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BYU Faculty Highlight
Dr. John Hilton, III is no stranger to Open Educational Materials. He has researched, used and developed open materials for years with his colleagues in the Open Ed Group (https://openedgroup.org/). His research touches on the efficacy of OER as well as important considerations in using open resources.
Dr. Royce Kimmons uses and produces Open Educational Materials for his courses taught in the McKay School of Education. He has developed and published multiple textbooks and other course materials, many of which can be found on an open publishing platform he created at https://edtechbooks.org/.
Not only is Thom Edlund a Senior librarian at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library, but he also teaches Russian literature classes. He has found that teaching using Open Educational Materials benefits the students as they are able to explore a greater breadth of literature options.
Recent OER & Affordability News
This is a great resource for understanding the use of OER within the context of Fair Use. It is a list of links to webinars by employees of the American University Washington College of Law.
The adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) is on the rise, driven in part by increasing awareness of OER. But while faculty and institutions have shown increasing awareness and acceptance of OER, many remain unfamiliar with what they are, or how to utilize them.
Early 2019 saw two large textbook publishers (McGraw Hill and Cengage) proposed a merger causing push-back from academics worldwide. Thanks for the efforts of many, including SPARC, the merger was called off in early May 2020.
Results of a new survey by Bay View Analytics (formerly Babson) sheds new light on the status of OER and affordability. Issues related to faculty awareness, inclusive access, and adoptions are addressed.