Increasing Engagement of Online Students - Three Tips for Professors - University of Southern Indiana

Teaching online and looking for tips to increase student engagement?
1.) Consider offering multiple channels of communication to your online students.
2.) Leverage the instructional design services
3.) Take your online course to the next level with relevant and engaging content.

OER mainstreaming in Tonga - Commonwealth of Learning

COL, in collaboration with Tonga’s Ministry of Education and Training is mainstreaming OER at the Tonga Institute of Education (TIOE) and Tonga Institute of Higher Education (TIHE). The first phase of the mainstreaming process commenced in June 2017 with 34 teachers, including senior management of TIOE and TIHE, being trained in the use of OER in course development and instructional video production.

Open Educational Resources Grant Program - Univerisity of Houston

An opportunity is available for University of Houston faculty to apply for a grant for the creation and implementation of open educational resources (OER). OER are teaching, learning, or research resources that are in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits the free use, adaptation, and redistribution of the resource by any person.

Boosting OER Discoverability: The UCT Open Content Finder - University of Cape Town

The newly launched University of Cape Town (UCT) Open Content Finder aims to assist lecturers and students in finding affordable, appropriate teaching and learning resources that can be used during remote teaching. Curated by the DOT4D project in the Centre of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) in collaboration with UCT Libraries and the Department of Health Sciences Education, the directory aims to become a community-developed list of textbooks and other forms of open educational resources (OER) which may be of interest or are currently in use at UCT.

OER for Workforce Development - Meg Lloyd, Campus Technology

SkillsCommons provides a massive but navigable repository for the workforce development pipeline — supporting programs with affordable, openly licensed training and education materials. SkillsCommons is an enormous repository of free and open source workforce development training and education materials. By storing quality, vetted materials, it allows those working in workforce development programs to identify and use relevant open education resources (OER) — everything from individual assignments to entire learning programs — through open licensing agreements.

Open Educational Resources: the University of Edinburgh

The OER Service runs a wide range of workshops and events as part of the University's Digital Skills programme. Our up and coming events are listed below, and you can find a full list of workshops we offer here:  OER Service Digital Skills. If you would like us to come to your school or college to run a session tailored to your requirements, please contact us at

VIVA Open: An OER Commons hosted website

VIVA Open is an OER Commons hosted website that serves as a repository for open educational resources (OER) adopted, adapted, and/or created by faculty and higher education professionals at Virginia institutions, most notably through VIVA's Course Redesign Grants. To support faculty in the development of OER, the site also contains the VIVA Open Collaborations Hub.

UBC OER Match Funding Available for UBCV Faculty Members - Will Engle, UBC

BC campus recently announced the first of two calls for proposals targeting the development of formative activities for open homework systems. The intent of these grants is to develop activities in which students can practice applying new concepts and skills that align with content within the selected open textbook. Successful proposals from faculty members at UBC Vancouver are eligible for match funding from the UBC OER Fund. The current BCcampus call is for post-secondary instructors and faculty in British Columbia to develop sets of content types in H5P that support open textbooks in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection.

Opinion: Texas should seize this chance to reinvent its schools - David DeMatthews and Alan Shoho, Statesman News

To save money, policymakers and district administrators should rethink their purchasing of textbooks and single-use materials. Repeatedly purchasing costly textbooks and workbooks that become quickly outdated and are not translated into multiple languages should be reconsidered as a standard practice. The state can invest in purchasing all students a device and online learning materials that can be curated by educators or e-books and materials developed by textbook companies that come in multiple languages.

Updated: Free Math Resources for Schools During the COVID-19 Outbreak - Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal

Education technology companies and organizations have stepped forward to help educators bring STEM and STEAM experiences to students in virtual ways during the COVID-19 closures. The following is a list of free resources in mathematics for PreK–12. This will be updated regularly as announcements are made. [some are relevant to lower division higher ed -ray]

Here is the next wave of online learning for higher education - Lark Park, CalMatters

A new frontier of online learning means redoubling efforts to address inequities. It means addressing the challenges not only posed by traditional classes, but by hands-on components like labs or education paths such as nursing or career tech. And it means finding ways for faculty to meaningfully connect online with students and each other in these difficult, isolating times.

Brittan Wilson Talks How OER Changes Practice - New America Podcast

Kristina's main takeaway from this conversation is the ways in which OER has changed Brittan as a practitioner and where she sees her role as a facilitator of learning and now gets to share and pay it forward to her own students, and other educators everywhere.

CAFS switches to zero cost course materials for students - Gabriela Reyes, Runner

The department of Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies (CAFS) at CSU Bakersfield is opting for an affordable learning solution, switching all CAFS courses to Open Educational Resources and Zero Cost Course Materials.

WMU Libraries' grants save students $184K in the spring semester - Western Michigan University

Six Open Textbook grant recipients successfully adopted and used an open textbook in their spring courses, saving 798 Western Michigan University students over $184,000 in textbooks costs. The grants, awarded in December 2019 by the University Libraries, provide support and incentive to instructors interested in adopting open textbooks—low or no-cost alternatives to traditional textbooks.

BibliU Raises $10 Million to Scale Online Textbooks - Wade Tyler Millward, EdSurge

As colleges seek to provide alternatives to print textbooks, one digital book provider, BibliU, has launched about 100 pilots globally since the pandemic started, says CEO David Sherwood. “Academic libraries have huge physical collections,” says Sherwood, 28. “The crisis has really brought to the forefront the issue with that approach and how remote learners and distance learners have been missing out on those resources.”

B&W survey shows 7 in 10 Lehigh students did not acquire required books due to cost in past year - JORDAN WOLMAN, Brown and White

The cost of college has skyrocketed over the past four decades, and only continues to climb higher. Meanwhile, the cost of textbooks lies beneath the radar, crammed inside the broader issue of college affordability. A July 2018 survey conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of Cengage, a digital education company, found that 85 percent of current and former students believed “textbook and course material expenses” were financially stressful, more so than other categories like food, housing, and health care, and second only to tuition costs.

UPIKE to implement new learning schedule, offer free textbooks to help students thrive - Lane Report

With the uncertainty of COVID-19 and its impact on higher education, the University of Pikeville announced bold measures to meet student needs this fall, including an eight-week block schedule and textbooks at no cost for undergraduate students.

Library resources shift amid COVID-19 - Julia Rudy, Coast Report Online

Many students rely on the library to have access to required textbooks for their classes and when the library closed students were unable to get access to the physical textbooks for the first time. While online textbooks have been made available for free from websites like RedShelf and VitalSource, OCC librarian Lori Cassidy said this service wouldn’t last forever.

CCCS Revolutionizing College Textbooks & Tackling Costs - Daily Sentinal

In 2011, CCCS pioneered the development and use of online course materials, referred to as Open Education Resources (OER), which has allowed their institutions to offer students free virtual textbooks for thousands of courses, referred to as zero textbook cost (ZTC) courses. The results of this groundbreaking work have been tremendous to students and to higher education providers across the nation.

OER Adoption Grant - Villanova University

Purpose: The Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Adoption Grant is designed to encourage faculty to select free, openly licensed textbooks as primary course materials. The rising cost of commercial textbooks negatively impacts student success as some delay or forego purchasing or renting course materials. The adoption of OER is a strategy for lowering the overall cost of course materials, and ensures continuous student access to the required textbook from day one of the course.

14 projects picked for Open Education Resources grants - Utimes Pitt

The Office of the Provost recently announced the third round of funding for Open Education Resources projects — one of Provost Ann Cudd’s priority initiatives. Fourteen projects were selected in spring 2020.