What can you do with $1,440,000,000?

A short video from Affordable Learning Georgia, a GALILEO and University System of Georgia initiative, asks how money spent by students for textbooks might benefit the people of Georgia.

Posted by Sara Rutter in OER

Panel discussion about OER experiences from Virginia Tech

A panel of four instructional faculty describe their experiences with creating open educational resources. All have interesting stories of their OER paths. See http://hdl.handle.net/10919/51602. Course releases and tenure/promotion support for creating instructional materials were essential incentives for these works. WebWork and APEX Calculus are two important resources highlighted in this session. This is part of Virginia Tech’s Open Education Week events.

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Infographic of online learning in higher education

An interesting infographic from Pearson based on the Babson Survey Research Group survey report for the Online Learning Consortium (http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/2014Survey) provides compelling images of the importance of online education in highered. Interestingly the charts showing awareness of OER among academics reveals that administrators are much more aware of OER than faculty. Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 10.51.12 AM .

Posted by Sara Rutter in OER, Online Education

Biosensors: Fundamentals and Applications, Textbook now OA

A textbook published in 1987 and cited more than 2000 times (Web of Knowledge data) since then (>140 times since 2010) is now open access. The copyright from Oxford University Press to the authors. The entire book, can be accessed at urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-92007 in the repository DiVA of the Linkoepings universitet, Sweden. The PDF direct link is http://liu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:619968/FULLTEXT01.pdf.

Posted by Sara Rutter in OER, Open Access

National Research Council: Reaching Students… STEM education

A report from the NRC presents brief profiles of innovative instructors in 4- and 2- year colleges. These instructors eschew traditional textbooks and integrate investigative and reflective learning into their courses. The book can be downloaded as a PDF or read online as an e-book for free. See REACHING_STUDENTSReaching Students.

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Washington Post “Why digital natives prefer reading in print…”

A Washington Post article posted 2015 Feb 22, presents evidence that young adults, 20-somethings, prefer print when needing to follow text closely. Online reading is reserved for skimming or cursory reading.The article brings to light the tension between using online course material to provide less expensive options and greater access and the educational needs of students who find online reading less satisfying. See the article at http://go.hawaii.edu/8m .

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Summer Zero Textbook-Cost Courses

Check out the list of Zero Textbook-Cost Courses through Outreach College this Summer at Affordability + Accessibility = Zero Textbook-Cost Courses. A special shout-out to Geography, Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Studies, Mathematics, Samoan Language, and Womens’ Studies as the departments with the most Zero Textbook-Courses this Summer. Zero Textbook-Cost courses are also annotated in the Class Availability as Textbook Cost: 0.

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New Student PIRGs report shows student savings in open textbooks

Open Textbooks Student PIRGsA press release at Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Group) http://www.studentpirgs.org/news/sp/report-open-textbooks-billion-dollar-solution describes the findings of a new Student PIRG research report, Open Textbooks: The Billion-Dollar Solution. The report by The Student PIRGs, edited by Ethan Senack, describes open textbook programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Kansas State University, the University of Minnesota, Tacoma Community College, and the University of Maryland. All support the adoption of existing open textbooks and the use of library licensed materials and all report substantial savings for their students when using open textbooks.

Posted by Sara Rutter in OER, Open Education, Zero Textbook Cost

List of Zero Textbook Cost courses through Outreach College, so far…

We now have 42 courses that will be offered through Outreach College that do not require students to purchase course materials:
Class Number
AMST 350
ANTH 313, ANTH 316, ANTH 350, ANTH 481
BIOC 241, BIOC 341
COM 390
ECON 332
ENG 270, ENG 273
ES 318
ETEC 647b
FDM 411, FDM 491
GEOG 101, GEOG 101L
GEOG 151
HAW 100, HAW101, HAW 102, HAW 201, HAW 202
HIST 321, HIST 322
HON 303
HWST 107
ITM 387K
LAIS 380
LTEC 612
MATH 111, MATH 112, MATH 134
PHIL 100, PHIL 301, PHIL 317
SPED 412
WS 151, WS 345, WS 350, WS 453, WS 481

Posted by Sara Rutter in OER, Open Education, Zero Textbook Cost

OPENPediatrics, a free online education community

See the article introducing this library of openly licensed OPENPEDIATRICS medical animations and illustrations at OPENPediatrics.  Supported by the Boston Children’s Hospital and philanthropic and corporate grants, this collection of videos, and other multimedia, is intended to ensure best practices in pediatric care world-wide.  Materials have CC By NC SA licensing (Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial use, and share-alike).

Posted by Sara Rutter in Creative Commons, OER, Open Access, Open Education

Evidence of OER benefits

David Wiley posted an excellent argument for the benefits of OER in education, including post-secondary or higher education;  see the  2015 Jan. 22 post at http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/3743 .  Based on research data Wiley and colleagues collected (paper has been submitted for review), students have lower drop/withdraw rates, more students pass the classes, and students are able to carry more credits in a semester when Open Educational Resources are used in place of textbooks that must be purchased.

Posted by Sara Rutter in OER, Open Education