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Adopting and Evaluating OER
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As faculty, you assess textbooks against a set of criteria that reflects your long experience and knowledge of student needs. You do the same with Open Textbooks, but there are a few additional considerations.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Lansing Community College
Author:
Regina Gong
The Adoption of Open Educational Resources by One Community College Math Department
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The high cost of textbooks is of concern not only to college students but also to society as a whole. Open textbooks promise the same educational benefits as traditional textbooks; however, their efficacy remains largely untested. We report on one community college’s adoption of a collection of open resources across five different mathematics classes. During the 2012 fall semester, 2,043 students in five different courses used these open access resources. We present a comparison between the previous two years in terms of the number of students who withdrew from the courses and the number that completed the courses with a C grade or better. Our analysis suggests that while there was likely no change in these educational outcomes, students who have access to open access materials collectively saved a significant amount of money. Students and faculty were surveyed as to their perceptions of these materials and the results were generally favorable.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Athabasca University
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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Author:
Donna Gaudet
Jared Robinson
John Levi Hilton III
Phil Clark
AgShare Resource Guide: Freely available academic readings to supplement course modules
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This resource guide is a compendium of the individual handbooks that were prepared for the AgShare university partners. It is subdivided into sections, such as lecture materials, student readings, websites, and video.

Material Type:
Textbook
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Michigan State University and OER Africa
OER Africa
Author:
Levey, Lisbeth
Amee Godwin - On Doing OER
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Amee Godwin's contribution to the OSS and OER in Education Series. In this post, she writes about OER as an active collaborative process aimed at enhancing teaching and learning.

Subject:
Higher Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Ken Udas
Andy Lane - Systems for Supportive Open Teaching
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Andy Lane's contribution to the OSS and OER in Education Series. In this post, he describes Open Learning and Open Educational Resources activities and projects at The UK Open University. He asks some critical questions about what it means to talk about Open Teaching (whether using OERs or not) and how might that teaching be organized so that it is supportive of informal and/or formal learning.

Subject:
Higher Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Ken Udas
Building a Degree with Open Educational Resources at Bay College
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This video was made possible by a grant from Achieving the Dream. Through this grant Bay College will create degree pathways using Open Educational Resources. Open Educational Resources are resources licensed with a Creative Commons license type.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Bay College
CONEWAGO VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT'S INTRODUCTION TO OER - Part I Remix
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As Conewago Valley School District advances its open educational resource (OER) adoption and implementation plan, Leveraging its teaching and learning network and digital library, OER Commons (oercommons.org) launched in 2007.

This is the first of three custom module trainings that will provide participants with an introduction to OER practice and the value add, highlighting successful state and district use cases. Followed by a demonstration and discussion of how to navigate OER Commons and create collaborative workflows to identify resources, assess their quality using rubrics, and organize materials for use. Participants will get an opportunity to practice using OER tools and begin to design their plans for OER implementation, specific to their immediate OER needs. An important outcome for educators will be a shared understanding of OER practice and specific next steps for OER adoption in their work.

We have designed these modules to first spark the learner's interest in the topics covered and then dig deeper into the content through presentations, storytelling, and demonstrations of the tools. We will offer opportunities for learners to practice exploring the resources and tools, and reflect on how they might use them in their work.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Ann Baum (Johnston)
Ben Smith
Christopher Rudisill
Chris Bowman
Karen Sipe
Chemical Industries Resource Pack
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The Chemical Industries resource pack is a set of curriculum-aligned resources for physical science teachers. It covers the petrochemical, fertiliser, chloralkali, and battery industries, and their links to electrochemistry, chemical equilibrium, and other sections in the science syllabus. The pack contains animations, practical videos, quizzes, worksheets and answers, posters, and a detailed periodic table.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
University of Cape Town
Author:
UCT Chemical Engineering Schools Project
Collaborative Learning and the Open Educational Resource Movement
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Open Educational Resources (OERs) are bringing a wealth of information, through various technologies, to all corners of the planet. This vital new movement has greatly impacted how our next generation now learns, but the promise is far grander. For the movement to reach it’s full potential, it must keep pace with technology. As Web 1.0 has moved on to the more interactive Web 2.0, so must the OER movement progress to the more interactive, student-centered, social learning environment of Learning 2.0. In this analysis I will share current examples of social learning in OERs. First, I will look at the trend of consumers becoming producers on websites such as Connexions and Rip Mix Learner. Second, I will examine the current and future role of education in social and interactive sites like Facebook and Wikipedia. Third, I will address how social learning is incorporated into OERs that are created for developing countries. And finally, I will discuss future trends and how OERs can, and must, continue to drive learners to interact and connect when they are in disparate areas.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
Connexions
Author:
Dirk Bowles
Conewago Valley School District's Introduction to OER Curation Part III - Remix
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As Conewago Valley School District advances its open educational resource (OER) adoption and implementation plan, Leveraging its teaching and learning network and digital library, OER Commons (oercommons.org) launched in 2007. This is the third of three custom module trainings that will provide participants with an introduction to OER practice and the value add, highlighting successful state and district use cases. Followed by a demonstration and discussion of how to navigate OER Commons and create collaborative workflows to identify resources, assess their quality using rubrics, and organize materials for use. Participants will get an opportunity to practice using OER tools and begin to design their plans for OER implementation, specific to their immediate OER needs. An important outcome for educators will be a shared understanding of OER practice and specific next steps for OER adoption in their work. We have designed these modules to first spark the learner's interest in the topics covered and then dig deeper into the content through presentations, storytelling, and demonstrations of the tools. We will offer opportunities for learners to practice exploring the resources and tools, and reflect on how they might use them in their work.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Module
Author:
Ann Baum (Johnston)
Ben Smith
Christopher Rudisill
Chris Bowman
Karen Sipe