Pervasive Threats to Validity in the OER Adoption Research; or, Three Questions to Ask When You Read OER Adoption Research

As I’ve been (re-)reading OER adoption research through a more critical lens I’m seeing a recurring pattern of significant threats to validity in the designs of studies purporting to measure the impact of OER adoption on student outcomes. While there are numerous methodological issues to consider, in this essay I’ll discuss three. Specifically, I’ll share: … Read more

An Analogy for Understanding What it Means for Generative AI to be “Open”

I’ve found this to be a useful analogy for understanding what it means for generative AI to be “open”: Operating systems can be proprietary or open source. Device drivers and other kernel modules that change the behavior of the operating system can be proprietary or open source. Software programs that run on an operating system … Read more