OER

Department of Education awards pilot OER grant to UC Davis open textbook project

Updated: Education Department awards $4.9 million to a 12-institution consortium led by UC Davis for open STEM textbooks. Advocates push for spreading the wealth for next year's round of funding.

What we don't yet know about open educational resources (opinion)

Free, accessible curricular materials may have many benefits for students. But the research conducted so far hasn't delivered the required proof yet, Regan Gurung writes.

Many faculty support OER but broader adoption remains elusive, white paper finds

Open educational resources have grown a lot in the past decade, but many faculty members remain skeptical of the benefits of OER or confused about implementation.

OER report highlights potential for quality and cost savings

Earlier this month Achieving the Dream released a full report on the outcomes of its OER Degree Initiative, which has stimulated the creation of open-access course materials at more than three dozen institutions. For more details, read this "Inside Digital Learning" overview of the report's key findings.

Online instructors can learn from new openly licensed materials

Some online instructors use open educational resources to help students connect to the learning material. Now those instructors can turn to OER for their own edification, thanks to a new set of openly licensed materials aimed at helping instructors construct online classes.

OER guide aims to make adoption easier

Lumen Learning released yesterday an OER Champion Playbook that offers a road map for supporters of open course materials to promote successful adoption on campus.

The playbook has five sections:

Department of Education sets September date for one to three OER grants from $5 million appropriation

After a few quiet months, the Department of Education has formalized plans to award one to three OER grants totaling $5 million by late September.

Students lead curation of OER materials for professors at College of the Canyons

Professors at California community college submit requests for OER materials to a team of students and recent graduates, who set to work on curation.

Two-year institutions report significant savings on OER as initiatives mature

A high-profile affordable textbook program wraps up in Arizona having doubled its original goal, and other institutions share similar successes.

Education Department sets timeline for $5 million OER pilot

The U.S. Department of Education is moving forward this summer on a $5 million program for the creation and development of OER.

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