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Understanding Open Educational Resources (OER): A Powerful Solution for Both Faculty and Students


In this online seminar, we’ll examine the research on Open Educational Resources (OER) usage in collegiate classes and their impact on student retention and success.


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The cost of textbooks has risen over 1000% since 1971. That’s three times the rate of inflation!

Some students have stopped purchasing required textbooks due to this ever-rising cost. However, there’s a solution that can be found in Open Educational Resources (OER). In this online seminar, we’ll examine the research on OER usage in collegiate classes and their impact on student retention and success.

What are the learning goals?

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe research that demonstrates OER impact on student success and retention
  • Find high quality Open Educational Resources
  • Use OER effectively to impact student learning
  • Advocate for the use of OER as an alternative to high cost textbooks

Who does this benefit?

  • Instructors
  • Librarians
  • Administrators
  • Instructional support

Why you don’t want to miss this!

Open Educational Resources (OER) are high quality teaching and learning materials that have been licensed to be freely reused and remixed. Including textbooks, games, simulations, quizzes, and even full courses, OER offer a cost effective and flexible alternative to costly course materials. You’ll be able to combat the rising cost of textbooks while making a greater impact on student success!

What’s included?

Your seminar registration includes the following:

  • On-demand access for 1-year
  • Downloadable PowerPoint presentations from the speaker
  • Written transcript
  • Supplemental materials
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

For the seminar, you can have as many people participate in the program as you like using the single connection by using a large screen, projector, and speakers.

There is no limit to how many times the seminar is accessed while available.

Additional Detail

This seminar will also discuss how faculty can find OER to use in their classes and outline challenges and opportunities for OER implementation. Additionally, during the presentation, our presenters Oliver Dreon, PhD, a professor of educational foundations and the director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Greg Szczyrbak, MS, learning technologies librarian and director of the Digital Learning Studio at Millersville University, will review how they helped to shepherd an “open textbook initiative” at their institution to promote more widespread faculty adoption of OER.

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License (or Group License when ordering online), registrants may take the contents of the program CD & place the information on to a password-protected network, server, or web site for additional staff use. The Group License option is not for multiple or unlimited staff from an institution to connect & participate in the live online seminar presentation.

Product Code: PC20AA

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