open education resources

Need to get situated in the world of online teaching and distance learning in all its variations (hybrid, blended, etc.)? Would like to know “best practices” and get ideas for successful online learning initiatives? See below some helpful resources: http://online.ucf.edu/teach-online/professional-development/faculty-seminars/ http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eq/a002/eqm0023.pdf http://www.umass.edu/oapa/oapa/publications/online_handbooks/Teaching_and_Learning_Online_Handbook.pdf http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/AGlanceatInstitutionalSupportf/213685 http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/winter144/lackey144.pdf http://jolt.merlot.org/vol7no4/brinthaupt_1211.pdf http://blended.online.ucf.edu/

Read More

Are you unsure of what OER is? Confused about copyright? Check out this great tutorial from Algonquin College which covers the basics of OER, copyright, and more. http://www.algonquincollege.com/oer/course/ …and don’t forget to check out CTL’s resources related to OER! http://ctlblog.athenstech.edu/creating-a-community-of-open/

Read More

In celebration of International Open Access Week and this year’s theme of “Open for Collaboration,” SPARC and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library are co-hosting a global, virtual edit-a-thon for Open Access-related content on Wikipedia. Wikipedia is the first source that many consult about Open Access and related topics.  Because of this, our community has an important interest in ensuring that Wikipedia has accurate, comprehensive coverage of Open Access in languages that make this information available to everyone around the world. Specifically, the edit-a-thon will aim to accomplish three goals during the week: to improve already existing Open Access-related pages, to create new content where it needs to be added, and to translate Open Access-related pages into languages where they don’t yet exist. You don’t need to be an expert Wikipedia editor to contribute.  In fact, you don’t need any editing experience at all!   All you need is an interest in Open Access and willingness to share your knowledge by adding it to an article or translating information into a new language.  Training for new editors will be provided as part of the event. A homepage for the Open Access Week Edit-a-thon has been setup on the Wikimedia website athttps://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/OA_week.  On this…

Read More

Are you ready to revise and remix, but uncertain about tools and techniques? Then this is the webinar for you. http://openoregon.org/events/event/adapting-and-authoring-oer-lessons-learned/ Central Oregon Community College librarian Michele DeSilva is a member of the 2015 Open Oregon special projects grant cohort. She is working with two writing faculty on developing an OER textbook for a technical writing course. The team worked through issues likely to arise for any OER adopters/adapters, including questions about platforms, accessibility, and attribution. In this webinar, Michele will discuss answers to these questions and other practical lessons learned while supporting faculty in their OER work. Join the session: Oct. 16, 2015 https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008418&password=M.00FA0F3D48C58152D470CA7471E2EE Call-in number: 571-392-7703 Participant PIN: 924 186 726 350 NOTE: We’re starting at 10am Pacific time! (Pacific time! 1 PM EST)

Read More

http://www.sparc.arl.org/blog/affordable-college-textbook-act-reintroduced-congress Affordable College Textbook Act Reintroduced in Congress SPARC is excited to share that today the Affordable College Textbook Act was introduced in both chambers of the U.S. Congress. The bill aims to reduce the cost of textbooks by expanding the use of open educational resources on college and university campuses. It was introduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN) and Angus King (D-ME) and Representatives Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and Jared Polis (D-CO). The bill would create a federally-funded competitive grant program for colleges and universities to establish open textbook pilot programs. Pilots would seek to expand the use, creation and improvement of open educational resources on campus, with emphasis on high enrollment subjects and other areas that would achieve the greatest textbook cost savings for students. As a condition of the grants, any educational materials developed would be released under an open license and freely shared with other schools and the general public. The bill was originally introduced in the 113rd Congress in 2013, and today’s reintroduction signals the continued national significance of open educational resources as part of higher education’s future. Hundreds of campuses across the country are already leveraging open educational resources to reduce costs for students and improve academic success. From Tidewater…

Read More

    Please join Affordable Learning Georgia this Wednesday for the noon webinar – “Open” Your Campus: Advocacy and Campus Planning for Affordable Learning. Many of you are already teaching with affordable resources, but getting your institution or department on-board is a different kind of process involving multiple stakeholders. This event, featuring successful advocacy experiences from two of our Featured Advocates, Mary Jo Fayoyin (Savannah State University) and German Vargas (College of Coastal Georgia), will explore a Campus Action Plan template created by SPARC to make the best connections and gain awareness and interest in affordable resources. Date and Time: October 14, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm, EDT Location: Online, Blackboard Collaborate Price: Free Register Now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LPVPPL7 Thank you, Jeff Jeff Gallant ALG Visiting Program Officer for Open Educational Resources University System of Georgia Library Services jeff.gallant@usg.edu  

Read More

Recently, the CTL Portal Manager, Dean of CTL,  and Dr. Randall Fameree  of the Anatomy and Physiology Department conducted a brief survey of his students to answer the following questions: How does the cost of the textbook for this class impact students? Do they make decisions about this class based upon the textbook? Would they choose an e-book, if it was a more affordable option? Do they buy the textbook and if so, from where? 35 students completed the survey (Download quantitative data here). Additional OER resources from us can be found here. General conclusions from the survey: Although expensive, the A&P students felt the book was worth the purchase and because it was used for 2 classes, it was deemed as less expensive overall. In general, the A&P students  would not choose an ebook over a print copy – ease of use seemed to be the biggest factor: the ability to highlight and take notes seemed to be the biggest factor, followed by portability  and access Of those who responded: 94% purchased the required textbook needed for the class. Of the 6% who did not purchase the book, 1 was given the book by a friend; 3 indicated that…

Read More

Here are a few Open Access resources to get you started (and don’t forget you can search many social media and sharing websites like Flickr and Youtube by rights): Learn about OER CTL’s curated resources: Free on the Internet (Overview of OER, Tools & Tips) http://goo.gl/sXVXy5 OA/OER Brief http://goo.gl/5HVfXq Searching Tips (Internet Archive, Google) http://goo.gl/MHKcEH Rights / Copyright Tools http://goo.gl/aYNyHj This document http://goo.gl/KZ7Bex   OE Consortium – Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) , http://oerconsortium.org/ ;  Webinars http://www.oeconsortium.org/resources/webinars/ Open 4 Us, http://open4us.org ; Webinars http://open4us.org/events/ College Open Textbooks http://collegeopentextbooks.org/ Affordable Learning Georgia http://affordablelearninggeorgia.org/ Merlot http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm Searching by rights Creative Commons search: http://search.creativecommons.org/ DPLA (all formats, some public domain): http://dp.la/ Internet archive (all formats; some public domain; can limit to rights via advanced searching, https://archive.org/advancedsearch.php ): http://archive.org ; Georgia related items http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/CollectionsA-Z/iadl_search.html Library of Congress (all formats; some works in public domain) : http://catalog.loc.gov/ Open Access library: http://www.oalib.com/ University of Montana list of public domain (books, manuscripts, music, maps, visual art) http://libguides.lib.umt.edu/content.php?pid=119432&sid=1042278   Search collections by format Books CTL’s Evolving list https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lT13shffVXVqVODqm0crC5fHupRjtoypoaN5jZw1ILY/edit Affordable Learning Georgia http://www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/find_textbooks/open_textbooks Amazon Kindle Public Domain books: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?node=154606011&p_15=public%20domain Georgia Download Destination : http://gadd.lib.overdrive.com/EC22239B-CAE9-4F57-AAF0-CA4160193BB5/10/50/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm Google books (some public domain) http://books.google.com/ ; to limit searching to public…

Read More

As more federal agencies begin requiring grant recipients to make research results freely available to the public, college librarians have taken on a new role: helping researchers comply with open-access rules. A February 2013 memorandum from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said federal agencies with more than $100 million in research-and-development expenditures would have to require that results be available within a year of publication. Read more about this http://chronicle.com/article/Librarians-Leap-to-the-Aid-of/231997/?key=HG1yd1M7Pn1HZnFgMTZAZT4Ab3BvNh4rYnRIOn1wblxRGQ==  

Read More

A few notes from the recent OER webinar from Affordable Learning GA Implementation Getting started with OER – how to craft a syllabus Include a statement of how OER is utilized Create multiple, visible access points Identify and publicize print options Ensure full text navigation Create tutorials Create navigation elements ..an overview of E-core Increased options – online, short & full classes ; first 2 years of undergrad; transfer potential 8 week session option Decreased tuition (169$) per per credit hour utilizes OERs and MOOCs Focus on nontraditional – military, adult learner, join/dual high school enrollment (new) OER increases retention for ecore from 2005: 65% to 2014: 87% Implementing Chemistry 1 & 2 for Fall 2015 6 month process to rewrite curriculum to match open textbook (openstax) Instructional designer working with 4 faculty to rewrite curriculum and create supplemental material for 2 classes Highly customized – very important to customize content Instructional Designer builds class Chemistry I & II OpenStax includes testbanks & exercises Instructional designer maps OER to curriculum; faculty create supplemental content like exercises Tutorial/training session to students about how to use ebooks (loaded in LMS; created by ecore staff) Advantages of OER Joint/Dual enrollment in Georgia is…

Read More