Application Period Will Open Early 2017
When selecting course content, faculty have many options including commercial textbooks. Although such textbooks can be good sources of course content and supplemental material, they are often inflexible and expensive. National surveys have found that as many as 65% of students have neglected to purchase a required textbook because of price. A 2015 CTRL survey of AU undergraduates similarly found that 64% of respondents had foregone a required textbook or other course material because of cost.
As one antidote to this growing problem, Open American, AU’s open educational resources initiative, seeks to improve student learning experiences by increasing the quality of learning materials and reducing their costs through the use of open educational resources (OERs). OERs are teaching and learning materials freely available online and licensed to allow free redistribution and reuse. Many OERs are also available in low-cost print formats. In addition to reducing costs, OERs can offer improved learning experiences because they can often be customized to meet the exact needs of your students and are frequently the result of faculty collaborations with other faculty and learning design experts. More information about OERs and a selection of OER collections is available at the Open American website.
CTRL offers grants to support faculty interested in redesigning a course using OER. While we are not holding an open application period presently, please contact Lindsay Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 3693) if you are interested in exploring OERs for a course.