Course Hero took over Lumen Art course?

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naomitr...@gmail.com

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May 25, 2022, 2:48:54 PMMay 25
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Hi OER Friends! 

Our Art faculty alerted me to her Lumen Learning Art courses now being redirected to Course Hero. LL doesn't list any Art courses anymore... (The SUNY version is still active, so that's our current solution). 

Did Course Hero buy LL's Art content? 

What the heck?
Naomi 

Jennifer Pakula

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May 25, 2022, 4:41:39 PMMay 25
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Very curious about this too! I was prepping Summer courses and noticed that all my links to Lumen Learning are now going to Course Hero... 

Jennifer Pakula
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Andrew Park

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May 25, 2022, 5:13:48 PMMay 25
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I don't know whose bright idea it was, but if Course Hero wants to get into legitimate course material hosting business, they'll have to change their name (or at least their domain name).
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P.S. If you have old URLs hosted at Lumen Learning, you may be able to put it into web.archive.org to see the version that was on Lumen (e.g. http://web.archive.org/web/20220315065501/https://courses.lumenlearning.com/sac-artappreciation/).


Delmar Larsen

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May 25, 2022, 5:33:30 PMMay 25
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In case people are interested, we (LibreTexts) harvested many of Lumen's texts a few years ago

https://human.libretexts.org/Courses/Lumen_Learning/

although we haven't go through to clean up the code much. This book (I think) is this one:

https://human.libretexts.org/Courses/Lumen_Learning/Book%3A_Art_Appreciation_(Lumen)

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May 26, 2022, 2:31:12 PMMay 26
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 I was in contact last summer with a Lumen Learning rep, I found the email info,  if you want to check with them directly.  

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Alan Levine

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Jun 14, 2022, 5:12:35 PMJun 14
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It seems random. I got really curious.

SUNY Art History 1 Course is still on Lumen https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-arthistory1/

SAC ART 100 Apperciation redirects to Course Hero https://courses.lumenlearning.com/sac-artappreciation/

as does a few math courses

and intro to Psychology

Hmmmm

Stacy Katz

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Jun 14, 2022, 8:00:57 PMJun 14
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A faculty member emailed me today that his also redirects to CourseHero. He was pretty upset (though I think will migrate the content to Pressbooks or Manifold for future updates). Any intel would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Stacy

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Jennifer Pakula

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Jun 14, 2022, 11:32:11 PMJun 14
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I emailed Lumen directly.  This was the response:

Hi Jennifer,

Lumen has partnered with Course Hero to host the content of our community created course, that includes our all of our Art courses .From here on out, Course Hero will be hosting the courses you were linking to. You are welcome to continue linking to it. 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

All the Best,
Maxim

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Andrew Park

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Jun 14, 2022, 11:41:28 PMJun 14
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Thank you for sharing, Jennifer.

BTW, are there any Lumen folks on CCCOER list? I know some are on CC-OpenEdu list (but I don't know if the folks I have seen on CC-OpenEdu are also on CCCOER). If they didn't know already, they should know that there are higher-ed institutions that block websites like Course Hero and Chegg because they facilitate activities seen as academic dishonesty. Material hosted using Course Hero domain is automatically less valuable to the OER community ... although I guess it's an open question of "by how much" (enough to change Lumen's business decisions? not sure).


Catherine Lee

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Jun 15, 2022, 8:12:16 AMJun 15
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I have found the same course direct with some Lumen English materials. I will not be recommending that material to my English instructors any more if it's hosted on the Course Hero domain.

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Shauna Roch

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Jun 15, 2022, 9:03:27 AMJun 15
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We discovered this issue as well last week, and have tried to go back and change all of our links to the LibreText versions (where available).  Perhaps for those courses still on Lumen, and not in Libre Texts, a course import into Pressbooks might be a good idea. The Lumen Learning import into Pressbooks works very well - better than other sites. We could most likely assist with some of this work in our studio. Maybe we could start a list of all of the books?  Just a thought. 

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DeFranco, Tony

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Jun 15, 2022, 9:56:30 AMJun 15
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Hi folks. The SUNY content is not part of the Course Hero arrangement, which is why the Art History course does not redirect to the Course Hero site.

 

 

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Kelly Gillerlain

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Jun 15, 2022, 10:21:14 AMJun 15
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All,

We were told that Lumen sold all their content/courses to Course Hero. If you pay them for Waymaker, the assessments are not available on Course Hero. 

Best,

Kelly

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 We discovered this issue as well last week, and have tried to go back and change all of our links to the LibreText versions (where available).  Perhaps for those courses still on Lumen, and not in Libre Texts, a course import into Pressbooks might be a good idea. The Lumen Learning import into Pressbooks works very well - better than other sites. We could most likely assist with some of this work in our studio. Maybe we could start a list of all of the books?  Just a thought. 
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Jun 15, 2022, 12:05:16 PMJun 15
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Hi Everyone,

I'd like to reiterate what Delmar mentioned a few replies back. LibreTexts can, and would be happy to import any Lumen content not already available in our platform and provide stable URLs for linking to said content. The LibreTexts team believes very strongly in the mission of open education and we do not put OER behind paywalls. 

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions/concerns you might have. 

Take care,

Jennifer Rogers 
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Alan Levine

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Jun 15, 2022, 11:57:19 PMJun 15
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Thanks for all the responses here and as well to the original question from Naomi that started all this. Thanks as well Jennifer and Delmar from LibreTexts for being proactive too. 

Do not listen to any advice suggesting settling for links to Course Hero or suggesting faculty figure out how to export content from Course Hero and build them in Blackboard. That is more than ludicrous.

I've been talking to Delmar and he assures me that they already have the content for a significant number of Lumen courses (see example Chemistry ones) and they are active working to make all of them available in a collection. He is confident that likely have all the ones now redirected to Course Hero, and if not, can retrieve them manually. 

Expect an update in a few days from Delmar and there is no reason to try to figure out how to free your content from Course Hero- Libretexts is on it. We know who the heroes are.

regards,

Alan

Joanne Spadaro

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Jun 16, 2022, 10:25:14 AMJun 16
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This is all so troubling about Lumen "partnering" with Course Hero.  Perhaps I missed it, but a heads-up from Lumen would have been appreciated.    

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Steel Wagstaff

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Hi all,


I've received several concerned messages about this privately in the past few days as well. I have written to Kim Thanos and David Wiley at Lumen Learning for more clarity and have waited to reply to this thread until I had accurate information directly from the principals involved. I'm not 100% on everything that follows, but here's what I believe to be the case (I've tried to provide sources and flag the boundaries of my knowledge):


1. Lumen Learning recently received a large grant from the Gates Foundation to focus on improving educational outcomes for underserved students (https://lumenlearning.com/new-statistics/)


2. Lumen Learning historically maintained a very large catalog of openly licensed content. Per an email response from Kim, they have divided this content into two types: 1) content that they "actively support through courseware and updates" (I think this means these courses: https://lumenlearning.com/courses/) and 2) "community OER courses" -- which Lumen hosts/used to host but does not actively update or provide support for.


3. In light of their Gates grant, Lumen has decided to stop hosting these 'community OER courses' and focus on the smaller number of courses that they are 'actively supporting'. Per an email response from Kim, rather than continuing to host these community OER courses, they have entered into a business arrangement which will result in CourseHero taking over hosting of these community OER courses.


4. Lumen appears to have begun adding redirects from these courses' URLs so that they point directly to the content in CourseHero's platform rather than Lumen's self-hosted Pressbooks network. I don't know what kind of messaging, if any, was sent to the creators of these community OER courses. I have not seen any public communications about this from Lumen or from CourseHero. Per a message from Ed Beck at SUNY Oneonta, I believe that there was some kind of exception negotiated for courses developed by SUNY, though I don't know the details of this exception.


5. I think there are many of us in the community who would be willing to host (or continue to host) these community courses. Delmar and his team at LibreTexts definitely are, I know that we would be willing to host these books as a public good at Pressbooks, and I suspect the same is true of organizations/repositories like OER Commons or MERLOT.


Because these courses were originally built by Lumen using Pressbooks, it would be particularly easy for us to clone any/all of them into another Pressbooks instance with our existing cloning tool, provided that the Lumen hosted instances are still reachable on the public web. We did this a few years ago for more than a hundred books created by/for Achieving the Dream, for instance, and Kim and her team at Lumen Learning were very helpful and collaborative in this process (see https://library.achievingthedream.org/).


I'm waiting to hear from Lumen about whether these 'community OER courses' are still hosted on their self-hosted Pressbooks instance, and if so, whether they're willing to provide us with a list of affected courses/titles. If they are, we would be happy to provide an update about Pressbooks-hosted copies of these courses in the near future.


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Joshua Halpern

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Jun 16, 2022, 11:54:11 AMJun 16
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It would really speed up the process if people would say what books they are most interested. That would enable  us at LibreTexts (and elsewhere) to concentrate first on those. You can either reply here or send email to use at in...@libreTexts.org

I should also point out that OpenStax has moved its community books (CNX) to the internet archive. 

Josh Halpern

Sutton, Susan R

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Please read below what my colleague sent me about Lumen. This is from someone at Lumen. Scroll down to second email.

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Thanks for clarifying with Lumen for me. Have a great weekend! ;-)


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Hi Pari,

Thanks for reaching out. Anyone using Waymaker or OHM or a course from our Lumen created catalog<https://lumenlearning.com/courses/> will not be impacted. It will be the usual process. Please let us know if you are seeing some sort of Course Hero redirect in your courses, but this should not be happening.

Those that are impacted are faculty that are using something called OER community courses that Lumen historically hosted on our website, but were not actually our courses. Hosting the number of open content collections (e.g. Boundless) Lumen has been hosting for the past 10 years has very complex requirements, so these are being redirected to Course Hero because they have the technical ability to migrate and host thousands of collections and support the significant global web traffic of those using the collections. They are also able to provide free, unfettered access to the content and support the licensing requirements of the OER.

I've copied in my VP of Customer Experience if you have any additional questions. :)

Thanks,
Natalie
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On Thu, Jun 16, 2022 at 1:01 AM Parishweta Bhatt <parishwe...@tbr.edu<mailto:parishwe...@tbr.edu>> wrote:
Hello Natalie,

What are the implications of Lumen courses being sold to CourseHero (see emails below from our concerned faculty who are already thinking about Fall 22)? How will our faculty/integration process be impacted?

Are there new guides/help docs for our faculty or us on the integration process? Is there a new point of contact from CourseHero that we need to be in touch with moving forward?

Please advise,
~ Pari.

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Alan Levine

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Jun 17, 2022, 1:18:24 PMJun 17
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I find it telling that this story "broke" here five days ago, has spread to social media, people as asking Lumen for an explanation, and what is their public response?

These emails from Lumen to questions are disturbing. Okay, they had a pile of "something called OER community courses" that were too complex to keep hosting? Weren't they just Pressbooks or HTML? How complex is that? Where is the source?

If they could not host it (and the cited reasons are a veil of smoke), where did they put out a call to the "community" to help? Pressbooks and Libretexts seem capable of supporting it, and there are more than enough professional archivists who would have helped. How was it Course Hero was the only option?

And since these were courses "Lumen historically hosted on our website, but were not actually our courses" what about the rights of the creators of these courses? All five of their Rs have been negated and the only right left is the right to link to a questionable operator.

This is more than open washing it is open flushing.

Keep asking. 

Billy C Meinke

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Jun 23, 2022, 8:52:28 PM (8 days ago) Jun 23
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This is such an interesting thing to watch.

Some observations:
  • Many people are surprised at Lumen Learning's flushing of OER
  • The "community OER courses" were definitely useful to Lumen at some point, but appear to no longer be
  • There was little or no broad notice of the change, or requests for assistance from Libretexts, Pressbooks, etc
  • Lumen Learning is not compelled to respond to community concerns about their practices
If representatives of Lumen Learning are no longer on this mailing list, OK, but I imagine there are folks who are simply staying quiet.

Their silence is pretty loud, though.

I applaud efforts to scrape (if not export) OER content that Lumen is flushing, and wonder what the next startling event will be.

And I encourage folks to revisit this (3 year old!) post about fettering OER. Maybe we shouldn't be so surprised.

Billy



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Susan Jones

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Jun 24, 2022, 8:53:27 AM (8 days ago) Jun 24
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Following Course Hero through the years has been interesting too (friend of mine briefly worked for them a while back). 



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Alan Levine

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Jun 24, 2022, 1:52:47 PM (7 days ago) Jun 24
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The same boatload of "Lumen community courses" are now also "free courses" on Quillbot https://quillbot.com/courses/ 

Joshua Halpern

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Jun 25, 2022, 1:32:45 PM (6 days ago) Jun 25
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I believe we are looking at this from the wrong end

In December 2021 CoruseHero got $380 million funding from a venture capitalist group lead by Wellington Management and NewView Capital. That sort of investment is not a long term thing but point to an immediate plan to transform a sector and we are the sector. As this was a private placement I can't find the prospectus, but it would be extremely interesting as would any presentation materials from 


From the OER POV quillbot (August 2021) and the takeover of Lumen Learning;s Community OER is perhaps the first indication, but more is coming and the basic question is where is CourseHero going to spend the money. That spend is going to have a major effect on global education and not necessarily a good one.

Susan Jones

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Jun 26, 2022, 5:45:19 PM (5 days ago) Jun 26
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I think you are right. It does seem they're looking to capitalize on All Things Scalable.  I'm recalling when K12  in 1999 or so made big investments to be cradle-to-grave online learning provider.

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