Publishers and Open Educational Resources (OER) sound like strange bedfellows but, the fact is, all in education have a responsibility to make learning more affordable without sacrificing quality. And OER offers a way to do that. OER adds value to the learning experience.
OER can change the nature of teaching and learning by enabling instructors to personalize and improve it, as well as allow students to co-create and actively contribute–all things that can make learning more effective. And importantly-OER belongs to everyone.
But, OER alone won’t drive transformative change to the learning experience. Many instructors are skeptical about quality; it can be hard to find, maintain, and sustain; it may have gaps in coverage; and it may not be available in ways that are efficient to use. At Cengage, we thought about the benefits of OER – and some of the challenges – and sought to determine how can we add value?
1. Align Content to Courses and Competencies
One of the first OER challenges is with content–ensuring accuracy and maintaining it. Publishing partners have processes and expertise in place at scale to ensure quality content and product development. Aligning content to course objectives and competencies is another key need for OER.
2. Support with Technology for Analytics
Being able to wrap great OER content with technology that offers instructors the ability to personalize the learning experience, while also providing analytics is key for OER to have a permanent place in learning. Partners with experience delivering content in a digital medium can bring OER further to the forefront of learning.