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A technology of togetherness: How OER (Open Education Resources) transforms educational access, meaningful practice, and sustainable value

Oct 23

Monday, October 23, 2017

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Please join us in the Daley library where our Speaker, Jonathan Lashley, Open Education Fellow, Open Textbook Network, Boise State, will talk about the value of open education resources (OERs) for our students and their relationship to social justice.

Where barriers to affordability and access stymie the dream of a higher education for many, educators and activists alike look to open educational resources (OER) as a means of creating learning opportunities that may not otherwise exist. Solely framing the importance of OER around student costs and consumption, however, misses a larger picture that challenges the more traditional roles, expectations, and outcomes we have for learners. This presentation highlights how OER may (and increasingly does) encourage educators to reexamine their relationships with course materials, the potential of student creativity, and the social contract of educational institutions.

 

The high-cost of textbooks is one of the factors that affects student learning outcomes and student success.  Students avoid certain classes, drop a class, or do poorly when they cannot afford the text for a course.  “Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use."   (https://sparcopen.org/open-education).  

For more information about OERs, please see: http://researchguides.uic.edu/opentextbooks

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