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Awards Available! Faculty, $250 for review of an open textbook. $1000 and up for a course redesign or OER textbook creation. Apply now!

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May 31 and June 1, at UMass Amherst : a multi-state collaborative event for new and experienced OER advocates offering the opportunity to learn and share effective practices in awareness building, implementation, collaboration, strategy, and research.

Thursday, May 31:  Facilitated conference sessions; collaborate with national OER leaders & colleagues from across the northeast - including faculty, staff, and administrators who have a shared interest in OER.

Friday, June 1:  Day of Action. Focused OER workshops to develop your plan of action to achieve the next steps in your OER work.

See the Conference Website  |  Call for Proposals : Deadline April 4.

Teach it your way.

Assessing the Impact of OER with C. EDWARD WATSON

January 24, 2018

C. Edward Watson was interviewed in a Teaching in Higher Ed podcast about his research when he was at the University of Georgia where he conducted a study about OER and equity.

Quote around the 19-20 minute mark:
“We found that course grades improved at greater rates for nonwhite students and Pell eligible students. In other words, those that we thought that a free textbook would help. Those folks really saw a difference. We also saw significant decreases in DFW rates, a greater rates for nonwhite and Pell eligible students. In fact, looking just at those subgroups, we saw DFW rates drop by a third. So, it really is sort of the notion that that OERs are doing more to make the classroom more equitable, more fair. “

"Maybe this is more than just about saving students money -- maybe this is a new kind of equity issue that we;re thinking about." C. Edward Watson

Assessing the Impact of Open Educational Resources

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