Archive for the 'Open Educational Resources' Category

Rice University: "OpenStax Surpasses $1 Billion in Textbook Savings, with Wide-ranging Impact on Teaching, Learning and Student Success"

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Repositories, Open Educational Resources, Publishing on September 1st, 2020

https://tinyurl.com/y3ubgjv2

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"A Qualitative Study on the Digital Preservation of OER"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Access, Open Educational Resources on August 27th, 2020

https://preprint.press.jhu.edu/portal/sites/ajm/files/20.4hare-pre.pdf

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"With Student Textbook Savings Nearing $50 Million, SUNY Chancellor to Double Courses Offered with Free, Digital Learning Materials"

Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Publishing on February 6th, 2020

https://www.suny.edu/suny-news/press-releases/02-20/2-4-20/2-4-20-oer-savings.html

"Congress to Renew Open Textbook Pilot Grant Program with $7 Million Appropriation"

Posted in Legislation and Government Regulation, Open Access, Open Educational Resources on December 18th, 2019

https://sparcopen.org/news/2019/congress-renews-open-textbook-pilot-grant-program-with-7-million/

"SPARC Releases Connect OER Annual Report for 2018-2019"

Posted in Open Educational Resources, Reports and White Papers on October 1st, 2019

SPARC has released "SPARC Releases Connect OER Annual Report for 2018-2019."

Here's an excerpt:

This year's report examines the current state of OER activities featuring data from 132 institutions in the U.S. and Canada. Our intent is that these insights will help inform SPARC members, open education advocates, and the library community about current trends, best practices, and the collective impact being achieved through OER at participating institutions. Click here to download the report.

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"Open Educational Resources, Student Efficacy, and User Perceptions: A Synthesis of Research Published between 2015 and 2018"

Posted in Open Access, Open Educational Resources on August 20th, 2019

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-019-09700-4

"Guest Post—Library Publishers Convene in Vancouver to Discuss Open Platforms and Open Educational Resources"

Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Publishing, Scholarly Books, Scholarly Journals on July 16th, 2019

https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/07/15/library-publishing-coalition-forum-2019/

"Navigating 21st-Century Digital Scholarship: Open Educational Resources (OERs), Creative Commons, Copyright, and Library Vendor Licenses"

Posted in Copyright, Creative Commons/Open Licenses, License Agreements/Contracts, Open Educational Resources on June 20th, 2019

https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/handle/10919/90307 or https://doi.org/10.1080/0361526X.2019.1589893

UK Open Textbooks Report 2019

Posted in E-Books, Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Reports and White Papers on May 21st, 2019

The UK Open Textbook Project has released the UK Open Textbooks Report 2019.

Here's an excerpt:

The UK Open Textbooks project was conducted in several stages over the period of March 2017 to May 2019. The project tested two highly successful approaches to increasing engagement with, and use of, open textbooks. . . .

In the report we conclude that the awareness of OER and open textbooks is typically very low in the UK HE sector. However, awareness of open access publications is high, supported by the Finch Report and REF policy on open access deposition. Although existing knowledge of open textbooks was low, once educators were made aware of them, they expressed significant interest in their adoption. This provides an existing conceptual model and set of practices on which to build.

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Book Industry Study Group: Exploring Open Access Ebook Usage

Posted in E-Books, Open Educational Resources, Publishing, Reports and White Papers, Scholarly Books on May 8th, 2019

https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:24147/

Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2018

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Publishing, Research Libraries, Scholarly Journals on April 15th, 2019

Ithaka S+R has released the Ithaka S+R US Faculty Survey 2018.

Here's an excerpt:

In this seventh triennial cycle, we surveyed a random sample of faculty within the United States on topics from previous cycles, including information discovery and access, data management, research dissemination, perceptions of student research skills, and the value of the library. We also added new questions on emerging topics of interest, including open educational resources, learning analytics, and evolving scholarly communication models.

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"Do Open Educational Resources Improve Student Learning? Implications of the Access Hypothesis"

Posted in Learning Objects, Open Access, Open Educational Resources on March 8th, 2019

Phillip J. Grimaldi et al. have published "Do Open Educational Resources Improve Student Learning? Implications of the Access Hypothesis" in PLoS ONE.

Here's an excerpt:

Open Educational Resources (OER) have been lauded for their ability to reduce student costs and improve equity in higher education. Research examining whether OER provides learning benefits have produced mixed results, with most studies showing null effects. We argue that the common methods used to examine OER efficacy are unlikely to detect positive effects based on predictions of the access hypothesis. The access hypothesis states that OER benefits learning by providing access to critical course materials, and therefore predicts that OER should only benefit students who would not otherwise have access to the materials. Through the use of simulation analysis, we demonstrate that even if there is a learning benefit of OER, standard research methods are unlikely to detect it.

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"How to Fight Fair Use Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: The Experience of One Open Educational Resource"

Posted in Copyright, Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Publishing on March 8th, 2019

Lindsey Weeramuni has published "How to Fight Fair Use Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: The Experience of One Open Educational Resource" in The Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship.

Here's an excerpt:

At the launch of one of the early online open educational resources (OER) in 2002, the approach to addressing copyright was uncertain. Did the university or the faculty own their material? How would the third-party material be handled? Was all of its use considered fair use under Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17, United States Code) because of its educational purpose? Or was permission-seeking necessary for this project to succeed and protect the integrity of faculty and university? For many years, this OER was conservative in its approach to third-party material, avoiding making fair use claims on the theory that it was too risky and difficult to prove in the face of an infringement claim. Additionally, being one of the early projects of its kind, there was fear of becoming a target for ambitious copyright holders wanting to make headlines (and perhaps win lawsuits). It was not until 2009 that the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OpenCourseWare was written by a community of practitioners who believed that if fair use worked for documentary film makers, video creators, and others (including big media), it worked in open education as well. Once this Code was adopted, universities and institutions were able to offer more rich and complete course content to their users than before. This paper explains how it happened at this early open educational resource offering.

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"Strategies for Supporting OER Adoption through Faculty and Instructor Use of a Federated Search Tool"

Posted in Learning Objects, Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Research Libraries on February 25th, 2019

Talea Anderson and Chelsea Leachman have published "Strategies for Supporting OER Adoption through Faculty and Instructor Use of a Federated Search Tool" in the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

Here's an excerpt:

INTRODUCTION Open educational resources (OER) are gaining traction in higher education and becoming accepted by academics as a viable means for delivering course content. However, these resources can be difficult to find and use, both due to low visibility and confusion about licensing. This article describes one university’s work with faculty members to identify barriers in their search process when they are looking to adopt OER. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM A scholarly communication librarian and science librarian partnered to collect faculty and instructor reactions to a particular OER search tool, with the intention of better understanding the difficulties encountered during the search process. Eight interviews were conducted as participants were asked about their preferences when it comes to locating OER, understanding licensing information, and adopting materials for class. NEXT STEPS From these interviews, the librarians identified practical recommendations for instruction/liaison librarians and technical services/systems librarians as they continue working to support faculty and instructors through the OER discovery and selection process. These recommendations relate to four themes uncovered in interviews with faculty and instructors: the need for increased transparency in search tools, the importance of intuitive narrowing and broadening features in search tools, the need for detailed and consistent metadata in OER records, and the need for clarity in intellectual property statements. The librarians note that these recommendations might best be pursued through wide-scale collaboration across library units and, more generally, between libraries, consortia, and institutions.

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"OER Cost Assessment Strategies"

Posted in Open Access, Open Educational Resources, Publishing, Scholarly Books on December 14th, 2018

Nichole Karpel and Bruce Schneider have published "OER Cost Assessment Strategies" in EDUCAUSE Review.

Here's an excerpt:

Open educational resources can provide access to high-quality resources while offsetting the costs of traditional textbooks. An array of costs are associated with the "free" approach, however, and institutions that are successful with OER understand that moving to open resources requires extensive planning, selection, management, and maintenance.

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"Barriers, Incentives, and Benefits of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: An Exploration into Instructor Perspectives"

Posted in Open Access, Open Educational Resources on December 4th, 2018

Serena Henderson and Nathaniel Ostashewski have published "Barriers, Incentives, and Benefits of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Movement: An Exploration into Instructor Perspectives" in First Monday.

Here's an excerpt:

The purpose of this research was to replicate and extend Kursun, Cagiltay, and Can's (2014) Turkish study to include international participants. Kursun, et al. surveyed OpenCourseWare (OCW) faculty on their perceptions of OER barriers, incentives, and benefits. Through replication, these findings provide a glimpse into the reality of the international educators' perceptions of barriers, incentives, and benefits of OER use to assist in the creation of practical solutions and actions for both policy makers and educators alike. The results of this replication study indicate that barriers to OER include institutional policy, lack of incentives, and a need for more support and education in the creating, using, and sharing of instructional materials. A major benefit to OER identified by educators is the continued collegial atmosphere of sharing and lifelong learning.

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$4.9 Million Department of Education Grant to 12-Institution Consortium: "Single Project Earns Federal OER Pilot Grant"

Posted in Grants, Open Access, Open Educational Resources on October 3rd, 2018

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/article/2018/10/02/department-education-awards-pilot-oer-grant-uc-davis-open

Creative Commons: "CC Certificates Courses, OER, and Multiple Ways to Get Involved!"

Posted in Creative Commons/Open Licenses, Open Educational Resources on August 3rd, 2018

https://creativecommons.org/2018/07/20/cc-certificates/

Using Open Educational Resources, UGA Saves Students $2 Million

Posted in Open Access, Open Educational Resources on November 30th, 2015

From 2013-2016, the University of Georgia estimates that it has saved students $2 million .

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The University of Georgia is actively engaging in the promotion and adoption of OERs by providing faculty members, especially those who teach large enrollment courses, such as those included on the University System of Georgia Top-100 Undergraduate Enrollment list, with resources and assistance to transition away from expensive textbooks to open education resources. Since the OER initiative began in 2013, OERs will have saved UGA student $2 million in textbook costs by the end of 2015-2016.

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