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
In 2015, the Student Public Interest Groups (Student PIRGs) published a report titled Open Textbooks: The Billion Dollar Solution, which reviewed data collected from five different college pilot programs which encouraged faculty to replace their traditional instructional materials with openly licensed educational resources (OER). This report also analyzed the potential of open textbooks and open licensing as an alternative to traditional copyrighted textbooks. Continue reading
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