Tuesday, May 11, 2021

OE Awards for Excellence 2021

Open Education Awards 2021

The call for nominations for the OE Awards opens May 17, 2021, and closes July 16. The awards provide annual recognition for outstanding contributions in the Open Education Community. They are administered by an international non-profit group, Open Education Global. For further information about categories and timelines see Open Education Awards for Excellence.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Open approach to online course creation saves students $56,385 each term

By Ceili Minten

PSYCH 253 saves students $56,385 each term.

Previously, the 300 students who enrolled each term were required to buy a textbook listed at $187.95. Redesigning the course around open textbooks eliminates this cost.

Books are very expensive; not all students can afford to buy, or choose to buy, all textbooks. Not having a textbook reduces learning and lowers grades. As well as eliminating cost, using open textbooks also eliminates a barrier to success.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Open course encourages student success at Waterloo and beyond

By Ceili Minten

A Waterloo course on fostering student engagement in online courses is designed for easy use at international institutions.

Although research shows that students who feel connected to their instructor and to other students do better, there is a lack of quality educational resources to help instructors create and foster these connections.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Free textbooks only some of the benefits of open education

James Skidmore, a professor and member of UWaterloo’s Open Scholarship Committee, discusses OER on Beyond the Bulletin: Episode 36. He notes that free online textbooks and course materials tailored to instructor needs are only some of the benefits of open education.

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