COST? OER stands to dramatically reduce the costs for students.
« According to Tidewater Community
College, their Zero Textbook program
(“Z Degree) saves each student about
$500 each quarter, or about the cost
of 1 course.
Bliss, TJ. Z as in Zero: Increasing College Access and Success trough Zero Textbook Cost Degree. http://www.hewlett.org/blog/posts/z-zero-increasing-
ACCESS TO MORE QUALITY CONTENT
« OER is the promise of accessing high quality content for free.
« Leading Universities offer nearly a thousand courses online
(MOOCs, Open Courseware, etc.)
« One instructor describes the process of using OER as “breaking the
umbilical cord” to publisher content.*
« Librarians are becoming content specialists - again.
*Tidewater Community College's Textbook-Free "Z-Degree“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu_LPUxtDgc
COURSE MATERIALS ARE LESS RESTRICTED
« Could be accessed by students before and after
« Connected to the wider world, courses can
become a launch pad for further discovery
« Content is accessible by more teachers and
students, and “Peer Review” is on a global scale.
IS THE PROMISE OF
GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION OF
« Who will organize and house OER in the
« Will foundations and higher education be able
to sustain their commitment to quality content
with funds to assemble and curate the best?
« As MOOCs evolve, will they be monetized out
of OER models?
QUALITY OF CONTENT
«Instructors may not be willing to trade a volume of
quality content for the time needed to locate and an
«Geoff Cain, College of the Redwoods suggests that the
number of resources is “so vast that it can literally
«If institutions begin to depend on OER content, will
there be institutional support for staff development of
the skills necessary to create OER content and, more
importantly, evaluate it?
*McCrae, B. 4 Challenges for OER in Higher Education 6/26/2012. http://campustechnology.com/articles/2012/06/26/4-challenges-for-oer-in-higher-
education.aspx (access 3/3/2015
« Using publisher material has very clear
and traditional legal requirements.
« Creative Commons licensing is new and
still evolving. How can we help instructors
make informed judgments about
intellectual property – their own and
NO COST IS NOT FREE
« OER Repositories and institutions of higher
education have incentivized the development and
maintenance, e.g., providing stipends to faculty to
develop content. UMass –Amherst estimated they
save students $135,000 by paying 15 professors
$17,00 to produce content.
« OER is a paradigm shift from “The Textbook is the
Content” to “The Content is the Content.” Faculty
require support in this shift in the areas of
professional development and instructional design.
HOW DOES OER LOOK TO YOUR CAMPUS?
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