In a series of insightful descriptions, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Rory McGreal highlights the expanding and diverse applications of OER in post-secondary institutions around the world.
The thirteen examples provide insights into multiple facets of OER development, use and impact:
The descriptions outline the organizational contexts that motivated the introduction of OER into teaching and learning, as well as details of the policies, practices, development processes, and resources involved. Benefits and challenges for faculty, students and, in some examples, institutions receive particular attention, followed by consideration of the potential of OER in each academic situation.
Contacts are provided for each description and links to further information.
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An Institutional Approach to OER Implementation at the University of South Africa (UNISA)
UNISA committed to the implementation of OER within the university by incorporating support for OER into all relevant policies and processes.
Implementing OER in the Z-Degree Program at Tidewater Community College, Virginia, USA
Offering zero cost textbooks at TCC presented itself as an opportunity to eliminate an obstacle to student access and success in higher education.
OER and MOOCs at the National Open University of Nigeria
NOUN referred to the section that encouraged government-funded materials to be released under an open licence and made available and accessible as OER.
OER Implementation in the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil
The implementation of OER by UFPR is aimed at reducing regional disparities with the creation and free sharing of OER by its teachers and students.
Open Educational Resources at Notre Dame University, Louaize, Lebanon
By increasing awareness about the use of OER among faculty, staff and students, and by strategizing the development of OER policies and practices, a new direction was determined.
Open Educational Resources: The Experience of the Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia
This policy was introduced to encourage a move away from the wrap-around model accompanied by a commercial textbook to a stand-alone course model that would be more economically viable.
The Project Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative at Mercy College, New York, USA
With a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant through Educause, the University decided to engage in the Project Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative (KOCI), a nation-wide collaboration with educators from other colleges with similar student populations.
A Flexible OER Implementation Using a Commercial Application at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada
There is significant OER activity at Athabasca University. The School of Business is a faculty leader in the university in implementing new technologies and OER.
A Mathematics OER Implementation at Scottsdale Community College, Arizona, USA
This OER initiative was led by faculty in the Mathematics department, hoping to provide greater access to learning content at a significantly reduced price point, while maintaining quality in the materials.
An OER Implementation in Maskwacis Cultural College, an Indigenous College in Alberta, Canada
Teachers at the college involved in the initial OER projects expressed a desire to extend their OER work to include other courses, some expressing the desire to continue integrating OER into all their courses.
Open Educational Resources at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Students were exposed to a range of open educational practices, including 16,450 who enrolled in courses in which instructors replaced traditional textbooks with open or freely accessible resources.
The California Open Online Library for Education (COOL4Ed) at California State University, California Community Colleges and the University of California
The COOL4Ed initiative, through its open textbooks and OER, reduced a financial barrier for students.
The Implementation of Open Educational Resources at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
KPU was able to provide faculty with a web-based platform to more easily edit open textbooks, to make digital copies available across a variety of formats, and to provide professional quality print copies of open textbooks at low cost.
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