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Will OER Breathe New Life Into Higher Education?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Jan 24, 2020

Lowering the cost of required course materials and textbooks has been the goal from the beginning of the open educational resources (OER) movement. But with OER moving more mainstream, are we seeing other benefits as well? “OER Embrace” (Inside Higher Ed, September, 2019) shared that early data among some California community colleges suggests increased student […]

First Day Advice From the Field

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 22, 2020

Welcome back professors! With the start of the new term comes two things, new opportunities for learning and first day jitters. Even the seasoned professors we work with tell us they still get nervous on the first day of class. Of course, the first week is also when you’re creating a vision of what’s to […]

Accelerating Innovation to Improve Student Learning

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 14, 2020

As we enter the new decade, it is clear that higher education institutions need to accelerate innovation in order to improve student learning. Our higher education ecosystem can’t move fast enough! The demands are loud and strong from employers, from students who fail to complete, from students who question the relevance of their degree, and […]

Should We Unbundle the Degree?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Jan 09, 2020

The topic of unbundling the degree still brings mixed responses, even in discussions I had while attending a number of conferences during 2019. Some support unbundling the degree because it offers students greater control over their education – and a more direct path toward successful workforce preparedness. Others expressed concern that unbundling the degree would […]

Active Learning on the Uptick?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Dec 17, 2019

The evidence is overwhelming that employing active learning strategies leads to deeper learning, increased retention and higher performance. In fact, the EDCAUSE Horizon Report: 2019 Higher Education Edition states 73 percent of universities surveyed indicate active learning classrooms are in the planning process or being implemented in 2020. Active learning is an instructional approach that […]

Could Micro-credentials Solve Macro Problems like College Completion?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Dec 05, 2019

Last month, the National Student Clearinghouse® (NSC) Research Center ™ released a report on the 36 million Americans who started college but did not complete. The report accounts for 97% of post secondary enrollments in the US and includes data at the state level. Notable is the 22 percent increase in “some college, no degree” […]

Is OER Moving into the Mainstream?

Published By Carrie O'Donnell
on Nov 20, 2019

I recently attended the #OpenEd2019 conference looking for clarity on this question. You can see from the data in the infographic below that the use and acceptance of OER is increasing. Additionally, faculty resentment towards commercial publishers continues to grow, creating a more open environment for faculty awareness and acceptance of OER. At the conference, […]

OER is a Necessary Groundbreaker: A Millennial’s Perspective

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Nov 13, 2019

When I was a college student, nearly a decade ago, I remember dreading the trip to the campus bookstore to buy my books. I was taking a women’s European history class my first year and the syllabus listed 8 books we were required to purchase. One book alone was $100, and I was taking 4 […]

Are Campus Libraries An Untapped Partner for Advancing Higher Education OER Initiatives?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Nov 07, 2019

In 2014, Babson Survey Research Group stated, “The most significant barrier to wider adoption of open educational resources (OER) remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate it.” Enter the campus library. Already a repository of materials sought for information, knowledge and entertainment, and now indicated by community college […]