The Future is Wide Open with Open
Educational Resources at NOVA
Wm. Preston Davis, Ed.D.
Director of Instructional Services
Natalie Clewell, M.S.
What are OER?
“OER are teaching, learning and
research resources that reside in the
public domain or have been released
under an intellectual property license
that permits their free use or repurposing by others.”
– The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Why use OER?
Access – Open Educational Resources allows
for all students to have equal access to all
Affordability – Open Educational Resources are
free or very low cost, significantly reducing
Student Success – Open Educational
Resources are high quality educational
materials available in a variety of engaging
formats for all learners
How is ELI addressing OER?
Faculty workshops for OER
OER Google site
OER-based General Education
NOVA’s OER-Based General
Education Project at ELI
Offer twelve (12) OER GenEd Certificate courses Fall
Offer twenty-two (22) OER GenEd degree courses Fall
Create greater awareness of OER at NOVA;
Help faculty to identify existing OER and/or create new
OER materials to increase faculty control of course
content and improve teaching and learning;
Make education more accessible and affordable for all
learners at NOVA and throughout the VCCS by doing
away with the requirement for students to purchase and
rely on expensive textbooks for these gateway courses.
Current ELI OER Courses
We selected high-impact courses for a broad population for
phase 1 of the project:
English – ENG 111, 112,125
Math – MTH 151
Science – PHY 201, 202
History – HIS 121, 122
Humanities/Fine Arts – ART 101, 102
Social/Behavioral Sciences – HIS 262
Student Development – SDV 100
These courses can be completed individually or as an entire certificate
An entire OER degree option will be available starting
Faculty were provided grant funded stipends
to redesign a course using OER instead of
ELI resources (Librarian, Instructional
Designers) were provided to assist in course
design and development, and OER curation.
All course material developed for this project
will be shared throughout the VCCS and
licensed through Creative Commons after the
Team Designed Course
Faculty are the course
are content delivery
ELI Librarian is OER
course material expert
OER Content Development
Faculty work with ELI
to create engaging course
materials and learning
assessments using high
Online Tools and Resources
Librarian curated and maintained OER
course site for faculty
to help them to identify
and utilize appropriate free
and open course materials.
Costs of Course Textbooks
ENG 111 – $140/105
ENG 112 – $93/70
ENG 125 – $89/67
MTH 151 – $263/226
PHY 201 – $269/201
PHY 202 - $244/183
HIS 121 - $109/82
HIS 122 – $109/82
ART 101 – $226/169
ART 102 – $226/169
HIS 262 – N/A (new course)
SDV 100 – $77/58
Average cost for textbooks = $185 (new)
Significant Cost Savings
A student completing the entire OER-Based
Gen Ed Certificate would potentially save
$1845 over the cost of new textbooks in the
traditional textbook-based courses.
The current estimated savings to students
enrolled in the fall OER pilot courses is in
excess of $140,000!
These courses will be more affordable and
accessible to community college students.
Students will save thousands of dollars
and all students will have equal access
to all OER course materials.
Student Success rates will improve.
Student demand for these courses
will drive future OER course
development leading to a full
OER-based AS degree.
Some Resources for Implementing
OER Google Site: http://bit.ly/ELIOERforFaculty
Open Courseware Consortium
The Saylor Foundation OCW
College Open Textbooks