Category Archives: textbooks

How Open Educational Resources Give Faculty and Students What They Want

Undergraduate costs are on the rise and student loan debt is a huge issue impacting today’s society. How can we, as higher education professionals, help limit the costs for students while also ensuring and promoting their success? This week we welcome Sandy King, Professor of Communications with the Anne Arundel Community College to discuss her […]

North Dakota Open Educational Resources Initiative: A System-wide Success Story

Overview The North Dakota University System Open Educational Resources Initiative is a 3-phased plan hinging upon a unique collaboration among the North Dakota legislature, the University System Office, and the faculty at public institutions across the state. At the intersection of these three entities are change leaders who have come together for a common goal […]

What Colleges Should Be Doing with Open Educational Resources, At Scale!

Today we’re honored to welcome TJ Bliss, Program Officer, Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to share with us the learning the Foundation has garnered in over 15 years of supporting open educational resource projects.  Thank you, TJ for sharing how to scale OER with your cooperative! The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation […]

Breaking Bad: Improving College and University Teaching

Tony Bates has had a distinguished career promoting distance learning and open learning and content initiatives around the world.  Today Tony shares with us his latest book – an online, open textbook – as a resource for those teaching in our current digital age.  Thanks, Tony! or: why I wrote an open online textbook for faculty. I’ve just […]

Opening the Doors to Education: Ensuring Accessibility in Open Textbooks

Accessibility is a concern across all of technology-enhanced education.  At BCcampus, they wanted to help content creators incorporate accessible practices into their open materials. Amanda Coolidge, Open Education manager at BCcampus, shares with us how they crafted the BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit and how you can take advantage of this great resource. The BC Open […]

Open Educational Resources: How Broward College Online Took the Dive

Today we welcome guest author, David Shulman, Campus President, Broward College Online, as he shares with us how Florida’s Global Campus made the commitment to and implemented open educational resources and other no-cost course materials. Background It’s no secret that the cost of higher education and the ballooning student indebtedness have become part of the […]

Research on “What Makes a Great MOOC”

December 18, 2013 Thank you to Colt Alton of Ednak for conducting this interview with Panagiotis Adamopoulos on his research regarding “What Makes a Great MOOC.”  Adamopoulos is a PhD Candidate of Information Systems at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He has graduated with honors from the Department of Management Science […]

WCET Digital Learning Content Summit: Second Day & Free-range Learning

Yesterday we completed WCET’s Leadership Summit on New Directions for Digital Learning Content.  We had great conversations with academic leaders, elearning professionals, and corporate executives about educational digital resources of all kinds.  Thank you to T.J. Bliss, doctoral candidate at BYU, for taking extensive notes.  Using Google docs, we’ll be adding more to those notes […]

WCET Digital Learning Content Summit: First Day Highlights

Greetings from Salt Lake City where WCET is holding its Leadership Summit on New Directions for Digital Learning Content.  Academic leaders, elearning professionals, and corporate executives are sharing advances in both proprietary and open digital resources.  Below is a taste of some of the notable comments heard at the meeting.  You’ll note that there are […]