Open Educational Resources

The average college student spends over
eleven hundred dollars a year in college textbooks and that the end of their college careers
they’ll be looking at a pile of debt.
My textbooks cost more than my car. I teach mathematics for us, so we
went from 120 dollar textbook to zero dollars. Since I’ve been using
Open Educational Resources, I’ve seen a gradual improvement in my students
passing with a C or better in addition to having access to materials as soon
as the class started, the accessibility, there was a lot more active learning and engagement required
on the part of my students. I saw seventy-five percent of my
students pass with a C or better and that is statistically significant. We were invited to be part of a
consortium called Kaleidoscope and Kaleidoscope was funded through a
grant from Next Generation’s Learning Challenges. Through that we were given the support
so that we could develop our own courses in collaboration with
partner institutions around the country. Our faculty could collaborate with their
colleagues as well in developing those supporting materials
using the OER materials. We are much more easily seen what we’ve
started replicated across other sections in other parts of
the curriculum. Because these digital resources are web-based they’re portable and they can be used on
different devices. Success in this project has resulted in free or reduce costs of academic materials, improved grades, increased student retention and materials that are now more
sustainable across institutions. At the time of increasing student debt,
decreasing student completion rates, and limited budgets in higher education, OER targets vulnerable student
populations with approaches that are known to lower costs and increase student success. Public
funds have been committed to sustaining it and libraries are now building digital
OER repositories. TC3 is committed to continuing in
ongoing development and sharing of open courses in order
to make a SUNY education more effective and affordable.

2 thoughts on “Open Educational Resources”

  1. Digital OER can be of great use for all. If the students and teachers are having access to OER, the teaching-learning process can undergo transformation teaching methodology where the learning quality  will improve and will be cost effective and sustainable.

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