#OLC15 – Opening Up Opportunities for Students and Faculty: A University Transitions to Open and Digital Resources

October 14, 2015 – 12:45pm
IMG_5189 Lead Presenter: Jill Buban (Online Learning Consortium, USA)

This presentation will provide an overview of one institution’s journey to transition nearly 500 courses to digital resources including open, library, and eBook resources.


  • Background: Post University is a traditional institution (800 students) with 15,000 students taking online courses.
  • Students were not purchasing textbooks because of cost.
  • Goals:
    • To provide affordable alternative to textbooks
    • To provide instant access to course materials as the course begins
    • To provide course materials that best meet course and program outcomes (for accreditation and student success)
  • Project Scope:
    • Target 450+ undergrad and grad courses across 2 modalities and varying course lengths
    • Timeframe: Goal fo 60% completion rate in 1 year
    • As of July 324 courses were using OER.
  • Getting Started
    • Faculty perspectives around the “scholarly” resources of “open course” quality. Some faculty don’t believe in open.  Does this make more work for me? What about academic freedom?
    • University wide systems to support: instructional design, IT, admissions, student services, student accounts, advising, library are key areas.
    • 3rd party vendors include: bookstore, publishers, software vendors.
  • OpenStax
    • These resources were used for open textbooks. Based in Rice University.
    • They are entering the K12 market also.
  • Open = socially just, inexpensive resources for students
  • Libraries are key in gaining access to digital resources that are free or “already paid for”.
  • Merlot is another good resource to find materials using the ISBN search.
  • Key: Find champions and celebrate the work of early adopters.
  • For promotion, using the LMS portal to provide awareness.
  • When selecting resources it is important to find creative commons resources to ensure copyright clearance.
  • It’s important to involve faculty at the beginning and also faculty governance.

oerprocessWhat do you think about open education resources? Are you using them in your course? If so, how?


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