The Impact of OER Adoption on Cost, Outcomes, and Stakeholder Perceptions

Open educational resources (OER) efficacy research shows that the use of OER does not negatively impact student success metrics such as grades, course completion, retention, and persistence rates. In numerous research studies involving more than 46,00 students across different types of institutions, Hilton (2016) found that students performed comparably in courses using OER vs. traditional […]

OER Degree Links Completion, Equity, and Faculty Engagement Initiatives

Motivation OER is the “sweet spot” of a number of LWTech’s college initiatives: completion, equity, and faculty engagement. Initially, the motivation was to reduce the cost of attending college and ensure all students have access to the course materials on day one.  LWTech students may pay up to $1,050.00 for textbooks for a single quarter […]

OER Degree Links Completion, Equity, and Faculty Engagement Initiatives

Contributors: Sally Heilstedt: Dean of Instruction – Engagement and Learning and OER Degree Project Lead Sharon Raz: Department Chair and Adjunct Faculty – Social Sciences Katherine Kelley: Library Technician and OER Degree Project Support Overview: Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) received funding from Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative in 2016 making it possible […]

Central Virginia Community College Hosts Operation FREE Textbooks Conference

by: Juville Dario-Becker, Professor, Central Virginia Community College Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) hosted 80 secondary and higher education professionals from 18 institutions on October 19, 2018 for the Operation FREE Textbooks drive-in conference. Our goal is to let the educators, particularly in our region, know the power of Open Educational Resources (OER) in shaping the […]

Transforming Learning with Open Educational Practices and Pedagogy

Open educational practices enable new ways for students to learn and create knowledge. We will hear from pioneering OER projects where faculty utilize open educational practices and pedagogy to enhance student engagement and knowledge as they blur the boundary between instructor and student in collaboratively building the commons. Join us to hear from Keene State […]

#OpenEd18 Reflections & Slides from CCCOER

With over 350 presentations, posters, roundtables, lightning talks, panels, and symposia, this year’s OpenEd Conference in Niagara Falls, New York was the largest one yet! The conference took place on October 10-12, and like always CCCOER members were well represented. On Thursday afternoon, CCCOER held a get-together and handed out Community Recognition Awards in order […]

OpenEd18: Community Recognition Awards

Last week, many of us were fortunate enough to attend #OpenEd18, a wonderful celebration of the work of the open education movement with representatives from all K-20 levels this year.   I had an opportunity to see and hear many inspiring presentations and keynotes and learned a great deal that I hope to put into practice this […]

Different Approaches to Sustaining Open Education

What happens after your first OER project is a success? You have to find a way to sustain your efforts! From professional development and policies, to securing ongoing financial support for OER work, we are all looking for ways to keep our efforts in OER growing. Join us to hear strategies from a roundtable of […]

Libraries Lead Transformative OER Degree Initiative

Motivation The libraries of CUNY have long been concerned with the cost of education for students, especially textbooks. Almost 60% of City University of New York (CUNY) students have household incomes less than $30,000 and over 60% are Pell grant recipients. Librarians are acutely aware of this problem since they purchase many texts for reserve […]

Reassigned Time as Faculty Incentive to Adopt OER

by: Rachel Dilley, Open Educational Resources Librarian – Reference & Instruction, Columbus State Community College At Columbus State Community College in central Ohio, a handful of our forward-thinking faculty members were already using OER by the time I began working as an OER librarian 18 months ago. However, there was no cohesive college-wide effort to […]