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
On Wednesday March 29th, the SBVC Academic Senate will be hosting a special OER meeting to celebrate the Open Education Week. Open Education Week brings awareness to open educational resources around the globe. Now in its fifth year of inception, Open Education Week is organized by the Open Education Consortium.
The open education movement at SBVC is growing as more faculty adopt OER in their courses. Some of the topics that we will be covered include OER funding opportunities, Canvas Commons, and digital learning platforms, including Open Stax partner vendor information.
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OpenStax the leader in the open textbook movement, was founded in 1999 Richard Baraniuk, an electrical engineering professor at Rice University. The open textbook publisher is funded by various philanthropic organizations, most notably the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill and & Melinda Gates Foundation, and 20MM Foundation among others.
OpenStax offers openly licensed textbooks for 23 of the 25 highest enrolled introductory college courses and it will soon release Astronomy, University Physics, Elementary Algebra, and Microbiology. All textbooks are peer reviewed and updated regularly as necessary. Click here for a complete list of OpenStax textbooks. Continue reading
The Community College League of California in its June 2016 e-newsletter provided a summary of major legislation adopted to support the use of open educational resources (OER) in higher education to address the high cost of textbooks. Below is an outline of the legislation. Continue reading