REF2014

    REF 2014: Measuring Research Quality in UK Higher Education

    Author: Kate Forrester

    This week the results of the latest UK university audit were released. The research excellence framework, also know as the REF, assesses the quality and impact of academic research. 154 institutions took part in REF 2014, with research submissions from 52,000 faculty across the UK. The results determine research funding and league table rankings, matters of vital importance for both universities and academics. Put into perspective, it’s estimated that institutions have spent a collective £47m on fine-tuning their submissions for the 2014 survey. How exactly does the REF audit work? Every 6 years, institutions submit examples of their best research for assessment. Individual academics entered to the 2014 REF were … Continue reading REF 2014: Measuring Research Quality in UK Higher Education