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Financing and Sustainability

Open Educational Resources (OER): Guidance for Institutional Decision Makers in Developing an OER Strategy

In the hope of reducing ever-rising educational costs, more universities are turning to open educational resources (OER) as a means of minimizing the financial burden on students.

Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions

Textbooks are a vital component in many higher education contexts. Increasing textbook prices, coupled with general rising costs of higher education have led some instructors to experiment with substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercial textbooks as their primary class curriculum.

Open Educational Practices: A Literature Review

Despite the benefits to the adoption of open textbooks, other OER, and open educational practices, there has not yet been widespread uptake of these materials and methods. (Paradis, 2014) This paper will serve as a review of existing literature, exploring:

●     what open education means in current contexts

●     what problems the integration of open educational materials may help negate

●     what barriers may be impeding the adoption of such materials

●     who the stakeholders are and what their roles are in the integration of open materials and practices.

Open Pathways to Student Success: Academic Library Partnerships for Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Content Creation and Adoption

This paper explores the current state of open educational resources (OER) including notable library-lead and multi-institutional programs. The potential for OER and affordable course material creation and adoption pro-grams to impact student retention and persistence is examined. Potential additional partnerships and future di-rections for library-lead programs are discussed as well as the framework necessary for assessing the impact of library-lead OER initiatives.

2015 Open and Online Education Trend Report: Perspectives on Developments in Dutch Higher Education

For the fourth consecutive year, the Open Education Special Interest Group and SURFnet have prepared a trend report outlining the latest dynamic developments in the area of open content, open education and – as of this year – online (but not necessarily open) education. How is open education impacting campus education? Which new target groups are finding themselves drawn to open and online education, what are their specific needs, and how is the higher education sector responding to these demands? Effective online education requires valid online testing procedures.

Developing a Sustainable Financial Model in Higher Education for Open Educational Resources

Financial issues regarding the sustainable production, dissemination, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education are reviewed and proposed solutions critiqued. Use of OER produce demonstrable cost savings for students. Yet OER development continues to rely almost completely on government and philanthropic funding. This indicates that a mismatch exists between the financial interests of students and those of higher education institutions.

Real Threat of OERs

In this blog post David Wiley responds to a comment by David Anderson, Executive Director for Higher Education at the Association of American Publishers on an article by Nicole Allen in the Huffinton Post entitledCollege Textbooks: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Benefits and Challenges of OER for Higher Education

In this presentation Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams of the University of Cape Town`s Centre for Educational Technology discusses why and how Open Educational Resources can be beneficial and what the challenges are.

Positioning the OER Business Model for Open Education

This article discusses the importance of sustainable business models to promote OER activities and describe what the authors think are essential components for sustainability.