In British Columbia we have just started a new project to produce 40 open textbooks. We expect to save students 3 to 5x times the investment of $1M by government. Students like that idea.
There are many open textbook projects underway. Each uses a Creatiev Commosn licenses, so that means the textbooks they produce will be available to world, for free.
My own organization has a digital library that shares hundreds of courses that have been funded by our government. My government has invested over $11M since 2003 to create open course materials that our higher education faculty create and share with colleagues.
OERu planning meeting - program pathways
Can we use open textbooks and OER for
building OERu program/s of study?
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Study pathways or DIYu?
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Is there a need to provide
models programs of study
-pathways for learners and
What kinds of course
frameworks can we use to
maximize access to open
pathways for study?
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160 school adoptions
$2.3 million savings
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Pathways to …
Or, do we need to
describe model program
pathways to address
Bachelor of General Studies
(BGS) as a course and
OERu: tapestry or threads?
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Do we need to develop templates and frameworks
for study and if so, what would those look like?
What kinds of program
pathways might make
sense as early targets for
BGS as a course and