#eLearning2014 – Pre-conference OER workshop

Is the future OPEN?

I’m in Orlando, Florida (the weather is glorious, unlike the UK) for the eLearning 2014 conference which starts tomorrow.  Today I’ve taken part in a pre-conference workshop on OER in Valencia College with Jean Runyon of Anne Arundel Community College and James Glapa-Grossklag of College of the Canyons.  Here are my notes from the session which may be of wider interest…

If you look carefully you might see an alligatOER

The cost of textbooks is a major concern in community colleges in the USA.  The recent report from Student PIRGS entitled ‘Fixing the Broken Textbook Market’ found that:

  • 65% of students said that they had decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive
  • 94% of students who had foregone purchasing a textbook were concerned that doing so would hurt their grade in a course
  • 82% of students felt they would do significantly better in a course…

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