Online Learning Update

April 4, 2019

Information (Learning Material) Wants to Be Free

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

Information wants to be free — even more so in 2019 than 35 years ago when the phrase was first publicized. Students are on board. Recent studies have begun uncovering the link between OER and engagement, learning outcomes and student success.

In sum, reasons to consider moving to open educational resources:

  • Success in student recruitment and marketing because of lower costs
  • Improved student retention due to more students accessing the required materials
  • Improved student learning outcomes as indicated in recent studies
  • Implicitly finer faculty control and familiarity with resources they produce

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