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Exploring the Business Case for Open Educational Resources

This study was commissioned by the Commonwealth of Learning as an input to the World OER Congress organized by UNESCO in June 2012.  The authors, Neil Butcher and Sarah Hoose situate the contribution of OER in the wider context of the challenges facing education at all levels in an era of economic stringency.  They relate OER to the realities of the teaching-learning process, arguing that greater reliance on resource-based learning, rather than large-group teaching, will be essential if wider access to education of quality is to be achieved.

Open Educational Resources (OER): Guidance for Institutional Decision Makers in Developing an OER Strategy

In the hope of reducing ever-rising educational costs, more universities are turning to open educational resources (OER) as a means of minimizing the financial burden on students.

Open educational resources and college textbook choices: A review of research on efficacy and perceptions

Textbooks are a vital component in many higher education contexts. Increasing textbook prices, coupled with general rising costs of higher education have led some instructors to experiment with substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercial textbooks as their primary class curriculum.

Open Educational Practices: A Literature Review

Despite the benefits to the adoption of open textbooks, other OER, and open educational practices, there has not yet been widespread uptake of these materials and methods. (Paradis, 2014) This paper will serve as a review of existing literature, exploring:

●     what open education means in current contexts

●     what problems the integration of open educational materials may help negate

●     what barriers may be impeding the adoption of such materials

●     who the stakeholders are and what their roles are in the integration of open materials and practices.

Open Pathways to Student Success: Academic Library Partnerships for Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Content Creation and Adoption

This paper explores the current state of open educational resources (OER) including notable library-lead and multi-institutional programs. The potential for OER and affordable course material creation and adoption pro-grams to impact student retention and persistence is examined. Potential additional partnerships and future di-rections for library-lead programs are discussed as well as the framework necessary for assessing the impact of library-lead OER initiatives.

Developing a Sustainable Financial Model in Higher Education for Open Educational Resources

Financial issues regarding the sustainable production, dissemination, and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education are reviewed and proposed solutions critiqued. Use of OER produce demonstrable cost savings for students. Yet OER development continues to rely almost completely on government and philanthropic funding. This indicates that a mismatch exists between the financial interests of students and those of higher education institutions.

Benefits and Challenges of OER for Higher Education

In this presentation Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams of the University of Cape Town`s Centre for Educational Technology discusses why and how Open Educational Resources can be beneficial and what the challenges are.

Positioning the OER Business Model for Open Education

This article discusses the importance of sustainable business models to promote OER activities and describe what the authors think are essential components for sustainability.

JISC Collections Open Access Fees Project: Final Report Submitted to OAIG September 2011

Between 2009 and 2011, JISC Collections has undertaken three separate, yet linked, projects relating to the emergence of gold open access as an alternative business model for scholarly journals.

Open Access Business Models for Research Funders and Universities

This study covers the types of business model used for open access to publicly-funded research content. Various organizational structures developed to offer open access to publicly-funded research content are examined from the perspective of publicly-fu


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