On October 21 managers from nine UH Bookstores arrived at Kapi‘olani Community College for a statewide meeting. The first item on their agenda was a four hour workshop on OER and the Textbook Cost: $0 program now in effect at Leeward Community College, UH Manoa Outreach College, Honolulu Community College, and Kapi‘olani Community College. As they had requested, Junie Hayashi (LCC), Billy Meinke (Manoa), and I (Kapi‘olani) provided a shortened version of Kapi‘olani’s 4-day OER workshop. We talked about the OER movement, Creative Commons, copyright, and how to find and use open educational resources available on the web. They also learned that they could order OER textbooks from Open Stax and provide on-demand printing for OER as a service to our students. Feedback was both enthusiastic and full of questions and insights as they face a changing world of educational resources.
This refers to a webinar that took place April 28, 2015. An announcement was posted on this site on April 16, The Learning, Business, and Moral Case for Open Educational Resources and Open Policies.
The Internet, increasingly affordable computing and bandwidth, open licensing, open access journals and open educational resources (OER) provide the foundation for a world in which a higher education can be a basic human right. Governments and foundations are supporting this shift with a move to open policies: requiring public access to publicly (and foundation) funded resources. Dr. Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, provides an overview of open licensing and OER, and discusses specific examples where institution, provinces / states, nations and foundations have moved the default on funding from “closed” to “open.” He also explores new OER projects that are pushing open education further into the mainstream.
Both the recording and the slides are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.
On May 4, Kapiolani Community College’s Faculty Senate and Student Congress sponsored a forum on Open Educational Resources at UH. We covered some of the basic concepts of OER and had a lively discussion about concerns and ways to support implementation at UH. Here is the slideshow, which you may wish to download to get the links to work: OER-talk-forum-May4.
Affordable Learning Georgia lists key statistics that both drive the move to OER and show the positive effects of OER adoption at academic institutions. See which institution reported a 30-40% increase in GPA as a result of an OER pilot program.