Month: October 2018

Regular Edition

OER Digest – October 26th, 2018

From Ethan Senack, Creative Commons USA | Volume 68 | October 26th, 2018

With updates from Sarah Sweeney and Mo Nyamweya

 

THE OER DIGEST

Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and reminders

HAPPY OPEN ACCESS WEEK: Around the world, advocates are celebrating open access to research, educational materials and other information, under this year’s theme, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge.” Many institutions and organizations are hosting events; one major highlight being an OpenCon satellite event at the United Nations, where speakers from the World Bank, UNESCO, and WIPO joined open advocates from around the world to discuss the relationship between openness and the UN’s sustainable development goals. See more on Twitter.

REFLECTING: Achieving the Dream recently published a new report-back on their OER initiative at 38 college campuses, analyzing the academic and economic outcomes of increased OER use, as well as challenges of implementation. Some interesting finding include:

  • The cost of traditional textbooks is a burden for students and can account for up to 80% of the cost of college attendance for Pell or other grant aid recipients.
  • While only 12% of students reported that they have withdrawn from a course because they could not afford required materials, 41% responded that OER courses have a significant impact on their ability to afford college.
  • Although 62% responded on the survey that access to technology and/or the internet impacts their ability to complete coursework, fewer than 10% cited this as a challenge for OER courses.

ADD TO WATCHLIST: A new video series from ISTE and New America dives in on OER implementation in PreK-12 settings, interviewing state and district leaders, covering everything from “Changing Educator Perspectives on OER” to “OER Sustainability Models”. The series is available here.

CAMPUSES OUT FRONT: A host of campuses made headlines this week for their OER work, from University of Missouri – Kansas City, Mount Wachusett Community College, Los Angeles Pierce College, and Valdosta State University reporting back on their campus adoption initiatives, to the University System of Maryland’s new OER grant, and a Virginia Tech open textbook gaining steam. Students at MSU McMaster and at Bay College also made news for their OER efforts. (Don’t see your campus news story listed here? Send us an email at oerdigest@gmail.com.)

 

OPEN CONNECTIONS

Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

REGISTER: Indiana is hosting a #GoOpen Summit in January of 2019. Registration is open here.

PROPOSALS: The call for proposals for sessions at the Library Publishing Forum in Vancouver is now open. The conference will be held May 8-10th of 2019.

PROPOSALS: Organizers of the OER19 conference in Galway, Ireland on April 10-11th, 2019, have opened up their call for proposals.

 

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

Quick snapshots of those making change on the ground level, and those impacted

FROM CALIFORNIA: “Compared to what I spent on course materials in previous quarters, $387 is not much… This does not include “class fees,” which are supplemental charges made to a student’s bill when they take a class in physical education ($35), music ($250) and studio art ($50-100), to name a few… Here comes at least a partial answer to the question: “Why do we see a lack of socio-economic diversity in the arts?” There are financial barriers — both in the cost of textbooks and in the supplemental charges some classes carry — to pursuing music and visual arts here. Quarter after quarter, it adds up.This is especially true for students who have to send money back home to support their families — something not uncommon in the low-income community on campus. In addition to managing a full course load, these students balance their schedule with one or more jobs so that they are able to provide for their families. Each dollar matters.” Read More >

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Each edition, we’ll highlight an interesting, new, openly-licensed resource

An OER working group with participants from UT Libraries, Texas Digital Library, and COERLL published a series of talking points, sample outreach materials, and other tools broken down by particular audiences – students, faculty, administrators, and more. Check out “Talkin’ ‘Bout OER” here.  

 

WEIGH IN

Interesting Discussions and Strategic Reads to Repost or Share

Great to Share >>

OER promotes student success | Community College Daily

http://www.ccdaily.com/2018/10/oer-promotes-student-success/

 

Interesting to Consider >>

A Message to College Leaders: Don’t Overlook Resources Right Under Your Nose | Chronicle of Higher Education

https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Message-to-College-Leaders-/244879/

OER Is Growing At Religious Colleges, But Raises Unique Challenges | EdSurge https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-10-24-oer-is-growing-at-religious-colleges-but-raises-unique-challenges

Introduction to Open Education: Towards a Human Rights Theory | IJOER

https://www.ijoer.org/introduction-to-open-education-towards-a-human-rights-theory/

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The OER Digest is a public newsletter distributed to a broad group of stakeholders across the higher education community. You can join the open Google Group or check out the distribution list here.

Video Edition

OER Digest [Video Edition] – October 12th, 2018

From Mo Nyamweya & Hailey Babb, SPARC | Volume 67 | October 12th, 2018

With video updates from #OpenEd18 attendees and speakers

 

THE OER DIGEST

Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and reminders

This special edition of the OER Digest was filmed at the 2018 Open Education Conference in Niagara Falls, NY, with updates from various organizations represented at the conference, student OER advocates, and other notable attendees/speakers. Stay tuned until the end for some #BloOERpers! Click through to watch >>>

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The OER Digest is a public newsletter distributed to a broad group of stakeholders across the higher education community. You can join the open Google Group or check out the distribution list here.

Regular Edition

OER Digest: October 4th, 2018

From Kaitlyn Vitez, U.S. PIRG | Volume 67 | October 4th, 2018

With updates from Karen Lauritsen and Camille Thomas

 

THE OER DIGEST

Your bi-weekly newsletter for open education updates, opportunities, and reminders

CONGRATS: On Tuesday, news broke that LibreTexts has been awarded  the first grant from the Open Textbook Pilot, a program which open advocates secured in last year’s federal budget. The U.S. Department of Education elected to grant all available funds – nearly $5 million – to the nonprofit. Based at the University of California at Davis, LibreTexts will use the funds to expand its STEM open textbook library over the next three years, as well as develop more materials for career and technical education. They will also create a “Z-degree” pathway for a bachelors in chemistry.

POLICY UPDATE: Meanwhile, the budget bill renewing the Open Textbook Pilot for a second year was officially signed into law last Friday. Under instructions from Congress, the second round of $5 million will be distributed in at least 20 smaller awards, as opposed to one large one. The timeline for the second competition has yet to be established.  In Colorado, applications are now open for their state grant program, which was created in the state budget earlier this year. Read more and submit your proposal by October 31st here.

PUTTING STUDENTS FIRST:  A coalition of open nonprofits have launched a new social media campaign, #ForStudentsForever, to “shift focus to where it needs to be: on making sure that students have open access to the materials they need to succeed in class.” You can read more at their website or follow the conversation on Twitter.

NEW RESOURCE: The Open Textbook Network has created an open textbook publishing curriculum. Content includes an orientation to publishing, how to structure a textbook, institutional resources, and reflective questions for guiding your program development. The course is openly available and OTN members will be invited to live sessions. Get started with a short intro to the course here.

EXCELLENCE IN OPEN ED: BCcampus has recognized Dr. Maja Krzic of the University of British Columbia with their latest “Award for Excellence,” for her work to launch the Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources (VSSLR) group with 30 Canadian soil scientists, media developers, students, and educators to develop open access tools.

 

OPEN CONNECTIONS

Conferences, jobs, and other OER-related opportunities

JOBS: OpenStax is hiring for a number of positions, from product manager to user experience analyst. Check out their full listing to learn more and apply.

#OPENED18: The Digest team will be at #OpenEd18 in Niagara Falls producing a special video edition. Email us at oerdigest@gmail.com if you’d like to contribute a short update!

 

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

Quick snapshots of those making change on the ground level, and those impacted

FROM BRITISH COLUMBIA: The BC Federation of Students has made a $30,000 gift to BCcampus to support their work to develop and promote open textbooks. “OERs remove the barrier of the pay-to-succeed model, creating equitable access to our classrooms and promoting open pedagogical practices that support student success in an inclusive way,” said Aran Armutlu, chairperson of BCFS. Read more>>>

FROM MARYLAND: MaryPIRG board member and former textbooks campaign coordinator Gaurav Dayal opines on how the latest textbook publisher tactics hold students back: “Access codes go against the fundamental American ideal of equal opportunity… We students tolerated high cost of textbooks despite its corrupt industry; however, we cannot and must not sit idly by as companies force us to pay to do homework.” Read more >>>

FROM TENNESSEE: Partnerships at University of Tennessee Knoxville were recognized for raising awareness and supporting faculty through the Libraries’ grant program. “I thought it would be a good chance to get some help finding better quality resources than the ones I have used,” said Associate Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, Joanne Logan. Read more >>>

 

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Each edition, we’ll highlight an interesting, new, openly-licensed resource

Daryl Janzen at the University of Saskatchewan has released Introduction to Electricity, Magnetism, and Circuits, an adaptation of OpenStax’s University Physics. The textbook promises to “making physics concepts interesting and accessible to students while maintaining the mathematical rigour inherent in the subject.”

 

WEIGH IN

Interesting Discussions and Strategic Reads to Repost or Share

Great to Share >>

Open Ed Southern Symposium Opening Keynote | Jasmine Roberts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BvuclK4nuM&feature=youtu.be

Interesting to Consider >>

Latest Textbook Editions Put An Extra Burden On Students |The Pitt News https://pittnews.com/article/135562/uncategorized/latest-textbook-editions-put-an-extra-burden-on-students/

Textbooks Arrive Late | LA Pierce College Roundup http://theroundupnews.com/2018/09/19/textbooks-arrive-late/

A Statement of Academic Purpose | Chuck Pearson https://chuckpearson.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/a-statement-of-academic-purpose/

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The OER Digest is a public newsletter distributed to a broad group of stakeholders across the higher education community. You can join the open Google Group or check out the distribution list here.

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