Category: Affordable Education

You are invited: PALSave’s Open Textbook Network Workshop, 3/18/19 – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

PALNI campuses are affiliate members of the Open Textbook Network (OTN) through PALSave, and we’d like to invite you to a workshop with OTN’s leadership to learn about developing successful Open Educational Resource (OER) programs on your campus.

The workshop is Monday, March 18, 2019, at Indiana Wesleyan University North Campus.  Register here.

Feel free to email palsave@palni.edu for more information about the workshop or our program.  We hope you can join!

Source: You are invited: PALSave’s Open Textbook Network Workshop, 3/18/19 – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

A Recipe for a Successful Institutional Open Education Initiative – WCET Frontiers

From Rajiv Jhangiani via WCET Frontiers:

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“I believe in the power of open education to help widen equitable access to education. I believe in using open resources, not only for the financial benefits for students, but also for the impact on teaching and learning.

As an early adopter of open textbooks, I have for years witnessed first-hand the tangible impact of the cost savings on my students’ lives. As an open textbook author, editor, and OER project manager, I have heard from numerous faculty who have taken advantage of the open licensing and built upon my efforts. They have updated, augmented, and adapted the resources available to better serve their students. As an open education researcher, I have investigated the perceptions and impact of OER adoption on students, faculty, and institutions. As an open education scholar, I have published articles, chapters, as well as a book on the subject. As an open education advocate, I have had the privilege of working with over 100 institutions across five continents to help build local capacity and guide their efforts to support this important work.”

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Source: A Recipe for a Successful Institutional Open Education Initiative – WCET Frontiers

OER as an Institutional Survival Strategy | Confessions of a Community College Dean

From Matt Reed via Inside Higher Learning’s Confessions of a Community College Dean blog:

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“With The Boy in the midst of his college search — so far 6 acceptances, 1 deferral, and 1 yet to report — I’m becoming fluent in the difference between “tuition and fees” and “total cost of attendance.” The latter figure, which includes everything except opportunity cost, is the one that matters. It’s what we actually have to figure out how to cover. In nearly every case, of course, the published COA is otherworldly and insane; I’m looking at COA after whatever grants are applied. But still, what matters from here is not how the bill is broken out, but what the bottom line is.

I don’t think my family is unique in that.

That’s where wide adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) can be an institutional survival strategy.”

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Source: OER as an Institutional Survival Strategy | Confessions of a Community College Dean

As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost | EdSurge News

From Jeffrey R. Young and Sydney Johnson via EdSurge News:

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“Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving.”

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Source: As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost | EdSurge News

Professors Worry About the Cost of Textbooks, but Free Alternatives Pose Their Own Problems – The Chronicle of Higher Education

From Beth McMurtrie via The Chronicle of Higher Education:

“When it comes to textbooks, faculty members have a lot of feelings. Many of them negative. But their thoughts on digital coursework and openly licensed materials aren’t any less conflicted.

These opinions, found in “Freeing the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2018,” a survey of more than 4,000 faculty members and department chairs released Wednesday, paint a complex picture of a fast-changing landscape, one in which instructors and students have more options about course materials than ever before, yet the best path forward remains unclear.”

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Source: Professors Worry About the Cost of Textbooks, but Free Alternatives Pose Their Own Problems – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Regional Collaboration in Promoting OER Adoption – WCET Frontiers

From Jenny Parks, Russ Poulin and Tanya Spilovoy via WCET Frontiers:

“Textbook prices have risen at a higher rate than any other consumer product. Efforts to use Open Educational Resources (OER) have often been limited in scope. How can we take what has been learned and scale it across institutions, systems, and states?

On November 28-30, 2018, seventy delegates from twelve Midwestern states gathered together to learn, share, and create state action plans for the implementation and expansion of the use of open educational resources. The OER Implementation and Policy Summit for the MHEC States was the first multi-state OER meeting of its kind bringing together national advocates and state-appointed delegates from libraries, distance education, systems, legislators, faculty, students, and K-12.”

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Source: Regional Collaboration in Promoting OER Adoption – WCET Frontiers

OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians | Pacific University Press

From Wesolek, Lashley, and Langley via Pacific University Press:

“We intend this book to act as a guide writ large for would-be champions of OER, that anyone—called to
action by the example set by our chapter authors—might serve as guides themselves. The following chapters
tap into the deep experience of practitioners who represent a meaningful cross section of higher education
institutions in North America. It is our hope that the examples and discussions presented by our authors will
facilitate connections among practitioners, foster the development of best practices for OER adoption and
creation, and more importantly, lay a foundation for novel, educational excellence.”

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Source: OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians | Pacific University Press 

North Dakota audit reports significant cost savings after OER initiative | Inside Higher Ed

From Mark Lieberman via Inside Higher Ed:

“North Dakota’s investment of $110,000 in open educational resources saved students at the state’s public institutions at least 10 times that amount — and likely much more — in textbook costs over two academic years, according to a new report from the state auditor’s office.”

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Source: North Dakota audit reports significant cost savings after OER initiative

Talkin’ ‘Bout OER | Texas ScholarWorks

From Bastone et al:

“This is an informational document with talking points about open educational resources for different potential audiences, like faculty, administrators, and students. The document was started as a brainstorming activity at an OER Workshop at UT Austin on July 24, 2018.”

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