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The Answers to Your Questions About OER

Posted by Dean Asher on May 3, 2016 10:15:45 AM

In April, Pearson sponsored an op-ed piece regarding open educational resources. It posed a lot of interesting questions about their required upkeep and ability to deliver desired learning outcomes. Ultimately, it questioned their efficacy, stating that they create "pedagogical inconsistency" for students and provide challenges in curating the latest, most up-to-date course materials for use in their classes. 

You can read Pearson's op-ed, if you'd like. David Wiley certainly did, and it was his response that caught our eye. We included an excerpt below, but be sure to check out the original post for the full context.

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3 Reasons Why Educators Aren't Using OERs

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Sep 10, 2015 9:08:31 AM

OERs are a hot topic in education right now, and are even being hailed by some as a possible solution to rising costs of course materials. While they may not be a cure-all, they can be a valuable way to expand an existing curriculum.So why aren't they being used more often?

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Best Practices for Creating OERs

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Aug 17, 2015 10:52:00 AM
Incorporating OERs is a great way to help your students save — and to refresh your existing curriculum. However, if you just can't seem to find the right resource, it may be time to create your own!
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Best Video Sites for Educators

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Jun 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM
Sometimes the best way to supplement a lesson is with a well-chosen video, but it can be tricky to find the right resource. To simplify your search, check out this selection of links compiled by Edudemic.
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MBS Direct's eText Builder. . . In Action!

Posted by Kate Seat on May 21, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Last month, we introduced eText Builder, MBS Direct’s new tool for compiling custom course materials. By choosing to create and adopt custom course packs, your faculty can help students save money and provide a resource that has the potential to precisely reflect the curriculum.

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How Can Open Source Materials Benefit Faculty?

Posted by Joe Clarkin on May 5, 2015 9:14:00 AM
The cost of course materials frequently resurfaces as part of a larger debate about the cost of higher education as a whole. Whether the expense quoted is the College Board's estimate of $1200 a year per student for textbooks and supplies, or a more realistic, data-based figure of about $600 per year, the associated costs of education are a hot-button issue. So what are some of the ways to help reduce these expenses? A possible solution may be a strategic incorporation of open resources or custom course materials.
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OER Repositories You Need to Know About

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 30, 2015 11:00:00 PM

Open Educational Resources (OERs) continue to have a positive impact on your students’ education and your school’s budget.

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How OER Are Impacting Education

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Mar 16, 2015 11:00:00 PM

No matter what industry you’re in, people are always going to be looking for the next big thing. Early adopters will readily move forward, while others will take a more cautious approach. When one of those things pops up in education, multiple stakeholders must be included in any decision to use the new thing. First and foremost, is this new thing going to be beneficial to your students? What is the effort, for both faculty and administration, required to implement the new thing?

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Affordable, High-Quality OpenStax Texts Now Available from MBS Direct

Posted by Joe Clarkin on Feb 19, 2015 3:00:00 AM

OpenStax College is revolutionizing the way students all over the world are learning with the release of textbooks that are both peer-reviewed and in full-color, providing excellent quality at a low cost. Since 2012, more than 1,000 high schools, colleges and universities have chosen to adopt the available titles. Because these texts are the result of a cooperative, peer-reviewed process that encourages active feedback from the educational community, discussion is welcomed and updating is a constant process.

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