Last week I attended the 2019 ‘E’ffordability Summit at University of Wisconsin-Stout. This two-day, regional conference focuses on practices that help drive down costs for students with a focus on open educational resources. This conference was a great introduction to understanding the reasons for the open educational resource movement, as well as a broader movement to open education (not just course materials, but overall transparency and accessibility for education, students, and educators). Read on for highlights from the conference!
Julie Lazzara and Matthew Bloom give us an introduction to OER in their guest post. The Novice Professor met Julie, Matthew, and their colleague Alisa Beyer at STP’s ACT 2018, where they gave a presentation about training for, developing and piloting an OER course in Psychology. Read more below to learn about open resources and how to use them from these OER guru’s!
If you are teaching in higher education, you have likely heard the term “Open Educational Resources” (OER) used with more frequency over the last several years. From conferences to scholarly publications--and even to the congressional budget--”open” textbooks have become a hot topic. But what really is OER and why would faculty choose to transition to them from traditional publisher materials? Students and faculty alike often associate OER with low or no cost textbooks, but there is a lot more to OER than cost savings. Here are a few key tips and resources to consider if OER has piqued your interest.