Monthly Archives: September 2017

Launching OER Degree Pathways

Achieving the Dream is a non-profit organization working to improve student success for community college students across the country through leadership, support, innovative strategies, and projects.

The organization awarded grant funding as part of its Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative to 38 community colleges across 13 states to develop zero textbook cost degree pathways. Recently Achieving the Dream detailed progress on its initiative in a report titled: Launching OER Degree Pathways: An Early Snapshot of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative and Emerging Lessons.

Here are some of the main findings from the report: Continue reading

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Join the Rebus Community

The Rebus Community is a non-profit organization funded by the Hewlett Foundation and dedicated to supporting and collaborating with faculty, librarians, and others to write and develop open educational resources and open textbooks. Faculty and others can collaborate on OER projects or receive support to develop their own OER materials.

The main goal of the Rebus Community is “to help a global community publish great Open Textbooks and associated content in every subject, in every language” (Rebus Community). The Rebus Community also partners with numerous organizations working to advance open textbooks and resources such as BC Campus, Open Oregon, and the Open Textbook Network among others. Continue reading

Non-Credit Courses and OER

Non-credit courses require no fees and students do not receive college credit or official grades. College programs across the campus might be interested in developing non-credit courses to help students succeed in college, prepare for a major or course of study, and gain marketable skills. Non-credit courses however can impede some students from succeeding due to the cost of instructional materials that might be required for some non-credit courses.

Here are some examples of topics and OER which can be used to develop non-credit courses. Continue reading