Category Archives: OER

Durbin, Franken Introduce Legislation to Help Make College Textbooks More Affordable

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Ill.  The cost of new textbooks has increased 82%, three times faster than inflation, over the last decade. [WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) today introduced legislation designed to help … Continue reading

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OER: SALSA – an open source syllabus builder

The open source, web-based SALSA (Styled & Accessible Learning Service Agreements) is a syllabus authoring tool from Utah State University’s Center for Innovative Design & Instruction. It is based on the design of the PDF Syllabus Builder. No registration of … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: How to Make It Work for Faculty: A study of how Washington Community and Technical Colleges Use Oer

Boyoung Chae and Connie Broughton discuss the Open Course Library for Washington State’s   Community and Technical Colleges. “While new open educational resources are being continuously created, little data exists on how faculty in higher education actually use and perceive open … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: A Red Hat for OER: Lumen’s Journey

Kim Thanos and David Wiley talk about their business, Lumen Learning. “After a decade and $100M US in foundation funding, an incredible amount of high quality open educational resources exist which are only rarely used in formal settings. The situation … Continue reading

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Assessment and Accreditation of Learners using OER

Photo of Athabasca University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rory McGreal of Athabasca University presents on assessment of OER and OER University. “This paper examines existing and potential scalable approaches to formal assessment and accreditation to digital learning, comparing and contrasting such … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: OER and Solving th Textbook Crisis

Textbook Stack (Photo credit: greenasian) “The average U.S. college student spends more than $1,000 per year on textbooks and supplies, a significant expense on top of already burdensome college costs. Textbook prices continue to soar four times faster than inflation, … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: OERs Rule, MOOCs Drool: MOOCs and DistRibuted Open Online Learning

Michael Caulfield discussed how MOOCs are being used.  “The “wrapped MOOC” has gained attention over the past year as a way to integrate MOOCs into traditional education. This presentation will present results of interviews with practitioners of this method to … Continue reading

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OER: Possible Resources for Biology – Human Anatomy & Physiology

human anatomy (Photo credit: Shira Golding) These are some possible resources for developing our own textbook and course for anatomy and physiology. I will use this wiki this summer to sort through some biology textbooks and OERs for possible use … Continue reading

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Open Textbooks and the Student Debt Crisis

Loans (Photo credit: zingbot) Daniel De Vise at The Washington Post reported that student loan debt is now at “$870 billion nationally, surpassing the nation’s outstanding balance on auto loans ($730 billion) and credit cards ($693 billion).” This is according … Continue reading

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OER: Neuro-Cloud: a new model of textbooks

I am really excited about Neuro-Cloud. I heard about it in a tweet from Creative Commons this morning and went to take a look. This is a textbook that is being created by a community of neuroscientists who first began … Continue reading

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