lyryx – Lyryx https://lyryx.com/wordpress Advanced Learning Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:37:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Opening Up for Student Success https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2018/01/08/opening-student-success/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:43:10 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1396 Lyryx announces the release of “Linear Algebra with Applications” (W. Keith Nicholson) as their latest open educational resource (OER). Calgary, AB (January 8, 2018) Today marks the official release of the latest open educational resource (OER) from Lyryx Learning. W. Keith Nicholson’s, Linear Algebra with Applications, a text published for many years by a traditional…

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Lyryx announces the release of “Linear Algebra with Applications” (W. Keith Nicholson) as their latest open educational resource (OER).

Calgary, AB (January 8, 2018) Today marks the official release of the latest open educational resource (OER) from Lyryx Learning. W. Keith Nicholson’s, Linear Algebra with Applications, a text published for many years by a traditional publisher, has now been released with an open license and is freely available to all.

OERs are educational materials that are open, freely accessible and can be fully used, shared, and adapted in the digital environment.

When asked why he opted to release his text under a Creative Commons license, Dr. Nicholson said, “The main goal of most publishers is profit, and the result has been a sales-driven business model as opposed to one driving student success. This results in frequent new editions of textbooks motivated largely to reduce the sale of used books rather than to update content quality. It also introduces copyright restrictions which stifle the creation and use of new pedagogical methods and materials. The overall result is high cost textbooks which may not meet the evolving educational needs of instructors and students.”

He added that with OER, “The cost to students is significantly lower, and open licenses return content control to instructors. Through editable file formats and open licenses, OER can be developed, maintained, reviewed, edited, and improved by a variety of contributors. Instructors can now respond to curriculum change by revising and reordering material to create content that meets the needs of their students.”

Claude Laflamme, Founder and CEO of Lyryx Learning, says, “This isn’t the first traditionally published text Lyryx has released as an OER and we know it won’t be the last. The need for accessible, affordable and adaptable resources is enduring and we are excited to contribute to the increased adoption of OER at post-secondary institutions in Canada by providing such resources.”

To find out more about Lyryx Learning and this new open text, visit: http://lyryx.com/

 


 

About Lyryx Learning
Lyryx Learning is an open educational resources (OER) company based in Calgary, Alberta that began in the Mathematics Department at the University of Calgary. Lyryx was established in 2000 and is supporting instructors across Canada by sustaining OER and developing adaptable, accessible and affordable resources for higher education. Lyryx provides quality OER and services including open texts, assessments, supplements and support in the subjects of: Mathematics, Statistics, Accounting and Economics.

Lyryx offers a modern model strengthening open educational resources, providing excellent materials and services to students at an affordable price. We are advancing learning as champions of access to knowledge.

For more information contact:
Tamsyn Murnaghan
Director of Client Services
P: 877-670-6726 ext.222
tamsyn@lyryx.com

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Lyryx Attends 43rd AMATYC Annual Conference https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2017/11/15/lyryx-attends-43rd-amatyc-annual-conference/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:22:06 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1249 San Diego, CA (November 9-12, 2017) Last week, Lyryx headed south for the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges Annual Conference. Mathematics educators from all over the US (and some Canadians!) attended to “Have a Prime Time” and learn more about developments in the instruction of mathematics. For Lyryx, it was an opportunity to…

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San Diego, CA (November 9-12, 2017) Last week, Lyryx headed south for the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges Annual Conference. Mathematics educators from all over the US (and some Canadians!) attended to “Have a Prime Time” and learn more about developments in the instruction of mathematics.

For Lyryx, it was an opportunity to meet with a plethora of instructors seeking adaptable, accessible and affordable resources for their courses. There were a lot of (happily) surprised faces, when visitors to our booth learned of the open (free) textbooks Lyryx develops and posts on their website. Eyes and smiles grew even larger when we told them about the freely available in LaTeX files and that online formative assessment (homework) is uniquely affordable for students at $0-$39.95!

We are very grateful to the AMATYC for organizing such an expansive conference and we look forward to attending again next year.

 

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Lyryx Reports Substantial Savings For Students https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2017/09/12/lyryx-reports-substantial-savings-students/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:55:44 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1217 Lyryx reports substantial savings for post-secondary students enrolled in courses using open educational resources (OER). Calgary, AB (September 12, 2017) Lyryx Learning’s FREE LAB Initiative recently reported $350,000 in savings for students since the Fall of 2014! This unique initiative, pioneered by Lyryx, is available to university and college courses using open texts and Lyryx…

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Lyryx reports substantial savings for post-secondary students enrolled in courses using open educational resources (OER).

Calgary, AB (September 12, 2017) Lyryx Learning’s FREE LAB Initiative recently reported $350,000 in savings for students since the Fall of 2014! This unique initiative, pioneered by Lyryx, is available to university and college courses using open texts and Lyryx online assessment. FREE LAB offers students zero-cost access to their homework (online assessment) when accessed via their school’s computer labs.

Claude Laflamme, Founder and CEO of Lyryx Learning, says, “FREE LAB is more than just straightforward savings for students; it permits the combination of open educational resources (OER) with high-quality, rigorously maintained online assessment at truly no cost to students.”

The OER movement continues to gain momentum within the post-secondary education community and is an important part of Students’ Union (SU) initiatives across Canada. Many SUs are actively working to increase awareness and adoption of OER at their institutions to make these substantial cost savings a reality for students.

The Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) commented, “The steady rise of textbook costs in the past decade has reduced accessibility to post-secondary education significantly. The SAMU is a proponent of OERs and recognizes their role in reducing costs and increasing access for students.”

Lyryx is excited to contribute to the increased adoption of OER at post-secondary institutions in Canada by providing resources that are adaptable, accessible and affordable for students.

To find out more about Lyryx Learning, visit: http://lyryx.com/

 


 

About Lyryx Learning
Lyryx Learning is an open educational resources (OER) company based in Calgary, Alberta that began in the Mathematics Department at the University of Calgary. Lyryx was established in 2000 and is supporting instructors across Canada by sustaining OER and developing adaptable, accessible and affordable resources for higher education. Lyryx provides quality OER and services including open texts, assessments, supplements and support in the subjects of: Mathematics, Statistics, Accounting and Economics.

Lyryx offers a modern model strengthening open educational resources, providing excellent materials and services to students at an affordable price. We are advancing learning as champions of access to knowledge.

For more information contact:
Tamsyn Murnaghan
Director of Client Services
P: 877-670-6726 ext.222
tamsyn@lyryx.com

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Lyryx Exhibits at MAA MathFest 2017 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2017/08/04/lyryx-exhibits-at-maa-mathfest-2017/ Fri, 04 Aug 2017 21:50:57 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1113 Chicago, Illinois (July 26-29, 2017) Lyryx was pleased to be an exhibitor at this year’s Mathematical Association of America’s MathFest (https://www.maa.org/meetings/mathfest-2017). Joining thousands of mathematicians in pursuit of the MAA’s mission to “advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world;” Lyryx exhibited their combination of free open texts and affordable high quality…

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Chicago, Illinois (July 26-29, 2017) Lyryx was pleased to be an exhibitor at this year’s Mathematical Association of America’s MathFest (https://www.maa.org/meetings/mathfest-2017). Joining thousands of mathematicians in pursuit of the MAA’s mission to “advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world;” Lyryx exhibited their combination of free open texts and affordable high quality online assessment for Calculus and Linear Algebra, otherwise known as Lyryx with Open Texts (LOTs).

Lyryx President and Professor of Mathematics, Claude Laflamme, was invited to speak in the session regarding online assessment. His extensive experience with both developing and using online assessment was of great value to those seeking more information about resources available and their effectiveness.

A wonderful spirit of comradery, both among neighboring exhibitors and attendees, was a highlight of the event. In addition, LOTs for Calculus and Linear Algebra generated significant interest from many attendees and the Lyryx team is excited to follow up with interested parties the coming weeks!

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Lyryx Joins BCcampus Open Textbook Collection https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2017/04/04/lyryx-joins-bccampus-open-textbook-collection/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 18:01:01 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=903 Calgary, AB (April 4, 2017) The Lyryx with Open Texts collection is now available through the BCcampus repositories to be shared openly with Instructors globally. BCcampus is recognized as a leader of Open Educational Resource development in Canada and worldwide. The BC Open Textbook Collection now holds over 180 open textbooks in 8 main and…

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Calgary, AB (April 4, 2017) The Lyryx with Open Texts collection is now available through the BCcampus repositories to be shared openly with Instructors globally.

BCcampus is recognized as a leader of Open Educational Resource development in Canada and worldwide. The BC Open Textbook Collection now holds over 180 open textbooks in 8 main and 36 secondary subject areas. By providing the public with approved open material, BCcampus enables access to freely available content, information and data that is an essential component of an improved learning environment – for students as well as instructors.

Lyryx is honoured to provide their open textbooks alongside this growing collection of high quality resources. Lyryx will continue to support open and affordable learning material in order to provide support of instructors with OER.

“We hope that by aligning with like-minded organizations like BCcampus, Lyryx with Open Texts will be even more accessible for instructors to use,” says Claude Laflamme, Founder and CEO of Lyryx Learning. “Advocates of OER are working towards a shared goal of making education open and accessible to all. We feel that we are one step closer to that mission with sharing our open texts on the BCcampus repositories.”

Lyryx contributes several open textbooks to the BCcampus collection, all openly licensed with Creative Commons licenses. These texts include the subject areas of mathematics, business, and economics. The business and economics texts were written by Canadian authors giving a unique and important perspective on their respective disciplines.

To find out more about Lyryx Learning, visit: https://lyryx.com

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Open Education Week 2017 Webinar https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2017/03/29/open-education-week-2017-webinar/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:05:42 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=906 Adopting a new textbook, whether open or traditional is a process – but the question you have to ask is: does the reward outweigh the challenge? In the webinar we will be discussing the challenges that Instructors face when adopting an open text and addressing how to overcome those challenges with ease. Presenter: Tamsyn Murnaghan…

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Adopting a new textbook, whether open or traditional is a process – but the question you have to ask is: does the reward outweigh the challenge?

In the webinar we will be discussing the challenges that Instructors face when adopting an open text and addressing how to overcome those challenges with ease.

Presenter: Tamsyn Murnaghan – Director of Client Services

Join the Webinar:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/587817373
Access Code: 587-817-373
You can also dial in using your phone.
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373 or
United States: +1 (669) 224-3318

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Lyryx Recognized for Excellence in OER https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2017/03/06/lyryx-recognized-excellence-oer/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:11:34 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=913 Calgary, AB (March 6, 2017) Lyryx Learning has received an honorable mention as part of the 2017 OE Awards with the Open Education Consortium.  This honorable mention is in recognition of our strengths and initiatives with Open Textbooks. In response to this recognition Lyryx wants to bring further awareness to the importance of open educational…

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Calgary, AB (March 6, 2017) Lyryx Learning has received an honorable mention as part of the 2017 OE Awards with the Open Education Consortium.  This honorable mention is in recognition of our strengths and initiatives with Open Textbooks.

In response to this recognition Lyryx wants to bring further awareness to the importance of open educational resources (OER) for the future of education. The OER movement will continue to break barriers with innovation and progressive advancement.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Open Education Consortium” says Claude Laflamme, Founder and CEO of Lyryx Learning. “It means a lot to know that a global platform like OEC notices our contribution to advancing learning through open resources and affordable assessments. Thank you OEC.”

The Open Education Consortium is a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on openness, including collaboration, innovation and collective development and use of open educational materials. The OE Awards for Excellence have been recognizing innovation in open education resources since 2011.

To find out more about Lyryx Learning, visit: http://lyryx.com/

OEC Announcement: http://www.oeconsortium.org/projects/open-education-awards-for-excellence/honorable-mentions/

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TEXTBOOKS OUT – OPEN TEXTS IN https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2017/01/19/textbooks-out-open-texts-in/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:17:45 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=917 Calgary, AB (January 19, 2017) – Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Pearson Plc, an education publishing company, had a decrease of 30% in Q4 for their higher education material in the United States. This may indicate that students are recognizing alternatives to the traditional printed textbook. Over the past ten years, prices on textbooks have risen…

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Calgary, AB (January 19, 2017) – Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Pearson Plc, an education publishing company, had a decrease of 30% in Q4 for their higher education material in the United States. This may indicate that students are recognizing alternatives to the traditional printed textbook. Over the past ten years, prices on textbooks have risen over three times the rate of inflation.

In contrast, Lyryx Learning, a Canadian-owned open educational resources company, saw an increase of 20% in Q4, 2016. Both companies provide course material for higher education. The difference is that Pearson publishes textbooks while Lyryx provides Open Texts and adaptable online educational resources.

“The education world is changing rapidly. Students can’t afford the hyper inflated costs of textbooks,” says Claude Laflamme, Founder and CEO of Lyryx Learning. “Traditional publishers aren’t reacting fast enough to a changing market where everything is online and accessible to all.”

Instructors are also adapting to the students need for change. Deborah Wilson, an instructor at Selkirk College says, “School fees keep mounting for students and we want to help out any way we can.”

Gone are the days of lugging around five expensive textbooks each semester that are never to be used again or sold at a fraction of the original value. Lyryx is innovating and considers students’ best interests when developing products.

These are some of the reasons open educational resources (OER) support students learning:

  • Cost savings
  • Convenience of learning anywhere
  • Texts are open and adaptable
  • Universal access

To find out more about Lyryx Learning, visit: http://lyryx.com

Bloomberg Article Referenced: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-18/pearson-withdraws-2018-profit-goal-will-exit-penguin-venture

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Update for Fall 2016 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2016/10/04/update-fall-2016-students-using-lyryx-supported-oer-save-estimated-1-2-million-october-4-2016-press-release/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 19:34:06 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=127 Students using Lyryx supported OER save an estimated $1.2 million October 4, 2016 Thanks to Lyryx with Open Texts (LOTs), more and more students are accessing free open source textbooks and affordable online assessment! While last year’s cost savings were significant, gains in existing subjects and the addition of Introduction to Financial Accounting and Statistics…

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Students using Lyryx supported OER save an estimated $1.2 million October 4, 2016

Thanks to Lyryx with Open Texts (LOTs), more and more students are accessing free open source textbooks and affordable online assessment! While last year’s cost savings were significant, gains in existing subjects and the addition of Introduction to Financial Accounting and Statistics have resulted in students saving almost $500,000 MORE this year compared with last Fall!

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Math professor provides open texts to students and instructors across Canada https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2016/03/11/math-professor-provides-open-texts-students-instructors-across-canada-march-11-2016/ Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:43:28 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=133 Claude Laflamme combines love of teaching with entrepreneurial spirit to produce free online educational resources.  Claude Laflamme is not afraid to try out new ideas. Over the last 15 years, the professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been combining his passion for teaching with entrepreneurship. The result of his work is innovative teaching and…

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Claude Laflamme combines love of teaching with entrepreneurial spirit to produce free online educational resources.  Claude Laflamme is not afraid to try out new ideas. Over the last 15 years, the professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been combining his passion for teaching with entrepreneurship. The result of his work is innovative teaching and learning tools now available to universities and colleges across Canada.

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