Thursday, May 13, 2021

7 Projects Granted Open Educational Resources Funding -University of Pittsburgh

 The Office of the Provost recently awarded Open Educational Resources (OER) funding to seven projects during the spring 2021 term. OER funding supports faculty to adapt, adopt or create OER for an existing course. These projects will enhance the educational experiences of Pitt students, save students money on course materials and provide faculty with the ability to customize their courses.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

And the ‘OERscar’ Goes to … Professors Who Use Digital Textbooks - Ed Breenen, UMass Lowell

They didn’t receive a shiny statue like at the Academy Awards, but for the 27 UMass Lowell faculty members recently honored at the university’s first “OERscars” ceremony, the thanks from students was even more rewarding. Organized by students from the university’s MASSPIRG chapter and Student Government Association (SGA), the virtual OERscars event recognized UML faculty who use free or low-cost digital textbooks and open educational resources (OERs) in their courses. OERs are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium — digital or otherwise — that are in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Kennesaw State University: Open Educational Resources

KSU Libraries hosted a variety of presentations to advocate for the usage of Open Educational Resources and helped our university advance the Open Education movement. All events took place virtually on Blackboard Collaborate.  Everyone was welcome to attend! We encouraged all participants to deposit a version of their research or OERs into the DigitalCommons after these presentations. Recordings and slides of each presentation have been posted to this site.

Monday, May 10, 2021

A guide to Plan S: the open-access initiative shaking up science publishing - Holly Else, Nature

In 2018, an influential group of research funders announced a bold pledge: the scientists they fund should publish their peer-reviewed papers outside journal paywalls. The initiative, called Plan S, caused an instant uproar over its aim of ending journal subscription models — the means by which many scholarly publications have financed their existence. Its intended start date in 2020 was delayed, and its details were tweaked. But after much sparring over policy, the project formally began in 2021, with 25 funding agencies rolling out similar open-access (OA) mandates.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Directory of Open Access Journals

 DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed. All data is freely available.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

OU Student Congress elects new president, vice president - Sean Delaney, Oakland University Patch

As the new president and vice-president of the Oakland University Student Congress, Adeline Perhogan of St. Clair Shores and Annabella Jankowski of Farmington Hills say they plan to emphasize the importance of mental and physical health for OU students while navigating the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Perhogan said the OUSC will work to address the financial challenges facing OU students due to the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing to additional relief funding on campus. "We aim to accomplish this by continuing with the efforts of previous administrations to mitigate the costs of textbooks, by providing scholarships to students and promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) to faculty and staff," she said.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Three LSUS Librarians Selected For Department Of Education Open Textbook Pilot Program - LSUS

 Three librarians from the LSUS Noel Memorial Library were selected to participate in the Louisiana Board of Regents' LOUIS Open Textbooks Pilot: Interactive Open Educational Resource (OER) for Dual Enrollment. Jessica Hawkes, Sarah Mazur, and Brian Sherman are among twenty-five academic librarians from the state's LOUIS member library community who were selected. They will lead a cohort of five teaching faculty from across all state college and university systems in the development of re-deployable OER courses for one of twenty-five dual enrollment general education courses.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Open education resources to shape post-pandemic world - Curt Newton and Krishna Rajagopal, University World News

 Now, as we begin to grapple with the long-term impacts and changes in education brought on by the pandemic year, it’s crucial to assess how open educational resource (OER) tools and resources are reaching those who need and use them most. In this article, we’ll focus on students in Africa.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Is now the time for open educational resources? - Markeen Deepwell and Nick Lambert; WONKHE

Three years ago the Association for Learning Technology issued a Call to Action for policy makers to place Open Education at the heart of (digital) education provision – and the past year has shown how important open practice is for scaling up learning and teaching. Bringing together hundreds of professionals from across the globe, last week’s OERxDomains21 Conference showcased evidence on a global scale of how much impact open education policy and OER have, from saving students millions buying expensive textbooks to enabling educators to share resources and content. With the UK facing an anticipated peak in post-Covid lockdown unemployment of 2.2m by the end of this year, enhancing the quality and accessibility of our educational resources will be more critical than ever.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

6 Key Technologies Moving Teaching and Learning Forward in 2021 - Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology

Educause's latest Horizon Report outlines the biggest trends shaping teaching and learning this year. In particular, the report identified six technologies and practices that are key to higher education institutions' future planning, whether those topics are newly emerging or evolving from previous years. They are topics that can come, go and return to Horizon Reports from year to year "more organically, reflecting the most current issues," the report explained. In this year's list of key technologies, the categories of artificial intelligence, open educational resources, and learning analytics have made a repeat appearance in the report. They are joined by three new categories: blended and hybrid course models, quality online learning, and microcredentialing.

Monday, May 3, 2021

What Are Open Educational Resources? - UC Denver

OER stands for Open Educational Resources, which are free teaching, learning, and research materials (usually online). OER includes digital articles and textbooks, as well as audio and video lessons intended for K12 and higher education. Additionally, OER includes teacher and professor resources such as lesson plans, syllabi, quizzes, and activities. The official UNESCO definition specifies that OER resources “reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.” The idea behind OER is simple—to increase educational access.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Florida’s top college students to lose $600 stipend for textbooks - Ana Ceballos, Tampa Bay Times

House and Senate budget leaders agreed to suspend a $600 stipend that top-level Bright Futures recipients get each year to offset the cost of textbooks, a move that will save $37 million. House and Senate budget leaders agreed to suspend a $600 stipend that top-level Bright Futures recipients get each year to offset the cost of textbooks, a move that will save $37 million. Lawmakers have also signed off on a $5 million cut that will eliminate the Access to Better Learning and Education (ABLE) grant program, which helps Floridians pay for private college tuition.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

University of Calgary Student-led project investing in Open Educational Resources - Helen Pike, CBC News

Students at the University of Calgary are taking matters into their own hands, to create a library of free textbooks after years of inaction from the provincial government. Open Educational Resources (OER) are hailed as a way to make colleges and universities more affordable for students. In provinces like Ontario and British Columbia, government funding has opened hundreds of these online, free, textbook resources up to learners netting millions in savings. After years of advocacy with the province, and little action, schools have been creating their own resource libraries piecemeal.

Friday, April 30, 2021

How you can use Open Educational Resources - University of Gronigen Library

Open Educational Resources (OER) are becoming more prominent in higher education. They facilitate a quicker transition to online teaching, help educators reuse and create innovative learner-centered materials, improve access to education, and save resources. This video introduces the topic of OER, explores their practical application in courses, and encourages teachers to use them with the support available at the UG Library. Explore the accompanying slides with additional information on OER in the slide notes.

Thursday, April 29, 2021


In 2019, Portland State University partnered with OpenStax to provide students with free, peer-reviewed online textbooks. At the time, PSU was one of 10 schools nationwide selected to participate in the OpenStax Institution Partnership Program designed to increase the use of open-licensed online textbooks.  Now, that work — and the resulting program PDXOpen — has garnered global recognition. Elsevier, a Netherlands-based organization focused in research publishing and information analytics, named PSU the winner of the 3rd Annual Karen Hunter Memorial Award.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021


 May 26, 2021 - 1:00pm May 26, 2021 - 2:00pm CDT

This webinar will present early findings from a current study funded by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to examine current use of OERs in dual and concurrent enrollment courses, and best practices and lessons learned from states and dual enrollment partnerships pioneering these efforts.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

South Dakota taskforce rolls up sleeves to further cut state budget for higher education - Christopher Vondracek, Dickinson Press

A taskforce of business leaders, Board of Regents officials and lawmakers stemming from a 2020 law calling for cost effectiveness across the state's six public universities met for the third time on Thursday, airing a range of ideas for adopting a "lean" budget. "Why don't we have one food provider?" asked Rep. Hugh Bartels, R-Watertown, who called for a new mindset for approaching cutting costs within the state's six public universities and the governing Board of Regents. "Why don't you talk to the one who does the prison? I think meals there are about 68 cents.Sen. Ryan Maher, R-Isabel, opened his remarks by acknowledging, "I've always been a pretty big opponent to what the regents were doing." 

Monday, April 26, 2021

STAR initiative helps students cut costs in UNL classes - Bhavana Sunil, Daily Nebraskan

 Amid expensive textbooks, tuition and fees, instructors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are utilizing the Successful Teaching with Affordable Resources initiative to reduce the cost of course materials. The STAR initiative has helped students save more than $3.5 million since 2019 by reducing the cost of textbooks and continues to make educational materials more affordable, according to the initiative’s website. Brad Severa, an academic technology support specialist at UNL, said there are two options within the initiative to choose: Inclusive Access and Open Educational Resources.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

UW-Eau Claire pilots program to reduce cost of course materials - Miles Plueger, Spectator News

UW-Eau Claire is continuing to pilot a program called Open Educational Resources that helps to reduce the costs of course materials for students. Fifteen professors have signed on to the OER program, which begins this summer and will be implemented into classes in the fall, Jill Markgraf, the McIntyre Library director, said. It is a way to cut additional costs for students and give them materials they can keep past graduation.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

panOpen Releases OER-based Courseware for Texas Government

 panOpen, a courseware company that helps educational institutions adopt Open Educational Resources (OER), announced today the release of groundbreaking, interactive courseware for Texas Government, a required course for all public higher education students in Texas. The work, which is being released under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC license, has been designed, organized, and authored collaboratively by community college teaching faculty from across the state. They not only have Texas government expertise, but also an understanding of how best to reach students with the subject matter through decades of experience teaching it.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Leeward CC has saved students more than $6M with free, online textbooks - University of Hawaii News

 During the 2020–21 academic year, like other University of HawaiĘ»i campuses, Leeward Community College shifted to mostly remote learning. The college’s early adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and other no-cost resources helped reduce the financial burden presented by high-cost textbooks. In spring 2021, Leeward CC, the leader in zero-cost textbook (TXT0) classes in UH’s 10-campus system, conducted more than half (52%) of all class sections with zero-cost textbooks.