Category: Affordable Education

Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development | Tennant et al.

From Jon Tennant et al.:

“The purpose of this document is to provide a concise analysis of where the global Open Scholarship movement currently stands: what the common threads and strengths are, where the greatest opportunities and challenges lie, and how we can more effectively work together as a global community to recognise the top strategic priorities. This document was inspired by the Foundations for OER Strategy Development and work in the FORCE11 Scholarly Commons Working Group, and developed by an open contribution working group.”

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Source: Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development

The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples | Open Textbook

From Kristi Jensen and Shane Nackerud, Editors:

“Provides both inspiration and guidance for those beginning work on affordable content and evidence of the growth that has occurred in this arena over the last decade.”

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Source: The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in the Higher Education Environment: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples | Open Textbook

Free Digital Textbooks vs. Purchased Commercial Textbooks | Inside Higher Ed

From Lindsay McKenzie via Inside Higher Ed:

A large-scale study at the University of Georgia has found that college students provided with free course materials at the beginning of a class get significantly better academic results than those that do not.

The Georgia study, published this week, compared the final grades of students enrolled in eight large undergraduate courses between 2010 and 2016. Each of these courses was taught by a professor who switched from a commercial textbook costing $100 or more to a free digital textbook, or open educational resource, at some point during that six-year period.

By comparing the before and after results of these eight courses, the study found that switching to OER increased the number of A and A-minus grades students received by 5.50 percent and 7.73 percent, respectively. The number of students who withdrew or were awarded D or F grades (known as the DFW rate) fell by 2.68 percent.

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Source: Measuring the impact of OER at the University of Georgia

PALNI Joins the Open Textbook Network – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) recently joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN) in order to further its initiatives for affordable education and student success across the state. OTN maintains the Open Textbook Library, and is well known for helping organizations to advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses. They’ve had great success with their initiative: OTN members have saved their students over 8.5 million dollars!

To kick things off, PALNI’s selected system leaders will attend the OTN Summer Institute this July for a week of intensive training. They’ll be trained to bring expertise, mentorship, and best practices back to PALNI, and specifically learn how to facilitate workshops to engage faculty. Through this model, system and campus leaders alike will encourage the adoption of open and affordable resources in the classroom, and in doing so maximize student success.

PALNI’s Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force, as a result of their exploratory efforts, recommended membership in OTN as the first step in PALNI’s program strategy in this area. The program, recently christened PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning, includes many elements with which other consortia have experienced success, such as outreach, project facilitation, and assessment.

As part of PALNI, supported institutions will enjoy affiliate status in OTN, have access to a trained team to educate faculty on benefits of Open Educational Resources (OER), and help redesigning courses via the PALSave team, at no additional cost. Additionally, OTN staff will be coming to Indiana this fall to facilitate an Open Textbook Workshop (date to be announced).

For more information about PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning or PALNI’s membership in OTN, contact PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford (amanda@palni.edu).

Source: PALNI Joins the Open Textbook Network – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

Seeking PALSave System Leaders! – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) seeks applicants for four System Leaders for its PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning program.   The PALSave team will work across PALNI in support of open and affordable learning.

For consideration, please submit a brief personal statement that describes why you are interested in the PALSave System Leader opportunity, along with a current curriculum vitae by May 25 to Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director at amanda@palni.edu.

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Source: Seeking PALSave System Leaders! – PALSave: PALNI Affordable Learning

How OpenStax Books are Made | Blog – OpenStax

From Anthony Palmiotto writing for the OpenStax Blog:

Our editorial director describes the process, from author recruitment to review to publication.  “So how do you make these books?” We get this question almost every day. While we’re always happy to answer it, and value the resulting discussions and suggestions, we thought it would be helpful to share a general overview of our development process.Our earliest research efforts, circa 2011-12, involved speaking to hundreds of instructors to determine the initial criteria for textbook adoption – what it took to make the “short list.” While the answers varied, there were some common themes:

  • general alignment to the topical coverage and sequence of the course
  • evidence of a strong faculty review process
  • typical elements of a textbook in one’s discipline

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Source: Blog – OpenStax

PALNI Affordable Education Plan and Name Contest

The PALNI Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force has proposed a multi-component project plan for PALNI to begin implementing this summer. This plan draws upon best practices and program elements other consortia use to further the use of open and affordable educational resources at their campuses. An informational presentation on this program is forthcoming.

Right now, we are seeking the power of PALNI to help us come up with a concise yet interesting name for this program. Some examples of peer initiatives are Affordable Learning Georgia, Open Oregon, MOST (Maryland Open Source Textbook), and Maricopa Millions to name a few. Have an idea for a program name? Reply here or email amanda@palni.edu by Friday, May 11. The submitter of our favorite program name gets a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card!

Librarians as Open Education Leaders: Responsibilities and Possibilities | TU Delft Repositories

From the proceedings of the Open Education Global Conference 2018:

A common claim in open education is that librarians are effective supporters in open education work because their talents for research, organization, and working with students make them natural supporters of faculty designing OER courses. This study seeks to understand how librarians and faculty interacted with one another in an deliberate cooperation in course design. Seventeen faculty-librarian partnerships were awarded $3000 stipends to cooperate in designing open courses. Each participant kept a weekly journal describing current contributions to the course project. Early findings from analysis of the journals shows that librarians are effective supporters, but careful planning and organization of the projects was very necessary for the collaborations to be successful.

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Source: Librarians as Open Education Leaders: Responsibilities and Possibilities | TU Delft Repositories

A New Study Found OER to Match and Even Outperform a Commercial Textbook | eLearningInside News

From Henry Kronk writing for eLearningInside News:

A new study conducted by researchers at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada examines the performance of students using open education resources (OER) in both print and digital formats compared to a traditional textbook from a commercial publisher. The study found that students using OER spent less time overall studying for the class while scoring comparably with those who used a commercially published textbook.

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Source: A New Study Found OER to Match and Even Outperform a Commercial Textbook | eLearningInside News

PALNI Launches Affordable Education Initiative LibGuide as Part of New Collaborative Strategy

In an effort to reduce the cost of Higher Education to students in Indiana and increase collaboration among institutions, PALNI is launching an Affordable Education Initiative (AEI) LibGuide. This AEI guide was developed by the PALNI AEI Task Force to help promote ideas, tools, and partnerships surrounding affordable education and open resources across the state of Indiana.

Please feel free to remix and reuse any part of this guide in your own Library site, point your faculty directly to the site, or use it as a tool for finding and distributing resources to your faculty. We welcome suggestions on how we can improve this guide in any way and look forward to collaborating with you!