Media – Lyryx https://lyryx.com/wordpress Advancing Learning Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:05:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Lyryx Becomes an OpenStax Ally https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2018/06/26/lyryx-becomes-openstax-ally/ Tue, 26 Jun 2018 19:48:40 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1685 Lyryx Learning and OpenStax announce their new partnership Calgary, AB (June 26, 2018) Lyryx Learning’s high quality, yet affordable, online homework is now integrated with a selection of OpenStax books. Lyryx joins OpenStax in the mission to improve access to affordable educational materials by providing additional resources for OpenStax books. OpenStax is committed to providing…

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Lyryx Learning and OpenStax announce their new partnership

Calgary, AB (June 26, 2018) Lyryx Learning’s high quality, yet affordable, online homework is now integrated with a selection of OpenStax books.

Lyryx joins OpenStax in the mission to improve access to affordable educational materials by providing additional resources for OpenStax books. OpenStax is committed to providing free, peer-reviewed textbook content and offering multiple options for faculty who need additional resources for their course.

As publishers of free, openly licensed textbooks, Lyryx and OpenStax occupy a similar space in the Open Educational Resources (OER) landscape and share the goal of making education more accessible.

Founder and CEO of Lyryx Learning, Claude Laflamme is thrilled about the partnership. “Lyryx has been producing high quality online homework for almost two decades and in more recent years, working to develop OER to be paired with it. To be able to integrate our technology with even more open textbooks is of significant benefit to many.” He went on to say, “These types of innovative partnerships showcase the spirit of the OER movement and demonstrate how open source educational materials are sustainable.”

OpenStax editor in chief David Harris says “It’s wonderful to expand our ecosystem of high-quality resources with an organization that shares our goals of furthering OER and promoting affordability. Our partnership with Lyryx Learning is giving the OpenStax community a wonderful new homework technology option, and I’m looking forward to seeing how the pairing develops.

Lyryx online homework can be paired with the following OpenStax textbooks: Calculus Vol. 1, Calculus Vol. 2, Calculus Vol. 3, Introductory Statistics, and Introductory Business Statistics.

To find out more about Lyryx Learning as an OpenStax Ally, visit: https://lyryx.com/products/openstax-ally/

 


 

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 service 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.

About OpenStax
OpenStax is committed to improving access to quality learning materials. As a nonprofit ed tech initiative that is part of Rice University and supported by philanthropic foundations, OpenStax provides free college and Advanced Placement textbooks that are developed and peer-reviewed by educators, as well as low cost, personalized courseware that helps students learn. For more information, visit http://OpenStax.org.

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

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TEACHONLINE.CA Discusses Lyryx in: Open Educational Resources (OER) Applications from Around the World https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2018/02/09/teachonline-ca-discusses-lyryx-open-educational-resources-oer-applications-around-world/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:45:00 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1429 Calgary, AB (February 9, 2018) In a series of insightful descriptions, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Rory McGreal highlights the expanding and diverse applications of OER in post-secondary institutions around the world. The thirteen examples provide insights into multiple facets of OER development, use and impact: Use of OER for teaching and learning;…

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Calgary, AB (February 9, 2018) In a series of insightful descriptions, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Rory McGreal highlights the expanding and diverse applications of OER in post-secondary institutions around the world.

The thirteen examples provide insights into multiple facets of OER development, use and impact:

  • Use of OER for teaching and learning;
  • Integration of OER into programs and courses;
  • Development of OER by individual faculty, as well as teams;
  • Adaption of OER to match culture, language, and course content requirements;
  • Strategies to involve faculty in the development and use of OER;
  • Benefits of OER for student learning and faculty effectiveness; and
  • Organizational change resulting from the integration of OER.

The descriptions outline the organizational contexts that motivated the introduction of OER into teaching and learning, as well as details of the policies, practices, development processes, and resources involved. Benefits and challenges for faculty, students and, in some examples, institutions receive particular attention, followed by consideration of the potential of OER in each academic situation.

Contacts are provided for each description and links to further information.

Click on the links below to read the descriptions.

Original Article: https://teachonline.ca/tools-trends/open-education-resources-oer-applications-around-world/taxonomy-term

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Lyryx Exhibits and Presents at JMM 2018 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2018/02/05/lyryx-exhibits-presents-jmm-2018/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:14:46 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1422 San Diego, CA (January 10-13, 2018) The New Year gave way to Lyryx exhibiting and presenting at the Joint Mathematics Meetings – the largest mathematics meeting in the world! Amidst more than 6,000 mathematicians, Lyryx spread the word about open educational resources (OER), namely open texts in Calculus, Linear Algebra and Introductory Statistics. Attendees were…

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San Diego, CA (January 10-13, 2018) The New Year gave way to Lyryx exhibiting and presenting at the Joint Mathematics Meetings – the largest mathematics meeting in the world!

Amidst more than 6,000 mathematicians, Lyryx spread the word about open educational resources (OER), namely open texts in Calculus, Linear Algebra and Introductory Statistics. Attendees were excited to hear that Lyryx is providing adaptable and accessible open texts and instructor supplements, but also a uniquely affordable online homework system to aid in student learning.

President and Founder, Claude Laflamme, was also on site to present “A Sustainable Model for OER” in the MAA Session on the Advancement of Open Educational Resources. This is part of efforts at Lyryx to promote OER in a sustainable and affordable manner, taking into account not only the costs and benefits to students, but also those of instructors and institutions interested in supporting OER.  There was plenty of interest from participants, in particular on how Lyryx continues to develop OER while producing accessible, affordable and pedagogically sound online homework.

Lyryx looks forward to attending JMM 2019, but for now, everyone is busy following up with all the mathematics instructors interested in exploring Lyryx with Open Texts.

 

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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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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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Innovation must become a pervasive part of our university culture https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2015/06/02/innovation-must-become-pervasive-part-university-culture-june-2-2015/ Tue, 02 Jun 2015 19:45:48 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=135 On May 9, The Globe and Mail published Canadians Can Innovate, But We’re Not Equipped To Win, by Research in Motion co-founder Jim Balsillie. This is part of a series responding to and expanding on that essay.  “What do you teach?” people ask when you say you are a university professor in Canada. The question is…

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On May 9, The Globe and Mail published Canadians Can Innovate, But We’re Not Equipped To Win, by Research in Motion co-founder Jim Balsillie. This is part of a series responding to and expanding on that essay.  “What do you teach?” people ask when you say you are a university professor in Canada. The question is never “What have you invented?”, “What do you research?” and certainly never, “What’s the spinoff company you and your students are working on?”

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