Books and course materials can be a daunting expense for university students around the nation as each semester gets underway. But San Diego State University is working to cut those costs in a collaboration involving the SDSU Library, SDSU Bookstore, Montezuma Publishing, Instructional Technology Services and faculty across campus.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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Dave BraunschweigHarper College’s own Dave Braunschweig, professor of computer information systems, has won the Faculty Innovation Award for the American Association of Community Colleges’ 2020 Awards of Excellence for his work helping to save students more than $1 million in textbook costs.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Sustainability in relation to OER is closely linked to the business model or approach that an individual, group or institution adopts to release, manage and support OER. It is not just about sustaining existing OER but about embedding processes and transforming practices to support ongoing OER production and release.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
With the move to distance learning during COVID-19 pandemic, ODE recognized the need for additional tools for educators. The Oregon Open Learning Hub was launched on the Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons to be a digital resource repository and collaboration space for Oregon educators, administrators and other educational partners to curate, create and remix educational resources. More than 50,000 open educational resources are available on OER Commons, searchable by grade level, subject and standard. It is a great place to find lessons and units that can be integrated into a learning management system to support both teacher-facilitated and applied learning.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
The specific importance of Open Educational Resources in our time was reiterated at this year’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), an annual event gathering the global ‘ICT for development’ community, co-organized by UNESCO ITU, UNDP and UNCTAD. Under the overall theme Fostering digital transformation and global partnerships: WSIS Action Lines for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an online High-Level Dialogue was organized on 9 September 2020 to discuss the actuality of the OER Recommendation in today’s digital society, and the urgent need to speed up its implementation, under the theme “UNESCO OER Recommendation: Implementation in the age of Covid-19”.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Revisiting Textbook Adaption Through Open Educational Resources: An Inquiry into Students’ Emotions Xiaodong Zhang, IRRODL
The study showed that students’ initial positive emotions arose from their understanding of their own learning needs. Their positive emotions toward the conjugated use of OER and a textbook fluctuated over the semester but were gradually enhanced through their involvement in classroom practices (e.g., knowledge building and teacher mediation). Through the process, students’ positive and negative emotions respectively facilitated and hampered their learning practices; however, negative emotions were not always detrimental—they also facilitated students’ learning.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
How WTAMU Cornette Library is working to provide affordable class materials - Mitchell Downing, Prairie News
It is no secret that purchasing course materials can become expensive for college students. West Texas A&M University Cornette Library has partnered with Open Education Resources to provide more affordable options for students’ textbooks. The Open Education Resources webpage states that “Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission.”
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Our Education team at the Hewlett Foundation been looking into this balance between teaching and content over the past year. As we embarked on a refresh of our grantmaking strategy for open educational resources (OER), it was apparent that the field was at an inflection point. Since OER’s inception almost two decades ago, we have advocated for well-designed, customizable, openly licensed materials to enable more responsive teaching and better learning. We now know that without equal or greater attention to educators and learners’ experiences, we are not going to see deeper learning outcomes for students across the spectrum.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
History Department and Libraries' Open Educational Resources Save U of A Students $50,000 - University of Arkansas
This summer, six historians worked together with the open educational resources librarian of University Libraries on a new course development project with open educational resources and affordable resources. The project resulted in saving over $50,000 for students who take the required core curriculum two-semester sequence in American history during the 2020-21 academic year. The project helped reduce the average cost of books in those two courses by 25% since last fall, to just over $36.
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“I try to cap textbook costs for my courses at $30,” he says. “If a student took all five of the courses I regularly teach, they would pay about $50 total for textbooks and resources.”
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Commentary: A revolutionary alternative to expensive college textbooks - Rafael Castillo, the Express-News
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English Professors Create Program to Enhance Teaching and Enrich Student Engagement - University of New Haven
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UNESCO launches an unprecedented training course on Open Education in Brazil - India Education Diary Bureau Admin
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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Texas launching digital textbook repository for college students - Brittany Britto, Houston Chronicle
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EASING THE TRANSITION: HOW OPEN RESOURCES SUPPORT SHIFTS TO ONLINE, HYBRID INSTRUCTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Student Perceptions of Open Educational Resources Video-Based Active Learning in University-Level Biology Classes - Gary D. Grossman and Troy N. Simon, NSTA
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