Lyryx https://lyryx.com/wordpress Advancing Learning Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:48:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Lyryx Saves Students an Estimated $8 million https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2018/10/03/lyryx-saves-students-estimated-8-million/ Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:33:10 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1791 Lyryx Learning Inc. is helping to reduce educational costs for students providing free open textbooks and affordable online homework. Calgary, AB (October 3, 2018) Thanks to instructors adopting Lyryx with Open Texts (LOTs), more students are accessing free open source textbooks and affordable online homework. With subjects in Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, & Statistics, colleges and…

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Lyryx Learning Inc. is helping to reduce educational costs for students providing free open textbooks and affordable online homework.

Calgary, AB (October 3, 2018) Thanks to instructors adopting Lyryx with Open Texts (LOTs), more students are accessing free open source textbooks and affordable online homework. With subjects in Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, & Statistics, colleges and universities in Canada and the United States are adopting LOTs at a higher rate and to date have helped students save approximately $8 million.

In 2013, a dozen leaders of open educational resource (OER) projects issued a challenge to the OER community to save students $1 billion by 2018. As a Canadian leader in the global OER movement, Lyryx Learning continuously strives to contribute to cost savings for students and eagerly submitted their OER enrollment data to this project. Lyryx will attend the Open Education Conference in Niagara Falls, NY, October 10-12, 2018, where the results of this challenge will be reported.

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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Improved Accessibility from Lyryx https://lyryx.com/wordpress/2018/09/04/improved-accessibility-lyryx/ Tue, 04 Sep 2018 19:04:18 +0000 https://lyryx.com/wordpress/?p=1770 The post Improved Accessibility from Lyryx appeared first on Lyryx.

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Calgary, AB (September 4, 2018) Over the summer we have been improving our online homework platform to enhance accessibility to students with visual impairments, make it easier to enter answers using only a keyboard, as well as improve use on devices with a small screen.

In our efforts to improve accessibility, we have made a number of changes to our platform. Now, web pages and homework questions can be read with screen reader software in all major web browsers (see more). Also, a “high contrast” mode has been added for questions, making for improved reading of the question and feedback for those with limited vision and color blindness (see more). Further, web pages can be navigated and response to questions entered using only a keyboard (see more). We are pleased to report that these changes have made the following portions of our site compliant with a AA WCAG 2.0 rating.

These improvements apply to the following areas:

  • Login page and course listing
  • Lyryx Essential products course navigation
  • Lyryx Comprehensive products table of contents navigation
  • All Accounting homework questions
  • All Business Math homework questions

We are committed to improving accessibility to our products wherever possible and continue on this trajectory with plans to apply these standards to additional question banks. We are also looking at how best to improve accessibility of the online format of our OER textbooks.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding accessibility of Lyryx products, we would love to hear from you at info@lyryx.com.

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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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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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